A simple process that allows you to let go of all the negative emotions and limiting decisions from the past and to create your future the way you want it. Time Line TherapyTM is a process of active imagination that utilises the incredible power of your unconscious mind to release limiting beliefs and unprocessed emotions that are impacting your wellbeing.
Who are you if not your collection of memories? For almost 100 years, psychologists have agreed that our past experiences do determine who we are, and how we act. Memories are recorded and stored as we age and with time they have more and more influence on us. Our Time Line is the index to the memory encoding of the unconscious mind, and it is usually wholly unconscious.
In the context of Time Line Therapy®, the words "unconscious mind" are not intended to signify anything mysterious or unusual, simply the part of your mind of which you are not conscious, right now. Your unconscious mind is a very important part of you. Think about it for just a moment. Here is a part of you that runs your body; it makes your heart beat, causes the lymph system to circulate, your breathing to continue, your eyes to blink, your stomach to digest your food, and many other tasks that perhaps you had never even considered.
The first thing to appreciate is that your unconscious mind is the source of all learning, all behaviour and all change. Let us look at each one of these individually:
Your unconscious mind is the part of you that learns, not your conscious mind. Now, you may have thought that you learned consciously in the past, and although your learning has to go through the conscious mind, it is your unconscious mind that remembers everything. Everything, once learned, resides in the unconscious mind.
Think about all the things you have ever learned. Until the subject was mentioned, how many of them did you remember consciously? Probably none! If you had to remember all the phone numbers you know consciously, there wouldn’t be enough room for anything else, would there? So all learning takes place at the unconscious level.
Think of all the phone numbers you have learned, and which you now know. For example, you know your home phone number, do you not? If you’d like to do this with me, please say it to yourself. Now before you were thinking of your home phone number, where was it?
Obviously it was stored somewhere, of which you were not conscious — that is your unconscious mind — the part of your mind of which you are not conscious, right now. What’s important about that is that all your learning — everything you have ever learned — is stored in your unconscious mind.
Most of our behaviour is an unconscious response to external stimuli. When you walk you just decide to move from point A to point B. It is your unconscious mind that takes care of all of the intricate muscle movements to get the job done.
When your colleague asks you “How Are You?”, you respond “Fine” without even thinking.
When you are driving your car to work your conscious mind drifts and the unconscious mind takes care of all of the complexities of driving. One day when you need to stop somewhere unusual on the way you are just as likely to forget because your unconscious is just running a program called “Go to work” which does not include today’s stopover.
The unconscious mind is the automation engine of the mind. It is responsible for the bulk of the work. Successful people have effective software programs running in their unconscious mind while people who struggle tend to have less effective programs stored in their unconscious. A simple software upgrade can make a world of difference.
Think of a bad habit you wanted to change in the past. Was it easy? Probably not. Most people find it hard to change a bad habit. For them it’s something that takes time. If change was conscious we could change our habits easily at will, right Now! In the real world, change isn’t always that easy. Many people go on doing the same old things over and over, year after year and they complain about it. If change isn’t that easy for us, it is simply because we aren’t fully in rapport with our unconscious mind. In the real world people are often not in rapport with the unconscious mind, and that is why change isn’t that easy for them.
Your unconscious mind would really like to be in rapport with your conscious mind. In fact your unconscious mind yearns for rapport, and looks up to your conscious mind like a 5 or 6 or 7 year old brother or sister might look up to you. It wants your direction and support, and it would like to do what you asked if it only knew how. If you are not feeling like there is rapport between your conscious and unconscious mind, it may be because you were giving confusing messages to the conscious mind.
Let us look at this idea a little further: Your unconscious mind cannot process a negative in consciousness. It’s true. In fact, it’s also true for the conscious mind as well. Think about this. You cannot think about what you wish to not think about without thinking about it. Think about that. For example, if I said, "Don’t think about a pink elephant," what are you thinking about. Unless you were semantically trained, you are probably thinking about a pink elephant. Even though I asked you not to!
