Asking about disruptions is crucial to shift awareness to higher-level perceptions implicated in the conflict.
Also, in MOL books, you can find several descriptions of disruptions, such as:
- (A sign that) the content of awareness has varied / Awareness has shifted to another content that might lead to the level that has established the context for the conflict.
- (A sign that) another point of view or perspective from the current point of view has appeared in awareness.
- It represents the activity on other perceptual levels from the current one. If it is a reflection or a meta-comment about what is being said, it is assumed to represent the activity of a higher level in the hierarchy.
- Those disruptions that seem to have heightened emotion associated with them are likely to be particularly useful.
- Disruptions can be subtle or overt.
- They can be verbal or non-verbal.
- They can be noticed by the disruption of the stream of words while exploring a problem or describing an experience.
- They can be noticed often by shifts in mood, behavior, and arousal.
While delivering MOL, I have been able to see how asking about disruptions can facilitate the shift of awareness to higher levels, but also sometimes to lower levels. Other times, the shift is to the same perceptual level.
Sometimes clients express that disruptions don’t always come with (or are about) background thoughts. For example, there are times when I ask about a disruption, the client becomes aware of it (for example, that they started moving their arms in circles while talking about their desires, “you are moving your arm like this [repeating the movement], what is this movement about?”), but it is only after focusing on the disruption for a while that they have new perspectives (the client says after thinking about it for some seconds: “it’s interesting that I’m moving my arms like that because I’m moving in circles with what I want”). This often happens with non-verbal disruptions: there seems to be no background thoughts fleeting in awareness, or at least that is what some clients experience -or say.
So it seems to me that Disruptions represent signs of possible activity of another control system unit than the current one. This other control-system unit can be controlling a perception from higher levels, but also from the same level or lower levels of perceptions. This other control-system unit can be controlling a perception in control mode or in automatic mode, outside of awareness.
What do you think about these ideas? I’m really interested in hearing your thoughts!