Try Proprioceptive Writing to Heal Limiting Beliefs
We all want a good life. A life filled with more peace and joy. It’s a wonderful intention, right? However, moments of peace and joy aren’t as plentiful when we aren’t aware of the unhealed wounds festering underneath layers of “junk”. The pain of life, ya know?
This is one reason I encourage everyone to navigate life’s path with boots on and shovel in hand, digging beneath the surface to see what’s really going at the subconscious level.
And, as a writer, I’m all for exploring with pen in hand.
The power of proprioceptive writing
Now, as you’re seeking to get to the nitty gritty of your core beliefs, consider proprioceptive writing. This is a wonderful type of writing that Linda Trichter Metcalf writes about in her book, Writing The Mind Alive. This form of writing is a method for exploring your mind via writing. It’s simple, and anyone can do it!
It’s a powerful tool that will help you connect better with your real self, while dissolving false beliefs that hold you back. You can focus your awareness on parts of you that are wounded, and begin applying healing salve to them.
You can get to your core and see what’s really going on in the subconscious mind about things like money, worth, people (Mom, Dad, Lover, etc.), and so on.
For example, let’s say you want to see how you’re really feeling about money. Write the word “money” at the top of a blank page and then write down everything you find yourself thinking. Write down words and sentences. Just let it flow without trying to figure things out. Write down things even if they don’t make sense at the moment.
Proprioceptive writing is great way to explore your psyche, learning to express your thoughts without judging yourself. Without feeling badly. In fact, with curiosity and empathy. This exercise can take you one step closer to emotional health, because it combines your intuition, imagination, and intellect.
It’s a ritual that helps you realize the power that certain thoughts have had in your life. It gives you clarity as to what’s really going on in your subconscious. Many people will put on some music by Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, etc. as they write. This will certainly increase the creativity feel.
Linda Trichter Metcalf says, “The desire for the self, the desire not to live a life that doesn’t feel like it’s yours—that’s why somebody might be attracted to this work.”
How to do proprioceptive writing
Think about the topics you’d like to write on. Maybe it’s money, or worth, Mom, Dad, life, love, etc.
- Sit in a quiet location. Feel free to light some candles. Have lots of paper handy. Put the date on each piece as you write.
- Put on some Baroque music like Bach or Mozart.
- Relax by taking several slow, deep breaths.
- Take 15 to 20 minutes to write whatever comes to mind. Setting a timer helps. You’re the observer of your thoughts at this point, simply recording them.
- Ask yourself, “How am I feeling?” or “What’s the story I am telling?”
- Once you’re finished, read what you wrote out loud.
What moved you? What was challenging to hear? What stands out?
Consider doing this in a group, and as you read your writings out loud, allow others to respond, and reflect back to you.
Then, any negative thoughts you encountered, look at them next to God’s view of you. Next to the divine in you. Then, purpose to change those negative to positive, seeing them for the false reality that they are.
After all, you are not your thoughts!
Feel free to write a new story about the topic you just explored. A story that feels empowering! Energizing!
You can do this exercise as often as you like.