At this moment in time I am surrounded by the beautiful patterns of Africa – distinctive the world over. Every culture is defined by its patterns – patterns of their art, their history their language and their behaviour. Life is a kaleidoscope of patterns and NLP is a study of just that. No coincidence that one of the first books by the founders of NLP – John Grinder and Richard Bandler is entitled Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson
NLP Is a study of patterns; a study of how we structure experience. Milton Erickson’s ability baffled the scientific mind, and his accomplishments, typically. were either viewed as miracles or denounced as impossibilities, although first-hand experience presented him as an undeniable reality, a striking contrast to what most people believed was possible for the mind to accomplish. So to study him John Grinder and Richard Bandler looked for patterns and in so doing were able to unlock some of the secrets of this great man’s ways of working such that they and others could begin to tap into some of the remarkable interventions that he made with his clients.
And so it continues … patterns are the key to understanding behaviour both good and bad. And the theories or strategies revealed as result of eliciting these patterns may form solutions for many other contexts other than those in which they were originally discovered and used. And patterns for example that might underpin criminal behaviour can be transferred to very different and possibly more ecological contexts in life. Not that I expect to be studying criminal behaviour in my session at the ANLP conference but who knows!!
What I do know, is that we live our lives by the repetition of patterns and sometimes they support us and sometimes they are the very way in which we sabotage what we seemingly want. It is not the content of what we say or do that unlocks this Pandora’s box, but the structure behind it.
Join me in this session and learn how to recognise the patterns in your own and others behaviour and through this awareness open up the choices available to you in life. And seemingly it is those cultures with the greatest variety of patterns that are considered to be the most beautiful. And beauty attracts …
By Sue Knight