I had previously published a solo version of an older version of this process with accreditation to John McMaster and Dexter Gelfand. I told Dexter of this and asked for permission to publish the original Open Flow Dichotomy version. I was delighted when he said,
“Yes, but publish it with the caveat that while it has great value just as it is, that for realizing the full benefits, or to apply professionally, I do advise that practitioners should take advantage of my mentoring program, which is a paid service.”
…and so it is done.
This version is for specific conditions that the client is feeling the effects of, and seeking to resolve.
This is a dichotomy style process, meaning that both the negative, unwanted condition and the underlying thrust toward a positive condition are addressed. The client is asked to give a phrase that for him or her best conveys both the negative and then the positive conditions.
The phrase that the client feels best articulates the negative condition completes question (1), and the word or phrase that the client feels best articulates the positive condition completes question (3).
Questions (2) and (4), asking for reactions, invite your client to process their efforts to deflect (i.e., “counter efforts” to) the efforts in the conditions asked for in questions (1) and (3). Running those counter efforts allows your client to more readily experience and process those conditions called for in questions (1) and (3). (You won’t find this stated anywhere else; as far as I know, it is my own personal discovery, but Power Processing, thereby, is actually a highly effective, specialized form of Effort Processing, originally mentioned in Scientology publications in 1951).
I have intentionally configured these questions to be ‘open flow’, stated to as “a condition experienced”, not “you experienced”, and “How has this condition been reacted to”, not “How have you reacted“, because we don’t want to restrict the scope of the material the client needs to process to a “single flow”; other people’s conditions experienced, and other people’s reactions, can also be very relevant for your client in fully processing this material.
Be aware the client will actually be running the process as soon as the phrases are asked for; that gets the processing going, so let the client take all the time he or she needs to work out the phrases that they are most comfortable with, as that is actually time spent processing the conditions.
Also be aware that, often, processing the positive condition will bring up the material relating to the negative condition, and so then handle it as such.
The End Result:
The end result can manifest as the negative condition no longer being a concern, or as the positive condition manifesting, and the end result can occur at any point in the repeated sequence of commands.
One innovation of mine here is to ask for the client to get the EMOTION in the material that comes up in answer to each question. The purpose of this is to coax the client to more deeply permeate, connect with and thus process that material, and it works, in fact extremely well.
Ensure your client understands that he or she is invited and expected to:
Allow any thought, image or feeling that comes to mind at any point in the process to fully surface, and to examine and express these, regardless of whether or not these immediately seem to relate to the question asked, and
To give as many responses as come to mind, when they come to mind; there is no “One answer per question quota”.
The process, and thereby your client, is best served by only giving the next question only after your client is looking straight at you to indicate that they are awaiting that next question. Until then, even if they say they are done answering, be patiently and interestedly silent, and the client will be more thoroughly finding and processing the relevant material.
There will be times, when the above pointers are well applied, that the client will continue to run various material for long periods of time on one or more questions, and reach the end result of the process without having had any question asked more than once, or even without having been asked all the questions; the greater importance is to silently, interestedly just be with your client, thereby encouraging him or her to “roll on”, rather than to have any attention on getting to the next question.
If, and as, needed, repeat the questions in this sequence:
(1) “Tell me a condition experienced of
(1A) “What emotion do you feel in that experience?”
(2) “How has that condition been reacted to?”
(2A) “What emotion do you feel in that reaction?”
(3) “Tell me a condition experienced of
(3A) “What emotion do you feel in that experience?”
(4) “How has that condition been reacted to?”
(4A) “What emotion do you feel in that reaction?”
Dexter Gelfand July 2015