An introduction to the Triune Brain model

Welcome friends!

This is the most important article on this new blog. Today I’m going to reveal how some very basic psychology/neurology can totally revolutionize how we think about healing.

This extremely simple theory, known as the triune brain model will let you:

  • understand the difference between thoughts, feelings and gut instincts;
  • know how the real origin of our blocks lie;
  • clearly understand why working with beliefs or emotions doesn’t make permanent changes in your life;
  • learn a simple test (the “fish test”) to know if you have reached the bottom block.

This is extremely valuable and cutting edge information. In 2009 we charged thousands of dollars for this information on our Level 3 course. Now we’ve decided to give it away for free here and include it in our revised Level 1 course. [Don’t worry; we have plenty of new material for the Level 3 course.]

Just a reminder that this information is owned by a charitable foundation and protected by international copyright. You are most welcome to use it to your heart’s content, but you cannot sell it or incorporate it into your own courses or manuals without asking us first.

The New Reference Point Therapy

The new RPT is a development and simplification of the technique we launched in 2009. After teaching the courses almost non stop for 6 months, things really “clicked”. It was in Slovenia, in December 2009, that we could finally say we were happy with the new work.

For those who read our blog or took our courses in 2009, what’s changed is that there’s a lot less focus on trauma, and a lot more focus on finding the key “tone” that holds the trauma in place. If you acknowledge the key tone, all the trauma and negative beliefs, feelings etc can disappear at the one time. There’s a trick to it of course, which I’ll be sharing here over the coming weeks.

How does it work? A basic introduction to the Triune Brain

I’m using an adapted triune brain model to explain the new work. [It's a basic psychological model, refer to this Wikipedia link for more info.] Please note that we don’t use the triune brain as a healing technique; it just a model that helps us to teach you. This is a teaching concept; I’ll cover the healing technique in a later blog.

Part (a): Humanity’s greatest asset makes healing too complicated

In really really simple terms, it’s like this. As humans we have an advanced brain called the neocortex which allows us to do complex human things, like create language. All of our belief systems exist here, because they exist in language. (This is why animals don’t really have beliefs, not in the sense the humans do.) When you do any “belief work” healing technique – and there are many such as psychology, NLP and others I used to practice, you are healing or working on the neocortex.

Working on the neocortex is appropriate when the origin of the problem is IN the neocortex. It sometimes is – but most of the time the original of your “stuff” arose before the neocortex was developed. This could be in your early childhood, in the womb, or sometimes it’s genetic – going so far back to our ancestors who did not use the neocortex. If McFetridge is right in suggesting that over 90% of our problems relate to trauma prior to our birth, then healing techniques working on the neocortex are simply not going to get to the bottom of things.

This is a simple psychological / neurological explanation for why (as I’ve repeatedly stated), belief work just can’t get to the bottom of your stuff. It works on the wrong part of your brain – the part that holds beliefs just didn’t exist when the problem started.

The reason why our greatest strength can be our weakness is that we have such a tendency to make things over-complicated. Healing, like spirituality, is meant to be incredibly simple. But before it becomes simple you have to get out of your head, or be “out of your mind”.

Part (b): With a hand on my heart

The second brain is the mammalian brain or limbic system. In the Peak States literature this is associated with the heart chakra. When you feel your deeper feelings by putting a hand on your heart, you are moving beyond words and into your limbic system. There is a huge range of emotions – everything from fear to love – which we can attribute to intelligent animals such as dogs. These emotions rest in the mammalian brain. Trying to heal them with words doesn’t work as they are pre-verbal.

There are many healing techniques which work on feelings through the heart chakra / limbic system. This includes Family Constellations and many yogic or meditative techniques, especially those that activate the heart chakra. These techniques usually get deeper than the neocortex “mental” techniques because they allow you to access pre-verbal trauma, i.e. blocks with no beliefs associated with them.

It was my spiritual coach Soleira who first taught me that feeling things by putting your hand on your heart is very limited. We are only accessing heart energy (which I now know is the limbic system), not our full consciousness. Soleira teaches her students to feel things with their whole Beingness – something we adopt in RPT.

Part (c): Could a fish feel this?

