Let Go of the Past: The Symbolic Backpack-Exercise
Let go of the past. The subconscious mind responds to our symbolic acts, because it is the domain of pictures and emotions, so whatever we do symbolically has a great impact on it.
A great technique to let go of the past is “the backpack exercise”.
The subconscious mind responds to our symbolic acts, because it is the domain of pictures and emotions, so whatever we do symbolically has a great impact on it.
The next time you are out walking or jogging, imagine you are carrying a backpack, and mentally put all the different things you can think of that is holding you back somehow in it. It can be situations, habits, thought-patterns, past hurts, disappointments, hurt feelings, illnesses, depressions, energy sucking people, just about anything that you can think of that you know is not good for you to hold on to.
Put it all in the bag mentally.
Feel it getting heavier and heavier, and when you are done; when the backpack is filled with everything you are ready to leave behind, take it off your back and let it go.
Feel the lightness of having let go of it.
No one knows what goes on in your mind so I would also suggest that when you are mentally taking it off of your back, you also take the opportunity to really amp the positive emotions up by screaming with a happy voice inside your head “I'm FREE! I don't need this anymore in my life and have now let go of it, and I feel GREAT!”“
And then even take a few happy steps forward and really feel the freedom of letting it all go!
When you have done this, you continue walking or jogging, while in your minds eye you see the backpack (that is now laying somewhere on the ground behind you) getting swallowed up by the earth, and at the same place it got swallowed up by the earth, a beautiful little flower, or a tree, is growing up from the soil of the earth.
In its place is now beauty. Your “ugly'”has turned itself to beauty.
Feel the freedom and joy within you and know that the subconscious mind has taken this symbolic act as truth.
You are now free from the past.