How do you use the witness voice?

The internal language pattern is “what is Larry [ or your name or this body] experiencing?” I just used it to identify a pattern I was stuck in and to get ideas for a change. It may work because the language pattern creates some dissociation from the ongoing flow of feeling, while allowing impersonal and analytic thought to continue working. It is important to pause after asking the question, then experience what responses the mind sends up. Often unexpected!

Do you use the serenity prayer?

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Yes, I’m realizing that I have used this almost daily for decades. The art is finding the wisdom to know what you can’t change and what you can. Using the four voices to explore those issues is very helpful for me. When stuck, sometimes I just leap right to the action version, “Do something you can do something about!”