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Cloud Technique

Today I’d like you to get in touch with a feeling of deep, deep relaxation… so imagine that you are sitting in a garden of perfect relaxation…

Up above you is the most beautiful blue sky you have ever seen

Open and wide, calm and limitless as your unconscious mind

You notice that there are no clouds at all in this beautiful blue sky except for one small dark one that seems to be hovering just above your head.

It is no ordinary cloud, it is there for a reason

It is time for you to put that problem and how it has affected you into that cloud

It is time to let that cloud go

Put all of the fear of the problem in that cloud

Think of how, in the past it has made you feel and put all of those negative outdated feelings up there in that cloud

Think of what kind of thoughts and attitude made it worse and put those negative thoughts and self-defeating attitudes up in that cloud

Think of those things that triggered it, those habit pairs and associations that need to be broken… put the fear of the past repeating itself up there in that cloud…

You have lived with this problem for far too long.. only you truly understand what needs to go into that cloud so that you can be free to live your life

The cloud is growing darker and heavier, dark and heavy with the weight of all that negativity that you have been carrying around with you for far too long.

It is time to let that cloud move out of your life.

Up there in that cloud are all of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that have sustained the problem.

It is time for it to leave.  In a moment I will count from one to ten and on the number ten I will clap my hands and that cloud will be gone for good and it won’t be back.  Don’t open your eyes, instead become aware of a feeling of lightness that begins to develop in your shoulders as you breathe in.

A feeling of lightness that helps you realise that a weight has been lifted and that you are free.

1 that cloud is beginning to lift and rise

2 it is moving up into the sky.  All of that problem is in the cloud.  It is above you it is no longer in you and it is moving away… up into that sky and out of your life.

3 You watch it go… you let it go… lifting upwards and moving up high into the sky.

4 The further it moves away from you that harder it is to remember all that it contains and why would you.

5 It is leaving.  You will it away.  You push it away with your mind.. further and further away..

6 it is moving away so far away.. good riddance to bad rubbish

7 so far now so far away

8 Nothing but the size of a tiny dot on the horizon

9 It is going, it is going

10 (clap hands loudly) it is gone and it will never be back….

From this moment on, whenever you look at the sky and you see some dark clouds moving across, I want you to know that dark cloud is gone and it will never be back.

No matter how many dark the day may be every cloud has a silver lining and behind the darkest clouds there is a beautiful blue sky and it is as open and limitless, as calm and collected as your subconscious mind.

Insight

This technique works great with so many different presenting problems from bad habit reprogramming, lifting the symptoms of depression, putting the past behind oneself and moving on, making a fresh start, managing the symptoms of panic, anxiety or a phobia.  Let's say your client had a fear of public speaking - the traumatic affects of speaking events, the thoughts, feelings and the way of behaving (shallow breath, dry throat, rapid heart-beat, sweaty palms) can all be put into the cloud.  Once the old pattern has been metaphorically cleared, this creates mental space to allow the client to reprogramme their mind with a new pattern for success. So always follow up with positive suggestions and affirmations.

You can start by saying from this moment on...

You can use it as an intervention for coaching.  Find out what thoughts, feelings and behviours are keeping your client stuck.  Use it as a way to metaphorically reprogram your clients mind.  The cloud will help remove the elements of a bad habit - thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are keeping your client stuck.

It can also be used to clear the mind of the negative effects of a bad experience - for example if your client had an unexpected anxiety attack or panic attack and they are worried about it happening again, this technique can help remove that potential trauma from the amygdala and help the brain properly process the experience into long-term memory.  We discuss this in great detail on the Diploma in Online Coaching and Therapy with 101 Interventions in Your Toolkit.

Follow-Up

Before the session ends, you can also use this technique as an anchor to help access the new resource set you have created. Say something like…

From this moment on, every time you see some dark clouds moving across the sky, I want you to know that dark cloud is gone and it will never be back.

No matter how many dark the day may be every cloud has a silver lining and behind the darkest clouds there is a beautiful blue sky and it is as open and limitless, as calm and collected as your subconscious mind.


Don't forget, I'm here to help you be the best, have the best and give your best to your clients... you can reach me by email at susan@resultsxo.com or on Facebook at Confident Therapist, Profitable Practice page. Or Call IRE: 0863432992 UK: 07871912050