Changing your Internal Picture using your Brain
We create our reality from the vast amount of information that comes into our senses using filters and end up with an internal picture of what’s going on. The filters include our experiences and memories, our values and our beliefs amongst other things. The resulting picture consists of things that are visual auditory and kinaesthetic (feelings) mainly. This “picture” creates our emotional state, changes our physiology and creates behaviours and therefore results. And this is sometimes useful and sometimes not.
I recently had a client who felt very angry in a specific situation and couldn’t get past that anger and when I asked her where the picture was – it was right in front of her, so no wonder she couldn’t get past it. Our brain has created that picture and store it unconsciously and therefore can easily change that picture by changing the components of the picture.
Have a watch of the video and then follow the instructions below in the blog to change any picture you have in your head that is unhelpful.
So there are a couple of things you can do to change the picture – well there are many – but I’m going to give you a couple:
- With the lady with the anger, I sent her a set of comic angry people which made her laugh and she decided to use one of those pictures instead of the one she had created.
- I ask this question – it’s a very specific one. “When you think of that situation or person, do you have a picture?” Precise wording is important. My client said it was straight in front of her. I then asked her to move that picture to the left hand side of her. Her emotional state changed when she did that becuse the meaning of the picture had changed because the location had changed. You can also “throw” the picture behind your body. Your unconscious mind then cannot see the picture and therefore again the state changes
So next time when you have a picture in your head that is unuseful or bothers you say to yourself:
“When you think about the person or situation – do you have a picture?”
Then put your hand where it is and move picture to left hand side – no picture will be there when you think about it then. Or throw picture behing you – it’s then not there.
This is an easy way to reduce negative emotions and it may be useful for you in getting your goals if there are things stopping you.
If it doesn’t help, contact me to let me know.
Til next week,
Dr Bridget – helping you use your brain to change your life!