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The Little Stick Figures Technique for Emotional Self-Healing

Created by Jacques Martel

Created by Jacques Martel
Published by Findhorn Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

• Explains the 7 simple steps of the Little Stick Figures Technique and how to achieve maximum results and lasting changes

• Provides more than 150 examples of successful uses of this method, including how to improve relationships, how to attract your soulmate and abundance, how to resolve problems at work, and how to detach from a toxic situation

• Details a general cleansing and rebalancing protocol for your conscious and unconscious programming

ARE YOU LOOKING TO DETACH from an unhealthy situation or a person in your life and regain inner freedom with unconditional love? This easy energetic cord-cutting tool serves to free yourself from dependencies, fears, and your conscious and unconscious attachments. Created by therapist Jacques Martel in 1993, the Little Stick Figures Technique moves beyond mere visualization to a physical practice, easily applied in 7 steps. It draws its effectiveness from the power of the conscious as well as the subconscious, helping you to set intentions for truly lasting change and letting go.

More than 150 examples show how to successfully apply this method, whether you want to improve relationships with a partner or an ex-partner, disengage from family entanglements, attract your soulmate and abundance, resolve problems at work, or detach from a toxic situation and start the process of emotional self-healing. This regular cleansing and rebalancing protocol for your conscious and unconscious inner programs helps harmonize your relationships and supports you to be more centered, calm, and in control of your life.


From Chapter 2: General Information Prior to Using the Technique

Who can use the technique?

This technique was designed to be both effective and simple to apply. It reminds us of children’s drawings. Which assumes that they are drawn simply, from the heart, without using the mind. That is how it can be used by everyone, whatever a person’s age. The words “stick figures” are used because the arms, the legs and the body are drawn with straight lines, as if I were using matchsticks.

Under what circumstances can I use the technique?

This technique can be used in any situation:

A situation perceived as negative: A situation where I’m experiencing some discomfort, a conflict, a disappointment, an unresolved issue, a frustration, etc. In short, any situation where I want to develop more harmony and well-being.

A positive situation: Though I am happy in my couple’s relationship, in my family, at work, etc., there is always some room for improvement. I may also be experiencing attachment and dependency with the people I love and the fact of doing the exercise will improve the relationship, by increasing my detachment from this person and helping me to tune in to love rather than to my fears and my dependencies.

The 5 essential rules for using the technique effectively

There exist 5 rules that must be strictly followed for using the technique and getting the best results. All the rest is secondary. These 5 rules are:

1. I want WHAT IS BEST FOR ME AND FOR THE OTHER PERSON. (Attitude and intention)

2. Apply the technique GRAPHICALLY ON PAPER.

3. Do the 7 STEPS IN THE SAME SEQUENCE shown in this book.

4. I ALWAYS DRAW MYSELF FIRST, and then another person or a situation. I never do the technique “just for two other persons” without first including myself.

5. Make sure, when drawing the lines of attachment and dependency, THAT ALL 7 OF THEM ARE THERE.

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What materials do I need to do the exercise?

1. A piece of white paper or parchment paper. It is important that the piece of paper be white, not lined or graph paper. If I want to use colored paper, I should use a clear, pale color.

2. Preferably a lead pencil. A ballpoint pen can also be used. Some persons like to use colored pencils to draw the 7 lines of attachment with the color matched to each energy center, but that is optional.

3. A pair of scissors. If I don’t have one, I will tear the page apart with my hands.

That is all! This is what shows the simplicity and the power of this exercise.

Almost all the work is done by my subconscious,

because it is symbolic work.

I just need to allow my brain

and my emotions to do their job.

My subconscious is working in my service!

From Chapter 5: An Exercise to Detach Myself from a Situation

Another way to do the exercise is to perform it with a situation instead of a person, for example the signing of a contract, a meeting, an encounter with a client, or any other activity. It is then a matter of first drawing myself, as previously, and then, instead of another person, simply drawing a rectangle and writing the title of the situation inside the rectangle, for example “my contract with the Good Bread Company Inc.”, then connecting all the conscious or unconscious links of attachment from my energy centers over to the rectangle.

