About Control Center
The Control Center technique is extremely powerful and it works on a very familiar concept. It is easy to visualize because it is based on your previous experience with the tools involved. Even if you are not a visual-dominant person, this technique is easy to imagine based on your past experiences that involve your other senses.
The control center is the heart of the modern manufacturing technology. Movies show images of the control centers for power plants and manufacturing complexes. Advertisements show the control dispatch centers for emergency services. The dashboard in your car is a kind of mini-control center for the functions of your vehicle. The fundamental process behind every control in the control center is the feedback loop that is composed of 3 steps:
- Set intentional set-point
- Measure performance against the set-point
- Take corrective action if necessary
A simple example of the monitor-and-adjust control is a thermostat. If you set the thermostat in your car or your house for 70 degrees (Fahrenheit), and the A/C and heater are operative, then your temperature will remain in a tight range (usually about +1 or – 1 degree) around 70 degrees. If the temperature rises above 71 degrees, the thermostat automatically turns the air conditioner on and cools the air down to 70 degrees. If the temperature goes below 69 degrees, the thermostat automatically turns the heater on and warms the air to 70 degrees. (Also see chapter B. BIOFEEDBACK)
Your Mind’s Master Control Center
Your body has the master blueprint for health that is managed by your Master Control Center where there is a control for every function of your body, every emotion, habit, and skill. Each one of those controls is like a thermostat with a specific value as its set-point. Your body operates automatically in the tight range around the set-point.
Just as your home or car thermostat does not require your attention once you set the set-point, your body function controls are also automatic. Your attention to keep them at their set-point is not required. Adjustments are automatically made without your conscious thought to maintain each of your body’s control functions. The tight range around the set point is maintained by triggering the equivalent of your “heater” or “air-conditioner” for whatever is the specific function of that control in your mind’s Master Control Center.
Also, just as the thermostat has a temperature set-point adjustment, each of your Control Center controls has an adjustment that lets you move the set-point up or down. When you make such a change on one of your controls, your body automatically monitors that body function and makes the necessary adjustments to keep it aligned with your new set-point.
This really, really works because the miracle is that your sub-conscious takes commands from your imagination just as easily as it takes commands from your memory and actual physical input from your senses. It treats them all as equally real. Therefore, the change on your imaginary control is just as real as things you are seeing with your eyes and touching with your fingers!
Control Center Experiences
You can go into your Master Control Center and turn down any discomfort. You can even turn it off completely and completely banish it. I have helped hundreds of people do it. You can do it too! Let me repeat that, and just let it sink in:
“Go into your Master Control Center and turn down, even turn off, any discomfort you may have! You can do it.” Listen to what some of my students who used this technique have said about this:
“Before I did this exercise last week, I used to drink 5 cokes every day. After turning my coke control off least week, I only drank one all week, on Sunday afternoon.”—Lou Ann
“I used to eat a platter of French fries and then get a refill. Now that I turned my French fry control down, they just don’t taste that great anymore. If something comes with French fries, I eat one or two and that is all.” —Aaron
“I turned off my wine control because I couldn’t stop drinking two or more glasses of wine each evening and it was sabotaging my weight efforts. AfterI turned it off, I totally stopped drinking wine.—Kathy
Let me repeat it one more time. “Go into your Master Control Center and turn down, even turn off completely, any discomfort you may have! You can do it!” You are about to experience how to do it, and you will learn to do it anytime you want. Let’s begin!
Control Center Pain Adjustment
A unique feature of your Mind’s Master Control Center is that all the controls are arranged as opposite (inverse) pairs. When one control is adjusted downward, its related control is adjusted upward. The effect of each control is the same, only the representation is different. For example, the opposite of insomnia is restful sleep. In our Mind’s Master Control Center there is a control pair for these opposites, as shown in the diagram below.
When you decrease insomnia by rotating the insomnia control knob counterclockwise, the insomnia needle moves to the left and lower. Because of the way the control knobs are geared together, this action has the effect of rotating the restful sleep control knob clockwise and moving the restful sleep needle to the right and higher. Go ahead and simulate that now on the diagram and see how both dials rotate whenever one is turned. Notice how rotating the Restful Sleep control knob clockwise will rotate the Insomnia control knob counterclockwise. Turning restful sleep “UP” simultaneously turns insomnia “DOWN.”
Similarly, you have a “Comfort” control that is paired with your “Pain” control in your mind’s Master Control Center. Because the sub-conscious works more effectively with positives than negatives, you will be focused on turning up the “Comfort” control rather than turning down the “Pain” control. It will automatically be turned down because of its inverse connection to the “Comfort” control.
Steps to Use Your Control Center
This process uses a 5-step approach:
- Prepare for your entry into your Master Control Center.
- Enter Master Control Center
- Go to your Pain-Comfort Control pair
- Make your adjustment.
- Notice the difference.
Step 1. Prepare
Use a Pain Control Chart like the one below to plan your adjustment. Use a pencil so that you can make changes if needed. You can mark directly in the book, but perhaps a better idea is to make a copy of the diagram below, even if just a hand drawn copy. That way, you can keep the diagram below unmarked as a reference if you ever have another discomfort.
