Steps to Time Line process

I got a great question on my Yahoo Groups eGroup [nlpskills]:

What are the steps in the time line process? I do time line a couple of ways. The first way is good because you disassociate your client (or self). The second way it to have my client (self) walk the time line. Note: I am only outlining the disassociated model below.

Presupposition: The Past is a Myth. It didn’t occur the way you remember anyway, so you can now change how you represent it to yourself.

1. Pick an issue to work on; an unresourceful life pattern that reoccurs; something you want different, better in your life and behaviors.

2. Elicit the time line. “Put you index finger in the air. If you could point spatially to where you experience your time line coming to you from, where would you be pointing?”
- A. You will imagine your past time line coming from behind through you in the present and continuing out in front of you. [In Time]
- B. The time line will be out in front of you, and extending to the right and left. [Through Time]

3. Rise up above your time line and see yourself and your timeline down below. If you are In Time, move out over the time line and orient yourself down below facing the future at least for the purposes of the exercise.

4. Mark orientation to the future so you can get back to it and turn facing the past. Notice if it is not a straight line, straighten it right out. If there are dark spots along the way, brighten them up until the entire past is a single brightness, and brighten the whole thing up a little.

5. Now float back along the time line to the earliest experience or starting place of the unresourceful pattern in life. Imagine you can pull that experience up like a movie and run the movie out in front of you. See the event the way it occurred.

6. Step off the time line and access the creative part of you. Ask the Creative Part of come up with resources that you did not have then, but do have now. You can change the events, colors, brightness, or change the people, make them bigger or smaller, make yourself bigger, etc. or you can change the meaning of the event. Do the change work. Many different NLP processes could be used effectively here.

7. Put the representation of the event back down in your time line below and go to an earlier time; a good time, happy time. Pull the event up and access that event as if you are in it above the time line. Keeping the good feelings turn and face the present noticing that all the other events along the way are shifting and changing as you float past the original event and other events back to present now noticing that the future time line is also changing in relationship to the changes you already made in your time line now.

8. Come back down into the present. Associate to the present moment allowing the changes to have occurred.

Bill Thomason
NLP Success Coach
Certified NLP Trainer