Re-Creation of the Self (R-CS)
Model of Human Systems
The Re-Creation of the Self Model of Human Systems (R-CS) has been called “an instruction manual for being a human being…” It is a clearly defined map of the Self, and a comprehensive guide for being a person. R-CS holds that we are innately whole, but typically create a “committee” of limiting trance states in order to accommodate difficult life situations. The model not only describes our many inner resources, but offers a powerful set of tools both for shifting consciousness immediately, and for emerging from our perceptions of woundedness and the seeming need for constant strategizing. It also promotes a practical vision for relating from an inclusive, compassionate state of maturity and wholeness.
The R-CS Model
Developed over the past 30 years by Jon Eisman, Sr. Hakomi Trainer, Founding Member of the Hakomi Institute, and synthesizer of the M.E.T.A. model, R-CS is an exquisite and readily learned system for re-empowering our ability to live from an undivided state of Selfhood in relationship with others. Drawing from world religions, humanistic, psychodynamic and existential psychology, Hakomi therapy, systems theory, interpersonal neurobiology, learning theory, and Jon’s own unique vision, R-CS offers both accurate models of human and relational dynamics, and profound techniques for embodying them.
Beginning in 1984, R-CS framed the widely used description of the Inner Child as a collection of fragmented states of consciousness. Since then, R-CS has evolved into a full mapping of the Self, and a dynamic body of techniques for helping clients learn to shift their states of consciousness. Over time, this ability to shift intentionally into preferred states can lead to deep and lasting change, and personal choice and empowerment.
R-CS begins with a precise description of the Ideal Self: the sense of whole and mature individuality that each of us is born to pursue. The Ideal Self is marked by such qualities as expansiveness, inclusiveness, compassion, curiosity, empowerment, various inner resources and experiential structures and aliveness. The seeds for all of these are within us at birth, a bequest from our transpersonal origins, both spiritual and genetic. As we come into human form, we are moved to sustain both an ongoing connectedness with the environment around us —including other people— and also to seek and develop our own separateness and uniqueness.
The model then goes on to elaborate the specific ways that we fail to embody fully our Ideal Selves. Articulating a process that typically occurs in childhood, R-CS describes the method by which we fragment our consciousness into a collection of various sub-selves, or self-states. We do this both to accommodate the various obstacles and injuries we endure, and also to protect our ultimate integrity. The result, however, is the creation of a fragmented perception and expression of Self.
Each self-state is a distinct state of consciousness, or trance, and each holds a specific perspective and set of truths about the nature of ourselves and the world. A wounded self-state, for example, might be created solely around the sense that we are inadequate, and whenever something reminds us of our limitations, we may pop into this trance and suddenly feel empty, and have thoughts of failure. A Strategic self-state, on the other hand, might have as its sole purpose the task of lying to ourselves and others to prevent our feeling inadequate.
Because it is a state of consciousness, we will believe, in any state, that such perceptions and feelings are inarguably “The Truth”. As we move from state to state, our feelings and orientations shift, and rather than sustaining a strong and integrated sense of purpose and wholeness, we roller coaster from one mood and belief to another. This fragmentation of the Self results in the ongoing perception of woundedness and conflict that most of us typically endure.
The R-CS Approach to Psychotherapy
What makes R-CS so useful is not only that this map of the Self is presented in a clear and readily understood form, but that it offers specific, easily learned methods for both identifying and shifting these typically unconscious trance states. Viewing the Self as innately resourced, R-CS seeks to identify fragmented states of consciousness —held as neural patterns in the brain and body— that perpetuate both our illusory sense of wounding, and the limited behaviors that follow. It then works to allow the client to rediscover already existent pathways for preferred and expansive experiences.
R-CS does not focus on the content of our beliefs, nor on the history of how we got to be who we are. Instead, it attends immediately to the awareness of which state of consciousness we are in. By inviting people to choose immediately to shift into a different state, R-CS provides seemingly magical relief from our painful feelings and self-critical attitudes. Because the essence of our Ideal Self is already present, therapy is seen not as an exploration and gradual healing of old wounds, but rather as the momentary self-implemented choice to embody an already existing preferred way of being.
As a clinical approach, then, while R-CS employs Hakomi Principles and techniques, it then nevertheless asserts that, unlike most process-oriented methodologies, we do not necessarily need to access and explore the history and content of our woundedness. Instead, holding that our beliefs, perception and behaviors are state-based expressions of neural patterns held in the nervous system and body, R-CS works to develop the ability to shift the limbically held state of consciousness we are in, but not explore or resolve the content of those states. This is because our outdated, though still triggered and experienced, perceptions of woundedness exist only as neurological dispositions to reoccur. Because they activate as frequently as they do, we tend to think of them as actual internal structures. By supporting the client to reorient his or her focus towards preferred self-perceptions, R-CS facilitates an instant shift in neural location, and allows the client to embody and reinforce immediately the preferred, already existent, being state of the integrated Self. In short, R-CS works to effect directly an immediate shift in both consciousness and “feeling state” [the limbic anchor of our sense of identity]. As long as the person remains in the preferred state, his or her perceptions, attitudes, behaviors and so on –his or her sense of identity— will be experienced as self-affirming. Of course, this neural relocation process requires practice and time to stabilize.
Many of R-CS’s perspectives are validated by the ongoing clinical research in brain architecture and function, and attachment theory. The primacy of the Limbic system and its ability to inundate us with feelings, the abstract meanings that our Cortexes impose on those feelings, and the way patterns of perception and behavior are lodged in neural networks are a few examples of how the R-CS model describes inherent biochemical events that shape our lives.
As a result, the R-CS model can be described both in qualitative and quantitative terms —as a poetic, psychospiritual map of Selfhood and transformation, and as the logical personal expression of our physiological processes.
R-CS Training provides participants with the theory of R-CS, and the application of specific techniques to accomplish this enormously effective avenue of transformation. Topics presented include the ability to Locate in and live from the Ideal Self and to pursue the Organic Wish; embodying and using fully the 7 Bodies of Experience; mapping the Inner Committee; identifying, celebrating and discriminating self-states; locating & shifting states of consciousness, trances, identifications, and boundaries; brain research as an explanation of R-CS’s effectiveness; unique therapeutic roles adopted by R-CS practitioners; and the empowerment and evolution of true Selfhood.
Because it so accurately reveals the underlying elements of any human endeavor, R-CS is applicable in virtually every field in which people participate. Relationships, the arts, athletic performance, politics, parenting, career —all these find essential insights and useful approaches within the model.