NLP & Hypnosis compliment each other perfectly.
If you know NLP but not hypnotherapy, you’re missing out on some major principles that intensify your success a hundred fold.
If you know hypnotherapy but not NLP, then you’re missing out key techniques that could help you get better results for your clients more quickly.
A major part of NLP is hypnosis. After all a lot of NLP was born from modeling one of the world’s greatest hypnotherapists – Milton Erickson. Therefore if you’re not experienced in hypnosis, you’re certainly missing out on some major tools for change.
In fact, I use hypnosis with most clients. If they come for NLP coaching, I’ll often finish the session with some hypnosis to reinforce the work and often give my clients a hypnosis recording to work with after the session.
But some people don’t like the word ‘hypnosis’ so for many clients I just say that we will finish with a ‘closed eye’ process.
In fact, here’s a secret – if you’ve ever been taken through any visualization process, whether by recording or at the end of an exercise class, then you’ve basically been taken through a hypnotic induction.
So there’s nothing ‘unnatural’ about the hypnotic state – it’s basically one of the most natural states we can be in!
Many techniques in NLP will naturally induce a trance state.
One technique, the new behaviour generator is a good example of this sort of process.
The steps of the new behaviour generator involve first thinking of a behaviour you’d like to improve then following the following stages:
1 Run an internal movie of the expert doing the behaviour the way you’d like to do it – make sure you watch it in as fine detail as possible
2 Re-run the same movie, however this time see yourself in place of the expert, but with exactly the same behaviours and movements – keep doing this until you can see it precisely
3 Start the movie again, however this time float inside the movie and fully associate with it. Make sure you see what you would see as if through your own eyes, hear what you hear and feel what doing the movements feel like – make it as real as possible so you really connect your neurology to the movements
Keep running through this process and you’ll really get great results. In fact, this is a really great technique taught at Practitioner level – although more recently I’ve noticed most accelerated NLP Practitioner trainings don’t teach it for some reason (7 day or shorter NLP courses cut a lot of material out even though they usually try to say it’s the same content as longer courses).
NLP and hypnosis really offer some of the most powerful tools for change that I’ve ever come across.
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