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FOUNDATIONAL QUESTIONS & LEVEL 1 UNDERSTANDINGS:
The Happy Journal is used as part of the Peace Process. It becomes a positive resource for you to refer to when you want to feel good for no reason at all. If you practice feeling good, you will get better at feeling good.
The Happy Journal consists of 5 parts:
- Positive emotional states
- Positive affirmations
- Gratitude list
- Goals and dreams
To understand your problems, you must understand how problems occur in the first place. An environment you had no control over existed before you were born, with cultural and familial dynamics.
- Before you were born, the stage was set (an environment existed with cultural and family dynamics).
- “They” (your caregivers) already had their coping skills, beliefs, talents, and problems before you arrived.
- You were born into a specific environment.
- “They” affected, influenced, and taught you, to the best of their ability, based on what they knew at the time.
- From your experiences, you developed coping skills and learned how to survive. Your perspective of how the world works was created.
- From your experiences, you formed beliefs about yourself; a self-identity or the “I am” was formed.
- From this identity, you began to operate and survive within the world.
- You will find your place in the world, with people that fit your model of thinking, based on how you hold yourself and others in your mind.
- Therefore, all problems are metaphoric, unconscious expressions that are built from our inner references, whether consciously remembered or not. Your brain will express and create before you what you have already learnt and will replicate.
- Perception is created by the subconscious based on life experiences. Every experience is interpreted, based on existing “proof” (memories), and then that interpretation is organized and filed by the subconscious. When we view the world, we are looking at it through those filters.
- Perception is subjective, and unique. Since no two people have exactly the same life experiences (there are so many variables from one second to the next that not even twins raised in the same way and treated the same will have the same life experiences), every person is seeing the world differently – with different subconscious references to support that perception.
- When perception changes, the responses in the brain and body change.
Stress is the body’s response to perception. It’s how you’re seeing the situation or event that is determining your body’s physiological response, not the event itself.
Memories are the building blocks for problems. They are internal representations of past experiences. They can be sounds, tastes, smells, words, pictures, sensations, and even mannerisms. A memory can be one or more of these. Proof and internal resources.
The body and brain don’t know the difference between reality and imagination. This means that whenever you recall a memory, your brain and body respond as if it’s happening now.
- We cannot go back in time and change what happened, but we can change how it’s represented in the subconscious.
- Everything inside your memories is now you. The past is over.
- Memories are not necessarily something that actually happened to you. When you are told something, your brain and body form a memory of it – whether it actually happened or not.
- Memories are neither accurate nor permanent. Not only can you change them – you are already changing them, every time you recall one!
Linking is the process of mentally or emotionally relating two (or more) separate experiences that may have some similar aspects, and creating a link between them. They are then treated as if they are one. The subconscious doesn’t use logic or reason, therefore the links don’t necessarily make logical sense to the conscious mind. They are then connected and operate as if they are one. If you have not heard in the world of memory science, “Neurons that fire together are wired together.” This is a natural function of the brain. They both were linked together because they were noticed or put into a memory together. You may be feeling love when someone gives you chocolate, and the brain will link love and chocolate together. The real truth is that there is no love in the ingredients of chocolate and it cannot love you.
Beliefs are internal representations with past references. Beliefs are supported by a structure of memories – that prove the belief. Beliefs are not based on facts, they are based on “internal proofs” and “internal evidence” in the form of memories – with emotions added to them.
- The first type experiences the problem once and never looks at it again. They avoid the memory.
- The second type of memory, people will identify with it, rehearse it, and replay the memory repeatedly and build a larger network around it. They create gigantic “neural network” in their minds.
There are two basic ways of thinking. eutaptics® refers to them as the Upper and Lower Models of the World.
- Lower Model - We believe that our experiences and subsequent feelings are a result of the things that happen to us. People and events or circumstances “make” us feel, act, respond, or behave the way we do. We have no control, so it’s their fault. We have a victim mindset.
- Upper Model - When something bothers you, you recognize that it is the references inside you that make it a problem. You notice how you know, and then use the FasterEFT™ process to change those references. You take COMPLETE RESPONSIBILITY for your life and the outcomes you create.
