Learning to feel better.
Growing up on a farm, I was introduced early to the idea of learning new ways to get the job done. The farming community was great at sharing new ideas and so, I was also introduced to the importance of learning from those around me. We didn’t have all the answers but that didn’t stop us from learning, asking questions and adopting something new.
Perhaps it was this underlying programming that kicked in when I met Willem Lammers in 2013. His work in the field of healing and development has led to the discovery of Logosynthesis. It is an innovative approach to heal trauma and anxiety. I didn’t need a tool for trauma or anxiety but I wanted something to tone down the intensity of my busy life. On the farm, we didn’t spend time talking about feelings. We got over things and moved on. At first, this wasn’t a comfortable area for me but I was curious and wanted to learn more. I recognized that Willem’s work had potential to both heal trauma and to help me with my everyday stress. I started to use the tool and to notice what happened.
I felt better. I felt calmer. I felt more productive.
Logosynthesis is a model for self-coaching and guided change based on words and sentences to change energy fields. The model reframes how we approach what bothers us. The solution is simple and powerful.
The starting point for Logosynthesis is to relax and avoid interruption. Notice what bothers you. The thoughts. The emotions. The body symptoms. Connect and rate the level of distress.
Identify the trigger
As you connect with the distress, notice any sensory perceptions that arise. Don’t analyze. Simply notice. Images are common representations that appear in our personal space. We may also hear sounds and voices. We may have a sense of pressure or movement. Note what appears and where it appears. This is labelled as the trigger.
Process the trigger
Next, we apply the three specific Logosynthesis sentences to this trigger. This frozen energy is what triggers the distressing thoughts, feelings and emotions. We allow time for the words to work after each sentence. We notice what shifts and reassess our level of distress. We can repeat the process for any remaining distress.
This model is revolutionary because we already have what we need to the work. We have the power to shift distressing thoughts, emotions and body sensations to feel better. The more we practice, the better we feel … one step at a time. To learn how to use it and to process intense feelings from traumatic events, the support of a trained professional will guide the process.
We don’t need perfection for progress. We don’t need to understand how it works for it to work. We don’t need to analyze our past to resolve what is stuck.
The work is new and it is not not yet supported with published scientific evidence. The base of evidence is growing. In a January 2020 survey of an international group of professional coaches, counsellors and therapists trained in Logosynthesis, 83% indicate that it has transformed how they approach their role as coach, therapist or guide. It is reported as their preferred method for both professional self-care and working with clients. A November 2018 survey collected commentary to gain a better understanding of how Logosynthesis compares to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Speed of work, ability to self-coach and easy of use are among the reasons respondents prefer to work with Logosynthesis.
Dr. Laurie Weiss has written a book that provides a quick and easy read to allow you to start working with Logosynthesis right away. I have also written a book to provide an overview to start using the method. I also share examples of using it to resolve loosing my cool as a parent, frustration in a relationship, stress at work and relieving physical symptoms.
You can also follow the process by watching this entire 10-minute guided video.
The more we practice, the easier it becomes to use this tool to support our health and productivity.