Internal Representations creates States and Feelings

Remember, similar internal representations will create similar states or feelings. And similar feelings or states will trigger similar actions. Also, if you find out what specifically makes you feel motivated to do just about anything, you then know exactly what you have to do with any experience to make yourself feel motivated. From that motivated state, you can get yourself to take effective action.

It is important to note that certain key sub-modalities affect us more than others. For example, there was a young boy who was unmotivated to go to school. Most of the visual sub-modalities did not seem to move him much. However, if he said certain words to himself in a certain tone of voice, he found himself immediately motivated to go to school. In addition, when he was motivated, he felt tension in his biceps. However, when he was not motivated or was angry, he had tension in his jaw and his tone of voice was quite different. Simply by changing these two sub-modalities alone, an expert could take him almost instantly from a state of being upset or unmotivated to a state of being motivated. The same thing can be done with food. One woman absolutely loved chocolate because of its texture, its creaminess, and its smoothness, yet she hated grapes because they were crunchy. All the expert had to do was have her imagine eating a grape slowly, biting into it slowly and feeling the texture as it rolled around in her mouth. By doing this, she immediately began to desire and enjoy grapes and has them ever since.

As a modeler, you always want to be curious about how someone is able to produce any result, mental or physical. For example, people will go to experts for counseling and say ‘I’m so depressed’, the expert don’t ask, why they are depressed? And then ask them to represent to themselves and the expert why they are. That would just put them into a depressed state. The expert psychiatrist does not want to know why they are depressed and wants to know how they are depressed. Instead, the expert psychiatrist asks “how do you do that?” Usually he gets a startled look because the person does not realize that you have to do certain things in your mind and physiology to get depressed. So expert psychiatrist asks, “if I were in your body, how would I get depressed? What would I picture? What would I say to myself? How would I say it? What tonality would I use?” These processes create specific mental and physical actions, and thus specific emotional results. If you change the structure of a process, it can become something else, something other than a depressed state.

Once you know how you do things with your new awareness, you can start running your own brain and creating the states that support you in living the quality of life you desire and deserve. Example: How do you get frustrated or depressed? Do you take something and make a towering image of it in your mind? Do you keep talking to yourself in a sad tone of voice? Now, how do you create ecstatic feelings, fun? Do you make bright pictures? Do they move fast or slow? What tone of voice do you use when you speak to yourself? Suppose someone seems to love work, and you don’t – but would like to. Find out what he does to create that feeling. You will be astonished at just how fast you are able to change. There are people who have been in therapy for years change their problem. Depression and ecstasy are not the things. They are processes created by specific mental images, sounds, and physical actions that you consciously or unconsciously control.