Monday, November 26, 2007

A Balancing Act

Here is a question for all of you "Facilitators" and instructors of PSYCH-L out there to chew on:

I've been balancing for various aspects of my "psychology" for lack of a better word. Its common and natural for most of us to want to "self-improve". Your all familiar with the standard self-improvement balancing acts: anxiety, feeling more confident and other self-esteem issues, removing fear, anger and depression from our lives. These items keep reappearing in the Success Stories.

My question that has now become a set of questions:

Once we balance for various items on this list of psychological characteristics we'd like to "improve" are we done? Is it just a matter of watching changed behaviors manifest in our lives?

Is it that easy?

Are we "done done done" with that issue forever, or as I'm beginning to sense, can those issues pop up again in another behavioral disguise?

Could it be that we can only balance for those aspects of our psychology that we are presently aware of?

Another way of asking the question is, to what degree do we need to re-balance, if at all or are we simply experiencing new facets of our psychology that need additional balancing?

I am very interested to hear from YOU...

You Got Nuthin' On Me, Copper! or Heavy Metal No Music to Chiropractor's Ears

Continuing in a line of Aussie Successies, Terri Bowman sends the following that she received from a chiropractor, in Western Australia I believe. I met Terri in Munich last May, where she came to study Advanced PSYCH-K. (Klaus Medicus sponsored that Workshop for me to teach. Now he is a newly Certified Advanced Workshop Instructor. Congratulations, Klaus!)

Reach Terri at


Dear Terri,

My name is Dr Brett Watson and I am a Chiropractor who practices various wholistic techniques in order to help patients resolve their health issues. I was impressed with the result of your work with one of our patients.

This particular patient I had found to have heavy metal toxicity (copper). To determine this I use a specific biochemical test which has been proven to be accurate and reliable. The common treatment for heavy metal toxicity is oral chelation therapy. This treatment generally takes somewhere between 12 to 18 months to draw the toxins out of the body. The process is meant to be slow. We don’t want too much toxin coming out at once, as it can be released at dangerously concentrated levels into the tissues.

So you can imagine my amazement when the patient returned to me after only one week, requesting that I run the test again. She had been to see you and done PSYCH-K about her heavy metals. I could not believe the test result. It was negative -- no more copper in her system, and after only one week. Congratulations on such an amazing result. You are proving that when the mind is in control anything is possible.

Yours in good health

Dr Brett Watson

Feeling More Confident

Hi Jeff,

Here's a new success story to post. This one is actually mine! Bonnie.
Just wanted to touch base with you to share some of my successes over the last few weeks since our Edina class.

It is hard to explain the difference that I feel. I can't really put it into feelings and words, but I can tell you some of the things I am doing different since I balanced for "I love myself, therefore I take better care of myself". I don't turn away from the mirrors anymore. I am using better posture, and I'm smiling more. I have gone to bed earlier, eaten some better foods (and less of the not so good foods). I have also been to the Dr. for some long delayed tests, and lost 8 pounds. I balanced that I would lose 10 pounds this month and I think I'm going to do it! (Part of my weight loss right now is from some prep-work for one of the tests.)

In the area of my bus driver I balanced for "I am confident and competent at work". I had no incidences the first week and thought "Wow, this is a miracle. Not only did I change myself, but also changed my bus driver!" Then reality set in and she yelled at me 2 days in a row. The first day wasn't so bad and I had been minorly at fault so I apologized. The next day I hadn't done anything wrong, it just was not her way of doing things. Well I didn't keep silent that time. I held my head high and calmly told her what I had done each step along the way that was correct. I looked her in the eye and felt very confident. After she sat down and started to drive I kept looking (actually staring) at her in the rear-view mirror and each time she went to look in it she saw me and quickly took her eyes down. Usually she is the one glaring at me and I shy away. I wasn't glaring and I had a relaxed smile on my face as a sign of confidence. I don't know how things will be since that because she was gone the next day and I will be gone the next 3 days after that. But I felt very good about how I handled myself. It felt much better than cowering like I had done before.

Thank you for all your help and you sharing of something that is so powerful and useful.

PSYCH-K to Fire Captain: "How are you feeling?"

PSYCH-K Instructor Extraordinaire Chris Hooper, from Australia, forwards the following e-mail:

G'day Chris

A further update on how my life is now unfolding. As you know, I am a fire captain and was declared dead after being burned in the 2002 fires. After a long period of recovery time, I was still having nightmares, still "fighting the fire." Because of being burned, my body thermostat had shut down and I was close to boiling point on the inside ˜ literally. After trying everything I knew, I came to you for PSYCH-K® on the recommendation of my wife's chiropractor. After a number of sessions on a number of issues, I am happy to report the following:

My inner thermostat is now back to normal. That was after one session! One session of PSYCH-K, after five years, thousands of hours of therapy and thousands of dollars.

Since then we have worked with the nightmares, the guilt and shame, the physical pain, the reconnection with my peers, etc. I now feel more full of life than ever before. So much so that my wife and I have just completed the PSYCH-K Basic Workshop with you.

Thank you Chris.

