NLP Exercise - The NLP Belief Creator

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The purpose of this NLP exercise is to enable you to create new beliefs to generate more options and greater flexibility in your life.

For instance, believing that you can learn new skills easily and effortlessly, is a useful belief to create.

Even if it's untrue, holding the belief will still make it easier to learn than having the opposite belief.

This is the kind of belief to create with this NLP exercise.

Before attempting this exercise, it is important to understand the steps so that you can perform this NLP exercise without any doubt as to what you are doing and why.

A new belief doesn't need any doubt associated with it, so as well as reading the exercise several times, it is a good idea to try the exercise out a few times with a minor belief before attempting with anything life changing.

It is also a good idea to read the NLP Submodalities and NLP Memory Manipulation lessons before attempting this NLP exercise.

Derren Brown performs his own belief creator.

Step 1:

Think of something that you sincerely believe. This does not need to be something important, in fact something trivial such as the belief that you can breathe, or some other trivial but undeniable belief is best.

Now think of that belief and notice that when you think of the belief you visualize something related to that belief.

Notice where in space that image is positioned.

Is it to the right? to the left? And how far away?

Do you say anything in your head, or hear any sounds that tell you that this is a belief?

If so make a note of them.

Now think about something completely different for a moment, maybe the weather, your last bank statement...

Anything really.

Perhaps you could just let your mind go blank.

Step 2:

Now think of something that you are unsure as to whether it's true or false.

In fact pick something that you don't really care about either way.

For instance, I don't know if gold is denser than silver, and it certainly doesn't have a particularly major effect on my life either way. Perhaps you don't know whether big foot exists or not.

Now think of this idea and as before notice that when you think of it you visualize something related to that idea.

Notice where in space that image is positioned.

Is it to the right? to the left? And how far away?

Step 3:

So now that you have two image positions, think of the belief you wish to create, and notice where that image is.

Now you need to move the image firstly into the same position as the 'don't care' belief, and then into the 'belief' position.

If there were any internal sounds connected to the belief, repeat them in your head when you position the image into the 'belief' position.

There are a couple of things that may make this difficult and these are as follows:

1) The image will not move from the left to the right or visa versa. In other words the image won't move across your mid line.

This seems to be a general problem.

The way around this is to move the image into the center, way off in the distance so it almost vanishes and then pull it towards you and into the second position. Do this as fast as possible.

2) The image moves back to it's original position.

There are a number of ways to solve this.

  • When you move the image make a sound in your head to swish the image into the new position
  • Imagine a sucker on the back of the image and stick it in place
  • Nail it in place
  • Imagine a series of locks to hold it in place
  • Think of any way you could hold the image in place in the real world and imagine it

Once you have the image in the correct place, make sure that it is the same size as the original.

Test it:

Think of something completely different.

Let your mind go blank again, and then think of the new belief.

How do you feel about it now?

Does it have the correct position and size?

Did you hear the internal dialogue that tells you that it's true?

If not, go back and run through the steps again.

This is one of the more complex NLP exercises on PlanetNLP, so once you've got the hang of this one then the others should be simple!



Previous comments

Anything else?

This NLP exercise seemed to work really well. Apart from beliefs is there anything else I could use it for?

DaveG, London

Posted May 14, 2010 at 08:27

Use it to build your own

The structure of this NLP exercise could be used as a template for lots of submodality based techniques.

It's also quite similar to the Motivation exercise where by you find the difference between motivated/unmotivated and then change the submodalities of the unmotivated image to match the motivated. The same idea can be used for confidence, relaxation etc.

The only real difference with this exercise is the use of the third position between the two different states, and in most submodality shifts you will not need this section of the exercise.

In most cases, I would say it makes more sense to customize either the confidence or motivation exercises to create something new.

Chris Harrison, UK

Posted May 28, 2010 at 04:16