Fascinating stuff by those who know…

From “Conjoint Family Therapy, ” by Virginia Satir

“All of us operate within multiple relationship systems, and our self-concepts and self-images are derived from the context of the system we are in at any particular moment in time. This means that identity is dynamic, constantly changing, and the individual has myriad potentials and contingency possibilities that are only neglected through prohibitions and sanctions preventing self-exploration and change. The limited individual has a limited self-image, which he derives from a limited context that prevents growth.”

From “The Healing Power of Emotion,” – Richard Feynman

“Which end is nearer to God, if I may use religious metaphor, beauty and hope, or the fundamental laws? I think that the right way of course, is to say that what we have to look at is the whole structural interconnection of the thing; and that all sciences, and not just the sciences but all the efforts of intellectual kinds, are an endeavor to see the connections of the hierarchies, to connect beauty to history, to connect man’s history to man’s psychology, man’s psychology to the working of the brain, the brain to the neural impulse, the neural impulse to the chemistry, and so forth, up and down, both ways. And today we cannot, and it is no use believing that we can, draw carefully a line all the way from one end of this thing to the other, because we have only just begun to see that there is this relative hierarchy. And I do not think either end is nearer to God.”

“Physiology of Behavior” – by Neil R. Carlson

NLP teaches the power of modeling behavior. If we admire a person, we can model their excellence and create it in ourselves. Scientific explanation says: “Mirror neurons are located in the ventral premotor cortex and inferior parietal lobule that respond when the individual makes a particular movement or sees another individual making that movement. They are activated, as evidenced by several functional-imaging studies, not only by the performance of an action or by the sight of someone else performing that action, but also by sounds. A functional-imaging study by Iacoboni et al. (2005) suggests that the mirror neuron system helps us to understand other people’s intentions. Mirror neurons encode not only an action but the intent of the action.”

“Flow” – by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“Happiness is not the result of good fortune or random chance. It is not something that money can buy or power command. It does not depend on outside events, but, rather, on how we interpret them. Happiness, in fact, is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately by each person. People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy.”

“Cognitive Psychology & its Implications” – by J. R. Anderson

“Brain imaging studies indicate that the same regions are involved in perception as in mental imagery. The same areas of the brain were active when participants were seeing as when they were imagining.”

“After processing a linguistic message, people usually remember just its meaning and not its exact wording. This would explain why metaphors work so effectively.”

“Hypnotherapy Scripts” – by Ronald A. Haven & Catherine Walters

“We maintain that hypnotic trance is a common everyday phenomenon that every student or professional can and should learn to utilize in a therapeutic manner. Anyone who has ever lulled a child to sleep with a bedtime story or used an analogy to convey a new idea already has engaged in virtually the same procedures we employ during hypnotherapy.”

“Hypnosis” – by Shelley Stockwell, Ph.D.

“Your subconscious mind initiates and carries out change. If you ask your conscious mind to change behaviors that live in the subconscious, it is like calling in a plumber to fix your electricity. Changing a light bulb with a pipe wrench just doesn’t work. You can’t change underlying mental patterns with the conscious, analytical mind. That’s why you may have tried to change behaviors through conscious will – and it was difficult or impossible. Real change only takes place when a decision is made and carried out on the deepest level.”

Emotions Revealed” – by Paul Ekman 

“The very practice of learning to focus attention on an automatic process that required no conscious monitoring creates the capacity to be attentive to other automatic processes…We develop new neural pathways that allow us to do it. And here is the punch line: these skills transfer to other automatic processes – benefitting emotional behavior awareness and eventually, in some people, impulse awareness.”

‘The Brain that Changes itself’ –  by Norman Doidge

“From a neuroscientific point of view, imagining an act and doing it are not as different as they sound. When people close their eyes and visualize a simple object, such as the letter A, the primary visual cortex lights up, just as it would if the subjects were actually looking at the letter A. Brain scans show that in action and imagination many of the same parts of the brain are activated.”

‘Hypnotherapy’ – by Dave Elman

“Hypnosis is a state of mine in which the critical faculty of the human is bypassed, and selective thinking established” (Elman, 1964).  The critical faculty of your mind is that part which passes judgment. It distinguishes between concepts of hot and cold, sweet and sour, large and small, dark and light. If we can bypass this critical faculty in such a way that you no longer distinguish between hot and cold, sweet and sour, we can substitute selective thinking for conventional judgment making (Elman, 1964).

Selective thinking is whatever you believe wholeheartedly. For example, if you are led to believe that you will feel no pain, and you believe it completely, you will have no pain. Let the slightest doubt come in and the selective thinking vanishes; the critical faculty is no longer bypassed. Selective thinking vanishes not only when doubt enters the picture but when fear does (Elman, 1964).”

‘You Have Been There Before’ – by Dr. Edith Fiore

“Actually, whether the former lifetimes that are ‘relived’ are fantasies or actual experiences lived in a bygone era does not matter to me as a therapist – getting results is important. I have found past-life regression consistently helpful, often resulting in immediate remission of chronic symptoms that do not return, even after months and years.”

