Follow this procedure to do your first experiment.
• Say the first sentence. If you are working alone say sentence one that contains your target aloud. If you are working with a partner, use the method of speak and respond described in Chapter 5.
• Sit calmly and notice how you respond to this experience. It is counter-productive to try to remember the words you have just spoken aloud. You probably won’t be able to anyway. TAKE YOUR TIME and let your thoughts and feelings that come as words, visual images, smells, sounds or speech and/or the physical sensations you experience just go by. Just notice them. Don’t rush this process.
• Make sure you wait at least 15 seconds before moving on. You may experience nothing or anything at all. There is no right or wrong response—anything is fine.
• Repeat the process using sentences two and three.
• When you feel complete with sentence three, notice and write down the number that describes your level of distress right now. Notice whether it has changed from the first number you recorded.
• If your target was some sort of snapshot image, check the image and see how it may have changed.
• If your level of distress is at least 2 points lower than when you started, say the fourth sentence aloud.
• Drink several sips of water.
• If you are keeping a Logosynthesis Journal, write a sentence about your experience.
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