The National Council of Psychotherapists
CONTROLLED EMOTIONAL RELEASE THERAPY.
C .E. R. T.
Accepting that we all have a conscious and unconscious mind, if a certain set of circumstances occur, it is not the circumstances that affect our mental condition, it is our thoughts about those events.
If we decide to give importance to the event, we focus more attention to it, and provide it with more thought energy. If this energy is negative, i.e. worry, we are likely to transfer this energy to the subconscious, where it can stay indefinitely.
It is, in my opinion, this trapped energy, which we may label as emotion or stress, etc. which is the cause of all psychosomatic conditions. The law of cause and effect. If you are suffering from something and it is not caused by a poison, accident, virus, or germ, then the cause lies somewhere else.
It is my belief that this energy, trapped in the subconscious, undergoes an incubation period, the length of which is determined by the sensitivity of the patient. The effects of this start to show in physical and behavioural ways.
Once I had reached this conclusion, the question arose of how to get rid of it in a controlled manner. My first attempts were quite successful but depended upon my expertise and the memory of the patient to identify and then remove the cause. Later using Erickson’s technique of ideomotor action of the fingers, I was able to develop further techniques, including essential inhibitors, to enable the subconscious to release these energies directly; thus freeing the patient from the cause of any psychosomatic condition without my knowing what the cause was, and in some cases without the patient knowing either.
This new approach has given us the benefits of abreaction without its many imperfections and drawbacks. It is a technique which can be learned by any experienced and competent hypnotherapist fairly quickly. It has far reaching implications and applications in the practice of psychotherapy, and I teach this method to members of the National Council of Psychotherapists, many of whom are now using it to good effect.
I have discovered that there are many deeper levels of consciousness below the subconscious, which can also hold energies, or imprints of energies that may cause problems. My latest findings have proved that it is possible to hold verbal conversations with the subconscious mind and enable otherwise obscure and difficult problems to be solved more efficiently and speedily.
C.E.R.T. is basically simple to understand: reliable, and without any side effects. It is beneficial and constructive, without being destructive in any way. It is interesting for the patient as well, and of course - drug free
It is now obvious that we are responsible for our own psychosomatic illnesses. Up to the present time it has only been mooted that we are our own worst enemies; masters of our own destinies, etc., but words without true understanding are rather meaningless, as is, “Pull yourself together!” We have not been aware that our thoughts, the very words that we choose to speak to ourselves are vitally important. Most people think that worry is the natural thing to do, the right thing to do, “Well, somebody has got to worry about it, haven’t they?” is a common enough saying. Many think that they can worry away as much as they like and it will have no effect on them. This is wrong. worry is EVIL. Worry is the destroyer. Worry is negative thinking. Worry never helps anyone or anything. It is an irrational way of thinking, and if it does no good, and may in fact harm you, why do it? Some may say, “ You can’t control your thoughts.” - Another false idea. You CAN control your thoughts, and it is worth the effort.
Refuse to give energy to the negative words, i.e. “I can’t or I won’t be able to do it,” It’ll go all wrong,” “I’m no good at it.” Change instead by choice to the positive words of, “I can, I will, I shall.” “I will do my best, and to the best of my ability.” Then you are changing your ‘self talk’, controlling your thoughts, possibly for the first time in your life. Making a deliberate act of self-control in your way of thinking.
As all thoughts are instructions to the subconscious, which then carries out these thought commands, it is therefore obvious that you should program your subconscious to carry out directives to your best advantage.
No one would dream of deliberately programming an expensive computer in order to physically hurt the operator, but that is in fact what we often do to ourselves. Of course, before we will bother to change, we must accept responsibility fully; for ourselves and our condition.
When we do accept responsibility for ourselves, we will have made that vital decision to be positive in our attitude to life, and positive in all our thoughts.
Most people suffer from ‘tension’ in some form or another. There are two methods of solving this problem - drugs or relaxation. You can choose. If you understand what causes tension in the first place, then you can use this understanding to release yourself from it, and to avoid becoming tense again. When you learn to reach a very deep state of relaxation you will realise just how beneficial it is, even in itself.
How do we get tense? It happens because, bearing in mind that thoughts are instructions to the subconscious mind, if thought instructions are in conflict, the subconscious cannot carry out conflicting orders, and therefore gets confused and tension is the result.
