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Introduction to Doyletics
Do you remember the comic strip Lil Abner?
One day the mailman is riding his old donkey lickety-split over the top of hill yelling,"Lil Abner! Lil Abner! An unimaginable thing jest happened, Imagine That!"
I feel like that mailman today -- what I have to tell you is unimaginable -- the big three bugaboos of humanity -- FEAR, ANXIETY, and ANGER are endangered species from now on.
Unimaginable, isn't it? Unimaginable but for the imagination of one man, Doyle Henderson, from whose imagination has sprung the origins of what I have to share with you today.
Do you remember the old saying that if you get angry, COUNT TO TEN? What was that supposed to do?
Allow you to cool off before you respond?
What if I gave a method that was as simple as counting to ten and you not only cooled off but you would never feel that same heat of anger again?
Before I begin I'd like you to consider a few questions:
Have you ever had one of those days when you felt like you couldn't get out of your nice warm bed to face the cold, hard light of day?
Have you ever felt the world closing in on you?
Have you felt pressure from all sides?
Have you ever felt you were in a situation where there was no way out?
Have you ever felt like you were lost in the dark and that there was no light at the end of the tunnel?
Have you ever been depressed?
Were you born?
By the end of this introduction you will come to understand the connection between these questions. Now some more questions to consider.
Have you ever made decisions based on emotional appeal?
Have you ever reacted to a situation in the heat of the moment and felt sorry you did?
Have you ever felt anxiety before getting up to give a speech?
Have you ever been flying in an airplane that did a sudden drop and your hands tightened on the arm rest?
Have you ever ate something between meals because you felt a pang or tightening in the area of your stomach?
All of these questions have one thing in common - they get you to access some physical body state, some change that happened in your body, in either a localized increase of muscle tension, a heart rate increase, a respiration increase - some physical body state.
Do you have an operational definition of what an emotion is?
An operational definition is a definition that gives you operations to perform to determine if something qualifies for the definition or not.
For example: a Rotarian is someone who attends meetings. That's a start, but not a complete definition, which might go: One who attends meetings of a club founded by Paul P. Harris in 1905 to foster the "ideal of service" as a basis of enterprise. One applies the definition by performing the operation on the person in question as specified in the definition. If yes, that person is a Rotarian.
How about an operational definition of emotion? Ever hear of one?
I'll offer mine: an emotion is a combination of physical body states triggered by internal or external stimuli.
The TRIGGER can be a visual image in your field of view, an internal remembered image, or any of the other senses, internal remembered or externally live. Smells, sounds, tastes, or feelings themselves.
The emotions are the complex of physical body states that are set in motion by the trigger stimuli.
You were born and grew up, right? You went through being one year old, two years old, three years old, four years old, and five years old. Yet you DON'T remember much of anything that happened to you before you were five years old. Would agree with that?
Well, you're exactly right about conceptual memories and you're all wrong about having NO memories - you do have perfect memories of that time - but the memories are physical body states, not the conceptual memories that you thought I was asking for. Conceptual memories are the usual memories we mean when we say memories. And yet these physical body states are our first and longest lasting memories - they are stored before we are five and they last our entire lifetime. These memories that are stored as physical body states fire off every time you're presented with their associated trigger.
James M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, wrote: "God gave us memories so that we may have roses in December." And we were given physical body states in the Springtime of our lives so that we might have joy and sadness in the other seasons of our life.
You do remember everything that happened to you from the time you were a three-month-old fetus in your mother's womb. That's about the time your amygdaline structures were formed. These structures have been in the brain much longer than the neo-cortex that provides conceptual memories. Conceptual memories are the ones you have today as adults: memories of events that happened to you in the past, full of visual, auditory, and the other senses in various combinations.
Freud writes of childhood amnesia as an event that happens when a child reaches five years old. He was right about the amnesia for conceptual memories, but he was close to discovering a truth about human evolution, and went right past it.
This truth was discovered by Doyle Philip Henderson, an aerospace instrument engineer now retired from Northrup Aviation. He has worked for over thirty years helping people to remove unwanted feelings and emotions. He created a computer program that people all around the globe have used successfully to remove unwanted feelings and emotions in the privacy of their home. It is available from his website.
Here's Doyle's discovery: before five years old, memories are stored as physical body states only.
Memories before five are stored as physical body states and organized movements of muscles and internal organs.
