Have you ever had a backache, sniffle, pain in the neck, upset stomach or niggling doubt of something that you just brushed off as normal yet mildly annoying? We all do that from time to time.
But, what if the sensations that you have in your body – including aches and pains were a way for your body to communicate something to you? Think of it as a light knock on the door. If your mind were trying to communicate something to you, would you be able to dismiss it so quickly?
This is actually one of the ways that the body/mind connection works. If your body had a voice we have no doubt that it would talking to you all the time, since it doesn’t have an auditory voice, it has created a physical one. In NLP we look at everything having a positive intention. Even pains, urges, emotions, diseases and more.
When you learn NLP you’ll learn how to speak your own language, that is, the language of your body. You will become more mindful of what your normal truly is; and anything outside of your normal is something you can begin to communicate with. In fact, NLP has a specific technique called Communicating with Symptoms that will help you to do just this.
A recent example is a gentleman who completed our NLP Level 1 training. He had been experiencing lower back pain for the past 3 or so years. He had concluded that the backpain was caused by bad posture. He had even gone to the length of purchasing a lower back support which kept his spine straight. However, it wasn’t taking away the pain. In the class he communicated with the back pain and he began to understand that his pain was communicating the desire of his unconscious mind to be stronger with his in-laws, people who he often lost his strength with and bowed down to what they wanted.
The unconscious mind is very symbolic – he told us that what he observed as a movie in his mind about standing tall – but it wasn’t about posture. The feelings that came with standing tall included strength, using his voice, standing up for himself and taking back control. When asked who he needs this type of strength with, he thought for a moment and realised it was his in-laws. We then used a variety of other tools to help him be able to stand in his strength. Interestingly, once he came to this understanding, the pain began to subside, and last we checked with him – the pain was gone completely and he is still maintaining his strength and personal control with his in-laws.
When you are more aware of what is going on in your mind and body you can then become more understanding of what is going on for you. This might be a physical pain, an emotion, a behaviour or even a craving or urge. If you are procrastinating about something, there is a good chance your unconscious mind need or wants something before you begin. If you are craving chocolate, it might not be the chocolate but something else your unconscious mind needs and desire.
A great assumption about NLP is you are in charge of your mind and therefore your results. When you are more aware about what is going on for you – you are one step closer to being fully in charge of your mind.
You’ve heard it before and we’ll say it again – the mind and body are connected, therefore affect each other.
And the body can be a fickle thing! It runs on a program of health and can be swayed easily by beliefs, input (diet) and output (exercise). NLP can assist greatly with the belief parts of health. In fact, one belief we often work with is “as I get older my metabolism slows down”. Do you have this belief? If so, according to whom?
If its not a universal truth (the sun will come up tomorrow, there are fish in the ocean, etc.), then it isn’t a belief that exists for everyone. Do you know of anyone who is still fit, healthy and can eat whatever they want without a thought to their metabolism? What if metabolism were less of an age thing and more of a mind thing? Would you choose to do something about it?
Luckily, NLP has a few tools that will help for this! Namely, a process called Communicating with Symptoms, Unconscious Pattern Change and also Neuro Repair Change are all tools that you will learn with NLP that can help you to reset your metabolism – creating more energy, vibrancy and a smaller waistline for you all at the same time.
One of NLP’s presuppositions states that the mind and body are connected therefore effect each other. Now suppose you realise this, but tend not to pay attention to it. When you feel hungry you eat, when you have a head ache you might take an aspirin.
Not that this is wrong, but what if you learned to listen to your body and to find out what it is wanting you to pay attention to. Imagine your headache is the only way your mind can get you to shut off. You get the outcome of down time but in a painful way. When you know the body communicates constantly then you can listen in a way you hadn’t before.
NLP has amazing processes to get in touch with your own mind/body connection. It’s one of the most important things you can do in your life for yourself.
Do you realise that your mind and body are connected, and affect each other? Do you also realise that it is the unconscious part of your mind that is responsible for every bodily function you have? This includes the beating of your heart, digestion of food, body temperature regulation, chemical and hormone production, even your hunger pangs and blinking of your eyes.
Most people take for granted that the body is always doing what it is supposed to do; without giving it much thought (unless it is not functioning or doing what they want), and they take it for granted. When there is an issue people often look outside of themselves for answers and if their body does not co-operate they blame it. We often meet people who become clients or students who have physical health issues that they have gone to see doctors, specialists, acupuncturists, physiotherapists, osteopaths and more – and often the external treatment doesn’t work because it is inside factors (psychological) that is creating the issues.
NLP is well known for its benefits in health and healing. In fact, NLP has many methodologies and tools that get your mind and body communicating so they know what each one wants and needs and how to go about achieving these. For example – if you knew that the migraines that you have are actually trying to get your attention to tell you that you need to express yourself more, wouldn’t that be a wonderful piece of information? Or, if your stomach ache or anxiety was your bodies way to communicate its desire for you to change how you handle stress – could you use that information?
NLP will provide you with tools to understand what your unconscious (or automatic self), is doing and what it is programmed to do. Through a variety of NLP tools, you’ll be able to align your beliefs, change behaviours, communicate with symptoms, work directly with your chemical and hormone production to ensure optimal levels of production, while creating and maintaining neurological pathways that will keep you in beneficial health.
Learning and using NLP will give you the ability to manage our conscious thoughts and behaviours. As you learn how to communicate and manage your mind you then improve your physical health in ways that will be long lasting with beneficial effects.