Success and Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Here’s a something about neuro-linguistic programming that I’ll bet you didn’t know. Your neurological system regulates how your body functions. Language determines how you communicate and interface with others and your programming determines the kinds of world models you create. Hence, we derive the term: Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

A pragmatic school of thought or ‘epistemology’, NLP addresses the many levels involved in the unique phenomenon of being a human being. NLP is a multi-dimensional process involving the development of flexibility and behavioral competence; though it also involves strategic thinking and a firm grasp on the cognitive and mental processes that explain human behavior.

The course for Neuro-Linguistic Programming provides the student with the skills and tools necessary for the development of individual excellence; it also establishes a network of presuppositions and empowering beliefs about what human beings really are; what communication is and what the process of change is really all about.

Neuro-linguistic programming is about self-discovery, exploring mission and identity. Furthermore, it delivers a framework for understanding and relating the physical part to the spiritual essence of human experience, reaching far beyond us as individuals to our families, communities and global systems.

As human beings, we have difficulty comprehending what is our minds and what is reality. Perceptions of reality is what we are restricted to experiencing. Our experiences and responses to the world surrounding us happens, therefore, mainly through our sensory representational systems.

The processes which occur within a human being and between human beings and their environment are systemic processes. Our societies, our bodies, and our universe make “an ecology of complex systems and sub-systems all of which interact with and mutually influence each other.” A give and take system; so it is impossible to totally isolate any part of the system from the rest. These systems are based on ‘self-organizing’ principles and naturally seek optimal states of balance or homeostasis.

All of the models and techniques of NLP are based on the combination of these two principles. In the belief system of NLP it is not possible for human beings to know objective reality. Wisdom, ethics and ecology do not derive from having the one ‘right’ or ‘correct’ map of the world, because human beings would not be capable of making one. Rather, the goal is to create the richest map possible that respects the systemic nature and ecology of ourselves and the world we live in. The people who have the most power are the people who have a map of the world allowing them to perceive the greatest number of available perspectives and choices.

So, as you will learn in the NLP course neruo-linguistic programming is a method of enriching the decisions you have and perceive as available in the world around you.

The Developers and Development of NLP

Neuro-Linguistic Programming is becoming more and more common in professional development, formal education, and informal learning. Founded by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, it is a method that strives to enhance the effectuality of communication and facilitate personal development and learning.

NLP was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the early 1970’s, when Bandler was a student at the University of Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, California. There he met Grinder, an assistant professor of linguistics.

NLPThe term, `Neuro-Linguistic Programming’, first coined by Alfred Korzybski in 1941, is in reference to the opinion that people are whole mind-body systems, and there are systematic, patterned connections between neurological processes, language and learned behavioral strategies. Promotional literature of NLP usually puts emphasis on the ability for excellence in communication.

As introduced in the professional course for Neuro-Linguistic Programming educators may apply the tools of the system to just about any aspect of teaching and learning; presentation skills, self-management, use of language for precise communication, classroom management, study skills, teaching design, and so on.

By adopting a particular behavior or approach when you sit or stand in one place, your learners will start to associate that space with what you are about to do and what is going to happen next. The learners’ own internal state will morph in anticipation of what they know from experience will come next.

NLP assumes that all educators influence their learners’ responses with the use of space and language, no matter whether they are using NLP. Many will do so inadvertently, and use space in ways negating rather than supporting the objective. The object is to enable the educator to align their behavior more effectually with their ultimate purpose.

NLP is a growth-orientated rather than pathology-orientated approach. It emphasizes learning as the key to personal change and assumes people are inherently capable. NLP adopts a constructivist position where people act according to the way they understand the world and not according to the way the world actually is.

There is also a significant emphasis on understanding the structures and processes behind, instead of the content of, experience. To explain it in another way, NLP seeks to understand how people construct their experiences through cognitive processes, rather than by seeking causal explanations in the past for why they experience the world the way they do.

More about this fascinating method can be learmed at the NLP course .

What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming?

Neuro-Linguistic Programming is the study of subjective experience structure; what can be calculated from it and may be predicated on the reckoning that all behavior has structure.

Neuro-Linguistic ProgrammingBecause popular NLP models are formal, they permit, for professionals, the ability to predict and calculate behavioral patterns in patients. To put it in other words, patterns not previously available in any current NLP practicioner’s approach may be calculated from the formal representations that he has here to for created. New models and techniques are always being created and developed.

Because the models constituting Neuro-Linguistic Programming describe how the human brain functions they are put to use in order to teach them. It can only be applied and henceforth can only be taught experientially.

Well trained Neuro-Linguistic Programmers will always teach by installation, not by teaching technique after technique. Techniques outdate themselves way too hastily that they might base the NLP field on a set of techniques. It is based upon the attitude, the models and skills allowing for constant generation of new techniques which are more effective and work faster.

