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1. Accessing and Transducing Symptoms into "Lights"
a. "See yourself standing in front of a full-length mirror. See tiny [colored] lights in different parts of your body. The colors represent the feelings of those parts. When you can see the total picture, your yes finger will lift to let me know."
b. Scan the body, getting the color of each light and what that color represents to the patient. The process starts with unimportant parts of the body, ending with exploration of the organ or extremity suspected of having problems. For example, with rheumatoid arthritis, in which multiple joints are involved but some are more painful than others, one might proceed as follows, selecting the least painful for the first therapeutic approach. Confidence builds with each success from least to most painful.
"Look at the entire image of yourself and let your unconscious mind select the joint you know to be the least inflamed, the least painful. When you know what it is, your yes finger will lift to tell me which joint and what color."
2. Therapeutic Reframing a. "Let your inner mind shift back to a time when there was a light that represents comfort and flexibility. When you are there, your yes finger will lift. [Wait for the signal.] Now come forward to the first moment that color (light) was put there in place of the comfortable light. When your yes finger lifts, please tell me how old you are and what is happening."
b. "Now, is there any good reason why you should continue with pain in that joint?"
3. Ratifying Therapeutic Gain a. "Now that you know what has been happening, is your inner mind willing to let you turn off that unconscious pain and continue the process of healing?" [If the answer is no, it will be necessary to orient to whatever factor is standing in the way, as in Step 2.]
b. "Go forward now to the time when you will not only be free of the pain in that joint, but will have turned off the pain in all the joints that have been troubling you —a time when you are no longer afraid of pain returning, when you are really well in every respect. When you are there, your yes finger will lift and you will see a month, day, and year, as though they were written on a blackboard." [This is done as a measure of the patient's confidence level.]
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