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NLP is the study of the underlying structures of subjective experience and a set of tools that can be used to understand and change our experience. It was first created in the 1970s by a general scmanticist named John Grinder and a computer student and informal Gestalt therapist named Richard Bandler. By modeling the communication techniques of several highly skilled psychotherapists, they created a system for under-standingand changing experience that is truly astounding.

Representational Systems or Modalities Our representational systems are our five senses. In NLP, these are usually called modalities. They are:

Seeing Visual

Wearing Auditory

Feeling Kinesthetic

Smelling Olfactory

Tasting Gustatory

Wc primarily process and orient ourselves in our world through our visual, auditory, and kinesthetic senses, while our senses of smell and taste remain largely in the background ol consciousness. For this reason, NLP concerns itself for the most part with the first three. However, the other two do have a powerful subconscious influence on us, so they should not be ignored. Our sense of smell particularly has a profound effect on our consciousness, and the consistent use of appropriate incense can dramatically improve our success. You may wish to choose a specific incense and use it as your own throughout the program. You can also use different incenses for specific archetypal energies. There are a few suggestions given in the Philosopher level ol instruction.

Each of us uses certain of the three main senses more than others. Some people are more visual, while others are more kinesthetic, or "feeling-oriented." By understanding which representational systems or modalities we use the most, we can understand more clearly how to help ourselves learn, grow, and change most effectively.

The NI.P visual, auditory, and kinesthetic modalities correspond rather well with the alchemical principles of sulphur, mercury, and salt. When we are processing our consciousness with our visual sense or modality (looking at things or making pictures in our minds), we tend to lx- operating with the principle of sulphur. We process quickly and vigorously, deleting superfluous information from our awareness, and are highly energetic. When we are processing our consciousness with our auditory sense or modality (hearing things or talking internally to ourselves), we tend to be operating with the principle of mercury. We process fluidly, evaluating what we arc experiencing and carefully integrating it into our understanding. When we are processing our consciousness with our kinesthetic sense or modality (feeling things physically or emotionally), wc tend to be operating with the principle of salt. We process slowly and carefully, we feel heavy, slow, and sometimes even "stuck." Bui iliis is all only meant to be suggestive.

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It is very easy to get an idea of your dominant modality, although it does change in different circumstances of your life. However, if you ask yourself what you like most about your house or your mate or your job, you can begin to get an idea. If you answer that you like the way he looks or the beautiful architecture or a sense of adventure, you are probably operating primarily in the visual modality. If you say you like the fact that your house is in a quiet place or that you like the nice things your girlfriend says to you or that you get to talk 011 the phone all day, then you are probably operating in auditory mode. If you say your job makes you feel good and you love the way your boyfriend hugs you or that your house just has a positive "vibe," then you are probably operating out of your kinesthetic sense. But we all do use all of our senses, so please don t go away thinking that you're a "visual ' person and start ing to ignore the rest of your senses. We all use all five senses, but me of these senses are simply stronger and tend to drive us more in our ily lives.

Another way of discovering our use of the different modalities is rough eye-accessing cues. Handler and Grinder discovered that, when e are using different modalities, we tend to move our eyes in certain rections. Our eyes seem to direct the flow of our consciousness and ill move as we change the modalities we are using to focus on the world:

Vr: visual remembered, when we arc seeing an image that we remember in our minds we tend to look up and to the left. Vc: visual constructed, when we are constructing an image (or visualizing, clairvoyance), we tend to look up and to the right. Ar: auditory remembered, when we are remembering some sound that we have heard, we tend to look to our left. Ac: auditory constructed, when we are mentally constructing some new sound (or using clairaudience), we tend to look to the right.

Ad: auditory digital, when we arc speaking to ourselves (internal dialogue), we tend to look down to the right. K: kinesthetic, when we are feeling something, emotions or physical sensations, we tend to look down to the left.

Figure 10 (see page 54) illustrates the point.

Nlp Eye Accessing Cues
Figure 10. The eye-accessing cues for NLP modalities.

