In our NLP happiness series, we have used the concept of associating into the future several times. In NLP, we call this future pacing: imagining what you would see, hear, and feel in the future.
Watch this week’s video, teaching you the technique, and using it specifically regarding the concept of happiness:
What about the past?
- You can go back in time, into a resourceful or positive moment, and imagine what you saw, heard, and felt – again, associated – as if it is happening all over again, while looking through your own eyes. You can also augment this by making it brighter, louder, more intense.
- You can also dissociate, go back into the past, float your mind out of your body, and see yourself as an observer, a scientist. No emotion, just to learn.
Could you combine the NLP techniques and some of the things we learned inside the NLP Happiness series in a more prolonged technique?
NLP Technique for Happiness Using the Past, Present, and Future:
- Imagine the very young you, maybe before you were four years old, and notice what you looked like. Imagine yourself perfectly happy, playful, innocent. Imagine yourself as a young child laughing.
- Now imagine you can float your mind into this younger you. So, you would see, hear, and feel exactly what you did, and feel this emotion of happiness.
- Make it stronger.
- Imagine a positive event in your past, where a moment of happiness also occurred. In the same way, make it stronger.
- Take this emotion into the present and ask yourself:
- What are three things that went well yesterday, and why?
- Feel any emotion associated with this.
- Make it stronger.
- What specifically could you do tomorrow, in order for you to have the most positive emotion-charged day? What could you do to experience flow, improve your relationships? Increase your meaning and achievements?
- Imagine tomorrow, as if tomorrow is today. What will you see, hear, and feel?
- Make it brighter, bigger, more intense, closer, louder.
What else could you do with this pattern if you were an NLP Practitioner or Master Practitioner?
- You can add any of the questions of the well-formed outcomes process.
- You can enhance the submodalities.
- Use the perceptual positions.
- Use a model.
- You could set a single anchor in a moment you feel any positive emotion intensely.
- You could create a series of anchors, as demonstrated in the video below.
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