For those of you following this blog (I don't actually think there is anyone following this blog yet, though I know there have been some visitors), you'll notice that I am constantly changing the way I do things. My intention in writing a blog is simply to explore myself, and also to explore the blogosphere. (I'm thinking about starting a blog in conjunction with our, meaning my husband and myself, professional website, but I want to have a better grip on blogging myself before I undertake it in any kind of "serious" way.)
So anyway, all the side bar stuff, and the images, and the anytime links, and the links of the day (which you can get a sense of by combing through the archives if you really feel like it) seemed to lack purpose, so I've gotten rid of it.
I still like the idea of only showing one daily post. This keeps things current and fresh.
And, in the spirit of that, I've decided that it would be more "real" to post whatever was "on my mind", embedding links when needed. So, that is what I'm doing.
Today, I read this post, which is about neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).
I have mixed feelings about NLP. On the one hand, we are all conditioned (on my best days, I am perhaps a notch above Pavlov's dog). So, doesn't it make sense to make our conditioning work for us rather than against us?
On the other hand, isn't this just a gigantic cop-out for avoiding becoming more conscious in the first place?
Really, I go back and forth about this. I know that my negative self-talk doesn't get me anywhere. And yes, a lot of this negative "sound-track" is probably playing subconsciously. But, isn't it possible to become aware of it? I'm not talking about the slow, laborious, and limited approach of psychotherapy, or "dredging up" the past. I mean, is it not possible to hear these negative tapes, etc., while they are playing? And, rather than reprogramming them, look into them? And in the meantime, becoming more & more conscious, until we are so aware of our programming that it no longer runs our lives?
I would really appreciate any and all feedback. What do you think about NLP vs. making efforts to attain more awareness, alertness, presence and a higher state of consciousness? Are NLP and these loftier aims mutually exclusive?