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What is NLP?


Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is more than a bunch of techniques; it is a way of thinking, a way of being. The study of NLP brings about change, a new reality. It is life-changing.

The founders of NLP (Richard Bandler and John Grinder) studied a Gestalt therapist (Virginia Satir) and a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist (Milton Erickson) who were known to be ‘models of excellence’ in their field. Bandler and Grindler deconstructed what they did so expertly, so that we can all now reproduce those results.

It is this ‘modelling excellence’ that is the core of NLP and gives us tools to create change and enhance how we communicate.

Based on the idea that all behaviours are learned, they can therefore be unlearned and new behaviours created to replace them. However, this requires belief and practice. We work with the unconscious mind – the part of our mind that really knows us that controls our breathing, stores our memories, is the source of our creativity and loves problem solving. In NLP we get our conscious mind out of our way – the part of our mind that analyses, criticises, thinks logically. As long as you can accept that your actions and beliefs have consequences, then if you change your actions/beliefs you can change the consequences. Simple!

Try a concentration exercise to develop your peripheral vision. If practised every day it will develop your ability to focus and ignore things around you while being aware of them. We also call it the learning zone, the relaxation zone. My students called it ‘magic’ as they were able to read, write and think so much more fluently when we started the lesson this way. As teachers, it allows us to have eyes in the back of our head. Developing our peripheral vision allows us to access our unconscious and not be limited by our conscious awareness. Download the instructions here.