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What is hypnosis?
What is NLP?
How does it work?
What happens in a session?


You have powers you never dreamed of.
You can do things you never thought you could do.
There are no limitations in what you can do except the limitations of your own mind. 
~ Darwin P. Kingsley ~

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a naturally occurring, relaxed state of mind, which happens to us all every day. When we are daydreaming, walking or driving while lost in our thoughts, or when we become engrossed in a book, a movie or some activity, we are in a hypnotic trance. Our conscious mind is not actively thinking, although thoughts are flowing in and out of it. The conscious mind is sometimes described as being like the tip of the iceberg and is responsible for only some 5-10% of the capabilities of the human mind. All our bodily functions and most of our daily tasks are controlled and co-coordinated by the unconscious, which also stores all our memories, learned skills, knowledge, conditioned responses and behaviour. In hypnosis, we relax, the conscious mind is aware but not engaged and direct communication with the unconscious mind can be established. In a hypnotic trance, our minds are able to accept suggestions much more readily and we can access memories and insights, which are hidden from the conscious mind. Under hypnosis, you are always in control and cannot be made to do anything you do not want to do. (Stage hypnotists have a careful selection procedure to choose subjects who are willing volunteers and are simply more relaxed and less inhibited when in a trance). The hypnotist is merely a guide who leads you through this pleasant, relaxing experience, helping you to open the door to the vast abilities, wisdom, resources and power of the unconscious mind.

Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds.
~ Franklin D Roosevelt ~


What is Neuro linguistic programming (NLP)?


- refers to the nervous system, the brain and network of nerves that store and carry information to and from the brain and how we use our five senses to translate experiences into thought processes and emotions, both consciously and unconsciously.


- denotes the use of language to interpret and label our subjective experiences and how we describe those experiences to ourselves and to others.


- is how we condition (program) ourselves to select and interpret information and respond in a particular way.

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so
~ Shakespeare ~


Thus NLP is about the study of how we subjectively translate events into information, how we communicate with ourselves and with others and how this elicits a particular internal emotional response, which leads us to act or behave externally in a specific way.

NLP provides techniques for us to:

  • Learn how to re-program our responses and behaviour in order to achieve better results.
  • Be able to neutralise the negative beliefs and conditioning which may be sabotaging us.
  • Maximize our potential in any area of life.

Every man dies. Not every man truly lives.  
~ Braveheart ~


Richard Bandler and John Grinder originally created NLP, through modeling (recreating) the language, physiology and mental processes of outstanding therapists Fritz Perls  (Gestalt therapy), Virginia Satir (Family therapy) and Dr. Milton Erickson (world-renowned psychotherapist and hypnotherapist) along with other successful people who consistently produced outstanding results. Through modeling excellence, the internal behaviour patterns of excellence were de-coded and developed into a set of techniques that could be taught to others. These form the foundation of NLP. Many other people, such as Robert Dilts, have helped to develop new ideas and techniques in NLP.

As a man thinketh, so is he 
~ Proverbs 23:7 ~


How does NLP work?

NPL consists of practical techniques that enable us to change and optimize the way we experience the world, respond emotionally to the experiences, create an internal physiological state and use this to move towards achieving our goals. The brain does not differentiate between real and imagined events when adjusting our physiology to deal with them. NLP makes use of our most positive memories, personal resources and experiences to learn to recreate, at will, the positive internal states associated with these. It teaches us how to make constructive use of and even to 'play' with negative memories, thoughts and feelings, to neutralize their effects and learn from them. It develops our use of our imagination to help us create the life we want

All that we are is the results of our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world. If we think in a negative way then that negativity will follow us, as sure as the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart. If we think in a harmonious way, happiness follows us as sure as our shadow, never leaving us

~ Buddha (The Dhammapada) ~


What happens in a session?

During the consultation in which you explain your current problems/ issues, you will be encouraged to describe your goals and the outcome you would like. It is important to describe these in positive terms, as things you want more of and wish to move towards, rather than the things you want less of or to leave behind (if you are told not to think of something, such as pink elephants, the image you will inevitably have in your mind is of pink elephants! Thus if, for example, you want to get rid of a back pain you need to focus instead on the feeling you would like to replace it with!). Then you will be guided into a pleasant relaxation and through a process of directing your mind to create an internal state in which you can vividly imagine experiencing the outcome you desire. This includes involving as many of your senses as possible and all the positive feelings and emotions associated with this outcome. This programs the unconscious to institute internal and external actions to bring it about.

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve
~ W. Clement Stone ~


The session is combined with bodywork and /or simple relaxed yoga positions, which promote a deeper more pleasurable trance and also help to anchor the positive state within you, while helping to release tension in your body. Afterwards the conscious mind continues to be busy with the normal daily pre-occupations while you unconsciously create the apparently extraordinary results, as if by magic! 

For we walk by faith, not by sight'
~ II Corinthians 5:7 ~


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