Dear Stress, Let's Break Up.
You can’t really break up with stress. After all it is an important part of life. You grow by responding to stress. When you need to stretch to respond to something you increase your capacity in that area. However, what you can do is reclaim the energy you are using to protect yourself from your reactions to toxic stress in your recent and distant past and in your imagined future.
Finding the target really means searching your body, your memory and the physical space that surrounds you to discover the bits of energy you froze around this stress. You froze your energy in order to protect yourself from the pain and overwhelm you experienced then. You may also be losing energy by imagining that similar painful events will occur in the future.
You may be very aware that your energy is stuck in toxic stress you are currently trying to manage in your life. On the other hand you may know your energy is stuck because you feel vague, nagging, hard to figure out or explain, anxiety or depression or a whole variety of other symptoms. In any case, in order to use the Logosynthesis sentences to reclaim that energy you need to describe what triggers your distress.
When the trigger is deactivated, the memory of the stressful event will remain but your reaction to the memory changes. It may seem as if the stress magically disappears but what really disappears is the block you once created that kept your energy from flowing freely.
Searching for Your Target
Your challenge now is to explore places in your life where your energy is stuck in order to focus the power of your true Self to allow the powerful words of the Logosynthesis sentences to dissolve the frozen energy.
In Chapter 3 you learned about some common clues to frozen energy. If you know you are experiencing some out-of-proportion reactions in your life right now, start there. Answering these two questions will help you find a target to use.
First answer this question, “How are you uncomfortable right now?” It could be about a relationship, your work, your health or your aspirations. Looking at what you can’t stop thinking about or what you avoid because it scares you or makes you very uncomfortable may help you answer that question.
Your current discomfort may be an emotion such as anxiety which is a form of fear, or anger or sadness. Emotions are temporary and change as circumstances change so they do not make good targets. They do often suggest where to look further to locate your target.
Your next question is, “What did you experience (think about, feel, notice) just before you experienced your current discomfort?” Often this is a real or imagined event. A snapshot of the most uncomfortable or stressful part of this remembered or imagined event makes an excellent target.
Don’t worry if you have trouble answering these questions now. As you review the following examples, you’ll see how others responded to the questions.
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