NLP course with Sytse & Marlies Tjallingii, Vukovar 2008.
The term NLP means access to communication, psychotherapy, personal growth and development, instructions on how to use the human mind to achieve superior results, and a set of tools that we can use to change ourselves.
Except in psychotherapy, NLP is often used in education, business, management, and personal growth and development. The US began to use it in the early 70s, where it soon became popular and soon has expanded through Europe and the rest of the world.
The founders of NLP are John Grinder and Richard Bandler, who also developed HED (Human Engineering Design) and NHR (Neuro Hypnotic Repatriation) systems.
They found that language, neuropsychology, and cybernetics make the basis of communication, and accordingly, gave their technique the name Neuro-linguistic Programming.
For the past 30 years, many different experts have contributed to the improvement and expansion of these wonderful tools for positive action and personal change.
What means the name of NLP?
Neuro – refers to the interconnectedness of the senses (vision, hearing, touch, smell, taste), mind, and body, and their mutual influence on the various combinations of receiving and processing information through our nervous system.
Linguistic – studies how language influences thinking, mood and determines our behavior, refers to insight into our thinking, which can be gained with close attention to the use of language, body language, and tonality (verbal and nonverbal communication).
Programming – refers to the study of thinking and patterns of behavior, ie internal processes that take place on certain patterns on the basis of which we all work (we learn, do business, negotiate, fall in love, buy, sell, etc.).
It also refers to the possibility of changing our own behavior.
If we think of our mind as a computer running a particular software, what we are doing here is uninstalling unwanted programs and installing new, desired, positive ones.
Transpersonal NLP is based on the study of higher functions at the spiritual level. NLP puts spirituality at the top of the “neurological level,” an advanced model of the human psyche that manifests itself in our thinking, feeling, and actions, which has a profound impact on our health and inner peace. The neurological hierarchy is as follows:
- Spirituality (What is my purpose in life? What is the purpose of my life? What is the basis of my existence? Why am I doing anything?)
- Identity (The basic “I” feeling, self-assessment, feelings, and my dedication in life. Do I always have to meet the demands of others, or often I ask others to do what I want to do, who am I? What do I mean to others?)
- Beliefs and values (All ideas that I believe are true, what is important, what is important to me, what motivates me)?
- Skills and knowledge (How do I do what I do? What are my knowledge, skills, abilities, strategies?)
- Behavior (What do I do? How do I behave in relation to ____________?)
- Surrounding (Outside Opportunities or Boundaries? Where? When?)
NLP is not a spiritual practice or philosophy, but it respects everyone’s spirituality in the way that the person himself defines, and observes how this higher neurological level affects the levels below it.
The term spirituality used in NLP refers to the personal experience of being a part of “a larger system”, which is our personality in the transcendental field.
Depending on what kind of culture and/or religion an individual belongs to, the personal experience of spirituality can be presented as a god, various deities and spiritual beings, the energy of the universe, what unites us, end so on.
The concept of the neurological level was developed by Robert Dilts. According to him, the key to a healthy psyche is to guide the neurological level from top to bottom, which would mean that Spirituality fills Identity that has the right beliefs and values to gain the right skills and knowledge to suitably behave in his/her surroundings.
Transpersonal NLP provides the basis for understanding why we are and who we are and teach us strategies for achieving top experiences at mental, emotional, and spiritual levels, and helps us develop intuition.
Application of NLP
NLP is most commonly used in business, promotional seminars for entrepreneurs and state institutions, hypnotherapy, and education.
NLP can treat problems such as phobia, depression, anger, behavioral disorders, learning disorders, various incurable diseases, then acts as a positive motivation, increase self-confidence.
The goal of NLP is to achieve top experiences and success in all areas of life. Through techniques, NLP helps us to elevate motivation and increase efficiency in any area of life, giving us the ability to recognize patterns of success and integrate them into our lives. A person who reaches the highest level of success (in any area of his life) does so in a certain way. Such a person has integrated Identity with the spiritual level of existence.