Last time I shared that we can participate in and lead the healing of our bodies. We have the ability to influence the course of physical illness. In particular, the point of the previous article was that we should learn not about the course of disease, but that we would be better served by learning from those who got well with little or no medical intervention. We’re not opposed to medical interventions but we can benefit in knowing how we can contribute to our own healing. The same is true when it comes to mental health.
We know that some people who were abused physically, emotionally or sexually as children have significant emotional/mental problems as adults. But it is just as true that there are many people who had similar experiences but do not have mental health problems as adults. How is that true? So far as I can find, there are no studies that explain how others who had similar childhood experiences avoid having problems. Psychologists and psychiatrists have conducted major studies on people with phobias and how they got them. Richard Bandler and John Grinder (developers of Neuro-Linguistic Programming) studied people who got over phobias and how they did it. They developed a process for eliminating phobias in just a few minutes without putting the client though any further trauma. The process has been effective in treating PTSD as well. The process does not fit in any psychological model and therefore it remains unrecognized in the mental health fields.
NLP practitioners are not therapists, though many therapists use NLP in their practices. NLP practitioners are not particularly interested in how dis-ease was caused. We’re more interested in knowing how it’s maintained. Healing does not begin at the “cause” stage. It starts with where the client is and moves to where the client wants to be. The practitioner does not need to know what happened to make you phobic, depressed, anxious or whatever. Instead he needs to know what are the internal mental processes that maintain the current problems state. As an example, consider this: We all have internal dialogues and mental pictures. Everyone can day dream and have wonderful or horrifying day dream experiences. The first is called fantasy. The second is called worrying. Those who have no strategy for distinguishing between imaginary and real, between day dreaming and real life, experience life as being very confusing. Those who experience internal voices or internal pictures as being outside themselves often get labeled as schizophrenic. If they had a strategy for consistently distinguish between real and imaginary, the problems would disappear. Those who are labeled as being depressed, would benefit by being taught how to brighten up the day and future. Wouldn’t it be great if you could learn how to take all those terrible things that have happened to you, bundle them up and put them behind you so they were over and done with? This is possible. This has been done successfully many, many times.
I am not making light of life struggles. We may and often do need help to deal with troubled times. But it is just as true that we play a major role in our successfully navigating our way through those troubled times. We are just beginning to understand how to use our mental capacities to create the kind of life we want. We will always benefit from and need physical and mental health professionals. But each of us has within us the ability to participate in our own healing. We are available to partner with you, that’s what we at Future Life Now do: We teach people how to use their mind and body to achieve the kind of life they want.