DEFUSING EMOTIONAL STATES

GORDON STOKES


1985 CONFERENCE PAPER


THE PROGRESSION FROM CONSCIOUS TO SUBCONSCIOUS AND BODY MEMORY
Conscious, subconscious and body-memory are etched by the intensity of emotion felt at the time. Nothing is forgotten, everything is accessible through one of these memory levels:
CONSCIOUS MEMORY – what we choose to believe, remember, feel or imagine to be true.
SUBCONSCIOUS MEMORY – what we have felt/decided/imagined-is-true in the past, which is just as impactful whether we deny/suppress that “truth” or not.
BODY MEMORY – the total truth, unvarnished and un-judged as experienced by the whole organism at the time.
EMOTION is the common denominator of these three levels of memory. And each lobe of the brain has a center for the specific sensations attached to any given memory.
for instance, what we HEARD is remembered in the temporal lobe of the brain; so is the memory of what we felt emotionally. The parietal lobe remembers the part touch, temperature and pain played in the experience. The frontal lobes remember how that experience related to fear, while the occipital lobes recall what we saw.


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