NLP Techniques in the Law of Attraction

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NLP Roots

Before you learn NLP techniques, you should know what NLP is. Back in the 1970′s, Richard Bandler and John Grinder (a student and professor at UC Santa Cruise respectively), collaborated on some work that Bandler had started. Bandler had studied the techniques of Gestalt therapy from Fritz Perls and had begun to formalize some theorems on language and its relationship to thought patterns. Grinder (a linguist) was naturally interested in Bandlers work. They also consulted with Virginia Satir (a famous family therapist) and then with Milton Erickson (the foremost hypnotherapist of the 20th century). They eventually published many books together and separately, as the field of NLP evolved.

What Is NLP

Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP is the study of how our brains (neuro) use language (linguistic) both externally (words) and internally (pictures) to affect our behavior (programming). The NLP techniques used today have been used by Tony Robins, Jose Silva and virtually every self improvement guru, in some variation. NLP techniques center around internal images and feelings that arise from our experiences. Each experience has a negative or positive feeling attached to it, but NLP fine tunes that feeling or stimulus response so sharply, that we can soon develop a detailed blue print of what good experiences produce and how to kind of back into that stimulis response , by mapping those stimulus responses that result from pleasant thoughts over some experience that we interpret as bad. Using these re mapping NLP techniques, we can re-create bad or uncomfortable feelings, experiences, and habits into pleasant and even desirable feelings.

NLP Techniques in the Law of Attraction

The map is not the territory

There is a common axiom among NLP practitioners. “The map is not the territory”. In the same way a road map is only a crude, if usable tool to navigate a particular territory or area, the map does not convey much of the true reality of that area. You may know where the main highways and most of the back roads are, but can a map tell you if any particular area is pleasant? Can a map tell you if the meat loaf is good at the local diner?? We each may share memories in our head of a particular experience, but do those maps or perceptions or memories acurately convey the reality of that experience. Just try comparing notes with your friends and family after the next wedding that you all attend. You may agree on the basic facts, such as there were three brides maids and ushers; there was three limos in the wedding procession; the band had four musicians playing etc, but I’ll bet that beyond that each description and perception would vary in small and not so small ways. “Sure the band was loud, but I like that”., one of you might say. the chicken was dry, while the next thinks it was too spicy and on and on. Furthermore, women generally like the actual wedding cerimony, whilst men would prefer to meet you at the reception. Some of these individual maps share common mile markers, while others take the road less traveled, but the truth of the matter is that you can actually make up almost any map or perception you want, to represent your experiences and your whole life. That’s why we are sometimes perplexed when we meet or hear about rich people that are super depressed or suicidal. They’ve just invented a map that isn’t happy and despite the ingredients that most of us might think would make life grand, the map is not the territory!

So it turns out that feeding our brains the same feelings we derive from our supposed good experiences, can cause any experience to occur for us in that similarly pleasant way.

self hypnosis is commonly combined with NLP techniques to amplify the re-mapping effect, as well as minimize any resistance we might normally offer with our judgmental conscious mind. The NLP techniques are like visualization on steroids and require some practice to master, but they enjoy a long track record in sports, business, sales and many other areas.