By now, many of you have learned the unique role Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) has played in providing insights into the many ways our brain gathers information about the world around us.
I explore a more sophisticated process which addresses how you’ll be able to perceive your outcome from many perspectives. This is no ordinary A-B-C presentation. Instead: Think Star Trek or NLP Generative Processes.
Ground yourself into space where creativity enters
Imagine a scenario where a highly skilled scriptwriter has been contracted to write a script for a film where the main character contacts a person from civilization in the distant future. Following the tradition of NLP, the scriptwriter might, for example, literally “stand” on a piece of paper marked “Gandalf the Wizard” to gather potential insights into this character as if they were viewing it from Gandalf’s perspective. Why stand on a piece of paper, you ask? Because in NLP Generative Processes, this grounds you into space where creativity enters. Here, you access the old wizard’s values and visions.
Similarly, she may also stand on a sign marked “Benedict Cumberbatch,” to reflect on that actor’s potential in the role as Gandalf. Or, she may want to see herself through the eyes of someone with absolutely no association to the project whatsoever, as an observer, to assess her approach to the entire concept.
Resolve contradictions or conflicts with NLP Generative Processes
In our daily lives, sometimes we need access to different resources, whether creative or technical. At that moment, they appear to be beyond our reach. Accessing different resources is where someone steps into what is called The Future Marble, where you can locate resources from the future to help resolve contradictions or conflicts with the project in its current state.
There are many additional features to the NLP Generative Process, which aren’t included here when you approach how to work with unique ideas and concepts differently; many creative doors open to you.
I’m quite sure that when you became a teenager, you began to look at all the kids around you and decided which ones were “cool,” which were “brainy,” and which tended to be “loners.”
Surely you remembered how, within a year or two, an unpopular student blossomed and became very sought after. Suddenly she had become much more optimistic and was on the verge of personal and academic success. In the language of NLP, she had “become anchored into a new state.”
One of my first anchoring experiences
One of my first experiences of anchoring came from my father. He worked very long hours and traveled into New York City every day. At times he was very serious. But one Saturday morning, he began acting clownish, tossing jelly beans into the air and hoping they’d land in his mouth (often they didn’t). His playful antics cracked me up. Within seconds, he’d become a 9-year-old boy, and I wondered how the transition appeared to be so seamless.
Being taken back to a previous time
Naturally, we’ve all had experiences where our memory, or repetition of a certain habitual behavior took us immediately back to a time where we were particularly anxious, jealous, insecure. Or, on the other hand, where we were brilliant, flying high with creativity, or insanely funny. In some cases, you might say you’d almost become “addicted” to being in that state, although perhaps that’s not the way you initially would describe it. Robin Williams’ humor seemed endlessly funny, while others might become addicted to being easily annoyed. Perhaps by now, you’ve gotten my point: we can enter a certain emotional state so readily that we can get stuck in it.
Sometimes, “anchoring” can become dangerous
Humans have a knack for repeating emotional patterns to the point where they find themselves helpless, unable to stop. Sometimes, “anchoring” can become dangerous. Remember how Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight took him down a path of highly self-destructive behavior, all because he was unable to stop it?
Over-investing in certain emotions
Over-investing in certain emotions, such as insecurity or jealousy, for example, can cause a conflict in the brain ultimately because we want to “win,” either over another person (i.e., your partner, friend or boss, etc.) or another part of ourselves.
You can reframe your need to act out behavioral states
Due to the fluid way in which NLP techniques work, circumventing the logical brain, it’s possible to reframe your need to act out a specific behavioral state, using two NLP processes.
The first enables you to switch to a more neutral, emotional state. Consider it as an opportunity to mend the rift between two distinct parts of yourself. Meanwhile, a second NLP process empowers you to identify which areas of your life keep you locked in that state while providing solutions that are truly impressive.
Anchoring positive emotions
As an NLP technique. there are many ways you can anchor optimism, creativeness, curiousness, and tranquility, to name but a few. You’re already there as soon as you infuse your neural pathways with the positive emotions you imagine.
Explore new ways to keep your inspiration alive
My grandson always asks me to skip with him down the street, creating an amazing feeling of youthful innocence (enhanced by singing “Skip to My Lou.”) I invite you to explore new ways to keep your inspiration alive through anchoring your innovative techniques.
What if I told you that if you studied how geniuses explore information in order to create astonishing new discoveries, it would boost your IQ at the same time. Would you be willing to try it?
That’s how Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) enhances any aspect of your learning process. It was created by highly successful therapists, including Richard Bandler, John Grinder, Fritz Perls (founder of Gestalt Therapy), Virginia Satir, and later, Dr. Milton Erickson.
The study of your subjective learning experience
NLP is best described as “the study of your subjective learning experience.” Think about, for example, how you actually retain information, through visual images, sound bites, kinesthetically (through touch and using your hands) or, a combination of all three learning modalities.
Often, we try to emulate someone else’s creative design or invention. However, if you have a true passion for learning, you often find yourself on your own trail. For example, Einstein didn’t do well in math in school. In fact, he was a non-conformist. He skipped class to work on highly complex problems at home. As he explained: “I played hooky a lot and studied the masters of theoretical physics with a holy zeal at home.” By the age of 15, he was focusing on complex algebraic formulas.
What I really wanted to provide you with is live footage of Dr. Richard Bandler in action curing football pro, Michael Strahan of his snake phobia.
Like hypnosis, NLP bypasses the resistance of the conscious mind and immediately circumvents any rational thought or approach to solving the problem. As you’ll see, Bandler already understands that Michael Strahan has stored specific memories of snakes in his mind which are terrifying to him. The amazing thing is that a phobia which has rendered a man helpless for years is resolved in a matter of minutes.
Many NLP processes are quite amazing and have a profound effect on the client
Take “The Logical Levels” process, for example. It enables the client to examine the new change they’re implementing in their life in the context of their:
Behavior in general
It’s an excellent tool for identifying where a person gets stuck in their life, whether it’s connected to a relationship, a career, health challenge or a major life transition.
Other processes, such as “Delete/Distort/Generalize” focus on how we communicate. Or to put it another way, how we avoid communicating specific information to our family, friends, and bosses. This is a fascinating look at how you feel about your actions and why you choose to not be more direct.
NLP is being especially celebrated this month in honor of its main founder, Dr. Richard Bandler. Feel free to check out here.
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