Part 3: Discovering a Healing Template

My experience in California with my Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) health group was very satisfying and useful. Even before going I was asked to take a test that allowed Tim Hallbom, my trainer, to discover how I was thinking of healing. What were my ideas, beliefs, and criteria about healing? He was then able to use that information to help me create my own healing template and apply it to my healing journey.

The focus of the group’s two-day workshop was to discover a generic healing template. What could we find that was consistent in everyone’s healing? Essentially, we were doing a large modeling project. NLP excels in “modeling,” the idea that excellence can be dissected and applied to others. Excellence (in healing) has a structure comprised of beliefs, ideas, and strategies. The members of this group are all trained in NLP with a specialty in healing applications of NLP. This training is often referred to as the graduate course in NLP.

The modeling project uncovered certain key factors applied to healing experiences. The number one factor was being able to represent healing in a powerful, compelling way. The better it could be visualized, felt and lived, the more powerful and motivational it was. Healing sometimes began as an expression of what was not wanted, but in order to continue needed to be expressed as what was wanted.

Other important factors that were common included taking an active and collaborative role in healing, the ability to decide what worked for you and trusting your own judgment. The latter did not preclude gathering information; it just meant that you applied it based on your own criteria. This involved beliefs about one’s ability to heal and the belief that healing was possible, and it often included a strong reason or purpose for healing. Robert Dilts refers to this as “re-missioning.”

Often the illness or symptoms were framed as a message or messages from the unconscious. This tapped into a major premise of NLP, which is “symptoms are a message from the unconscious for needed action.” As a result, some people experienced the illness or injury as a gift. In his book about his recovery from cancer, Lance Armstrong tells about a letter he received from a fellow cancer sufferer who talked about how lucky they were to have this illness that caused them to reevaluate their lives and live differently.

I know I have experienced most of the above, at least for small periods of time. The challenge is to systematically incorporate that learning into daily life.

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About Terry: Terry Hickey, M.S., is a Certified NLP Professional Coach, Business Trainer and Consultant, a Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the co-owner of NLP Advantage Group. Originator of the Belief Breakthrough Method™, Terry specializes in teaching coaches and entrepreneurs how to rapidly resolve limiting beliefs about wealth and success. His tips and strategies can help you launch yourself into the future you want… NOW.

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  1. Of course I see you healed; whole, perfect and complete. May I suggest that you consider calling your blog: Terry’s Healing Blog, so as to reinforce the truth that you are healing… doesn’t negate the diagnosis, it simply focuses on the prognosis: healing and wellness.

    Peace My Brother……Journey Well…

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