The Basis Of Your Ability To Change Quickly And Permanently. 

 

Fight/Flight/Freeze

The Biological Survival Systems

That Run You.

 

Notes:

Wherever I go, people ask me "What is it?" This has always been a difficult question for me to answer because "IT" is the process. The results come after the process has been completed so the results are not "IT", but the they are the differences that tell you "IT" has happened. "IT" only gives you more choices, and "IT" doesn't take anything useful away from anybody else.

As you may have read on this web site, our model is based on a software metaphor. The brain of a newborn infant can be likened to a computer, with certain software systems already in place and other systems almost completely blank and ready to be programmed.

The three natural biological systems for survival of the organism are:

  • FEEDING
  • FIGHT/FLIGHT/FREEZE
  • REPRODUCTION

When the fight/flight/freeze response is engaged, the other systems (feeding and reproductive) shut down automatically. If great fear is present, hunger disappears, the stomach may churn and a person may even lose control of the bladder or bowel. Obviously, in a "normally functioning" system, when one is in such a panic situation, sex is the last thing your body is ready for. In today’s society, we generally can’t satisfy that f/f/f system by punching out "the enemy", physically running away, or going into a terrified freeze.

Today, in western civilization, "stress" and various levels of anxiety are often present in the absence of real, immediate danger and the f/f/f responses are constantly firing. When the f/f/f state of mind/body isn’t shut off with a physical response to actual immediate physical danger, the wires may get a little crossed. People may turn to food to dull the fight/flight response by kicking in the feeding side of the survival system. Momentary relief from the anxiety is the immediate result.

Human Beings learn through experience, and when the experience is intense enough to appear life threatening, we sometimes learn all too well. This is  how powerful responses like phobias often become established by way of a one-time learning experience. Anxieties are nothing more than toned-down phobias, and they are created in the same way – from situations that the brain experiences as threatening. The difference between a phobic response and different levels of anxiety responses, lie only in the level of intensity with which the brain communicates to the body. The level of danger perceived by the brain will determine your physiological response, or your "state of mind (body)".

Happily, when you know the procedure, unwanted responses can be changed in the same way that they were set up Ö instantly. If the imprint of an agreeable emotion is intense enough, positive responses can also be learned instantly. The techniques we offer can be used to deliberately and effectively create an intense and positive experience at will. This allows you to counteract or  permanently erase your negative impressions and responses.

To understand the subconscious and it’s patterns, we have to understand that all information taken in by humans and higher species, enter through the physical senses or *filters* (sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell). We all learn  which of all the vast bits of information are important to notice and remember and which are trivial and unimportant therefore important to ignore through experience. Our survival and happiness depend upon our knowing the difference. Our upbringing and family patterns will have a lot to do with which input is coded as most important for focusing on and which should be rejected and ignored. A youngster growing up on a farm in Iowa needs to recognize as 'important survival information' different data from that which a youth in the inner city would need for his or her own survival.

Since it is impossible for the conscious mind to focus on everything that is going on at a particular moment,  the brain filters and stores the information which it needs now or expects to need later. Our internal experience does not reflect everything that happens; it can’t give us the whole picture, but rather those pieces of whatever happened that we interpret as important … our own personalized representation. We react accordingly and settle on a mind-state appropriate to the information that has been filtered into our consciousness. For instance, we might find ourselves in a state of joy, a state of comfort, a state of anxiety, and so forth, based solely on our perceptions at the time.

Fortunately for us, we are only able to sustain one state of mind (body) at a time, and with these new techniques we can come very close to choosing the state we desire at any given moment.

This point seems obvious, but it’s surprising how often we all forget: when communicating with another person, you are only as effective as your ability to open up that other person’s lines of perception.    In order to do this,   you have to be able to gauge his or her response first. You should be able to determine whether the other person is with you, in a different place, or even against you. Naturally, the other person’s state of mind during your interaction is of great importance. As you learn to determine the important sensory filters and sorting styles, you can design your communication to that individual’s preferences, values and skills. Then, what you say can be easily recognized as "good" and more easily accepted.

With the technologies we have in place today for making powerful changes in individual human behaviors, we can’t afford to take the ‘reading’ of ourselves and others lightly; it is important that we always be respectful of other’s behavior patterns and ways of viewing the world. Since, after all, most of our responses are only a matter of how the subconscious has learned to code and filter input; none of them can really be flatly good or bad, except in terms of their influence.

Whether present filters and responses work or donít work to help us survive and reach our goals is certainly an important and appropriate question. We know we can change the filters at any time using the same process that was used to set them in the first place, once we see that they are no longer useful. Setting aside individual ethics and religious beliefs for the purpose of this discussion, when we label a response as BAD, we violate the basic tenet that ALL BEHAVIORS ARE USEFUL IN ONE CONTEXT OR ANOTHER. And when we attach categorical labels like "bad" to our own behavior or the behavior of others, we lose the flexibility for problem solving.

For Example, working is in and of itself an extremely productive and useful behavior. However, if you work 20 hours a day leaving no time whatsoever for yourself or your family, the behavior gets the BAD label. Here, the behavior just needs an adjustment, within the context of viewing it as useful. Maybe work fewer hours, organize to get more done during those hours, know when youíve done enough, and PLAY SOME MORE! If however, like me, your work is also your play, just notice that and have your family join you. JUST KIDDING! Check your own ecology ... your wise subconscious has all the information you need.  It knows what to do ... just ask.

Enough useful information for now. More to come in future columns. I hope you have remembered to remember to Bookmark This Page.

  And please!  HAVE FUN! (If you want to)

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