FROM THE SWAMP TO THE MEADOW: LEFT BRAIN, RIGHT BRAIN FUSION
In most activities the focus is on learning how to do something effectively and elegantly and than encouraging the practice of behaviors and holding the thoughts and emotions that delivers success. In the mental health arena, we are presented with an apparently different task. People, who in many ways are survivors, and in varying degrees competent and successful in their lives come with a problem, or set of problems that has them feeling bewildered. The intention of counseling is to help the client identify and then change behaviors, thoughts, feelings that have not worked with the hope that new behaviors, thoughts, emotions will be generated.. Yet the focus of much counseling practice is on what is not working for the person how do we get from here to there. Many why questions are asked that defy explanation, and can take months or years to explore with the final question remaining: now that you know why something happened, what are you going to do about it, when are you going to do it, how…. Well, you get the picture.
The swamp to the meadow is a straight forward tool that helps present a map of the territory for getting from here to there. It asks the basic question,” if you want to be here (the meadow) why do you continue to practice thoughts, feelings, behaviors that leave you there (the swamp)”?
One way to present this dilemma is to proposal, “I need to change my behavior, but I can’t change my behavior as long as I keep thinking certain thoughts, caused by certain beliefs – that I believe to be true when they’re not, but I think they are. So I have certain feelings/emotions because there’s a disconnect between the half of my brain thinks logically and rationally, and defines problems, searches for answers and reaches conclusions vs the part of my brain/mind that is beholden to a whole other reality or set of realities that resonates to vibrations with different language, different perspective, different rules. If the two sides aren’t congruent, then the resulting resonance will be discord. And we’re stuck.
A basic rule of human behavior is that “ Everyone in every situation does the best they can with the resources they have available.” If I look at that “rule”, and want to effect change, the only practical variable that can be impacted is the presence of resources.
Left brain, right brain fusion presents a graphic view of the presence of resources necessary to get out of your swamp into your meadow.
more to follow.