Many of you asked, how do you know the intervention you are making is working. Often the answer is with the person asking, however, there a way to get an idea ! Lets explore one way to find that out.
The answer is often in what our physiology (or more specifically, breathing rate, changes in blood flow to various parts of the face and/or the muscle stiffness – often called sensory acuity in NLP, as an example). A trained coach is often able to grasp these changes, however, there is also an objective way to find this out – through heart rate variability measures.
The experiment is on an individual who had traumatic childhood. The presenting problem – along with childhood trauma – was that I feel terrible in the evenings and night. The person had so much body charge that he could not go back to the event which had very traumatic negative energy (when he recollected that event). We worked on some aspects of those emotions (events) and agreed to take it up in the next session where the person seemed more prepared. The focus of the session was on likely events in the current (or past life) related to which the person is feeling dull and depressive in the evenings (This is the time, person would be going home after the work and there were issues with some of the family members in the household – confounding factor !).
What happened next?
Through thoughts, emotions and related memory, many events came up. Parents would lock the child at home after returning from school post lunch. The child loved to play outdoors. A tutor would visit at 530pm and would use physical violence followed by the father who returned home at 730pm, same outcome. At night, the child would hear the sound of father hitting the mother in a small home and that would petrify the child. Needless to add, the work finally allowed the boy to release the emotional charge associated with it (regressed into current life, disassociated with the event and objectively gathered the lessons). Lets look at how the physiology changed. (The client – in this case – was a gadget enthusiast and was keen to experiment !)
Actual measurements and interventions:
The visual shows the results. As you can see the change in coherence (As visible in the Accumulated score) during the time when there was high (negative) emotional charge being released or worked on. When the learnings were completed (usually this is marked by reduction in emotional charge), the overall coherence (and hence accumulated score) increased.
Having the objective visibility of the changes in energy and emotions during a regression/NLP/Inner Child session aids to the effectiveness of the session.
If we have the ability to measure physiology parameters (showing changes in heart rate variability) as a proxy to demonstrate the changes in emotions and energy, we can identify how the person is feeling (since often, some of the sessions I do, I have no clue what issue the person is thinking about – by design to protect the personal space of the individual).
Note: This session used NLP techniques to go back in time (current life) to identify events where there is strong emotional charge. As you can see from the table, the results were fantastic. No hypnosis was used.
Courtesy: Dr Gilbert (Gan) Bo, Singapore for introducing me to the Emwave Pro Heartmath device used in this measurement.
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What is Coherence?
If there is one word you should add to your vocabulary today, tomorrow or soon, it is coherence. All the research shows that when you have it, your life can be so much better than when you don’t. Add coherence to your personal lexicon, learn how to achieve it and experience the benefits within yourself and your environment.
“Coherence is the state when the heart, mind and emotions are in energetic alignment and cooperation,” HeartMath Institute Research Director Dr. Rollin McCraty says. “It is a state that builds resiliency – personal energy is accumulated, not wasted – leaving more energy to manifest intentions and harmonious outcomes.”
McCraty and others with the institute have conducted studies that show a particularly effective method of achieving coherence that’s user-friendly and helps replace negative emotions with positive ones –emotion self-regulation.
How is Coherence Calculated?
Coherence is determined by first measuring and storing the continuous stream of inter-beat-intervals (IBI), calculated from pulse data received from the finger sensor. Next, the power spectrum of the most current 64 seconds of IBI data is calculated and re-sampled every 5 seconds. The more coherent (sine-wave like) the heart rhythm the more the rhythm frequencies concentrates into a single peak in the power spectrum. If coherence is high then most of the energy will be concentrated in or around a single peak within the coherence range of the power spectrum.
The values are IBI’s, accumulated in interpolated form every 500ms for a total of 128 in the 64 sec window by comparing the power in the coherence peak to the rest of the spectrum the coherence ratio is determined. For each challenge level there are 2 coherence level thresholds for clarifying the ratio level, low/medium and medium/high. Coherence is scored as low, medium or high depending on its relationship to the threshold levels.
In general (the actual details of scoring are more complicated), points are deducted for low coherence and awarded for medium and high coherence. These points are continuously updated throughout the entire session. The current level of coherence and accumulated coherence points are reflected in the software displays.
What is Accumulated Score?
Accumulated Score displays the Accumulated Coherence or Zone score once you are in session. This is a measure of how well you have done over the session.
Want to learn more about how we measure different parameters? You can click below: