EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM & PSYCHOTHERAPYBy: Jerome CHIDAROM Psychotherapist in France and in Roumania
Phosphenic Mixing is a potent and efficient technique for therapeutic treatment as well as for learning, for children and adults alike.
I am a psychotherapist and I conduct training courses in the domain of human resources.
Let me recount some of the applications I have used with with patients.
In the domain of psychotherapy
I use Phosphenic Mixing with lateral head sways and the mantra ‟EELLEE”, to relax the patient. The relaxing effect can be felt immediately. To deepen the effect of profound relaxation and the state of modified consciousness, I use the seven colors of the rainbow. I ask the patient to visualize the various lights, starting with the red light, all the way up to the purple light. The patient imagines that his/her body is full of light and radiates the corresponding color (red, orange…) while mixing each color of light with a specific sentence:
Red light: I feel alive, dynamic and in good health;
Orange light: I feel harmonious and radiate a warm communion and benevolence in my relations;
Yellow light: I am awake, spontaneous and creative;
Green light: I respect life and nature;
Blue light: I am calm and perfectly peaceful;
Indigo light: I am serene and I am overrun by mystical joy;
Purple light: I am calm and serene, I feel connected to the positive energy of the entire universe.
Finally, the patient finishes the session with the star phosphene: i.e. the patient looks at the light bulb while moving his/her eyes up, down, right, left, and diagonally, passing by the center. The patient then feels transformed and perceives several options for solving his/her problems.
At the end of the session, I offer a glass of alkaline, ionized water to the patient.
To develop self-confidence, I use Phosphenic Mixing with anteroposterior head sways with the following sentence: ‟As I am confident, I am me, I exist, I have rights, I express myself, I am responsible, I am powerful, I am kind.”
Another example: ‟I can direct my thoughts by telling myself that I am enjoying good results in my studies for this exam.”
Finally, the patient finishes the session with the star phosphene: i.e. the patient looks at the light bulb while moving his/her eyes up, down, right, left, and diagonally, passing by the center. Of course, I explain to the patient the meaning of the sentence he/she has chosen and that corresponds to their current objective or to the problem they want to solve.
For instance: I am me means that I have my own values, beliefs and needs to satisfy. And, it is up to me to do it, solely for myself, among the others, rather than for the others, neither against them. I am responsible for my well-being, for my actions.
I am powerful means that I am conscious of my feelings, of my emotions, of my thoughts and that I express them in the here and now. I state what I think and I do as I say. I feel coherent and harmonious.
I have rights means that I have the right to exist, to have needs, I have the right to express what I want to express, I take my place, I have the right to love and be loved in an unconditional manner.
Phosphenic Mixing creates a new neurological pathway; the message is imprinted in the brain and comes into action through the idea-motivity phenomenon. During the first session, the patient immediately feels confident as if he/she had had a ‟change of skin” or was ‟wearing new clothes”.
The patients can practice that exercise on their own, three times a day. Once in the morning, just after waking up, it is the auspicious moment for fixing or stimulating the message; once in the evening, before sleep, to message the brain what it needs to integrate during the period of regulation; and one more time during the day so that the message becomes unconscious and automatic.
Example: a student in psychiatry is anxious and fears that he is going to fail his exam in spite of the work he has generated to learn and revise his lessons. A single session of Phosphenic Mixing has given him ‟the bones of a good psychiatrist” who thoroughly knows the subjects he is dealing with. The self-confidence that he has developed has helped him successfully passing his exam.
Practicing triangular or square breathing instantaneously reduces stress.
In an airport, a woman who is waiting for her flight to take off is anxious. She is chain-smoking, walking relentlessly up and down the hall, asking ceaselessly and aggressively the airline employee for the time of departure as she is scared that she is going to miss the connecting flight. She then has coffee, sitting next to me, I suggest that she should practice a bit of triangular breathing to dissipate the stress she is accumulating. She does that and, one minute later, she feels calmer, friendlier. She thanks me and we exchange interesting conversations on other subjects.