Chris Hooper

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Hunter Bags Depression & Anxiety, Then Fixes Smile

Last week I promised another Success from Australia, so here's an e-mail I received on the 4th of October. This is the sort of thing that gets me up every day to do what I do, in deep gratitude. I had the privilege of having this writer in my Advanced Workshop in Melbourne in July, which was organised by the magnificent Gary and Mary O'Brien. I say, Clog on, Philip! (I spelled organised the way the Aussies do.)

Hi Larry,

I don't mean to clog your e-mails, but I have to tell you about the amazing benefits I have had with PSYCH-K and my patients. I use PSYCH-K all the time in my physiotherapy clinic in Melbourne. I have helped so many people that I can't even count them.

Recently I helped a woman who had suffered ten years of depression, anxiety and cervical/thoracic pain. After only one Core Belief Balance [an Advanced balance - Ed.] she has no pain at all and is able to look people in the eye and say what she thinks. She has no depression and can't get the smile off her face. Thank you so much, Larry. After 25 years in practice, this is truly the most amazing modality.

With love, Philip Hunter

Larry Valmore
Sacred Mind

Thursday, October 18, 2007

No Bone-Us-Point with PSYCH-K

Hi Larry,

I am a Naturopath practising in Perth, Western Australia. My husband and I did the Basic PSYCH-K course in August, and I've begun using it in clinic with astounding results. Two clients really warmed my heart and I'd like to share their stories with you.

The first is a lady with whom I've been working for some time. Twenty five years ago she developed cancer and, being a nurse, went the standard medical route. Mistakes were made, however, and even though she recovered from cancer she was badly burned from excess radiation. When she confronted her doctors they were unable to hide the records from her and they told her that in about twenty years she would probably develop leukemia. Talk about pointing the bone!!! [I'm told by Aussie Wunderkind Mary O'Brien that "Pointing the bone" means invoking a curse; the term is derived from the Aboriginal culture. Ed.]

Right on cue she began worrying about every symptom; a headache became a brain tumor, weak legs became MS. She was truly tortured and, to make it worse, felt guilty that she did not trust God enough to take care of her. I did two sessions with her, and when she came in yesterday, it was as if a heavy burden had been lifted. She smiled at me, hugged me, and said "Is it possible I can get 'me' back again? I feel like my old self, and I feel that I can plan now for my son and his new wife to visit in January."

I had done lots of other emotional-release kinds of work, but PSYCH-K was fast and efficient when we focused on wellness.

The second is a lady who used to be a man and who earns her living "selling her body." Last night she looked at me and said that she was meant to meet me, so she could move into a different area of her life. We've been concentrating on self-worth and new vocations. She is now working as a real estate sales person and has reduced her other business by half. She will drop it completely once she gets some commissions, which is the area we are now concentrating on.

I can't fully express how wonderful it is to have the tools to be able to help others in such a meaningful way. Thank you and Rob Williams for all the inspiring work you are doing. The world truly can become a better place.

Yours in health and happiness,

Helen Helms

From the email of Larry Valmore
Sacred Mind
PSYCH-K® ˜ The process that helps you Free Your Mind from the prison of limiting beliefs.

Who Is Minding the Mind?

Who is Minding the Mind? Of course, we PSYCH-K facilitators know the answer to this question. But, it is nice to know that empirical research seems to be supporting the notion that the subconscious mind is continuously making decisions for us - all without our knowing it. A recent article in the New York Times by Benedict Carey entitled, "Who's Minding the Mind", outlines the latest trends in psychological research on the power of the subconscious mind.

As Carey reports: "New studies have found that people tidy up more thoroughly when there’s a faint tang of cleaning liquid in the air; they become more competitive if there’s a briefcase in sight, or more cooperative if they glimpse words like “dependable” and “support” — all without being aware of the change, or what prompted it. Psychologists say that “priming” people in this way is not some form of hypnotism, or even subliminal seduction; rather, it’s a demonstration of how everyday sights, smells and sounds can selectively activate goals or motives that people already have."

"More fundamentally, the new studies reveal a subconscious brain that is far more active, purposeful and independent than previously known. Goals, whether to eat, mate or devour an iced latte, are like neural software programs that can only be run one at a time, and the unconscious is perfectly capable of running the program it chooses. Sometimes those goals are in line with our conscious intentions and purposes, and sometimes they’re not.”

Older "studies of products promising subliminal improvement, for things like memory and self-esteem, found no effect. Some scientists also caution against overstating the implications of the latest research on priming unconscious goals. ..Yet, "most in the field now agree that the evidence for psychological hot-wiring has become overwhelming."

"The new research on priming makes it clear that we are not alone in our own consciousness. We have company, an invisible partner who has strong reactions about the world that don’t always agree with our own, but whose instincts, these studies clearly show, are at least as likely to be helpful, and attentive to others, as they are to be disruptive."

Friday, October 12, 2007

Practitioner to Facilitator

I have come to understand PSYCH-K-ers call themselves Facilitators. You learn something new every day. I hope I've not created any confusion in changing this PSYCH-K related blog from Psych-K Practitioner to PSYCH-K FACILITATOR as well as changing the URL address. Of course if you're reading this the confusion has now passed...

