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I came up with this concept after watching a Teal Swan video about Spiraling Negativity I watched on YouTube. She borrowed Abraham-Hicks' emotional scale in finding the better feeling mood. If we feel depressed we can't take the leap to happiness. This is why telling someone in despair to think positive thoughts proves impossible. You can't get there from there as Abraham tells us through Esther Hicks, just like you can't get from Boston to San Francisco without traveling the route.
So I'm using the example of a relationship breakup which leaves most people in despair unless they're one of the rare folks that feels liberated and enjoys the forward process of moving on. I'm including the song "Valentine's Day" by Billy Bragg because along with Carole King's "It's Too Late" this song captures the energy of despair and if you're already there this acts as a launching off point. Start where you are, not where you would like to be.
Next let's take a step up the ladder to anger since this emotion brings relief to depression. I'm choosing a song by Tori Amos since this artist conveys this emotion well without saturating us in it.
From anger, we move to pessimism. Again, I'm turning to Billy Bragg since he's clever with conveying this emotion in his songs.
Finally, for hope, I'm including Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" but I could easily substitute songs by Stevie Wonder who has a repertoire of hopeful songs.
For someone enduring a recent breakup, repeat this exercise several times a day until you actually start feeling hopeful. Remember that breakups require a grieving process so practice patience and self-care. If this exercise does not apply to you directly then share it with a friend, colleague or client who would benefit.
Note: I used pop songs for this post, but you can substitute other types of music and then end the session with sound healing tools, such as tuning forks or singing bowls. Toning also works. If you know the key of the person you're working with, use that key for sound healing work.