The Thought Chiller is intended to help us look non-judgmentally at our thoughts and allow them to be there so they fade in intensity and no longer have a steel clamp on our attention. The Thought Chiller can be helpful for worry, rumination, repetitive angry thoughts, and obsessive thinking. The Thought Chiller contains:
A break-state method.
The No Intention Intention method of fully experiencing thoughts and allowing thoughts to be there without trying to get rid of them or keep them.
A hemispheric brain shift.
A choice of writing out your thoughts so you can be detached from them and view them with a neutral eye or watching your hot thoughts nonjudgmental come and go on your screen of awareness.
Warning: Folks with a history of mental illness, PTSD, or panic are urged not to use these techniques without a therapist. If you decide to do these processes you will agree to absolve the webmaster, the webhost, Emoclear.com, and Steve Mensing of any responsibility for the application or misapplication of these processes. There is always in any process the possibility that someone could experience some discomfort.
Steps to performing the Thought Chiller:
1. Break your emotional state. Break whatever emotional state you're in from worrying, ruminating, obsessing, or thinking angry thoughts by clapping your hands in front of you, sucking in your lips and cheeks for a 12 count before you shake out your arms, hands, and legs. (Go to step 2).
2. Left hemispheric dominance shift. For the count of 20 tighten all the muscles on the right side of your face while you turn your head to the far left and look to the far right. After the count of 20 is reached stop your facial and eye maneuver and "go to step 3".
3. Either write out your hot thoughts or label them: "those thoughts" and nonjudgmentally watch them come and go in your awareness. Either:
Write your thoughts out on paper and keep writing them down until they lose their emotional intensity (You feel this in your body).
Whisper label your thoughts: "Those thoughts" and nonjudgmentally watch the thoughts come and go in your awareness. Pay full attention to your thoughts and allow them to be there without trying to get rid of them or trying to keep them. If you become distracted, bring your attention back to "those thoughts" until they lose their emotional intensity and no longer grip your attention. Take time with this exercise and don't hurry or push. (Go to step 4).
Hydrate yourself prior to performing the Thought Chiller.
It's helpful during step 3 to gently lay your palm and fingers across your lower forehead and eyebrows. Your fingertips should point toward an ear. The karate chop side of your hand should rest on the bridge of your nose. This palming the lower forehead and eyebrows warms the blood flow into the frontal brain and can lead to cooler, less gripping thoughts while you write down your hot thoughts or neutrally observe those hot thoughts with detachment.
If you're observing your thoughts you may want to watch them come and go in a visualized relaxing cloud. You can "Chant Visualize" the cloud into existence.
Relax your tongue after your mouth becomes filled with saliva. Your relaxed tongue should be submerged in saliva. Do this for several minutes. The tongue can be relaxed by tense and relax methods. This technique can help deintensify overwhelming thoughts when done between cycles of the Thought Chiller.
Practice the Thought Chiller one step at a time until all the steps can be performed well and feel natural. Use the Thought Chiller on easier thought targets first until you've become comfortable with the Thought Chiller.
Have fun, Steve