This tape comes about in response to a lot of requests by people to know more about Experience Processing. What occurred to me is that although Lecture #1 in the series is a very good lecture (it says a lot of important things), a lot of new developments came along in the Experience Processes. As we went along in this series, we came up with more Basics and more Basics and more Basics; and I've never really come back and said Let's put all those Basics together a little bit on tape. So, by doing this, this lecture allows me to summarily address Experience Processing.
Now if this is your first exposure to E-Therapy and Experience Processing, then you should be listening to this lecture - this is the place to start. If you have the tapes in the series, then that's a different story; you've already listened to them, or part of them - at least come back and start over with this lecture.
So this lecture is about E-Therapy. E-Therapy is in essence the whole package of which Experience Processing is a major piece. If you've had difficulty in understanding some of the material before (meaning you've been listening to the other tapes), maybe what your missing is the fact that there's a whole philosophy that underlies Experience Processing. Now I haven't consciously realized that until just a few days ago. However, I've known of that underlying philosophy for years and years. So I guess in some respects I've naturally operated out of it. My guess here is that people I know that have been trained in Experience Processing and that are getting some really good results with it, there is a good chance that they have also had a similar knowingness at the level of what I would call E-Therapy. In other words they know the Basics without realizing that they know the Basics.
So this lecture is about Basics. But, it's about a summary of E-Therapy. I want to give you some insight as to what E-Therapy can do, why it's used, and so on. Because this tape is for broad public issue, I'm not going to go into detail on the Experience Processes themselves in this lecture. There's a number of reasons for that.
First off, it is my experience that you can get much greater benefit out of Experience Processing by having the processes run on you first, before reading the material or listening to the lectures on them. If I just give you the processes now without a lot of data (because the processes are extremely simple) you might think Oh I can do that. But you're lacking a lot of the data. You might go off and try and run this stuff.
I say that Experience Processing is harmless, and it is harmless - if properly run. I make no promises or guarantees of what will happen if these processes are incorrectly run, or run in an improper context, or run by people that don't really understand what these are all about; they just understand a rote procedure. I make no guarantees in that area. That's another reason why I don't want to let this stuff go without a lot of data. Also, the processes are so simple that you could easily discount them, conclude them to be worthless. The processes that I have developed thus far, that make up E-Therapy, are deceptively simple - they really are; such that if I hadn't had an immediate gain in the delivery of what's called Experience Process 1A and 1B, I probably would discount them as well. So those are some of the major reasons why I'm not going to go into major detail of the procedure in this lecture. In order to understand the Basics of E-Therapy, you don't need to understand anything about the processes.
So, E-Therapy is short for Experiential Therapy. The definition that I have come up with thus far of E-Therapy goes something like this:
So in other words E-Therapy is not limited to Experience Processing. At this time, I don't know of any more effective form of Experiential Processing than Experience Processing, but the case is not closed on it. If someone were to come along and say Oh, I've got a process that works great. All you do is instead of standing on your head, you stand on your nose. And that brings about a hell of an experience. I might research that and what do you know, it actually works, but maybe you have to cover your left nostril in order to make it work - something like that. I'm open to new ideas. That's why I've labeled this any form of therapy that directly addresses and seeks to remedy a person's inability to experience life and/or to tolerate that experience.
Tolerate is very important because if I was to say to people we're going to do some Experience Processing, they would probably say to me, yeah well I experience every day. I'm always experiencing. Yeah, I'm sure you are. But, can you tolerate your experience? Most people can't. It could be said that what drives a person crazy is the fact that he can't tolerate his own experience. Now there's a number of reasons why a person can't tolerate their own experience. That's actually a complicated subject. It could take hours of lecture [material] to cover it. Because that's in essence what therapy is all about.
E-Therapy specifically moves in the direction of enhancing a person's ability to experience, and to be able to tolerate that experience. Yes most people do Experience a little bit, but they're grossly lacking in that experience. As a perfect experiment, hang around the scene of an accident sometime where there's 25 witnesses. Interview the 25 witnesses and you'll probably get 25 different stories. It's not just that you've got 25 different points of view (I'm standing on the far side of the car and you're standing on the near side of the car), it's much worse than that.
