So if you have any doubts about the pictures in your mind try really hard now to not think of white bears. You can’t help but see them… and your picture of white bears is very different than everyone else’s pictures of white bears… feel free to ask them to describe their pictures…
Richard Bandler and John Grinder (our NLP godfathers) discovered this. They discovered that these pictures are part of our individual maps of reality. They also noticed that we hold these pictures in space…so right now, close your eyes and put your hands out and try and grab that picture of the white bear you just created.
Where is your picture located? Most likely it will be located on the right side and above the horizon. That’s because your brain creates new images on the right and it makes pictures above the horizon.
If you feel anxious the picture is too close to you. So for an example use a picture of stinky garbage. If you move that picture up to your nose, you get anxious (and your nose will probably crinkle!)… try a picture of something you have to do, like an exam or a term paper, or a work assignment or even planning an event. Putting the picture of it up to your nose will make you more concerned and anxious about accomplishing the task. But, if you move the picture back a little farther than where the picture originated, you won’t feel as anxious.
Back to the smelly garbage. The smelly garbage on your nose will make nose crinkle. What your brain is doing, is smelling the garbage, even though the garbage is not really there…if you drain the color out of that garbage picture, your nose will stop crinkling and your brain will stop smelling the garbage that’s not there… you can use this with painful thoughts too.
Find the picture that you are making with the painful thought for example the person you dread having a conversation with and drain the color out of it.
Let me know how this works for you…
Tracy Joy is an NLP practitioner, author, and speaker in Vancouver, Canada. She is an international business expert in the area of human systems analysis and thinking change. If you have brain questions, send them Tracy and she’ll answer them on this blog. She can be reached through www.TherapeuticNLP.com