Timeline therapy uses a constructed visualisation to allow us to analyse and disassociate emotions from painful memories or events. Strong emotions when triggered can overwhelm us or cause us to react inappropriately, this technique gives us a way of going under the surface of the conscious mind to talk with the pat of the mind that’s in charge of your memories and emotions in its own language.
I have posted the script I use as reference material for others.
Before any therapy can be done we need to construct a visualisation so that we can translate what we want to do consciously i.e. the therapy with the part of the mind that stores our memories and emotions.
We need to be able to talk to that part of your mind that stores your past and your future dreams and all of your memories, and we can do this by constructing a timeline. So in your mind’s eye, imagine, if I was to ask you if you had to visualise your past could you point to where is your past would it be, and your future where is that?
To make it easy, a lot of people construct a timeline, it’s a visual construct of their past and future in a line. Often a person can imagine a line, it may go from back to front, the past being behind you, and the future in front, or it may be a line in front of you going from left to right, the important thing is that it’s something you construct and it’s a way of you being able to visualise your life.
So, organise your past and future so that all parts of your mind know where you are.
Can you remember something that happened a week ago, can you notice on your timeline where it comes from, can you notice something on your timeline about 1 month ago, maybe 1 year ago, see where those memories are from. Now I want you to go into your future 1 day, 1 year, maybe 5 years in the future and see where these points are on the line.
Now let’s have another look at that line and see where your mind maps those memories or dreams. Is it a straight line, does if go forward or straight to one side or does it slant one way or another, perhaps if you drew that line it’d also have a colour, maybe red, blue or just black.
The saying goes that a picture speaks a thousand words, and what this visualisation technique does is help us to communicate directly with the part of our mind that stores our memories, dreams and emotions.
We can learn how to go to a position that is visually so high and removed from the timeline that, you can dissociate yourself away from the emotion.
As you can see from the timeline the technique allows you to use suggestive hypnotic language to allow a person to rationalise the events of their past unclouded by emotion, and effectively rid themselves of emotional baggage.
Another purpose of this type of therapy is that when you have dislodged emotions from past memories, it’s unlikely that future events don’t trigger that strong emotion going forward.
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