Neurological Disconnects

One of the young men in the second Sons of Helaman group I ran tonight was showing a pattern of thought that we often see in addicts. When he would answer questions about the events of his week, he would not access his memory when giving his answers. He would answer too quickly with what we call, “Canned Answers”. These are responses that an individual has prepared to give quickly in order to get the inquirer to back off quickly before real information is brought to the surface.
The good news in this case is that the young man is motivated to change the way he functions. He allowed me to slow him down and followed the instruction of pulling the memory to the surface of his last “lost battle”. He was able to remember the time of day, the location and the mood he was in at the time. He was able to bring to the surface his discomfort at the time of the lost battle.
After this, I had him set that feeling aside and start recalling his reasons for fighting battles overall. I encouraged him to look for reasons that stirred strong feelings of dedication and devotion. I then had him do something we call “cut and paste”. I had him take the strong thoughts and feelings he was experiencing when was in Warrior mode, and paste it into the moment in time in his memory of when he had the lost battle.
Doing this repetitively will resolve the Neurological Disconnects – reconnecting or making new connections – that will run automatically if there is sufficient practice.

About Maurice W. Harker, LPC

Director of Life Changing Services, Director of Sons of Helaman, Facilitator of the WORTH group, Consultant for the Daughters of Light program.