Based on a technique from the Milwaukee Brief Therapy center, the purpose of this exercise is to resolve memories that are intruding upon and constricting your life in the present, in the form of flashbacks or any other kind of intrusive negative thought or image.
- First of all, write down the details of the memory, thought, or image that troubles you.
- Now, write down any feeling you have about the memory, thought or image. If another person is involved in the memory, address these feelings to the person where appropriate. Include anything you would wish or say or wich you could say to that person.
- Now reread what you have written reading it aloud.
- Once you have done so, burn the pages.
While not essential, sometimes it is psychologically helpful to have another person present to hear what you read and witness the burning of the pages.