Once in a while something turns up which is truly revolutionary; different from anything which has gone before and in every sense a “new” approach to matters. Sadly, there have been few such developments in the field of the mind. Probably the most pivotal breakthrough of all time was the recognition of the power of the subconscious mind, so named by French psychiatrist Pierre Janet and later, rather unfairly, attributed to Freud.
Certainly Freud has a place in history, justly deserved. His seminal 1895 work Studies In Hysteria, written jointly with Josef Breuer, showed that the subconscious mind was very powerful and capable of influencing thoughts, emotions and behavior, while remaining out of view to the patient or client. It was truly sub-conscious.
Together, Freud and Breuer took Janet’s original insights and developed a whole new specialty that laid the foundations for what became known as dynamic psychiatry and clinical psychology.
Psychoanalysis held the center stage and practitioners were getting remarkable transformations and recoveries, using the simple technique of getting the client to talk about his or her problems. Indeed, the method was to be long known as “the talking cure”, with a slight sneer of disapproval from those who considered it trivial.
By the 1960s we had reached the point where almost every medical affliction, other than fever and malnutrition, was seen to be a result of dysfunctionality in the mind. Doctors began to believe that everything was “psychosomatic” in origin, a word that means mind-body.
Gradually, the use of this word morphed into something more sinister: that a person was weak or inadequate and imagined their symptoms, which were not actually real.
Things might have continued along those lines but for the rise of the current chemical view of mind states: the idea that every feeling—good or bad—is the result of a lack or imbalance in neurotransmitter molecules in the brain. Even happiness today is deemed to be a result of having sufficient quantities of serotonin and dopamine. This chemical model has resulted in a shift of emphasis in studying mind function away from the impact of a person’s life experiences towards the idea that everything is caused by biochemical dysfunction.
It’s a sterile (and dangerous) model, which has led medicine astray for decades and resulted in legions of individuals swallowing “happy pills” in the mistaken belief that their uncomfortable and unwanted feelings are the result of some deficiency state or excess. I need hardly point out the parallels between this chemical dream and the current recreational drug craze.
Somewhere along the way, the old idea that a person thought what they thought, felt what they felt and behaved as they did, because their experiences in life had led them in that direction, has disappeared in a welter of pharmacological marketing and hype. The sad truth is that this biochemical model is not working. People are not happier by taking antidepressants. Instead, the person’s helplessness is being reinforced and made more inescapable.
A few struggling counselors, with no effective model on which to base their help, struggled on with the notion that life experience was important and formative. But without adequate understanding of how unpleasant memories translate into unwanted feelings and behaviors, their efforts can be seen as ill-advised and often unhelpful, merely grinding the client deeper into their misery by repetition and endless discussion.
That was the condition of well-meaning help… until recently.
New Mental Grammar
Now we have Transformational Mind Dynamics (TMD)! This is a breakthrough technology that I rate as second only to the discovery of the subconscious mind and its powerful automaticity.
It takes the story very significantly forward.
Through the TMD method we learn exactly how experience is internalized and why the accompanying “charge” (black energy) is able to take executive control of a person’s mind.
The answer, it turns out, is really rather simple. Although the result of negative experiences is unwanted and disempowering thoughts, those thoughts are NOT the cause of the problem! The trouble comes about due to the mechanical impact of those same experiences; the force, the effort, if you like. It is this force or psychic violence which pins unpleasant emotions into place and leads to disturbing and unwelcome thoughts.
To merely process or try to eliminate those “bad thoughts” is hardly ever effective because the underlying mechanism holding them in place is not addressed at all.
My good friends and colleagues, researchers Rolf Dane and Heidrun Beer, have together evolved a method of removing what I just referred to as the psychic violence. This releases the negative emotions and then… bingo!… as if by magic, all the unwanted thoughts come tumbling out, like an unblocked water channel and they quickly vanish from view, never to disturb the client again.
The person is utterly transformed by their release from the grip of the subconscious mind. I have experienced it, seen it at work and learned to do this for myself, so I am talking to you here from direct experience, not mere theory. I am very pleased to have learned this new approach; it has totally transformed how I deal with a dysfunctional human being.
And you know what is so great about this? It’s very, very easy to do.
There is a whole fresh mental grammar, which we need to chart this new territory. Many of the concepts Dane and Beer found crucial have not been described before, or at best only dimly grasped and the correct importance not given to them.
