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Lyn Buchanan's CRV

Asking the Librarian for a Book

The Analogy:

Let's say you go into the library to find a copy of "War and Peace". You walk up to the librarian and tell her:

"I want a copy of 'War and Peace'. Would you go get it for me? Please? I want to see a copy of 'War and Peace'. Please get me a copy of 'War and Peace', please. I need a copy of 'War and Peace'. Would you please go get me a copy of 'War and Peace'..." etc.

The librarian will stand there waiting for you to shut up, and until you do, she will not go into the stacks and get you the copy of "War and Peace" you are wanting. The proper way to get the copy is to tell the librarian what you want, then go sit down and let her do her job. Very soon, with great efficiency, she will bring it to you.

The Meaning of the Analogy:

When viewers need new information, they are able to move their pen to an ideogram, a column heading, a sketch, model, timeline or map and tap it. Tapping these things will allow a renewed flow of impressions. For this reason, these are commonly called "physical cues" They are a physical way to convey to your subconscious mind that you want some more information. When you are in the higher phases of the CRV process, you can even tell your subconscious what kind of information you want by tapping the column heading for that type of information. For example, you can tap the column heading for "concepts" and your subconscious mind will provide you with conceptual information about the target.

However, it is the natural tendency of most viewers to put their pen on the physical cue and tap it repeatedly. They press the pen into it, hunch their backs over to get closer to it, and focus in on it as though it had something hidden in it. They continually probe and probe the physical cue, trying to get it to give them something. Sometimes, they "fixate" on the physical cue and the monitor may have to verbally pull them away from it with voice cuing.

The whole time they are probing, tapping, and digging their pen into the physical cue, their conscious mind is saying, "Give me something. Right now. I need something. Give me something now ..." etc. And the subconscious mind simply stands and waits for them to shut up, so it can go and get the information they need.

The proper way to probe a physical cue is to simply tap it once and then move your pen back to the column where you will be writing the incoming information. Do that, and you will see that the subconscious mind is a very smart and very fast "librarian". Usually, by the time you physically get your pen to the proper place to write, the subconscious mind has gone and gotten the desired information and delivers it to you.

As a viewer, you must resist the tendency of fixating on the physical cue (the ideogram, sketch, column heading, etc.) and simply tap it once, immediately move your pen to where the information is to be written, and then write down the information that comes. Just like in the analogy, the more you try to stay on the physical cue and dig something out of it, the longer the subconscious mind stops and does nothing, waiting for you to move to where you will write the incoming perception.

In other words, by trying to dig information out of that ideogram or sketch, you actually stop the flow of information, altogether. Trust your subconscious. Tell it what you want and trust it to find it. It knows how to do its job better than you do.