And I Know It!

by Patricia on

Recently I have been working with Mel Bucholtz and learning The Tuning Effect method as a tool for focus and presence, as well as release of emotional charge on intense or traumatic events. During my sessions, Mel would often ask me to make a statement and end it with “and I know it.”

After 2 sessions I started becoming aware of how powerful it is to make the statement “And I know it.” It is a strong declaration and reinforcement of conscious competency and integration of mindful present awareness.

Frequently, those who have experienced emotional wounds are stuck in a point that David Grove calls T-1 (tee minus one) which refers to the moment just before the trauma or wound when we check out (dissociate or become unconscious) to avoid the incoming pain.  That aspect of our consciousness then does not know that we have, in fact, survived.

Bringing our awareness into the present fully and reinforcing the awareness of being in the present with “And I know it” re-connects the aspect of consciousness that was stuck at T-1.

I am pleasantly amazed at how the sessions have increased my ability to stay present and mindful, not getting emotionally activated by situation that ordinarily might be challenging to me.  In two on-going situations, I find myself calmly awaiting the out-working of the situation without any distraction from my work or play!

On a short walk from a day of teaching to a restaurant six blocks away, I found myself strolling. While that might seem usual to you, I am usually quite focused, directed, moving quickly. I strolled the six blocks, aware of my body, my feet on the concrete, the movement of energy, the people around me. I felt oddly like I was swimming through an ocean of oxygen, with smooth and even strokes.

Stay tuned for more on the The Tuning Effect.  I’ll keep sharing as I learn this new tool.  We are very excited about the potential of this method to help veterans release trauma and become present to the now and in charge of their now.

In the meantime, acknowledge and re-affirm your competencies with “and I know it” and when you are able to be present to the Now, enjoy it fully.

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Deb Anderson July 21, 2011 at 11:47 am

Dear Patricia,

I found this article to be very true. I think Domestic Abuse Advocates who work in the Justice System should take this training. A lot of these people who are working along side the victims don’t understand trauma at all. And they do not like to hear the “Victim” say, and “I know it.” When I made this statement, the person who was assigned to my case would get very angry because she used to be Parole Officer, and as far as she was concerned she knew it! I also agree this will be great for the Vet’s who are returning home! I am looking forward to your next note : > ). Deb

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