Frequently Asked Questions
1. Man! This is a long page! Can't I just skip all this boring crap and get on with the juicy stuff? I don't have a lot of time.
If you want to have a good session you need to know most of this stuff. Including Notes 1 and Notes 2 on the left and right of the session pages, as they explain how to carry out the directions, and sometimes they are very different to similar instructions in earlier practices. Sorry. If you want to try it without knowing what you're doing, well, don't expect it to work at all. There's a YouTube video I put online that is shorter, which will give you a session, and you might do better with that.
Some people think so, sure. But it was mainly developed so that the normal, fairly intelligent layman (man in this sense and as used on this website includes women in standard English) can improve his outlook on life in the comfort of his own home in his own time with very minimal expense. And to do so without having to get therapy or seek professional help or even go and talk to someone. If you think you really should seek professional help, by all means go and do so. How could using a simple set of web-pages like this be a substitute for dealing with a trained professional in person?
3. If I were to have a session, how could this possibly work? This is just a website with a limited number of responses, and I won't be interacting with another live person in the session. We're talking about a real person's life here - mine! I'm not a movie character following a pre-written screenplay.
Good question. Without getting into the nitty-gritty of how this is all designed, all I can say is that it seems to work well as presented. While a person's responses to real life situations vary a great deal, there are only a very few different types of response that seem to appear in a PaulsRobot session. Each of these very few types of response dictates a specific next action to take. While there are many things a man driving a car can do, when he approaches a crossroads he can basically turn left or right, go straight across, do a u-turn and go back the way he came, or get stuck in the middle or something. Almost all the time he does one of the first options, and only rarely stalls. It is similar in a PaulsRobot session. There is even a Troubleshooting section for the occasional stall. But don't take my word for it. Look at the dozens of testimonials from satisfied clients. Try it out for yourself (follow the instructions!).
4. How does this web-page Robot thingy know what topic I should address? If it just says I should choose the topic, how would I know what topic to pick? I'm not a professional in this area. Is there a list of topics I follow, or something?
To start with, unless your life is unusually calm, the session procedure will isolate what topic is uppermost in your mind and should be addressed in that session. It will vary from individual to individual and be very intimate to you personally. After many sessions, when you have been able to cool off all the hot topics, then you will have a bit more free choice on what to address. At that time, you will be able to pick and choose out of what seems interesting to you. But to begin with, there won't be much choice at all. Your topic will pretty much be forced upon you. You don't have to use that topic in the session, of course - there is no-one standing over you with a gun demanding it. But if you try and do the session on another topic it won't work out so well because your mind will keep straying back to that first topic you should have taken up and didn't...
5. Why is it so important to be sessionable? Why can't I just get five hours sleep the night before and drink beer for lunch like I always do?
Basically because you won't get much out of a PaulsRobot session if you are not prepared for it, with quality sleep and food and so forth, as detailed in the relevant series of pre-session pages starting here. Just as it won't work to try and paint a wall or your nails if the surface is rough and covered with dust, so it won't work to try and have a session here if you are tired or hungry or under the influence or too distracted, etc.
How it seems to work is this: If you put your attention on your topic and do the visualization procedure per the instructions, the harmful energy associated with your topic will get discharged through the body's action of yawning, or sighing, or sobbing, or similar physical means. The rubbing - vigorously rubbing your hands together, or rubbing your chest, your back, your arms, your legs; s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g; squeezing the chair and table; this kind of thing - causes the body to draw in fresh energy to replace the bad energy, the stagnant energy, the frozen energy, you just got rid of. It seems that the body needs a certain minimum amount of energy, whether good or bad, and if you go below this amount you will soon feel very short of energy. If you only do part of the procedure here and fail to rub, you will rapidly deplete your stock of total energy (good and bad), and begin to feel run down or wiped out. One solution is to rub vigorously for as long as it takes to recharge your batteries, so to speak, which might take several minutes. The correct way is to keep up the rubbing all the time and not get into such a depleted state in the first place. If you are feeling short of energy because of low blood sugar, this is a different thing.
Two reasons. Some people find it useful to have a report to refer back to after the session, to see the dates and times of the sessions and how they were doing before and after, how many yawns etc. came off that particular topic, what realizations they had, and so forth. But there is another very important reason, quite apart from the record-keeping aspect of it. It can be very therapeutic to write down things about your life, especially when the topics are charged or hot. In other words, when they have harmful mental energy attached to them. In order to write down the details you have to hold the events out away from you to some extent in order to look at them in enough detail to describe them, and doing this helps you to sort things out in your own mind. Many people who keep a daily journal or write posts to message boards on the internet have noticed this.
8. If I find I do well with these sessions and get over some things, won't I get sort of addicted to these sessions? Will I get dependent on them?
