I am getting lots of questions about Encovery. Some are asking just “what is it?” Trudy wants to know how it works. Jaime wants more details. Chauntelle asked: How do I find my forest? OK…I get it. In this post, I am going to define Encovery in clearer terns. I will distinguish in from things like self hypnosis, deep meditation, and NLP. Actually, it is none of those. It’s simpler, allows for your creativity, it’s fun and wonderfully beneficial.
I started Encovery while in prison. Since I was there because I had taken from others, I had a deep desire to learn to give. I wanted to do more living giving. The guilt I felt was not productive. I wanted to be able to turn that guilt into actual motivation to change and become a better man. I never wanted to abuse anothers trust again. I wanted to be a predictable, accountable, authentic human being. I went within...for two years…Encovery was the result.
Encephalographic Uncovery: a process of creative imaginography allowing powerful emotions that cause some of our behaviors to be observed and understood. The process allows one to see his/her unconscious emotional triggers and disarm them. Feelings that cause us to do certain things become clear. When we see them clearly, our conscious mind exercises more discretion as to their impact on our actions. With continued use, Encovery allows us freedom from impetuous behavior that can be hurtful to ourselves and others. Some say, much of their past emotional burdens just disappear. I am not a therapist, a doctor, a phychologist or any kind of a counsellor. I am a grateful father, grandfather, retired school teacher, ex-felon, and well….let’s just say I love life. I have no credentials. There is actually no reason as to why you should listen to me. But you can listen to this guy: Evolve Your Brain by Dr. Joe Dispenza
We will limit this discussion to the behavioral benefits of Encovery. In an upcomming post, I will elaborate on wonderful health benefits.
From a scientific standpoint, we are practicing objective observation. As we observe things in the physical world we see sizes, shapes, colors, movement etc. The longer we observe, the clearer our perception becomes.The same is true in our mental world. That is if we are not taking drugs, drinking too much or are mentally ill. . Our mental perceptions become skewed due to proacactive and retroactive interference. Proactive interference is just that. Our thoughts, perceptions of the senses that occur in the now, and “daydreaming” take our attention from what’s going on in the unseen neuronet world. It functions out of habit, past conditioning, under the level of consciousness. Retroactive interference is past thoughts, feelings and experiences from yesteryear. These past, often automatic and unconscious perceptions interfere with our moment to moment experiences of the now. It’s the interference that prevents focused observation. How can you change what you cannot observe? Interference then is the enemy of change.
Encovery provides a path to observation for both current and past feelings, experiences, happenstances. To observe these feelings, thoughts and memories, we need only find a quiet place and through a respected third party (childhood heros) bring these things into the present physical world. When seen, clarity occurs. The brain then is able to redirect neuronets as instructed. That’s it. The end product of Encovery, then, is the redirection of neuronets that retrain the brain. Pretty Cool, Huh? Thus the simple instruction: Stop, Look, and Listen. Memories talk.
For me, it has been Freedom! and release from Fear, Anger, Guilt, Worry and impetuous behavior. Is it instant? No. The brain with its neuronets is largely formed by emotionally driven experiences. A huge number of those experiences ocurred prior to our ability to put them into words. They had no discriptive anchor. Nonetheless, the neuronet path was carved deep into the tissue sheets of our memory. It takes time, practice and assistance from a created guide to make sense of these neuronet ruts. Practice Encovery. Here are some of the results of those of us (about 40) who practice Encovery. There is nothing mysterious here. These are real people who have made real change because they exposed their internal demons and found them to be pussycats. By opening up the “Kimono of the Brain” they got to see it all.
Stretch found out that he was a drug addict because he saw his father beat his mother when he was two. He figured if he punished himself with heroin and meth, he would be punishing his father too. During an Encovery session, he thought that was kinda stupid because his father was long dead. He started to laugh. He hasn’t used drugs since, does not go to counselling, and is a proud coach of his son’s little league team.
Klondike came to the group because he liked to rob liquor stores. During an Encovery session, his childhood hero, spider man, introduced him to a ten year old kid (himlelf) stealing a snickers bar for a gang of guys that dared him to do it. He got to be the hero of the gang. Over the years, he started stealing more and more. He got caught and was doing ten years. Most of the people in the gang are dead or in jail. He has been free for five years, does not steal and travels the US with his girlfriend seeing historical sites. He likes the Jefferson Memorial. He is a free man in every sense of the word.
TopGun was violent…tatoos from head to toe. He was Yard Dog for the Whites. He was in our group because he conned a Real Estate Developer out of $32Million. He was angry all the time. During Encovery, one of his imaginary hero’s, Elvis Presley, helped him talk to a former baby sitter (now dead) who beat him then tried to rape him when he was 7. During Encovery they worked it out. TopGun, whose real name is Edward, is now in northern California, happily running his donut shop. He decided to stop hating women and got married two years ago.
Pancho was a really neat man. He had 805 tatooed on his head but had to wear his hair long (prison rules). Pancho was there waiting to get shipped back to Mexico. He was quite the illegal drug dealer and was going to get right back to it when he got out. His father was a drug dealer. His three brothers were drug dealers….birds of a feather? Encovery allowed him to see that he could support his familia by cutting hair. He was a good barber for an inmate. He’s not returned to Mexico,…works in a barbershop in Tehachapi. No drugs…just 3 little babies from two separate women. Encovery does NOT make us perfect.
B CUZ smuggled lots of stuff from the kitchen and sold it on the yard. Before prison he was a pretty good car thief. He had his own group of Crips in the hood in L.A. He knew, when he came to our meetings that he had to find a way not to go back to the hood or he would be killed. He knew too much. During our Encovery sessions, he remembered a few years of a happy childhood with an Uncle in Oxnard. He also learned that he started gang banging just to be accepted in school and get a “baby mama”. He got to see his old fears of being rejected by his buddies as “pretty f***ed up”. He still practices Encovery and runs his own janitorial business. When I saw him about six months ago, I asked him how he was feeling inside. He put his arm around my shoulders and said: “Teach, I am Free and happy!”
So….there’s more but you get the gist. Does the Encovery process work for everyone? Nope. It only works for those who are willing to imagine, create, and observe. I guess it takes a bit of courage. There is really nothing to be afraid of. Oh, wait a minute, I guess there is something one might fear. It is called CHANGE. For me, I just became more grateful, in the process of learning that each day is an opportunity to serve, live, give. I’ve also found a little help along the way from Chris Record and Peter Sorenson. They are the co founders of LifePreneur. Learn about them here. It’s a perfect fit for the potential living giving that comes out of Encovery.
“Nothing that is has to be just because it was”