TERA (The Emotional Resolve Approach) is the central tool of EIQ. It is a protocol that begins with learning how to stay still—as Presence—while a former involvement with a stressful feeling (disturbed energy) runs its course and resolves itself.
The protocol is easy to learn and follow, because it first identifies exactly what the former involvement has been, and acknowledging the failure of that strategy. The next step is willingness to meet the disturbed energy in an entirely new way, reversing the old “ways” such as freezing the breath, bracing, going mental, acting out, suppressing or reaching for relief.
Key to success in this step is being able to access the already-relaxed space of consciousness. From this step, the realization dawns that consciousness—the presence of awareness—is ever undisturbable, and yet in activity (thinking) mode, it generates emotions just as the sky generates weather. Allowing the “weather” to reach its full potential in the unlimited space of sky-like consciousness, allows the energy to be absorbed. It’s an effortless transformation.
How is such an effortless transformation possible? Since emotional energy is made only of consciousness in the first place—taking a temporary form as disturbed energy—once consciousness withdraws investment from a temporary form, the form collapses. It transmutes. Thus, consciousness transmutes itself.
As stressful emotional energy resolves itself, it reveals the radiant, ever-present space of pure consciousness. The one who “suffered” the thought-feeling also disappears, and thereby a glimpse of true nature shines.
After one gains skill in welcoming disturbed energies and allowing them to resolve, the next step is asking the TERA Reality Check questions. These are conformational questions which deliver conviction. “No, this feeling is not a threat—when I meet it in the new way, with my Intelligence.” (And other conformational questions.)
After conviction grows that disturbed energies are not a threat (rather, they are inner weather, made out of consciousness just as “outer” weather is made out to the sky), the next thing to question is if energies are a command. (Reality Check question #2.) Through experience, we realize that an arising disturbed energy is never a command to shut down, go mental, react or reach for relief. Rather, it is a cue to OPEN: To access the vast intelligence of Being (the operating system of the computer.)
Once there is skill in accessing the presence of Being, and the conviction that pure Being is never threatened (nor commanded) by disturbed energy, the deepest investigation is now possible: What am I, really?
Thus, through the development of skill levels in meeting formerly unwanted, “unbearable” emotional feelings, one completes the circle begun by self-inquiry into a stressful belief. One uses the stressful belief as a way to identify the feeling that’s driving the thought. Then, TERA cuts through involvement with the feeling and opens the portal into Being.
“Everyone is capable of doing this. It’s just that most people don’t want to.” –Michael Singer, author of The Untethered Soul
TERA and EIQ
“Most people don’t want to” simply because they either don’t know how or they haven’t done a cost-benefit analysis of holding onto blocked energies.
My EIQ Courses are all about the cost-benefit analysis, as well as a step-by-step “how” to allow blocked energies to resolve. Based on my 20+year personal experience, I have developed protocols to support those who truly want to end addiction to the chemical rush of emotionality and realize their true nature.
“Nothing is more exciting than to watch a fear fade from the mind forever. Nothing is more delightful than to possess self-command in a world of chaos. There is no greater inspiration than to know that you have found the true path at last.”—Vernon Howard
Once you have a glimpse of the freedom possible through emotional resolving, the former habit to suppress or express emotions dissolves. You lose your identity as someone who needs to shut down to be safe from the natural flow of life, or someone who needs to control the flow of Life. Self-inquiry plus Self-resting is a doorway to a new life on earth; a profound way of “being in the world, but not disturbed by it”—fearless, joyful and worry-free. This is Self-realization.
“When there is no way out, there is still always a way through. So don’t turn away from the pain. Face it. Feel it fully. Feel it-don’t think about it.
“Stay alert. Stay present-present with your whole Being, with every cell of your body. As you do so, you are bringing a light into this darkness. This is the flame of your consciousness.”― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now