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What to do When Neurosculpting Doesn’t Work: By Travis Rumsey

I recently had a client share with me that a custom Neurosculpting® meditation I had created for them wasn’t working.  I asked if the wording needed adjusting, or if the pace was too fast. They said, no, they just always drift off and lose focus when it came to a certain part of the meditation.  I’ve had other people express similar frustrations.

Over the years, I’ve had similar experiences myself while practicing Neurosculpting®.  Sometimes I’ve felt agitated after the meditations. Sometimes they left me feeling defensive, or even feeling like I’d just spent 20 minutes doing nothing at all.   So, what’s the deal? Shouldn’t Neurosculpting® make us feel better afterwards, or at the least give us some sense of progress?

Here’s the thing.  Neurosculpting is always working.  It can’t not work, because the entire practice is based on how our brains naturally process thoughts.  In Neurosculpting, we’re not doing something that our brains don’t naturally do to begin with. We’re not reinventing the wheel by asking our cognitive processes to jump through hoops into new territory.  Neurosculpting simply helps us control the trajectory of our daily experience using the processes already inherent in our biology.

So, what’s going on then we’re not getting the results we were hoping to get from our NS practice?  What’s going on when it feels like a Neurosculpting practice is leading us backwards, or to nowhere?  The answer is to look deeper. Hitting a stumbling block or losing the practice altogether is actually a very precious and important space to find yourself.  

What you’ve hit is a barrier placed long ago, by you, to protect you from certain feelings likely brought about by an experience.  Many systems within you are designed to keep you protected. It’s part of everyone’s biology, and it’s a good thing. However, as you’ve matured, more than likely this protective pattern no longer serves you, yet it continues to assert its influence, keeping you from moving forward.

The barrier, the stumbling block, the checking out, all are patterns from the past telling you to stay away from whatever it is that your pattern is trying to protect you from.  During your meditation, when you bump up against this barrier, you’re actually in direct contact with the doorway that can lead you to the freedom you seek. This is what makes this moment so precious and important.  It’s your opportunity for real change.

How do you work with this in practical terms?  You make subtle shifts to your practice. You lean in gently to the areas you don’t feel like going.  You become interested in just why you seem to have a certain reaction around a particular meditation. You tune into your body for clues.

The suggestion I made to my client was to sit up rather than lie down for the meditation that caused them to drift off.  For them, making a shift to counteract the drifting away, to stay conscious to their process, opened up new insights into how this protective pattern was keeping them locked in a pattern of shutting down.  

Think of new ways to approach your Neurosculpting® meditation.  Maybe use different words in your meditation, or even an entirely different meditation using the same subject.  Maybe try a different setting or body position. You could even contact a certified Neurosculpting® Facilitator to help you work through the barrier.

Bumps in your Neurosculpting® practice are signs that you’re making great progress.  If you weren’t experiencing these barriers, you wouldn’t be discovering and clearing away the patterned ways of being that brought you to a Neurosculpting practice in the first place.  

A Neurosculpting® practice is doing it’s best work when it brings you to the places where deep realization and growth are possible.  Don’t let it down – don’t let yourself down – right when things are about to get interesting.


Travis Rumsey

Travis, CNSF loves explaining the science behind Neurosculpting, as well as guiding people to the transforming experience of creating choice in their life’s direction. In addition to being a Neurosculpting® facilitator, Travis is also a TRE® – Trauma & Tension Release Exercises – provider.  He has deep, first-hand experience of how bringing the body into the Neurosculpting® process through TREs enhances and amplifies personal growth.  He teaches these exercises to new CNSFs, as well as to the general public, helping them get the most out of their Neurosculpting® experience.

In his private coaching practice, Travis helps clients clear a path to an understanding of their essential selves, opening them to a life of strength and effectiveness.

Private classes are also available.  Please email for info.

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