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Shifting Your Way of Being with Opening Up by Writing It Down: A High Vibe Book Recommendation

March 20, 2024 Liz Gracia Episode 209
Your Weekly Dose of Higher Consciousness
Shifting Your Way of Being with Opening Up by Writing It Down: A High Vibe Book Recommendation
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Have you ever felt stuck, weighed down by past traumas or emotional blocks?

I'm Liz Gracia. In this transformative journey, I'll introduce you to the power of therapeutic journaling, a method that's not just about recording daily events but also about uncovering and healing the deeper parts of yourself.

"Opening Up by Writing It Down" by James W. Pennebaker and Joshua M. Smyth is our guide. It demonstrates how expressive writing isn't just cathartic—it's a pathway to higher consciousness and profound healing. 

We'll uncover the benefits that differentiate it from a typical diary and discuss why certain popular self-help strategies might do more harm than good. This enlightening conversation promises to shift your perspective on the written word and its potential for personal growth.

Let's explore high-consciousness energy fields, particularly the significance of the 270 level and how it affects every facet of our being—from the peaceful jingle of wind chimes to the profound impact of coherence healing. 

Media consumption isn't just about entertainment; it's a choice that can limit or expand our truths. 

This episode will also contemplate the essence of 'calling' and 'humility' and how the 270 energy field concepts can constructively influence our life path and interactions with others. 

Through personal anecdotes and insights from "Opening Up by Writing It Down," I will share with you the remarkable ways journaling has enhanced my emotional well-being and nurtured my physical health. 

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Hey there. Have you ever felt like you're stuck in a rut, unable to move forward in life, or maybe you've been through a traumatic event that's left you emotionally drained and unable to cope? If so, then this month's self-help book recommendation might be just what you need to help you shift on some level. Join me as I share a powerful tool for changing circumstances, feelings and beliefs in your life that don't serve you A self-help book that's been calibrated above 200 on Dr David R Hawkins' Map of Consciousness. That's the topic of this episode of your weekly dose of higher consciousness called Shifting your Way of being, with opening up by writing it down A high-vibed book recommendation. But hold on there, cowboys and cowgirls. Stick around until the end of the podcast to find out which popular self-help book you should avoid. This may surprise you. So grab a cup of tea and get ready to expand your mind and discover new ways to improve your overall well-being. But before I get into today's tool and topic, my name is Liz Garcia. I'm your happy host of your weekly dose of higher consciousness. I'm also founder and editor-in-chief of the MindBodySpiritNetworkcom, which brings you this podcast. My intention with these influential self-help books, which have been calibrated above 200 on the map of consciousness is to introduce you to luminary healers, visionary teachers, bestselling authors, celebrated agents of change and content that can help you shift on some level, whether that be emotional, mental, physical or spiritual. And today is no exception. And, as a reminder, albert Einstein has been famously quoted as saying you can't solve a problem from the level of consciousness that created it, and you certainly can't solve a problem from a low level of consciousness, like the book I recommend you avoid that I share at the end of today's podcast. So let's get started. So this month's high-vibre self-help book recommendation is called Opening Up by Writing it Down, by James W Pennabaker and Joshua M Smythe, both PhDs, and this is only available. I guess there was a textbook, but it looked like it's a free audio file on Amazon. So if you're a podcasting listener, you'll appreciate the free audio file that I discovered over on Amazon. So, according to consciousnesscalibrationscom, this book has an all-dimensions calibration of 270 on the map of consciousness. Now, this is the energy calibration of the content of the book, not the authors. It has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon and Goodreadscom.

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Now the book, the energy of the book, is a 270 calibration and we're going to share other things that are the similar energy. But in essence, what's going on with the book is it's introducing you to the notion of therapeutic journaling, and I found a calibration for therapeutic journaling on consciousnesscalibrationscom as well. What it is is an internal process of using the written word to express the full range of emotions, reactions and perceptions that we have related to difficult, upsetting or traumatic life events. So the energy of therapeutic journaling is an all-dimensions calibration of 300 on the map of consciousness, or 10 to the 300th power. And what's interesting about this energy is that it's the energy of normal, balanced and sane. So if you have some area in your life that is not normal, balanced and sane, therapeutic journaling is the same energy that's going to get you to normal, balanced and sane Just sane. And again, the content of the book is different at 270, because the content is different than the actual, the effect of therapeutic journaling. It's a different thing. So it's not better than it's just different. And this is a great thing I came across today that really got me thinking and understanding calibrations better.

