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Breaking Free From Thought Loops - The Thought Flow Process
The basic EMO process continues to throw up some very interesting side effects and patterns - this one must be about one of the most useful things an energy worker could come across. Simply put, this pattern is designed to allow the player to break out of infinite thought loops. There is a huge array of theory behind this very straightforward pattern but we don't need to get into this; suffice to say that the thought flow pattern works to reduce stress, bring about relaxation of over-active mind circuitry and can also lead to some very welcome and surprising new ideas and insights.
Breaking Free From Thought Loops -
The Thought Flow Process
What is a "Thought Loop"?
A thought-loop is a set of thoughts that go around and around without an exit point or any form of resolution.
A simple example of this phenomenon would be: "I need more money" - "But I'm already working as hard as I can." - "But I need more money." - "But I can't work any harder." - "But I need more money." - and so on, round and round.
In all systems flow, these endless loops need some form of exit point because unless such an exit point exists, there can be no forward movement.
In thought-systems, which may be quite complicated and include many sub loops but still don't have an exit point and thus keep behaviour stuck and the folk who run them awake night after night, the added problem is that these loops run faster and faster with practice, "overheating" certain pathways, unbalancing the energy system and indeed, are damaging to health and happiness.
The favourite way of humans to break out of thought-loops is by adding new material - also known as "learning" - in the hope that this might provide the exit points.
With very complex and personal thought loops, off the shelf advice is usually not sufficient to break out of a loop and also, the longer they have been running, the more entrained they tend to become.
Lastly, people do a lot of these virtually all the time they are awake and so what was needed was a method that would:
a) Allow someone to break out of thought loops fast and as soon as they have come to the conscious attention;
b) To have an intervention that is likewise fast;
c) To actually resolve the problem of the loop - by providing new and different insights but without having to rely on externally acquired added information.
Putting It Behind You
Now, there is a lot of energy theory involved in this pattern; indeed, far more than is necessary to know about in order to successfully use this simple energetic move.
I would briefly say that the system of human thought is an integrative and very important part of an overall system that is designed to learn and change constantly and that the reason for thought loops developing in the first place is a detachment of that thought system from a greater system that is required to complete the process flow which leads to new behaviour (and I include new thoughts as new behaviour too, as thinking is, indeed, a behaviour form in its own right).
So, and to make what is a long story very concise indeed, what we are going to do is to take a thought and literally put it behind ourselves, from the emergence point of the thought into our energy field and taking this thought, sweeping it up and over our head and letting it flow down the back of our heads and down the back.
Try it, and in the beginning, by all means use your hands to make the gesture physically in order to set up this flow from thought to the requisite non-thought systems which are designed to process out of the thought loops.
Think of something that you have thought of umpteen times during your life - I want to loose weight but I can't is such a thought, as is I should be doing something important but I don't know what it is, for example.
Now, simply allow that thought to come, then physically take it, sweep it up and over your head, letting it trickle down your back and go where it would go.
Consider how that feels - and what a very nice way to get rid of troublesome thoughts this actually represents.
Objections To Using The Thought Flow System
Here are some questions and answers that usually arise:
Q: When I put a thought behind myself, it seems like its completely gone. Surely that is a bad thing? I must keep on worrying to finally solve the problem?
Of course, whether or not you wish to make use of this system is entirely up to you in all ways.
Q: Is that the unconscious mind we are passing the problem over to?
Q: Will I get - finally! - some new answers to my old problems?
Q: How will I know that the system has started to work as it should? Where do the new answers come from?
Q: Can you put other things as well "behind you"? Beliefs, memories, emotions?
Q: Is there room for all of that "stuff" back there? Are there thoughts you shouldn't put into that system (in case they turn out toxic or damaging)?
Q: Is there a meridian tie in with this process?
Thoughts are but a part of an overall system designed to process information and return change states (which include behaviour and thought as well) as a result.
This system has become disconnected and is currently on many occasions in human usage, trapped in a feed-back loop where the same thoughts are presented over and over again when they cannot be resolved with the inherent capabilities of the thought system and get passed back to the starting point essentially unchanged.
The energetic movement of consciously ordering these thoughts into different channels as described breaks out of this loop and begins to engage other computation systems which has the benefits of reduced stress, less strain on the thought systems and better balance in the energy system, as well as allowing different and new results being delivered through different and other channels until they are presented back to the thought systems.
The Thought Flow Process, © Silvia Hartmann, March 30, 2003
I'm lovin' this pattern, as it seems to elegantly combine an energy approach with the nlp "timeline" approach of putting it behind you.
I've been playing with the thought loop thing myself ever since we talked about it over the phone. I have found it incredibly useful for relief from my numerous daily vacillations, the change in behaviour being that I simply make a start and see what happens rather than entering into some kind of loop. On Thursday of this week I headed off with my laptop and sat in a huge bookstore and spent the day writing away most happily. I used the thought loop thing several times to throw my conscious decisions/indecisions back into my energy system and felt very free and clear to just keep writing.
As an added bonus I treated myself to an ET desert after lunch - this store has a Starbucks up in a gallery overlooking all the books, you can clearly see all the different sections from up there and so I sat and slurped away - first a general "taster" because I just love books (this made me think of a visit Baskin Robbins where there are so many flavours and I just love ice cream!), next I slurped the fiction for creative inspiration, medical/energy healing *hmmm the taste of knowledge*, comedy, just for a laugh :D, art, a tad more creative inspiration and so it went. It felt great.
Ayurvedic Energy Specialist
I tried it with results that were immediate, easy, and wonderful.
In my experience, it's a wonderful pattern, easy and effective!
I tried it, its so simple and effective. I'm trying to do alot of editing and having intrusive thoughts, did the pattern and it was great. It cleared my head, and allowed me to focus on what I needed to focus on.
It had an interesting effect on me, it was like clearing the aura around my head too.
A bit like walking on the beach on a windy day.
Wow! That was fun! I got goose bumps and shivers every time I did your
What a relief for me.
Thought Flow Technique
I tried this technique and it worked for me.