Before continuing with this section, your states of consciousness should be recognizable through simple reflection. For example, you should be able to determine the difference between the fight-or-flight consciousness vs. how it feels to rest-and-digest. You should also know if you are a person who experiences times of thriving. If you aren’t thriving, it’s okay. It’s not your fault. As I mentioned when I began this work, I seldom thrived. However, with my commitment to a dedicated practice, it took me less than a year to establish a genuinely centered and thriving consciousness.
Of course, my success came from firmly committing one step of this process at a time. So, if you still need to clarify your three states of consciousness, I recommend continuing with the Phase One Part One practice. You can also engage in our free online resources, like our The Relief of Suffering – Introduction to Brain Chemistry course or my Did You Know YouTube videos to solidify your understanding that life is a byproduct of brain function. Both are available at TheInspiredEvolutionProject.com.
Recognizing consciousness as an effect of chemistry and not the cause is critical to effectively using the continuing phases of this program. So, be willing to take the time to get the most out of every phase.
If you are ready, our next step is to learn how to stimulate healthy movement from fight-or-flight to rest-and-digest. Most of us already do this through coping mechanisms or placating behavior. Coping is a good practice. However, it is not a long-term solution because it requires constant maintenance. Relying on temporary solutions produces incremental yet arduous growth. Feeling better should be easier and come quicker.
There is only one goal we have in Part Two of Phase One. We are here to learn how to relieve our suffering by triggering a feeling of safety. We’re not trying to heal our unhappiness. Instead, we are developing skills to reduce our suffering at will so we can focus on becoming more centered.
Of course, moving from a fight-or-flight response to feeling safe and well is not our end goal. We want to break the pattern of triggers entirely. So, this is only the beginning, and if you are already adept at addressing your triggers, you’ll have the opportunity to move on to the next phase quickly. If you are not yet skilled at the healthy relief of suffering, this next exercise will help you develop those abilities, and you will feel the impact of a healthier, happier life. As a person with CPTSD, Phase One felt like a whole new world to me. So, whether you have experience or not, you will gain your unique advantages.
If you have a severe condition, like PTSD, depression, or even physical ailments, you are probably already experiencing fight-or-flight as a baseline. So, it may take going deeper into the practice before you notice a significant difference. The good news is that you have more motivation than most. The relief you feel from this work will likely inspire you to do more.
When doing the next practice, the first step is to record a state of suffering. For some, approaching triggers can be terrifying, but the goal is to control moving from the triggered state into a rest-and-digest state. So, please be gentle with yourself and remember that you are about to gain control over a condition that has likely controlled your life for some time. Opening these doors may feel vulnerable, but the ultimate benefit of this work is that you can close them forever and we are not here to process anything. I can’t stress this enough. You don’t need to remember to heal. You don’t need to peel the onions of your childhood. Instead, you will record your feelings as you’ve practiced for the last week or two. Then, you will add practices that help you to modify those feelings. It is as simple as that.
If you are not currently experiencing a fight-or-flight trigger, you may need to activate the amygdala by thinking of an event in your life where you suffer, but you don’t need to go for heavy triggers like trauma. I want you to remember that you don’t need to remember trauma or process any emotions to heal from that trauma. The ideas of suppressed memories and bottled emotions are a misunderstanding of how the amygdala works. We will never ask you to return to the pains of your past in this program. The practices will resolve those issues.
So, please remember to keep your approaches light. You can use anything from financial issues to relationship struggles or even moments of minor loss. Be willing to work with life’s little nuisances, and if necessary, always do your early work with a professional or someone you trust. My team and I are also available to help you through any phase of the program. You can find us by visiting TheInspireEvolutionProject.com.
Finally, as you continue the practices, remember to work with one level of consciousness at a time until you’ve mastered it. For a more in-depth understanding of any of these levels of consciousness or the brain functions creating them, please refer to our online programs, videos, and printed resources at TheInspiredEvolutionProject.com.
I’m so happy you’ve decided to try my program. I know you’ve been managing triggers your whole life, and now, you’re ready to take it to the next level. This next step is your opportunity to eliminate them entirely. It won’t be long before you can control even your worst triggers.
As you continue, please have faith in the journey.