What is an emotional anchor and what is it used for?

What is an emotional anchor and what is it used for

Emotion is the language of the subconscious mind.  In other words it is the actual feeling of emotion that helps us imprint on the subconscious mind - that is, memory.  For example, we can easily recall any good, or bad, event that's happened in our lives.  Why is that?  It's because of the emotion that was involved.

In my CALM Life Skills Seminar we build  an Emotional Anchor (you can have anchors for anything).  So what we do is recall good past events, feel the emotion of each of these events and put that emotion into an anchor.  The anchor that I advise people to use is a physical movement, eg. moving your thumb over your forefinger, or touching your forehead, or pulling your ear lobe.  It must be the same movement each time.  To build the Anchor, as you experience the emotion of the event, you make that chosen physical movement.

To use the Anchor it's the process in reverse.  As you say your goal (after you reach your PP) you then visualise it and feel good about the achievement of the goal - just as you feel good about achieving your goal, you give yourself that movement (your Emotional Anchor) which will send a charge of positive emotion through you ... and remember that emotion is memory.  So this action is actually imprinting the success of the goal into the subconscious mind.  When your subconscious mind has got it then you will have 100% of the mind working towards the goal.  Unfortunately when we do goals with just the conscious mind, the subconscious mind can sabotage you, because it hasn't got the goal.

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