the very first student on the planet to study and learn the mechanics of a
brilliant new science of mind and method, I feel a strong sense of privilege
in being asked to write a foreword to this book, by the principal researcher
who developed and instigated the new techniques.
Once in a while something turns up which is truly revolutionary; different
from anything which has gone before and in every sense a “new” approach to
matters. Sadly there have been few such developments in the field of the
mind. Probably the most pivotal breakthrough of all time was the recognition
of the power of
the subconscious mind, so named by French psychiatrist Pierre Janet and
later, rather unfairly, attributed to Sigmund Freud.
Certainly Freud has a place in history, justly deserved. His seminal 1895
work Studies In Hysteria, written jointly with Josef Breuer, showed that the
subconscious mind was very powerful and capable of influencing thoughts,
emotions and behavior, while remaining out of view to the patient or client.
It was truly subconscious.
Together, Freud and Breuer took Janet’s original insights and developed a
whole new specialty that laid the foundations for modern psychiatry and
For a time, what became known as psychoanalysis held the center stage and
practitioners were getting remarkable transformations and recoveries, using
the simple technique of getting the client to talk about his or her
problems. Indeed, the method was to be long known as “the talking cure”,
with a slight sneer of
disapproval from those who considered it trivial.
By the 1960s we had reached the point where almost every medical affliction,
other than fever and malnutrition, was seen to be a result of
dysfunctionality in the mind. Doctors began to believe that everything was
“psychosomatic” in origin, a word which means mind-body. Gradually, the use
of this word
morphed into something more sinister: that a person was weak or inadequate
and imagined their symptoms, which were not actually real.
Things might have continued along those lines but for the rise of the
current chemical view of mind states: the idea that every feeling—good or
bad—is the result of a lack or imbalance in neurotransmitter molecules in
the brain. Even happiness today is deemed to be a result of having
sufficient quantities of
serotonin and dopamine. This chemical model has resulted in a shift of
emphasis in studying mind function away from the impact of a person’s life
experiences towards the idea that everything is caused by biochemical
It’s a sterile (and dangerous) model, that has led medicine astray for
decades and resulted in legions of individuals swallowing “happy pills” in
the mistaken belief that their uncomfortable and unwanted feelings are the
result of some deficiency state or excess. I need hardly point out the
parallels between this
chemical dream and the current recreational drug craze.
Somewhere along the way, the old idea that a person thought what they
thought, felt what they felt and behaved as they did, because their
experiences in life had led them in that direction, has disappeared in a
welter of pharmacological marketing and hype. The sad truth is that this
biochemical model is not working.
People are not happier by taking antidepressants. Instead, the person’s
helplessness is being reinforced and made more inescapable.
A few struggling counselors, with no effective model on which to base their
help, struggled on with the notion that life experience was important and
formative. But without adequate understanding of how unpleasant memories
translate into unwanted feelings and behaviors, their efforts can be seen as
and often unhelpful, merely grinding the client deeper into their misery by
repetition and endless discussion.
That was the condition of well-meaning help… until recently.
Now we have DEEP! This is a breakthrough technology that I rate as second
only to the discovery of the subconscious mind and its powerful
automaticity. It takes the story very significantly forward. Through the
DEEP method we learn exactly how experience is internalized and why the
accompanying “charge” (black
energy) is able to take executive control of a person’s mind.
The answer, it turns out, is really rather simple. Although the result of
negative experiences is unwanted and disempowering thoughts, those thoughts
are NOT the cause of the problem! The trouble comes about due to the
mechanical impact of those same experiences; the force, the effort, if you
like. It is this force or
psychic violence which pins unpleasant emotions into place and leads to
disturbing and unwelcome thoughts.
To merely process or try to eliminate those “bad thoughts” is hardly ever
effective because the underlying mechanism holding them in place is not
addressed at all. Rolf Dane and his research partner Heidrun Beer have
together evolved a method of removing what I just referred to as the psychic
releases the negative emotions and then… bingo!... as if by magic, all the
unwanted thoughts come tumbling out, like an unblocked water channel and
they quickly vanish from view, never to disturb the client
The person is utterly transformed by their release from the grip of the
subconscious mind. So much so that in my personal writings I am referring to
this new method as Transformational Mind Dynamics, or TMD for short. It
really is all about the dynamics within the mind and it really is
transformational when things from
the past really do start to move and then crumble and fade!
