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.