Regarding the theoretical back up of Sue’s working practices, there are mountains of research data on the nature and function of the two halves or hemispheres of our brain. The differentiation into ‘left brain’ and ‘right brain’ is a well-known concept within popular psychology. The left-brain is said to deal with matters of logical and concrete significance, while the right brain is the ‘creative’ or ‘intuitive’ side.
Following this model, entry into an altered state is said to proceed via the right brain. Techniques of guided visualisation and mind control use the creative faculty of the mind to change attitudes and destructive beliefs in life. In the words of Marilee Zdenek, in her book “The Right Brain Experience” (1983, p 60):
“How can anyone rise above a limitation that is self-imposed? The internal judge has the last word. … Two conditions are essential for success; positive thinking and positive feeling. The first is a product of your analytical self; the second is a product of your emotional self.”
If this is true, and our experience and the experience of many others says that it is – then two things are necessary to bring about change – there needs to be a change in thought and belief as well as change in feeling. So how can this be achieved? A change in thinking seems possible – we can change our minds, and almost all that we have discussed so far relates changing the way we think about ourselves. Modern psychotherapy has shown that it is possible to bring about tremendous change using techniques that access only the conscious part of the brain. But these changes are slow, and in most instances require the presence of another human being. After all, it is not very satisfactory to talk to a wall (as Shirley Valentine proved! (Russell 1988)). So, reading this book, all alone, with nothing but a wall for company, we clearly need to work not only on the mental level, but also on the emotional level. So how are we to do this? Emotions, or certainly that which influences them, seems to be beyond our conscious control. The way we feel seems to come from somewhere very deep inside, somewhere from that dark and shady place psychology calls the unconscious. Some feelings are easier to change than others. Sometimes it is possible to lift our mood or state of mind by changing our thoughts, but some feelings are so basic and profound that we can’t seem to reach them …
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