Even if we were standing in exactly the same place, or next to each other, we'll have a different experience. Why? Because you have a different psychology than I do. You have a different set of filters that you use to block your experience and I have a different set of filters than you do. So what frequently happens in Experience Processing (as a side note) is that people quite often become aware of some of their filters. Many of them just drop away, all by them-selves. Some of them don't and will require more extensive therapy, which is fine because then Experience Processing has served as the first step.
How many times have you found yourself living in a particular environment, or going to work everyday in a particular office, or sitting in the same classroom everyday, for days, weeks, months, even years and one day going where did that coffee table come from? I don't recall that ever being here before. And of course, it's been there from day one. Or Gee, you've painted the walls of this house, haven't you. What makes you think that? Well they're blue. Well they've always been blue. Oh really?
In the playroom here I have speakers hanging from the ceiling to improve the sound quality. It's amazing how many people don't notice that. And they look right at them. It's not that they're disguised - they're obviously speakers. You see, very rarely do we see speakers hanging from the ceiling in a house. So we have a belief system (which is a filter) which says speakers don't hang from the ceiling, therefore what I'm looking at isn't a speaker. And we don't even consciously verbalize that. It's just you look at the speaker, you go blank, there's nothing there - there's no thoughts. No thoughts would be wonderful, except that there's also no experience.
It's not even that you see the speaker and you're speechless, or thoughtless, it's just that there's no speaker there. You see the wall behind the speaker. It's a form of extended perception; [actually dub-in - you dub-in what is not actually in your experience]. You have in essence Not-Ised the speaker so much (in other words denied its existence) that you were able to see the wall behind it. For you, that speaker was effectively invisible.
Experience Processing seeks to remedy that and enhance (or help to enhance) their experience, and then to tolerate it. Some people see speakers hanging from the ceiling and they can experience that but they can't tolerate it and so get irate about it: What if those things fall? That's not the way sound's supposed to be heard... So I should probably have them run objective Experience Processing on the speakers and eventually they would learn to tolerate the speakers.
So back to my definition:
E-Therapy is any form of therapy that directly addresses and seeks to remedy a person's inability to experience life and/or to tolerate that experience.
You would think that education could accomplish some this and in fact it can or has the potential to, but in most cases won't remedy people's experience or won't do a very good job of it because Experience isn't considered to be a valuable commodity. What's valuable is what's written in books - thoughts, words.
Somebody once said No knowledge is respectable that can't be put into words. Well you might as well stop having physical education in school. You might as well abolish meditation - it's not useful. You better eliminate certain forms of therapy - not useful - because you can't put it into words. I used to teach computer classes: advanced level programming, system design and things like that. There you start to get into the more abstract. Even at that level, people need experience - hands on, in other words. To the degree that they get hands on experience, to that degree the learning experience is greatly enhanced.
Let's got our dictionary and take a look at definitions of experience. I got this right out of the American College dictionary by Random House. I've been through a lot of dictionaries, and although I don't like this dictionary for certain things the definitions of Experience are wonderful so here we are:
Definition A: A particular instance of personally encountering or undergoing something; i.e. a strange
(We don't use that too much here in E-Therapy.)
Definition B: The process or fact of personally observing, encountering or undergoing something.
(That aspect we DO use. But their example: Business experience, is a little bit weak.
Definition C: The observing, encountering or undergoing of things, generally as they occur in the course of
time. To learn from experience. The range of human experience.
Definition D: Knowledge or practical wisdom obtained from what one has observed, encountered or
undergone. I.e. men of experience.
(Again not bad)
Definition E: The totality of the cognitions given by perception; all that is perceived, understood, remembered.
(Not bad except for that word remembered. I don't like that word remembered in there. Everything else is great.)
Definition F: To have experience of, meet with, undergo, feel. (And a very rare definition) to learn by
According to the dictionary, the 6th Synonym of Experience is undergo, and undergo referring to encountering situations, conditions, etc. in life; or having certain sensations feelings. Experience implies being affected by what one meets with, pleasant or unpleasant; so that to a greater or lesser degree one "suffers" a change. To experience a change of heart; bitter disappointment. (That's another way of seeing experience.). Undergo usually refers to the bearing or enduring of something hard, difficult, disagreeable or dangerous. To undergo severe hardships: an operation.
