The Disidentification Pattern

Concept. Sometimes we over-identify with some facet of our life experiences—our beliefs, body, gender, race, etc. Such over-identification can lead to conceptually positing one's self as dependent upon external qualities and actions, thereby constructing the self as a victim, dependent, etc.

Assagioli (1965, 1973) provided a process for discovering one's higher self by creating an "exercise in dis-identification" (116) which begins by becoming "aware of the fact, 'I have a body, but I am not my body'."

Every time we identify ourselves with a physical sensation we enslave ourselves to the body... . / have an emotional life, but I am not my emotions or my feelings. 1 have an intellect, but I am not that intellect. I am I, a center of pure consciousness.

Assagioli used the linguistic environment ("I have...I am not...") to apply this dis-identification to our other human powers and expressions ("I have a will, T am not a will," etc.). Then, using hypnotic language patterns, he wrote out an entire induction for accessing this state-about-a-state:

I put my body into a comfortable and relaxed position with closed eyes. This done. I affirm, "1 have a body but 1 am not my body. My body may find itself in different conditions of health or sickness; it may be rested or tired, but that has nothing to do with my self, my real T.' My body is my precious instrument of experience and of action in the outer world, but it is only an instrument. I treat it well; I seek to keep it in good health, but it is not myself. I have a body, but I am not my body.

I have emotions, but I am not my emotions. These emotions are countless, contradictory, changing, and yet 1 know that I always remain I, my-self, in times of hope or of despair, in joy or in pain, in a state of irritation or of calm. Since I can observe, understand and judge my emotions, and then increasingly dominate, direct and utilize them, it is evidence that they are not myself. I have emotions, but I am not my emotions.

I have desires, but J am not my desires, aroused by drives, physical and emotional, and by outer influences. Desires too are changeable and contradictory, with alternations of attraction and repulsion. I have desires, but they are not myself.

I have an intellect, but I am not my intellect. It is more or less developed and active; it is undisciplined but teachable; it is an organ of knowledge in regard to the outer world as well as the inner; but it is not myself, 1 have an intellect, but I am not my intellect."

After this dis-identification of the 'I' from its contents of consciousness (sensations, emotions, desires, and thoughts), I recognize and affirm that I am a Centre of pure self-consciousness. I am a Center of Will, capable of mastering, directing and using all my psychological processes and my physical body.

What am 1 then? What remains after discarding from mif self-identity the physical, emotional and mental contents of my personality, of my ego? It is the essence of myself—a center of pure self-consciousness and self-realization. It is the permanent factor in the ever varying flow of my personal life. It is tluit which gives me the sense of being, of permanence, of inner security. I recognize and I affirm myself as a center of pure self-consciousness. I realize that this center not only has a static self-awareness but also a dynamic power; it is capable of observing, mastering, directing and using all the psychological processes and the physical l>ody. I am a center of awareness and of power.

Over-identifying with temporal facets of self or with our situation causes us to become "possessed" by the identification. We then become our roles, our masks, our emotions, etc. And, this, in turn, "tends to make us static and crystallized...prisoners.

Hypnotism and Self Hypnosis v2

Hypnotism and Self Hypnosis v2

HYPNOTISM is by no means a new art. True, it has been developed into a science in comparatively recent years. But the principles of thought control have been used for thousands of years in India, ancient Egypt, among the Persians, Chinese and in many other ancient lands. Learn more within this guide.

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