Podcast 04 - State Control
7) To control your emotional state, first choose and use a potent stimulus, which is a mental memory (of a time when we felt that feeling), to bring about the emotional state that we want (to feel in the present moment) (14:46). We recall that memory where we genuinely felt that emotion and we begin to feel those feelings at that moment (14:59). Next, we associate and pair our potent stimulus (which is our memory) to an 'anchor' (which acts as the the neutral stimulus) (15:19).
An 'anchor' can be a special word (16:02) we use, or a mental form (16:20) such as a mental picture (16:22), or a mental sound of what we imagine the emotion to sound like (16:44), or a mental of a smell that we imagine we smell (16:48), or a touch or a mental taste of what we imagine the emotion to feel and taste like (19:16).
To pair up your anchor with your potent stimulus, sit alone in a quiet place and remember your potent stimulus, your memory, and feel the feeling you want (20:20), then recall and mentally hear, smell, etc. your anchor sensation (20:34). Do this about six times per day (for a couple of weeks) (21:22). (26:50)