Changing Existing to Desired Perceptions

Often there is a different set of perceptual distinctions that goes with the persons current problem state than with the desired state she would like to be in. There will usually be certain distinctions that are the key to the difference between those states. What the key distinctions are varies from person to person and situation to situation.

The client might have a picture of herself that is small, gray and far away, and that might make her feel bad about herself. If she makes a picture that is big, colorful and close, she might feel great about herself. It is often that simple. If we find that she has the first kind of picture, we would experiment with different changes. We will make her change the qualities. Make the picture bigger and notice how it makes her feel different. Make it colorful, notice what difference it makes. Pull it closer, how does it make her feel? All she might need to do is to change the qualities to whatever she feels best about, and that is all the change she needs.

It is often a great revelation and a permanent, powerful change in itself when a person finds out that she is at the controls of her own mind. Most people didn't realize that before. The first time you show them that they can change the size, position, and color of a picture, they will get a new tool that they can keep for life. It will become something they can do by themselves when needed. They might need other tools, but the tools are theirs to keep. And they can keep them because they are cause.

The visual system is often the easiest to work in to create changes from existing state to desired state. It is really the feelings that will make a difference, but it is more difficult to work directly with feelings. Pictures can be moved and changed easily. You can have a whole bunch of things in one picture, and you can see multiple pictures and whole movies at the same time. But it is kind of hard to have two different feelings at the same time, so it is not so easy to get from one to the other. Visual pictures is a very useful vehicle for doing that. If different feelings are attached to two different kinds of pictures and we can get her to change one picture into the other, then the feelings are likely to follow.

You have to discover and utilize what works for the person. The same picture might have a totally different effect depending on where in space she puts it. If it is to the left it might be considered a duty, if it is to the right it might be considered fun. If it is in the front it might be uncertain, if it is in the back it might be a solid fact.


- Get from another person something they feel limited about. Find out what kind of visual perceptual distinctions they have on it in their mind. Find something else that they feel empowered about, and find the perceptual distinctions. Change the limited representation into the empowered distinctions.

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