Friday, October 5, 2007


"What you are right now the world is. You can't have what you are not willing to be. Transform yourself to transform the world."
- Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter, Sr.

"Our discipline is to search for and reach all the extremes of the human experience. For that we must live in the world, not only in our own biographies. We must keep our eyes and our hearts open to the world and it's challenges." - Anna Deveare Smith

Larry Valmore's Success Stories: "No More Nerves"

No More Nerves on Grating
or Mum's the Word
or Climb High, Sigh Low

Larry Valmore

This past May, I had the privilege of spending the day in Hermannsdorf, Germany (about 30 minutes south of Munich), with the lovely Manuela Kroos. She is German, but is quite fluent in English, which she speaks with a mixture of German and British accents (from my Yankee point of view). She sends the following Success. She does make a few slight errors writing English, but hey ˜ she does a whole lot better than I would do writing German! I've left her words just as I got them, for authenticity.


A woman with acrophobia came to see me for the second time. I expected it to be a straightforward session, based on past experience with the topic and on working with her previously.

Oh well, the process thought me differently.

The key believes and balances were:

1. "I climb up high, look down and feel ok." Did a VAK to the Future resulting in "I discovered my strength" and then used New Direction balance.
2. "I trust myself and listen to my inner voice." Did a VAK to the Future resulting in "I'm happy now," used Resolution Balance.
3. "It's easy for me to receive love from others." Did a VAK, one photo came up (she hugs her mum) resulting in "I let go of blockades." Again, Resolution Balance.

Besides the three key balances, we did a couple believes from the [7 Categories of Change] sheets. The central issue was the relationship with her mum, which could have been the cause of the acrophobia. After the session we went to a barn with very high silos and steel grating balconies/walks on top of the silos. She had tried to climb up several weeks ago but couldn't get up. This time she climbed all the way up to the top, walked around, and looked down. She couldn't believe it. What a joy!

Lots of love from Herrmannsdorf,


Manuela Kroos
malakaba ˆ beyond belief

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Encouraging PSYCH-K Practitioners to Post Directly to Our Site

I commented below, but thought it useful to post a basic philosophy of this blog here as well...

Attention of you who are "serious" practitioners of PSYCH-K: If any of you are interested in creating direct posts on the Psych-K Practitioners blog, please send me (Jeff) a direct email ( and I would be glad to invite you as a Guest of the site with permission to post directly rather than simply commenting. The goal of our blog is a "Community of Practice", a place to share experiences rather than the blog being about an individual person's log. As I said in my comments below, "this is not All-About-Me", but rather its about us.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Practicing on your own is not easy!

Psych K Friends:

OK. I've got two big practice issues I'm dealing with right now. Practicing with myself and practicing with my partner. I guess that just about covers it all doesn't it! I'm not frustrated, just desiring some progress on both fronts.

1.Practicing with Myself
So I'm a klutz when it comes to practicing on myself. I've tried a bit Bonnie's quick-and-dirty-finger-muscle-test but just do not feel comfortable with knowing I'm actually doing it correctly. What experiences are out there regarding working on yourself alone.

2. Practicing with my Partner
I would practice with my wife, but well, even though she's supportive, she still smirks and is still a bit leery at the suggestion that she needs to focus on her subconscious beliefs: "so think you can read my subconscious mind now". I suspect its a natural part of relationships, eh? Any experiences there you can share?

Thanks for any suggestions that you may have.


Thursday, August 30, 2007

Getting stuck

I keep getting stuck when wording a belief that doesn't include "don't". I've tried the trick of thinking the opposite of what it is I don't want but get stuck with the literal wording...any thoughts?

Great Job Jeff!!

Looks great! Thanks a lot for setting it up and I can't wait to hear success stories and get some feedback! Well I don't know about the rest of you, but I have been balancing left & right! So far, the results are pretty fantastic!

Yesterday I balanced for relief (didn't use the word) from the bad sinus pressure I've been having lately and I did a resolution balance. It didn't really work right away but today seems to be a bit better.


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Introducing the Psych-K Practitioners Blog

This post initiates a new Psych-K blog for practitioners. It was inspired by our small group's discussions at the end of our two day introductory workshop with Bonnie Nussbaum, PhD on August 25-26, 2007 at her office in DePere, Wisconsin.

As I recall, rain clouds subsided almost immediately that Saturday, bringing forth warm sunshine for the first time in a long time. It proved to be a good omen. Carolyn, Melanie, Todd, Maria and myself, Jeff spent two story-packed days with Bonnie who did a good job of keeping us talkers focused on the task at hand - initiating real contact with our subconscious, learning how to test belief statements and do ritualistic balances. The consensus was that we went away with some new, useful and unique tools for our own and others transformation.

We all left, as most workshop participants do, vowing to "stay in touch". I suggested the blog was the easiest way to do this and here we are.

(One last interesting note: as I tried to secure a site name for our group, I ran into a blog already set up - but apparently not in use -
I guess Allison Taylor got there before us, but we've got the first post! - so competitive isn't it. Well, what do you expect from a male, left brained, overachiever looking to "balance" his tendancies?)