What those particular definitions imply (the synonym definition of Experience and Undergo) is they both bring a level of emotion into it, that is not necessarily needed, but we do add in all over the place. One can experience without a lot of emotion. I don't mean that you are emotionless. I mean that you are above or beyond emotion - Meta-emotion - Meta meaning beyond, as in meta-physic meaning beyond physics. So it would be meta-emotion - you're beyond emotion. You see that emotion is a much lower wavelength than pure experience.
One of things that came up very quickly, although I didn't understand the significance of it until just a couple of months ago is that E-Therapy helps to bring about Truth in peoples lives; helps them to get in touch with Truth. According to the dictionary (Webster's New World), Truth is the quality or state of being true; the quality of being in accordance with experience, (notice how they use that definition.) facts or reality; conformity with fact. Reality is actualy experience. So in essence, truth is reality, and reality comes from actual experience.
Another way to look at it, Hubbard said that truth is the exact time, place, form, even and consideration. That's a bit more of a MEST(matter, energy, space, time) universe type of definition, but that's what happens in E-Therapy. As you progress through the processes, you find yourself more able to get the time, place, form, event consideration of things. See? Your experience is enhanced.
So notice that we're talking somewhat nebulous because I'M at a point where language doesn't quite do justice to this. It's like right now, I'm having an experience of giving this talk, I have Structures from Silence in the background, the lighting is just so, there's my cat lying on the floor - he's just crashing out right in the middle of everything, various noises are present (indoors and out), and even that doesn't really tell you anything. Notice how little you actually got from that.
So what Experience Processing brings about I can't really talk about; except you know what I'm talking about. Experience Processing was a discovery, it started off as a discovery. I stumbled across it one night in session, and then saw that there was a road (the road of Experience Processing) and I got on that road and I've been making a lot of developments since then. I used Experience Processing to remedy a number of session problems.
You see, as I said, people think they're Experiencing life, but they're really not; you're really not. We have a number of things in the way. We have belief systems in the way. A belief system is basically a thought, feeling or idea that I have that I have not verified or validated as actual fact. So it might be like if I was to say that the earth is flat, I haven't verified that - it's a belief system.
At any rate one of the things that keeps us from Experiencing is belief systems. Another thing is a hidden standard. A hidden standard is like a belief system except you don't realize you're using it - it's very sub-conscious. A belief system is very conscious, you keep repeating it. Survival Computations are always in the way. Survival Computations are a much more active and complex form of a belief system. Sub-conscious mind scripts block our Experience significantly. Of course the entire Reactive Mind as put forth by Dianetics; very much in existence and very much in the way.
So, to the degree that a person can't Experience, to that degree they are incapable of being in session. That's how Experience Process 1A and 1B came about. I had a problem with a client being in session. He wasn't in session. I had to come up with a remedy for that. I was handed, literally out of the ether, Experience Process 1A and 1B.
Well what does it mean to be in session? What is insessionness? Insessionness is basically two things: 1) The client is willing to talk to you the therapist, willing to do whatever's necessary, willing to follow instructions, work with you. 2) The client needs to be interested in his/her own case. If either of those two things are missing, your client is not in session; he's not really sessionable; he's not sessionable at the subjective level. You might be able to do some MEST universe processes with him. I have done that when people aren't sessionable.
I had a guy come to session after having smoked a joint 2 hours before. He wasn't sessionable. Some people can be sessioned while under the influence of drugs; most can't. He was one of those that can't. I had to run MEST universe processes on him. Touch the stool. Touch the wall. Locate the ceiling. Look around the room, find something that's interesting. What's significant about that? A few weeks later the same client had trouble being in session. What he said to me was The reason I'm having trouble being in session is because I don't trust you. It's even worse than that. What's really up is that I don't trust me. Now there's a very interesting problem. I developed process 1A and 1B to remedy Trust.
That's one of the benefits of Experience Processing. I consider Experience Processing to be a session opener or case opener. In order to do Experience Processing you need to understand a little bit about Experience, you need to have been through the realm of Experience yourself. You need to be willing to abide by the counsellor's code; specifically in the area of invalidation and evaluation.
Too often therapists shove evaluations down their client's throat. Experience Processing says, don't you dare! Very frequently therapists invalidate where their client's at: That was a dumb idea. Or, What made you think of that?; with that kind of demeaning tone in the voice. That's a violation of the invalidation clause. Those two things right there will kill therapy, very quick.