Remember to draw the circle of light around the rectangle just as with a person. And so, a circle of light around me, around the rectangle containing the identification of the situation and a circle of light around the two elements, namely the person (me) and the rectangle representing the situation.

Here are some examples of situations that I could put in the rectangle on the right. As a general rule, I just need to name the situation that concerns me or that I want to harmonize inside the rectangle.

My vacation in Hawaii

I may have conscious or unconscious fears about being able to gather enough money for the trip, being able to free up enough necessary time because of my job or my family obligations, the fear of not finding someone to accompany me, etc. The exercise can partly or entirely remove those fears that might prevent me from carrying out this project.

My difficulties in my current job

If I have issues in my current job, it is because of my conscious or unconscious inner conflicts. Cutting away the conscious or unconscious links of attachment will help me feel better in my job and will enable me to see the situation more objectively.

Obtaining a contract

If I am afraid of not being able to get this contract that could well happen, because for the brain, the solution to the fear of something is that the thing in question happens. This is a brain process that tends to manifest the object of that fear so as to diminish the stress associated with it. The exercise of the Little Stick Figures will tend to eliminate those fears.

In the case of a situation where several persons are involved, for example before a court of justice to settle a situation involving a divorce, I begin by drawing myself, Step 1, and I will follow the 6 other steps with each of the other persons such as:

• Me and my lawyer,

• Me and my male or female partner,

• Me and the lawyer of my male or female partner,

• Me and the judge.

Then, I can do another exercise by drawing on the right side a rectangle representing the whole situation, and writing in the rectangle: “My divorce contract with ……………(the person’s name)

Summary of the 7 steps of the technique with a situation


1. I first draw myself and write my first name and family name below the figure.

2. I draw the situation and identify it. I can add the place and the date of the event in question if this applies.

3. I draw a circle of light around me (including my first and family names) with the rays.

4. I draw a circle of light around the situation and the explanatory text with the rays.

5. I draw a circle of light around me and the situation with the rays.

6. I draw the 7 conscious or unconscious links of attachment by connecting each of the 7 energy centers on both sides.

7. I cut away the 7 conscious or unconscious links of attachment. I say: “Thanks. It’s done!”

About The Authors

Lucie Bernier is a therapist, Reiki master teacher, speaker, and workshop leader. Coauthor with Jacques Martel of The Encyclopedia of Ailments and Diseases, she teaches classes and workshops on self-development and healing in North America and Europe. She lives in New Brunswick, Canada.

Robert Lenghan is a consultant, trainer, and facilitator with extensive experience in change management, human resources, and project organization. Also a Reiki master, Robert lives in Québec, Canada.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Findhorn Press (September 6, 2022)
  • Length: 192 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781644115213

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Raves and Reviews

“A magical tool! I send billions of thanks to Jacques Martel for creating it. For years, in my training and coaching sessions, with my friends and relatives, I shared the Little Stick Figures Technique. From the dynamic entrepreneur to the overwhelmed mother, from the teenager to the grandfather--everyone has found a light that has helped them. I would need a whole page to list the types of problems that the Little Stick Figures Technique has helped solve--removing conflicts, regaining self-confidence, calming stress, taking a step back to put things into perspective, looking at situations and/or people in a new light, health problems experienced more lightly, and more! Read this book and be positively surprised by the results.”

– Christine Miège, coach, human resources consultant, and feng shui expert

“This simple, accessible, and fast technique holds an important place in my personal and professional life. When used, I immediately feel the relief of no longer wavering, and I let the ‘asking for the best’ phrase explained in this book take effect. I feel the conscious and unconscious bonds of attachment being pleasantly released. In my practice, I help therapists clean up and improve their professional activity by practicing these techniques daily and offering them to their own clients/patients.”

– Sarah Bonjour, hypnotherapist and childhood educator

“A simple, intuitive, powerful technique. I’ve always drawn a heart with lines of light radiating as my symbol. The Little Stick Figures Technique for Emotional Self-Healing teaches us to understand and use visual soul language consciously for healing and transformation.”

– Julia Paulette Hollenbery, bodyworker, therapist, healer, facilitator, and author of The Healing Pow

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