The Reticular Activating System (RAS) is a part of the brain that acts as an information “gatekeeper.” The conscious mind is only receiving a fraction of all of the data you come into contact with, in any given moment. The information that does get through to your conscious mind, is based on what is held in your subconscious – not on what is really out there. The RAS is filtering out everything that is not considered “important” by the subconscious. Essentially, its function is to focus your attention on what is important to you, based on what the unconscious mind holds.
Primary Principle is the mind’s process of accessing and using a primary imprint to determine how to respond to circumstances and situations in life.
Primary Imprint is the imprint that has the strongest drivers/resources – based on experiences. It contains the emotional resources, all the how-tos, and what-to-dos encoded within it. It is the singular driving force to act from, based on what you have experienced, internalized, and created within yourself.
- 1st position (associated) – seeing a situation from your own viewpoint, or through your own eyes
- 2nd position (associated) – seeing a situation from another’s viewpoint, or through their eyes
- 3rd position (disassociated) – seeing a situation from an outside viewpoint, as if watching a movie
- 4th position (disassociated) – seeing a situation from a universal and all-encompassing viewpoint, or as if you know what they all think
Visual - sight, images, spatial, distance, brightness, color, b&w, sharp, fuzzy, location, moving, static, panoramic, movie, slideshow, looping, panoramic, picture, painting, poster, drawing, shapes, convex, concave
Auditory - sound, voice, songs, jingles, tones, mono, stereo, close, far, volume, pitch, tempo, rhythm, fading in and out, location, direction, whose voice, one or many, background sounds, clear, dull
Kinesthetic - feelings, emotions, sensations, intensity, location in the body, pressure, weight, type of sensation, temperature, shape
Olfactory - smell, scent, subsets of kinesthetic
Gustatory - taste, flavors, textures, locations on tongue, sweet, salty, sour, bitter, subsets of kinesthetic
The “Saboteur Within” - When you consciously override the directions of your unconscious mind using willpower, you are actively working against the inner resources that your subconscious is using to keep you “safe”. When this happens, you (your conscious mind) are sabotaging your own inner wiring, which creates internal conflict. And willpower will never win out over your Intelligent Idiot in the long run. It could be said that the conscious mind is the real saboteur.
The “Intelligent Idiot” - your faithful servant, the unconscious mind, is actually the smartest part about you. Your mind can only generate results from what is recorded (your life experiences). It takes the recorded information and produces various outcomes based on what you hold within, from feeling joy, to having panic attacks. It is also responsible for virtually all of your behaviors. It does exactly what the information it holds directs it to do.
We are all a Trance Monkey! A trance monkey is us, when we behave according to the programs we hold in our mind, without realizing good/bad/right/wrong. We act and talk without thinking. Whenever we are not fully in the present moment, we are in a trance. While driving, while washing dishes, while doing other tasks, we are in a trance. Whenever we are in conversation, whenever we are feeling emotions, we are in a trance. The type of trance will depend on the references held in the subconscious mind.
The definition of a metaphor is “something used to represent something else.” So how are our minds metaphoric? The subconscious organizes, stores, and encodes information, then produces metaphoric expressions of what it holds. It creates processes and develops coping skills, building a unique model of the world based on experiences. This information is then expressed, metaphorically. Example: a lack of money may be the metaphoric expression of an absent parent; a pain in the leg may be the metaphoric expression of a fear of moving forward in life.
A bad-good collapse is the process of interrupting a negative state with a positive one, thereby “collapsing” the negative one. It is ultimately the way in which all changes occur. Noticing the bad feeling, and then choosing to switch focus to something that feels good, interrupts the bad connection in the brain. By doing this systematically, using FasterEFT™, the bad reference is “collapsed” and replaced by the good one.
Problems are the result of the beliefs held in the subconscious. Beliefs are operating systems supported by “proof” and “evidence” (memories) combined with feelings that make the belief seem real. Beliefs form our perceptions through which we see the world and ourselves. What the conscious mind sees as a problem is simply the expression of the references held in the subconscious. When you change the references, the results change automatically.
