I was pondering the other day just how much the decorations we put up in our homes represent and influence our lives. I was specifically thinking about how mirrors and pictures influence us and how the symbology that our unconscious associates with each and interprets them.
IEMT or Integral Eye Movement Therapy is the brain child of Andrew T Austin (author of The Rainbow Machine) and earlier this year I had to privilege to attend his London course and become certified as an IEMT practitioner.
The course was organised by my friend Alan Whitton of www.WestEssexHypnotherapy.com and run out of Regent’s Park collage in central London and taught by its creator: Andrew (and I will admit to getting my copy of the Rainbow Machine signed at the start of the course).
This week I was given the opportunity to work with anchors with a client and it reminded me of the importance of doing things in the proper order: When creating anchors, you must create the desired state 3 (or more) times and each time you run through it, you make the state more pronounced or at least of the same level. If you don’t, you may risk anchoring a less than optimum state.
Say for example, you wanted to be more confident in certain situations, we could build up a “confidence” anchor and attach it to a gesture such as a pinching your thumb and little finger on the left hand together. We do this by putting you into a confident state, firing the anchor (pinching the fingers) and repeating a few times (3 or more). Sounds simple, but it really is!
In the session I had this week, we used a memory revivification (basically using specific techniques to bring to life a previous memory and allow the client to really re-live it in their mind) to achieve the state of mind required by the client.
The temptation to get carried away in the creation of the state and max-out on the first or second run through was strong and it took quite an effort to hold back enough for the second and even more so for the third pass through. At one point in the second pass, the client was obviously completely engaged and was showing some fantastic signs of hypnosis: flushed skin, breathing rate change, twitching eyes and started to wonder how I would enhance the state or even match it for the third pass through!
Fortunately I managed it by getting the client to make their memory even bigger and closer than it had been before at the same time as raising my voice (which by the way is a big tip for those practitioners out there: increasing volume = increasing effect). So the three passes looked a little like this:
I asked the client to choose a memory where they were in the state that they wanted to achieve. I then asked them to run through it in their mind a couple of times to refresh it. Then, by asking questions such as “can you see each person individually” and “do you remember what you were doing before this memory”, I was able to get the client to solidify it in their mind.
Then I said that they should allow that state to start to build until they could feel it inside them now and that when I count to 3 the feeling will build and build until at 3, they should activate their chosen trigger (in this case a foot stamp) before coming back to the room.
The second pass, I asked the client to return to the memory focusing on the things that they focused on last time, but this time, I asked them to remember what they heard, what individual sounds could they hear, what was to their left, to their right, ahead and behind them. I asked them to focus on the colours in their memory and clearly see them in their mind. I asked them to remember what the floor felt like under their feet, what clothes they were wearing and how they felt.
Then I repeated the count to 3 before waking them and breaking the state.
As I said earlier, I was a little worried I’d over-egged pass 2, but I once again got them to return to the memory, but this time make all the colours brighter and more vivid (and I named a few colours to focus on), then I turned to the sound and told them to make the sounds louder and louder until they were almost too loud and lastly that they should step completely into the memory making it massive and all around them so that they could turn around in their own memory and experience it in a 3D, surround sound, smell-o-vision experince before counting to 3 to set the trigger.
Needless to say, the client was blown away and he said that he was feeling amazing afterwards.
The point I am trying to make with this post is that a sense of scale and perspective is essential when working with any form of trance: from phobias where we ask the client to set out on a scale of 1 to 10 how much their phobia affects them, to creating anchors and remembering to increase the scale of the effect each time.