About Neuro Linguistic Programming

What is NLP?

A method for shifting the mind/body connection into a state of excellence.

NLP is an acronym for:

Neuro: all of our conscious and subconscious experiences are learned through our senses and processed through our brain and central nervous system.

Linguistic: how we communicate our mental processes through language and non-verbal communication skills, such as actions and body language.

Programming: how we organize our thinking and behaviour to get results when we interact with people using a learned strategy in the form of a sequence of patterns or ‘program’ .

Representational System

Everything we have ever seen, heard, felt, smelled and tasted, whether real or imagined and to what degree are sensations are encoded with meaning. They are stored in the subconscious as our own unique inner representational system and motivate us to do or not do certain things. This code is ultimately processed by the brain and neuroligical system then brought into conscious awareness via thoughts and memories along with the associtated emotion.

We first learn our behaviour patterns as children, but many times those behaviours don’t work with our true nature or in our best interest, but they keep seeping into our life. Once a person becomes aware of these inner promptings they will act on them using whatever behaviour pattern they have learned. These actions will be the cause and the results will be the effect, be it a positive or negative outcome. When we don’t like the results we are getting in life, we have the power and the means to change the code and create the results we do like. Whether it’s to change habits and beliefs or create motivation and excellence, once you discover the underlying thought and the sensations that go with it you can use simple NLP techniques for change.

Modalities (VAKOG) & Submodalities


Visual (See) Auditory (Hear) Kinesthetic (Touch)
  1. Associated (looking through own eyes) or
  2. Dissociated (can see yourself in the picture)


  • 3-Dimensional or Flat
  • Black & White or Colour
  • Bright or Dull
  • Clear or Hazy
  • Detailed or vague
  • Framed or Unbounded
  • Location within the space
  • Loud or Soft
  • Movie or Still
  • Movie: Fast/Normal/Slow
  • Near or Far
  • Shape
  • Size
  • Texture: smooth or rough
  • Clarity
  • Intermittent or constant
  • Location: in or out of the body
  • Melody: one key or harmony
  • Mono or Stereo
  • Originating direction
  • Pauses: Strong or Weak
  • Pitch: High or Low
  • Rhythm: random or regular
  • Tempo: Fast or Slow
  • Tone: twangy or husky
  • Volume: loud/quiet
  • Area: Large or Small
  • Constant or Intermittent
  • Direction if moving
  • Intensity: strong or light
  • Location on/in body
  • Pressure
  • Shape
  • Size
  • Speed: steady or raging
  • Static or moving
  • Temperature: Hot or Cold
  • Texture: Smooth or Rough
  • Vibration
  • Weight: Heavy or Light


Olfactory (Smell) Gustatory (Taste)
  • Animal
  • Aromatic
  • Burnt
  • Chemical
  • Faint
  • Fragrant
  • Fresh
  • Metallic
  • Musty
  • Pungent
  • Putrid
  • Repulsive
  • Smoky
  • Spicy
  • Stale
  • Strong or mild
  • Sweet
  • Bitter
  • Dry
  • Hot
  • Juicy
  • Salty
  • Savory
  • Sour
  • Sweet
  • Tart


NLP shows us how to include and go beyond all of our five senses (modalities) to discover and change the submodalities (subdivisions/precise description of our senses) that represents the world within us. It teaches us techniques that change the coded meanings we have given to our experiences so we can facilitate new behaviour patterns, promote positive change, as well as heal pains from the past.


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