As Dr. Joe Dispenza, a noted neuroscientist, explains it:

“The brain is made up of tiny nerve cells called neurons. These neurons have tiny branches that reach out and connect to other neurons to form a neuro-net.  Each place where they connect is incubated into a thought or a memory. Now the brain builds up all its concepts by the law of associated memory. For example: ideas, thoughts and feelings are all constructed and inner connected in this neuro-net, and all have a  possible relationship with one another. The concept and feeling of love for instance is stored in this vast neuro-net. But we build the concept of love from many different ideas. Many people have love connected to disappointment. When they think about love they experience the memory of pain, sorrow, anger or even rage. Rage may be linked to hurt, which may be linked to a specific person, which is then connected back to love.

What we have to do is make a choice regarding who is in the driver’s seat. Do we choose to control, or respond to our emotions? We know that physiologically nerve cells that fire together wire together. If you practice something over and over again those nerve cells have a long-term relationship. If you get angry on a daily basis, if you get frustrated on a daily basis, if you suffer on a daily basis, if you give reason for the victimizaton in your life, you are re-wiring and re-integrating that neuro-net on a daily basis. Now that neuro-net has a long term relationship with all those other nerve cells called an identity. We also know that nerves that don’t fire together no longer wire together. They lose their long term relationship because every time we interrupt a thought process that produces a chemical response in the body the nerve cells that are connected to each other start breaking their relationship.

There is a part of the brain called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is like a mini factory. It is a place that assembles certain chemicals that match certain emotions. Those chemicals are called peptides, which are small chain amino acid sequences. The human body is basically a carbon unit that makes about twenty different amino acids that form together to make its physical structure. The human body is a protein making machine. The hypothalamus takes small chain proteins called peptides and assembles them into certain neuro peptides or neuro hormones that match the emotional states we experience on a daily basis. So there is a chemical for anger, a chemical for sadness, and a chemical for victimization. There is a chemical for every single emotion that we experience. The moment we experience that emotional state in our body or in our brain, the hypothalamus will immediately assemble the peptide that then releases its chemical into the bloodstream finding its way to different centers of the body. Now every single cell in the body has thousands of these little receptors on the outside, and each receptor is coded to accept specific peptides. These peptides dock into these receptors much like a key going into a lock, and then the peptide sends a specific signal into the cell.

The problem is that when the cell is overwhelmed with peptides bearing the chemical signature from an emotion like sadness, the cell produces more receptors to accept that specific peptide. As a result over time, the cell has less and less receptors to accept the peptides with the chemical signatures of things like happiness, joy, gratitude, and so on. Over time it can become nearly impossible to feel anything other than sadness because that is what you have trained your body to have the most receptors for. WE LITERALLY BECOME CHEMICALLY ADDICTED TO OUR OWN EMOTIONAL STATE.

The definition of addiction is simple, it’s something that you cannot stop doing. We bring ourselves situations that will fulfill the biochemical cravings of the cells of our body by creating situations that meet our chemical needs. An addict will always need a little bit more in order to get a rush or high of what they are looking for chemically. So if you can’t control your emotional state you must be addicted to it!”

Example of hynosis by John J. Cashman, CH, BCH

“See yourself sitting at your desk or in your favorite chair, reading. You are reading at a comfortable speed and retaining everything that you read.

I now want you to notice that you are reading at twice the speed you normally do. You have not sacrificed any comprehension or retention. In fact, your comprehension and retention have also improved.

Long ago in school, you were taught to read one word at a time, but your eyes have the capability to see much more. You now accept the rapid rate that your eyes are capable of, and you allow them to do so.

The human mind can comprehend at an astronomically fast rate – faster then any computer. You now allow your eyes and your mind to read and comprehend faster and faster. Each and every time you read your eyes and your mind become faster. Your mind absorbs and retains all that you read.

You now find it easy to absorb any and all information you need whether from reading or from an instructor or video. You now see and comprehend in sentences instead of words, paragraphs instead of sentences, becoming more efficient every time you read. You become better and faster and you feel great because you are realizing a part of your potential you’ve not realized before.

You now know how fast your mind can work. You now find it easy to recall any information that you have ever read or heard. Any time you need to recall information, you simply take a deep breath and as you exhale slowly, the information needed comes to you.

Splitting Off and Welcoming Back – ‘Core Transformation’ by Connirae & Tamara Andreas

We split off many of our parts because we unconsciously concluded that in order to be loved, approved of, protected, smiled at, cuddled, fed, and played with, these parts that “misbehave” need to be “elsewhere.” We put these parts outside of ourselves to distance ourselves from them, but the results of doing this are not what we intended. These parts are split off enough from us that they don’t grow up and mature with us, so they keep running these “misbehaviors” even when we are adults. Sometimes these parts run these behaviors by projecting them onto other people. For example, if we have an angry part that we have pushed away, it may show up when we are adults as judgment of people who are angry.

Parts always form as our best effort to deal with difficulty. Regardless of how or why our parts have split off from us, we can welcome them back within us. You do not have to know how your parts were formed to discover and work with them. Most people don’t. All you need is a feeling, behavior, or thought pattern you want to change. Your beginning point for this work is always your experience now.