The R-complex is the most primitive of the brains. It is a part of the brain which, in a limited sense, is common to all mammals, fish, bird and reptiles. In my research I haven’t found an existing technique that specifically works on the R-complex, but I’m sure that there are some. The Peak States research associates the R-complex with the dan tien in Chinese medicine, which is loosely associated with the solar plexus chakra in the Indian system.

In simple terms, what this means is that when you put you hand on your solar plexus or dan tien and access a gut feeling, you are reaching a much deeper place than working through your heart. It is more primitive, which means it’s less complex. Usually primitive has a negative connotation, but here, primitive means “basic” and “easier to heal”.

A simple test I developed to loosely gauge whether something is in the R-complex is to ask my clients “could a fish feel that?” It’s generally accepted that ht R-complex first appeared in fish. Fish don’t feel fear or other “heart” emotions. In fact a fish or little lizard will only have the most basic of instincts and impulses. These usually have to do with survival, safety, eating and reproduction.

If a client tries to tell me that the bottom line underneath their problems is fear, shame, guilt, abuse, anger or any other emotions, I know they haven’t reached the bottom yet. A fish would have no concept of those feelings, they simply don’t exist in the R-complex. The client needs to go deeper – and simpler.

It is my belief that almost every problem that holds humans (and mammals) back can be traced back to one of these core instincts in the R-complex. In other words, a fish does not suffer worthiness issues or depression; but a fish that’s been attacked (and escaped) does have a type of trauma (“tone” is more accurate) about survival. It’s this survival tone which is the ultimate core of our worthiness problems.

Not every problem has it’s origin in the R-complex, but we find that most of them do – probably more than 90%. What our research shows is that identifying and clearing problems in the R-complex allows you to heal things much more quickly and simply. Because it’s truly non-verbal (not just pre-verbal), you certainly don’t need to worry about finding the rights words. And because we trace the origin back to the very beginning (think 500 million years of neurological development), we really are getting to the bottom of things.

I also love the fact that the R-complex unites all birds, reptiles, mammals and fish (I’m not too sure about insect brains!). This sits really well with the idea of healing through Being one with all. Since the original block in the R-complex may have occurred millions of years ago, healing it heals not just humanity, but LIFE itself.

So how do we heal the R-complex?

I am going to tell you on this blog, but not quite yet. I need to edit some videos so you can see it in action. The main reason is you don’t need to do anything really, but you may need to see this to believe it! (It’s harder to teach people to do nothing than it is to teach people to do something! For that reason we still use a range of “training-wheel” techniques on our course.)

OK, enough theory for today, I hope this little lesson has you excited to start exploring the magical new world of instant healings through Beingness. Please share your comments, thoughts and questions here.


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February 9, 2010 in RPT theory and teachings

22 Responses

  1. Simon,
    This is really great stuff, and I hope you can see my smile from there! Truly revolutionary, and how joyously simple. I cannot wait to see that dose of the new work and get to learn it myself.

    Thanks you to and Evette for your commitment and drive to make RPT the best it can be.



  2. Simon and Evette,
    I’m intrigued! I love the simplicity and am excitedly waiting for your next instalment!
    Thanks so much for your generosity and effort that you’ve taken to bring this to us all.


  3. Hi Simon and Evette,
    I can feel what you say in my solar plexus. It’s certainly where everything seems to end up. The simpler the better.
    If you look at the development of RPT over the last 10 months it’s like a protracted client session as we (you, really) have got deeper and simpler.

    The work is wonderful and it’s easy to forget that as we (and I mean me, too) get a bit bogged down in worries about money and time off and all those other pesky admin details. Practicalities are important and we all have to deal with them but you’ve lifted my eyes again.

    Thanks for giving such a great reminder. Love Sue x


  4. This entry is very interesting, and it makes a lot of sense to me. I can’t wait for the next update. Google: butterflies “enteric nervous system” nytimes for three interesting articles about a more primitive brain in the gut, and its role in physical and emotional health.


    simonrose Reply:

    thanks Paul, I think you’ve just provided a helpful piece of the puzzle for me. I was doing some research a few days ago on what the insect equivalent to the R-complex would be. Both are connected to the gut.

