has a Wise Mind. Even people who have no interest in
Wise Minds have one. Everyone can come up with a wise
way of seeing something. If you ask people what their
Wise Mind would say about their food or their habits
or their family, they'd come up with something. It might
be something like: "My Wise Mind tells me that
I need more broccoli. I need more oranges. I need to
take walks. I'm working too hard. I need to be more
attentive to my wife. I know that everything is going
to be okay. I'm feeling very wise."
versions of this might be: "My Wise Mind is telling
me that everything that's happening right now is leading
me on my true path, and though it all seems very difficult,
it has a positive outcome. It's leading me on my true
path of service to humanity. It's just a matter of timing,
and everything will work out for the highest good."
has a Wise Mind, and it is here to serve us, to help
us to ultimately transform darkness into light, resolve
our problems and lighten our load. To this end, a special
process has come through me over a period of time. It's
based on the inner healing principle of "Experience-Release-Transform."
It's a product of contemporary invention combined with
the wisdom of the ages.
This is a
simple yet effective technique that you can use at any
time. Based on both Eastern and Western thought, it
can help you with fears, pain, negative thoughts, traumas,
and much more.
What It's About
has four or five steps - depending on how much you'd
like to do with it. Each step has a reason and a purpose.
Each leads to the next step. Here are the steps:
- Pay attention to what is going on inside. Describe
- Take a deep breath in, and breathe deeply into whatever
you're experiencing. As you breathe out, disperse
it. Break it up into tiny molecules, and release it.
Do this as many times as you like.
- Ask your Wise Mind what it would like to tell you
- Find a word or a phrase that symbolizes the healing
and transformation of your experience or issue. Put
your thumb together with your index finger, and say
your word or phrase.
- A possible fifth step: Check to see how you feel,
and see if there's anything else you need to pay attention
to. See whatever else is needed here for your healing.
can be used in or out of hypnotherapy, and it can be
used by professionals and non-professionals alike. It
can be used together with whatever else you're already
doing, or it can be used instead of what you're doing
now. You can use all of the steps together, or you can
use one or two or three of the steps individually. Let's
take a look at each one of these steps to see what's
behind it, and let's see how the process can be used.
Step One: Pay Attention to What's Happening
One of the
greatest ways to heal and transform is first to fully
explore and experience what is taking place in your
life, especially what is taking place within you. Too
often in our society we skip this step. "Go take
this purple pill, and you'll obliterate your symptoms."
This is what we're told time and time again. Suppress
it, ignore it, remove it without looking at it. In Buddhist
psychology, on the other hand, the idea is to first
take a look at what's there. See how you might describe
it. In paying attention to it, you might find that some
emotions come up, and that's fine too. You might even
find that simply in paying attention, the symptom goes
away. You might find that something is taking place
within you that you didn't even know was there. This
can be a revelation. The Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh,
calls it "looking deeply." It's a necessary
step to becoming free.
It might be
a tightness in the stomach. It might be a sadness in
the heart. It might be constricted breathing. Stay with
it, describe it, pay attention to it. Then you can first
own it, and it can transform.
Step Two: Breathe Into It, and Exhale it Out
You can take
a long, slow breath in, and you imagine that you're
breathing that breath directly into your experience
of your issue. It might be a pain or a difficult thought
or a deep old wound. Breathe into your experience of
it. Then as you exhale, you imagine that the solidity
of the issue changes, and you're breathing your issue
out into the universe, breaking it up into tiny molecules,
dispersing it, so it doesn't feel the same within you
In yoga, many
people breathe into the stiffness in the body while
doing yoga postures. This can dissolve the tightness
and create a new fluidity and flexibility in the body.
The practice of breathing in yoga is called "pranayama."
"Prana" is the very breath of life itself,
the life force in the form of the breath. There is a
saying in yoga that "Prana moves chitta."
Chitta (or citta) in Sanskrit means "consciousness."
And, of course, "prana" means "breath."
So breath actually moves consciousness according to
the Sanskrit texts. This means that breathing actually
moves matter and thought or awareness. So when you breathe
into an issue, you can dissolve it. And when you break
it up into tiny molecules, you're changing the structure
of the issue. It's simply not the same anymore. You're
breaking it up and releasing it into the universe.