Physical body states are the way pre-five-year-old memories are stored - the ONLY way. Conceptual memories are the way post-five-year-old memories are stored. We call five years old the Memory Transition Age, the time when universally humans move from physical body state storage to conceptual memory storage.
These memories we hypothesize are stored in the amygdaline structures of the limbic region of the brain - the amygdalas are two almond-shaped structures that have been identified to hold the emotions. Joseph LeDoux has done some recent research in which he removed the amygdalas from rats and found that their fears states seemed to disappear. A man whose amygdalas were destroyed seemed to be normal except that he did NOT "recognize" his relatives. His response to them was identical to his responses to complete strangers. Would you like to be able to respond to your mother-in-laws that way? Facial recognition is one of the first physical body states stored by a baby. When the Mommy's face appears as a trigger, the physical body state we call a "look of recognition" is fired off.
By the way, we call these physical body states "doyles" in honor of the discoverer of this basic truth about human physiology. We call the science "Doyletics" which I define as the science of the study of the acquisition and transmission of doyles.
What Doyle Henderson has done is to provide a way for a person to eliminate unwanted physical body states. Actually what happens is that a person is able, unassisted, to convert a pre-five-year-old memory (a physical body state) into a post-five-year-old memory (a conceptual memory). The net effect is that when the stimulus for the eliminated physical body state comes up next time, the conceptual memory is recovered by the neocortex instead of the physical body state by the amygdalas.
When you were in the womb and nearing birth you literally felt the world closing in on you, pressure from all sides, and you were looking for a light at the end of a tunnel. These are descriptions of the doyles preceding birth. Perhaps you've felt swept along in the stream of things beyond your control. That's an apt description of the act of being born. For some it was scary; for some it was exhilarating.
Doyles may have internal or external triggers. Here's a few things that I've discovered are doyles:
Fear of Heights [external trigger - you look down from a height]: Suppose as a child your father had you stand in his hands and lifted you precariously so that you were looking down on him and the whole world. The feeling of almost falling down is stored as a doyle. Later as an adult you look out over a precipice and you feel like you will fall over.
Hunger Pangs [internal trigger - your stomach is empty]: Suppose when you were an only child, happy, fed every time you cried, and then about two and a half, your first sibling was born. For the first time in your life you cried and no food came along. Your stomach was empty and if you cried for a long time, your guts got very tight from the crying. These doyles got stored as what you now call hunger pangs. They're just doyles. The trigger is empty stomach, the doyle is pains in the abdomen region. The cure is to eat to fill the stomach.
Anger [internal/external triggers] My wife Del and I occasionally get into what we call LOUD LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES [fights]. One day after one such LLO, I went to the front of the house to trace the doyle that heating me up. When I returned to where she was, she opened her eyes to tell me she had just finished tracing her doyle. We have had fewer and fewer of these fights since discovering how to trace our unwanted doyles.
Flying Anxiety [external trigger - you experience a vertical drop]: Suppose when you were 2 months before birth, your mom slipped and fell. She got dreadfully scared that she had hurt her baby, and her heart raced and her body got very tense. At 45 you ride in an airplane and feel a similar drop, your heart races and you feel tense. Just like your mother tried to hold on to something, so do you - the ARMREST. It's a doyle.
Anxiety attack Sometimes call "fear of open spaces" or agoraphobia, an anxiety attack is basically a complex of idiosyncratic physical body states that may include: hyperventilation, rapid heart rate, trembling, weakness, dry mouth, etc., in various combinations. These doyles are stored in early childhood and often completely forgotten until some event triggers them as an adult and suddenly the person is unable to go out of doors without severe anxiety. The onset of such severe anxiety is called an "anxiety attack."
Performance anxiety Often called "stage fright" or "butterflies" performance anxiety is a mild form of anxiety attack (see above description) that occurs immediately prior to stage performance, a speech, or any public appearance in which one will be in the front of a group of people, usually big important people. Usually stored during childhood when a child was made to perform in front of company for their parents. All the childhood fears and anxieties are then stored as a doyle and are re-triggered when, as an adult, one is again called upon to appear in the front of important people.
Seasickness [external trigger - a repetitive rocking motion]: Perhaps your mother had morning sickness one morning while on a ferry or in a car, or just rocked you back and forth while she was sick. The rocking motion is the trigger and the sickness is the doyle. Many of the initial symptoms of seasickness are identical to morning sickness.