This is only an approximation of experience. Some people are wired differently and will use different eye-accessing cues. For instance, many left-handed people are simply wired oppositely. If you are ever having trouble performing visualization techniques, try setting your eyes in appropriate directions to help you access your abilities most lully. This is an excellent aid to the New Hermeticist. It should be added that, when we are recalling or mentally creating a smell, we tend to focus our eyes on our noses, and when we are recalling or mentally creating a taste, we tend to focus on our tongues or palettes.

Submodalities

Each of the senses or modalities has variations, distinctions, and qualitative differences. These are called submodalities in NLP. They are the fine details of how we process the world. In other words, if you close your eyes right now and visualize a kitten, there are nearly infinite ways that you can see it. It may be dim or bright, in color or black and white, close to you or far away. It may be in a frame or in a panoramic view. These are the submodalities of your visualization. Here is a selection of submodalities for the three main modalities:

Visual: moving or still, panoramic or framed, size, brightness, distance, intensity of color, color or black-and-white, contrast, angle, focus, self in or out of picture

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Auditory: volume, rhythm, inflection, tempo, tonality, location, timbre, consistency

Kinesthetic: temperature, texture, vibration, pressure, duration, intensity, weight, location

These are some of the ways that we can experience something. What's more, if you arc experiencing something in a way that is unsatisfying, you can change the submodality of that experience and entirely change your understanding of it. Using your natural and simple ability to change these submodalities greatly increases your own effectiveness when using New Hermctics technologies. If you are visualizing a blue ball of Jupiterean energy and it seems dim, far away, or weak, you can simply turn up these submodalities and experience the energy more powerfully. This will transform and empower your mind in ways that you can't even imagine yet.

States

The ability to change our states of consciousness is fundamental to the New Hermetics. The technologies that you will soon explore are simply many different states of consciousness. The New I lermetics is essentially based on the fact that all mystical phenomena are states of consciousness and that, by moving our minds into these states, we obtain the rewards of mysticism and magick. In our lives, we usually travel from one state of consciousness to another without any real control or even an awareness that we are changing. I lappiness, excitement, enthusiasm, motivation, inner peace, and illumination are all just states. Wc all have characteristic strategies for getting into these states. We also have strategies lor getting into unresourceful states such as boredom, depression, sadness, and stress.

These states literally run our lives. Without learning to manage them effectively, our lives arc emotional roller coasters that travel between peaks of joy and valleys of despair. With the New Hermetics, you will learn to access states that you never realized were available to you, and you will be able to rid yourself of patterns of negative states. Learning to access powerful states and eliminate negative ones is literally the most important thing you can ever do in your life.

Essentially, there are two ways to change your state. The first is to change your physiology. By changing your posture, the way you move, and the way that you breathe, you can rapidly change your state. If you want to become depressed, breathe shallowly, droop your head and shoulders, and move slowly and lethargically. If you want ro be in an excited state, get up, stretch, open your chest, breathe deeply, and wave your arms around enthusiastically. It can be that easy. To get into a med itative state, sit down, straighten your spine, relax your body, and close your eyes, focusing inward. You immediately start changing your state.

The second way to change your state is through your mental locus. If you think about all the bad things that have happened in your life or all the starving babies in the world, your can enter into a negative state. If you think of all the people who love you, all the nice things you've ever done, and how much your life is going to change for the positive with the New Henneries, you can get into a very resourceful state. These two ways illustrate the fact that our emotions are literally the gateway between mind and matter. By changing our material conditions, we can change our minds, or vice versa.

Refraining

We understand the world around us by placing it within a frame of reference. These frames provide us with the context for understanding our experience. For the most part, when something challenging or sad happens, people frame that experience as bad or negative. However, it must be understood that this frame is a choice. People choose to frame things as bad or good with their own minds and choices. It is also possible to frame any challenging experience as educational or evolutionary, because we always have the opportunity to change for the positive with any experience.

In NLP, the process of creating more empowering f rames for our experience is called refraining, and many of the New Hermetics technologies are based on refraining our experiences so that they empower rather than debilitate us. We can reframe our past experiences so thai they give us greater strength for the future. We can reframe our current experiences so that they provide us with new opportunities. We can reframe our future experiences so that we do not repeat our mistakes.

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^framing gives us the power to shape our lives in the image that we want.

