Last week I asked you to write a letter to your younger teenage self offering guidance and support, or words of wisdom. Some of you wrote telling me how good it felt to get that encouragement. Thank you for the feedback!
Don’t underestimate the power of engaging with yourself in this way.
I can’t say it often enough that your subconscious mind is not time bound and does not judge.
With that in mind here’s this week’s challenge.
Think of something you might want help with, some problem or issue that you might be struggling with.
Close your eyes and imagine you can float up above your current position and then float right out into the future. Stop when you are about 80 years old. Float all the way down into that you. Now look back at you in the here and now and give that you some support, advice, encouragement from your wiser older self.
It’s okay to ask questions and to set up a dialogue between you now and the 80 year old. I think you may well be surprised at some of your responses and what can arise from this exercise.
This doesn’t have to take too long, it can be done in 5 minutes and equally so you might want to savour this interaction and take much longer with it, going back and forth with questions and answers. You may finish by offering a gift from your older self to the younger you. When you’re done and feel that something positive has come out of it. Float back up and back to the here and now. Simples!
This technique is often used in the modern psychology of NLP and is loosely referred to as time line work. It’s powerful! But don’t take my word for it, try it and let me know how you get on.