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- This topic has 20 replies, 9 voices, and was last updated 2 years, 7 months ago by Leanne Matton.
27/09/2020 at 4:19 pm #30273
We start on Monday 12th October 2020! There’ll be a new post every 2nd day containing questions, quotes, prompts and suggested activities. Spend some time digesting each one and then respond in the way that feels best for you.
Take your time and let each one speak to you. Use them as a launching point for your thoughts and feelings, even if they don’t come right away. If you feel stuck, you could try writing about how stuck you feel to get the words flowing. They always flow in the end.
Try not to worry about your grammar or spelling and don’t focus on punctuation if you don’t want to. Let the words come without censoring or editing. This is a process of exploration and expression, not a writing lesson.
It’s a great idea to make a sacred space in your home for this 30 days. You might also set aside regular time to drop deep into this space, a little sanctuary outside your normal day to day routine.
You can light candles or incense, surround yourself with crystals, draw an oracle card or two, take some deep breaths – whatever you need to do to be present inside your body for your writing process.
Write for a set amount of time, write a particular number of pages, or write until the words feel finished. Write longhand or type the words into a private document. Write from your heart, write all that is true, write that which has gone unspoken.
Remember that the process of writing is like any skill, it takes practice and consistency to gain the benefits. Keep going even when your voice feels stifled and it all feels too hard.
You might like to include images when you share your words. This can add to the meaning and emotion evoked by your writing. You can add quotes or anything else that supports your experience.
If you would like to share your writing, or how it felt to write it, you can do this below each prompt. Only group members who registered for this round will see it. You are also welcome to send your writing to me privately if you prefer.
As mentioned in our group guidelines, our private group is a safe space, a place to honour what comes up for each of us. Please hold all that is shared there as private and sacred. Also remember to refer to your Safety & Stability e-book for keeping yourself emotionally safe and stabilised during the journey inward.
I urge you to check in regularly. This process is more effective when there is support and encouragement so please, where possible, join in and share at least a few times, either with me or the group, so this becomes a supported process for all. One of the most effective parts of the healing process is being witnessed, so let others help you as you do the same for them. Every one of your voices is important.
Providing feedback about what others post will further support and inspire you. Feedback is simply a form of saying ‘I hear you, I see you, I feel you’. You can also let us know if you don’t want any feedback, that’s ok too.
As soon as you can, take a moment to introduce yourself below. Tell us about you, what drew you here, and where you hope this 30 days will take you.
If you have any questions or you need extra support with feelings that come up for you, don’t hesitate to contact me.
12/10/2020 at 9:18 pm #30320AnonymousInactive
- This topic was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by Leanne Matton.
- This topic was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by Leanne Matton.
Hi all, my name is Andrea and I’m here after receiving Leanne’s email yesterday and feeling a pull to participate. I’m not sure this is the course I would have “picked” to do out of the course list, I’d certainly prefer to jump in with some of the others first, yet here I am, on an exploration into grief, with no major things going on in my life right now that are triggering this, so I think this is probably a good thing for me and where I am on my journey. I can go into dark corners that I’d completely forgotten about and give them an airing. Maybe I will stop bawling anytime I have a sniff of a conflict and find myself unable to speak. Tears welling as I type – so I guess I have a lot of grief lol, thanks for reading if you got this far, and looking forward to being on this journey with you. ?12/10/2020 at 9:30 pm #30325
So good you found your way here Andrea! Yes it’s probably not the first course many people do as it’s a bit of a deep dive, but like you said you may find some dark corners to explore. Looking forward to seeing where it takes you ?13/10/2020 at 2:52 am #30327annesiposParticipant
I’m Anne, and I’ve joined over here a transplant from the FB group. I’m excited to dive in because I feel that I’ve been ignoring myself and my inner whisperings for some time now, abandoning them in favor of “practicality.” I hope to have a better time keeping up this time, and I look forward to interacting in this safe space.13/10/2020 at 2:57 am #30328
Hi! I want to do the course but I am under so much stress right now. I have a history of severe abuse I do want to try to do the course but may not go as deep as I could to keep stabilized.13/10/2020 at 6:46 am #30330
Hi Anne-Marie ? Remember to look at the Safety & Security ebook while you’re doing the prompts – only do as much as you have space for and keep yourself resources during the process. Sometimes the less you do the more you heal x
13/10/2020 at 6:49 am #30331
- This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by Leanne Matton.
Hi Anne, great to see you here ? It’s fine if you don’t keep up, you’ll have an extra three weeks after the last prompt to finish them. But great that you’re able to acknowledge those inner whisperings ?13/10/2020 at 11:07 am #30334
Oh I forgot to say my name is AnneMarie.13/10/2020 at 11:09 am #30335
Thanks Leanne I look forward to starting.13/10/2020 at 7:33 pm #30338Antoinette MartinParticipant
Hi all, I’m Antoinette, and I’m another facebook defector : )
This forum instinctively feels good and safe – thankyou Leanne for creating this.
However, I’ve been struggling to get here as my life is currently in uproar (I’m in the middle of moving house and selling my shack, whilst still in Stage 4 lockdown in Melbourne. Yeah – I know!).
So a lot of old stuff is being triggered by stress, even though I’m meditating daily and trying to manage my stress.
From many years of getting to know my stress responses, I recognise that I tend to get a bit manic and dissociative. So even though I don’t have bipolar disorder, Depression can often manifest as mania in me. I feel as though I have a spring my bum at the moment! I also recognise that in myself, it’s also physiological – with exhausted adrenals. And then I tend to drink wine too often under stress, (this is a behaviour I developed during a traumatic life event).
I thought I’d dive right in and lay this out here, because the posts by others above have opened up the opportunity for me to be vulnerable here.
Also, Leanne – I’ve been looking at the Safety and Security ebook today. I had some insights as a result, and I feel as though I need to go back to the beginning (of how to be a human!). I realise I emotionally deprive myself in ways I would never do to another. It caught me completely off-guard. These times of stress/crisis can be openers, in a way. I’m out of my comfort zone and it’s pushing me to look at my self-isolation.
Warmest wishes to all
xx Antoinette13/10/2020 at 7:59 pm #30339AnonymousInactive
Just wanted to add that I’ve read all your intros and am feeling connected and safe here already. Im looking forward to taking this journey with you and being a witness to your growth, wisdom, insight and connection home. Blessings on your journeys. ???14/10/2020 at 7:46 am #30342
Antoinette! I’ve been wondering where you were, what a time to uproot your life ? but so glad you found your way here and thank you for your honesty and vulnerability ? I hope this will be a soft place to land while you go through such a stressful time. Keep referring to the safety and security activities and take exquisite care of yourself x14/10/2020 at 7:47 am #30343
Such beautiful and encouraging words Andrea, thank you ?14/10/2020 at 8:44 pm #firstname.lastname@example.orgParticipant
Hi everyone, my name is Robyn and I have done writing down the dark back in 2017, in an effort to address many years of traumatic situations. At that time i was extremely busy caring full time for my very sick and disabled father. He has since passed away and for me what ensued was very traumatic. I was left with burnout, illhealth, financial distress and facing homelessness while at the same time being executor and having to wind up my fathers life. I dealt with quite awful abuse from my siblings and others and my physical and psychological health has suffered because of all the stress. Anyway i am finally in a place where it is time to delve into the depths and start addressing the issues that are holding me back and causing me significant distress. Looking forward to fully exploring this little sanctuary Leanne has created here.15/10/2020 at 9:23 am #30371
Welcome back Robyn ? What a traumatic path you’ve walked. You are safe here x
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