Today I plan to focus on our power to create our own reality as expressed in the PSiNLP Pre-supposition:
“Energy and intention equal creation.”
This concept has been explored in many different ways over the years both in personal development texts and in cultural media such as the movies. For example I remember when Joe and I first saw the movie “The Matrix”.
We were on holiday in the Lake District in the UK. A beautiful area of Cumbria with inspirational scenery and excellent gingerbread! We were staying in Ambleside and noticed that the local cinema was a tiny theatre with a restaurant attached where you could book a dinner with a movie.
We liked the idea and thought we’d give it a go, the movie showing was “The Matrix” and we had no idea what it was about. We sat in the cinema with about 30 other people and watched this landmark event on the opening night. If you haven’t seen the movie I recommend that you do.
For me this movie was genius. In metaphor, it explained many of the concepts I had been reading about, experiencing on workshops and applying to my own life. The idea that we need to “wake up” to take control of our own lives really resonated with me. If we become unplugged from the machine we can start to be a creative force in our own lives.
So what do we need to become unplugged from?
The answer is simple, we need to unplug from old, unhealthy patterns installed in childhood. These patterns of thinking and behaving were created as our way of coping with situations beyond our understanding and control as children. We created strategies that would help us survive and we did the best that we could with the resources we had available to us at the time.
Our knowledge and information was limited so our options were also limited. Our unconscious provided coping strategies with a positive intention, to keep us safe. Many of these strategies become outdated once we are adults but because we lack awareness we keep running the old patterns.
Awareness is the first step and then we need to change our internal operating principles. In order to change these principles we need to provide ourselves with alternative unconscious strategies that will achieve the same goals but in a healthier way.
Many of you will recognise this process as they are discussed in many different approaches to personal development. I came across the ideas first when I attended the brilliant workshop “The Turning Point” and later when I studied NLP.
For details of The Turning Point go to:
For me this really was an example of “waking up”! My first revelation was to acknowledge and accept my own self worth and value as a human being. Up until that point I had believed myself to be worthless and believed I was unlovable. Even more tragic I believed love did not exist and that people who said it did were faking it!
At the point where I woke up I started to discover some extraordinary things. There were more lovely people in my world than unpleasant ones! It was as if over night the people around me had all transformed! My filter systems, how I viewed the world had changed. In changing my filters my experience of the world changed too.
My intention and my energy had changed as described in the PSiNLP pre-supposition: Energy and intention equal creation. Changing our intention is the first step in applying this new way of thinking to our lives.
Which brings me onto something that I think is equally important. I often hear people talking about creating their own reality in a way that gives me some concerns. They talk about only needing to set the intention and then sit back and wait for something to happen.
It rarely does and when the desired experience fails to show up people then become cynical and disappointed. The problem with their approach is that they are expecting something for nothing, an attitude very common in modern society, sometimes called an entitlement complex.
We do need to change our thinking in order to change our intention. This is not a passive exercise, if we have been holding negative ways of thinking for decades we need to actively do something to transform those patterns. Workshops based on NLP can be one way of doing that, there are other approaches that are also very effective. I also mentioned The Turning Point which is a mixture of meditation, discussion and processes (many of which have a familiar feel if you know NLP).
So by taking an active approach to changing our thinking patterns we are adding the “energy” part to the PSiNLP pre-supposition. This is also true with more tangible goals that we may wish to achieve. We need to set our intention and then we need to take action to complete the creation process.
We need “energy” and “intention” to make lasting changes in our experience, either one alone may lead us into self defeating repeating patterns. Sometimes it is about changing our internal map so that our external behaviours change as result, at other times we need a practical plan to make things happen.
We need to find ways to put ourselves back in the driving seat of our own lives as Dr Phil McGraw explains in his book “Life Strategies”. We need to take “massive action” if we want results as described by Anthony Robbins on his workshops. The message is the same whichever approach you examine, set your intention and take action!
If you need some help making changes in your life you might want to consider some of the following options:
Join us on 28th January 2012 in Bedfordshire to take part in a one day workshop designed to help you access your worth and value, “Your Brilliant You!” We also have a free MP3 download of a previous workshop on this link.
Or if you are ready to go the full way join us on an NLP programme, NLP Practitioner is scheduled for 17th to 25th March 2012 and NLP Master Practitioner is scheduled for 12th to 20th May 2012.
Or if you already have your NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner but would like to learn how to help others join us for PSiNLP Trainer’s Training, 16th to 30th June 2012.
By the way, I’ve set my intention to get into the Christmas spirit, we put our decorations up yesterday! Time to dig out all those lovely uplifting movies about love and kindness. Of course, we don’t need Christmas to be loving and kind!