Most of us go through our lives telling ourselves, "I don’t want to think about a pink elephant. When you go in to see the boss, do you say, "I hope he doesn’t get angry like the last time."? Or when starting out in a new relationship, do you say, "Gee, I hope I don’t get hurt."? Or how about a salesperson going in to make a sale and saying, "I hope I don’t blow this sale."?
Do you do that? If you do, you may be giving the wrong signal to your unconscious mind. If it is the wrong signal, it is because the unconscious mind cannot process a negative in consciousness. So, to facilitate communication between the conscious and the unconscious minds let us find out a little more about this part of us which is so important, and of which we are so little aware — the unconscious mind.
PRIME DIRECTIVES OF THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND:
The unconscious mind provides he coordination for the storage of memories. Research as far back as 1957 (the Penfield Study) indicates that everything that happens is recorded faithfully and stored as memory. You may remember that in 1957, they probed a woman’s brain with an electrode, and she remembered everything that happened during a birthday party when she was a very young child. She remembered the feel of the krynolin of her dress, the taste and smell of her birthday cake, how her mother and her friends looked, etc.., as if she were there. As a result of that study, neuro-physicists postulated in 1957 that everything that happens to us is stored in the brain in full detail. In 1960, Carl Pribram won the Nobel Prize for his theory that expanded the place of storage of memories from the brain to the entire body, when he postulated that memories were stored holographically in the nervous system. It is the unconscious mind that is responsible for the coordination of the storage of and for access to these memories.
The unconscious mind organizes all the memories which are stored in the nervous system — in the body. The way it organizes these memories is that it uses "indexes" to point to the stored memories and to allow for and to facilitate your access to these memories. Your Time Line is one such index, the organization of your Values is another such index that the unconscious mind uses.
The unconscious mind is the domain of the emotions. Even though they are often felt consciously, emotions are not the domain of the conscious mind. They are generated by, maintained by, and are the responsibility of the unconscious mind.
The unconscious mind is also charged with the responsibility of repressing memories with unresolved negative emotion. The emphasis here is on "unresolved." The memory will be repressed with the emotion intact until it can be resolved. The aim is simply to avoid the associated emotional pain. The unresolved negative emotion may cause some repression of the content of the memory. The repressed negative emotions are trapped in the body, and in many cases can cause blockages to the flow of communication through the neural network pathways of the body.
5. PRESENT REPRESSED MEMORIES TO RELEASE THE EMOTIONS:
Memories which have been repressed are then presented to release the trapped negative emotions. This is the next function which the unconscious mind is "supposed" to perform, and it is a function which can be a long term function. Supposed is in quotes because in a number of cases, and with disfavour from the conscious mind, the unconscious mind will stop presenting the memories for release and keep them repressed. If the conscious mind can, at the time of presentation of the memory, release the emotions by "rationalizing" (making rational, preserving the learnings) the memory can be cleared of the negative emotions.
The Unconscious Mind also has the option of keeping the memories repressed. In some cases this is what the unconscious mind does. This is a short term function, however, and in the long run the unconscious mind will continue to attempt to present the memories so that they can be released, because repressed emotions are just not good for the body. (See Prime Directive number 8.)
The unconscious mind has also been called the "body-mind" or the mind of the body, and in performing this function it provides the consciousness, and the direction for the functioning of the body.
The unconscious mind is also in charge of preserving the body. This means, other things being equal, that if you walk out to the street and step in front of a bus, your unconscious mind will jump you back out of the way, and you will be safe. In times of extreme danger, many people notice that the unconscious mind takes over, and the conscious mind is not at all involved at that moment.
This is not necessarily a Prime Directive as much as it is an instinct that is built in. The unconscious mind will enforce any morality which it has been taught and has come to believe is true. This Prime Directive is included, however, because it is so important in healing. If the Unconscious Mind thinks that you have been bad, then of course, you will have to be punished. In healing, then it is important to know if the unconscious mind feels as though it needs to punish you. The question might arise, "What kind of morality are we talking about?" We are talking about any kind of morality which the Unconscious Mind has been taught and which it believes.