I have experienced it, seen it at work and learned to do this for myself, so
I am talking to you here from direct experience, not mere theory. I am very
pleased to have learned this new approach; it has totally transformed how I
deal with a dysfunctional human being.
And you know what is so great about this? It’s very, very easy to do.
There is a whole fresh language which we need to chart this new territory.
Many of the concepts Dane and Beer found crucial have not been described
before, or at best only dimly grasped and the correct importance not given
DEEP itself is a witty acronym, derived from decisions, emotions, energy or
effort (kinetics) and personalities or poles. It really goes deep into the
psyche. The basic mechanism is that the energy or force buries emotions and
makes their origins difficult to trace; emotions in turn hold in place
destructive thoughts. The latter appears to be what the person is suffering
from but in fact thoughts are insubstantial and, in theory, should not twist
and damage a person’s life and living.
It’s the force which holds everything in place. And
that—importantly—includes psychic force or mental energy. We have all had
the experience of trying to “will” something to happen or get somebody to do
something (or not do something). This is psychic energy that can twist and
hurt and, as Dane and Beer
have shown, it can be just as damaging as physical impact.
Another key concept uncovered by these redoubtable researchers is that of
threads or pathways running in the mind, with numerous “nodes” or
significant intersections. You probably always suspected it: that certain
events radiate their bad effects outwards and stir up other similar events,
making you feel generally
uncomfortable or challenged. It’s rather like the effect of musical
resonance—if you stand near a piano and continue to talk, the instrument
will begin to vibrate and make whispering sounds, copying the tones of your
This concept of multiple connections is a surprising revolution.
Freud rightly taught us that earlier is better. Incidents he said run in
“chains” of similar, connected events. Running incidents from a chain
reduces its impact by getting charge off; unburdening he called it. We call
these threads because they are more of a tangle than chains implies. Plus,
they can be untangled and
broken quite easily, if you have the right technique!
But key was to find the basic or “root” on the thread—the earliest event—and
erase that. Then the whole thread would “blow”. It is rather like pulling up
the root of a plant; it will rapidly wither and die. We teach all our
starting clients this approach.
But now we can carry the story much further forward and get better results
faster. The DEEP approach is not about bouncing along a thread and digging
earlier, rather it’s about thoroughly reducing the effect of each life
encounter, eradicating the force, effort, emotion, thoughts and postulates
surrounding the event
In fact we are not really concerned with “the story” at all. That’s been the
major distraction introduced by Freud and taken up by New Age counselors and
“therapists”. We have become so accustomed to listening to the
client/patient telling us what happened, that we have come to believe that
the case is all about what happened. That’s just not true. It’s about the
force of what happened, and the reaction to what happened, trapping encysted
emotions, and building up layers of self-defeating thoughts and decisions on
top of the unpleasant experience.
We bleed off the force, which releases the emotions, which frees up thinking
and allows better decisions. The future is changed, because we emerge
changed, refreshed, with new awareness and new postulates to guide our
When I use the term force I’m not just confining this to people punching
each other or slapping into the car dashboard during an automobile accident.
I chiefly mean psychic force or effort. In our mind, when interacting with
others, we try to control the mechanics of that interaction, by intending
the person to do
something we want or, conversely, trying to avoid something we don’t want.
The two principal directions of energy are pulling towards (tractor beam)
and trying to push away (pressor beam).
For example, if you’ve ever been part of a relationship breakup, you will be
aware one partner is mentally thrusting the other away while the unfortunate
party is clinging, that is, using the tractor (pull) strategy. But there may
be an effort to hold still, to shake something loose or simply endure. We
call these energy
vibrations the “kinetics” of a situation. These are the truly dynamic
elements of the mental landscape; hence the term Transformational Mind
I have no wish to diminish the skills and methodology of Dane and Beer when
I point out the historical context of their remarkable discoveries. In
truth, Freud and Breuer in Studies On Hysteria very clearly described the
importance of engaging with the dynamics of the case, the energy, the effort
or force. It turns
out to be pivotal.