Butterflies or Speech Stress and Jitters [internal trigger - thoughts before the speech]: This seems to be a transmitted doyle from the primary caregiver, who when talking or thinking ahead of time about doing a speech in front of a group, experiences anxiety such as sweaty palms, increased heart-rate, respiration, and tenseness. The child matches with the caregiver and stores the doyle. Later when they are about to do something in front of a group, the doyles are re-created in them.
Food Dislikes [external trigger - the smell, taste, or texture of food]: Do you have a food that you dislike and avoid eating? Remember when President Bush made the headlines because he didn't like broccoli? How about liver, sauerkraut, spinach, olives, grapefruit? Any other foods you don't like?
Here's something that will surprise you: it is NOT the taste of the food you dislike! It is the doyles created in your body when you see, smell, taste, or eat the food - that's what you DON'T like. Remove the doyle and you will be able to eat the food. Cautiously at first, but over repeated eatings you may find that you come to enjoy the food.
Matherne Optimal Speed Trace [MOSTtm]:
Now you are ready to attempt a doyle trace on your own. What is a doyle trace? It's simply a process by which you convert pre-five-year-old memories (doyles) to post-five-year-old memories (normal cognitive memories).
As you read the above material, you've had ample opportunities to access doyles, butterflies, seasickness, food dislikes and many more that I don't know about. Pick one of those now that you would like to trace and erase. Choose one that if it never comes back, you will be happy. Choose one that you can bring here inside yourself comfortably in this group today. If it's a food dislike, my recommendation for one to choose, hold the grimace that comes on your face when you think of eating the food until your trace is over. That will be sufficient. Your trace will be over when the muscles you're using to hold the grimace relax and stay relaxed even when you think of eating the food.
Mechanics of the Trace
You begin by getting yourself a doyle. Having trouble getting one? Feeling a bit frustrated that you can't? Good, frustration is a doyle. Trace it. If you can't get one, wait until some doyle has hold of you, then trace it away.
Here's the statement to begin with. Say it silently or aloud if you wish during your trace:
"I'm experiencing this doyle at the age I am now."
Next subtract ten years from your age and say the following statement. In this example the person is 44 years old. A person under 30 may wish to go back in increments of 5 years at a time.
"I'm experiencing this doyle, and I'm 34 years old."
When you reach an age that would take you below five years old, the Memory Transition Age, your statement will end in a question:
"I'm 4 years old, and am I still experiencing this doyle?"
And you will pause to check if your doyle has disappeared or lessened before continuing. If it has disappeared, go to the end, you're finished. If it's still around continue on down the time marks.
The reason is that your doyle may disappear at any time marks below the Memory Transition Age of five.
You should keep going as far back as 7 months before birth, if you're sure you have already lost your doyle. We have found some doyles stored as far back as 6 months in the womb, at which time the amygdalas are just barely well-formed enough to store the triggering stimulus and the doyle.
Start the Speed Trace [after the first line skip to an age below yours]
"I'm experiencing this doyle at the age I am now."
"I'm experiencing this doyle, and I'm 84 years old."
"I'm experiencing this doyle, and I'm 74 years old."
"I'm experiencing this doyle, and I'm 64 years old."
"I'm experiencing this doyle, and I'm 54 years old."
"I'm experiencing this doyle, and I'm 44 years old."
"I'm experiencing this doyle, and I'm 34 years old."
"I'm experiencing this doyle, and I'm 24 years old."
"I'm experiencing this doyle, and I'm 14 years old."
"I'm experiencing this doyle, and I'm 5 years old."
"I'm 4 years old, and am I still experiencing this doyle?"
"I'm 3 years old, and am I still experiencing this doyle?"
"I'm 2 years old, and am I still experiencing this doyle?"
"I'm 1 year old, and am I still experiencing this doyle?"
"I'm 6 months old, and am I still experiencing this doyle?"
"I'm 1 month old, and am I still experiencing this doyle?"
"I'm 1 day old, and am I still experiencing this doyle?"
"I'm minus 1 day old, the day before I was born, and am I still experiencing this doyle?"
"I'm minus 1 month old, one month before I was born, and am I still experiencing this doyle?"
"I'm minus 3 months old, and am I still experiencing this doyle?"
"I'm minus 5 months old, and am I still experiencing this doyle?"
