The Anatomy of Feedback


An understanding of how your physiology
and emotions respond to beliefs.

Most people are unaware that they are not their thoughts. They don’t recognize that their body and emotions are reacting to their thinking and that they can disentangle themselves from the beliefs that are causing their suffering. In my workshops, I like to give participants a visceral taste of what I call the Anatomy of Feedback: their unique physiological and psychological response to truth or falsehood.

When we believe what’s true, our bodies manifest one type of experience; when we’re attached to what is false, we manifest something completely different. Here is a basic script for an Anatomy of Feedback session. Take a moment to try it yourself:

ANATOMY OF FALSEHOOD

Close your eyes. Take three slow, deep breaths.
Think of a time you felt disconnected from yourself, others, and the world (the divine). Try to place yourself in that moment as vividly as you can. Turn up the volume on the sights, colors, sounds, and smells around you. Pay attention to how you feel in this moment.
How is your breathing? Deep or shallow?
What is your heart rate?
What does your posture want to do?
Do your muscles feel tight or loose?
What is going on in your chest?
What do you feel in your stomach?
What thoughts go through your mind?
What emotions come up for you?
Take three more slow, deep breaths, open your eyes, and write down your answers.

You now have a distinct taste of how you react to Falsehood. I’ve done this with hundreds of people, and their responses all fit a similar pattern. They say they experience tightness in their body, anxious or violent thinking, and dark emotions. Now you have your unique Anatomy of Falsehood down on paper as a reference for the future.

ANATOMY OF TRUTH

Close your eyes again. Take three slow, deep breaths and clear your mind.
Think of a time you felt connected to yourself, others, and the world (the divine). Try to place yourself in that moment as vividly as you can. Turn up the volume on the sights, colors, sounds, and smells around you. Pay attention to how you feel in this moment.

How is your breathing? Deep or shallow?
What is your heart rate?
What does your posture want to do?
Do your muscles feel tight or loose?
What is going on in your chest?
What do you feel in your stomach?
What thoughts come up in your mind?
What emotions come up for you?

Take three more slow, deep breaths, open your eyes, and write down your answers[if you’re facilitating someone else, repeat each question one by one].

How was it to react to Truth? It usually manifests as openness and lightness in the body, clarity of thought, and bright emotions. You’ve got your Anatomy of Truth on paper now as well.

The Anatomy of Feedback is essential to Inquiry. Recognizing your response to Truth and Falsehood will prove invaluable when determining whether or not a thought is helpful or harmful to you, making your path towards living a harmonious and joyous life all the easier.

Summary of Anatomy of Feedback

Use the Anatomy of Feedback if you’re unaware of your psychological or physiological response to stressful thoughts. This tool is also a great way to begin a relationship with a new client or group workshop to help people quickly learn that their physiology and emotions can tell them a lot about their thinking.

Like what you’ve read? You can learn Anatomy of Feedback along with 21 other tools in my book, Hold That Thought. Download a free copy of the book here.

Want to dig deeper into Anatomy of Feedback? Download a Anatomy of Feedback worksheet from the FREE Bonus section of my website!

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