    If you ever get a chance to review Grant McFetridge’s Peak States research I think he classifies 11 different “minds” (calling them all “brains” is misleading). I think that the next step is unifying the energetic “mind” with the biology and the trauma that affects it (this is part of Grant’s genius). On the practical side we can correlate the breakdown between these minds with different disease processes (we have started this on our Level 3 course).



  5. Hi Simon,
    Thanks for returning my comment and redirecting me to your very interesting new material. I look forward to reading more. I wonder if it will have connection to Bruce Lipton’s work on the membrane as a brain (Lipton classifies it this way because of the DNA and proteins in the membrane, which seem to make “intelligent” choices about opening and closing the membranes, and will accept some conscious direction from us. Changing our genetic expression would seem to be a part of deep healing.


    simonrose Reply:


    I like Bruce’s work. I think it may be out of date now. McFetridge’s Peak States work focusess on the membrane around the nucleus INSIDE the cell, wheras Lipton focuses on the membrane around the cell. If you were to ask me which is more important to both our biology and also our spirituality I would have to go with McFetridge.

    Now ask me the bigger question: how much does any of this biology matter to our ability to heal instantly or reach higher states of consciouslness? I would say, probably none at all. With the greatest respect to McFetridge (he is a genius), I believe we don’t really need to know any of this science, provided we can just Be.



  6. I’ve been searching all about for this specific material. Thankfully I discovered it at Msn.


  7. Simon & Evette hi,
    The process I am going thru and was telling you about and didn’t have words to describe?? Well, you just verbalized it for me..
    Most interesting what you’ve been describing – can’t wait to read more!


  8. Simon
    I think this blog can help people understand RPT. Is it possible to use this blog post and add it to our newsletters or on our websites? Of course we will give you credit and add the link to the blog and website. It would be another way to get this to as many people as possible.
    Melissa Feick

    PS I played with this and it was interesting, thank you for sharing it.


    simonrose Reply:

    of course Melissa. Paraphrase it in your own words and link back to the blog.



  9. Thanks Simon
    this was a great exercise to get out of the head……pretending to be a fish! (I confused myself at first as I was trying to work out how a fish thinks..:-)
    Going with the very basic feeling got to the core of some very resistant habits – piece of the puzzle solved – totally. Awesome!

    It’s the mind that reeacts to the feeling that creates the story that keeps us stuck in the loop! Acknowledging the sensation (without a mind label) is very powerful….and challenging as I can feel the intellect itching to take part!
    Thanks Paul for the link you provided.


  10. Hi Simon & Evette,

    This is excellent! It took another reading of this to realise its simplicity for me. It also made me realise that there have been times when I have been unable to verbalise certain feelings or indeed able to fully express myself at difficult times. I now understand as you succinctly put it that this is related to my R-complex / reptilian (or possibly limbic) system trauma.

    As well as that it means I fully realise now that no one needs to fully explain or logically understand why trauma came about – in effect it does away with humankind’s eternal “search for meaning”.

    Truly, brilliance (or the diamond, shall we say) lies in the most simple of things.


  11. Holly Brennan Shabtai

    WooHoo!!! Where the heck I have been?? Love this, and specifically your understanding on how it works. I have done my own research in the past on the theory and this implemented with RPT is brilliant! So excited to get it all together and begin to work with it. I need more info!!! Blessings and Love from Israel…



  12. “I am going to tell you on this blog but not quite yet…” Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Aw, Simon, are we there yet?
    I’m sure I’m not alone (but if I am, heigh ho) in eagerly anticipating the next installment after that cliffhanger.
    Looking forward to it, my favourite non-guru.
    loveSue x


    simonrose Reply:

    wasn’t the answer in the Slovenia demo video posted about 6 weeks ago?

    Conrad is recording our Level 1 this weekend so (volunteer’s permitting) we will have more content to upload soon.


  13. That depends on what you were planning to say next but if you’ve covered it in the marvellous vid then great and I’m happy.
    Looking forward to the videos xxx


  14. I am very glad we have gotten in contact. I’ve been doing my own research for a few years now, asking always to be shown how to make the healing process faster, easier and more profound, and sensing that others were researching the same thing, and we finally got introduced to each other, yeah! I look forward to sharing info, so that everyone can benefit: the open source concept that is used in web development.

