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What The Heck is NLP?

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What The Heck is NLP?

Saturday, July 7, 2018

I often get asked what NLP is. In fact, sometimes people confuse it with Natural Language Processing (for all you techies out there). It is not. NLP in this context is Neuro-Linguistics Programming. It is the way that your subconscious mind as saved various different memories and attached meaning to them. Those meanings impact how you show up in the world everyday and how you react to situations that arise.

We find that this programming happens at any age, but perhaps mostly under the age of 10. It can also happen when any traumatic event has happened (or something that your mind has coded as dramatic). When this programming happens, it is either something that can work for you and help create success, or something that doesn't work for you - creates issues.

As an NLP practitioner, I help you uncover what those events have been and determine if they are something that is helping or hurting you.

If it is something that isn't helping you create success - then we want to change that story in your subconscious mind. We want to reframe that old story and attach it to something new - a new way to think of that event that happened (or memory) and give it a new meaning. That new meaning can be something that can work much better for you.

An example of this is someone who grew up in a household where perhaps money was scarce. That may have imprinted a way in the subconscious mind that this individuals feels and believes about money. Let's say, that you then go through life with terrible feelings about money - and you are finding it hard yourself to hold on to money. You may make money, but easily lose it.

If this is something that has become and issues and you want it to change, we first have to change your relationship with money. How your subconscious mind feels about your finances can impact how you are able to hold on to money or not.

Don't let a previous memory overact in your subconscious mind.

In this case, we go back to those memories of when money was challenging in your childhood and we add new information OR we completely reduce the role that memory is playing in your current life.

Think of your subconscious mind as a pie chart. If all of your memories are located in this pie chart there are some that are BIG and some that are SMALL. The ones that are really large, perhaps they are taking up 25%-35% of your active subconscious mind and thought. This overacting of a certain memory may be impacting your day to day - especially if it is something that isn't helping you.

In this example, we can go into that memory and let the subconscious mind know that this memory doesn't need to be 25%-35%, perhaps it only needs to be 1%. When we make that shift, you experience different feelings and reactions to events that are happening in your life now.

This is an overview of why NLP can be very effective for individuals and much different than something like therapy. In therapy, we discuss openly the challenges and things that we feel are impacting us - and we rationally work on changing those things. That may or may not impact the subconscious mind and how it has categorized memories and various events and trauma that has happened to you.

If you are interested in getting help OR you think that NLP could be something for you but you aren't sure - you can always book a free assessment to determine if this would be helpful in your life.

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