NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is an innovative and leading
edge way to find out how people create their REALITIES. NLP is
both subjective and objective, compassionate, elegant and skillful…depending
on the training, experience and the Heart of its practitioners.
The term NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming was the term coined
by its founders back in the 1970’s. The initial study was in determining
how people create their “Realities of “Excellence” and in many
places it is still referred to as the “Study of Subjective Reality”.
In essence NLP is about how we create and communicate our internal
Representations-of-Experiences to ourselves and to others.
Who is Uncle Milton (as I fondly refer to him) and what does
he have to do with this emerging NLP thing? Milton H. Erickson
was clearly the most profound researcher and practitioner of clinical
and medical hypnotherapy, who changed personal change work forever.
Milton Erickson’s high standards and genius changed old directive
hypnosis into an elegant client directed hypnotherapy. Brief therapy
had its roots here with its great abilities to make deep and lasting
change. He took hypnosis, which previously was considered a stage
entertainment, and moved it into solid behavioral science with
integrity and a totally new way of treating patients and clients.
“You Are All-Ways So Much More Than You Think You Are!”
Milton Erickson heavily
influenced NLP founders Bandler & Grinder in their exploration
of how people create inner realities of excellence. In studying
Erickson they found out quickly that he had an incredible ability
to focus so completely on people that he could discern how each
individual created their internal patterns. As an MD he knew these
representations were communicated through the Central Nervous
System from Sensory and Thought Processes. He knew each person
had his own unique language and that if you just observed and
listened carefully to the clients they would provide clues that
would become obvious. He showed that you could learn these keys
to discover each individual’s ability to change. Decades after
Erickson’s death people still study his work, understanding that
he was one of the greatest masters of human behavior. Scores of
books, and thousands of articles have been written about his methods
and his genius. Thank you Uncle Milton for sharing yourself for
the betterment of us all!
The technology of NLP or Neuro Linguistic Program is about the
uniqueness of individuals and their own individual ways of creating
and changing realities through their Internal-Representations.
NLP has been applied to excellence and behavioral processes in
every conceivable area from business, health and personal change
to personal empowerment and spiritual areas. It is all about internal
and external communications. This great knowledge opens up expansive
opportunities for helping people in changing their lives for the
NLP: Neuro Linguistic Programming -Neuro…communications through
the mind-body system that are carried as signals from the brain
and body through the central nervous system. -Linguistics… is
how we utilize language, how we communicate to ourselves and to
others -Programming… is the patterns and processes through which
we continue to habituate and sustain our identities, beliefs,
internal- representations and behaviors (realities).
NLP has been referred
to as the “Software for the Brain” and the “Owners Manual for
the Human Being” it is about the ability to understand how we
and others operate through our internal processes. Words are only
the surface structure of what is happening in the deeper processes
from which the words or thoughts appear. The NLP principle states…
“The map is not the Territory.” NLP is the technology of change
and is a highly effective way to help people enjoy a greater quality
of life in virtually every area imaginable, from business, sports,
counseling, personal empowerment to health & wellness.
Many practitioners use NLP alone to help people make changes.
Others have found that by adding NLP to Hypnotherapy they get
an even wider range of possibilities for directing personal change.
Erickson’s Law of Requisite Varity says, ”The person with the
most options is always in control.” We could equally say that
the person with the most choices has more options for change.
So, what do Hypnosis and Uncle Milton have to do with NLP? Without
Milton H. Erickson the modality of NLP and professional Hypnotherapy
as we know it today would not exist. We are wonderfully indebted
to Erickson for a quick and effective method for profound personal
Remember… “You Are All-Ways So Much More Than You Think You Are!”
Rich Aanrich has a Counseling and Hypnotherapy/NLP
Training Center. His trainings include, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy
Certification & NLP. He can be reached here in Portland at