Unlikely. What tends to happen is that as you discharge more and more harmful energy connected to unpleasant things in your life you become more in control of your baggage and it begins to affect you less and less. Things that once adversely affected you in life you may find you can easily shrug off without going anywhere near a formal session.
If you are handling charged stuff, it can get to the point where you can't find charged stuff any more. You just want to enjoy life, smell the roses, head in the clouds with your feet still on the ground type of stuff. It's called "having your win." Go off and enjoy life and have another session when you feel like one.
It's also possible (I believe) to feel kind of worn out solely because there has been a lot of energy exchange. It's not so much that you are short of energy and need to recharge with a bit (or a lot) of rubbing while suppressing the yawns etc. It's more a case of you can only discharge and recharge the battery so many times in an hour or a day, and it would be better to wait till another time.
Now, there is also the case where you are not doing a session to handle charged stuff, but are doing a session to explore your auric bodies or something, like with some of the Brennan-based modules, especially SpotAnAngel [at PaulsRobot3]. In that case, the wonderful win-type feeling is the starting point for the session, not the ending point, and as long as you want to do such a session then there is no reason not to - on the contrary!
10. What's with all this All right, Good and Fair enough stuff? How do you know if what I did was good or not?
Obviously the Robot doesn't know what you did or how you did it. All the application knows is that you pressed a link. The acknowledgment is there because the session works better for the user than without it. If the session direction is "Think of a pink cat" (there isn't such a one here), and you press a link saying "I thought of a pink cat," and the next screen says "Good. Imagine the cat purring," then all the Good means is "Thank you for carrying out the direction" and nothing more. Similarly for the other acknowledgments here like OK, great, fair enough, all right, fine, and whatever else may be used. It would be very distracting to hear "thank you for saying you carried out the command" each time.
11. What's with all the repetition? Reach to my topic, Withdraw from my topic, Reach to my topic again — I just reached to it a minute ago. Why do I have to keep repeating the same thing over and over?
The simple answer is because it works. If you keep banging away at a hole in a wall sooner or later the hole will be big enough for you to climb through. This really is a case of "If at first you don't succeed then try, try, and try again."
12. I was having a great session - I discharged a hot topic and felt wonderful. I figured on keeping the momentum going and started on another topic that I usually have trouble with and the session went lousy after that. How come? I was doing the procedure exactly the same as before.
Once you've discharged a hot topic and feel great for now, end off and enjoy your win. It just doesn't work to try and work on another hot topic when you're in such a good condition. It is known as trying to do a session over a win and is a big mistake. So lay off it for a bit. Enjoy the win and do another session when you feel like one, the next day or next week or whenever.
13. Why do some people make written instructions for each of their sessions before the session starts? Why can't they just wing it as they go along?
One is often dealing with intense, life-changing stuff in the sessions. In the middle of such a session, one's mind will tend to be rather occupied with the subject matter, and there won't be a lot of spare thinking power to make sensible decisions about other things one maybe could be doing in the session. By simply following the overall strategy of the written instructions from before the session, the regular session procedure will provide the necessary tactics, and all should be well. If for some reason the session is not going well, then click on the troubleshooting link available in the session and follow the instructions there. If you just want a nice, quiet, gentle approach to your life that won't change things very much, well, it's not really worth your while to continue with PaulsRobot and you might as well have a beer and watch TV instead.
You may have noticed that this whole subject is not covered in Encyclopedia Brittanica. Or anywhere else in mainstream science. Quite honestly, this is all somewhat-experimental cutting-edge research dealing with a person's extended anatomy, his or her subtle-energy processes. At a rough estimate, maybe 80% of people who follow the instructions seem to do OK with Rub & Yawn procedures. What's with the 20%? Possibly they haven't followed the instructions properly and they are doing something else. A session is unlikely to go well, for example, if the person is hungry or short of sleep, or short of energy for some other reason. Possibly they really are following the instructions exactly and it still isn't working. Maybe they need to work at it longer than others in order to open the subtle energy pathways. You also might want to look at the "Letting Go of Stress" section on the Rub & Yawn page.
Sure. But note that every page here says you use PaulsRobot pages at your own risk. Also note that Paul is retired and on a government pension and you probably wouldn't even get your legal costs covered.
16. Is PaulsRobot an accredited member of any professional counselling or psychotherapy bodies, like the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or the American Counseling Association?
You're kidding, right?
17. Am I covered by PaulsRobot's professional liability insurance? Does PaulsRobot even have professional liability insurance?
He does it simply because he can. No-one else on the planet has put such a website online, have they? It's not like there is an established way of doing this that anyone with a _____ qualification knows about. The real question is, does it work? And the answer to that one is to try it and see. A free session or three won't cost you any money. If it works for you it works. If it doesn't work for you it doesn't. And if it doesn't work for you and you followed the instructions exactly please email Paul (email address on contact page) as he would be very interested in hearing about it!