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In the first two blogs, you were introduced to Synchronicity and Mirroring, spiritual tools that raise our awareness of unproductive behaviors. These are gifts that call our attention to a Divine Presence who will support us as we make positive changes in our lives. By engaging with this Presence, we discover the comfort of sharing our burdens with a loving, caring power, and renew our faith, hope and love.
When we acknowledge unproductive behaviors, we step onto a path of self-awareness. Acknowledgement is a significant step. But by itself, it doesn’t bring about lasting change.
REVERSING: A Universal Tool For Lasting Change!
Reversing is a powerful tool based on the ancient Celtic symbol of the spiral. Reversing literally puts the power of this symbol for change in your hands.
The spiral may be viewed as a series of connected open circles extending from here below upward to the heavens. As we make corrections in our lives, we heal and move upward on this spiral. Make an error, and we may slip down a bit. But as long as we’re committed to healing and alignment with the Divine, we have the ability to stay on the spiral path.
Now Let’s Prepare To Use The Spiral To Reverse Unproductive Behavior
A. For Reversing choose a time of day and comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed for at least a half hour.
B. Align yourself with the Divine in a petition or prayer. This may be as simple as “Heavenly Father (or whatever name you use to address the Infinite Power) please support me as I let go of (name the behavior you aim to correct) and help me put a new, productive behavior (name it) in place. Give me the patience and strength to do these exercises for 21 days or more.” State this petition/prayer each day as you begin Reversing.
C. On Page 1 of an empty spiral notebook write your name and A Book for Reversing Behavior. This is a statement of your commitment to change. Page 2, the page on the inside left, is for the spiral that eliminates an unproductive behavior you discover through Synchronicities and Mirroring, or one that you’ve been aware of , but haven’t had a specific process to change. Page 3, the page on the right, is for the spiral that puts a productive behavior in place. (In Reversing we place the spirals, narrative and/or drawings for the unproductive behavior side by side with the spirals, narrative and/or drawings for a new productive behavior.)
D. Draw a line down the center of Page 2. You now have a left column for creating a counter-clockwise spiral to eliminate a behavior; the right column for writing and/or drawing your feelings and realizations while creating the spiral as well as those which continue to emerge as you write and/or draw that experience.
E. At the center bottom of the page, write a word or two describing the behavior you now aim to eliminate (lateness, clutter, over-eating, etc.). Be specific and use words that are natural for you.
F. Page 3 is for establishing a new productive behavior. Again draw a line down the center of this page. The left column is for the clockwise spiral to establish the behavior you aim for, the right column is for writing and/or drawing your feelings and realizations as you create the clockwise spiral and those which may continue emerging as you record the experience.
G. Again, at the bottom center of the page, write a word or two stating the new behavior you aim for. E.g. If you aim to eliminate lateness, replace it with be on time; replace clutter with order; over-eating with portion control.
Note how these spirals are to go in opposite directions, counter-clockwise to eliminate a behavior, clockwise to establish a new productive behavior.
Drawing The Spirals And Writing/Drawing Your Reactions
1. Begin in the left column of the left-hand page (Page 2). Using colored pencils, draw your counter-clockwise spiral beginning at its center. Remind yourself that your aim is to eliminate the stated unproductive behavior. As you draw, you may spontaneously sense a different color. Follow your instinct and change the color you’re using, beginning the new color exactly where you left off. Draw as timidly or aggressively as you feel, letting the spiral become an expression of your emotions and the is-ness of your behavior (is-ness accepts what is without judgment). Continue this process until you feel your spiral is complete for that session.
2. Rest a few moments and then in the right-hand column, write and/or draw the feelings and realizations you had while creating the spiral and those that continue to emerge.
3. Now move on to Page 3. In the left column using colored pencils draw a clockwise spiral, beginning from its center. Remind yourself that you are now establishing a new, productive behavior that may be the opposite of that which you’re eliminating from your life, e.g. replace lateness with be on time, etc. Continue as above.
4. Do this Reversing process for 21 days. Each day align yourself with the Divine, prepare two facing pages and go through the process. Note the changes you see as you progress.
Supplies For Reversing: An 8 x 10 inch empty spiral-bound notebook; and a large assortment of colored pencils.
Continue Reversing for 21 days and see how the power of the spiral works for you. If you sense there is more to learn about the behavior you’re changing, take a week off and then continue Reversing for three more weeks. (Make sure you take the week off. It gives you time to integrate what you’ve learned and keeps the process fresh.)
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