Without the understandings of eutaptics®, asking “why” usually leads you down a trail that justifies the reasons you should have the problem. It helps build excuses, connections, and a family of ideas to support the problem, and worse yet, builds an identity from the problem (“I am a smoker,” for example). In our society, we tend to believe that if we know why something happened, that leads to the solution. But knowing the cause of a problem doesn’t solve it. One of the best things you can do to change your life is learn to ask yourself better questions. Instead of asking, “Why do I always screw up?” ask, “What did I do right today?”
The body follows the mind – wherever you put your focus determines the feelings, emotions and sensations you’ll experience. When thinking of a good memory, your body is following that focus, and producing the chemicals that make you feel good. When you start to notice or think about the negatives, your body begins to produce chemicals that make you feel bad. This creates a link between the bad feelings and the good memory – screwing up the good memory. Example: The death of a loved one is a perfect example. If you recall a happy memory with that person, but soon begin to focus on the fact they’re no longer here, how you miss them, how you’ll never hear their voice again, etc., you are screwing up a good memory.
Bearing in mind that memories are not stuck and permanent, and that in fact, they change every time you recall them, you can easily make a bad memory worse. When you think of a bad memory, focus on how bad it is and all of the details, your mind will search for even more resources that are linked. The body follows the mind, and as you focus on the bad stuff, your body feels it, as if it’s real and happening now. And that makes your mind find more reasons for it… and so it becomes a vicious circle.
What you don’t want is what drives your behavior, beliefs, feelings, and emotions. When tapping, you will inevitably come up against resistance at one point or another. As uncomfortable as it is, it is your indicator that you’re on the right track. You must dig deep and keep going once you reach this point if you want to truly let go of the problem. If you do not keep going, the problem will persist, and you will get more of it in your future.
The strongest driving force in the universe is PAIN, or what you don’t want. This is often for our protection or survival. What people don’t want is so powerful, that they continue to produce it. Usually, we tend to practice what we don’t want by focusing on it, we become experts at it, and spend our lives getting just that.
The Belief System
1. How do you know you have this (P.I.P.S.)?
2. What do you believe about this (P.I.P.S.)?
3. Why is this (P.I.P.S.) an issue for you?
4. What is the worst part about having this (P.I.P.S.)?
5. Why is it important to get rid of this (P.I.P.S.)?
6. What damage has this (P.I.P.S.) caused you and others in your life?
1. How did this (P.I.P.S.) start?
2. Have you ever experienced this before? If so, when?
3. Do you know anyone else who has this (P.I.P.S.)?
4. With whom do you normally have this (P.I.P.S.)?
5. What stories have you heard about others with this type of (P.I.P.S.)?
6. Is there a pattern of time with this (P.I.P.S.)? (4 yrs, 7 yrs, etc?)
7. What is the worst part about this (P.I.P.S.), and how bad will it get?
8. What triggers happen to make or start this (P.I.P.S.)?
9. When this (P.I.P.S.) began, what else was going on in your life at that time?
10. It’s gone! What made it come back?
The Inner Production
1. What happens inside you when you have this (P.I.P.S.)?
2. What things do you see, feel, hear, taste or smell inside when this (P.I.P.S.) occurs?
3. What movies do you play in your mind about this (P.I.P.S.]?
4. Where do you feel it, where does it move next, and what does it feel like?
5. What emotions do you feel about this (P.I.P.S.)?
6. What language are you using on yourself?
The Metaphoric Expression
1. If this (P.I.P.S.) was a person, who would it be?
2. If this (P.I.P.S.) had a voice, what would it say? Whose voice would it be?
3. If this (P.I.P.S.) had a message, what would it be?
4. If this (P.I.P.S.) had a size/color/shape, what would it be?
The Pay Off
1. What bad things will happen if this (P.I.P.S.) is gone?
2. What benefits do you experience when you have this (P.I.P.S.)?
3. What would be a good reason to keep this (P.I.P.S.)?
4. Who in my life supports me because of this (P.I.P.S.)?
5. Who would lose their role/job if this (P.I.P.S.) was gone?
6. Fill in the blank: “I like this (P.I.P.S.) because _______.”
(Ask multiple times, if you don't know, make it up!)