A third flaw that they make is that most therapists do not understand the communication cycle and they violate it regularly. There's no way you're going to be able to do much successful therapy with that.
So Experience Processing remedies the Trust issue. It doesn't necessarily handle the Help button. A lot of people have trouble being helped. They can't be helped, and yet they've come to you for help. A big vicious circle there. We do have an Experience Processing remedy for Help. That works reasonably well, but it's not perfect. Probably if a person is at the level of not being helped, in other words subjectively, you're probably running too steep of a gradient anyway and should probably be running them on MEST processes. So we haven't normally really experienced Help as a problem in E-Therapy.
Experience Processing is what a lot of people have been promising or looking for. Experience Processing is senior to meditation; senior in that it's done on a very shallow gradient. Meditation, although very powerful and useful and to be recommended, at least certain kinds of meditation, like the Zen approach, that approach can be too steep of a gradient for some people. So Experience Processing serves as an undercut to that. Experience Processing is also senior to confront drills in that it develops the confront gradually and naturally and invites open communication. Confront drills like you'll find in Est or Scientology, [are] again, too steep of a gradient - way too steep for a lot of people.
Experience Processes are portable. That's a nice benefit of them. They're easily learned, and it's one of the few procedures that I know where the therapist benefits from every Experience Processing session. Both the client and the therapist get benefit. It's wonderful. You pay me for Experience Processing and I get benefit out of it. But that's good because it keeps the therapist in session. He doesn't "check out" and wander away. In the more advanced forms of therapy where we have the clients do incident scanning and chain scanning (and they do that silently most of the time), it's very easy for the therapist to go off and do other things. I found myself one day due to lack of sleep, I had a client do a very long chain scan - it must have taken him 40 minutes - he got a lot of gain out of it, while I almost fell asleep twice. So Experience Processing keeps the therapist alive as well as the client. Why? Because we're dealing with Experience, we're dealing with present-time, here and now.
You see, time is an extrapolation. It's an extrapolation in essence that particles will persist. There is no such "thing" as time. Time is a consideration, so yesterday is gone. One moment ago is gone. Tomorrow isn't here yet. One moment ago, yesterday, tomorrow, an hour from now, all those are considerations, theories. You toss the theory up and see if it sticks. But it doesn't exist now. You can't show me tomorrow's newspaper. So Experience Processing keeps us NOW, which is where it's at, which is what meditation seeks to do, which is what confront drills seek to do; but like I said on a much easier gradient to handle.
The process is portable meaning the procedures are simple that once you've got them down cold, you can take them anywhere. You can use them with the man on the street. I was sitting in a restaurant one night at the counter and somebody was going through some difficulties so very quickly I ran Experience Process 1A on him. Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. He came alive in a couple of minutes. He asked me what I did. I said nothing. I just had you do these couple of steps. It was magic to him.
Like I said, this material is easily learned. It really is. Experience Processing is not difficult. So what are some of the uses of Experience Processing? I've mentioned a few. They're great session openers - it brings about Trust really fast. Experience Processing is done in such a way that you match the client's gradient. However he can do it, you let him do it that way. Eventually, if it seems like he's completely out in left field you quietly steer him in toward his own experience, and then you help him develop that experience. It's kind of like a game, so it's fun. Kids love this a lot - it works well with children.
The main reason why I developed this of course was to remedy Trust. It does really well on that. It also brings a person somewhat into present-time. So it's great for drug stabilization. People that are coming off of drugs need stabilization to start with. Experience Processing is wonderful for that. MEST processes are good too (if the guy is in really bad shape you've got to start him with MEST processes), but Experience Processing, specifically process 1A and 1B, as a guy's coming off of drugs, going through the withdrawal and the changes in consciousness and so on, these processes can help him through. Like I said it can help stabilize, but it's going to stir some stuff up at first, for some of those guys. That's why you need to understand how these processes work and why. That's why I won't give you the data and the processes on this lecture.
So, it's great for case-opening. I use Experience Processing on every client now, unconditionally. It's one of the few things that I know that everybody needs, proven in their experience. It's also a great case-cracker. I have used Experience Processing to crack some really difficult cases; cases that all the professionals said couldn't be helped. We crack valence cases regularly. In the psychology world, valence cases are known as MPD's (or Multiple Personality Disorders). Sybil is an extreme example of that.
