Have you ever felt all clogged up inside, where some concern/emotion is heavy on your heart or mind? Ever needed to release all those pent-up emotions that are holding you captive? On a few occasions in life, we all have had this overwhelming urge to speak our heart out, yell anger out and cry pain out. However, you know that it isn’t always possible for various reasons, like who can you trust with your secrets, or the fear of being misunderstood, rejected or ridiculed, or simply because you didn’t want to hurt someone else, and decided to keep things private. Still, it’s too heavy a load to carry that stunted your progress in life. What do you do in such case?
The solution is a simple one- Writing. I had this little black book where I poured all my unmanageable feelings. Trust me, it made all the difference between taking any drastic step and coming out of depression. The best part, I was able to see myself in a different light, find my Achilles heel, work better on my issues, and did so without any fears mentioned above. There were only my judgments to handle and I felt free.
I am not the only one to profit from writing. You can find many testimonials of this exercise opening doors towards self-healing. That’s why many psychiatrists and self-help gurus advice keeping journals or making writing a part of your life. The reason behind is when you ignore your emotions, refuse to acknowledge them they manifest in your lives in a negative manner, diseases, bad relationships, inability to handle situations, it’s like they form a permanent grey cocoon wrapping you inside, leaving you unhappy and unsatisfied. Writing helps you break out of that cocoon and advance in life.
The beauty of writing in such cases is, you don’t need to be certified writer, or intellectual or poet or anything, just be you. On this path, there is a new model Purge Emotional Writing (PEW-12) that has been highlighted by Dr. Habib Sadeghi. In this form, you sit down with a pen and paper and you handwrite anything and everything that comes to your mind about any issue in your life for 12 straight minutes. Don’t overthink it or try to make it sound reasonable or nice just let the words flow. At the end of those 12 minutes, you stop writing, without reading what you have written, burn that paper to ashes. Interesting right! You do this activity daily till the time you feel purged of all those negative emotions.
Now writing will take that negativity out of you and put it on the paper. Not reading it ensures it stays on the paper and doesn’t flow back into you. 12 minutes as 12 symbolizes balance like 12 hours a day and night, 12 months in a year, 12 being upheld in religions as well. Burning is destructions of that negativity and cleansing you. This whole experience is lustral, your own personal purification ceremony.
Someone said “Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go”. I would want you to try it on your own and create your own magnificent story.