The Use of Dreaming Eye Movement and
Acceptance of Emotions in the Body in Processing Emotions
In shamanic training, students learn to process strong emotions by moving the
eyes back and forth identically to the natural eye movements made in dreaming sleep.
Psychologists discovered a similar phenomena and gave it the name EMDR, or eye
movement desensitization response.
When a Triggered Person [TP] experiences strong feelings and does not have
access to an opportunity to do a full Trauma Healing session, living the
questions is recommended. Ask yourself the following questions: “What is
happening right now?” and, “Can I be with it?”*
There is nothing unworthy of acceptance. If something is, it is. Not to accept
it is to live in denial, to remain trapped in resistance by our own choosing.
To accept something because it exists is not at all the same as making it
“okay.” Acceptance is the allowing and embracing of all experience. It’s all
about staying open, receptive, committing ourselves to continual surrender.
Surrender, we come to learn, is like a muscle. The more we work it, the
stronger it grows. The stronger it grows, the more present we become. Living
the questions, it turns out, is a practical invitation to bliss.*
To experience an emotion, place your attention directly on the sensation it
produces in your body. Keep your attention on that sensation until it either
dissipates or changes. Slow down and go deeper into the sensation.*
1. Remember that the emotion is located in the body and identify where the
tension of the emotion is, such as in the gut for example and 2. Accept the
emotion instead of resisting it, analyzing it, or acting it out. The feelings
may shift to other places in the body, in which case the attention goes to the
new location(s). Accept the feelings in the new location(s).
This often is enough to bring relief in a minute or so.
If further relief is desired, use of side to side eye movement, like the eyes do
in dreaming sleep, while feeling the emotion will also usually bring fast
relief. Keep the head looking forward and move the eyes from left to right, to
left to right, over and over while feeling the emotion. This can be done with
your eyes open or closed.
*Reference and recommended reading: The One Thing Holding You Back, and
Unconditional Bliss by Raphael Cushnir
Comparison between ‘Self Help Quick Fix’
And Complete Trauma Healing Process with Facilitator
In the Self Help Quick Fix Process, feelings are located as sensations in the
body, sensations such as stress or tension. Attention is placed on these
sensations in the body and the feelings causing them are accepted. Acceptance of
feelings, instead of resistance or acting out destructively, results in
therapeutic changes in the feelings themselves, as documented by Raphael Cushnir
in his series of books. In addition, the use of dreaming eye movement, moving
the eyes left to right to left to right, over and over again, while feeling
whatever feelings are present, also brings quick change to the feelings
themselves, exactly like eye movement does each night in dreaming sleep.
Since these two proven techniques bring about emotional relief and change
quickly, why use the complete Trauma Healing Process at all?
In the complete Trauma Healing Process long standing subconscious anxieties,
painful memories, and negative beliefs about life that erupt in extremely
painful feelings in present time situations are permanently healed. An
integration of the previously wounded and limited personality self with the
unlimited divine self occurs.
50 years of research in various scientific fields agrees with ancient sciences
of yoga: the brain speaks to itself in visual images.
In an experiment with subjects holding thermometers in each hand, being told to
make one hand hotter than the other, no difference in temperature was recorded
no matter how hard the subjects ‘tried’ and no matter what verbal commands they
gave their hands. When told to imagine a hot potato in one hand and a piece of
ice in the other, however, the hands registered different temperatures.
It is important, in healing painful memories, to remember that a memory is
composed of 3 things. This is known as PET = a still photo of the memory or
visual image, emotions, and thoughts. To effectively heal a painful memory, all
of these three components must all change.
This is done by first identifying the present time prevailing painful emotions,
and then using this constellation of emotions to identify prior times in life
when this same constellation was activated, then narrowing down which of the
memories has been subconsciously activated to cause present time emotional
distress. This memory is termed ‘the infected wound’.
The next step is to name this memory, determine the subjective units of distress
being experienced from it [SUDS} and identify what negative beliefs about
reality and life came from going through this experience. This is followed by
identifying the positive beliefs about life and reality that came from this.
This process causes a deep inner focus on another time. It is a mild trance
state that gets deeper and deeper. It is important for the helping person, the
facilitator, to not to break this trance by interrupting the process. The only
input from the facilitator is to gently guide the trance state deeper when
nonverbal cues are given by the triggered person. For example, when the
triggered person [TP] has a far away look, is in silence, or has the eyes
closed, they are in deep inner processing. This is when the healing is taking
place and should not be interrupted. When the TP needs help, he/she will look up
at the facilitator for instructions on the next step to take.
The step of identifying the negative beliefs reveals the thoughts that must
change for emotional relief to be permanent. [The positive belief list actually
begins the healing process, of healing the victim self image.]
The next step is to identify a still image, a ‘photograph’ of the memory, a
still snapshot that represents who, what, and when of the memory. Describe the
photograph in detail. This is the visual image that must change for emotional
relief to be permanent.
At this point the triggered person begins a tell/retell process, alternating
between telling the memory from beginning to end out loud, then reliving it
silently, then out loud, then silently, over and over until the SUDS reaches
zero [subjective units of distress, from 0 to 10 where 0 is no distress and 10
is the highest].
In the tell/retell process there are times when the triggered person [TP] will
express a question, or a desire to change something, or to express something to
someone else in the memory. At this point it is important to gently suggest,
guide the TP to actively carry out this desire in the mind’s eye, reporting what
happens when this is done.
For example, in one session the TP said, “I do not think that my mother wanted
me to be born, I do not think that she wanted her pregnancy to end.” It was
suggested that she silently ask her mother about this and see what her mother
replied. After a long silence with eyes closed, she opened her eyes and reported
that her mother explained to her that being pregnant had made her, the mother,
feel needed and important, and that she was very afraid of how she would feel if
she gave birth. This fear had made the birth several weeks over term, and
horribly painful for both mother and child. The TP then went on to forgive and
comfort her mother in her mind’s eye, crying tears of relief while embracing her
mother in love and forgiveness. This powerful healing image effectively rewrote
her previously expressed negative beliefs that those who love her hold her back
and that life is very painful. Because of this, before this healing session she
had never been able to form close ties with anyone in a loving committed
relationship. At this point the negative thoughts about reality have changed and
the feelings have also changed..
By taking the visual image of this embrace, and merging it with the original
still photo of the hospital room full of pain in which she was born, a beautiful
resolution image emerged of a joyful and happy birth. This step, merging the
final healing image with the original still photo, and watching them merge into
one healed image, is the final step of healing the original visual image. Now
all three elements of the memory have changed = the visual image, the emotions,
and the thoughts.
Dr. Schlosser’s clinical research, as director of the PTSD clinic at the VA
Medical Center in Tuskegee, Alabama, spanning 6 years treating combat veterans
with PTSD and later with civilians, has shown through follow up assessments that
these three elements must change for emotional relief of traumatic memories to
Below is the Trauma Healing form. Use when facilitating an emotional healing session. Print out and make copies. Leave the open spaces to have room to write out the answers. Print on one side of the paper only so that the back sides can be used for additional writing if needed. Feel free to share all of this with others.