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June 21, 2004

During the May Workshop, Ed demonstrates with volunteers the advances the Incline Village tribe makes since the October Workshop, which allow more efficiency without the conscious mind getting in the way. These discoveries revolve around noticing the conscious mind tries to revert to its old habits of story-telling, jokes, questions – anything to avoid the discomfort of experiencing a feeling, and the possible embarrassment of displaying a feeling in a group. Once a sender identifies a feeling, the old method includes receivers asking the hot seat occupant to describe the feeling in detailed terms -- that is, where it appears in the body, its somatic properties. To answer, the hot seat occupant tends to snap back into the conscious mind, and out of the light trance-like state where he directly experiences feelings. The newer technique involves receivers noticing when the sender hits a feeling, simply encouraging him to get into the feeling more and more, without asking a lot of questions. The sender and receivers tend to process the feeling more quickly this way, with less time spent on conscious mind commentary.

Ed shares these discoveries whole-heartedly, as he often notices teaching releases him from the burden of knowledge, and opens up mental and emotional space for more discoveries. So it is that after teaching all he knows about TTP to-date at the May Workshop, during the next tribe meeting Ed makes a new breakthrough.

There's the saying "you create your own reality." What does that really mean? In a deep trance on the hot seat at the tribe meeting Thursday night, Ed discovers how that creation process works, discovers the psychological mechanism by which it occurs. More research a few days later with two tribe members confirm this discovery: The emotions a sender feels are one part of a dipole. There is another part of the knot, another emotion, which is the set-up for the first emotion. One needs to locate this second pole inside oneself as it defines the first. Just as one particle in empty space has no momentum, Ed explains, momentum only exists if one locates a second point to measure against. Then one can say something is either going toward, or away from. So the suppressed emotion arising by itself is not the complete event. It extrudes from some other emotion. He develops a method to resolve these two poles into the now, similar to a capacitor discharging. When an electron separates from a proton, there is a potential, a charge. When they reunite, the charge disappears. It just doesn’t exist anymore. The same occurs with the two emotions. The only insulator between them is the concept of time, or more precisely, the partitioning thought "not now". The unwillingness to face the second part of the dipole in the present is what creates the seeming future.

This may seem philosophical and distant. It’s not. It is real, alive in each of us, just beyond the confusion and distractions of the conscious mind. The discharge changes one. For a few days after his discovery, Ed seems disoriented. In the tribe meeting he reconciles dipolar emotions around which much energy in his life revolve, and now he establishes new bearings as he experiences freed intention. Noticing his own disorientation, he says, “the trouble with this TTP stuff is that it works,” though not necessarily an entirely pleasant experience, this discovery of a truth in one’s psyche.

I suggest to Ed we go through the process again so he can dictate for his book. With the digital recorder running, he guides me through the new process. I identify one feeling in the usual TTP way. With his direction, after some “time” I find the dipole of this feeling: completely different, in a different part of the body, with different somatic properties, seemingly completely disconnected from the first emotion. Yet I know it is the dipole. Ed encourages me to go through a process of reunion, which I won’t attempt to describe through writing. I experience a tremendous emotional release of imprisoned intention. I see how I run this great drama at peak experiences in my life. I see I create those experiences. Only my unwillingness to experience both poles at once pushes one away with the thought “not now” and therefore seems to occur in the ‘future’. I clearly see how intention --- another word for ‘willingness’ or ‘unwillingness’ --- creates results. Where have I heard that before?

Tuesday Ed tells me he does this again with another tribe member receiving, and experiences a release reminiscent of the Tasmanian Devil in the old Bugs Bunny cartoons. A potent process.

One best be prepared to face the reaction to tangible inner freedom. Intentions one imprisons for years result in disorientation with sudden release. Long-time convicts sometimes commit new crimes so they can return to the familiar comfort of prison life. All of us serve time as emotional prisoners. Some of us are ‘lifers’. Lucky ones are pardoned. We discover the prisoner, the warden and the pardoner are within us. Unless we delegate, or are not willing to accept, or are told we can’t have, or simply forget --- these are the responsibilities of each of us in our own life.