I've cracked several MPD cases with Experience Processing. The most "famous" one that comes to mind is a woman with four personalities. She didn't have sixteen like Sybil, but her four were almost worse than Sybil's sixteen. She had been to one therapist after another, in and out of mental hospitals, on and off of prescribed drugs, on and off of street drugs, various meta-physical experiences (chakara work, meditation, etc.); none of it could crack this case. Finally, a colleague said to me you've got to work with her. You're the only one that can help her. He was right.
I had just developed Experience Process 1A and 1B at the time. Boy what a test that was. First session I ran Experience Process 1A. Within a matter of moments she was in tears. Within a matter of a few more moments after that, one of the personalities started to show up. I think we ran about four sessions, [over] a period of about 2 weeks (maybe a week and a half) and we cracked her valence case wide-open. At that point the valences (the personalities) were easily to handle. How I did that is another topic in its own right. There is a set of lectures from the Human Insights Group on Valences and how to handle them. If you want to know how I did it, refer to those lectures.
MPD cases scare most therapists. They're terrified of encountering those cases and they'll pass them along usually. You never know when a valence is going to pop. You never know when that person is going to become somebody else entirely and go into a fit of RAGE. You just don't know. Heaven forbid that I should be in session with a client when that happens. I was knocked on my ass by a personality shift - a woman knocked me on the floor. I handled it, bounced right back - boom, boom, boom. That (her personality shift) was a sign of health in my opinion; getting knocked on my ass... A couple of hours later, that personality was gone. It's never come back. We gave that personality a name: Mr. Anger. Experience Process 1A brought up Mr. Anger. That's a good use of Experience Processing.
Experience Processes work wonderful with couples. Are you doing couple therapy? One of the flaws in couple therapy is that there is too much yak, yak, yak, yak, yak going on. Well he did this.. Well she did that... I'm mad at you. Well I'm mad at you. You didn't listen to me. You didn't talk loud enough. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Traditional therapy only gives you a 50 minute hour (at best) to go through that shit. So what happens? Most of the time the people go home all stirred up. They might have gotten a little bit of gain, who knows. But it takes a long time, that kind of therapy.
When I work with couples, I open and close with Experience Processing. The first session I might let both of them talk to hear where we're at. But usually what I do is I work them individually first. I hear their side of the story. I might work with them individually a little bit, bring them up individually with Experience Processing. Then when I bring the two of them together in therapy, I can open with Experience Processing because they've both had it. A lot of value can be had. They break through the ice really quick.
You can do the same thing with groups. I think every staff meeting should start out with a little round of Experience Processing; Experience Process 1A, modified slightly to deal with the group. I open most workshops these days with Experience Process 1A, where its appropriate. It's incredible. It establishes repoire right away with the group and we can get right down to business.
Experience Processing is also good for remedies; physical remedies and emotional remedies. People have injuries. You can use Experience Processing combined with Remedial Black & White to lessen the impact of the injury. You can do that with emotional upsets too; using Experience Processing to bring the person back into present-time and key them out of the emotional upset. You probably will not have handled the upset, its source, its root. But you will at least stabilize the person. Then it's up to you, handle the source or send the person home for now. For example, you're just out in public somewhere and somebody's got an upset. Take them through it with Experience Process 1A.
So you can use Experience Processes to keyout an emotion. If the person get's a stuck incident, a stuck picture in their mind and can't get rid of it, Experience Processing will quite often help them keyout (unhook) from that - very useful.
So there are as you can see numerous uses of Experience Processing. Like I said at the beginning of this lecture, anything that will bring about an improvement of one's experience will come under the heading of E-Therapy. So as an assignment in E-Therapy, I might have you do meditation. I might say go to Zen Mountain Center in Southern California and stay there for a month. I'm being kind of ridiculous on purpose.
If you're going to get results with your clients in therapy, you've got to bring up their level of Experience. Now granted, the world around you will prefer that you don't have your Experience [level] up. They would prefer that you are very much not aware, because if you are aware, you represent a threat to them. They can't get away with the same stuff they could get away with before because you're more aware now. So it's quite often to the advantage of the people around you to keep you submerged. Experience Processing reverses that submersion.