1. How would your life be if this (P.I.P.S.) was gone?
2. What would you be doing if this (P.I.P.S.) was completely gone?
3. What would you do, if this (P.I.P.S.) showed back up?
4. If you could wave a magic wand over this and have anything you wanted, what would it be like?
The Expressions Technique is the process of tapping on the expressions of the people in your memories. It is an effective way of finding and clearing less obvious aspects of a memory. Since everyone inside of you is you, you are changing your perception of yourself by addressing the expressions of everyone in your memories.
Trading Places is the process of imagining you are another person in your memory and seeing the scene from his/her perspective, feeling their feelings and beliefs. It can be used either when the expressions are not changing or to check different aspects of the problem. Which perceptual position is this considered?
Modalities tapping is the process of tapping on the modalities and sub-modalities of a memory: colors, sensations, distance, pressure, weight, sounds, smells, etc.
Borrowing is the process of “borrowing” good feelings from a positive memory and sending them to the P.I.P.S., or aspects of the P.I.P.S., in a bad memory.
After you have been tapping and clearing the emotional issues of memories then it is easy to start re-imprinting them by using other resources and using other processes. Examples: adult self; pet; loved one; clown nose; light switch, etc.
Rewriting the memory is the process of consciously making up a new story to replace the old story of your problem. You do this only once your SUDS rating is down to a 0 and it no longer bothers you. This facilitates changes in your life by giving your mind new resources to draw from. You are in control of this process. Make it as good as you can. Strengthen this new story by making the feelings, sounds, sights, smells and even tastes within the memory, as good as it could get.
This is a naturally occurring change that happens when a memory begins to shift from negative to positive. Typically, as the SUDS rating goes down, the way the memory is represented will also change, becoming more positive the closer to 0 it gets.
The Integration Technique is the process of integrating with yourself and/or others in a memory. It is a way to “get complete” and literally integrate all the work you’ve done in your session. You only use this technique once you have re-written a memory into something good. With whom do you integrate? Anyone and anything that was bad in your memory, and is now good. This could include (but is not limited to) a parent, sibling, or other family member; the adult you; the little you; the abuser; and even inanimate objects when appropriate.
1. “Imagine the person in front of you. Are they smiling?”
• If yes, "Invite them over for a hug. Do they come?" If yes then proceed.
• If the answer is no, do more tapping until the answer is yes.
2. “Feel their arms around you.”
3. “Hold them as tight as they are holding you.”
4. “Whisper in their ear something you’ve always needed to hear.”
5. “Now listen to what they have to say to you.”
6. “Allow that message to begin making changes within you.”
7. “Now, placing your hand on your chest, squeeze them tighter and tighter until you feel them go right inside you.”
8. “Notice you are complete and whole.”
9. “Take a deep breath, blow it away and say, Peace.”
10. “Let all these changes occur, even as you sleep at night."
Fake laughter is a great de-fractionation tool. And it often leads to real laughter. It’s fun and it’s simple:
- Identify a problem, issue, pain, or symptom (P.I.P.S.).
- Notice where it is and how strong it is.
- Fake laugh at the problem from the stomach out loud, 30 seconds or so.
- Go back, notice what is left and repeat until it’s reimprinted.
Also known as Covert Tapping, the Tom Tarr Technique is a subtle way of tapping by slightly touching, rubbing, or sliding your hand(s) over the standard tapping points in such a way that others don’t notice anything out of the ordinary.
Mental Tapping is a method used to tap on yourself without others knowing you are doing so. Simply imagine you are tapping on each of the points, noticing that you can feel it even in your mind, and mentally say “Let it go” at each point. Squeeze your wrist either mentally or in real life, blow it out and say “Peace” to yourself.
Competency Achieved = Meets the standards taught currently by Robert Gene Smith with eutaptics®/FasterEFT™.
Competency Not Yet Achieved = Currently does not meet the standard as taught by Robert Gene Smith with eutaptics®/FasterEFT™.