One of their cases—the mother of a sick child, which had at last fallen
asleep—was so intent on keeping still (the effort to not move) it became a
subsequent psychosis. Endless tellings of the event made no impact. Only
lifting off the intense effort she made to hold herself still relieved the
problem. Note: the
release of the effort is done wordlessly.
In another case, a highly intelligent man was present while his brother had
an ankylosed hip-joint extended under an anesthetic. At the instant at which
the joint gave way with a crack, he felt a violent pain in his own
hip-joint, which persisted for nearly a year. Yet again, the problem was not
solved with merely
talking about it, but by contacting and “re-living” the violent force
contained in this unusual memory. Freud and Breuer are at pains to point out
that the impactful psychical process which originally took place must be
repeated (re-experienced) as vividly as possible. The physical stimulus—the
brought back to its status nascendi (moment of birth) and made to re-appear
once again with the fullest intensity and then vanish forever.
DEEP processing is, to my knowledge, the only certain and fully developed
method of achieving this desirable effect. Otherwise, recovery takes place
only occasionally and only by chance.
But this isn’t just about the self viewpoint. Dane and Beer have evolved a
very comprehensive technique that also takes care of the feelings and
reactions of other people involved along with us in our activities. “No man
is an island,” poet John Donne (1572–1631) famously said. “Never send to
know for whom the
bell tolls; it tolls for thee…” It’s your funeral, as well as the dead guy’s
burial. We are all in this together! So nothing happens to you that doesn’t
also happen to me, to your parents, to the local boys club, to the pooch.
Everyone is in on it.
This is more than poetic whimsy however. If only people understood their
actions send a flood of energy outwards from the epicenter, which affects
the whole environment, perhaps they would behave better towards each other.
In my book Medicine Beyond I recount the work of scientist Pierre Paul
electronics expert from New Jersey. He showed that plants wired to
electronic detectors reacted briskly whenever he experimentally hurt
himself. Also, at the precise moment he and his girlfriend were having
orgasmic sex, in a forest eighty miles away, the plant reactions sent the
needles off the dial!
We think in hushed tones what this tells about the wonder of plants. But
consider also… What does it tell us about ourselves? That thoughts in our
head and energies in our bodies radiate outwards for a hundred miles or more
and can be felt by any sensitive detector! That includes other living
creatures and human
So not surprisingly, things which happen to us and because of us, affect the
people around us. They are not just spectators; they are players too. We
impacted them; but THEY IMPACT US. It’s rather like an echo; it’s our voice
that shouts but the echo comes right back to us. And the sound bounces
environment a good deal, before it finally fades.
It’s astonishing that other schools of growth and development don’t take
these multiple-personality dynamics more seriously.
In DEEP practice, we have our willing client take up the viewpoint of
others, starting with the antagonist or opposition. What did the rapist feel
at the moment he was carrying out the brutal assault? What in God’s name was
she thinking of when she walked out the door? Why did Mom always talk to me
The strange thing is, we seem to know! If you occupy the viewpoint of the
domineering husband, the inept boss at work, the chump who stole your first
girlfriend, and find his emotions, his effort and what disastrous thought
computation he was struggling with, suddenly you are released and cleansed
from something you
didn’t even think belonged to you! It’s wonderful to behold.
By having the client see the events of their lives through the eyes of
others and with the others’ feelings, we gain a far deeper insight into the
meaning of what we jokingly call life.
It builds compassion. It builds wisdom. We grow immensely in stature as we
finally learn tolerance and forgiveness. We come at last to understand, as
John Donne said so beautifully, that we are all in this together!
The thing is, the trouble may even start with another individual and we walk
into it and get stuck there, like a fly trapped by a sticky ribbon. The case
of the man who took on his brother’s hip pain is a graphic example of this
I wish Rolf Dane and Heidrun Beer every success in their activities and
further research. For the reader, I cannot commend this new science of mind
and living highly enough. It’s something I always dreamed would be “out
there”, even as an inquiring medical student! Now at last, it’s real…
This is a fine and fascinating book, written extremely well. This is itself
is remarkable, since English is not Rolf’s native language.
MD, MB ChB, HMD, PhD