People will not like it if you get some Experience Processing. They'll tell you that it's the Devil. It's Hypnosis! It's brain control! Some of the confront drills could be labelled as a form of Mind Control, yes, I would agree with that. But in Experience Processing, you let the client take it at his/her own pace. That is of course assuming that your Ethics are in. I will always make that assumption. Maybe I shouldn't make that assumption.
Experience Processing can be done at several levels. In the [Experience Processing] lecture tapes I've talked about the fact that for some people even Experience Process 1A is too steep of a gradient. So there's an undercut to Experience Processing, what I call Locate Processing, where we substitute Locate instead of Experience. It's easier for some people to handle. Usually that's a near-psychotic person or someone coming off HEAVY dependence on drugs, or some other substance that they're heavily dependent on. Most of the time however Locate Processing isn't necessary. Most of the time Experience Process 1A works really well.
Let me talk for a moment about some of the therapy requirements for understanding Experience Processing and being able to deliver it. First off (and I cover this in detail in Experience Processing lecture #7, remedying problems with Experience Processing), one of the reasons why people have trouble (as a therapist) delivering Experience Processing is that they're not complete on it. In other words, they haven't run the processes themselves or run them to completion.
So I cannot stress strong enough the importance of getting your own sessioning. Not only is it foolish to be running these processes on somebody when you haven't Experienced them yourself, but it's downright dangerous, because you may end up quitting too soon, because you get too scared, or because you don't like the realizations your client is making - TOO BAD! It doesn't matter what you like.
You see, with Experience Processes, to this day, I haven't found a SINGLE end-phenomenon. I've had a number of different things happen. So far really, the over 3-dozen clients that I've personally run (that doesn't count all the other people that have delivered these processes), I've seen a little bit of everything happen. I've seen personalities show up and disappear. I've seen Survival Computations show up and disappear. I've had withholds handle themselves just like that. I've worked with people that had out of body experiences, people that have had very deep spiritual experiences, people that have had huge awareness shifts about the world around them. I've had people make in depth personal discoveries about themselves. Sometimes they'll have quite incredible insights about me, the therapist, or about family members. Some people say that their ability to deal with a boring job is quickly remedied.
Of course I've talked about couples. Couples difficulties are frequently remedied with Experience Processing. I had a client come to me one day and explain how when she was in the middle of a big argument with a girlfriend that without realizing it she just used Experience Process 1A and boom, boom, boom, the difficulty went away real quick.
So there's all kind of benefits possible and if you haven't been run on the processes yourself and if you don't have an open mind, you're not willing for your clients to take what they get and you be willing to take what they get, you're not going to do Experience Processing very well. You surely won't do it as well as I do.
I trained a colleague last year in process 1A and 1B and he said to me a couple of weeks later I don't get it. You get twice the results that I get with the process. How come? That is when I realize he hadn't listened to [Experience Processing lecture] tapes 1, 2 & 3. We had a conversation and I realized that and I said haven't you listened to the tapes? and he said No, I don't have time to listen to the tapes - too busy. Oh great. Well then I understood what his difficulty was.
You've got to understand the material. You've got understand what makes these processes, the data that these processes come from. In other words, the data of E-Therapy. I've only briefly touched on the data of E-Therapy in this lecture. My goal is not to discuss E-Therapy here, per se', but to give you an overview.
Another reason why you might not do well is because you have hidden agendas. You're trying to force a particular reality down your client's throat. No way. No way. Experience Processing and forcing a reality down your client's throat are dichotomies, they are at odds with each other. So you can't do that. So if you're a therapist with hidden agendas, of course you're having trouble with the Experience Processes, because your hidden agenda's getting unmasked, or will get unmasked if you continue with your client.
We're even finding now that there may be a solo Experience Process. I'll probably end up calling it Experience Process 0, 0A and 0B. That process is an extension of what I call Mirror Therapy, which we use early on with clients. So there's a lot of aspects to this work.
I really encourage you to take the time, sit down and listen to the material. Listen to the first lecture Havingness, Trustingness and Insessionness, and you'll have a real good feel for the way in Process 1A and 1B came about. I think it will be very real to you, because if you are already delivering sessions you will run into clients similar to mine, out of which I developed those processes.