"I'm minus 7 months old, and am I still experiencing this doyle?"
Okay, that's end of the speed trace. Did you experience the doyle lessening or completely disappearing during the trace? If you did, you have an age bracket during which the original event occurred. Ask yourself the following question: "What is a plausible thing that could have happened to me when I was that age?" Pay exquisite attention to the first answer you get. It will be your original event.
Some people get the trace to work the first time, some will be unsure if it worked, and yet others may need some practice holding the doyle and placing their mind at the time marks. Once you've done your first successful trace the process will get easier because your brain will know what it is you're trying to do when you say, "I'm 3 years old. . ." for example.
If you are unsure, just watch your experiences over the several weeks after your trace, and determine for yourself in the real world out there whether you did a successful trace or not. Every person is different. This is a skill, not unlike learning to ride a bike. Remember how tricky that was the first time? Well, when you did it, folks had been riding bikes around for over a hundred years or so. That's what's different about this trace. You've never seen anyone do a trace like this before. How will you know if you were successful? Let your experiences out there in the world tell you.
If you have a serious doyle you'd like to trace and figure you need help, email me, Bobby Matherne, at Bobby@doyletics.com . Give me some background on yourself: age, occupation, marital status, children, and what are the present challenges in your life.
Red Wagon Story
"No doubt that the great majority of people feel the same way in certain situations." There is NO bigger falsehood that one can make, even though it is commonly accepted as Gospel truth: It sounds true and is accepted as truth, but it is completely false. The science of doyletics proves it untrue every time one does a doyle trace and then NO LONGER feels the same way thereafter.
Let me explain by means of a simple story. Suppose in a small town, all the young boys have the habit of pulling little red wagons behind them and picking up various items that they find lying around in the streets, garbage cans, empty lots, etc. Then after a week of doing this, some scientist comes to town and inventories the contents of the various red wagons. What would he find? He would find an enormous similarity of the items in each of the red wagons, would he not? But would he make the enormous leap to generalizing that the contents of every red wagon is identical? I think not.
Well, every human being from 3 months in the womb of his mother has a little red wagon in which doyles are collected. "Doyles" are some configuration of muscle tension or motion of muscles, limbs, or organs of the body. We hypothesize that these doyles and their triggering stimuli are stored in the brain structure known as the amygdala. When some future event provides a stimlus that is similar to the original event's stimulus, the original doyle is re-created and the person's body experiences the physical body state of the original event.
The amygdala has a primitive pattern recognition capability that recognizes the stimulus and releases the signals to re-trigger the associated doyle.
The amygdala is like the red wagon. Everyone has one, and all our collected doyles are stored in ours. Just like in the red wagon story, if you examined the contents of each red wagon, you'd find similar contents, but also drastic differences. Some kid's father is a druggist and his little red wagon has a lot of pill bottles, for example.
So, when you say, "there must be a common denominator of environmental conditions during early childhood similar to all", you are stating a truth that is statistically accurate [most kids wander through the same portions of the small town, and so collect similar items], but there can and will be DRAMATIC differences in the contents of their red wagons, like the druggist's son with all the pill bottles.
So now, even though there is some truth to the statement that "No doubt that the great majority of people feel the same way in certain situations", you may now understand why some people will have dramatically difference responses to the same stimulus, such as looking at big black dogs, for example.
Regardless of what items are available on the street of the small town, what is in the wagon of one small boy can be dramatically different from ALL the other small boys. Suppose one boy has a red wagon, but walks through town, and instead of picking up items and putting them into his red wagon, he picks them up, analyses them, remembers them, and places them back on the ground. He will return home and when the scientist comes to investigate the contents of his red wagon will find it EMPTY or nearly so.
This corresponds exactly to what happens in severe cases of autism. Due to heightened visual capability an autistic child will store visual events in their amygdaline structures along with the trigger. Memories that other children of the same age are storing in doylic memory. The result is autistic children will not be able to speak [or barely so] because smooth speaking requires storage of the physical body states of the movements of the speech organs. They will have no feelings or emotions, or a very few strong emotions, like anger, rage, and so on. Their red wagons are nearly empty of the usual items of their peers even though they wandered the same streets and learned just as much as their peers about their environment. Because of their advanced visual capability they are unable to ever experience many feelings, emotions, or create the usual tonal variations in their speech, because they never stored that doyle in their red wagon before they reached five years old.