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And what? Brian Gibbs, who's the founder of consciousnesscalibrationscom? He does all the calibrations. He understands this stuff. He's been doing it over, I think, close to nine years, if not more, by now. So he's in the groove. He doesn't have to think about anything, he just does the calibrations because he's always in the context of the scale. So there's a context to everything that he does.

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So what's interesting is there's a calibration for the effect of therapeutic journaling. So what's the energy of therapeutic journaling? It's the energy of 300. And the effect is to align you with the energy of normal, balanced and sane essentially. So it's an effect. Doing therapeutic journaling creates an effect on you. That's the energy of 300. Now, as opposed to what's the calibration of a motivation? So this is where I'm starting to better understand Brian's all dimensions calibration when he brings it all together, like what's the motivation, what's the effect, what's, you know, whatever? So motivation is different than effect. So the motivation of keeping a diary or journal is the energy of 350 or 10 to the 350th power. It's a different energy and the effect of keeping a diary or journal is likely 300 energy. It's like bringing you into balance and sanity and normalcy. And apparently the motivation energy of keeping a diary or journal at 350 is the energy of the significance of daily reflection.

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So there's a lot of calibrations going on here today, but this is really good to put things into context for you and make things relative to other things. Again, I did a whole episode on higher doesn't mean better, except for when you're looking at below 200. Like, 200 is not going to help you. It's destructive, downward pulling, negatively oriented energy. So 200 above could be, you know, could be said to be better if your intention is to be inspired, creative, constructive, upward lifting, right, there's a difference, so alright.

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So let's get back to putting today's book, the Energy of 270, into further context and I know if you're a frequent listener, you know that I like to share other things in the same energy field. What are the things that are swimming around in this pool of consciousness that, if you give your attention to it, you're going to start attracting this energy into your experience? 270 is a positively oriented pool of energy worth attracting, worth considering with, adding to your list of things you know, list of rules to live by. Like maybe this year you have an issue in your life you just want to bring into a normal, sane and balanced way of being right. You want to be normal, sane and imbalanced about some particular issue in your life. This therapeutic journaling can bring you there and this could be one of your list of top rules to live by right now. Right, that dynamic list that can change as things shift for you. You change your list and you give yourself a different interest or focus on something.

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Okay, so, according to consciousnesscalibrationscom, other things in this energy field the energy field of 270, are, first of all, wind chimes. Who doesn't love the sound of wind chimes while you're lying out in a you know hammock or sitting on the beach or near a porch that has a wind chime on it, oh my God, that feels so good to me. That's a 270 energy field. That's what it feels, the energy of what you're feeling. Super interesting to consider.

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There's also something called coherence healing and I really want you to listen to this because it's related to what we're talking about. It's related to giving your attention to some content, like the book I'm recommending verses, really importantly, not giving your attention to some low vibe book that I'm going to share at the end, which many of us do. We give our attention to books by famous and renowned teachers or supposed experts and the content of what they're sharing is low vibe. That's not ideal. And listen to the definition of coherence healing because it's going to speak to you. Why that is true.

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So, coherence healing, which is essentially saying be selective in what you watch, read, hear and listen to when it comes to taking in external information. Eventually, this information will become your truth. You do not want lower consciousness to become your truth because it's going to feel true to you. It's not going to be helpful to you in the long run and you're going to be stuck with this glass ceiling over your head that you can't break through because your truth is stuck in lower consciousness. Just saying I have a lot of.

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I've interacted with a lot of people. Many young people like to speak about their truth, which is not to disparage anyone. It just depends on what their perspective is. What level of consciousness are they coming from? And you can pick it up by what their truth is Like. Okay, you're putting your attention on sentimentality which, believe it or not, is a low vibe. It's a lower consciousness energy field. You don't want to get stuck in that. That's a victimhood energy. Anything below 200 is the energy of some form of victimhood which we all love to play the victim in some area of our lives. But do we really want to get stuck there? I don't think so, because you're swimming in a pool that's going to attract more sharks into the tank, so to speak.

