By Karl Smith – Developer of Kinetic Shift Technique
The important thing to remember is NOTHING is new… We can find the origins of most techniques and most importantly, there is NO siilver bullet.
My approach in Therapy or Change work is Belief, Intent and Confidence.
If you can be congruent in a session, half the work is done and we develop that from within YOU….
Kinetic Shift Technique is not in itself the classic approach to Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, If your stuck in classical methods this will change the way you work. Well it has for over 1500 practitioners to date, globally.
So lets start the journey
I am a former soldier and a former police officer so I know what it is like to be on the front line. I’ve been to everywhere your travel agent won’t send you. As a police officer I worked in counter- terrorism, as a firearms officer, so I know all about being under stress and under pressure.
I understand what it is like to have PTSD because I have been there. It was following my own experiences that I began on the journey which ended in me developing Kinetic Shift. After the traumatic experience I went through, I was heavily medicated, especially with tramadol. Once I started to come off tramadol, all the PTSD which had been suppressed started coming out – anger, aggression, and that vaguer feeling that something wasn’t right, I was feeling detached from the world. My doctor was starting to notice it too and I was pleading with him for more drugs.
Eighteen months after my traumatic experience I was back at work but eating tramadol like smarties, just to feel alright – to keep what I began to call the ‘naughty noise’ in my head under control.
Colleagues at work were noticing, I wasn’t the happy go lucky bloke I had been before. A colleague suggested I try hypnosis. The only experience I had of hypnosis up to that point was of a stage hypnosis show I had seen at the seaside. So I said no, I don’t want any of that. But it was explained to me that it was a powerful tool for change and it could help me, so I agreed to give it a go.
I had a hypnotherapy session — within 60 minutes everything had changed. It was an amazing 60 minutes – the hypnotherapist absolutely unravelled everything for me.
And there was a lot to unravel. I had compressed everything I had seen in all the wars I has been involved in, from Northern Ireland to the Balkans to Iraq, then I had moved to working on the streets of the UK in very volatile situations. That is what PTSD is, accumulated stress factors compressed and compressed. This can go on for years, until the pressure reaches such a point that it has to come out and that is when PTSD starts.
When it begins to unravel, it does so with a force behind it, with a power. After that first 60-minute session, I spent nine hours sobbing and crying, crying and sobbing. I was also laughing – I was completely going backwards and forwards with all the emotions pouring out. It was very strange – but that night I slept like a baby for the first time that I could remember.
The best metaphor I can use is of a pressure cooker – those old-fashioned ones with a valve on the top. It was as if the valve had come off and all the steam was just pouring out.
The change the next day was profound and it changed my life. Why I love what I do started then when I saw the power of hypnosis and what it could achieve.
Introduction to Kinetic Shift
It was the beginning of my journey to developing Kinetic Shift. I describe it in four words — Active, Intuitive, Dynamic, Energising. I developed it by taking the best of the various hypnotic methods I learned in my training and ditching the useless ones. To develop Kinetic Shift I spent two years field testing it with the military and emergency services personnel.
Kinetic Shift is a way we can use your feelings and emotions, (or what we call your State) to change things. In Kinetic Shift we can work directly with the deeper mind, not with the cognitive part of the brain that will lie or cover up. Kinetic Shift has wonderful results for those suffering from Post- Traumatic Stress. It is nothing new, it uses techniques and insights which have been tried and tested elsewhere, for example eye movement techniques to process memories similar to those described in this book by Sue Peacock in her chapter on EMDR.
What is new about Kinetic Shift is how it is put together and the attitude of the people who are delivering it. This is partly because of my background, my time in the military and in the police, makes me very authoritarian so it is direct no-nonsense, let’s get it sorted, no messing about.
And I like action – so do the other people I have trained to deliver Kinetic Shift. Kinetic Shift practitioners are lively – they are active, they will talk loudly, move about and change when they see you changing. It is all about responsiveness and working with your unique experience and how you see things. A Kinetic Shift session is above all an experience, and you need experience to change, don’t you?
One thing that will definitely happen in a Kinetic Shift session is that you will know something has happened. That change, that release of the trauma, that unravelling will happen and you will know it. You will feel different. This can happen very quickly;
No D in PTSD
Kinetic Shift sessions are not timed. If you are better in 10 minutes – and this can happen – then that is great. Off you go!
So, what happens with Kinetic Shift?
So, let’s start with what the problem, or your State, is. If you are suffering from trauma you will recognise this: you feel, but you can’t express that feeling in words. You may even feel the words sticking in your throat and your throat tightening when you try to speak. You can’t express and you feel stuck.
So here is the first surprise. In Kinetic Shift, we do not talk to that person, what’s the point, we have already seen that you cannot answer, you cannot communicate. Instead we talk to the third person in the room, the unconscious mind, what I often call the ‘monkey mind’. A Kinetic Shift practitioner will talk to that part very directly, very firmly and with the intention of sorting the problem.
So how do we get to that unconscious part, that ‘monkey mind’? One thing Kinetic Shift uses is confusion. The idea is this – that the conscious logical mind, that ‘stuck’ part, is going to get in the way if it can, so one way of getting past it is to confuse it so it stops paying attention and allows the space for the Kinetic Shift practitioner to go directly to the ‘monkey mind’.
We also use intuition. What we feel is often the best guide to where to go next. Intuition is something which we are frequently taught to ignore or play down, but in Kinetic Shift we listen to feelings and that begins to change things.
Another way of communicating when ordinary language fails us in through metaphors. Think about it, our early learning is through metaphors, fairy stories and tales in particular – going back to those can begin to clear those unhelpful memories and problems in PTSD.
We can get a bit theatrical as well, to show you how your beliefs can hold you back and how powerful a belief can be in making you behave in certain ways. So, let’s start changing those beliefs which are making you unhappy and holding you back. Those horrible physical feelings, flashbacks and painful emotions can be shifted and this can happen quickly.
Once that is achieved we can backfill and re-stock your memory – if you are suffering from trauma you have probably forgot what it feels like to be happy. Kinetic Shift uses techniques which can show you how to recreate happy memories and moments from your life so you get in touch with happiness again.
Because Kinetic Shift works dynamically and with each individual there is no one form which a session takes. That will depend on you and how you ‘do’ your problem. You will be observed so closely in a Kinetic Shift session – the practitioner is trained to pay attention, not just to what you say but to every movement and twitch which you make – we understand that you are communicating in many ways and they all count. You are unique and special and you will be made to feel special. And it’s fun. You will feel yourself changing and the energy will be flowing back again.
You will not have to lie down, you will not be asked to close your eyes most of the time. You will be asked to move, make noise, participate and be very active.
The 7 stages of Kinetic Shift
1. Alert the State
2. Identify the State
Locate State (how do you feel it, where is it in your body, what does it look like and more)
Shift State (make it go somewhere else. If you can shift it you will know you are in control)
3. Eye Move It (EMIT) (use eye movement to process memories)
4. Back Fill. Go back to a happy time/place
5. Anchoring (fix that good State)
6. Calibrate/Test (make sure it is working, have the old bad feelings gone?)
7. Confusion (make sure that the new happier way is fixed in the ‘monkey mind’)
So if you think that is for you just get in contact and let’s get it sorted.
I can be contacted at www.karlsmithhypnotherapy.com/
Extract from There is NO D in PTSD – Working with Post Trauma – Amazon
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