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Emergence: Theories to Therapy

How the Theories Became a Therapy

This brief article describes how the Emergence theories about consciousness and personality evolved into a therapy.

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Six Discoveries About Healing and Love

What you see above is a progression of six theoretical areas, each a part of what underlies emergence. The six parts are: [1] The Six Concepts, [2] The Consciousness Metaphor, [3] Event Diagrams, [4] "P" Curves, [5] Visual Dialogues, and [6] Direct Emergence.

I show this sequence as it displays the progression of discoveries through which emergence has developed.

Thus, my first discoveries were in and around the Six Concepts, in essence, a simple but accurate way to describe how the physical and nonphysical parts of our world intersect and affect our lives.

From this , I realized that human consciousness could be fully described using only three variables; [1] information, [2] meaning, and [3] time, the three stages of consciousness through which all humans evolve.

The next step was to realize that I could use these three variables as an "X," a "Y," and a "Z" axis to plot points in three dimensions, points which quite accurately represent the person's levels of consciousness at a given point in time.

Connect the dots and what do you have? A line which plots, in three dimensions, a particular life event in this person's life; an "event diagram" if you will. Plot enough of these life events and what do you discover? We discover that similar life events plot similar shaped lines. Eventually, then, we find a whole system of patterns, repeated designs which underlie all we do, think, say and feel.

For instance, one particular pattern of line occurs during all wounding events; another, each time we heal. Another pattern occurs when we relive an injury; another, when life overwhelms us.

Now think about what this means. It means we can visually grasp wounding for the first time ever, similar to the way the chaos theorists can now see patterns emerge in things like boiling water.

Unlike seeing the patterns in boiling water, though, seeing these patterns means we find and heal wounds with great precision and love; quite a valuable gift if we can learn to harness this idea.

In a sense, then, this is what came next, although in it's present form, it is still a far cry from fully realizing the potential these ideas hold. By this, I mean what came next was the first practical application of the prior three discoveries, a therapeutic tool I call, "P" Curves.

In essence, the idea is simple. Since wounds to human consciousness always impair a person's ability to internally visualize, at least in the affected life area, all painful life events can be divided into two parts, the parts of the event you can visualize, and the parts you cannot visualize.

So what is a "P" Curve?

A "P" Curve is a guided process during which a guide explores on paper what a person can and can not internally picture about some particular area of life. During this process, the guide asks the explorer only questions which ask what the person can and cannot see. They then record the person's answers on a paper form which, in essence, has been divided into two halves, a "can see" side" and a "cannot see" side."

What happens?

In the process, people discover places where they have been unable to internally visualize. In realizing these blindnesses, they also recognize how these blindnesses have prevented them from seeing the good in these people, places, and things. More important still, the more people realize that these blindnesses exist, the more this blindness heals. As it does, previously unseen scenes emerge, sometimes one, and sometimes floods of scenes. Either way, once this door to the person's inner vision has opened, the process continues on its own, sometimes for hours, sometimes for months.

How hard is it to learn to do "P" Curves? A first time guide can do it really well, given they follow the a few simple guidelines and agree to limit their questions to only what the person can and cannot see.

And after "P" Curves?

After "P" Curves comes what is surely the meat and potatoes of Emergence as a Therapy, what we EP's call, "visual dialogue."

In essence, visual dialogue is a variation of "P" Curves but without the recording process. To the uninitiated, it can look very similar to the look of traditional talk therapy. In reality, though, what is happening is very different. How?

There is no analysis nor interpretation. Only gentle exploring for BLocked scenes, usually done by asking some variation of the question, "Can you picture a time when ... ?"

And the last discovery, "Direct Emergence?" Here, things can get quite heated and in fact, quite painful for both explorer and guide. Why? Because the guide, in a very controlled and conscious manner, play acts the very slice of live which has been provoking the blankness in the explorer, the very thing the original wound inflictor did to them.

Painful? Yes. Require skill? Yes, a lot. But given the effort and a teacher to to guide the learning, pretty much anyone can learn to do this.

Six steps, all discoveries, all connected, all loving. Yet so much healing has come from these seemingly simple realizations that it hardly seems possible even to me and even after guiding many thousands of of emergences.

Seem simple to you? That's encouraging. I hope, then, that this brief tour may inspire you to explore these ideas further.

Good luck. And if you need help, please do ask.