Many NLP providers make certain courses prerequisite for the attendance of certain other courses. However, NLP education certainly does not come in levels. Once the pattern underneath, by which something may be learned has been taught, the material becomes easier to access and makes for an obvious and practical extension. For example, once somebody has learned how to read, it makes no difference how long the book actually is. And likewise, once someone has been taught the spelling strategy it does not matter whether the word is two or five letters long, you just have to look at the picture. Each seminar is based upon different sets of knowledge. Ergo, it just isn’t necessary to do them in order, see?

Each seminar that Dr. Bandler teaches is different. Once someone has attended one practitioner course it does not mean that the practitioner material has been learned and that person should therefore go to a different course. You have to remember that the names and certificates are only names and certificates not the material nor the knowledge!

Neuro-Linguistic Programming designed, especially to facilitate us to work, well, magic, by inventing new methods of understanding how verbal and non-verbal communication affect the human brain. As such it presents us all with the opportunity to not only improve our inter-personal communication with others, but at the same time to learn how to garner a better grip over what we considered to be automatic functions of our own neurology.

Learn more about this fascinating technique at the NLP course

The Maharishi Says

Ayurveda is “the complete knowledge for long life.” Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional India medicine which has found a vogue in other parts of the world concerned with alternative medicine.

In Sanskrit, the word ‘ayurveda’ consists of the words ‘?yus’, which means “longevity”, and veda, which means “related to knowledge” or “science”

The Maharishi Ayurveda advocates internal cleansing for every change of season.
To the Maharishi Ayurveda, detoxification and purification is a foundation for vivacity, as well as a crucial component of Ayurveda.

Detox, according to the Maharishi, is especially beneficial in the spring; as this is the time when nature rejuvenates itself.

In Maharishi Ayurveda, the rule is balance first. This principle is stressed by Charaka, one of the great ancient Ayurvedic healers. The belief is not complicated: The “solutions” shouldn’t create new imbalance in order to repair imbalance.

Here are some tips

Keep a detoxifying diet:
Eat light, warm, cooked foods like soup.

Eat easy-to-digest fruits, vegetables and grains like cooked prunes, apples, figs, pears, pineapples and papayas. And cooked vegetables such as leafy greens, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. As for grains, choose fresh flatbreads like chapati, barley, quinoa, amaranth, rice and kanji.

Season your food with detoxifying spices like cumin, turmeric, coriander, fennel, black pepper and fresh ginger.
Avoid canned, frozen, packaged or processed foods..

Stay away from heavy foods like red meat, fried foods, oily foods, yeasted breads, sugary desserts, crackers and dairy products like cheese and yogurt.

Drink eight cups of pure, filtered water, daily.

Use NLP When All Else Fails

Once upon a time there were the tools subtly offered to patients by their psychoanalysts, but that got nobody anywhere except back to the psychology drawing-board and perhaps the philosophy aisle at the book store. Then came hypnosis, but that seemed to harsh. Then there was electro-shock therapy; the widespread prescribing of pharmaceutical medications and L. Ron Hubbard brought us Scientology.

All of these ideas are out there; are available; but how else can we learn to control our own minds so that we harness its power, cut out the non-desireables and become healthier, more confident and powerful? Well, if you can’t get the shape to fit the mold with all the above listed approaches, “a model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship between successful patterns of behavior and the subjective experiences (especially the thought patterns) underlying them” is Neuro-Linguistic Programming, also known as, NLP. Jointly founded, or created by linguist, John Grinder, (inspired by the psycholinguistic theory of Professor Noam Chomsky) and Richard Bandler, NLP is “a system of alternative therapy based on this which seeks to educate people in self-awareness and effective communication, and to change their patterns of mental and emotional behavior“.

Bandler and Grinder claimed that NLP would facilitate “finding ways to help people have better, fuller and richer lives.” According to these two fearless pioneers of the human psyche, there exists a direct connection between neurological processes, language and behavioral patterns, learned through experience – “programming” or “conditioning.” If organized properly, these can help people to achieve their goals in life.

Originally introduced in the 1970s, Neuro-linguistic programming was a form of psychological therapy capable of addressing phobias, habit disorder, depression, psychosomatic illness and even learning disorders. Real life success stories claimed it succeeded in espousing the potential for self-determination, by emphasizing well-being and healthy functioning, and most importantly, by conquering learned limitations.

The meta model was introduced in 1975 in two volumes, The Structure of Magic I: A Book About Language and Therapy and The Structure of Magic II: A Book About Communication and Change. The idea wished to challenge distortion, generalization and deletion in the client’s language. For instance:

Client: “I feel lousy.”
Therapist: “How does one get to feel lousy?”
Client: “… Dunno, it just, happens.”
Therapist: “Does it happen randomly, or at specific times and places, where there are specific people involved?”