Like I said earlier these processes are deceptively simple. If you're studying this material alone, that's okay, but I would prefer that you get a partner and let them listen to the tapes with you; someone that you trust already a little bit, so you can have the benefit of these processes before you run them.
You will be amazed at the power of a simple process like Experience Process 1A. It's like when I say to people Let's just be here. I was explaining that to somebody the other night, that there's nights when I like to just be here with somebody. And she said Yeah. You do your thing, and I read a book and watch TV or whatever. And I said No, no, no, no, no... Just BE here. We don't do anything. We BE here together. See? A very simple process; at least simple to explain. It's not so simple to do, as you know. It took her a long time to get what I was talking about. I don't think she fully understands the implications of that. So until we actually sit and BE together, I don't think she'll fully get it. That's why I'm not giving out the processes right now because they're too simple, you might not run them, or run them properly, and you might discount the whole topic.
In summary, we need to improve our level of Experience. That is a necessity throughout our lives. You can never improve your experience enough. When you finally reach the peak where you don't need to improve your Experience anymore, you're probably going to go BOING!, out of the body, and off you go into space - you're gone - forever... Bye. Have a nice trip. It was nice knowing you. Don't bother to send a postcard. It's not required. I understand.
So we can always stand to improve our Experience. That's why Experience Processing is so universal. I've run it on low case-level people. I've run it on high case-level people. Everyone of them gets a gain out of it. And these [so-called] high case-level people are quite often embarrassed to find out that maybe that aren't as high as they think they are. We'll they're high alright - high in their brain.
Experience Processing serves to get sessions set up with people. But I don't use it just in session. I use it out of session a lot. It's like a little present I give to people. Some people don't see Experience Processing as a present or as a gift. It's their loss. I've maybe given them one of the best gifts they could get. It's priceless. You cannot put a dollar figure on it. And yet, they turn it down. Oh well. Can't say I didn't try.
If you want to get a taste of Experience Processing, take a moment, get yourself really comfortable and Experience the room around you. Include in that Experience all the sounds, all the smells, the taste in your mouth, the feel of the chair against you. Or, if you're lying down, the floor, the bed, the couch. If you're standing, feel your feet against the floor. Feel that place where they connect, where they meet, where they merge. Then put your attention on the bottom of your feet. Just slowly draw your attention up your body; up your legs, through the knees, through the thighs, into the genital area, up into your stomach, into your chest, up into your shoulders and arms, up your neck, out the top of your head; on the front and the back side. Do that a few times. Do that a few times and you'll have a little taste of Experience Processing is all about.
That is not, by the way, an Experience Process. It's maybe in some respects many of the processes combined together. By the way, include in that Experience all your thoughts, feelings and your emotions, bodily sensations all throughout. Repeat this process a few times. If you fall asleep (which is not unusual in this particular experiment) that's okay, when you wake up, the tape will probably will have clicked off to wherever this point is (we're on side 2, the back side, in case you forgot), just back up the tape to this point and do it again.
Notice any changes? Anything you'd like to talk about? I wish I were here with you right now, to listen to your comments. I'm sure they would be very, very useful, insightful comments. I encourage you to talk right now about whatever you've experienced, whatever that was for you. Talk to somebody. If you have to talk to yourself, that's okay, just be your own good listener.
So I've said a lot about Experience Processing and I've said nothing in some respects. This little lecture is to kind of set the stage for going on into the Experience Processing lecture series, at this point Lectures 1 - 7.As of this transcription (Feb. 1994), there are now 8 lectures in the series, plus this one. I hope this has served to excite you, to make you as excited as I am about this stuff. I hope it has peaked your interest.
I hope you want to know more. I hope you want to get some Experience Processing. Come and see me. If you've never come to worked with me before, my first session is free - it always is. More than likely, we'll run Experience Process 1A and 1B. Nothing like getting it from the master, so to speak. But I like getting Experience Processes too. It's just that right now I can't find anybody that does it as well as I do. That's why I cognited on a possible solo Experience Process. That will be on Lecture number 8.
I hope this little introduction has served you well. I hope it's cleared up a few questions about what this stuff is - who uses it and why. I hope that you continue on with the Lecture Series; specifically starting with Lecture number 1: Havingness, Trustingness and Insessionness - with an Introduction to Experience Processing. I think you'll find it very interesting. Thank you for listening.