The person often makes several subtle and unconscious adjustments to maintain equilibrium, respond to changes in light and sound intensity, acclimatize to changes in temperature, etc Thus, the peripheral nervous system relays information to and from the brain relating to the environment. It is responsible for producing sensations and reactions which are purely reflex. Behavior is linked to the specific physical actions and reactions that we communicate with the people and world around us. Neurologically, our outward expression derives from activity in our motor systems (the pyramidal and cerebellum systems). The psychomotor method involves non-reflexive actions, a more profound degree in neurology than organs of the senses. Our physical behavior and mental movements are controlled by the psychomotor system. Capabilities have to do with behavioral mechanisms, and people are creating maps to guide their behaviors. While some activities are reflexive responses to stimulating the environment, most of our actions are not. Many of our works come from memory charts and other internal processes on which our minds are based. This is an experiential degree that goes beyond our immediate environmental perceptions. But if I say to you, Pardon me, but what direction am I traveling? It's rather difficult to prove, though. A lot of your responses got home with a small shock -- particularly the recurrent theme of labels and conformity, and a lot of that you dug out of quite unpromising looking material. But those shocks were pleasant -- it was a relief to have the pretense stripped away. I want to get rid of it, but I can't quite manage it myself, so you are just carrying out my own, real wish. But there again, anyone looking at the situation from an external point of reference, would probably accuse you of selecting in terms of your own opinions and values. It is of great interest to the therapist in this case that his responses in this interview seemed to the client to be of a somewhat different order, that they penetrated far behind what she said, that they went beyond her, even though in the direction she was going. The counselor's perception of the situation is quite different. In his opinion, his responses were of the same order as those in earlier interviews, simply reflecting the attitudes expressed. From his vantage point, the difference appeared to be that the client was now really exploring in territory that was unknown to herself, and that her tentative statements were of the type that other clients have described as I hardly knew what I was saying.

Remember, emotions are your own response to various experiences and stimuli. Many people have similar responses to a particular event, yet many people do not! You step into the energy of shame and blame when you expect other people to change their behavior because you are uncomfortable with an emotion or event that they are experiencing, similar to saying You can't do that, I won't allow it! The River of Shame must be purified and distilled, to see any of its gifts. That is done with love. It's difficult to create a warm environment and to open your heart to the experiences and gifts after being harshly treated as you previously floated on the River of Shame. The good news is that the heat from an open heart will eventually warm the Emotional and Creative currents so they will embrace the judgmental flow of the Rational Current with love. No one is without redeeming features. No one is beyond being welcomed back onto the vessel that floats on the River of Gold. Having your Rational Current embrace the rest of your experiences on the River of Shame is most challenging yet provides the most rewarding outcome. For example, you can photograph objects that don't apply to the particular room your in. The conversations and incidents that took place years ago can be recalled. You can imagine events that may occur years from now. Behaviors that are not driven by an inner map, plan, or strategy are like knee jerk reactions, patterns, or rituals. We can select, modify, and adjust a class of behaviors to a broader range of external conditions at the level of capability. Capability thus implies mastery of a whole course of action, ie, knowing how to do something in a variety of conditions. Neurologically, the production of cognitive skills is a result of processing at a higher stage in the brain cortex. Sensory information is interpreted in the cortex (or gray matter) of the brain in the form of mental charts, combined with other visual images, or pieced together in imagination. Typically, this form of processing is followed by semi-conscious micro-movements or accessing signals (eye movements, adjustments in breathing rate, minor postural alteration, voice tone shifts, etc). Values and beliefs contribute to simple assumptions and evaluations about ourselves, others, and the world around us.

When these statements of attitudes which are borderline in consciousness are taken and briefly rephrased by the counselor, the perception of them in more definite form seems to the client to be a new experience. It takes her further in her own thinking, is seen as going deeper into her meaning than she has gone herself, is even seen as frightening, something to run away from. Which of these perceptions of the experience comes closer to the objective reality is of some interest, since it would shed further light upon the process of therapy. Obviously what is needed are cases in which we have both the recordings and the introspective reactions of the client (and perhaps the introspective reactions of the counselor) so that comparisons may be made. You are beginning to look much more like a person than one of the class counselors. It seemed to me in this interview that you sounded much more like your whole self than just the part of you that's a counselor. Of course I know that's largely because I've allowed you to come in, but I wonder if you feel a little freer and more yourself? Now when you laugh, it does sound much more like the sort of laughter which friends share, and it doesn't startle me as it did that once in the previous interview. On the contrary, I like it very much. It makes me feel very brisk and competent and eager to get on with my investigations. The appreciation of one current for another creates beautiful music, and all can flow in harmony to the ocean of abundance. Action Step When you realize you are cringing or pulling back, check in and notice whether you are reliving an old experience of shame. Remember to breathe and allow the wave of emotions and images to rise, crest, and subside. Then call to mind someone or something that you love and wash that love over yourself. Do the Open-hearted Love Process. Then extend those warm sensations to your money and your current activities. Become a generous field of energy. Responsibility and Accountability These are juicy words!

