Joseph Costa, Ph.D.
In any field of endeavor there are advocates of doing work in different ways from others that produces successes. In our field we have counselors and therapists who use the methods called reframing and rescripting. In my own practice I use both methods, choosing that which serves the client as the work unfolds.
What I present here is from a perspective of energies. For example: I interpret the dynamics of events, feelings and trauma as energy experiences. The events, feelings and trauma have more or less energy involved, based on the degree of the lesson experienced by the client.
When a client has an emotional experience that has an effect on his or her future behavior I see that as an energy experience that either benefits the person or interferes with the person’s well-being. We can label this as either a positive or negative experience. In the instance of a harmful traumatic experience (negative energy) the person takes on an energy that is draining and harmful to the life expression. Each experience has its own intensity of energy. If the person recalls an experience with negative energies, that person re-experiences negative energy.
As mental beings we can mentally recall and recreate the energies of a past event. We can also imagine and create the energies of an event that has not occurred.
This brings me to the idea of past and future lives and whether or not they are real or imagined. Over the years I have been involved in past-life work that has resulted in evidence that substantiated the reality of the event to my satisfaction. I have also been involved in past-life work that I believe was an imaginary creation of the client. This “real” and “not real” has happened during past-life regressions and also progressions.
What was of significant discovery to me was the fact that the trauma, or negative energies, of either a real or imagined regression or progression could be altered or dissipated by using either reframing or rescripting processes. This discovery fits hand in hand with the idea of no time and no space; and that the human being is a mental creator of her or his existence. It further reinforces the understanding that events are creations, either real or imagined, created by thinking that involves energies and thought forms.
My counseling and classroom work with students in learning to apply rescripting processes verifies the value of rescripting on three levels of therapy treatment. One is the rescripting of negative traumatic energy experiences in their own existing lives. Another would be the therapist using rescripting methods on what I am certain were real past lives. The third would be therapy I presumed to be imagined past-life situations.
When making changes in the energy levels of trauma experienced in this lifetime I found that the extent of success in resolving the trauma was directly related to the levels of positive energy used in the rescripting. For example students were asked to create two lists of ten events each. One list consisted of ten events in the student’s life that were negative experiences, and the other, ten events that were joyful and exciting.
Students were then asked to rate and label each of the ten negative events on a scale of energy using “pounds” on a scale of one to a hundred. Following this they were to prioritize the lists, number one being the most “pounds” of energy in each list.
Using a self-regression hypnotherapy technique called “Thought Rotation” they each executed their own therapy. First they recalled a negative experience touching on its levels of energy or emotion. After that they substituted the negative event with one of the ten positive events, mentally experiencing the joy and excitement. The result would be a healing of the traumatic event.
It soon became obvious that a traumatic event does carry a certain level of energy. But a joyful event also carries a certain level of energy. In order to diminish or dissolve the negative energy the therapy has to contain joyful energy greater than the level of energy contained in the negative event.
If a less positive energy was used to offset the negative event, it became necessary to add a second joyful event. If the total of positive pounds in the two positive events exceeded the energy pounds of the negative event then the negative event was erased as an influence in the life and in some cases was forgotten entirely.
My extensive research in this area of consciousness we call altered state trances reveals distinct connections between energies in applied therapeutic thinking, thought forms and events which we term memories and traumas. In my work of trying to determine what kind of energy and thinking is needed when using either reframing or rescripting, I found that understanding itself carries healing energy. The more complete the understanding of the event, whether it is revealed directly or symbolically, the more healing is imparted. When using reframing or rescripting it is a must that the therapist guide the client through an understanding of what has occurred. This application of energy by the therapist increases the releasing of traumatic emotions and seems to result in a more peaceful clarity in the psyche of the client.
Careful scrutiny of the process of reframing will show that there is little difference between reframing and rescripting if one takes the position that past lives are an activity of an inner aspect of thinking that the wisdom of the psyche uses for mentally healing itself. I also take the position that a client can be involved in using some imagination in past regressions. This behavior is in keeping with the conscious thinking of human beings. The average person, while in an interview, almost always uses embellishment thinking and comparative thinking to describe their past or future. In so doing the client makes adjustments according to their own level of wisdom and understanding. Considering this human behavior one can say the client may or may not be in an oral “regression” at any given moment. Trauma is often the result of the misinterpretation of the facts of an event resulting in misunderstanding and emotional pain. Healing of trauma is an adjustment of the beliefs and this we do through reframing and rescripting. Rescripting can possibly result in more healing energy being applied to the negative energy of the trauma. The necessary degree of healing needed can be gained in many ways ‑ through insight by the client’s own mental processing or through joint guidance of client and therapist using intuition. If the therapist is in total harmony with the client, that which guides the intuition in the client can also guide the therapist.
There is some concern that in rescripting there is a possibility of the danger of leading the client. I take the position that it is incumbent on the therapist that he or she become one with the client. This enables the psyche of the therapist to join with the client which results in the client providing guidance for the self. I believe this results in more effective counseling than that of the therapist taking a non-guiding “hands off” role. My position is that the psyche of the two, client and therapist, causes mental laws of attraction to be effective between the two resulting in the client guiding the questions of the therapist. For this process to be as effective as it can be it is imperative that the process stays in the context of guidance rather than leading. In my practice I have had phenomenal results using rescripting as a guidance process.
In summary, it is important that those of us in this advanced field of consciousness and altered states work be open to reframing, rescripting, thought rotation and other methods of consciousness therapy. We are the pioneers of the consciousness movement and as science is now discovering, there is much more we do not know about altered states and consciousness.