VR Instructions / Usage Guidelines
If you are suicidal or are contemplating self-harm, please dial 911 and get help.
Do not use this process while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Not for use by people who have been diagnosed or told they have a major mental disease.
Not for use on children under five.
Not for use on anyone with a recent head injury or a seizure disorder.
This process may result in the loss of, or decrease in the clarity of, the memory related to the trauma.
You can repeat this process for the same trauma if there is still an emotional reaction to the trauma event after you’ve slept.
Do not use this process more than once every three days.
For best results after the release please complete your day as relaxed and stress-free as possible, and do not discuss the process until the next day after you’ve slept.
- Limit yourself to one session in the glasses every three days.
- Do not reengage the trauma before you sleep. Don’t talk about the trauma or watch anything violent or sad before sleeping. Sometimes it may take two or three days to complete, which is why you shouldn’t use the glasses more than every three days. You may have strange dreams or you may feel tired.
- Hydrate. Drink as much water as you can on the day you use your glasses.
- Never release anything you are going to have to testify about until the testimony is over. You may forget the details and testify without emotional reactions.
- Pace yourself. If you do too much too fast, you may feel overwhelmed and discouraged.
- Journal. To begin, write the list of the traumatic events you want relief from in your journal. If the event is extremely traumatic, or if it lasted a long time, please break it up into smaller sections and release a little bit at a time. For example, if you have been in an abusive relationship for the last fifteen years, you’re not going to be able to release it all with one session in the glasses. Instead, do blocks of time, like the first two years, then the next five years, then another five years until you complete the entire time period.
If your trauma is ongoing, for example, say you have a disease that causes you pain and incapacitation, you can go back to the beginning when the disease started and work your way forward using blocks of time. When you’ve worked up to the present, you can use the glasses every three days to manage your pain and stay current with the trauma of the limitations the disease causes you.
This process also works for ongoing trauma like an extremely stressful job or being the caregiver to a dying person. Any first responder can use the glasses to manage stress and trauma.
After you have used the glasses, note your emotional response in your journal. If you still experience a negative emotional reaction after three days simply repeat the release of the same event in the glasses again. Try being more specific when you recall the events and the sights, sounds, smells, and senses involved in the trauma.
When you put on the glasses, focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feelings, and any other reminders of the event you have chosen to release. You do not have to relive the horror of the event to release it. Simply get enough information to trigger the memory of the event in your brain.
Except to switch hands, you must keep your hands in the designated position on your head until all the words of the release are spoken.
As you release one event, cross it off your list and then move on to the next event on your list. Please journal your responses after every release, as this may give you insight into your patterns or remind you of other events that you want to release.
You can use this process to add what you want to your life. For example, if you want to weigh less, you can use the glasses to release all food cravings, stress eating, boredom eating, overeating, what it feels like to you to be overweight, people’s reaction to your weight, and anything else that contributes to your weight gain. After those have been released in the glasses you can say the following words in step two in the glasses: “…everything that led up to any opposition to me being thinner and weighing no more than ________(your target weight).”
After this release has cleared for three days, put your hands in the same position you use in the glasses and say aloud to yourself, “I am so thankful I only weigh ____ now.” Repeat that three times while you breathe and relax. Do this daily.
If you want to exercise more, release the reasons you don’t exercise first, and then release in the glasses: “…everything that led up to any opposition to me really looking forward to and enjoying exercising now.”
After this release has cleared for three days, put your hands in the same position you use in the glasses and say aloud to yourself, “I am so thankful I am exercising on a regular basis now.” Repeat that three times while you breathe and relax. Do this daily.
You can support your efforts to quit smoking or modifying your drinking habits by releasing any cravings, social pressure, habits, and conditioned responses that cause you to want to smoke or drink too much. The words for line two would be: “…everything that led up to any opposition to me stopping smoking forever.”
After this release has cleared for three days, put your hands in the same position you use in the glasses and say aloud to yourself, “I am so thankful I have stopped smoking forever now.” Repeat that three times while you breathe and relax. Do this daily.
For drinking it’s, “…everything that led up to any opposition to me being sober (or stopping drinking after two drinks if you are reducing).”
After this release has cleared for three days, put your hands in the same position you use in the glasses and say aloud to yourself, “I am so thankful I am sober forever now (or stopping at two drinks now).” Repeat that three times while you breathe and relax. Do this daily.