Hearing Voices/ Intrusive Thoughts/ Mind Chatter
For non-voice hearers it is hard to imagine what it is like to experience an uncontrollable barrage of voices in or around the head that nobody else can hear. Gina - a voice hearer who underwent the Silent Mind Technique in 2005 in Australia - described her experience prior to the treatment as "like having thirty drunk students camped out in the lounge room of her mind, yelling at each other while watching bad daytime TV" - see the testimonials for her description of the experience. It takes incredible fortitude to cope with what many people regard as relentless torture. The consequent effects of living with this condition for years can be debilitating, to say the least.
Some people believe the voices to be part of them, others that the voices are demonic. Many can point to specific areas around the head where they perceive each voice originates from, each with its own emotional tone or personality. Others experience the voice as their own and centered in the head. Not all voices are regarded as problematic though. One of our clients wanted to keep his 'comical voice' because it made him laugh - that was until it continued to keep him awake at night. Whichever way the voices are experienced, it is possible to eliminate them with the Silent Mind Technique™. However, we understand that some people are attached to their voices and regard them as having value in their lives. We very much respect the right of the client to choose and will only help remove the voices with full consent and with full regards to the changes in life experience that the technique can facilitate.
1.0 Sept 29, 2009: First draft.