Imagine for instance, lying in bed, warm and cosy. The first thought of the day, “I don’t want to get up. I want to stay in bed.” This is an overall instruction to the body - “Stay still, do not move’. Following this comes the thought, “I suppose I’ll have to get up, no one else will get my breakfast.” which is another overall instruction to the subconscious, “Body move.” The two orders are in direct opposition, and tension has begun, for conflict and confusion in the subconscious has this direct result.
We then compound our problems by telling ourselves; “I don’t want to go to work, but I suppose I’ll have to , I need the cash!” A contradictory order, “Stay still and move.”
This is followed by, “I don’t want to do that job, I hate it.” and the contra-instruction from your employer and your thoughts, “Do it!” - Conflict of instruction = tension.
This type of thinking can go on all day, resulting in a great build-up of tension which is very wasteful of energy, thus , at the end of the day, remarks like, “I’m shattered.” “I’m all wound up.” I’m tense and so tired.” “I haven’t got the energy to do anything.” are typical.
None of this is surprising. If one continues this conflict of commands, what else can one expect? The answer to tension then is to change our thoughts, our ‘self-talk.’ Lie in your teeth to yourself if necessary!! Get all your thoughts in harmony.- - “I do want to get up! I do want to go to work. I do want to do that job!” If you have got to do something, or if you are going to do something, say to yourself that you are going to enjoy it, and that you want to do it. Harmony of instructions is then given; the subconscious is not confused, and energy is not wasted in tension.
At the end of the day you will have much more energy to do the things you need to do at home, and the bonus is that you become a happier person, for happiness is only a state of mind, and you are starting to control yourself by programming your computer.
Of course if this doesn’t appeal to you, if you would rather not accept responsibility for yourself, then it’s back to the Valium!
We are so much in control of our health and well-being. We should not now refuse to shoulder responsibility for it by saying, ‘It’s nothing to do with me. It’s just happened,” or, “It’s the way I was born.”
We must now change those statements to, “I am as I am because of the way I think.”
Fortunately we all have choice of thought. Fortunately we are all self- healing units; it is never too late to change.
Whenever I lecture to a group or class I am inevitably asked questions at the end of the session. They always include, “exactly how would you go about helping me with my particular problem?”
I will therefore devote the rest of this book to explaining the approach I make to some of the different symptoms, how they arise, and how they be may be released.
I hope that I will include the condition that the reader will be interested in. I cannot, of course, list every case, only the most usual. Even now, I am still finding new problems which will respond to this method of treatment and I expect that you can think of many more!
During their lifetime many people become allergic to certain things. Anything from various dusts in the air, (giving rise to hay fever type symptoms,) some food, i.e. chocolate, (producing migraine,) and other foods or chemicals, which may bring on a variety of conditions. Why do we suddenly start to react adversely to everyday items?
The change must have come from within ourselves, for others may not be affected in the same way.
If we investigate what has happened before the onset of the allergy it will be found that there has been some sort of psychological trauma, anything from three weeks to three years before the onset of the condition.
What is a psychological trauma? I think it is best described briefly as an emotional injury, but what is the cause of that? We are down to the basics of thought, our thoughts about what has happened. We can all decide to think in any way we choose, and if we decide to think, “This event is terrible, awful. It’s more than I can bear,” then by the negative thought instructions given, energies are created, which we can label, emotion, stress, etc. If, on the other hand, we choose to think about the event in a different way, with the thought, “There is nothing I can do about it, so I will not worry. It has happened -yes - so what?” then there is no emotion or stress generated, therefore no trauma. We, in fact, create our own trauma.
Many people say, “I have a stressful job.” There is no such thing as a stressful job, the stress is only created by the chosen thoughts of the person. If they choose to say, “I’ll do my best to the very best of my ability. I can do no more than that, and if that is not good enough, so what?” Then there is no stress.
We are all guilty of creating our own problems by our own wrong way of thinking. If then by our own negative thoughts, we create worry, this in turn may create energies that we can label, emotion, stress, tension, tenseness, and other hidden energies. It is these energies, which are trapped in the subconscious, that can cause psychosomatic effects.
One of these is an imbalance of the system, giving rise to abnormal reaction to the consumption of foods, or to the close proximity of objects, that prior to the upset would not have affected us adversely. As there is a time delay, which may vary quite considerably, we do not relate the emotional upset with the undesirable new condition, thus seemingly ‘out of the blue’ one is suddenly allergic to this or that!
I have treated many different versions of allergy, and fortunately, because there are few secondary gains from having them, once the emotional cause has been released, using C.E.R.T. the body will soon bring itself into harmony and balance, and the allergy will be a thing of the past.
Len Mason MNCP(Hon)