Neuro Linguistic Programming
NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a name that encompasses the three most influential components involved in producing human experience:
Neurology – The neurological system that regulates how our body functions. The nervous system through which our experience is processed via our five senses (Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic, Olfactory, Gustatory)
Language – How we interface and communicate with other people, our language and other non-verbal communication systems through which our neural representations are coded, ordered and given meaning.
Programming – The ability to discover and utilise the programs that we run (our communication to ourselves and others) in our neurological systems to achieve our specific and desired outcomes.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming describes the fundamental dynamics between the mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behaviour (programming). NLP is the psychology of thinking.
All able-bodied humans are born with the same basic neurological system. Your neurological system transmits the information you receive from your environment through your senses to your brain. Your environment, in this context, is everything external to you but also includes your organs, such as your eyes, ears, skin, stomach, and lungs. Your brain processes the information and transmits messages back to your organs.
The information can also create emotions, and you may feel joy, cry, or laugh. In short, you behave in a certain way. Your ability to do anything in life – whether swimming the length of a pool, cooking a meal, or reading a book – depends on how you respond to the stimuli on your nervous system. Therefore, much of NLP is devoted to discovering how to think and communicate more effectively with yourself and with others.
When you think of something, the neurons in your brain are firing and neurons that fire together wire together, creating a neuro-network or belief.
Our beliefs are the cause of our reality. The outside world is the effect of what we are thinking. However, to change something – we are taught to try to influence the outside world, other people and circumstances. Our educational system is based on it. It just doesn’t work too well. Why? When something happens to us, we remember it and learn a particular behavior in response to what happened. Each time something similar happens, our physical and emotional reactions attached to the memory are repeated. In some cases these reactions are unhealthy.
So if you want to change the outside world, because it doesn’t give you the pictures that make you happy, you have to change your inside world, the world of your beliefs.
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, a state of relaxation and is used as a powerful tool for transformation in NLP.
It allows for easy access to the memories in the subconscious mind. Your senses become more alert although your physical body remains very relaxed. None of us will do anything against our own values and you can come out of the trance whenever you wish. You hypnotise yourself actually by accepting the suggestions to relax and imagining a certain thing, like walking on the beach, listening to the waves as you watch them roll in towards you. Your subconscious mind thinks in symbols and pictures and it is just a therapeutic tool to access the memories to allow for very effective healing in just a few short sessions. In some forms of hypnotherapy, a trained therapist guides you to remember the event that led to the first reaction, separate the memory from the learned behaviour, and replace unhealthy behaviors with new, healthier ones.
How does it work?
During hypnosis, your body relaxes and your thoughts become more focused. Like other relaxation techniques, hypnosis lowers blood pressure and heart rate and changes certain types of brain wave activity. In this relaxed state, you will feel at ease physically yet fully awake mentally and may be highly responsive to suggestion. Your conscious mind becomes less alert and your subconscious mind becomes more focused.
Most people who experience meditation before hypnosis are surprised at how similar they seem. Both disciplines share many almost identical techniques, such as breathing and visualization exercises. For instance, the ‘Progressive Relaxation’ technique is frequently used in both disciplines. This is where the client focuses on one part of the body relaxing, before methodically moving to the next part. Creative visualizations such as imagining yourself strolling past a quiet lake are also used in both hypnosis and meditation.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a school of psychotherapy that aims to help people overcome their emotional problems.
✓Cognitive means mental processes like thinking. The word ‘cognitive’ refers to everything that goes on in your mind including dreams, memories, images, thoughts and attention.
✓Behaviour refers to everything that you do. This includes what you say, how you try to solve problems, how you act and avoidance. Behaviour refers to both action and inaction, for example biting your tongue instead of speaking your mind is still behaviour, even though you are trying not to do something.
✓Therapy is a word used to describe a systematic approach to combating a problem, illness or irregular condition. A central concept in CBT is that you feel the way you think. Therefore, CBT works on the principle that you can live more happily and productively if you’re thinking in healthy ways.
We use simple and very effective exercises that allow for easy reprogramming of old habits. Creating your desires starts with the thought, which further creates the emotion/feeling that will stimulate or motivate the action. The exercises allow you to change the thoughts into ones that will support your goals and desired outcomes.