NLP Anchoring – Choose Your State of Mind with This Powerful Technique
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) teaches us that we can choose any state of mind at will. This means that you can experience peace, joy, gratitude, or relaxation no matter what is happening in your life. Of course, this will take practice. There’s one technique that helps you access your desired state of mind more quickly – it’s NLP anchoring.
NLP anchoring usually involves a touch, gesture or word as an “anchor”, like a bookmark for a desired emotion. When the anchor is repeated at a later time, the desired emotional or mental state is quickly and subtly accessed.
NLP anchoring can be especially useful in clearing the past. Often we hold positives as random experiences and negatives as patterns. By intentionally anchoring positive experiences, the brain can also experience them as patterns, furthering brain integration.
Science demonstrates why NLP anchoring techniques work so well. Russian scientist, Ivan Pavlov, famously demonstrated how conditioning works. He rang a bell every time dogs were fed. Soon the dogs associated the smell and taste of food with the sound of the bell. So even if the food was not present, the dogs would salivate at the sound. The bell (an external trigger) caused a real physiological response (salivation) even though the smell and taste were absent.
NLP anchoring similarly causes you to psychologically associate a signal or trigger (placing your hand on your chest, snapping a rubber band, squeezing your fingers) with a physiological response (an emotion, mood, or mental state) of your choice. When you experience a negative emotion, you can trigger a positive emotion and extinguish the negative one. This allows you to choose your mood or state of mind no matter what the circumstances are.
Do you want to give NLP anchoring a try?
Seven Easy Steps to learning NLP Anchoring Technique:
1. Decide on the state you want to anchor. For example, being relaxed.
2. Recall a memory or imagine a situation where you experience that state of mind. Make it very detailed and vivid, using all your senses.
3. When the experience is vivid and you’re in the desired state, connect it with a part of your body. For example, give your left index and middle fingers two quick squeezes with your right hand.
4. Now, open your eyes, count down from 10 to break state and distract yourself.
5. Apply the anchor by just squeezing those two fingers and check that the desired state or relaxation occurs again.
6. You may need to repeat the anchoring process a number of times to make the experience sufficiently intense.
7. Use your new anchor in a situation where you want to experience the desired state. For example, when you’re feeling stressed during an intense conversation, squeeze your fingers and make sure it creates a sufficiently robust resourced state of relaxation.
NLP anchoring techniques are best learned under the guidance of a trained professional. Please join our next training, Foundations of Life Coaching and NLP to be held September 26 to 29, 2019. You can start the online portion of the course today!