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Helpful Steps in Writing Your EHE Autobiography?
Suzanne V. Brown
Why Write Your EHE Autobiography?
Think of your life as a whole tapestry of inner and outer events. Now, by concentrating on the inner, subjective side of your life (not typical in our culture), an overall pattern begins to emerge—one that is marked by threads of various personally meaningful events, feelings, connections, and outcomes. When you begin to tie together these colorful threads based on meaning and meaningfulness into your autobiography, you gain a fresh perspective on your life. In essence, you gain a larger new vision of your uniqueness, your birthright, your full human potential. By more fully envisioning your personal tapestry, you can then begin to follow these threads, recognize your own pattern, and see how your life may play a significant part in an even larger overall tapestry. Perhaps, for the first time in your life, you may gain a greater appreciation of who you genuinely are, where you have been, and where you are going.
Note: the act of writing an EHE autobiography serves as a stimulus to the recollection of forgotten events, and it requires several days or even weeks to recall many significant experiences, which once you are working on the autobiography, will spring to mind even when you are engaged in other activities, including dreams. You may also see fresh connections between experiences and life events. These new insights should be incorporated in your autobiography and will give the process of writing it a sense of flow. The main "rule" to keep in mind is not to force the writing yet to be disciplined about working on it. Each time you sit down to it, reread what you have written. In doing so new experiences and connections are likely to come to mind. Do not set a limit as to how long it will take to write it, but work at it as your schedule and inclination permits, until you feel it is "done for now."
The steps set forth below are geared to a period of writing that will take place over many days, but it is important not to let it go on indefinitely. You need to have a completed version of your EHE autobiography "to date." It is to be expected that at some later date you will again add to it, modify it, extend it. and even reinterpret it, if that feels "right’ to you.
Suggestions for Writing Your EHE Autobiography
Your EHE autobiography or personal written narrative begins with the recollection of an Exceptional Experience (EE) or perhaps even an EHE that . This may be an EE from your earliest childhood memory, one that happened more recently, the only one you can recall in your life, one you feel most comfortable writing about, or the one you consider the most spectacular. At this point, it is most important to just begin:
NOTE: You have just created a framework for writing an EHE account. At this point, the EE may become an EHE.
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