Interviewing your deeper self

Written by Amie on October 6, 2009 – 1:31 am -

Question Number one is…

I want to share another process with you that I did early on in my healing, and I continue to do when I feel the need. It is a self interview to find out more about yourself. Sounds funny, I know. I was hesitant to do this process because I thought I knew myself. Well, come to find out, I had no idea who I really was and what I really like to do! Of course, there were a few things that I knew, but overall, I did not know myself very well at all! This is a process that works best if you can give yourself time to sit and ponder the questions, to let them seep in, so to speak, before really answering. I gave myself a few hours to read over the questions and to ponder my answers. This exercise will help you connect on a deeper level with yourself. It isn’t as useful if you just answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. I realized I was in the habit of answering without really thinking through how I felt on a deeper level. Sometimes parts of us get buried so deep, we may forget they ever existed. This exercise helps you remember those buried treasures!

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Here are some of the questions I use:

1. What is the one thing you love to do that you haven’t done in a very long time?

2. Was there something artistic you loved to do as a child? If so, what was it? Do you still do this activity?

3. What is your favorite color?

4. What did you want to be “when you grew up”?

5. Is there something in your life you do on a regular basis but you hate doing it?

6. If you could do anything you want to do, without money and failure being a worry, what would you do?

7. What experience deeply affected you but you never told anyone?

8. What is one trait about yourself you are proud of?

9. If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

10. Where are you listed on your list of priorities? Are you on there at all?

Make your own list of questions

This is just a start. You can ask yourself any questions you want to. When I do this exercise, my questions are adjusted to reflect what is happening in my life at the time. The first few times I did this, I tried to skip over questions, or I would just answer ” don’t know”. Then I realized how valuable it is to check in with myself, and how seldom I did this. “Am I enjoying my life, am I happy with the way things are going, did I agree to something that I really didn’t want to do?”These are questions I was able to answer when I allowed myself the time to wait for my real answers. This exercise is another level to my awareness practice. For me, I had to check with myself often, so I could stay connected to myself. A “quick” self interview can be used during those busy times when you only have a few minutes. Checking in to see how you really feel about something is important when staying in the present moment. When we are in the present moment, we stay connected to our truth.

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