Mass – Finding and Using Affective Symbols for Deep and Pervasive Change.
Moshe Feldenkrais pointed the way; Richard Bandler opened the door; and contemporary neuroscience is demonstrating the connections between how our internal maps of reality are modified and changed by our perception of external reality.
When we use the NLP toolset to help people achieve goals, or make the changes that they want; we work with a subset of the total mappings that our brain makes of the world (and us in it). Sometimes when we attempt to overlay a new possibility to replace an old one; we hit obstacles – the tenaciousness of previously practiced behaviours (Neurological Rule of Thumb #2 – signals pass down the largest available channel – what has been practiced most gets the signal first) or the new behaviours work sometimes but not often enough (the rule of intensity – if you don’t reach the necessary threshold for signal intensity; efforts will be cancelled out by previously habituated “larger” channels).
But there is a way that works around these and many other challenges to change. Our brain creates a unified experience of reality for us. There are parts of the brain that are dedicated to this function. In the West we have tended to ignore or down play the significance of the somatic (first-person, embodied) experience of reality but this has begun to shift. Our experience of somatic reality is very amenable to change and through relatively simple means. When we work through the somatic to the cognitive; a different kind of change experience is possible – easier, less fraught, harder to consciously interfere with but, most importantly, fun.
In this workshop, we will be using a new approach that is very old. Like all innovation; it bridges the past and future. There are additional submodalities to the ones you may have heard about or perhaps learned about on a course. These submodalities are pervasive, distinctive and yet we ignore them for the superficial features of our experience. Why? Because we tend to live in our heads and not through the somatic perspective.
For those with some experience of NLP, to give you a sense of what I’m talking about: Think of something concrete that you know to be true from your experience. Develop the state as fully as you can – full sensory details, all senses. Pay particular attention to the Kinesthetics. Break State. Now fully imagine something that is simply not possible and develop the thought in as many senses as possible (at the moment, I’m imagining a unicorn running for President of the United States, giving a fund raising speech, and he just introduced Herbie the Love Bug as his running mate). Again, pay particular attention to the Kinesthetics.
Notice the difference in the sense of mass – weightiness, if you will – between the two thoughts. Our sense of reality is intimately tied to the kinesthetic sense of mass that accompanies ideas. What you can do with that sense is what this workshop is about.
In this workshop, you will learn to work from the somatic point of view while solving the usual everyday problems and challenges but with a powerful twist – the borderline between symbol, sign and reality is in your brain. Our maps and models of reality act as affective symbols (we call them “maps” but this separates them from their mode of action). When you learn how to use a broader variety of affective symbols than you have habituated to and master the specific techniques for working with them; a kind of magic happens. Seemingly impossible or implacable situations are transformed making them achievable; self-limiting beliefs and attitudes evaporate; you work better, faster, and are more at ease; you more effortlessly shift into action when pursuing goals; “magickal” intuition becomes simple observation and connection; and adaptation to change becomes a simple practical matter.
Course Cost: £250 + VAT (£300 inc.)
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