Tension, Frowns, and Spasms from Breech Birth Doyles
I have been communicating with a young man about 35 in the UK, London, I think that has been having extreme difficulty tracing doyles. He has intense frowns all the time, spasms in his arms and legs, all kinds of doyles firing off in sequence. He told me he was a breech birth. Suddenly the causes of the frowns and muscle spasms become clear: these were stored when he pulled out of the womb and his limbs were stretched and twisted. I suggested that most of his doyles would go away as he traced past his birth, and they did. Except one day he had to go back past 2 months before his birth before the doyles disappeared. Then he talked to his mother and she told him that at 2 months before he was born the doctor made very strenuous movements to try to turn him around in her womb. This confirmed what we had long theorized - that doyles are stored in the womb.
In Otto Rank's book, The Trauma of Birth, he points out that the trauma of going through the birth canal or being squeezed during the last several days of birth (as happens in last minute Caesarian births) is one that recurs during a person's life, especially during the latter stages of one's life. When one is in the birth canal days and hours before birth, one feels compressed on all sides, as if one were in a narrow, constricted tunnel with no apparent way out. This is how many seniors feel as they approach the last years of their life: they are in a tunnel, being pushed inevitably on all sides to further decrepitude and eventual annihilation and there's nothing they can do about it except wait. Just like the process of birth except it's at the other end of one's life.
It is not surprising then to find that depression in old folks should be peaking in our society. (It causes them to become very depressed and even suicidal.) And it's a depression that keeps our seniors insolvent and psychiatrists and drug companies super-solvent, up until now. If real men can experience real depression at any age, it would not be surprising to find men, as they get to senior citizen age, do become very depressed. And, likewise, so do women. Doyletics can help the young, the very old, real men and real women of any age, whether it's with real depression or mild cases of depression.
How can doyletics help these senior citizens to live out their remaining life span in joy instead of fear? Simply by allowing them to do a trace to remove the onerous doyles that they experienced during their birth process. A simple speed trace will remove the depressive states that beset a person (of any age). And instead of propelling them into a ersatz happy, but drug-induced maintenance state with its deleterious and onerous side-affects, the speed trace will permit them to simply function as a human being with normal joys, sadnesses, and health and allow them to live out their golden years with a full measure of happiness.
Falling into the sky
For this one I will tell a story about myself. I was lying on the beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama in June of this year. As I rolled over on my back and opened my eyes, I felt a familiar feeling. The best way I can describe it is that I felt like I was falling up into the sky, flying off the face of the earth. This was an old feeling, but the first time that it had ever occurred to me that "It's a doyle!" So I decided to trace it. In the past, I'd avoided the feeling by immediately closing my eyes or turning my head to the side. Now I wanted to keep the feeling going while I did a speed trace, and I was really scared. As irrational as it seemed to me - I knew I wasn't going to fly off the face of the earth, my heart was pounding and I felt like I had grab the sand. I turned to my side and placed my hand on my wife's arm, and did the fastest speed trace I ever did. I wanted it over! I'm 59, 55, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10, 5, 4, 3, 2, and it went away at 2. I looked up at the sky tentatively and the strong feeling was gone. I was too exhausted to test it much, but the trace had removed the doyle. As I thought about what event might have stored that terrifying doyle, I got a picture of being thrown into the air by an adult. That's exactly what it felt like to me. The external stimulus was seeing only sky and the doyle was the proprioceptive muscles of my body telling me that I was falling into the sky!
After I had finished my falling into the sky trace, I remembered that I had thought to myself, "What would be a plausible explanation for the doyle which had pestered me all those years?" and it was then that the image came to me. I saw myself as a two-year-old being thrown into the sky by a playful father or uncle. That "plausible explanation" was the conceptual memory in my mind which had replaced the doylic memory in my body. This was how I came up with the process of asking the Plausibility Question after one completes a speed trace. One's mind has just converted a doylic memory into a cognitive memory, so if you ask the Plausibility Question, your mind will have it immediately ready to serve up to you.
Doyletics is a new science, and like learning to ride a bike, it can be tricky. Be patient and persistent and once you learn to do this it will be the easiest thing in the world to do. When the science of doyletics is taught in grade schools of the 21st Century, those three bugaboos of civilization, Fear, Anxiety, and Hate will be endangered species from now on.