Like me, you may have friends and connections on a mission to "raise consciousness", as though this would be the solution to the world's problems. Other friends of mine never give consciousness a thought, or simply just dismiss the topic of consciousness as something new age people talk about a lot.
NLP Changes the Brain by Changing Thoughts
Rewiring the brain is at the heart of what Neuro-Linguistic Programming does effectively. Through the power of language, old ways and habits are unlearned while new ways and habits are formed. This unlearning and learning are natural processes, but are directed willfully and more effectively and efficiently with the assistance of NLP.
Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz has said: "It is the brains astonishing power to learn and unlearn, to adapt and change, to carry with it the inscriptions of our experience.
Common Thread Binding All NLP Patterns
Today's meeting presented the idea that one of the threads common to all NLP interventions is moving the ourselves or our clients from some current unbearable state, place or situation to some better one. We explored this idea by comparing several NLP patterns, and across many contexts, and asking:
If the one constant in life is change, and if NLP is all about facilitating positive change, then shouldn't we as NLPers understand the nature of change, types of change, and when each type is effective? In this blog entry, I want to talk about several types of Change of the First Order.
Anchors are external triggers the evoke a predictable emotional response in us. Everyone has them... some productive (like not having to think to stop one's car when the light turns red), and others counter-productive (like that twisted feeling in one's gut when approaching a public speech).
The power in the principle of anchoring in NLP is that we can install them to manipulate our own state from an unresourceful state to a resourceful state at will and as required.
What's it like in there?
Eliciting Submodalities is the NLP term for learning how we represent the outside world in our internal maps. We already know how to do this to some degree, and every time we ask somebody to recount an experience, we are doing it. In NLP, we just want to do it more skillfully and with positive intention.
Remember that submodalities are the way we structure our experience. Submodalities are the components of experience consisting of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touches.
Burn The Man!
Some time ago, I met up with a friend I met through a mastermind group, and who is also an NLPer at heart. He was on a trek to the Burning Man event in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, stopping in Utah on the way there from the East Coast.