Trigger Word Technique
NOTE A useful trick is to imagine the advice that you would give
to someone else in this situation.
- Sit or lie down with your eyes closed.
- Relax without crossing any of your limbs.
- Breathe slowly and deeply in through your nose and out through
your mouth and continue to breathe in this manner throughout.
- Clear your mind of everything else and in your mind say to
"I want to learn about myself"
- Then say in your mind -
"I want a trigger word for a repressed experience"
- Then blank your mind and take the first word that comes into
your mind after you have blanked your mind and write it at the
top of a piece of blank paper.
- Then relax again and say in your mind -
"I want to remember the experience for the word '......'"
- Then blank your mind and allow any thoughts to come into your
head. At first you may get thoughts which are irrelevant but if
you persist a memory from the past will come into your mind
which you recognise is associated with the trigger word.
If you stay relaxed and allow the memory to unfold, you will find
that you can experience the feelings associated with the memory.
(You may not like them).
- Write down as much of the memory as you can and any feelings
associated with it. A tip is to write in as great detail as possible.
- Decide what you want to replace these feelings with - a good
idea is to replace feelings that you don't like with happy, loving
feelings and thoughts.
- Then start at the top of the page and read aloud everything that
you have written and at the end of the page state what you want to
replace this memory with or state what you should have done in
place of what you did. In other words learn from the experience
because it is telling you something about yourself.