Neuro Linguistic Programming

Having trained to become a Licensed Practitioner of NLP, I recently jumped at the chance to practise my skills with other practitioners. The day (a beautiful, sunny one in Brighton) was led by June O’Driscoll and Geoff Rolls, members of the trainer assistant team for Dr Richard Bandler, co-creator of NLP. June has recently become a Licensed Master Trainer of NLP. They are both right up to date with their knowledge and understanding of NLP and it is wonderful to be trained by them.

I have had plans to write a blog about NLP for a while, but I wasn’t sure where to begin. It may have been the view of the sea from the window, or the opportunity to consolidate my practice, or the energy of the people around me, but the day in Brighton inspired me and has unlocked my thoughts and words. NLP is a vast area and I have aimed to go some way to doing it justice here.

NLP practitioners use language to impact on the brain, freeing people from negative thought and behaviour patterns and instilling positive ones. We started the day by practising a technique to centre oneself and reduce stress. We all experience stressful situations in our lives, or ones that cause anxiety. Once learnt, this can be accessed any time it is needed. It is quick and simple to do and highly effective.

NLP can make changes, including changing our state. We practised two techniques for changing state: one from confusion to understanding; and the other to change state regarding negative feelings from the past to those of positivity. It is hugely powerful to be able to control our state to bring about better emotional well-being which has a direct impact on our behaviours.

We also practised a technique to change personal history. This is where NLP can impact on feelings surrounding an emotional situation from the past. People do not need to revisit difficult or emotional events by explaining them to the practitioner as content is not important. The event or situation need not be discussed at all. NLP is able to neutralise difficult feelings bringing peace and freedom.

Some people have beliefs about themselves which may be limiting their lives. These are often due to experiences and comments made by people in the past. These limiting beliefs can hold people back in various ways. There are NLP techniques to put these beliefs aside so that people can lead the lives they want to lead.

Finally, we practised a technique for motivation – probably something that many of us could do with now and then. NLP addresses these situations and more, including procrastination and freeing people from phobias.

I know that the NLP practised on me will stay with me for life. I feel differently now about beliefs that limited me, or negative thoughts from the past that had stayed with me for years. They have been replaced with calmness, understanding and positivity. And procrastination? Well, I have completed a project that I had been drawing out for years! I love the end result and it feels really good to get it done!

The day in Brighton was fun, supportive and positive; it was good to spend a day with people committed to facilitating change and development in others. To quote Dr Richard Bandler, ‘Freedom is everything and Love is all the rest’. NLP frees people from feelings and situations that are holding them back. I wonder what that would be like for you.