We decide whether meaning is given to things and are at the center of motivation and culture. Our beliefs and conditions provide the reinforcement (motivation and permission) that promotes or prevents particular skills and behaviors. Opinions and beliefs contribute to the question, Why? Neurologically, creeds are correlated with the midbrain limbic system and hypothalamus. Both emotion and long-term memory have been related to the limbic system. While the limbic system is in many respects a more primitive structure than the brain cortex, it helps to incorporate cortex information and regulate the autonomic nervous system (which governs essential body functions such as heart rate, body temperature, dilation of the pupils, etc). Because deeper brain structures create them, beliefs bring about changes in the body's fundamental physiological functions, which are responsible for many of our unconscious responses. In reality, one of the reasons we know that we truly believe something is because it causes physiological reactions; This is how a polygraph works to determine whether a person is false or not. Since our beliefs create perceptions that influence our deeper neurology, they can also produce drastic physiological effects. After all, if we can share the same jokes, and I can catch up with your projections of my own meaning, maybe I'm just as competent as you seem to be, maybe I'm quite a capable person after all. As a matter of fact, when you start penetrating as far as this into my meaning, it is getting closer to the normal, friendly interchange, isn't it? The counselor agrees that he was, and would seem, more of a whole self in this and following interviews. In initial sessions, when attitudes being expressed are relatively superficial, the process of understanding the client may not take a total effort on the part of the therapist, and the reflection of attitudes runs more risk of being a technique rather than an expression of the whole personality of the counselor. But as the interviews lead into dim and somewhat incoherent thinking, as the client is genuinely exploring the unknown, the counselor becomes wholly engaged in trying to keep step with this puzzled and puzzling search. His attention is completely focused upon the attempt to perceive from the client's frame of reference, and thus it is no longer a technique in operation, but the implementation of an absorbing personal purpose. In this attempt to struggle along with the client, to glimpse with him the half-understood causes of behavior, to wrestle with feelings which emerge into awareness and slip away again, it is entirely possible that the simple concept of an accurate reflection of feeling no longer fits the therapist's behavior. Rather than serving as a mirror, the therapist becomes a companion to the client as the latter searches through a tangled forest in the dead of night. The therapist's responses are more in the nature of calls through the darkness: Am I with you? Is this where you are?

These two words signal that you are dangerously close to traveling on the River of Shame. Both words can be used to open up to a new way of living, to police the activities of other people, or to lay blame at someone's feet. When people do the latter two they use the classic phrases: Who is to blame for this? I want to know right now! I'm holding you accountable for this! Most people treat responsibility as a heavy burden, something to be shouldered when nothing else will do or is available. Just feel the extra weight on your body: Here take more, and more, let's just load you down. You can handle it; In fact, the person speaking may be looking to add a part of her load onto the shirker just for good measure, as in I work hard around here and it's time you did your share! Lots of energy and suppressed emotions in that sentence. This is demonstrated by the instance of the woman who adopted a baby. Because she assumed that mothers were required to supply their babies with milk, she started to lactate and created enough milk to feed her adopted child. The identity degree refers to our understanding of who we are. It is our sense of our identity that organizes into a single system, our values, skills, and behaviors. Their knowledge of identity often relates to their understanding of ourselves concerning the larger systems of which we are a member, deciding our sense of function, intention, and task. In our neurology, our identity can be correlated with our whole nervous system and probably includes deep brain structures such as reticular formation. The reticular structure is a broad community of cells that are deep within the stem--fibers from this area project to vast association areas within the cortex through thalamic nuclei. The reticular formation is an alertness regulator; Thus, identity change or transformation can have a tremendous, almost instantaneous effect on one's physiology. Medical research on individuals with multiple personalities (Putnam 1984) indicates that when an individual move from one character to another, significant and drastic changes may occur.