Dad and the Fish!
I have a photograph of my dad on my desk. Here it is! I’m sharing it. This is my dad the day he caught a fish–and what a fish!– and won a salmon derby in Canada. That’s a 70+ pound salmon!! In my mind, it was the happiest moment of his life!
Now, of course I didn’t know my dad his ENTIRE life, I showed up when he was around 30. But in my mind, it captures the essence of happy. What do you think? And, thanks to Kodak, it’s captured forever. This moment in time. Framed. On my desk. When I see it, I feel happy, too.
Kodak is cool. Photography, allowing us to capture a moment in time visually, terrific. Well, we have something inside us that does even more than that. We have a wonderful ability to not just capture but recreate a moment in time as well. It’s called “memory.” And it’s not just visual. Not just a picture. It’s got the vibrancy of full-sensory LIFE. Re-LIVING. Our memories capture all of it, sensory rich full-bodied experiences, with movement, scent, taste, breath, energy, sound, emotion, thought, etc. It’s all in there. Captured in our minds and in our memories.
Guess what? This is useful!!
Thoughts are attached to feelings. Memory is attached to all of it. If my dad were still alive, and I asked him to remember that moment, that day he caught “the fish” (as it’s known in family lore), he would re-experience all that emotion you see in the picture in his body now. Just as vividly and richly. He would “get happy.” Guess what? This is useful! 🙂
Our unconscious minds (accessible more than we know) have stored the experience. We can capture it again via memory and use it NOW.
One of the things I do for clients is create good feelings and capture them for specific contexts. In a problem situation, I ask them: “How would you rather feel?” We can do that. Capture and bring those good feelings to where they are useful. If it’s fear, bring calm. You can’t have both, fear and calm operating in your body at the same time. If it’s tension, bring relaxed. You can’t have both, tense and relaxed at the same time. If it’s sad, bring some happy. You can’t be both, sad and happy at the same time. As the old song goes: something’s gotta give! It’s the negative, unwanted feeling which goes. And the positive, desired feeling which stays.
That’s NLP. Simple processes which make that happen. So fast!
And when you change how you feel, you change how you think, and you change what you do.
Have you ever made soup “from scratch?” Adding and blending spices and seasonings, salt, pepper, oregano, what have you, and tasting, adding a little more of this, and tasting, a little more of that, and tasting, until it’s JUST RIGHT. Alchemy happens, the flavors meld and merge in the pot into something brand new, something perfectly delicious. Well, we can do the same thing with feelings. Create new ones. Good ones.
I do this with clients! I’m a master chef and my spices are feelings, and I custom blend new, useful feelings for clients, feelings that advance them in new directions. We even give these new feelings new names. I’m often amused with the names my clients create for them. Two recent examples: girl’s resourceful new feeling a few days ago was called “Yay, me!” and man’s yesterday was “Quiet confidence with a smile.” I like both of those!!
What’s really useful is bringing these designer, resourceful feelings into life to change things. That’s NLP.
It’s a simple process and enormously powerful. To feel good, I mean.
Finding out how to feel good in ways and places you want to feel good is really, really easy. Call me.
Connie Brannan, CHt., Master Hypnotist
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