The basic mechanism is that the energy or force buries emotions and makes their origins difficult to trace; emotions in turn hold in place self-limiting or destructive thoughts. The latter appears to be what the person is suffering from but in fact thoughts are insubstantial and, in theory, should not twist and damage a person’s life and living.
What’s surprising and new is that we are not really concerned with “the story” at all. That’s been the major distraction introduced by Freud and taken up by New Age counselors and “therapists”. We have become so accustomed to listening to the client/patient telling us what happened, that we have come to believe that the case is all about what happened.
That’s just not true.
It’s about the force of what happened, and the reaction to what happened, trapping encysted emotions, and building up layers of self-defeating thoughts and decisions on top of the unpleasant experience.
TMD is about thoroughly reducing the effect of each life encounter, eradicating the force, effort, emotion, thoughts and postulates surrounding the event that happened. It’s actually a real sequence; we bleed off the force, which releases the emotions, which frees up thinking and allows better decisions. The future is changed, because we emerge changed, refreshed, with new awareness and new postulates to guide our future.
Heidrun Beer, Me and Rolf Dane together in Copenhagen recently.
Other People Involved
But this isn’t just about the self-viewpoint. Dane and Beer have evolved a very comprehensive procedure that also takes care of the feelings and reactions of other people involved along with us in our activities.
“No man is an island,” poet John Donne (1572–1631) famously said. “Never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee…” It’s your funeral, as well as the dead guy’s burial. We are all in this together! So nothing happens to you that doesn’t also happen to me, to your parents, to the local boys club, to the pooch. Everyone is in on it.
So not surprisingly, things which happen to us and because of us, affect the people around us. They are not just spectators; they are players too. We impacted them; but THEY IMPACT US. It’s rather like an echo; it’s our voice that shouts but the echo comes right back to us. And the sound bounces around the environment a good deal, before it finally fades.
It’s astonishing that other schools of growth and development don’t take these multiple-personality dynamics more seriously!
In Transformational Mind Dynamics, we have our willing client take up the viewpoint of others, starting with the antagonist or opposition. What did the rapist feel at the moment he was carrying out the brutal assault? What in God’s name was she thinking of when she walked out the door? Why did Mom always talk to me that way?
The strange thing is, we seem to know! If you occupy the viewpoint of the domineering husband, the inept boss at work, the chump who stole your first girlfriend, and find his emotions, his effort and what disastrous thought computation he was struggling with, suddenly you are released and cleansed from something you didn’t even think belonged to you! It’s wonderful to behold.
By having the client see the events of their lives through the eyes of others and with the others’ feelings, we gain a far deeper insight into the meaning of what we jokingly call life.
It builds compassion. It builds wisdom. We grow immensely in stature as we finally learn tolerance and forgiveness. We come at last to understand, as John Donne said so beautifully, that we are all in this together!
I highly recommend you book yourself some sessions of TMD and begin exploring your psychic terrain. It is not enough to merely want to feel better or to “pull yourself together” and tell yourself you shouldn’t suffer. As Freud and Breuer taught us (well, Pierre Janet, actually) the source of the pain will always remain hidden in the sub-conscious mind, unless you use a special revelation method to get at it.
Hypnotism is a bit of a hit and miss. Transformational Mind Dynamics on the other hand is as predictable and well worked out as quantum physics or diatonic musical scales for the mind. Please understand it’s not “psychotherapy”, it’s explorations of mind and Being. Such a mental detox or cleansing of emotional debris is actually one of the Three Pillars of Healing I described in my book on cancer alternatives.
The TMD technique is now (as of July 2015) so well developed that it can be conducted in one-to-one sessions, over the phone or Internet. Members of the worldwide team help people all over the planet recover from past distresses and create a vibrant new future for themselves.
As I said, I have learned it myself and can fully vouch for its efficacy. Rates are very reasonable. You just have to learn to use skype. It’s like having one of these experts in your living room!
To book a FREE introductory interview, call my executive assistant Amy on this number: +1 866 200 0456 or 001 866 200 0456 which feeds directly to her cell. (Amy has done TMD too!)
For the rest of the world, please email: Amy@scott-mumby.com. She’ll get you started.
Please act swiftly if you are interested; you’ll appreciate there are only so many hours in a week, so it would be best to grab a place.
For health practitioners who are interested in incorporating new and exciting techniques into your methods, I especially commend this to you… A much bigger bottom line and more satisfied clients!