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The Bullfrog On The TimeLine

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Controlling Events Inflation In The River Of Time

A Quantum NLP Type TimeLine Pattern by Dr Silvia Hartmann


I was explaining to someone last night the concept of installing future memories of goals accomplished by going beyond these and then looking back.

To explain how it all works, I drew this little diagram.

0 -x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x->

We got to talking about Guiding Stars and their formation, and I ended up making lots of little x's all along a stretch of the timeline, representing actual events or rather, experiences, and then went on to say, "The truth is that you can pick any one of these experiences here and then set to work and use your consciousness to INFLATE the x, blow it up like a bullfrog, so it gets bigger and bigger, the more attention you give it, the more you think about it, the more you tie into it, from the reminder wedding photo on the mantle piece to making all beaches a reminder of that one wondrous night under the moon, oh yes, and all such moons, the time of year, the time of day, everything then leads back to the bullfrog and feeds it more, blows it up bigger and bigger until this one bullfrog eclipses everything else there is on the timeline, and the giant croaking is all you ever hear. Then the system is complete and endlessly self sustaining, and if you don't watch it, you end up inside the bullfrog and you become Miss Haversham in her tattered wedding dress."

But isn't that the coolest, most wonderful thing?

There are so many good things about it, it is hard to know where to start. Perhaps at the place where my friend understood and called out, "I want my beaches back! I want my moon back! I want it fresh and clear and free of all bullfrog connotations, so that I can have OTHER EXPERIENCES with beaches. Hell, perhaps one day a beach could just be a beach - and then you could have and do ANYTHING there!"

So a very nice move then is to free the components of a Trauma or Guiding Star again, so that any cellar becomes just any cellar again, a white dress nothing more than a white dress, or a rose a rose, if you know what I mean.

But we have also control in another way, namely by tying the components to something else. Deliberately setting up a connection such as, "Watermelon moons remind me always of the fact that I am the luckiest person alive!"

This is otherwise known as anchoring and really does allow one to use anything at all and tie it to anything at all, as well as to have it MEAN ANYTHING at all.

Seeing that we do it anyway already and use it to depress us to death, we might as well use the self same mechanism with volition and cheer ourselves back into life.

That's what I think, anyway.

But back to the benefits of having re-discovered ownership of the bullfrogs on the timeline.

As ANY EVENT AT ALL is a potential bullfrog, and no matter how insignificant or random or even real, and the only reason we've made the bullfrogs that we really did make was because the consciousness is so structurally detached from the ever flowing river of experience-events that it only ever notices the huge big ones, be they bad or good, because they're just sticking out like the tips of mountain ranges from the illusions of non-existence, we now get to pick and choose which events we want to inflate by building altars around them with connections, connotations, meanings, photos, reminders, rabbits feet, wistful sighs, internal and external conversations, ceremonies, art story poem song sculpture religion and what have you.

I propose that before we go all Zen and attempt to have "a chair be just a chair and nothing more" we should play with this and inflate random x's into various multicoloured bullfrogs, just to see what happens to our moods and to our behaviours when we do that.

You can't learn something about anything by not doing it at all, that would lead to non-experience and to inflate that kind of stuff is seriously - well wrong, really.

Also, you can't give up something you don't have, and least of all, control or power over something. That's when the total loser stands before the gates of the monastery and says, "Let me in, I'm willing to give it all up in the service of God."

WHAT are you giving up? Do you actually have anything to give? No? Well then come back later when you've actually got something of value and don't talk of "giving up" till then ...

So, let's play.

Pick any event and inflate it. Just for amusement and experimentation.

Likewise, take any of your favourite major existing bullfrogs and untie some of the things that feed and inflate it endlessly, or get your beaches and moons back, your roses and white dresses, whatever it may be, so they may be USED AGAIN if necessary to become the backgrounds, stages and costumes for A NEW PLAY FOR A CHANGE.

This makes timeline work and most importantly, bullfrog deflation quite interesting and easy, if not enjoyable, and that, as always, is the hallmark of doing things in the true spirit of the Even Flow.

Happy Sunday all,



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