Plateaus: Most everyone agrees that following an important primal there is a refractory period (or you might call it a resting period or a plateau), in which whatever is attempted primal-wise comes to little. Our bodies can only handle so much and then need a break to recover and rejuvenate. But suppose this plateau lasts and lasts. What is the meaning of this? Our bodies are obviously NOT still recovering from our last primal. I have several comments about longer plateaus.
- The truth is that I know of no one who has not taken long vacations from effective primal. This is contrary to some folks' beliefs that whatever looks like primal and temporarily relieves some stress must be effective primal. Nope!
- Many primal folks have a belief that they are in charge of their overall growth when doing primal. This is unhappy for us because it does not seem to work and stress-producing because we do not resolve the underlying issue of a belief that needs changing. They would be happier if they believed that there were life paths desired by their higher selves that might require specific growth in one area now (or not growth now) but growth in another area ten years from now, perhaps with a particular person we have yet to meet.
- Many primal people cannot admit they are just spinning their wheels and not accomplishing much of anything in terms of psychological change. They choose to dramatize small pieces of growth and claim they are IMPORTANT.
Recognizing a Plateau: Everyone gets deceived by their neurosis; the goal is to keep the self-deception to a minimum. Your neurosis does NOT want you to recognize or acknowledge a plateau; your neurosis would like you to continue doing unproductive "primals" (i.e., mock primals). Four frequent ways to recognize a plateau are: 1."Not much seems to be happening," 2.The same old primals keep repeating, 3.Old neurotic activities keep repeating, or 4.We "forget" to do primal. Each can be a sign that we are not doing much in terms of primal growth, that we are on a plateau of unknown duration. A likely response to discovering a plateau is to try harder to get some progress, which probably will not work.
Changes Required by a Long-Term Plateau: Most people refuse to change. They keep on with their unproductive primal methods and do not recognize they are unproductive. The changes you require may be one or more of the following: 1.Drop primal efforts for a while, a few days, or a few years (My Many Years Not Doing Primal) 2.Start measuring your body (blood pressure, heart rate and fingertip temperature) to determine the answer to, "Is there progress here or not?" 3.Do a newer-style primal intensive of two or four days. 4.Find a new therapist. 5.Change your spirituality (I see stress-causing spiritual beliefs are a huge problem for the majority of primal folks... please read Chapter 4 of my book detailing spiritual beliefs that cause stress ...Spiritual change is much faster than primal change!). 6.Find a past lives therapist and see if there are major issues back there.
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