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About journaling as described by Nicole Sachs

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by pain78, Aug 1, 2018.

  1. pain78

    pain78 Newcomer

    Hi guys,

    just 2 quick questions around journaling for giving a voice to your feelings. I'd love to read people, who've had successful experience with this. I've started this process 2 weeks ago, and it seems to me that I'm kind of bringing the same topics over and over again.

    Of course, I'm sure I'll be able to find little things here and there over time, but I think I'm pretty aware of the big rocks, even though I'm searching through my childhood, daily life and personality traits.

    And this leads me to the second question: since, according to Sarno, we are not aware of those repressed feelings or emotions causing rage, how can we be sure we are really journaling about the right things? Maybe I've been journaling about things during 2 weeks that I'm fully aware of and that are absolutely not generating any TMS at all :)! I'm lost! ;)

    Any thoughts?

    Many thanks in advance...
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  2. Marinedad

    Marinedad Peer Supporter

    I feel her process is ok, but the over and over of writing negative shit and giving it a voice is counter productive and feeds the pain...I say if you need to do this make sure you are journaling about something else and give that a voice. I used her program for a couple of months and found it counter intuitive even TMS therapist said it can be very counter productive..I say journal about life and what you need to do to bring love and happiness to your life. And write this once you get that negative shit out ONCE ...Givin it a voice over and over just gives it power
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  3. pain78

    pain78 Newcomer

    Good advice. Thanks a lot for your feedback Marinedad.
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  4. plum

    plum Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hello my dear,

    I'm a long-time supporter of Nicole's work but I think the success of the method varies greatly. For immediate release I think it is very good but for more long-term journaling it didn't work for me. I'm quite sure this is a personal thing and is not reflective of Nicole's idea. As a lifelong journaler and someone deeply grounded in words this was initially perplexing for me but I came to realise I needed healing practices that are more body-oriented.

    As for your other question, the ideas around repression have evolved a bit. Generally speaking it is widely acknowledged that you do not need to unearth the repressed emotions and many question whether anything is repressed at all.

    Here is a great post written by Steve Ozanich that may help you understand this a bit more.

    http://www.tmswiki.org/forum/threads/seeking-the-grail.529/ (Steven Ozanich - Seeking the Grail)

    Please ask if you have more questions or concerns as this is a common stumbling block which many people need a bit of help with.

    Plum x
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  5. pain78

    pain78 Newcomer

    Thank you so much Plum. It's a very interesting post full of information that is really helpful and addresses my questions.
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  6. ladyofthelake

    ladyofthelake Peer Supporter

    Journaling beyond Sarno’s basic instructions didn’t work for me. It’s just not my thing. I didn’t need to know exactly what all my feelings were to get pain free.
  7. hopefuldan

    hopefuldan New Member

    Does anyone know where to get a Dr. Sarno "healing back pain" study guide? I know it comes with the DVD but I watched the DVD online so I would prefer to just buy the study guide. I have TMS and want to work Sarno's program which apparently you can do with the study guide. I know other people like Nicole Sachs, Howard Schubiner, etc... make workbooks and guides but I think it might be best to follow Dr. Sarno's directly if possible. Thanks so much!

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