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Rapid Eye Therapy
by Hannah Zaiv
Hannah Zaiv

Do you suffer from unwanted patterns that refuse to change, despite all your efforts? Traumas from your past that stubbornly repeat themselves, in various forms? Stresses that cause or contribute to physical illness, or otherwise divert you from the progress you would so much like to make?

One particularly powerful tool for releasing these persistent issues from our personal and inherited pasts is the therapy known as Rapid Eye Technology. RET works by physiologically as well as psychologically actually opening up the neurological pathways in our brains, where memories and our decisions with regard to these memories are stored.

Through blinking and eye movements, in which we are instructed by a Rapid Eye technician who uses an eye-directing device called a "wand," we literally remove dysfunctional core beliefs and the emotional charges surrounding past traumas from their very roots. The process simulates the natural one which occurs every night in our REM sleep. REM sleep functions to release stress which occurs during the day; RET takes the REM process farther, in ways and directions which we consciously choose in the course of the therapy. As a result, we as clients, come to the place where we are no longer being limited by old negative thinking; all our choices can arise from our conscious rather than our unconscious minds.

For example, many people carry a basic core belief that might be summarized as, "I am a bad person." RET enables them to remove from their psyches and bodies any vestiges of this limiting belief, as it removes the emotional charges from any history or traumas which supported them in developing this belief. Thereafter, RET assists them in changing the core belief, at a fundamental level, to something new and preferable: for instance, "I'm a wonderful person." Their subsequent lives will reflect this new core belief in many joyful and loving ways.

RET was founded by Dr. Ranae Johnson, who works out of the Rapid Eye Institute in Salem, Oregon. She developed this process of rapid blinking along with eye movements in various neurolinguistic patterns, which opens up the neurological pathways in our brains where beliefs and memories and our interpretations and decisions with regard to these memories are stored. The pathways are opened; the stressful feelings around the trauma are blinked out, along with any accompanying decisions we made with regard to the trauma which we no longer want. Replacement thoughts are blinked in. We still retain our memories and any aspects of our personalities which we wish to retain, but we no longer find ourselves getting in our own ways with a lot of outmoded psychic clutter undermining what we want, in our lives.

RET looks and feels like magic. In response to the directings of a wand, clients might twitch, cry, feel and express other emotions,experience shifting body sensations, and associate to all kind of personal and sometimes genetic memories. Sometimes it doesn't appear as if a client is doing much of anything in response -- and yet the issues which they want to heal clear up! The bottom line is, it works!

RET can be useful for practically any issue, including releasing stress and emotional charges that are behind physical as well as psychological symptoms. Clients have experienced successful resolution of issues with depression, anxiety, creativity blocks, confusion about life goals and purposes, post traumatic stress, addictions recovery (including smoking cessation and eating disorders), relationship issues, and many, many others. For most clients, it takes about 12 two-hour sessions to clear their basic issues and to replace what hasn't served them with reframings and body learnings of their choice.

The first one to three sessions generally involve regression to the birth, followed by working through of inner child stages. In this way, traumas are systematically cleansed from the psyche and the body.

Those drawn to and ready for RET are usually people who are fundamentally ready for the deepest of healings. If you are one of these individuals, please consider giving a Rapid Eye Technician a call!

Hannah Zaiv is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Rapid Eye Technician working in S.E. Portland (Sellwood). She can be reached at 503-659-9384.