“Don’t be a prisoner of your past, be the architect of your future”
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a pragmatic school of thought concerned with the many levels involved in human experience. It addresses the fundamental dynamics between the mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behaviour (programming).
We all see the world through a set of perceptual filters. We create these filters as we grow up and are exposed to different experiences as means of making sense of the world. We filter according to our culture, interests, assumptions, values and beliefs, which form the basis of our behaviours. Have you ever worn a pair of sunglasses with red lenses on a grey day and noticed how different everything looks? Imagine wearing red lens sunglasses and talking to your friend about the colour of the sky. It is likely that there will be some disagreement, although you are of course both right about your experience of the sky – it’s just that you are wearing different coloured lenses. The filters we put on determines what sort of world we live in – our map of the world – and hence we create our own reality depending on the lenses we see through.
We use language to communicate about our experiences and the language we use can provide insight into our map of the world. Words can channel our thoughts in a particular direction making it easy to think in some ways and difficult to think in others. Notice the difference between: “I am depressed” (identity) or “I have depression” (ownership). These two individuals have a very different perception of their illness and may therefore demand some very different intervention to assist in improving how they feel. Conversely, we can use our language to programme change in the way we think about things – so language is a powerful tool both in identifying potentially unhelpful thinking patterns and bringing about positive change.
Thoughts have direct physiological effects. Take a moment to imagine your favorite food. The food may be imaginary, but the salivation in your mouth right now is not. The lenses we wear and hence how we think about our body, our health or disease therefore has the potential to influence the outcome. NLP provides the framework for an explorative journey on how you might be using your mind and encourages positive beliefs, coping strategies, behavioural competence, flexibility and individual excellence. It gives you tools and skills to identify and choose the colour of your lenses allowing you to experience life in pursuit of health, happiness, peace, love or whatever your mission and purpose is, – and the sky is no limit.
Integrating Nutritional therapy and NLP
The application of a unique combination of nutritional therapy and NLP can help bring about positive change to help you achieve your health objectives and address potential underlying emotive or cognitive issues, which may constitute a barrier to complete healing and happiness.
“It’s far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has” – Hippocrates (460BC-360BC)