The unconscious mind likes to have direction from a conscious mind with which it is in rapport. If there is no rapport, the unconscious mind will not follow the orders or directions from the conscious mind. With rapport the unconscious mind will follow just about any direction from the conscious mind. Trust is important to develop in this context, because if the unconscious mind is in charge of our physical and many of our mental processes, rapport with it is a must.
As our sensory perceptions come in to the neurology from outside the body, they must pass through the unconscious mind before they become available as conscious perceptions. The unconscious mind is in charge of filtering the massive amount of data that comes in, and making it manageable for understanding by the conscious mind. You may have heard that one estimate is that we have approximately 2,000,000 bits/second of information coming in through all our sensory input channels. The unconscious mind filters these down to a manageable 7 plus or minus 2 chunks of information.
As the "manager" of the body, the unconscious mind also is in charge of the energy of the body. Most of the energy in the body is generated by the interaction of glucose with oxygen. Since the unconscious mind is in charge of the energy, it can be asked to increase the energy in the body for various purposes including weight loss and healing.
Some instincts are built-in at birth, such as the Fight or Flight response. Habits are cultivated over time. The unconscious mind is responsible for generating and maintaining both instincts and habits over time.
When cultivating a habit it is a good idea to repeat it often until it is taken-over by the unconscious mind. The unconscious mind is really in an on-going "now" most of the time, and so needs a fair amount of repetition to build a habit.
The unconscious mind is directed to continually seek more and more. So the new car you just had to have, and you finally bought seemed like "just any old car" after a short period of time, and perhaps you were prompted to wonder, "what’s next?"
16. WILL HAVE OPTIMUM FUNCTIONING WITH A MINIMUM OF PARTS:
The unconscious mind will function perfectly with a minimum of separate parts. In fact, the fewer parts the better. Since more parts mean more possibility of inner conflict, and since each part cannot be expected to have the intention of the whole as its highest intention, the fewer parts the better. The most perfect functioning occurs as a whole integrated functioning unity.
The unconscious mind is symbolic. It is in many areas, pre- literate, so it creates and uses, and responds to symbols (thank you Carl Jung for first pointing this out to us). Much of what the unconscious mind gives us is symbolic. This does not mean that it is meaningless, quite the contrary, the symbols can be interpreted, and will have significant meaning.
The unconscious mind works on the principle of least effort, and that means it will do as little as it can get away with. This principle serves the unconscious mind well in energy conservation, but not necessarily in healing various symptoms. For example, if you are asking the unconscious mind to clear up certain symptoms, you must ask the unconscious mind when it will start and when it will finish the process, or you may find six months later the process is incomplete. When asked, "why?" The unconscious mind may simply say, "I haven’t started yet."
Remember that old saying when you were a kid, "One finger’s pointing out away from you, but three are pointing back at you?" That is because the unconscious mind takes everything personally. The good news is that what you like about your friend, is you. The bad news is that what you dislike about your friend, is you. The saying in psychology is, "Perception is projection." What you see is who you are. So think the best about everybody you meet. Based on the work of George Estabrooks (1943) and Andre Weitzenhoffer (1957), that what the therapist (or educator, or manager) does not believe to be true will not be actualized by the client. If you believe that they can do anything, then they will. If you see your clients as magnificent they will be magnificent. The more good you see in your clients the more they will actualize that good for you, and for themselves. The more you do that, the more your own unconscious mind will feel good about you, and prosper. Honour and respect the unconscious mind.
Finally, and we have already discussed this earlier, make sure you are telling your unconscious mind what to do, think, be; as opposed to telling it what not to do, think, be.
Your Time Line is how your unconscious mind encodes and stores your memories. It’s how you know the difference between a past memory, and a future dream. Your Time Line is largely an unconscious process, and like remembering your home phone number, you may be more or less aware of it from time to time.