CONCEPTUAL REFRAMING: THE STRUCTURE OF MAGIC
By Daniel Jacob
I have always wanted to write a bit, from my own perspective, on "The Structure of Magic." This title is world-famous by now, having been popularized by Bandler and Grinder, the forefathers of that amazing growth modality we call Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). I am not seeking to expand on their work, per se, but will use those words as a springboard into some applications of Reconnections Teaching that feel very relevant at this time.
In their very first transmission to me, the Guides had this to say about the subject of "Transformation".......
"As we progress into this time period you call "The Transformation" or the "End Times," it seems very appropriate now for us to share with you a new level of seeing---a gradual realignment of viewpoint which will become a conduit from the focused, narrowly defined "Reality Box" you chose for yourselves when you entered the Earth Plane of existence.
In a very real way, the shift from what you call "Three Dimensional Thinking" to what is called "Multidimensional Thinking" IS that Transformation. In your Biblical literature, this change is described as occurring "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye." My Dear Friends, the "twinkling" being referred to there is the SHIFT that occurs when your perspective of who and what you are changes from the fragmented, lonely minute being you once thought you were to a clear comprehension of your true Self and your relation to all existence Everywhere. And the only change that occurs is one of VIEWPOINT."
At the conclusion of another powerhouse transmission, the Guides ended their lesson with some words that take the whole concept even further:
"As we continue to supply these "missing links" between the Expanded Self and each smaller version of that Idea, a wonderful transformation will begin. At your own rate and in your own timing, the lines that border and confine your reality will begin to fade. Within the face of every person and imprinted upon every object within your field of awareness, you will begin to see the common fabric out of which all stories and scenarios are cut. There need be no great trauma to this process unless drama would heighten your enjoyment of the unveiling. Though they appear expensive and expansive---those story boards and props, which you have been called "physical reality," will eventually collapse to reveal the true Source of all this noise and commotion. But this "Oz" behind the curtain is anything but a useless "little Old Man." Instead there will be seen a grand and glorious Being of such magnitude that it would be futile to seek to portray that picture here. You will come face to face with Your Expanded Self. And with the laughter of a child there will be the final appreciation of the humor and grace out of which everything is formed. And then you will be home."
POINTS OF VIEW
Many people, especially today, are asking themselves these questions: "Who am I? What am I here for?"
The Guides have provided some answers for us, to some extent, by liberating us from our "Incarnation-Incarceration," and our weighed-down definitions of self in terms of separated egos, separated human vehicles, living out life in some "objective" 3D universe. Through the infusion of a series of Activating Tones---which they refer to as "Bridge Concepts"---the Guides grant us the power to turn our prison into a prism! For a prime example of those tones, click HERE.
Though each of us has a physical body, acting out a physical role in this 3D universe---we are so much more than that. As bona fide Citizens of the Multiverse, we realize that we are simultaneously represented in MANY contexts of reality, at many locations, all across time.
The key phrase ".......and the only change that occurs is one of VIEWPOINT" gives us a clue as to the core of who we really are. We are VIEWPOINTS, fragmented out from God/Goddess/All That Is.......individuated sensory perceptual equipment, housed within physical vehicles, having been placed strategically within MANY realities.....each "unit" recording and experiencing the ongoing "Business of IS-ness" as it moves through life, then transmitting that knowledge and experience back to the Archives of All That Is, where it can be made available to The ONESELF, to use as we see fit.
Indeed, this is much more than "Cosmic Voyeurism." It is full-scale participation, at every level. What makes us feel separated and "numb" to our many connections elsewhere is an ingenius apparatus known as "The Veil of Forgetfulness," which shields a 3D Ego from exposure to the rest of who he is, so we can focus clearly on the immediate details at hand.
The practice of "Conceptual Reframing" is not new. It is at the very heart of technologies like NLP........and, more recently, the teachings of authors like Byron Katie, who refers to it as "The Turnaround." What's new is the application of New Paradigm Truth to this practice of "magic," which has been with us since the days of Ancient Alchemy.
Universal Oneness + Multidimensionality = New Paradigm Truth
What is Conceptual Reframing (or C.R.)? How is it done? The Recons speak more about it in that first transmission:
"In your physical experience, you may have encountered what you call "holograms." This idea involves two applications:
A Hologram is
- A picture that, when you look at it, appears to resemble an object or scenario which suddenly changes when you look at it from a different angle.
- A condensed representation of a larger, more expanded image that is contained within a smaller fragment of that same image. In other words, the vision of the entire macrocosm pictured within the microcosm.
In exploring the latter application of this term, we now tell you that your concept of reality is literally FULL of holograms of the image of your Higher Self. When looked at from a contracted and separated point of view--the smaller image appears to be alone and isolated. However, when you step back and shift perspective, the image reveals itself to be a building block of a larger version of the same essential idea. What seems to be one picture, from a certain viewpoint, suddenly becomes something ELSE, "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye."