In the movie
"The Green Mile," Tom Hanks is a prison guard
on death row in the Cold Mountain Penitentiary in the
deep South in 1932. A prisoner there named John Coffey,
played by Michael Clark Duncan, is incarcerated for
a crime that he didn't commit. He's actually a healer.
He can touch something and dissolve it with his touch.
He did this one day with the prison guard, Tom Hanks'
character, Paul. He touched him to dissolve his gallstones,
and they went away. Afterward, John began to cough,
and soon specks of particulate matter flew out of his
mouth to be released into the universe. This is similar
to the breathing technique that we're talking about
in the Wise Mind Process. Break up the issue, and dissolve
it into tiny pieces. Let it go.
Step Three: Ask Your Wise Mind What It Would Like
to Tell You About This.
Mind is very brilliant, and it's within everyone. The
reason for its brilliance is that it's a part of the
Infinite Wisdom of the Universe, an actual palpable
force that exists in seed form within each being as
a birthright. It simply needs to be tapped. Some people
think they're tapping this force when they create nefarious
and dark schemes. "The Devil made me do it."
But this is not the case. The Wise forces are from another
level of life, from the Light level, and they exist
in potential in all beings. If you're a healing practitioner
and you ask someone, "What would your Wise Mind
tell you about this?" - you might well be amazed
at what comes forth from inside of people.
of fifteen years told her that he was in love with someone
else, and was going to move out. He admitted all the
lies he had been telling Joan for so long. She felt
worthless, betrayed, and abandoned. After paying attention
to her experience, breathing into it, and then breathing
it out, she asked her Wise Mind what it wanted to tell
her about this. Here's what her Wise Mind said:
Instead of feeling all alone, do art. Be with friends,
and laugh. Have adventures, new beginnings. It wasn't
your fault. You did everything you could. Change is
good. You need to change, and it's okay. Trust yourself,
and you'll trust what's trustworthy. It's okay to
feel all your feelings, and it's okay to feel good
actually monumental for her, as she hadn't seen any
other options than feeling anger, loss and grief. The
idea that she could have freedom and adventures and
that change was good was something entirely new. This
helped her to feel worthy and gave her hope. She said
that she was unwilling to be a victim anymore. She knew
that the reason she was experiencing this in her life
was because she needed to wake up - and that she did!
Step Four: Find a Healing Word or Phrase, and Anchor
It with Thumb and Index Finger
step owes its power to NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
The premise is that if you do something (like touch
a shoulder or finger) at the time of a positive experience,
you can condition yourself or another to have a positive
experience when you do the same thing again in another
situation. This is taken from Pavlov's experiment in
operant conditioning in which he had dogs salivate at
the sound of a bell. You don't necessarily want to salivate,
but you can create a positive response by linking the
desired state with something like a touch or image.
is like pressing the "save" key on your computer.
The act of touching the thumb together with the index
finger is also like making the "okay" sign.
In addition, it's called a "mudra" in yoga,
in which the individual will of the finger touches the
divine will of the thumb. What we're doing in the Wise
Mind Process is to anchor in the healing with words
and touch. It's really quite simple, and it can create
husband left her, liked the anchor word "release."
She accompanied it with a visual of a bird flying away.
The bird was not her husband; it was Joan in all her
strength and inner power.
Step Five: Find Anything Else That Needs to be Done
Check in and
see if there's anything else to do. You can always do
the Wise Mind Process over and over again. You can also
add more to it:
Some ideas might be:
- Does the inner child need to be attended to?
- Is there still some discomfort in the body?
- Is there anything that needs to be communicated?
- Are there still some feelings that need to be felt
- Is it necessary to find any history or root cause?
- Anything else at all?
else comes up, you can do this again, as I've mentioned,
and you can also add other approaches such as EFT tapping,
inner child love, regression, or anything else that
seems as if it would be helpful.
You can do
the Wise Mind process over again as many times as you'd
like. You can do it in an office, in a car, in your
house, with a mouse, in a box, with a fox, with a goat,
on a boat - with Dr. Seuss or with yourself. Enjoy its
power and see how it might help you overcome the challenges
of life. It's amazingly simple, yet it works, and you
can use it for all the issues of your life.