REWIND, REVIEW AND RECREATE THE PAST

A Dynamic Meditation


The Rewind, Review, Recreate technique has proven to be a most effective tool in releasing resentment, anger and hostility with understanding, compassion and love, thereby recapturing vital energy.  This dynamic meditation is powerful as a visualization exercise and can be effective as a written exercise as well.

The Evoke Your Greatness Processİ takes the position that we are better served to engage emotion rather than fight it or retreat from it.  We therefore aim to reach a level of acceptance and embrace the past.  With this in mind, let's take a moment to understanding what we mean by embracing the past before beginning the exercise.

Embracing the past means:

—We understand that the totality of all of our previous life experiences brought us to this precious present moment and to reject any part of it is tantamount to rejecting ourselves. Therefore, embracing our past is a loving act of kindness.

—That forgiveness is about cultivating greater understanding, compassion and love. We accomplish this by releasing that which we are holding to ourselves too closely.

—That most inappropriate, hurtful behavior comes from an absence of self-love, lack of awareness, and often a sense of unworthiness felt by the offending party. This helps us understand why sending love to the offending party is an obvious choice.

—That at the spiritual level, the illusion of separateness is shattered and that we are indeed all one; therefore forgiving another is forgiving ourselves and vice versa.

—That healing is the return of the memory of wholeness.

—That by continuing to enter the deep peace found in meditation, we continue to develop an inner calmness and are less reactive, thereby enabling us to be more understanding of our own behavior and the behavior of others. Consequently, by being peaceful, we are less likely to cause harm or to be harmed.
The Rewind, Review and Recreate technique will allow you to make a good study of your interpretations of the past and use the sacred gift of your imagination to release and replace resentment, anger and hostility with understanding, compassion and love.

To help describe the Rewind, Review and Recreate exercise below, I cite one sample situation. Of course, there are many possible scenarios. If you have any challenge applying this process to your particular situation, by all means, feel free to send me an email John@EvokeYourGreatness.com and I will be happy to assist you.

Within this exercise, we capitalize on the fact that the brain does not know the difference between a "real" or vividly imagined thought. The power of the imagination and its effectiveness as a tool is unappreciated by our society. As Carl Jung once said, "The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable." Use this creative exercise to release feelings of anger, resentment, and/or hostility.

To maximize the effectiveness of this tool, read the Intentions Article "From Judgment to Love" prior to engaging in this exercise. You may find it helpful to use the guided version available on audio or you can create your own.


The Rewind, Review and Recreate Exercise

1)  Enter a Dynamic Meditation

a. Close your eyes
b. Take a few deep diaphragmatic breaths
c. Mindfully relax your body
d. Review some passive scenes to calm your mind
e. Connect with how you are feeling
f. Reconnect with yourself and perhaps something higher through Gratitude
g. Review previous successes

2)  REWIND:

a. Recall a memory of an event in which you carry resentment, anger or hostility

3)  REVIEW:

a. Review the circumstances that surrounded the event
b. Review the meanings you have assigned to it, that is, your interpretations of the event. For example, if a parent punished you, you may have interpreted that you were "a bad child," felt shame, that your parent did not love you, etc.

4)  FROM JUDGMENT TO UNDERSTANDING:

a. Consider other possible interpretations of why the party behaved the way they did. What might s/he have been trying to accomplish? How might s/he have been feeling at the time? Was s/he possibly unaware of the impact of her/his behavior? Was s/he reacting to a situation, acting out of frustration, a confused state, not knowing what else to do? Was there the possibility of a loving intention that was not obvious to you at the time? Understand and accept that you may not ever know and that it is unimportant for you to know. Open yourself up to a greater understanding of possibilities.

5) FROM UNDERSTANDING TO COMPASSION:

a. Cultivate a compassion for him/her by relating. We have all felt frustrated, confused, made less than inspired choices or behaved in inappropriate ways. Try to see the other party's perspective.

6) RECREATE:

a. Using the sacred gift of your imagination, recreate the event, as you would have wanted the event to play out. Do this as though the event were happening NOW. See how s/he behaves now that s/he is calmer, more aware, more inspired. Imagine that s/he is able to understand your perspective completely and knows how to be loving toward you.
b. Send this person love. Imagine this individual loving and embracing herself/himself, how s/he now behaves having her/his needs fully met, having creative ways to express herself/himself.

7) LOVE:

a. In a present moment context, feel the love you are now feeling, for yourself. Feel the love you are now receiving. Send her/him love. See this person happy, having a healthy sense of self and filled with peace. Feel yourself filled with love and peace.

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