The Submodalities Reframing Pattern

Throughout numy of the patterns in this book we have already worked with the simplest form of reframing—Representational Reframing. I his refers to changing or altering sensory-based facets within, and around, our VAK representations. When we change the quality or property of how we have something coded, we frequently alter its very frame of reference.

For example, our frame of reference changes when we take one of our mental pictures and view it with a black border rather than seeing it as panoramic. Or, notice the change that results when we view it as a black-and-white snapshot rather than one with full and bright colors. When we change some of the qualities and properties within our representation coding, it can alter the very structure of the information so that it seems re-framed. And, as with all reframing, doing this thereby transforms subsequent thinking, feeling, and responding.

#23 The Six-step Reframing Pattern (Repeated here from chapter 3)

Concept. Whenever we have, so to speak, a "part" of ourselves that carries out some set of behaviors which we do not seem able to stop with our conscious mind, that part then operates outside our conscious awareness and may not accept a conscious reframe of meaning. We then may need to use an unconscious reframing model, namely, the six-step reframe.

This pattern provides a method for reprogramming a part which produces behaviors that no longer serve us well, and aligns that part so that it will produce more useful and enhancing behaviors, automatically and systematically. This represents a technology whereby we can develop new behavioral choices which we don't seem to generate from our conscious understandings.

Whenever meanings become habitual, they become unconscious. Over time, they become so streamlined, that they drop out of awareness, and become the unconscious frames of reference that we use—our default frames. This saves time, trouble, energy, etc. But it can also create problems, particularly if the meaning (program) becomes unnecessary, untrue, or unproductive.

Sometimes we ask ourselves things like, "Why do I do this?" At other times we say, "I hate the part of myself that..." This model provides a way to re-align all of our parts which, in turn, creates better integration, self-appreciation, and harmony. We sometimes fail to update our meanings so that they stay current with our ever-changing situations. Source: Bandler and Grinder (1979,1982).

The Pattern

1. Identify a troublesome behavior. "What behavior would you like to change?" Think of something that you want to do, but some part of you prevents you from doing. Or, think of something that you don't want to do but, no matter how hard you try to stop it, you do it anyway. Find a behavior that fits one of these linguistic environments: "1 want to slop X-ing." "I want to X, but something stops me." (Yes, actually you stop yourself —or some facet of you.)

2. Establish rapport. Validate the part that carries out these behavior "programs" so automatically. Also validate the frustration and discomfort you feel (or a person feels) about not feeling able to stop the behaviors. "\ want you to go inside and acknowledge the part of you that produces these behaviors."

3. Communicate with the part that produces this 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. Then say, "if this means Yi's increase in brightness, volume, intensity." "if this means No, let it decrease." If "No", increase the rapport with this part. You may also, if working with another, ask the person to allow one finger to move in response lo "Yes." Wait for a "Yes" signal. Ask for one finger to move in response to "No," to establish a "No" signed. Always thank the part for communicating.

4. Discover its positive intention. Ask the Yes/No question, "Would you feel willing to let me know in consciousness what you seek to accomplish for me that I could deem as positive by producing this behavior?" Wait for response. If you get a "Yes" response, then say, "Do I find this intention acceptable in consciousness?" "Do I want to have a part that fulfills this function?"

5. Obtain permission for change. Ask the part that creates this behavior if it would like even more and powerful choices. "II you had other ways to accomplish this positive intent that would work as well as or belter than your present behavior, would you feel willing to try them out?"

If you get a "No" response, ask the person: "Would you feel willing to trust that your unconscious has some well-intentioned and positive purpose for you, even though it won't tell you at this moment?"

6. Access your creative part—the part of you that creates, innovates, and comes up with new ideas. "Now have the part that runs the unwanted behavior communicate its positive intention to your creative part. Have the creative part generate three new choices and communicate them to the first part. Let that part give a "Yes" signal each time it selects one that it deems as good as, or better than, the original unwanted behavior.

If the part exhibits any resistance to accepting new behaviors, say, "In a moment I will reach over and take your hand and it will not lower any faster than your unconscious mind will generate and begin to use three new ways of behaving that you consider better than those you have previously used and which you find acceptable to all of your parts. And you may not have any conscious awareness of the three new behaviors, but at some point you will find yourself simply using these new behaviors/'

7. huture pace the change. Address the part and say, "Now become willing to take responsibility for using one of the three new alternative behaviors in the appropriate contexts." Let your unconscious mind identify the cues that will trigger the new choices. Use the cues to experience what it feels like to effortlessly and automatically have one of those new choices become available in that context.

8. Check for ecology. "Does any part of me object to having one of these three new alternatives?" If "Yes/'repeat steps three through eight.

(Note: Your unconscious mind has already established numerous communications with you—we call them "symptoms." Now you have a way to use these symptoms as barometers for change.)

#55 The Six-step Refraining As A Meta-States Pattern

Concept. The Meta-state model refers to bringing one "state" of consciousness (a mind-body state) to bear upon another state. This moves us to a higher logical level so that our thoughts-and-feelings refer to another state of t hough ts-and-feelings. Thus sometimes we experience fear or anger, guilt, shame, or joy. These states refer to primary slates (as we might refer to primary colors). But, when we fear our anger or fear our fear, we have moved to a higher level and created a more complex and layered form of consciousness (see Hall, 1995, 1996).

The Pattern

1. Identify the meta-part. The pattern speaks about some "part" of us that generates an unwanted behavior (either by inhibiting the response or creating a counter-response that conflicts with it) which operates at a mela-level to ourselves. "What part of you refuses to allow you to X (speak assertively, finish a task, feel motivated, etc.) or what part of you produces Y (gets defensive, takes offense, jumps to conclusion) which prevents you from X?"

2. Identify the positive intention of the part. As we engage in the discovery process of finding the part's positive intention, this also moves us to a Meta-state about that Meta-state; naming that "part" identifies the state or construct. What does this part of you do for you that you consider of positive value and importance?

3. Access and apply your creative part. Asking for our creative "part" to speak to the positive intention essentially describes the process of how we Meta-state our positive intention state to generate better choices. Think-and-feel creatively about the choices that you can produce to attain this desired outcome.

The "unconscious" factor (living without awareness of the part, the positive intention state that has driven this part and is aware of the creative alternatives that we invent via our creative state) describes the unconscious barrier that also makes us unaware of our meta-states and how they drive our experiences...apart from consciousness.

4. Future pace. Future pacing the new choices, using the "symptoms" and other signals of the "unconscious mind", shows how meta-levels (in this case the meta-meta-state of "applying the resource to the 'future'") always drives and modulates lower levels. With your new understandings, experience using this new preferred response.

5. Check ecology. Running a final ecology check activates an ecology-check state to make sure that the process works holisti-cally for our welfare.

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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