NLP Practitioner Course
with Tom Mackay
Day 6 - Notes
Day Six of Tom Mackay's NLP Practitioner Course was a little surreal, but resulted in some very powerful changes in the group. We looked at Timeline Therapy and NLP Parts Integration.
Timeline Therapy in particular is a technique I highly recommend, which allows you to (symbolically) go back into your past to issues that cause you to act in a self-limiting way, take the learnings, and move on by "dropping" the negative emotions. It sounds crazy, but it really seems to work. I'll write a more in-depth article soon, but in the meantime these notes should help you out to give it a go.
Parts Integration is a great technique which helps you to realise that conflicting "parts" of you tend to have the same positive intent too - and allows you to work with yourself rather than against yourself! Enjoy...
We tend to use a linear structure for time (at least in the Western world). People store and encode time differently – i.e. for some of us we imagine the future to be in front of us, for others it is to the side, or it could be above us.
Some people are “in time” and others are “through time”.
People who turn up on time, plan well, schedule events and carry diaries are “through time”. This is typically represented by a timeline going from left to right in front of them.
People who turn up late, are absorbed in the moment, and are not aware of the passing of time are “in time”. This is typically represented by a timeline flowing behind them to in front of them. (I'm very much "in time!")
When working with TLT, we want to trust our UNCONSCIOUS to give us the right answer as to where our timeline is, and not put it where we “think” it should be consciously.
Step One – Elicit the Timeline
Use script to find out how the person stores time.
Do this with the client awake – not in trance – to increase unconscious trust and cooperation
“If I were to ask your unconscious mind, where your past is, and where your future is, I have an idea that you might say, “it's from right to left, or front to back, or up to down, or in some direction from you in relation to your body. And it's not your unconscious concept that I'm interested in, it's your unconscious. So, if I were to ask your unconscious mind where's your past, to which direction would you point?”
And your future what direction would you point if I asked your unconscious mind, where's your future?”
Step Two – First test of elicitation
Now, be aware of the directions that you pointed to. Do you notice that they imply a line?
If no: Could you notice that?
If still no: Is your past arranged by location, i.e. where you lived?
If yes: how would it look if, for the purposes of this exercise, it was stretched out in a line?
Now I will ask you to float up above the line. Can you just float up above your timeline and see it, or feel like it would feel to float up above your timeline?
Make sure you are looking through your own eyes, and are looking directly (or feeling) your timeline.
Now, remaining above your TL just float back over the past. (pause). Are you there?
Good, now float back toward now and stop there (pause). Are you there? Good.
Now keep facing towards the future, and float up higher and farther back over the past.
And now, float out above your future. Are you there?
Now, float up higher. Float SO HIGH that it makes your timeline seem like it is an inch long.
Good, float back to now, and float down into the now and come back into the room.
NB - Be sure to use this script BEFORE attempting any TLT - elicit the timeline first!
Step 3 – Discovering the Root Cause
We experience problems and negative emotions much more than we need to.
Emotions started at some point in your life. If we can go before the first event and ammend that, there can be a massive impact.
So, we need to go back to the original event.
Have to experience a bit of the emotion now. ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS UNCONSCIOUSLY! This process requires you to TRUST your unconscious mind AND follow the instructions. That's it!
1) Experience a memory of the negative emotion now (do this to light up the neurology) Ask: Is it totally alright for your unconscious mind for you to release this (emotion / limiting decision / belief) today and for you to have a conscious experience that it is gone today?
2)Find the first event: Ask your unconscious mind: what is the root cause of the problem, the first event which, when disconnected, will cause the problem to disappear?
If you were to know, was it before, during or after your birth?
Before? In the womb or before?
Womb? What month?
Before? Was it as past life or passed down to you genealogically?
Past life: How many lifetimes ago?
Genealogically: How many generations ago?
After: If you were to know, what age were you?
1)Just find your timeline, and float up above your timeline, and over the past, facing the past, until the event is down below you and in front of you and when you get there notice the event. Let me know when you're there.
2)Now, float directly up above the event so you are looking down on the event. Ask your unconscious mind what positive learnings do you need to take from the event, the learning of which will allow you to let go of the emotion easily and effortlessly. Next, ask your unconscious mind to preserve the learnings so that if you need them in the future, they'll be there. Let me know when you have the learnings.
3)Now, float back up above your TL, back over the past so you are high above the event and well before the event, and are looking towards now. Make sure you are well before any of the chain of events that led to that event/ And ask yourself, “now, where are the emotions? Have they gone? Have they all gone?
4)Float down inside the event so you are looking through your own eyes, and check on the emotions. Are they there? Or have they disappeared Now!! Good, go float back above the TL well before that event. (If some emotions remain: Ask your unconscious mind if there is an earlier event than this one? (And then repeat previous steps for that)
5)Now, come back to the now above your TL only as quickly as you can let go of all of the (name the emotion) on the events all the way back to now, follow the same steps and float above the TL well before the beginning of each event, preserve the learnings, and let go of the (emotion) all the way back to now. When done, float back into the now, and come back to the room.
6)Test: Can you remember any event in the past where you used to be able to feel the old emotion, and go back now and notice if you can feel it, or you may find that you cannot. How do you feel differently? Good, come back to the now.
7)Future pace: I want you to go out to a time in the future which if it had happened in the past, you would have felt inappropriate or unwarranted (emotion), and notice if you can find that old emotion, or you may feel that you cannot. How do you feel differently? OK? Good, come back to the now.
This is a very powerful technique!
When there is a conflict inside of ourselves, we tend to get drained of energy and act out of accordance with our conscious desires. It's an inner push-and-pull that we have (only in certain situations).
When we deal with the conflict, we have CHOICE. Parts integration is all about having MORE CHOICE.
There is no inherent problem with having “parts”. We just need to learn how to CHOOSE the most effective response efficiently, without feeling “torn” or acting unconsciously.
To do this, ask “chunking up” questions for each conflicting “part” until we get to a POSITIVE NOMINALIZATION.
Examples of chunking up questions: What is the positive intention? For what purpose? What would that do for you? (Stick to these questions!)
1)Identify conflict and the parts involved.
2)Have the part which represents the less wanted state or behaviour come out onto ONE of the up-facing hands (don't call the part 'unwanted')
3)Elicit the other part to come out on the other hand
4)Get the client to have a VAK image of each part. Good question – does it resemble someone? Does it resemble something?
5)Chunk up the less-positive part first until you reach a high-level positive nominalization. “What is the intention for this?” “For what purpose?” “What would that do for you?”
6)Repeat for other part.
7)Ask: Do both parts notice that they have the same, high-level intention? Have client acknowledge that the parts are part of a larger whole. Ask the parts to work together.
8)Take the integrated part inside and have it merge into the wholeness inside – bring the hands together and hold to the chest. Ask the parts to merge and wait for this to complete.
9)Test and future pace.
Those are a couple of REALLY POWERFUL NLP techniques. Use them and be amazed at the changes you can make yourself! These are some of my favourites - give them a go!
PS - If you like the look of this NLP Practitioner course and live in the UK,
and I will be able to organise a discount for you to attend the NLP Practitioner course too!
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