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Irritable Bowels? Try Peppermint!

PeppermintHere’s one for you, peppermint oil to remove irritable bowel syndrome. You know the ailment by its symptoms, bloating and abdominal pain. This condition attacks one in five adults and is not easily treatable. Fiber supplements, prescription drugs and laxatives are all common remedies; but as often as not, they just don’t work.

Why not try a natural alternative?

An amalgam of spearmint and watermint, the peppermint plant has been used for many centuries for an herbal remedy. They say it can relieve certain gastrointestinal problems by obstructing the flow of calcium into the intestines’ muscle cells, which lessens muscle contractions.

The following things are to be associated with irritable bowel syndrome:

  • Medicines
  • Large meals
  • Chocolate, wheat, barley, rye, milk products, or alcohol
  • Coffee, drinks with caffeine, tea, or colas
  • Stress, conflict, or emotional upsets
  • In 2008, scientists from the American College of Gastroenterology did research on previous studies that compared peppermint oil with a placebo for some 400 patients.

    They ended up finding that only in 26 percent of the patients treated with peppermint oil administered twice a-day as capsules, for a period of one to two months the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome went on after the treatment; compared with 65 percent of those given placebo. The scientists concluded the evidence was sufficiently stirring in order that more research should be conducted.

    Lance Armstrong: A Champion on Two Fronts

    If you’ve never heard the name Lance Armstrong, you must have been living under a rock for the last decade. Winning the prestigious Tour de France bicycle race for the seventh consecutive year in 2005 made Armstrong one of the most celebrated athletes in the world. But if this is no easy feat on its own – imagine winning all of these races after recovering from testicular cancer – this is Armstrong’s story and this is why he is a champion on two fronts.

    Picture to the right: “David Gerstein Armstrong Bike Rider Free Standing Sculpture
    David Gerstein "Armstrong Bike Rider" Free Standing Sculpture
    Lance Armstrong was born on September 18, 1971, in Plano, Texas, near the major city of Dallas. His parents were divorced when he was just a small child, and his mother, Linda, who was only seventeen years old when she had Lance, was left to raise her son on her own. When Lance was three, his mother married Terry Armstrong, who adopted him. Later, Linda and Terry were also divorced, and Linda was once again a single mother. Lance often credits his mother for instilling in him the drive and motivation that makes him such a champion.

    When he was seven years old, Linda bought Armstrong his first bike. It was a Schwinn Mag Scrambler. When he was in the fifth grade, Lance began running six miles a day after school, and soon was entering long-distance running competitions on weekends. Armstrong also tried team sports like football, baseball, and basketball, but found that he was better at activities which require much endurance. When he joined the local swim club, Lance would ride his bike ten miles to practices early in the morning and then pedal to school. And after school he would jump back on his bike and ride ten miles back to the club to swim more laps.

    At age thirteen, Armstrong took home the “If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.” top prize at the IronKids Triathlon, which includes swimming 200 meters, cycling 6.2 miles, and running 1.2 miles.

    In 1987, at age sixteen, Armstrong turned professional in the triathlon. In the same year he was invited to be tested by the Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research in Houston, Texas. Researchers measured the amount of oxygen his lungs consumed during exercise and found that Armstrong’s oxygen levels were the highest the clinic ever recorded, which meant that his lung capacity, critical for endurance, made him a natural athlete.

    In 1990 Lance became the U.S. National Amateur Champion. In the next year he won Italy’s eleven-day Settimana Bergamasca race, and in 1992, he competed in the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He came in 14th place, and immediately turned professional.

    Throughout the next few years Lance dominated in the world circuit.

    But on October 2, 1996, just a few weeks after his twenty-fifth birthday, tragedy hit. The young cyclist was diagnosed with testicular cancer which had also spread to his lungs, abdomen, lymph nodes, and brain. Doctors predicted a less than 40% chance for recovery.

    Well, the champion read everything he could about the disease and changed his diet, giving up coffee, dairy products, and red meat. After consulting his doctors, Armstrong opted to forego the traditional treatment for brain tumors – radiation. Instead doctors performed surgery to remove his tumors, and then administered an alternative and aggressive form of chemotherapy.

    Between rounds of chemotherapy Lance continued to ride his bicycle as much as he could. On February of 1997, he was declared cancer-free.

    Being dropped by his former sponsors just pushed Armstrong harder upon his return to the circuit – he eventually won the Tour de Luxembourg. And then went on to be victorious in every Tour de France over the next five years. On July 25, 2004, he set a new Tour de France record by taking home the top prize for the sixth consecutive year.

    He formed the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) in 1997. He has emerged as a leading spokesman and activist in the fight against cancer. Because of its many fund-raising and education-based initiatives, the foundation has become recognized throughout the world.

