A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Run Amok
We humans are amazing creatures. We have the most complex and advanced computer system on the planet—our mind. Yet most of the time, we simply ignore it or take for granted.
Often, because of our complex mind, we find ourselves scattered, confused, rebellious, in doubt, depressed, fuzzy, frustrated, or fearful. At other times, our mind lets us be alert, confident, steady, focused, creative, and clear. However, most of the time we are simply jumping from one state to another, like channel surfing on the TV.
Amazingly, we live with this chaos and think it is normal. Perhaps, this is because we simply don’t know that it’s possible to be different, or we don’t know how to be different. We ignore our chaotic inner world—tune it out—like noise pollution in our cities, office clutter, or a table with one leg shorter than the other. We are familiar with our chaos and accustomed to the way our mind runs our life. We just plod on in the same old ways.
But there are times when our mind goes too far. There are times when we desparately want to be in control and change what our mind is making us feel, see, hear, do, or think. When emotional hurt racks us, a painful memory won’t go away, we can’t stop craving something that is harming us, or a confrontation is too hard to face, we discover who’s really in charge. Our amazing mind creates emotions in us that can block or even sabotage what we know is really right and good for us.
But what can we do about it? We can’t all be like Mozart, Picasso, Ghandi, or Abraham Lincoln. Or can we? With so much power at our fingertips, how is it that it is so often out of our control? Our mind can make us feel bad when we don’t want to, react in ways we know are harmful to us, repress feelings we don’t want to face, keep us in doubt and fear, and prevent us from reaching the success we want in life.
It isn’t even united in its efforts. Parts of it compels us to indulge in habits that other parts want to stop. Our mind is too powerful a resource to remain helter-skelter, out of sorts with itself. Fears, doubts, anger, confusion, addictions, bad habits, guilt feelings, low self-esteem, and emotional conflicts are all energy-wasting symptoms of a mind beyond our control.
We teach our bodies to behave. We learn to write, dance, walk, eat without slobbering, sit still, practice yoga, or lift weights. We learn complicated processes and memorize vast amounts of data with parts of our mind.
On the other hand, we have not taught our mind to behave when we want it to, to change phobic reactions, to be quiet when we want it to, or examine and then let go of pain, unwanted memories, bad habits, and more. We have not taught our minds how to learn efficiently or single-mindedly go after what we want in life. We have not taught it to be under the control of our logic and common sense. It reacts to emotions, childhood issues, and past ingrained patterns.
Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) is a powerful way to bring unity to mind, body, and emotions and to help you take the reins of your life once and for all. NLP is not just more information. It is not just a “feel good” seminar that has no lasting impact on our lives.
It is a way to use the vast power of the mind for our highest good. It is the ability to be in control of our mind instead of letting it run our emotions and behaviors. NLP is not a philosophy, belief, or creed in itself. It a set of ingredients to help you take charge of your life and know yourself.
Some familiar teachings from self-help psychology are to love yourself, let go of anger, hatred, self-doubt, affirm prosperity, let go of childhood issues. These are all wonderful things to do, but rarely are we given specific instructions on how to do them.
"Practice" seems to be the best advice many can offer. But internal conflict, struggle, confusion, and pain are often the results of trying to do these things without really knowing how our mind is running the show. NLP is a way to know yourself and others well enough and powerfully enough for you to move ahead on the road to success without the pain, suffering, and years of trial and error efforts it can take without NLP.
Although NLP is not a package for instant success, it is a set of specific ingredients and tools that bring positive change to yourself, your environment, and to others you want to assist. It is a set of ingredients and tools for making your life work.
To bake a cake you wouldn’t use the ingredients needed to make Tamale pie. To repair a computer, you wouldn’t use tools made for unclogging a sink. NLP ingredients and tools are specialized. What you use them for is up to you—personal or professional success, emotional well-being, self-empowerment, spiritual growth, or helping others move beyond challenges.
Mastering your mind is a key to mastering your life. If you think you are already the master of your mind just try to focus on one thought, word or picture for ten minutes. Try describing a painful experience to someone without feeling pain or anger. Try suddenly changing a habit, even a little one. Try reacting differently to a phobia.
As you’ve no doubt experienced in life, will and mind are often at odds. NLP gives you the key for achieving harmony and self-empowerment.
Copyright © 2004 Anita Burns
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