Select one area of your body that has been getting your attention with some discomfort that you desire to eliminate. Write the name of that area in the blank on the first line of your Control Chart.
Think about WHY you want to eliminate the discomfort from that area of your body. What is your desired end result that is motivating your desire for this change? Think about a formulation of your intention for making this change in a positive way that includes the reason or expectation about how this adjustment will affect your life. How will your life be different afterward and why do you seek that difference? What will you do that you don’t or can’t do now? Write it on the “Intention” line of your Control Chart.
Once you have written it, edit your intention with a critical eye to be sure that your intention contains only words of things that you want more of in your life. Omit negative words like “no,” “never,” “none,” or contractions of negatives like “won’t.” Remove any word that denotes anything that is not pleasing to you. Every word of your intention must contribute to something you desire in your life. Continue to edit and improve your intention until you are satisfied that your written intention expresses the real WHY behind your desire.
1c. Plan Your Adjustment
- On the dials, the needle comes from bottom center up to the outer arc like a speedometer needle. Draw the missing needle on the DIS-COMFORT dial in the position that shows your current most frequent discomfort level in that area of your body. (your current pain set-point).
- Decide how low you want your new DIS-COMFORT operating set-point to be. (This could be “low”, “very low” or it could be all the way “OFF”).
- Simulate grabbing the control knob and slowly turning it counter-clockwise, imagining the needle moving to the left and lower as you turn the knob. Stop turning when the needle reaches your desired new position.
- Mark another needle on the dial showing your desired new set-point where the needle stopped as you were decreasing.
- Draw some curved arrows on the face of the dial starting from your original needle position with arrowheads to your ending needle position.
- Now repeat the process marking the corresponding COMFORT dial to show the corresponding opposite effect. (Hint: if you marked the DIS-COMFORT control starting needle as “high,” the corresponding COMFORT control starting needle is “low.”)
- Physically try to grasp the COMFORT control knob and turn it clockwise as you imagine your comfort needle moving right and higher. Mark the position of your new COMFORT level needle in its final high position. Mark the curved arrows on the dial face from the original low-COMFORT needle position to your new high-COMFORT needle position.
Affirmations are short messages to your subconscious. They are used to re-affirm what you believe or to reinforce a change you are implanting. They work by the Law of Attraction, the most powerful Natural Law. It can be stated as:
- “What you think about (believe & tell yourself) is what you get (is attracted to you).”
- “What you think about, comes about!”
(See Chapter 14 on Affirmations for more information about affirmations and the rules for formulation. Use the rules there to formulate your affirmations for your Comfort Control).
Formulate three affirmations that reinforce your new comfort level that results from your adjustment. Word them to affirm that the comfort has already happened. As you mentally formulate each affirmation, validate it against the Affirmation Formulation Rules in the Affirmation chapter. Write your appropriate affirmations on lines 1-3 under the knob on your Comfort Control Chart.
Formulate a question whose answer is unknown to you and for which obtaining the answer would reinforce your intention and your increased comfort. Your question should immediately engage your mind to start offering possible answers that reinforce the comfort you are increasing! Your mind is already radiating “focus” energy! (See chapter 14 on Affirmations for more information about afformations).
Write your Afformation on line 4 on your Comfort Control Chart.
1f. Review (& possibly edit)
Take a good look at the new set-point position, your intention, your affirmations and afformation question. Ask yourself if they are all consistent, work together, and are in your best interest? Review your affirmations against the composition criteria and edit as necessary. After they are honed to be just right for you, say them aloud 5 times.
Step 2. Enter your Master Control Center
It is time to actually make your adjustment. You will do this by using the Visualization technique. (Go review it now in Chapter 11 if needed). Follow these steps:
- Reread your intention and memorize your affirmations and afformation.
- Close your eyes.
- Invoke your Relaxation Response by deep breathing and muscle relaxation. (See Chapter 7 for refresher if needed).
- Imagine yourself at your favorite place in Nature being their 100% in all your senses and enjoying it very much.
- Discover your Master Control Center. It may be in a cabin or tent at your favorite place. Perhaps a magical being brings it to you on a flying carpet or the genie that emerges from the lamp you found and rubbed. However you choose to imagine it, get yourself to your Master Control Center and go inside.
Step 3. Find your Comfort Control
Find the linked pair of controls for your DIS-COMFORT and COMFORT.
Step 4. Make Your Adjustment
- Grasp the DIS-COMFORT Control with your left hand and grasp the COMFORT Control with your right hand.
- Slowly turn the controls and watch the needles move. Stop when the COMFORT needle is as high as you want it to go.
- Say your affirmations and afformation (as best you remember them still with your eyes closed).
- Tell every cell in your body to take note of your new set-points. Let the images of new positions on your dials make an indelible imprint on your mind. Tell your cells to do whatever their function is to maintain your new set-points. Thank them for everything they do for you.
- Slowly bring your awareness back to your surroundings and open your eyes.
Step 5. Notice the Difference
Over the next days and weeks notice the difference in how you feel. Keep a record and write your own story.