“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
Help your subject describe his or her state. Sometimes people simply can’t connect with their state to describe it. They will say things like, “I’m not sure what I’m feeling,” “It seems vague.” or “I feel dull.” (indicating that they are also becoming fatigued, physically or mentally).
This technique comes to get a clearer statement that will enable you, their practitioner, to set a well-defined outcome for the session.
Put your finger about one foot from the subject’s eyes.
Position yourself in front of the person and at eye level.
Put your right hand about one foot in front of his eyes with your finger pointed laterally (not toward either of you).
Guide the eye movement and blinking pattern.
Ask him to take a few deep breaths and then close and open his eyes, matching your finger’s movement rhythm.
Start very slow, moving your finger from 90 degrees to about 45 degrees (downward motion), and then back up again.
Alter the movements as indicated, and break state.
Repeat 5 to 6 times with increased rhythm until normal blinking rhythm is reached again.
Then keep the finger motion, but move the hand to accessing cues Visual Constructed (up left) and later to Visual Remembered (up right).
The purpose here is to activate the person’s brain through controlled eye movements. Now let him stretch and move freely, blinking fast several times and breathing normally.
Ask the questions in the manner indicated.
Ask the following questions and wait only two seconds for the reply. If he or she doesn’t respond immediately, offer the possible answers provided in the parentheses.
Speak at the same rhythm as you notice as his eyes are blinking.
1. What would be the best feeling you’d like to have right now? (Curiosity, passion, calmness, excitement, decisiveness, relaxation, security, etc.)
2. How would you know if you felt it?
What would be evidence for you, on the inside, that you’re really feeling X (the state they chose)?
3. What would happen once you felt X?
4. If you felt X, in which situations would it be most useful for you? (At work? With your kids? With your spouse? While you’re waking up?)
5. In which situations wouldn’t it be useful for you to feel X? And with what feeling would you replace it?
Continuous fatigue state
If your subject is still feeling fatigued and dull-minded, ask the following elicitation questions:
Was there a time in your past in which you recall feeling X?
How did you know back then that you felt X?
Could you show me how you would look if you were feeling X right now?
What was it like to have that feeling? Can you feel it now?
Make sure your hand is not so close that it makes the person uncomfortable. Different people will have different comfort zones. If there is a possibility of epilepsy, such as when there is a family history, then refrain from using eye movement exercises.
Have the person discuss with their physician whether such exercises are appropriate for them.
The first set of questions should be asked and answered fairly quickly. If you give the person time to think, their own self-criticism is likely to inhibit them. If the person is agitated, this is not the right pattern to use.
Consider using the “State Chaining” technique or “Collapsing Anchors.”
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