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The Pristine


When we are conceived or come into being we enter a Primary World that knows nothing except itself, it is in this state that we experience at a somatic level, omnipotence, that which is fully capable. There are many definitions of this state of being:

  • at-one-ment with the Universe
  • Enlightenment
  • True Being-ness
  • Finding Infinity at the centre of the Self
  • Unitive or Non-Dual consciousness
  • Some may even call this God

However here we shall call this state ‘The Pristine’, that which is untouched.

This state has no inside, no outside, no space and no time - just existence, just essence. In the Pristine there is no difference between the real world and the Primary World.

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The Core Self

Our Inner World shapes us as individuals; our Primary World develops around the ‘True’ or ‘Core Self’ and determines our personality. This is all founded on very early somatic parts, feelings and functions.

The self or you in your present Primary World is, through your filters/boundaries, hiding you from your True Self, it could be said that this you is a ‘False Self’ keeping the Core Self safe (see here for more).

This True or Core Self is our central self, the one at the core of our being. The one that existed before the real world made itself known to us, before we were impinged upon by our environment.

The Loss of The Pristine

The Pristine is usually found between the ages of 0 to 5, after which time a person begins to lose their adjectival complement, or the phrases they come into the world with. Those phrases might begin with “I am young and innocent” and they might change to “I’m afraid” or “I don’t know who to trust”.

Defining moments that knock The Pristine could be the first day of school or kindergarten or moving house early on. Also the arrival of a sibling might mean we are no longer the centre of the universe. Other earliest moments of trauma may simply include: being left alone in a cot with the light off, or stuck in a pram and not having any control over the perpetual movement, or hearing parents arguing and not being able to stop them, or even just a watching a curtain move for the first time.

When these moments arise, our internal representation of the world is not able to understand the real world, and we become scaled differently from the world around us. When we are forced to move outside of the world we know, our cosmology collapses because our world changes and through this it changes us.

During Emergent Knowledge processing, the client is directed towards discovering their Pristine. This is called ‘pulling back the person’. The purpose of pulling back you or another pronoun to find The Pristine is so that the client can build up a picture of their world in the Pristine and discover their ontology so that they can take it back with them to their Primary World, to the you in the here and now.

No Sense of the Pristine

David made the following reference regarding clients whom had no sense of their Pristine state: ;#;

Some clients may not have a sense of their Pristine. They are more easily traumatised because they have no sense
that they belong in the world. This set of people may not have a sense of belonging to the family or culture they
were born in to. They may have vivid memories of a time of great anxiety or that they were untimely born or
unwanted. They may have never had the perception we are trying to find in the pristine.

It is important to establish this characteristic of a client because when they are been pulled back they may need to
go further than where the Pristine should be. They may need to be pulled back to the place ‘from whence they came’.
This set of people who have no sense of belonging must however know what it feels like to belong. In order to say “I 
don’t fit”, they must have had the experience of ‘belonging’ or ‘fitting’ somewhere else to know that they don’t belong here.


The question to find out ‘from whence you came’ is:

  • “Where did you come from before you came here?” or

Through processing take the client back to whom they were before the Pristine.

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