Anchors: Connecting with your Deckhand

The Ship Inside Your Head has three main crew members: the rational Captain, the emotional First Mate, and the primal, reptilian Deckhand. In this series of videos, I’m going to show you how to connect to each of these three using the Pocket Anchors.

Connecting With Your Deckhand

The Deckhand is the primal part of our brain. They think in yes and no, and only the here-and-now counts.

So what you want to do when you want to connected this part of your brain:

You hold the token. That is the anchor. Feeling it, touching it makes it real. It’s not just your imagination. This is something you can actually hold.

You can see it, too, because that’s the image on the token. You focus on that, focus on the image, look at the image.

Feel the firmness of the token in your hand, and then think of your Deckhand. Think of everything that the Deckhand represents.

Your Deckhand is a connection to your body, so feel your body. Feel your immediate environment. Right here, right now, nothing else matters.

And from that mindset, think of whatever question is bugging you.

“Do I really want this?”

Regardless of what “this” is, you will feel your Deckhand responding with a yes or no. Deckhands can’t lie, so whatever you hear, whatever your instinctive response is, that is your primal brain telling you:

Yes, I want this / No, I do not want this.

About the author

Christel Vogels developed the Ship Psychology Method as a playful means to understand your own mind. As coach and trainer, she teaches people how managing their thoughts, feelings and behaviour can help to improve their mental quality of life.

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