The Sixstep Re framing Pattern

Concept. As we get "organized" in the way we think, feel, speak, and behave we develop some facet of ourselves (a "part"). These parts operate not only to accomplish outcomes, but they also establish our meanings. And when our meanings become habitual, they drop out of our conscious awareness. As we no longer consciously attend them, they begin to operate at unconscious levels. So behind every belief, emotion, behavior, habit, etc., we have some "part" organized to accomplish something of value due to some frame of reference (or meaning).

Over time these parts become more and more streamlined or automatic and function as our b¿^sic frames of reference. Ibis saves us time, trouble, energy, etc.: an "ecology" of mind (Bateson, 1972). Yet this can also create major problems for us. As things change, our organized "parts" can come become increasingly irrelevant, inaccurate, ¿ind sabotaging. If, as a child, we developed a p¿irt to "keep our mouth shut" because "kids ought to be seen, not heard," then we might have installed a "non-assertive" program based on those old meanings. Initially, that part functioned appropriately ¿md usefully but, over time, we can simply outgrow those old programs.

The six-step reframing pattern addresses "programs" of behaviors, huibits, emotions, etc., that have become so unconscious, automatic, and unyielding to c±umge that wre now need to address them at an unconscious level. This technology becomes useful when conscious thought (as in goal-setting, education, or reframing) doesn't work, or when the response continues to operate even against our better judgment. This pattern works well for habits such as smoking, nail biting, phobic responses, etc. If you say to yourself, "Why do 1 do this?" or "1 hate the part of me that..." then try this pattern.

This pattern provides a way to re-align our parts. That, in turn, creates better integration, self-appreciation, and harmony. Our unconscious mind has already established numerous communications with us—we call them "symptoms." This pattern gives us a way to use these symptoms in developing more functional behaviors.

The Pattern

1. Identify a behavior that you find troublesome. Find a behavior that fits one of these formats:

"I want to stop doing X."

"I want to do X, but something stops me."

2. Communicate with the "part" that produces litis behavior. Go inside and ask, "Will the 'part' of me that generates this behavior communicate with me in consciousness?" Wait for and notice your internal responses: feelings, images, sounds. Always thank the part for communicating. Say, "If this means Yes, increase in brightness, volume, intensity." "If this means No, let it decrease." (You may also use idiomotor signals such as designating one finger to move in response to "No" and another in response to "Yes".)

3. Discover its positive intention. Ask this Yes/No question: "Would you agree to let me know in consciousness what you seek to accomplish by producing this behavior?" Wait for response.

If you get a Yes, then ask yourself, "Do I find this intention acceptable in consciousness?" "Do 1 want to have a part that fulfills this function?" If No, then ask the part, "If you had other ways to accomplish this positive intent that would work as well as, or better than, this behavior, would you agree to try them out?'"

If you get a No, then ask yourself, "Would I agree to trust that my unconscious has some well-intentioned and positive purpose for me, even though it won't tell me at this moment?"

4. Access your creative part—the part of you that comes up with new ideas. Anchor it. Now ask the part that runs the unwanted behavior to communicate its positive intention to your creative part. Using the positive intention, have the creative part generate three new behaviors which it would evaluate as useful or more valuable than the unwanted behavior, and to then communicate these behaviors to the first part.

5. Commit the part. "Will you now agree to use one of the three new alternative behaviors in the appropriate contexts?" Let your unconscious mind identify the cues that will trigger the new choices, and experience fully what it feels like to effortlessly and automatically have one of those new choices become available in that context.

6. Check for ecology. "Does any part of me object to having one of these three new alternatives?"

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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