Subtleties of using time line

My client wrote email back to me saying he needed more detail about how to use time line and that he was in Utah near the NE corner area and wanted to help Native American people, primarily the Ute Indian Tribe people and suggested a need for healing tools there. He also said that he talked to an NLP guy, Joseph O’Connor, and got no help and thought the guy had an economic motive. Here’s my modified response posted from my [nlpskills] eGroup on Yahoo Groups:

I don’t know Joseph O’Connor personally, and I can imagine that he would want to be paid for his knowledge and then again he may have had some concern for ecology. NLP Skills are very powerful and without proper training, can be misused. Like me, Joseph has spent years developing his expertise in NLP.

If you have good basic NLP Skills already, preferably at the NLP Practitioner level, the outline I gave you (see preveious post) should be enough to do therapeutic work. Perhaps if you were to tell me about a specific case, I might be able to give you more pinpointed information about how to get results. I also don’t know what books you have been reading on the subject of time line, but I’d look at Tad James and Wyatt Woodsmall’s book, Time Line Therapy and the Basis of Personality. Joseph really doesn’t come to my mind when I think about time line, although he might have something really great on the subject, but I’m not aware of it. Aside from L Michael Hall, I’m not aware of many other treatments of time line in literature. This may be partly because James trademarked the name, Time Line Therapy(T) and enforces it. Even Wyatt had to call it something else. I’ve expanded the originall ideas of time line and included a broader understanding of quantum physics in what I do and call it Expanding Folded Time(c) Patterns.

If you want an NLP Coaching session, we could arrange a call and I’d be happy to fill in the gaps for you. A great thing about time line work is that when you have a basic outline you can use it for a wide range of issues. I usually take a client on the time line once just to brighten up the past and clear any dark spots. That alone would very likely change the person’s life. Time line is a very powerful metaphor. Remember the brain is both spatial and temporal and the unconscious works very well on symbols. Never underestimate the power of the unconscious mind to create change when communicated with effectively and in it’s own language. If the dark spots (usually trauma) disappear or get bright, how the person holds the unresourceful experiences will also change, meaning behavior will very likely change. You may be getting great results and not know it. Also, the order in which you anchor states associated to events makes a difference. People don’t know they can change the way they feel about things. In a moment you can work with someone to clear guilt about a particular issue and when you check your work, they’ll tell you it now feels very different, or significantly less negative. Here is a quick process to set up the time line steps outlined in the earlier post: (Do this first)

Presupposition: GUILT is a useless or unresourceful emotion. Although people say that guilt helps them distinguish between right and wrong, you don’t need guilt to know the difference, do you?

1. Have your client think of something small that they feel guilt about. (not too big)
2. Break state. Be present to objects around you.
3. Now simply have them go to time; a good time, happy time, before the other event ever even happened yet. Be in this moment, feeling good. Fully associate. Ask, “Where’s the guilt from the other event. You should get a response, like, ‘It’s not there. It hasn’t happened yet.” Or your client will just shake his/her head.
4. Now, here’s the great part. Have the client feeling good, simply jump back to the present with the good feelings intact.
5. Break State.
6. Check your work. Have the client now think about the event of guilt and notice it is significantly less intense or gone all together now.
7. Suggest that the feeling will continue to be good, different, when I the client checks for it later today, tomorrow, a week or month from now. This is a permanent change.

Notes: I don’t even have to have a person rise up above the time line on this one to do the work. Notice the basic concept of moving back in time and then to an earlier time, just like in the time line steps process in the previous post.

By Bill Thomason
NLP Success Coach, Certified NLP Trainer