How can we transform the world from chaotic self-interest, escalating violence and seemingly a bent toward destruction, to a world that is systemically peaceful, collaborative, empowering, and life affirming? Depending on your personal life filter, an argument can be made for either of these views as truth. And you may ask, “Haven’t we made great progress as humans?” “Isn’t the world better than it was?” And then again; “Isn’t the world getting worse?’ “Why should we try?” “Why not tear the world down and start over with something else?”
I remember walking around my college campus between classes and occasionally I’d look out over the bustle of moving bodies and see someone looking back at me, meeting my eye. In the early 1970?s there were already well over 30,000 students bumping into each other at the major university I attended and occasionally the eye I would meet belonged to someone I believed to be curiously awake, aware, knowing, and conscious, looking back, as eager and fascinated as I was to connect, even if only the split second in time as the crowd moved us along. I remember reading a book about that time that suggested that, ‘there are those among us who have awakened and are conscious.’ I remember wondering what it was that those people knew to give them such a knowing and confident twinkle of the eye. Was there something they knew that I had not yet learned.
In accounts of stories recorded in versions of the Christian Bible in the time soon after the death of Jesus, the Apostles traveled the land preaching and also practicing ‘laying on of hands.’ In these accounts, people were ‘lifted up’ and transformed. They were spiritually healed and also physically healed. These healings were called ‘miracles.’ How many ways, I wondered are there to change people and thereby change the world. Maybe those miracles were not so mysterious. I have met lots of modern-day people who lay their hands on other people to heal them and those who touch, inspire, and heal with words. I believe we live in a world where more people are awake and capable of creating positive change than ever before in human history.
That may sound a little naive or romanticized to some who will read this article. As I see and hear the news channels telling me of ‘more people dead in war-torn countries, or about another bombing in London, France, or Florida, or even a ‘violent robbery in my town,’ or a ‘domestic family squabble,’ or any number of other incidents that could easily be crafted into a good argument that the world is terrible place and that it’s not smart to trust your neighbors, I am aware that there are more and more people on the planet who believe that positive change can occur. It’s a matter of what we sort for in life. If we see problems and negativity as the primary force moving us, we create that reality. Making fundamental changes in parts of the world where generations of poverty and repression of basic human rights have molded belief and suppressed hope, is clearly not that easy. On the other hand, when we give people a chance, they sometimes do miraculous things or make selfless sacrifices for the benefit of others.
I have done quite a bit of corporate training work over the years in the areas of culture change and team building based largely on my work with Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP. I remember one of my colleagues and mentors, Robert Dilts, raising the question, “Why not build a company where people really want to come to work? Or to the point of this writing, “why not build a world to which people want to belong.’
Another of my mentors, Harvey Davisson, PhD, was a Psychologist in Dallas, Texas. As a 30-something young man I worked with him to develop his weight loss-longevity business. As part of my working agreement, I learned about a methodology he was using with his patients. I have adapted that work over the years and now call it Core Decisional Repatterning©. It is a profound change technology for discovering the decisions that make up our programming and where limitations exist, installing a new, more life-enhancing decision that will cause an individual to quickly, easily and profoundly change unresourceful life patterns. People get more of what they want in life as a result.
I remember having what I assumed to be a dream around that time. In my dream, I had flown into a small airport in a third world country and was shaking hands and meeting with dignitaries including the country’s educational, financial, and other leaders. I was there to teach them how to implement these technologies for profound transformation that could change even deeply rooted beliefs causal to poverty, poor health, violent habits, and greed, to healthy, happy, productive programming that could transform entire nations. After all, if you can change individuals fundamentally, you change how families operate, how communities are organized, and how countries relate to one another.
As I learned more about NLP techniques, the ability to achieve the dream came much closer to reality. NLP is based on Behavior Modeling, a technology based on protocols for elicit the key components of expertise. “If anyone can do it; you (or I) can do it.” So, pioneers in the field of NLP including the co-founders John Grinder and Richard Bandler set about discovering the structure of experience focused on a single question, “What is excellence.” They modeled, or copied behavior of highly successful people in several fields and areas of life. Elicit enough high quality information about how an expert creates any achievement and you can install those patterns of excellence in yourself and others. Applications are endless.
In my NLP Coaching and Training practice I use a wide variety of powerful tools, including Principled (Total-Wn) Negotiating, therapeutic metaphor, Re-Imprinting, reframing, anchoring, hypnotic language skills, Core Transformation, parts integration and other conflict integration patterns, and much more. In my corporate training and coaching work, I have incorporated aspects of a breakthrough technology developed by Werner Erhart and John Hanley. I have dabbled in learning the Dream Body Work or Process-Oriented Psychology, of Arnold Mindell, and I have been exposed to complimentary modalities and sponsored practitioners of various body work and energy work modalities that can further transform human systems. In short, I think there are a number of techniques and specialized knowledge in the world and even one of these life-changing modalities can make changes in whole communities.
With these ideas in mind, I contacted a few high quality people to form a board for an association that would give people interested in NLP and related technologies a way to belong and learn skills and allow people to connect globally to others with similar interests. The Global Association of Neuro Linguistic Programming is taking on the mission to change the world and it is ‘opening doors and joining hands’ to connect like-minded people and provide education in NLP and related areas.
I am proud to announce the board. My wife, Marsha Thomason, brings a straight forward no-nonsense attitude, event planning capabilities, and a can-do spirit from her years of experience owning one of the nations top real estate and property management companies. Marsha was also winner of a national real estate selling competition for a leading franchise. I contacted Andrew Alex, with his very well-rounded intellect and clarity of thought and his years of experience as a personal injury attorney. I was pleased that he accepted my invitation and has taken ownership in contributing on many levels. Rhonda Robbins brings an understanding of the internet, social media, and marketing, and as a Certified Life Coach, she has integrated NLP techniques and understanding. Janice Palmer is an attorney and former judge in the area of family law, who is also an NLP Master Practitioner and brings deep understanding of the change process and non-adversarial approaches to highly-charged conflicts. Gregg Sobek also has combined NLP and breakthrough technology in his real estate investment business.
Please look for articles to follow on the topics of changing the world and about NLP and other technologies for profound personal change and business excellence.
Check out the website www.nlpskils.com for calendar of events and other resources. And, contact me personally at 602 321-7192.