NLP Exercise - Mommy, make it go away!
- Chris Harrison
- 8th January 2004
The purpose of this NLP exercise is to enable you to change the way you feel whenever you remember an uncomfortable event from your past.
This exercise is similar to the NLP whiteout technique and you may wish to experiment with both these exercises along with the usual submodality shifts to find out which works best for you.
It is important to understand the steps so that you can perform this exercise without any doubt as to what you are doing and why.
So is there a memory that keeps forcing itself into your conscious attention, and makes you feel bad?
Well, as you think about that now, notice that the image in your mind has a location in space.
Is the image directly in front of you? Is it to the right? Or to the left?
Now attempt to move the picture towards you slightly then back into its usual position.
Have you noticed that you can reposition the picture?
Well now imagine in front of you a giant slingshot.
And notice the picture nestling in the center of the slingshot.
Pull it back, and feel the tension in the elastic build as you stretch it all the way back, and let it go with a loud twang.
Now watch the picture shoot off until it's just a dot in the distance.
Think about something else for a moment such as what you ate last, then think of the memory again.
Is it in it's original position or has it moved?
Pull out your slingshot again and give it another go.
Keep doing this until the memory has no effect on your state at all and stays a dot in the distance when you think of it.
In my mind I keep a trash can and when I have a memory that is really annoying me I imagine it on a piece of paper, then reach out and scrunch it up, before dropping it into the trash can to my left with a satisfying crash.
Note: The noises are not just for my own amusement.