stepping out of the false sufferer-identity

Just found this piece i wrote to my book, “Healing crisis” some ten years ago. (Not published yet – any interested publishers out there?) I wrote 121 creative /spiritual exercises in how to deal with crisis and overwhelm.

Overwhelm

Walk around in the room: point at objects and name them out loud. Do it until you start feeling that you are inside yourself.Then do a variation: point at a thing and name it something else: point at pillow and name it cheese, point at a TV and name it flower, point at the table and name it circus…the dog comes in, and you name her sunshine…go for at least ten minutes, and then sit down and see if you can remember some of the new names you invented.

The exercise has a wonderful ability to ground us, shove us out of the rigid control-mode and let us laugh – and then, additionally, allow the subconscious to show us what it plays with. Right now.

When we are in a crisis, we are also stuck in a rigidly controlled space. When we are stuck inside it, everything we do or think is perceived through a veil of mistaken identity: I AM that which suffers. To break through this false identity gives you new footing: suddenly you can see yourself AND the crisis – but you are no longer caught in it. exercises like this one pushes you out in free air: yes, there seems to be a crisis in your life right now – but there is also play and creativity.

And you might also enjoy re-naming your crisis, too – !

Inspiration for this exercise: Keith Johnstone: Improvisation and theater.



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Please note that nothing written here is intended as medical advice. Readers who think that they need help with a physical or psychological condition are advised to seek a qualified opinion.

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