Mindfulness, NLP and Hypnosis Does It All Go Together?

Mindfulness, NLP and Hypnosis Does It All Go Together?


Mindfulness is becoming highly popular in the world of self development especially in areas of mental illness.  Mindfulness is a type of meditation that allows the client to focus on the hear and now.


The secret to the popularity  of mindfulness is the accessibility of the techniques – they are very simple to use and once learnt clients can practice the techniques alone, rather then always requiring the support of a therapist.


Mindfulness uses a mixture of techniques, such as “deep breathing” taking long deep breaths, visualising the breath travelling down your body to access a deep state of relaxation.  “Muscle tensioning” tensing and releasing muscles to relax the body. And “observing your thoughts” from a dissociated point of view you can visualise your thoughts to create a new perspective and a new emotional attachment.


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As an NLP Hypnotherapist these techniques sound very familiar. A very popular hypnotic induction is asking the client to take several deep breaths to help them relax, before asking them to close their eyes. This is followed by asking the relaxed client to tense, hold and release the muscles in various parts of their body; face, neck, shoulders, arms, chest, stomach and legs, taking them into a deeper relaxed state.


A big part of NLP is using disassociation to change your perception of events.  There are various techniques in NLP that changes your map of the world by looking at situations differently. Perceptual positions is a technique that allows you to see the same event from your point of view (associated) from the other persons point of view and from an observers point of view (disassociated)


The fast phobia technique uses a double disassociation (you observe yourself, watching a movie of you during the phobic event before the movie is played in reverse) to help clients change their emotional response to their phobia. It is a refocus of attention that changes your emotional response.



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NLP and Hypnosis is often goal and outcome ordinated; clients come for a particular reason, problem or barrier. Mindfulness or self hypnosis can be useful for clients who have overcome their original issue that they sought out an NLP hypnotist for, as the client can use relaxation techniques and visualised observations to distress and refocus their attention.


Mindfulness, NLP and Hypnosis is a range of techniques and tools to help re-wire the brain, changing the neuron connections in our mind. Neurons produce electrical impulses and it is these electrical impulses that send messages around the brain, creating our automatic reactions and responses to events and situations.


The brain continues to learn and develop throughout our whole lives. Everything we take in from our senses is stored first in the short term memory section of our mind, before being installed in our long term memory, becoming an automatic response.


Old responses and behaviours can be replaced by new ones because the mind through plasticity continues to learn. Research has found that when people are in a relaxed meditational state, where they can let their thoughts wonder, can result in the mind producing stronger memories. Which is how hypnosis produces lasting results.


Mindfulness helps you to direct your awareness to your own thoughts. This way you receive more information and a new understanding and insights. This real-time focus on your thoughts can create new neuron connections as you become emotionally attached to this new perceptive.


It’s the same with hypnosis. If you have a phobia of spiders a hypnotherapist may first create a powerful state of relaxation within you that you can then take with you  in your minds eye to a place with a spider. As your mind doesn’t know what is real and made up (this is the reason dreams have strong emotional responses) it learns to associate this new feeling of calmness with the image of a spider, creating a new response.


Chris Delaney NLP Life Coach, Hypnotherapist and Career Advisor is available for booking for One to One Private Sessions, Group Training Sessions and Public Speaking Events


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