I once heard a friend say how scared she felt about some planned, necessary surgery. I imagined that she was frightened about the operation itself or the anesthesia or her recovery time. I asked, “What are you the most scared about?” Her answer surprised me. She was most scared about spending so much money on herself. She did not hesitate to spend similar amounts on other members of her family.
I suggested that she experiment with saying the sentences with the target, “this belief that I don’t deserve to spend money on myself.” She did. A few days later I asked if she was still scared about spending money on the surgery and she shrugged and said, “It will be whatever it is.” She did not even seem to remember how scared she had been. She had the procedure and recovered quickly.
If there was some incident in her past that was connected to spending money on herself, she never explored what it was. She simply recovered the energy frozen into dreading the upcoming operation.
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