The Beginner’s Guide to Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)

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Neuro-linguistic programming is a concept that you may or may not have heard of but learning more about it could change your life.  Neuro-linguistic programming or NLP is a system that explores the dynamics between mind, language, and behavior in human beings. It is a method of helping humans achieve their best self and is predicated on the fact that human experience is fully grounded in subjectivity. Let’s take a closer look at NLP to see exactly what it is all about and how it can be useful.

NLP was developed in the 1970’s by John Grinder, a linguist, and Richard Bandler, a therapist and mathematician. Their goal was to demystify the relationship between the mind and language and their affect on human behavior in order to help humans achieve happier, more grounded and productive lives.  Grinder and Bandler believe that the neurological system regulates our bodies, language determines how we communicate with others in the world around us and our behavior is shaped by the interaction of our beliefs, neurological processes and communication. A main premise behind NLP is that if we can find positive ways to harness the power of the mind, language, and behavior we can not only shape better selves but also a better world.

NLP is at its core a holistic approach to understanding the human being. It acknowledges that each person experiences the world subjectively and thus each person has very unique requirements for finding their path and achieving their best self. The following are some of the main goals and objectives of NLP:

  • Finding and developing the models that gives people the necessary tools to heal, change and develop into a state of excellence
  • Helping people explore their identity and their unique purpose/mission in life
  • Helping people grapple with spirituality (the meta level of human experience) and allowing them to develop their wisdom, intuition and vision.

One method that NLP practitioners employ to fulfill the aforementioned goals and objectives is hypnosis. Since NLP is rooted in the belief that the mind and language are what program and shape our reality, hypnosis is an excellent method of helping people create new realities that are healthy and optimal for them as individuals. Hypnosis is a reprogramming of the mind to affect behavioral change and many hypnotherapists combine the practice with the fundamentals of NLP in order to help their patients make the necessary changes towards a happier and more fulfilling life, whether this means quitting smoking or rising out of a deep depression. A hypnotherapist with an NLP background can be the difference between being stuck in the muck of old, self-defeating habits and the discovery of new ways to perceive and be in the world in happiness.

There are many critics of the NLP model (and hypnotherapy for that matter) and they typically come in the form of mainstream medical and psychological practitioners. However, whether or not you believe in NLP or hypnotherapy as viable methods of treatment for various issues, they can never hurt you physically or mentally. Drugs, the method of treatment most frequently promoted in mainstream medicine, can have side effects and even be fatal. Thus, NLP and hypnotherapy are in the very least safe and this makes them worth checking out if you feel that you need to make some important changes in your life. Mainstream thinking doesn’t always have all the answers, and NLP is about finding the courage to acknowledge that and explore new ways of thinking and being and therefore it is worth a closer look.

How Can People Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes?

Trying to quit smoking is never easy. So assisting people to become non smokers is an enjoyable role which provides rewards I never thought possible. To finally have a solution to the controlling and ever frustrating habit of smoking is so amazing. I will always be grateful I came across this information in my ever continuing search to seek out the best health solutions for people from all walks of life – the healthy as well as the not so healthy. I meet interesting people and see them on their life’s journey more inspired and confident now that they are non smokers.

Sadly though, I am not always in time to help them. Only last week a client phoned to say they wouldn’t be able to come to the session as they had been diagnosed with lung cancer and had to go for chemo. The following week another client was unable to come as they were in hospital with acute asthma and the family had been called to her bedside.

The most amazing thing is that cigarettes seem to have such a control over the smoker and many people say they really hate it but still cannot quit. These are the ones I really love to help as I recognize the struggle they are having especially having been a smoker myself. Most of these people are really strong in every other way except the control smoking has over them. I often hear non smokers make comments such as, they should just be able to stop and that they are weak. The reality is that they are not weak – they just have a habit they find so hard to break.

One of the important factors required for the absolute success of these sessions is for people to really want to quit smoking. I usually speak to the client prior to their session to qualify them as people need to be aware of this important piece of information. My goal is to ensure people are successful and while this is not always possible, it is important to aim high.

How can a person quit smoking in 60 Minutes?

Hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP are used in combination to effect a quick change from a smoker to a non smoker. In the relaxed state of hypnosis the message can be given to the person to stop smoking. The unconscious, non conscious, subconscious brain has held onto this habit ever since it was first commenced, usually in the teens due to peer pressure or a sense of wanting to belong. It believes it is protecting you mentally or emotionally by holding onto this habit because that is its function of protecting you both physically and mentally.

It is important to address the reason and benefits of quitting plus the triggers. This information is used during the hypnosis session.

Prior to the Hypnosis session, time is spent looking at various information relating to smoking, so the person is well informed, reducing the possibility of weight gain, stress and other complications. Time is also spent planning for the future as a non smoker, with subtle changes to their lifestyle to ensure a long term, non smoker status.

What are the results?

This is a proven system with an astonishing success rate of 95.6%. So as a rule people are non smokers at the end of their session. I have had several people return for a second session and even a third session, although this is rare. Why do they need to come back? Many people have said they just wanted to test it by having just one cigarette. Well the reality is that “just one cigarette” is one too many. This really does work however the minute a cigarette or even one puff is taken of a cigarette then they reawaken the habit. Most people thankfully are really serious about wanting to quit cigarettes and don’t need to come back. While it is best not to smoke again the door is always open for people who do “slip off the wagon” and need to come back. That is the beauty of this service, as the goal is to be a non smoker at the end of the session and know that you have a lifetime guarantee.

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