Frozen in Time
In 2013 in the Northern Nigerian city of Jos, I was teaching one of my earliest classes in
Neuro-Linguistics using the tools that we now employ so easily and effortlessly and
something interesting happened. I had been working for a while with a group of mental
health professionals; psychiatrist doctors, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and the
I had only just previously walked into a respectable consultant psychiatrist’s office a few
weeks earlier. I had gone to have a conversation with him about one of his clients to help
facilitate her treatment when we struck beautiful rapport and a beautiful and mutually
rewarding relationship emerged.
I have met only a few of such humble and open- minded medical professionals. I am not
surprised that he continues to make huge impact and inroads around the country with his
During one of those earlier sessions, I was teaching a session with interesting change tools
we refer to as, “Neurological Repatterning.” One of the staff members of the health centre
had a serious addiction for sugar.He couldn’t do without it and it had become an
unconscious behaviour of reaching out for especially sugar cubes wherever he saw some
without even giving it conscious thought.
Everything is learned. Behaviours are learned responses. They were learned and installed a
long time ago that the person engaging in them is no longer consciously aware of when
they do these behaviours as they have become second nature and automatic.
The outcome of a learned response cannot be stopped unless the trigger or programmed
responses are restructured at a foundational level. Certain response or reoccurring
behaviours are linked to certain deep desires, needs or wants. Every response or behaviour
is stored neurologically, and we can only change the positioning of stored responses by
choosing new options which are also preferred.
Our submodalities also known as representational systems, are the reasons why we find a
particular experience so engaging or repulsive for us. In order to change an experience, we
need to change the drivers of our submodalities. These are the major differences and shifts
that we make in the storing and coding of our unique experiences of the world or our
reality with any issue or experience in our minds.
Our key drivers are the differences that make the difference. Eliciting submodalities
involves laying out and unraveling the way we code our experiences and attached
responses in the from usually, the distant past.
In our some of our tools and approaches in The Epic Outcomes Matrix…