The key to practicing C.R. is found in one's ability to STEP BACK from his current definition of self (with all its issues and biases) and move into a Watcher Self Position, which is the synthesis of everything that is present within a given Moment. The C.R. Practitioner, literally, moves from being "one of" to being "one with." We have been talking about how to do this for years---through exercise modalities such as Voice Dialogue, Creative Shadow Work, and various types of Visualization/Meditation.
If the reader still has difficulty releasing "First Person" Reality, and moving around the Game Board, those exercises are the order of the day. We all get "stuck" at times. And when we do, the reason for our stuckness, most often, is NOT found in our supposed inertia. Rather, it is found in our intense determination to MAKE THINGS HAPPEN rather than LET THEM HAPPEN. Indeed, it is stubborn attachment to a certain view, or specified belief system, which forms 3D Universes in the first place.
HOW TO REFRAME A UNIVERSE
The very first insight about practicing C.R. is this: You do not need to change outward circumstances in order to change the meaning of a given situation. All you need to do is re-assign who the players of the game are, and what their actions MEAN in the light of some new piece of information (which you provide).
Most people are not nearly as concerned about what is happening, in a given moment, as they are concerned about what it means in their life. A town can have jet planes flying over it, rumbling the foundations of its homes......and be scared to death.........or it can (like many homes in the Puget Sound area, during "Seafair") be delighted at the sound of The Blue Angels as they practice their air show.
A woman lies alone, in a big dark house, in the middle of the night. Her husband is away on a trip, and so is the rest of her family. Suddenly, she hears a noise coming up the stair. She awakens with a start. Every fiber of her being is dedicated to discovering who is heading towards her room. Who (or what) could this be? Suddenly, a familiar voice sounds in the hall. "It's okay, Mom. It's only me." The recognition of her son's voice immediately erases anxiety from her heart. She says "Okay, honey," and she rolls over and goes back to sleep.
In Oneself Beings, Citizens of the Multiverse, we also have this great privilege. If everything and everyone is truly US.........a fragment of self.......then who or what is there to fear? Moreover, it would seem that an earnest study of the various Levels of Self, as they are made manifest around us, would offer infinite expansion on the many potential interpretations that are available for each circumstance we might encounter.
The transmission called "The God Self" offers one such "turnaround" that can yield a whole host of new insights, if we are willing to believe in it enough to shift our ways of seeing. It tells of a "Game" that each of us can play, simply by re-defining (re-framing) who's who on the Game Board.
Another such Game is called "Energetic Transposition" (E.T.), wherein we find ourselves engaged in some kind of passionate interchange with someone (either inside ourselves or outside), and we can't quite understand where it originated, or what it means. During such a Transposition, WE take on the attitudes and attributes of some key figure (usually an authority figure) in our life, while someone else plays us, when we were held under the influence of that person.
I discovered this insight while working with a woman whose stepson was constantly in rebellion against her. No matter what she said or did, or however she tried to ameliorate the situation, this 17 year old would rebuff her requests to help out around the home, or keep a curfew, or whatever else she and his father had agreed upon. It was a battle of wills, and it didn't seem to have a positive solution.
At one point, while she was expressing her frustration about these interchanges, I asked her: "What were you like when you were his age?" She smiled and admitted: "I was rebellious too, especially against my father." Then I asked her: "Can you see any correspondence between how you are being with your step son, and how your father was with you?" Immediately, a light went on in her face. She exclaimed: "I am being with him EXACTLY like my father was with me."
"And he," I postulated, ".....is behaving towards you exactly like you responded to your Dad." More lights went on. Indeed, by all appearances, what was happening was a SHIFT OF ENERGIES, a TRANSPOSITION OF ROLES, which enabled this adult woman to REVISIT, in a moment in time........BOTH SIDES of the conflicts she had with her father, way back when. It was PSYCHODRAMA, being played out in real life. Once seen in this new light, the whole process (arguments and all) became a healing, and she had become the full recipient of its medicine.
Without further adjustment to the situation, she used this insight (SHIFT OF VIEWPOINT) to respond in a whole new way to the dance that she and her step son were doing. Within a very short time, the boy quieted down and began to be more at peace. Not completely, of course, because he was a teenager! But still, the EFFECT that the dance had on this woman was immediately changed. Little by little, she learned how to forgive her father for his authoritarian ways. She began to see life from the viewpoint of a parent! And she also understood her own part in those conflicts, long ago.
This is what our Children of the New Earth do for us these days. They actually TAKE ON pieces of unfinished "Family Business," in order to facilitate healings that need to happen with parents, teachers, and society as a whole. Not always, of course, but in many cases. Once they have stimulated some kind of healing to occur, they are then free to move on, to other assignments in life. In many cases, the "problems" and "issues" we see in them are our own. All we need to do is REFRAME THE SITUATION, so the hologram can change form, and what seemed like an impossible circumstance can be released more easily, because the "death grip" we had on that single interpretation (victim hood, for example) is given the opportunity to be replaced by something new.
"The Experience of Success in life does not always include getting what you want. It also includes learning how to want what you get. After all, it is YOU who are creating it."
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