    Eco-Friendly Recovery from the Flu and Common Cold

    box of tissuesSneezing green may be a duality – one interpretation comes with ease, the other, very much not so. When your head is pounding and you’ve been hacking up a lung all night, the last thought on your mind is, how can I make this experience more eco-friendly?

    Times of illness do not a conservationist make: It is pretty much just scrapping for whatever will provide relief, whether that is three-times-a-day deliveries of tom yum gai or a medicine cabinet stuffed with decongestants.

    I’m actually just recovering from a two-week bought with bronchitis. I feel quite guilty about this; yesterday, I stood in the tissue aisle of the drugstore for a full 10 minutes, debating whether my nose was worth the destruction of so many old-growth forests.

    In this case, sadly, I must admit: I decided that it was. Had I felt like my normal and healthy, eco-crusader self, I would have made the schlep to the supermarket that I know stocks sustainable boxes of 100% recycled, chlorine-free Seventh Generation tissue.

    With a bit of knowledge, even the most pathetic of cold-sufferers can lessen the damage of their feverish footprint. Here are some ideas:

    Washable tissues are an elegant, eco-friendly option. In the privacy of your home, who cares if you look like a granny when you’re blowing your nose in an old-timey tissue? You’ll find that they’re also a nice alternative to recycled facial tissues, which feel like sandpaper.

    It’s not fun or easy to cook when you’re sick, but a week’s worth of wonton soup delivery can add up to a pile of trash, definitely due to all of that unnecessary packaging (who needs 10 packets of soy sauce anyway?). Just cook up a giant pot of soup that’s full of organic veggies.

    With the threat of H1N1 this flu season, it seems like everyone’s going crazy with the hand sanitizer. Though many conventional sanitizers contain harmful chemicals like phthalates, and can actually promote the growth of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria if they contain the antimicrobial triclosan, a suspected endocrine disruptor. Bottom line? To prevent your illness from infecting others, nothing is as safe and effective as washing your hands with soap and water.

    Don’t pressure your doc into prescribing an antibiotic for your runny nose. The common cold and flu are viral illnesses, and while it’s not fun to wait it out for a week while your cough dies off, a dose of amoxicillin will not make you healthier. In fact, it could harm you, since every time you take an antibiotic when you don’t actually have a bacterial infection, you actually increase your risk of later developing a life-threatening superbug.

    It’s very tempting to arm yourself with an arsenal of decongestants and sleeping aids, but most of these medications come with a whole slew of side effects — and actually do nothing to lessen the duration of your illness. They also will pollute our soil and groundwater with chemicals once they’re thrown in the trash. Interestingly, some of the best remedies are also the most eco-friendly: a salt water gargle to soothe a sore throat and hot lemon water with honey to calm a cough.

    Seven Holistic Cures For the Common Cold

    Besides for the obvious: being just short of “What About Bob” germ-o-phobia, I cannot tell you how to avoid altogether becoming stricken with H1N1 – and while I cannot prevent you from being among the 5%-20% of the population who come down with regular influenza every winter, accept by suggesting that you get vaccinated – I would like to recommend some natural cures for the less serious, “common cold”.

    Holistic MedicineEchinacea purpurea
    Mix 15 to 20 drops of an echinacea tincture with warm water four or five times a day.

    Make sure you are not allergic.

    Taking ginseng every day reduces the severity and duration of cold symptoms, and appeared to prevent colds as well.

    Nasal Rinsing
    Long popular with the holistic crowd, daily rinsing fends off cough, sniffles, and sore throat.

    Pelargonium sidoides
    Extracts derived from this plant have been shown to decrease the symptoms of acute bronchitis.

    Vitamin C
    Experts seem to support vitamin C over other remedies.

    A 1996 study found that zinc lozenges reduced the duration of the common cold from 7.6 days to 4.4 days.

    New Study Finds that Shrooms and Green Tea Reduce Cancer Risk

    Did you know that women who eat large amounts of mushrooms and drink a whole bunch of green tea are at a lower risk for developing breast-cancer? Seems a little strange, I know, but a recent study, done by the International Journal of Cancer, attests to this information; and if anyone really knows, well hey, its gotta be them!

    Here’s what they did. They chose more than 2,000 women in China, 1,009 of whom, breast-cancer patients, aged 20-87; and the other half normal healthy women. Each woman completed a detailed diary questionnaire, telling which foods they had recently consumed.

    The data showed that the more mushrooms consumed, the lower the cancer rate. Women who ate 10 grams of fresh mushrooms or more per day, were about 2/3 less likely to have breast cancer; while those who ate 4 grams per day, saw their breast-cancer risk fall 50%.

    As far as tea drinkers, the cancer risk for women who both ate fresh mushrooms and drank green tea was 11%, compared to the 18% risk of women who consumed neither.