I've been using a guided meditation audio CD which helps me get into a relaxed state before visualisation. At some point, after guiding me into a deep relaxation mode, the voice on the tape tells me to press 2 fingers together to help the brain remember this state. I assume this is what anchoring is - programming the mind to have a way to quickly get back into an alpha state. I've done this every night for about 2-3 weeks.
My question is, if I were to press my fingers together right now at work, I should be able to enter this state, and I've tried it, but I'm not sure how to know if I am already in the alpha state.
Has anyone tried this before? Perhaps you could share your experience, and where/when do you fire your anchors?
Yes, this is just part of a well-established NLP process called Anchoring. There are mountains of information about anchoring within the NLP community.
Anchoring helps you get back to any state, not just an Alpha one.
I have anchors set for public speaking and interview states, psychic sensitivity states, alertness and concentration states, joy and happiness states...there's no limit other than your imagination.
To answer your question briefly, set anchors when you are in the peak of the state you wish to anchor, which is presumably the state which the CD is helping you to achieve.
Then fire the anchor whenever you wish and you should feel movement back to that anchored state. You'll know you are in the state because it feels like the state you achieved when you set the anchor.
Sometimes it helps to fire a neutral state anchor first so that you move into a clean, neutral state before firing the anchor for the state which you wish to re-experience.
The anchor is just an associative device. It won't necessarily get you there all by itself (until it is well-conditioned), and it may not get you there at all if you are trying to observe the state change. That act of observation can prevent you from entering the state.
Keep practicing. If you recognize when you are getting into state (without actually looking for it) when you set the anchor, over time you will also recognize the state change when you do use the anchor.
By the way, this process of associative conditioning is the same conditioning process that Pavlov used with his dogs. Dog trainers use these same conditioning principles all the time.
There are several such triggers or anchors in the Silva Method, as has been discussed here. I have been using them for years and they do help, especially if you don't try to make it a conscious thing. And they get more effective with use. Just take a deep breath, perform the action and relax. In my experience, the anchors don't drastically change my state, but help me towards that direction. After all, I am in a fully conscious state at the time.
I think something is getting lost in writing it down, but keep at it, and it will help you!
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