If you were to study the successful client interventions on this blog and really broke down my strategy on each one, you would find that they all have two things in common. 1. The first thing is that I had rapport with the client. They trusted me. 2. I had the client do something different from what they did before on their limitation or trauma. Brains are flexible and will cause an emotion to change if we change any part of the experience by changing the visual or auditory parts of the experience. All of the successful interventions on my blog did exactly that. It isn’t magic or brain surgery!
Here is a procedure that uses the emotion’s energy to change an emotion you would rather not have. Tom Stone started using an intervention that he calls, “ The In Technique ” over twenty years ago on painful emotions (PTSD, grief, anxiety, etc). Tom believes that when we were infants we learned to avoid pain and painful emotions.
Think about what we as humans do to avoid painful emotions. Our addictions include alcohol, drugs, food to the excess, meditation, and distractions like being a workaholic, reading fictional books, sex, movies. The list is endless. We will do almost anything that will mask, avoid, or desensitize these painful thoughts and emotions. As human beings, we all share this!
Some of you may find it hard to believe something so simple can be so transformative – until you do this exercise. It will take less than 5 minutes to do just that! Remember the focus will be on the energy of the feeling rather than the memory or thought.
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