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Okay, so another energy of 270 is your calling, or, as the Google dictionary describes it, a strong urge towards a particular way of life or career. So the energy of feeling your calling is a 270 energy which is positively oriented, constructive and upward lifting. Pay attention to that and, as I'm reading this, I'm paying attention to that in my own life. What do I feel? A strong urge towards A particular way of being, and I'm noticing that in my life right now, because I keep being drawn into what I'm doing. Even though I get distracted, I keep being brought back and focused like a magnet on what I'm currently doing. So this overall energy of having a calling is 270, though it can, there can be a range of 205 to 300.

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Thank you, depending on your own level of consciousness or perspective on this particular issue, it's also at 270 is the level of humility, which is a. It's a. Having humility is a power playing consciousness, and I'm still working with that one. I understand it because it's proven to be of higher consciousness. Well, what does that mean for me? How do I, how do I behave in the world with humility and acceptance of others type of thing, and letting go of thinking you know what all. Because, guess what? Dr Hawkins, who is of the highest subconscious, brilliant um physician, came into this world like, I think, at 460, which is the energy of excellence and science and mastery. You know, um, he? He says over and over again we know nothing. Right, stop thinking you know anything and have humility about everything and everyone, and things will go your way much more smoothly. All right, so let's get to um the description of the book. Again, the book is called opening up, by writing it down, by James W Pennebaker and Joshua M Smythe, s-m-y-t-h. They're both P-H-D's. I hope I pronounced his name correctly. So here's his description.

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Expressing painful emotions is hard, yet it can actually improve our mental and physical health. This is true. I experienced it all the time. We shouldn't have to be convinced of it, right? Not to say that you have to express pain and emotions and project them all over somebody else. That's not what they're saying. This is internal, like processing.

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Okay, this lucid, compassionate audio book has introduced tens of thousands of listeners to expressive writing, a simple yet powerful self-help technique grounded in scientific research. Writing experts, james W Pennebaker and Joshua M Smythe, describe how taking just a few minutes to write about deeply felt personal experiences or problems may help you heal old emotional wounds, feel a greater sense of well-being, decrease stress, improve relationships, boost your immune system. Good stories and examples yield compelling insights into secrets, self-disclosure and the hidden price of silence. This third edition incorporates findings from hundreds of recent studies and includes practical exercises to help you try expressive writing for yourself. It features extensive new information on specific health benefits, as well as when the approach may not be helpful. That's good to know. You may not be ready for the approach due to whatever it may be that they have found.

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I have found journaling Everything that they're speaking about here. I have partaked in in my own way and have had tremendous results to remove any sort of emotional block, let go of trauma, stuck energy, which you know we talk about this in our emotion code, body code and belief code sessions that I've had with Linda Armstrong and shared with you on this podcast. I have had tremendous success in journal expressing and writing down and journaling. Journaling opens up the energy of the heart, which is a total power play in consciousness and open heart. The heart chakra is like a 500 energy field. You know that would be a great thing to have available to you on a daily basis, as opposed to have it shut down and blocked. Okay, so this opening up by writing it down is wonderfully narrated by Douglas James and comes with a downloadable PDF which includes all writing exercise contained in the book. That's a well worth one.

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If you're a self-help junkie in a good way, this is a great one. And if you have any sort of stuck emotional trauma, beliefs, feelings that you have been unable to get out, you don't have to go to a therapist to do it. You can start with the book and then get therapy and help. If you want to remove the blocks to getting therapy, we can all have blocks to getting help, but this is like a way to get self-help so that you can start moving the beaver dam in different directions, so the river can start flowing through, tributaries can start opening up in your life. Okay, so that's it for this month's self-help book recommendation. Now I promise I'd start sharing popular self-help books.

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I recommend you avoid and this is not to disparage the author, but to make you aware of what you're giving your attention to and buying into self-help gurus you assume you can trust due to their celebrity. Okay, this is a huge problem you do not want to give. This is what I'm talking about. Coherence healing. Go back to coherence.

