Yesterday I posted about a book I bought recently, Spiritual Doodles & Mental Leapfrogs. Here's an exercise I liked called "Oh, the voices...the voices!" (complete with a doodle that looks a bit like Edvard Munch's The Scream).
When you get a new idea or start to challenge yourself, do you ever hear unwelcomed yet familiar voices reminding you of your so-called limitations, past failures, and/or general lack of knowledge or ability? It's hard to be present with yourself when these voices are chattering on and on...
Draw some things that represent each of the members of your "committee" of negative voices. A blob is good, or a monster-blob. Above each one write something they might say, like, "You're unloveable," or "You suck at computers" or my personal favorite, "You're not creative." Name your blobs and monsters - then, when you hear their unwelcomed voices, you can call them by name and have a little chat, like, "Shut up Harpy!"
One of the voices the author doodled is named Vera Victim. She says, "Life stinks! Everybody hates me - I'm just going to sulk in the corner - no one will miss me - Do you want to come to my pity party? (Probably NOT)." Another, named Mr. Doom, says, "You'll never have what you want."
We all have negative voices of our own that we grapple with, and it can be easy to let those voices paint the picture of what we see as reality. I like the idea of making distinct, funny characters out of them. It somehow makes it feel easier to confine them to a smaller space and keep them from taking over.
She also suggests making a positive character...
Now, draw something that represents your Higher Self - that part of you that already KNOWS of your inherent Divinity. That voice might say: "You are kind, capable, and you make great chicken soup!"
And for the piece de resistance, you can make some comic strips!
...have some conversations with your voices. You might ask the negative ones to take a hike so you can hear the more positive voices. What do these positive voices have to say? Tell them how they can help you, and ask how you can help them. Let your positive voices be the heroes of your comic strip.
Just like the doodles, your comic strips don't need to be good - they're just a fun, different, creative approach to self-exploration and self-expression.
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM