What is NLP?


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NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) comes from the condensed genius of many of the worlds’ best therapists, teachers, entrepreneurs, and motivators. NLP is not based on any theory, but rather on methods and techniques that have consistently gotten results.

In short, NLP is a compilation of what works to get changes for people.

These changes are remarkable not only for the depth and permanence of the change, but also for the speed and ease with which the change can occur.

Change is not only possible, but far easier than once thought.

NLP can assist your most cherished dreams to become reality.


How does NLP work?

Most of the conditions, limitations or blocks that we experience are generated unconsciously. If they were conscious we would just change them. NLP works to change the unconscious structure that creates the limitation at a neurological level. It is not about willpower (read more about why willpower doesn’t work) or positive thinking. It is about changing the raw material used to generate our current problems or limitations. Unconscious patterns are like computer software that runs automatically. If you don’t like the software that is running, yelling at your computer, or trying to force it to do something other than what it is programmed to do is futile. But if you know the language that the software is written in, you can re-write the software to get a different result. Then the re-written software will run automatically. This is what NLP does. It re-writes patterning. It changes the neurological associations that determine experience. It gives you choice and control over what you experience.

There is so much this work can do that the list of what this can’t change would probably be shorter. This work can change beliefs and limitations about self, money, career, love, relationships, family, health, potential and possibilities. It can change emotional reactions to stress, relationships, performance, work, family or life in general. It can reduce or eliminate phobias and anxieties. It can increase levels of calm, focus and satisfaction. It can reduce stress or upset. It can make success more attainable and it can release generational patterns of struggle, illness and depression.

What kind of things can this work change?

    Changes can be effected in:

  • Behaviors
  • Beliefs
  • Self-Image
  • Motivation
  • Relationships
  • Anxieties
  • Phobias

What kind of results can I expect?

It’s difficult to generalize because everyone is different. Some people come for one session or workshop and get the change they wanted—sometimes even more than they hoped for. Other people do a couple of sessions spread out over time to revise a pattern. Not all changes revise and integrate instantly, but people are often surprised at how fast and easily this work does change patterns and experiences. Read about results others have experienced.

Is it therapy?

Although many of the techniques that NLP uses came from observing what the worlds’ best therapists were doing intuitively (outside of their training), NLP is not therapy. It does, however, achieve many of the aims that people frequently go to therapy for, which is a change or movement through places in their lives where they feel stuck. The value of a good therapist is undeniable, but what NLP offers is change—change that lasts and that does not require someone to remember to be different. It is change that happens at the deepest level of learning, and so it becomes self generating.

Will NLP conflict with other healing modalities?

No. NLP does not conflict with any other psychological, or physical healing modalities. In fact, if often increases the effectiveness of other healing modalities and speeds up the healing process.

How can I experience this work?

You can experience change work with Michelle Masters in several ways. You can attend experiential workshops such as Weight Magic, or Money Magic, or you can schedule a private session or private family constellation with Michelle Masters. If you are interested in learning how to use the incredible skills of NLP in your life or work you can take classes in NLP, and for this we cannot recommend the trainings at NLP Marin highly enough. NLP Marin offers free seminars on select Saturdays so that you can experience the material and trainer yourself. To find out more about NLP Marin or their trainings go to nlpmarin.com

(P.S. They don’t pay us to say that!)