NLP – Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Dr. Richard Bandler invented the term “Neuro-Linguistic Programming” in the 1970s. He was recently asked to write the definition of Neuro-Linguistic Programming that appears in the Oxford English Dictionary.  It says: Neuro-Linguistic Programming: “a model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship between successful patterns of behaviour and the subjective experiences (esp. patterns of thought) underlying them” and “a system of alternative therapy based on this which seeks to educate people in self-awareness and effective communication, and to change their patterns of mental and emotional behaviour.”

NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a name that encompasses the three most influential components involved in producing human experience: neurology, language and programming. The neurological system regulates how our bodies function, language determines how we interface and communicate with other people and our programming determines the kinds of models of the world we create. Neuro-Linguistic Programming describes the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behavior (programming). 

NLP is a pragmatic school of thought that addresses the many levels of being human. NLP is a multi-dimensional and multi-layered process that involves the development of behavioral competence and flexibility, but also involves strategic thinking and an understanding of the mental and cognitive processes behind one’s behavior. NLP provides tools and skills for the development of states of individual excellence, but it also establishes a system of empowering beliefs and presuppositions about what human beings are, what communication is and what the process of change is all about. At another level, NLP is about self-discovery, exploring identity and mission. It also provides a framework for understanding and relating to the ‘spiritual’ part of human experience that reaches beyond us as individuals to our family, community and global systems. NLP is helping individuals to reach higher levels of competence and excellence and the ultimate goal is to access one’s inherent wisdom and vision capacities.

NLP is a way of enriching and opening up to the choices that you have and perceive as available in the world around you. Excellence comes from having many choices. Wisdom comes from having multiple perspectives. 

The key elements in using NLP for creating mental shifts supporting health recovery are:

  • Thought Pattern Awareness
    Negative and repetitive self-talk often has become a habit and the “program” is on autopilot. It is of vital importance to become fully aware of one’s self-sabotaging thoughts and how they relate to manifesting illness in the body.
  • Paradigm Shift Creation
    The old paradigms that society has been living on (competition, separation, envy, greed) and that govern our jobs and business world are no longer acceptable as they produce exponential waves of sick people. The new paradigm we need to live on is based on sharing and connection. Human mind needs to embrace this new concept as a new way of creating health. This may include to eliminate toxic situation, and negative relationships – personal and in our work life.
  • Perception Change Initiation
    A change in perception how the world and its events is perceived can have a lasting and highly transformative impact. Due to the overwhelming amount of information being poured on people on a daily basis many have lost connection not only to their bodies but also to their spirit and see everything in very limited 5-senses frame. In addition people do not critically question what is being presented to them and accept a lot of false information and data as being real. Looking beyond the veil is key to acquire an increase in awareness and make informed decision about one’s own life.

NLP Helps to Deal With Cancer More Effectively

Cancer is also a dis-ease of the mind. Repeating old and harmfoul thought patterns over and over leave an imprint on our cells and organs. People often do not pay much attention to their negative self-talk and fail to see the body – mind connection. NLP as a tool of the mind can help to make the first and essential shifts towards mental health and thus fostering the ground for physical health to follow.

NLP Techniques Can Help To

  • Accept a situation, and deal with it wisely, resourcefully and proactively.
  • Develop an uplifting new perspective on life while dealing with a potentially life-threatening illness.
  • Learn to track, verbalize and express long-suppressed feelings and emotions, without letting negative emotions overwhelm or dominate.
  • Understand the vibrational nature of worries and how they negatively impact the physical health and how to reverse this disruptive pattern.
  • Reduce mental stress — preferably by not creating it in the first place!
  • Mentally prepare for and cope with medical procedures, so they become less painful and frightening.
  • Discover how appreciation can change situations for the better and bring more good into one’s life.
  • Learn to discern and understand how the decision making process can be shaped according to what outcome you want.
  • Independent thinking is a key step towards health recovery.