This week I want to bring in the idea of Silverthorn and Overdurf’s final NLP Pre-supposition.
(References for this blog: Humanistic NLPsych™ Copyright©1996, 1997 Neuro-Energetics)
“Everything and everyone is interconnected.”
“The material universe is a dynamic web of interrelated events. None of the properties of the web are fundamental. They all follow from properties of the other parts and the overall consistency of their interrelations determines the structure of the entire web.
At the quantum level we are one, there are no local causes.
No matter what you think you are………..”
I love this one because it helps me link back to my personal development roots. If everything and everyone is interconnected we are all one.
By accepting that we are all interconnected we can consider the possibility that we create our own reality. Life is a learning experience we have created to help us re-integrate with our place in the universe, that place where separation does not exist and we can understand the meaning and purpose of our own existence.
This all maps back to Overdurf and Silverthorn’s second through to fourth NLP Pre-suppositions:
2. Reality is a construction.
The map is not the territory.
You get what you focus on.
3. Reality and meaning are created through relationships.
Things exist by virtue of their mutually consistent relationships.
4. Living is learning.
We can’t not learn. All behaviour is motivated by a positive, self-adaptive
Acceptance of these NLP pre-suppositions gives us permission to recognise that no matter what is happening in our life we have value and worth. We can make sense of our world and find meaning in even experiences that are less than positive.
The next step is to realise that once we understand these NLP pre-suppositions we can then choose to change what is no longer working for us in our lives. NLP is one such route/
root to that change.
As I mentioned these NLP pre-suppositions take me back to my personal development roots/ routes and here is how. Before I had even heard of NLP I attended an intensive personal development workshop called the Turning Point.
The Turning Point is a mixture of approaches that shares many underlying principles with NLP and includes a highly experiential element using techniques such as bio-energetics and gestalt approaches. Added to this, there are meditations and discussions about meaning and purpose.
For me this workshop was amazing and took me in the course of a weekend from a place of low self-esteem and depression to a dawn of a new way of thinking. I now recognise how many of the techniques used relate directly to NLP approaches.
The Turning Point emerged from the same melting point as NLP many regards, a reminder to me that everything and everyone are really interconnected.
I recommend this course as a great compliment to NLP principles particularly for people looking for some deeper meanings.
This week I reconnected with the Turning Point when Joe and I joined them for an evening follow up session to see how someone close to me had got on doing the course.
If you want to know more here is a link.
Next week I will introduce you to the NLP Pre-suppositions we have created as part of PSiNLP.
In 2010 we (myself and Joe Cheal) formed a new school of NLP with Julie Silverthorn. Our transatlantic school is the Positive School of Intrinsic Neuro-Linguistic Psychology. Our intention is to build on the work started by Julie and John with HNLP. Our school is PSiNLP for short, based on the shortening of our name and also reference to the psychology symbol Psi. All three of us have undergraduate and post graduate degrees in psychology. For more see our website:
The GWiz Learning Partnership and PSiNLP have just received approval for our Practitioner, Master Practitioner and NLP Trainer’s Training to count as 90 credits toward a full Masters degree in Applied Coaching with a British University. For more details contact me direct.
So more next week, have great week.