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Handling Trauma

Handling Trauma
It is most useful for a person to have a Time Line with
contiguous or similar brightness, color, etc. The Time Line
should have similar brightness, for example, running from the
past through the future, with the future perhaps a little brighter
than the past. The past should not be black or substantially
darker than the future. The future should not be black or
substantially darker than the past. When there is trauma, usually
there are some gaps, holes and dark spaces in their Time Lines. In
fact, dark areas are a tipoff that there has been trauma in the past.
To a woman with a snake phobia I said, “Can you float above
your Time Line?” Yes. “Can you find the memory?” Yes. “Now
put that up on the screen.” She said, “I can’t visualize. I haven’t
seen pictures in my head since I was age four.” (We are about to
do a phobia model and she can’t visualize! Oops!) So I asked,
“What is the relationship between the brightness of your past,
present and future?” She said, “There are a lot of dark chunks in
my past.” I said, “Turn up the brightness on them.” She said, “I
don’t want to. There are a lot of things there I don’t want to see.”
So I said, “Can you take them out of your Time Line, just for the
purposes of this experiment? Can you put them aside, where you
know where they are but they don’t need to bother you, where
you can put them away, and they will be OK? You can get them
later, if you want to; but you may not want to.” She said, “I can’t
do that.” So I said, “Take one memory that doesn’t matter out of
your Time Line and put it on the side.” She said, “I can do that.”
“What did you take?” “I took snow.” “Just like you took snow
out, all the others can blow out now.” She said, “Wow, you just
totally disarranged my filing system. All the black memories are
on the side over there, so disorganized.” I said, “Good, you can
leave them there.” Her whole being lightened up at that moment.
I then did overlap. The process of overlap is moving from one
representational system (from most favored to least favored) to
another in order to help someone develop more flexibility in a
certain representational system. She couldn’t visualize, so I said,
“Walk along the beach, feel the cool, wet sand in your toes, listen
to the sound of the birds overhead, and now look down at your
feet and what do you see?” She said, “Oh no, I’m seeing sand.
This is the first time I’ve ever seen pictures in my head since I can
remember.” Then we took her back and did the Phobia Model
with the Time Line, and she ran it perfectly.
The submodalities of the Time Line regarding past, present
and future make a major difference in present experience. Black
holes and black areas in the past indicate a trauma or some kind
of abuse or something similar in the past. If it is ecological, you
might want to lighten it up. It takes a lot of energy to keep the
past black. When you lighten up the past, you’re also going to
increase the person’s ability to direct that energy (that they were
using to hide past events) toward the future, toward what they
want. It takes energy to keep the brightness down on those
events. By turning up the brightness on those events, you give
them more energy.

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