A child who is described as hyperactive at school.
A mother asks me if I can give her some help treating her 8-year old son, described as an hyperactive by his teachers. He is always chatting with his schoolmates and cannot remain calm. He is restless.
I evaluate him as an intelligent boy, bright, spontaneous, a bit of a rebel.
Je commence à faire le phosphène avec lui et je lui demande de bien observer les formes et les couleurs des lumières qu’il voit se dérouler, les yeux bandés. Je lui demande de me faire une description à haute voix. L’exercice se fait en trois fois et dure une dizaine de minutes.
I start by doing a phosphene with him and I ask him to observe closely the shapes and the colors of the lights that follow one another, while he is wearing a sleep mask. I ask him to describe them in a loud voice. This is a powerful game of concentration as, during the entire exercise, he is fascinated by the dance of the colors and his whole body remains still. He enjoys this game of changing colors.
Afterwards, I ask him to repeat, in a loud voice, ‟I am calm and relaxed” while he is practicing Phosphenic Mixing with anteroposterior head sways.
At the start, he repeats that sentence in a loud voice for a minute, then he repeats it mentally ‟in his head” for another minute, then again in a loud voice for the third, final minute. The exercise lasts approximately ten minutes.
His mother is present during the session and she notices the instantaneous change in her son’s behavior. She purchases the Pocket Lamp so that her son can practice more exercises on his own.
A girl in the fourth grade cannot memorize certain mathematical laws and formulas. She gets it wrong every time. Her father, a financial director, does not manage to help her memorizing adequately.
I start by doing a phosphene with her and then ask her to observe closely the shapes and the colors of the patches of light that appear in her field of vision, while she is wearing a sleep mask. I ask her to describe them in a loud voice. The exercise is repeated three times for a total duration of approximately ten minutes.
Then, she writes down the formula clearly, in big letters on a sheet of paper. She recites it in a loud voice. She closes her eyes and tries to picture the written formula and repeats it in a loud voice.
First, she focuses on the lamp for thirty seconds and then closes her eyes while reciting and placing the formula in the phosphene.
Then, she focuses on the lamp for thirty seconds, then she reads the written formula in a loud voice, through the phosphene, using a second amp to dim its glow and be able to read through it.
The action of the phosphene increases concentration and clarifies memorization, making it sharper, more precise. Phosphenic Mixing creates a new neurological pathway to store the information.
She continues the exercise with the other formulas she needs to learn, following the same protocol. After the second week, her father compliments me because his daughter does not make mistakes on the mathematical laws any more and has good marks at school.
As for me, there is no doubt: Phosphenic Mixing is an efficient method of learning, it develops self-confidence, concentration, memorization, helps recovering regular sleep patterns and favors healing.
Every night, before I go to bed and every morning, when I wake up, I practice Phosphenic Mixing.
I feel calm and serene throughout the day. When I have to travel and suffer from jet lag, rhythmic breathing and head sways help me greatly to maintain a clear head and a high level of energy.
My daughter uses Phosphenic Mixing to improve her studying of foreign languages and other subjects. She is in the sixth grade and believes her good results are due to the practice of Phosphenic Mixing. My son is in the fifth grade and since he has been using Phosphenic Mixing, his grades have improved, in all the subjects.
1- Observation of the phosphene with a description of the colors perceived
2- Exercise of Phosphenic Mixing with a positive sentence
3- Exercise of reading with the post-phosphene
4- Test of comprehension and memorization
5- ‟Star phosphene”: i.e. the patient focuses on the light bulb while moving their eyes up, down, left, right and following a diagonal that crosses the center
6- I give a glass of alkaline ionized water to the patient
7- I provide a lamp for practicing exercises at home
Conclusion: For my part, I practice everyday different breathing exercises, head sways and mental imagery. My children have started practicing and introduce the method of learning with the phosphenes to their circle of friends.
With my patients, I use phosphenes systematically and I provide them with lamps and some practical information, according to their situation.