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Healing is, if you're reading a self-help book like the one I'm going to share with you today and you buy into it, you are essentially creating a new truth for yourself. Right, it will become your truth, even though the content of the book holds no truth or power in it to help you. It's, by nature and calibration, negatively oriented, downward, pulling and destructive, whether you believe it or not. And the ego likes to think it's right and it wants to follow popular gurus because they got a million followers on Facebook or Instagram or blah, blah, you know, whatever. Again, it's all. Marketing is what it is. It's a marketing engine, not a self-help, a true self-help engine. It's a self-promotion thing.

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The energy of it you know some of it for sure. Okay, so the book that I recommend you not read and I know a lot of people have read it and liked it, and it's got over 10,000 four and a half star reviews on Amazon, close to 11,000 four and a half star reviews on Amazon but guess what? It doesn't have the energy to help you. It has the energy to keep you stuck, resentful and disappointed. Okay, so the book is the Universe has your Back by Gabrielle Gabby Bernstein.

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It calibrates at 185 on the map of consciousness, and other things that are swimming around in this energy pool of consciousness are seeing the world through rose tinted glasses, which is essentially the energy of delusional, this interesting thing that's out there called girl boss. And what girl boss is according to Wikipedia, and now I didn't really know what it is, but I've seen pictures of, you know, photographs with women that have girl boss across their chests on a t-shirt or, you know, pumping their chest like a gorilla, like I'm a girl boss. It's very egotistical, arrogant type of thing. So the Wikipedia word is girl boss is a neologism which denotes a woman whose success is defined in opposition to the masculine business world in which she swims upstream. So it's kind of an anti-male position which is negatively oriented by nature. It's a me against them, it's a polarization, it's a total victimhood energy and I'm like, so done with victimhood, even though I still am swimming around in victimhood and some things. This one I don't need to buy into, and I don't need to buy into hating half of the world. Right, men and women alike are suffering all over the world. We all are equally suffering in different ways. So to disparage men and to be against men is foolish. It's just going to bring you, keep you stuck in victimhood, because you're not victim to a man, you're not victim to anyone, but what you hold in mind. Okay, interestingly enough, if you want to read this book, the Universe has your Back. It's going to keep you. You're going to be swimming around in the same energy as low self-esteem, which calibrates at 185.

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Now, again, this is not to disparage the author, but to make you aware that not all popular self-help gurus are helpful. They keep you stuck in lower consciousness attractor fields which, by nature, are downward pulling, negatively oriented, destructive. And what I've read from Brian Gibbs over at Consciousness Calibrations is that many of these books give you what he calls an egotistical energy boost. It's not a true power energy boost, it's a boost to the ego. And ego boosts are not sustainable because they hold no power or truth from which to build a foundation. It's like trying to build a foundation against the tide on the beach, right, it's going to keep getting washed away. If you're going to keep trying to put it up there, it's going to keep getting washed away. There's no power to hold that foundation in place. There is no foundation for it and, based on my understanding of consciousness and the distribution of consciousness throughout the world which, if you listen to my latest podcast, I introduced you to the distribution of consciousness throughout the world and based on this, I think it's fair to say that at least 50%, if not more likely 75%, of self-help books and popular gurus calibrate below 200 like this one do.

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And again, you wouldn't know any better in the absence of understanding, consciousness and what's really going on, letting go of the juice of the ego. The juice of the ego dominates this world right now, in general, unfortunately. So you just got to be aware, because do you want the universe, everything that's spoken about in the universe, to have your back, become your truth? If you do, then you're going to attract stuff disappointment, anger, resentment, bitterness, all kinds of this stuff into your experience, which is fine if this is what your spirit came up, came here to experience and transcend. Like don't, don't beat yourself up over liking this book, but I'm just saying you got to take a closer look and understand what you're dealing with, right? It's like putting your hand on a hot stove. You got to learn.

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Okay, how do you feel? And people could feel a boost. If you're feeling a boost from this book, know that it's an ego boost. That's it. It's not sustainable Because you haven't stepped into courage on whatever it is you're trying to resolve and you're living in some delusional universe that holds no truth, right? Some La La Land, it's like woo, woo, new ageism, right? It's that type of stuff that holds no truth, reason or rationality. Okay, so that's it for this month's high vibe book recommendation and low vibe self help book example to avoid. I hope you found this episode enlightening. I will see you again next week.

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