    I’ve been teaching about the gut brain (triune) and the flight/figh/paralysis frozen survival traumas, as well as following the feelings down to the frozen energy behind them, what you call the tone, and it does work wonders. It is so fast that is funny, and mind boggling sometimes. My good friend Ngub has done specific research on the triune brain for years, and he has been an invaluable research companion. We’ve taken each other as guinea pigs, and it is great fun.

    The specific tone or frozen trauma doesn’t need to be identified with words, it can just be felt, or the energy of it sensed, which speeds up things considerably, and avoids the “what can it be?” scratching of the head sequence. You sense it, and let go, and recenter in your core of light…

    I’ve found that some people have difficulties following the feelings, and I found it is usually a case of dissociation, or not being completely in the body, which can be addressed, unless you have another take on the subject.

    There are also other things that can be done to align the point of will, dan tien, and the assemblage point (which produces an wonderful heart opening). I’ve found that getting all the brains (gut, heart, and different brain parts) to function and communicate freely in the way they were intended to is great, but that the state of peace and unity that results is fleeting if the frozen survival traumas are still taking over. In other words, the frozen survival traumas (tones) need to be addressed for the person to be able to maintain that wonderful state. Have you found otherwise?

    I’m now looking at the next thing to accelerate transformation. There has got to be a way to come back to the state of unity and peace, enlightenment, in 5 seconds flat, as I like to joke. My guess is that it is about what is immediately around the pineal gland (and maybe pituitary as well) – what got it to shut down in the first place, what got us to rely on the other parts of the brain, to “decenter” ourselves.

    With love,

    PS: I mean research as in “playing with the energy” not as in “research in textbooks”


    simonrose Reply:

    hi, I’m so glad you contacted me! It certainly sounds like we are on a similar page.

    I am happy to tell you that it’s a fair bit simpler than what you found. There are easier ways.

    Two points for your research.
    1) You do not need to clear trauma in the R-complex/ triune brain. Trauma is not the bottom of our “stuff.” Under the trauma is a tone or association. The R-complex is our animal survival mechanism, so the association is almost always about survival. In other words underneath all our complex diseases, emotional issues, pain, hurt, abundance blocks etc, is just along these lines and this simple: “in the R-complex an association was made between aloneness and survival.”
    Reference Point Therapy itself is just a tool for clearing that association in a second or two.

    2) The new coherence work (I am writing this for the blog this weekend) simplies this even more. Coherence is what happens when all your minds (the triune plus the other minds like sexual mind, spirit mind, throat, third eye, skeleton, etc) all speak the same truth. When you are in a state of coherence you don’t need any method or technique. Just observing is transforming (for yourself and clients).

    Distinction: coherence doesn’t mean you don’t have any “stuff” or trauma left. It just means that you are in a state of Mastery where things transform instantly.

    Hope this info helps your research. Please do contact me and let me know how you go. Sounds like you are doing amazing.



  15. Hi, Simon,

    I’m getting caught up in my reading of your blog. I have a couple questions:
    1. I went to the Wikipedia cite you mentioned and read about the “current status of the model” and “continuing popular interest in the model.” I have also read on the Internet about various opinions regarding this model. I know you have stated that it is only a model, and the real healing comes from the “beingness” we bring to the work. I was wondering what your thoughts were regarding those that discount this model and if it has any impact on the effectiveness of RPT.

    2. Another question I have that kind of follows on the comment of Tamara above: There is a lot of work and technique regarding trauma, PTSD, and releasing somatically/physically to unfreeze the energy stored in the body, especially with respect to the “freeze” response. Does RPT shift these energies in the body as well, or does there need to be some kind of physical release work done in conjunction with the RPT work to fully release the symptoms of PTSD and other traumas?

    Thanks, Simon. I look forward to your response. Paula


    simonrose Reply:

    hi Paula

    1) the triune model is just a model. I don’t believe it’s true and the people attacking the model have never heard the word “metaphor” before. That’s all it is. We don’t actual have 3 brains! It’s an awesome teaching device though and really helps to get results.

    2) Yes, we can often/ usually get that physical release from RPT alone but I happen to be a big fan of body work and do get great results through a combination of the two.

    wishing you all the best


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