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Using Automatic Writing to Release Fear

Automatic writing provides a wonderful window for viewing and processing beliefs held in the subconscious part of our minds.
It allows us to bypass our conscious narrow view of the world and our beliefs about our place within it.
The following paragraphs give you a glimpse of one way this powerful technique helped me reconnect with all that is worthwhile in my life.
It was September 11, 2001 and I had just found out that the World Trade Centers had been destroyed.
Though no longer living within view of the towers, my family still lived close and I had spent many hours within the towers, working as a Chase Manhattan Bank Teller during summers while in college.
The news shook me to the core.
Though not on the front lines, within hours I sunk into a state of almost constant fear.
I hid when I heard a car backfire.
I feared that my water was poisoned and I was constantly looking over my shoulder, waiting for the next bomb to drop.
And then I took up paper and pen and I began to write.
I wrote and wrote without sensor and without stopping.
I turned off the television and I wrote some more.
I went to work and in spare moments I wrote.
I took care of my two babies and I wrote.
In a period of about 36 hours I filled two notebooks.
I did not sensor and I did not reread.
I just poured it onto the paper.
My fears, my hopes, my thoughts and my feelings.
Sometimes I wrote fast and sometimes slow.
Sometimes the words were so big they covered three lines and at other times they were so small they were hard to see.
And then, almost without warning, it was done.
I had gotten it all out and it was gone.
Not only was the fear gone, it was replaced with the most splendid sense of peace and connection.
I knew, and I knew that I knew, that all was well and that we were all safe and somehow connected.
For about three days I floated through my day, loving life and everyone I met.
I could see the Divine in everyone and everything and it was wonderful.
Slowly the euphoria left, but the inner knowing that life is not at all what it seems has not.
I have never since that day fallen into a fear state that comes close to what I experienced for those few hours after the Trade Centers went down.
And the experience of connection and peace that follows has been enough to keep me motivated and driven to learn how to step into that state at will, and to teach others how to do the same.
So, the next time fear strikes, pick up the pen and write it away.
You will be glad you did.

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