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How to feel great

Have you ever heard a song on the radio that instantly transports you back to a specific time in your life or a particular memory? Or smelled a certain scent that reminds you of someone or something? In NLP we call these associations ‘anchors’. Your mind naturally associates and connects things together, with scent being a particularly powerful way of connecting feelings and memories. This usually happens unconsciously but we can also learn to do this consciously and deliberately. It’s always good to have a resourceful state that you can access whenever you need or want to feel better. To create positive feelings, first think of a time when you were really strong, happy, and felt great! Really associate into the memory, imagine looking through your own eyes, make it bigger, brighter, see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Turn EVERYTHING up and make the experience as intense as you can. When you are at the peak of the moment, press your finger and thumb together, or press a knuckle or acupressure point. Hold it for as long as the feeling is strong, then release when the memory and feeling begins to fade. Do this a few times with different great memories in the same pressure point to get a really FAB strong anchor!

Test how you feel when you press the anchor point, to see for yourself how intense the good feelings can be when you fire off the anchor. This is a great way to use your brain’s natural ability for association for all sorts of things. Try creating different anchors for different

What is NLP?

Neuro Linguistic Programming, more commonly known as NLP is the study of the structure of our internal experience and has been described as an ‘Instruction Manual for the Brain’ or ‘The Art and Science of Effective Communication’. It is a set of ideas and methods developed in the 1970’s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder of understanding and changing the way that we think, feel and behave.

NLP is the process of understanding how people organise their thoughts, language, feelings and behaviour to produce the results that they do. We know that the way we think has an effect on the way we feel and this is something that is often taken for granted. Top athletes know the importance of having the correct state of mind when performing, and this is something that anyone can learn to do with NLP by understanding how this state of mind is achieved.

By understanding that we form our beliefs and internal map of the world as a result of our experiences we can begin to realise why we sometimes experience emotional problems. If you were constantly told as a child that you are stupid for example, you accept this into your programming and on some level believe it to be true. When you experience a traumatic event, the part of the mind which is designed to protect you (the unconscious mind) can sometimes deal with the trauma by overprotecting you, resulting in problems ranging from anxiety and phobias to extreme Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

NLP can help you to understand your own ‘programming’, and why you behave, think and feel in the way that you do. By understanding how your mind operates, you can begin to feel how you want to feel, overcome the past and develop new ways of thinking and being that are more positive and fulfilling.

• NLP uses simple techniques which are incredibly effective.
• NLP teaches you how to be healthier, to be free from anxiety and to be more confident
• When NLP is combined with hypnosis and EFT the results are often life-changing.

Therapy Explained

What it’s all about?

I have created this blog primarily to discuss methods of resolving and overcoming the sort of problems we all come across in everyday life. I want to help provide the reader (and indeed myself to a degree) with information that is helpful in maintaining a positive attitude and getting the very best out of themselves and others.

My name is Rebecca Sutton (www.resolvehypnotherapy.co.uk) and I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner and an Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner. I have qualifications in Psychology and Social Care and am very interested in Alternative and Complimentary Health issues. I am also a huge believer that it is possible to overcome even the most debilitating emotional and physical issues with the right sort of approach and information.

Have you ever wondered how some people seem to sail through life? The sort of people who are enviously labelled ‘just plain lucky’ or ‘leading a charmed life’? Or wondered how some people manage to survive massive emotional trauma and are able to find the silver lining in even the most horrendous circumstances?

It’s not that these people are in any way ‘special’ or ‘different’ from anyone else. What they do have however, is a set of strategies that enable them to utilise their own resources in ways that enable them to create successful outcomes. In essence, they are able to think positively. True positivity is not to ignore problems or to pretend blindly that everything is okay in the event of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, but rather the ability to use the incredible natural abilities of the human mind to create a desired outcome. This is an ability that anyone can learn and is something that I aim to cover extensively in this blog.

How to stop negative thoughts

One of the biggest obstacles to creating the life and future that you dream of, can be the occurance of negative thoughts. Thinking of what has happened in the past, worries of what might happen in the future, these all have an impact on the way we feel in the present and therefore affect what we attract into our lives.

Even though we may know logically and consciously what we should be doing (ie thinking positive thoughts) sometimes it can be really difficult to know HOW to change our negative thinking and what we need to do to stop those thoughts when they arise.

Unfortunately we don’t come with an instruction manual and we tend to find that the more we try not to do something, the harder it is to stop. One of the main reasons for this is that your unconscious mind doesn’t recognise negatives, such as no, stop and don’t. For example if someone were to say to you “Whatever you do, DON’T think about a pink elephant!” – you think of a pink elephant. You can’t help it – in order to dismiss something, you have to first think about it.

You can change how you feel about your thoughts, by using the way that your mind naturally processes information. When you think of a memory that you feel very strongly about, either positively or negatively, you experience it with your senses. You may get a visual image in your mind’s eye, you may have sounds or voices connected to it, it may even have smells and tastes and you will also get a feeling that goes with it.

When you have a strong emotional reaction about something, those senses tend to be amplified, so the image will probably be a movie as opposed to a still image, brightly coloured, quite close and big and you may be imagining it through your own eyes. The sounds may be quite loud, clear and near and you may get a physical sensation in your body that matches the emotion.

If your thought is one that makes you feel strongly negative, you can adjust each one of those factors so that your brain interprets the information differently and therefore doesn’t react in the same way. So for a negative visual image you can:

Imagine you can see yourself in the image instead of through your own eyes.
If it’s a movie, make it into a still image.
Make the picture black and white, and push it further away.
Shrink the image or make it see through

For auditory elements, such as a negative internal dialogue, you can:

Turn the volume down
Make it come from further away from you or a different place
If it’s an internal voice, change it into a funny voice, such as your favourite comedian or Donald Duck.
Make it softer and kinder

On the flip side, you can also use this to create compelling visual images of what you do want, which helps with manifesting your desires. To do this, reverse the above – make images more colourful, bigger, bring it closer and see through your own eyes. Turn sounds up, make them clearer and surround sound or give your image an inspiring or motivating soundtrack. When you say positive things to yourself, say them in your mind loudly in an excited, motivated tone of voice (or calm, relaxed etc).

Your mind is an incredible learning machine, and it doesn’t take it very long to learn new ways of thinking about something. If you keep repeating your adjustments, your brain learns to think in the new way and does it automatically for you. Then by being able to adjust your thoughts so you can feel better right now, manifesting what you do want instead of what you don’t, becomes a lot easier.