It is possible to reframe your experiences by changing their sub-modalities, as mentioned before. It is also possible to reframe our expediences by changing their context. If you get fired from your job, you Can see it as a tragedy that threatens your life. However, you can also see it as an opportunity to have new experiences and perhaps a better job. ¡You can also frame it that your employers have made a monumental | mistake and feel very sorry for them. By changing the frame, you change the way you feel about a situation. This provides you with greater choice tnd freedom and gives you access to more resourceful states.

Anchors inchors are parts of an experience that have the ability to bring back pile full state associated with that experience. When you hear a song that

(firings you back' to a special time in your life, this is an anchor. When ou smell something that triggers a forgotten memory, this is an anchor, vhen you are in the presence of your mother for five seconds and you rare already annoyed, this is an anchor. When someone touches you in a special way that instantly makes you feel loved, this is an anchor. We all have hundreds and hundreds of anchors that shift our consciousness into both resourceful and unresourceful states. [ NLP uses the concept of anchors to help people access resourceful »takes automatically. Basically, if you are in any extreme state of emotion, any unique stimulus at that time will create an anchor. For instance, If you are feeling really ecstatic, totally in a state of bliss, and I squeeze your hand and say, "lima bean," you will then associate this hand-squeezing and the words "lima bean" with this ecstatic state. If I want [to send you back to that ecstatic state later, I merely squeeze your hand and say "lima bean," in the exact same way I did it before, and you will automatically re-access that state.

Advertisers use the concept of anchoring all the time. They attempt |to associate their product with all sorts of things from sex to pleasure to rock and roll. In the New Hermetics, you learn to anchor and automatically access a number of positive states, including meditation, cre-

rivity, peace of mind, vitality, and communication.

To create an anchor, just follow these simple guidelines:

1. Make sure the scare or experience is intense and pure.

2. Create a unique stimulus.

3. Anchor at the peak of the state or experience.

4. Use exactly the same stimulus when you want to access the state in the future.

There are many other aspects of NLP diat have also been incorporated into the New Hermetics, such as techniques for establishing rapport, pacing and leading, meta-programs, timelines, the NLP presuppositions, and others. These have been imbedded into the structure of the New 1 lermetics training and are really only necessary to understand in later phases of your work.

psychological metaphors: jung, Rf.ich, and leary The three primary psychological metaphors that lie at the base of the New Hermetics are found in the systems of Carl Jung, Wilhelm Reich, and Timothy Leary. Each has contributed in a unique way to the theory and practice of self-realization.

Jung and the Collective Unconscious Psychologist Carl Jung first promulgated the idea ol the "collective unconscious" in the first half of the 20th century. The basic concept is that, at a deep level of mind, all humans share the same basic reality structure. I his shared mind is the collective unconscious. It is from this collective mind that the "archetypes' spring. In ancient times, these archetypes took the form of gods and goddesses that demanded respect and worship. These archetypal figures still exist in our deep minds and form the basis of our unconscious drives and desires.

Each of us experiences these archetypes in dreams and in voices, images, or feelings that come into our minds. The archetypes populate and dominate our inner worlds. Each of us has an archetypal lover, an archetypal father and mother, etc. In many of us, these archetypes are repressed or obsess us in unhealthy ways. In the New Hermetics you will become more and more in touch with the collective unconscious, and you will have the opportunity to heal your relationships with these extremely powerful lorces in your life. As you become more aware ol

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them, you will understand your own psyche and the psyches of those around you. This will increase your power in the inner and the outer world immensely.

We often project these archetypes onto people in our lives, people such as bosses, lovers, parents, and friends. This creates much of the tension and difficulty that we experience in life. By understanding and working with the archetypes of the collective unconscious directly, you can learn to experience the outer world without your projections and be able to balance and heal your inner world.

Wilhelm Reich, the Orgoiu\ and Character Armor Wilhelm Reich's theory of the orgone and human body armor is very important to the New Hermctics. In the 1930s, Reich discovered what he considered the "life energy" in an extensive series of experiments. He called it "orgone." He believed that this orgone flows abundantly through the body of a mentally healthy human being. However, most of us hold tension and stress in areas of our body. Reich called this "character armor." This habitual tension causes the flow of orgone to be impaired, resulting in numerous health problems, from neuroses to cancer.

