Have a worry that you just can’t shake? Finding yourself with an issue, or situation, that you can’t seem to resolve? Feeling a little overwhelmed by life?
Maybe it’s time to get it out of your head. Maybe it’s time to give it to the Universe, or that part of your brain that, for some reason, you just can’t seem to access at the moment.
This online version of The God Box, allows you to type out your worries, your concerns and your desires. Once you click Submit to Box, and the contents of the red box disappear, it’s gone. It now belongs to the universal energy, and you cannot take it back.
Simply use the text area contained within the red box to type whatever you wish, and click Submit to Box. Whatever you’ve typed into the box, and once you’ve hit Submit to Box and the contents have cleared, it is no longer retrievable.*
You will find a more detailed explanation of The God Box, below the red text area.
The God Box – A Simple Technique to Reduce Worry**
The God Box is a useful method for helping you to let go of worry, reducing anxiety and for solving the seemingly insoluble problem. You could also call this your Higher Self Box, or Let It Go Box – whatever suits you. Generally, it is a physical box that allows one to place items inside, but not to retrieve them once they are contained within.
This is a technique that originates from 12-Step Programs and many thousands of people have found it very effective. It works like this – quite simply you write down whatever issue it is that is concerning you that you have been unable to resolve or let go of. You then place the piece of paper in the God Box and relinquish control of fixing the situation to a higher power.
Whenever you think of the problem again, you just say to yourself, “It’s OK, it’s in The God Box – I haven’t been able to sort this out, I’ll let a higher intelligence do it for me”.
You don’t have to believe in God for this to work. If you don’t have any spiritual beliefs you may wish to think of this higher power as:
- that part of you that is connected with the great intelligence that orders all things –the intelligence for instance, that is always trying to maintain balance in our bodies without any effort on our part (and despite our best attempts to throw it out of balance!),
- or the intelligence that can change a caterpillar into a butterfly.
- or maybe quite simply that part of your brain that will bring to mind the name that you are trying to remember, that can seem to pop into the head out of the blue, once you let go of it and stop trying to remember.
You can put anything you like in the box. Thing like:
- apprehension about the future,
- concerns about your health,
- your anxiety,
- worries about your children, or how to deal with your children
- issues with your relationships
- the inability to effectively deal with your shortcomings (i.e., your tendency to be impatient or lonely or angry),
- even something as simple as forgetting where you’ve put something.
Basically, this is the same as:
- what author Richard Carlson calls “putting things on the back burner of your mind,”
- or Eckhardt Tolle calls “living in the now,”
- what Meher Baba was encouraging us to do when he famously said, “do what you can and then don’t worry, be happy”.
You will find this practice at the center of all effective self-help techniques and all spiritual practices.
The beauty of The God Box is the physical component of writing your concern down and placing it in the box. The mind enjoys the finality of that gesture and isn’t so tempted to keep revisiting the concern because it is physically safely tucked away in the box and handed over to a higher intelligence to sort out.
The simplicity of this technique belies its power. It combines something of the benefits of journal writing with the immense benefits of being able to let go of thinking about those issues that you cannot or don’t know at present how to change.
By writing out our thoughts, we give them more structure, rather than endlessly going round and round without direction and having to keep coming back to the same thoughts again and again in an attempt to sort the issues out.
The mind has the tendency to constantly go off on tangents and writing is one way of bringing much needed focus to the mind. The end result is a quieter, more peaceful mind and because we are not so caught up in our worries we are more open to picking up on those things that are going to help us.
The God Box is not an excuse for sitting back and doing nothing. You continue to make decisions and take action when appropriate.
*Please note: The text contained in the box must disappear once you’ve clicked Submit to Box for this to be true. If, for some reason, the content fails to disappear, you must manually delete the text within it to assure that what you’ve written is not accessible by others.
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**This definition of The God Box, that I have slightly altered, comes from www.anxietyunravelled.com. I chose to use it because I couldn’t have written a better description if I tried.