This type of processing is
still under development and is only offered with that caveat. Also,
it may only be suitable for some clients. In testing, it has been
effective in certain cases where the clients' complaints were about
relationships, difficulties in dealing with certain types of people,
having personality clashes or having trouble with certain "nemesis
characters." It builds on GPM theory and addresses basic
conflicts and contradictions upon which our lives play out. The below is an illustrated (and simplified)
introduction to the subject:
States of Mind: Basic Concepts
|In a troubled relationship there are some hidden
factors that make the situation worse. We tend to slip into roles and respond irrationally. One could of course look at each upset or conflict to sort it out. In
States of Mind we are, however, looking for one of the root causes. In the
illustration we see what happens in the woman's mind. She has a 'package of
images and ideas' about angry men and one of self responding. Each package is called an
Identity (ID). In certain types of conflicts, these two reactive identities are
at work. The woman will project her negative 'blue angry man
identity' onto the person in front of her. He appears 'all blue'. She will react
to this 'blue man' according to her own 'red angry woman identity'. Using the
States of Mind Processes
the woman can clear her own mind of the two irrational and opposed identities. Once that is done, the
actual relationship will change dramatically as well.
In States of Mind we find these identities as energy ridges
in the mind. We process each of them separately. The first step is
to find the Opposition Identity (Op ID). The woman can be asked to
think of a specific conflict with the man. She is asked questions in
order to locate the apparent energy ridge that represents the man in
the conflict. She is asked to describe or draw its shape and impact
on the body as it appears to her. She finds a few keywords to
describe how that role feels. The ridge can
be perceived to be anywhere; inside or outside the body; near or far away; around the head or
elsewhere. Once the basic characteristics of this energy ridge is established,
one can find the data, decisions, and fixed ideas that role operates
on. Finding and discharging that, the woman can be that role
or leave it alone at will.
Next, we find the energy ridge that represents herself
in the conflict (Own ID). An Identity contains a whole package of
experiences and incidents going way back in time. All this has been organized
into an Identity to make it quickly and easily available. It became an identity,
as the woman adopted a whole set of emotions, responses and fixed ideas to use in similar
situations. It has to some degree taken on a life of its own. This can be very
subtle — yet it can be found in the best of us
without fail. One reason the two identities persist, is that they hang up
against each other in an unresolved conflict. They are both "right"
and blindly insist on this.
There are a series of steps in States of Mind, all
designed to dissolve the two
identities as energy ridges. Once the steps are successfully
done, the woman can suddenly see her opponent for what he really is. She can now
communicate directly with him. She has no need to use or project the blue energy
ridge onto the man. It acted as prejudice and mental name
calling. Likewise, she can be herself without slipping into
the red side of the problem. She can therefore
take the lead in resolving
between them in a rational manner.
By using the various States of Mind techniques,
all kinds of new and old conflicts are being addressed. Also
turbulent periods of a person's life can be addressed as the confusion contained
therein, consisted of viewpoints in conflict.
The Super Problems Process
One technique within States of Mind is called the Super Problems Process.
It takes up a subject the client is passionate about. We find all the goals and
identities in conflict or opposition to each other within that certain area, be
it "marriage," "study," "religion," "collecting stamps," "football," "health,"
"enforcing the law," etc. We can address any subject the client is
passionate about, one after the other. Processing the area has a powerful
— just like it
happens in an Italian opera if the plot comes to a happy ending: All the efforts
and characters come together in the grand finale having learned to live and work
together. They can sing the same tune with one powerful voice!
As a result of the various States of Mind techniques unwanted conditions, physical and
emotional, are routinely alleviated. Often forgotten or innocent looking conflicts from childhood
are found and reveal heavy disturbances in the energy field. Processing them,
using States of Mind, can turn the key and unlock troubled relationships
and unwanted conditions. New circumstances in life may reveal dormant energy
ridges that can be addressed right away. At some point, all available energy
have been resolved using a number of States of Mind techniques. The woman will have reached a state of clarity
of mind, of having thoroughly cleansed her energy field. She will
have grown as a spiritual Being as a result. She will be much more
able to enjoy life. She can meet any adversity with an open mind and
a resolve that makes it seem like a game she is willing to play.
Note: in this day and age of
equal opportunity and equality among the sexes, the above example may seem
inappropriate to some. We assure you, we are not taking a stand for inequality.
We have used the example because it seems effective in getting the basic concept
across. This is because we all have known men and women who are operating in
these traditional roles of the sexes. Please note: this type of processing is
actually intended as an effective way to overcome any type of "traditional
© 2008 Rolf Dane.
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