Reich's orgone theory is very similar to the ancient theories of life energy. The ancients called this life energy ¡nana, chi, pneuma, ruach or Spirit us in different cultures. All of these words translate approximately to "breath."

In the New Hermctics, you will learn several techniques of breathing and freeing yourself of energy blocks. This will enhance your mental and physical health immeasurably, as well as free you from "armor" and stress. Movement is also important for releasing habitual tensions, and a number of techniques will direct you to move in novel ways that will stimulate change.

Timothy Leary and the Eight-circuit Model of Consciousness Timothy Learys eight-circuit model of consciousness is very useful in gaining further insight into the human mind. Leary created this model of consciousness based on the idea that we humans have eight separate mini-brains or circuits that handle various functions in our consciousness. It is merely a model and is not meant to imply that we actually

Bio-circuit Evolutionary Activation in Area of Driving

Process Human Growth Consciousness Forces

Bio-circuit Evolutionary Activation in Area of Driving

Process Human Growth Consciousness Forces

Biosurvival

one-celled life

infant

sucking, nourishment, cuddling

pain/pleasure

Emotional-territorial

veitebraie life

toddler

power struggles

dominance/ submission

Semantic

early primate, language and tools

child

learning, calculation

intelligence/ stupidity

Socio-sexual

urban ¡7cd civilization

post-pubescent domesticity

morality, repioiluction. pair-bunding

light/wrong

Neurosomatie

neurological and somatic consciousness explorers

ecstatic-consciousness

bliss, somatic rapture

euphoria

Neuroelectrn

advanced consciousness engineers

ineia-programming consciousness

rcprogramining self, telativization of reality

creativity

Neurogenetic

superior consciousness engineers

evolutionary consciousness

collective unconscious

evolution

VIII Neuroatomic

superlative consciousness engineers

quantum consciousness

non-local awareness, cosmic union

omnipresence

Table 8. I.eary's eight-circuit model of consciousness.

Table 8. I.eary's eight-circuit model of consciousness.

have multiple brains, but rather that the functions of our brains can be conveniently compartmentalized into eight distinct units.

Each circuit is based on a period in the evolution of consciousness from the simple state of the amoeba to the infinitely complex spiritual minds of human beings. Leary felt that each of us goes through the whole process of evolution from amoeboid consciousness to fully human consciousness (circuits 1-4) as we grow from infancy to adulthood. But this evolution involves only the first four circuits. There are four more circuits that allow for our further evolution into fully self-actualized cosmic beings. Table H (above) shows the eight circuits, the evolutionary process, the stages in human growth, the areas of consciousness, and driving forces with which each circuit is concerned.

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Bio-circuit Qalxilistic New Hermetics Power

Scphira Level

Bio-circuit Qalxilistic New Hermetics Power

Scphira Level

Biosurvival

10. Malkuth

Initiate

control of pain and pleasure

Emotional-territorial

9. Yexod

Zealot

control of emotions

Semantic

8. Hod

Practitioner

control ol beliefs

Socio-scxual

7. Ncczach

Philosopher

control of values

Ncurosomatic

6. Tiphareih

Adept

communion with cosmic consciousness

Ncuroelcctrie

5. Gcburah

Advanced Adept

creativity within cosmic consciousness

Neurogenetic

4. Chesed

Perfect Adept

integration within cosmic consciousncss

VI11 Neuroatoinic

3. Binah

Master

identification with cosmic consciousness

Table l). Lcarys cight-circuir model and the New Hermetics.

Table l). Lcarys cight-circuir model and the New Hermetics.

Most of us are only consciously aware of the first four circuits, while the more advanced circuits lay dormant forming our unconscious minds until we are awakened to their use.

These eight circuits also correspond to the lower eight sephiroth on the QabalisticTree of Life. In the New l lcrmerics, you will be brought progressively into complete awareness and control of all of your eight circuits. In the first four levels of the New Hermetics, you will be taught how to reframe and recondition the functions of these first four circuits, and in the later levels, you will learn how to experience and utilize the higher circuits. Table 9 (above) summarizes the relationships between the two systems.

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