“Dwelling on past irritations or hurts perpetuates them and creates a vicious circle that serves to confirm these negative emotions.”
“The circle can be broken by starting now to revise anything that you no longer wish to sustain in your world. By revising the past, you rid yourself of any effect it may have on your future. Revision is truly the key, which can be used to unlock the doors that have kept you trapped in a particular state. Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
If there could be one practice from Neville’s teachings that stands head and shoulders above the rest, one thing that you can do if you ignore everything else, it would be the practice of revision. Neville himself said that he could have stayed silent about everything else, and taught this one thing, and it would be all you would ever need to know.
So what IS revision?
Revision is to take a situation, event, feeling, or state, and through creative visualization change it to something else. Changing your concept of whatever it is changes your energy around it. As Wayne Dyer has said many times: When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. For a scientific demonstration of how this works, see the Double-slit experiment first performed by Thomas Young. Soon, I’ll get into a deeper discussion of this phenomenon, but for now suffice it to say that matter does respond differently when our attention is focused upon it.
What does this have to do with journaling? I’m glad you asked!
Normally, when a person writes in their journal at the end of the day, they’re focusing their awareness on the events that happened, and how they feel about those events. This of course is a wonderful process for building build self-awareness, to understand how your mind works, and to come to terms with issues you might be having with the so-called others in your life. I’m not knocking traditional journaling, although I’ve never really been “into” it myself. (Witness the multiple journals I’ve got strewn here and there with only two or three pages written in.)
But no, I’m not so much into rehashing the events and emotions I experienced through the day or through past days, unless those events are wondrous and joyful. Even then, there’s always room for adjustment. Because here’s the thing about the written word. When you write something down, the act of writing it creates an imprint in the energetic field around you. It’s like saying to the Universe (which isn’t “out there”, but rather dwells within you), “Yes, I affirm that this is true. From this that I believe to be true, future events will now unfold, which I will also accept as true.” Okay, nothing wrong with that. Unless you’re a practitioner of conscious creation, which I am.
Instead, I suggest another journaling practice that can put you out in front of your life, bringing to your awareness what you would prefer to experience. Especially if you’re new at meditation, or struggling to relax enough, this practice can kick start your conscious creation practice into high gear. Here’s the process.
- Grab a notebook, a note taking app, or whatever feels comfortable for you. It can be as simple or as fancy as you like.
- At the end of your day, sit quietly and review what transpired, just as you would with a traditional journal. Start from when you woke up, and relive that experience.
- Identify any event that wasn’t the way you’d prefer it to be. For example, if you woke up to the sound of your neighbor’s lawn mower (and that’s not a sound you enjoy hearing at 6 AM), go ahead and notice that.
- Write in your journal what you would like to have woken up to. It might be something like: This morning was so lovely! The moment I opened my eyes, I heard birds chirping outside my window, and I could smell coffee brewing in the kitchen.
- Review the rest of your day, replacing events you didn’t like with ones that you creatively invent. Get creative, and don’t hold back! Remember that everything is possible with imagination.
- You will begin to feel as if these things really did happen! Let your body respond to the positive emotions you’re generating.
- Finish your entry with something like: I can’t wait to see the good things tomorrow brings!
- Read through your entry once or twice, and feel good!
- As you fall asleep, keep replaying your entry in your mind. Do this from first person perspective, meaning, through your own eyes. Like you’re an actor in a movie.
And it’s as simple as that. Very soon, you will begin to see events unfold in your life that correspond to what you visualized in your nightly revisions. I have seen this happen myself literally overnight. Above all, this process shouldn’t feel like a chore.
Bonus side effect: Your sleep will improve, and your dreams will be oh so sweet. That alone will benefit you in countless ways.
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you found this post helpful!