1. What is HMR®?
HMR® is a non-traumatizing body-mind technique which allows expedient access to past memories and can facilitate complete resolution of the painful emotional associated with these events without having to re-live such experiences and without affecting historical memory. This technique is profoundly empowering to the survivor who becomes his/her own healer. HMR examples both a verbal component and a nervous system support technique that enhances sensory access while fostering safety.
2. What is meant by "encoding?"
Encoding is the process of locking a "negative" or incomplete emotional charge in the cells and fields of our bodies at the moment of a trauma. Painful experiences in our lives precipitate a static encoding of the overwhelming feelings, resulting in the storage of trauma. This takes place in a single millisecond of time, capturing all of the sensory data, feelings, and perceptions of the overwhelming experience.
3. What is the Limbic-Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal System?
It is the system that regulates the functioning of the autonomic nervous system, the endocrine system, and the immune system. We recognize the functioning of this system inthe “fight, flight, freeze” response. This sophisticated system is capable of encoding and storing memory that overwhelms the bodymind. By understanding this system and how itworks through the concept of “information transduction,” we are able to comprehend howtrauma is encoded by the nervous system and how body memories can be resolved.
4. How can HMR help me?
We have known that trauma precipitates a spontaneous state of self-hypnosis that binds us to the emotional pain of an event. Since much our emotional and physical pain is memory based, HMR can help to release those charges and as a result, the pain frequently resolves. Clients have now “demonstrated” the origin of certain diseases in memory, and, in resolvingthe memories, have resolved the symptoms that were so readily labeled illness. In the case of purely physical conditions (those not memory-based), HMR has less of an effect in reducing the pain or trauma.
5. Can I learn to do this technique?
Yes. Anyone can learn the technique. HMR is scientifically grounded and precise in its form, and it is easily applied. Training in the method is offered several times a year throughout the country and internationally as well. Your capacity to use HMR on yourself is highlighted inBrent’s book: The Healing Dimensions, where he describes his discovery of the simply principles underlying HMR and its effectiveness.
6. How long does it take to see results?
Generally, the effects are immediate. Once the emotional charge has been released from the memory, the memory no longer holds the same overwhelming charge. If this memory was, however, part of a larger trauma pattern, whatever remains that is unresolved will subsequently present itself for resolution. If the pain is completely trance-based, the results are most favorable.
7. Who developed this technique?
Brent Baum, a gifted therapist and teacher, developed Holographic Memory Resolution® based on the principles of quantum physics. His tracking method emerged as an extension of the work of David Grove, a psychologist from New Zealand; the Adult-Child intervention was based on the language of Transactional Analysis, and the color reframe method similar to the Right-Left brain color work used by Brain Gym, developed in California. The nervous system support technique was the discovery of Brent, who, with his intuitive abilities, was able to locate the access point along the spine and develop techniques which enhance sensory access to memory. With the hands placed in positions analogous to the object and reference beam positions of hologram theory, Baum discovered that memory access and release could be enhanced. This provided almost instantaneous access to all memory-based pain. Understanding the human body to be a system of coordinated energy patterns that are in continual motion, Brent views much that we label “disease” as resulting from inhibitions in the flow of that energy. He is an interdisciplinarian by nature, having served as a Catholic priest, a faculty member of Notre Dame Seminary, an archeologist in the Near East, clinical director for Cottonwood Treatment Centers, an Internationally Certified Addictions Counselor, and is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. He served as a consultant to Cottonwood de Tucson and now maintains a private practice and conducts HMR training around the world.
8. Where can I get more information?
Additional information is available from his newly reprinted book, The Healing Dimensions: Resolving Trauma in Bodymind and Spirit, and also from the HMR website on the Internet at www.healingdimensions.com.
9. Do I have to relive the experience in order to heal it?
No, the mind actually freezes a millisecond prior to the traumatic event; it’s a protective act.The technique brings the unconscious mind to the conscious state in order to heal the trauma. Previously it was thought that we had to have the person re-experience the whole event. Scientific research has proven that it takes only a millisecond to store the memory. It should be able to release in a reasonable amount of time. The work actually does that, although it may take a little time to talk through the experience - but minutes, instead of hours, days or weeks.
10. What does the color do?
The colors actually reflect sophisticated brainwave frequencies. They communicate emotion in the language of the brain. It would have been nice to have received only love in our lives –the combination of all colors or white light, metaphorically speaking. When we encode a traumatic or overwhelming experience, the emotional charge associated with the scene is one of shame or overwhelm. Children express the affect of trauma automatically with red and black crayons when asked to draw their feelings. All trauma scenes have an absence of light, an absence of love. Trauma scenes are commonly depicted in darker colors, especially red or black. In HMR, the client revisualizes and converts the scene into a positive image, thereby enabling the identification and conversion into the color(s) or affect associated with the corrected image. The color(s) around the corrected image reflect the emotions, or frequencies that were missing from the initial encoding. When the color is passed through the system, it unlocks the trance state. The “state bound” charge or affect of the memoryreleases and the nervous system reverts to a pre-trauma state.
11. With addicts, these individuals have physical conditions associated with their addiction, what can HMR do for them?
HMR does not take away the need for practicing a 12-step program or recovery program, or medical therapy to detox the body from the disease or process. The first stage of an addiction is not physiological; the first stage of an addiction is psychological. The Journal of the American Medical Association has reported that people who smoke have had a much higher incidence of abuse in their histories. We have learned to be a society of addicts. We have learned to medicate our nervous system because we didn’t know how to address our pain.We now have a process to help us access and release that pain.
12. How is the client empowered?
David Cheek, Milton Erickson’s protégé, said that no healing ever occurs without the consentof the client’s inner mind. The HMR facilitator needs the consent of the system of the clientfor healing to take place. Once that is given, the technique boosts the bodymind’s naturalability to heal. The technique is quite empowering. The client alone knows his/her precise requirements for resolving the “charge” of the trauma scene. The facilitator, using HMR,“turns up the light,” so to speak, enhancing client safety and boosting the client’s own natural holographic projection system. Once this imaging process is enhanced, one is able to access and locate the content of unresolved trauma; it becomes easier to see and identify the memories that need to heal. Within each of us resided an “Inner Physician” who knowsprecisely what needs to be done: the subconscious mind knows exactly how many traumas we hold, in which order to heal them, which ones to access, the solutions and colors for the reframing - the color frequencies that are missing, and when we are tired and it is time to stop. This is the inherent wisdom and exigency of the bodymind.