In Law of Attraction world, you’ll hear the term ‘scripting’ a lot.
Sometimes it goes by other names.
My good friend and colleague Jeannette Maw calls it Pray Rain Journalling.
In practical magic circles there is an enhanced and highly potent version called hypersigils.
The practical applications and methodologies may be different, but the underlying principles remain the same.
Scripting is the art of writing a new reality into being.
I’m a brain science nerd, so I’m especially interested in what happens in our brains when we engage this practice.
Our brains deliver our experience of reality by filtering out a huge amount of incoming data and delivering a small portion to our conscious minds. They choose what to deliver based on a blend of context, belief and memory.
Our brains predict the future (ie what’s possible) based on what has gone before. That means that left to their own devices, our brains filter out opportunities and possibilities that are wildly inconsistent with their memories of the past.
And that includes possibilities which would be resonant with who we are and what we actually want. The opportunities are there and our eyes see them, but our brain ignores them.
Memory is utterly unreliable.
Brains do not care about accuracy, they only care about a narrative that hangs together. Brains are very open to having false memories implanted, and those memories will be every bit as ‘real’ as what ‘actually happened’.
That means we can actively give our brain some new (additional) memories based on what we want, and what’s resonant for us. Once those memories are implanted, our brain gets on board with the new possibilities opened up by that.
(And that is NOT the same as pretending stuff never happened – it’s merely opening up other possibilities)
The way we form memory means that in order for a memory to ‘stick’, it needs to have emotional and/or sensory engagement – otherwise our brain considers it too bland to be worth saving.
Emotional engagement means how that thing you want will feel once it’s here. Sensory includes the usual 5 – scent, sound etc – and also the lesser known ones – body position in space, body location in space, etc.
In order to rewire your neural pathways, to implant the desired new memories, to open up the possibilities of what you’re seeking to create, all you need is to engage a practice which immerses you in that alternative reality with as much emotional and/or sensory engagement as possible.
Write about your new desired reality as though it were already here, in as much detail as you need in order to engage the feelings you want (contentment, excitement, joy, relief, satisfaction) and the sensory engagement you want (the tastes, sights, smells, sounds and textures of it).
I like to start my scripting by describing how I wake up and wander out to the kitchen and make coffee… and then I write about whatever comes next, if I were living a day inside my new desired reality.
You might like to start out somewhere different. For example:
- the warmth of sunlight on your face as you wake up, and the excitement of contemplating a brand new day
- the sound of your lover breathing beside you in the bed and the contentment of companionship
- the smell of your child’s hair and the love you feel for her
- the taste of champagne at your book launch and the deep satisfaction of having finished it at last
If writing in detail puts your emphasis on the lack of what you want, don’t push it. That’s usually a sign that your brain has got caught up in ‘that’s a long reach, I have to plan out how to get from here to there and I don’t know how or where to start…’
Scripting is NOT about planning out the journey from here to there. It’s about writing that reality as though it were already in the here and now.
How do you avoid getting caught up in the dreaded HOWs?
You can either go very very close (a tiny improvement in your current reality, one that seems completely doable right now) or very very far out (a reality so remote from your current reality, your brain throws up its hands and gives up trying to figure out how to make stuff happen).
Scripting doesn’t even have to be written (though the act of handwriting has a potent impact on your brain, so it’s my favourite). It can be spoken (in the shower, while driving, on a dog walk). It can be drawn or painted.
But it’s a practice. Re-wiring your brain doesn’t happen with one iteration, boom done. That would be like eating junk food daily for ten years, and then thinking one piece of broccoli is going to undo the effect.
We’re re-wiring your brain. It’s the fastest organ in the human body to change, but it won’t change from doing something just once. I have had one occasion where a single, highly passionate script led to significant change. But that’s the exception rather than the rule.
This is a practice. Do it daily for a month, and only then judge whether the results are showing up.
Of course, there is much more to scripting than simply the neurological effects.
We live in a vibrational universe which responds to the frequency we transmit.
As you immerse in the feelings and sensations of this new reality you are writing into being, you transmit a clear and powerful signal to the Universe, at the frequency of that new reality. And the Universe responds.
It’s biology and the non-physical, simultaneously applied.
I highly recommend it.