Stopping The Stoppers

Stopping The Stoppers by Christine Sutherland

Stopping the Stoppers

All of us possess unconscious injunctions against change. Some of us are even aware that we somehow sabotage our plans and our dreams, and can even prevail against such sabotage for short periods of time, but this takes tremendous willpower and we cannot keep up the effort, especially when we are in distress.

Have you experienced, or noticed someone else experiencing, any of the following:

  • Making a decision to give up smoking and finding oneself at the "smoke counter" purchasing a packet of cigarettes without even remembering ordering them?
  • Wishing to lose weight, dieting sensibly, exercising, and then finding one has put on weight?
  • Deciding to be more assertive, to take more time and space for self, and then finding that once again the diary is booked out and there is nothing left for you?

We’ve all seen these and many more, haven’t we?

You may be pleased to know that over the past 20 years, highly regarded scientists, psychologists, and researchers, such as Dr Roger Callahan, Dr Larry Nims, Gary Craig, Dr Fred Gallo and others, have provided us with important insights into the types of injunctions which often operate, as well as several different ways of eliminating them.

Typically these injunctions relate to early learnings or stimulus-response bonds and involve:


It is fairly easy to "test" for these using muscle-testing, ideomotor responses, or even the psycho-cybernetic properties of pendulum work in order to deduce which of these injunctions are operating. Quite often we, or our client, are well aware from our own kinaesthetic response to certain statements (such as "It is safe for me to get over this problem now.") that such an injunction exists.

None of these methods is foolproof of course, but they do provide a useful basis for the identification of "stuck states" as well as an "objective" measure of any progress in resolving them. In choosing which to use, please be respectful of your client's beliefs or disbeliefs. Personally, we use generally use muscle-testing in our clinic because of the ease of demonstrating muscle strength in relation to thought, and the obvious corollaries of the function of professional weight lifting and other strength-dependent activities.

Keep in mind that when using any of the modern neuro-somatic techniques, these stoppers are usually automatically addressed as part of the treatment. It is only in a minority of cases that we find progress seems to slow or cease and that success can then be obtained by finding and eliminating stoppers.

Keep this List Handy

Here is a list of common stoppers and a statement which may help to elicit any others. This list is not comprehensive, and neither is it necessarily cross-contextual. You or your client may easily be able to extend or adapt this list to individual requirements. Note that I've provided a possible "counter statement" to the first few stoppers, but that you can construct your own as a double check on any of the statements.

I want to get over this problem now. (Note: If we merely say "I want to get over this problem." that may test strong, and yet when we add the word "now" we then test weak.)
I want to keep this problem now.
I'm willing to get over this problem now.
I'm not willing to get over this problem now.
I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get over this problem now.
It's safe for me to get over this problem now.
It's safe for others for me to get over this problem now.
I deserve to get over this problem now.
I'm afraid to get over this problem now.
It's possible for me to get over this problem now.
I give myself permission to get over this problem now.
I'm afraid I'll lose at least part of my identity if I get over this problem now.
I don't believe I can get over this problem now.
I have all of the resources I need to get over this problem now.
It will be good for me to get over this problem now.
It will be good for others for me to get over this problem now.
I'll enjoy getting over this problem now.
People wouldn't like me so much if I get over this problem now.
I'll feel deprived if I get over this problem now.
There are no disadvantages to my getting over this problem now.
There are no advantages to my keeping this problem.
I'm afraid of the consequences of getting over this problem now.
It will be easy for me to get over this problem now.
Even if I get over this problem now, I'm afraid it will come back.
There is at least one other problem which must be treated before I can get over this first problem.
There's at least one more problem that will prevent me from getting over this first problem now.

(With these last two test statements, we continue until we find the exact number of "other" problems that will prevent resolution of the first problem.)

After Identification Comes Treatment

There are a multitude of modern neuro-somatic techniques for quickly and permanently resolving the stoppers. One of the fastest is BSFF™, developed by world-renowned clinical psychologist and researcher Dr Larry Nims.

Using the BSFF™ protocol, we first agree with the client's unconscious mind that when we say a particular command word (chosen by the client), that the unconscious mind will "go in and eliminate every single negative emotional root and deepest cause, as well as the belief systems locked in with those, in such a way that nothing could ever make you want to take it back, or passively or actively or accidentally receive it back, or even be receptive to its coming back in any way, shape or form ever."

All the client has to do is to direct his/her unconscious mind by having the client say "Unconscious mind, treat that *command word*." You can then muscle test that the stopper has been eliminated by having the client repeat the original statement.

(It is often also possible to eliminate the whole collection of stoppers by simply directing the unconscious mind to treat them in total.)

Once all of the stoppers have been cleared, the original problem may then be treated and it should clear immediately, with obvious results to the client. Challenge such results strongly. This is a robust technique and will stand close scrutiny and testing. Also, without strong challenge, we cannot be totally certain that we have thoroughly identified and treated all aspects of the problem.

You can see this process at work in our BSFF training videos, and also two of our "Rapid Solutions" series of videos (Public Speaking Anxiety, and Money Limits). Click here if you'd like more information on these.

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