|"Thought will live when the stars grow cold|
And mix with Deity" -- Emerson
Belief systems which orient an individual to person, place, time, and events may be suggested as being different, allowing the participant to mentally transcend present realities.Emotions may be enriched, intensified, weakened, or combined with others.Sensations and physical perceptions may be suggested and experienced with an intensity approaching those of real events.Thoughts and images may be created and guided in response to explicit or indirect suggestions.Motives may either be suggested directly or implied as a consequence of other events.Expectations may be structured concerning the manner in which the participant will look forward to and remember suggested events which will occur in the future, and the manner in which suggested experiences will subsequently be recalled and interpreted in memory.
Lawrence (M. A. Lawrence, personal communication, June 27, 2003) reports the successful application of the Best Me Technique with nursing home residents who are dealing with end-of-life issues.
Clients have been saying things like, "I can't thank you enough!" and, "I'm at a point in my life now where I think I can accomplish anything!" The changes which they are reporting in their lives seem to bear this out. It's too early for any hard data, as we have just begun to use these techniques. But we would like to invite you to join us in exploring these fascinating new realms of experience, and sharing with us in the thrill of discovery!
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