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COACH State Process

A couple of people were asking about the COACH state process. Here’s a link to a short article explaining it, and contrasting it with the unresourceful CRASH.
And here’s a file with a sample script for the COACH state:
COACH State Script

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The Eagle

Oh to be an eagle
And swoop down from a peak
With the golden sunlight flashing
From the fierce hook of my beak.
‘Oh to be an eagle
And to terrify the sky
With the beat of wings like thunder
And a wild, barbaric cry.
‘Oh to be an eagle…but why keep dreaming?
I must learn to be myself,’
Said the rubber duckling sadly
On its soapy bathroom shelf.

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Nelson Mandela

Shortly after his release Nelson Mandela was phoned with his congratulations by US President Bill Clinton. In the course of the conversation Clinton asked him, “Surely after such an experience of incarceration you must still feel some anger towards those who kept you in captivity?” Mandela replied “No, I realised if I didn’t let go of my anger then those who imprisoned me would still be in control of a part of my life.”

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Review: TED talk by Richard St. John

This is a wonderful short talk by RIchard St. John on how to achieve success. He interviewed and modelled hundreds of TED speakers, people who had achieved success in their lives. It’s only three minutes long and well worth watching. You may have heard it all before, but he puts it together in a very concise persuasive way. Below, I’ve taken his eight tips for achieving success and showed how they are all inherent in the NLP model of the world.

Have passion in what you do

In NLP, we talk about congruency and values. In the Value Elicitation exercise, we identify what is truly important to a person using questions such as “Is money more important to you than helping people or is helping people more important to you than money?” We then try to support congruency to make sure that the person is congruent in their values throughout their activities.

Work hard!

It’s pretty obvious, but success requires hard work, no matter what field of endeavor you are in. You need to practice your skills and develop your craft to a high level. NLP facilitates this dedication to a goal by allowing people to change their motivation strategies or design more effective work strategies that will achieve results most effectively.


Focus allows us to devote our energy to carrying out specific goals that we have chosen as being important. NLP offers goalsetting activities which promote focus such as Well-Formed Outcomes (SPECIFY process). It also offers powerful language techniques such as the Meta Model which allow us to define clearly what it is that we are looking for.


Related to working hard and having focus, the ability to persist is a powerful tool in achieving success. One useful tool in NLP is future-pacing, asking someone to consider the effect of a change at a future time. For example, questions like “when you imagine yourself achieving those results in one year, and continuing to persist in your practice, how does that feel now?”


Ideas are generated by simply being aware of circumstances, paying close attention, and linking ideas from different domains. NLP helps us to be more aware by training our sensory acuity and helps us to link ideas from different domains through techniques such as metaphor development.


Doing something good or useful is also a key to achieving success. Again, NLP achieves this using exercises like Value Elicitation or Core Transformation to identify the core values that are important to us. NLP also reminds us to check the ecology of the system, for example, “what effect will this change have on the people around you?”


To be successful, you’ve got to push yourself. And NLP is all about pushing the boundaries of what you are currently able to do. One way of defining NLP is as the modelling of excellence. We push our current boundaries by studying the excellent performance of an expert, both consciously and unconsciously. There is no finish line in NLP or in success – we just keep pushing the boundaries to allow people to achieve their highest potential in a way that is congruent with their values – to achieve both success and a happy inner life.

Serve something beyond yourself

This corresponds to the NLP idea of mission. In the Logical Levels model, mission can be seen as the bridge between Identity and Spirit and is elicited by questions such as “What bigger community or system are you part of that your work and being are contributing to?”

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Session 1: June 21, 2011 (Tuesday)


Session 1 will be held in Shinsakae
102 Sanno Mansion Dai 2 Shinsakae, Shinsakae 3-14-6, Naka-ku, Nagoya 466-8555
Tel: 050-3722-6838
Cell: 090-7612-5413
You can see the location in Google Maps and print it out.

Preparation for the Session

Please download and read at least Chapter 1 of Dylan Morgan’s free online book: Hypnosis for Beginners.
Also bring the following to the workshop.

  • A printout of Chapter 1 (or the whole book)
  • Something to write with
  • Something to write on
  • An open mind
  • Lots of curiosity

That’s about all that you will need to start exploring hypnosis, learning some great stuff, and having fun.

Session Details

To be announced

Tasks for the Next Session

We know that everyone is busy, so we’ll just ask that you do your best to carry out these tasks before the next session, keeping in mind the reason that you decided to learn hypnosis and how a few minutes fun with these tasks can really deepen your learning.

  • To be announced later

Next Session

  • To be announced later
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Intro to Nagoya Hypnosis Workshop

Hypnosis Practice Workshop

Facilitators: Brian Cullen & Brad Deacon
We’ve been thinking for a while of setting up a hypnosis workshop for people with a real interest in developing their hypnosis skills more fully.

What is hypnosis?

There are many different definitions for hypnosis. In our view, we see it as something that everyone does naturally all the time as we move from one state of mind to another. Richard Bandler talks about the trances that we live by: our morning trance, our work trance, our television-watching trance. Most of the time, we are entering these altered states without any awareness, and practicing hypnosis skills allows us to gain much more control over those states within ourselves and others.

Why practice hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a great tool for helping yourself and others to enter into more useful states in order to enjoy life and be more effective in many ways.


If you are a teacher, for example, educational hypnosis will enable you to get your students into an appropriate state for learning – a state in which they are curious and motivated towards learning. In any other job, too, being able to use hypnosis more effectively will really help your communication and allow you to achieve your professional goals more effectively.


In your personal life, hypnosis can not just help your relationships, but also give you much more fun in every aspect of your life by allowing you to enter into the appropriate state for the activity that you are carrying out. How much more enjoyable does music become when you can completely immerse yourself in it, perhaps allowing the musical sounds to naturally bring up images and feelings in your body that enhance your enjoyment?

Helping Others

Practicing your hypnosis skills can help you to help the people around you that you care about. Many of the problems that people face in life can be solved when they realize their own resourcefulness, but these same problems prevent them from entering a resourceful state. Through hypnosis, you can help them to enter a more resourceful state when necessary and to access these resources.

What will we be doing in the hypnosis practice workshops?

The name says it all, really. We’ll be practicing hypnosis – and we’ll be doing it in a safe, confidential environment where you can develop your skills easily. The participants will act as practice subjects for each other. All people are different and pass between different states in different ways, so you will have the opportunity to practice different skills as you work with people in the workshop. Of course, we’ll also be having fun while we practice. If you’ve heard of Bandler and Grinder’s original workshops where they wanted to have fun learning about the possibilities of hypnosis, then you’ll know exactly the kind of spirit of fun experimentation that we want in the workshops.

How will we practice?

There are a large number of books/DVDs etc. available to learn hypnosis, and there are many different schools. One of the most straightforward and clearest books that we have found is Hypnosis for Beginners by Dylan Morgan. Apart from being very well written, it has the added bonus of being available as a free download from the author’s website:
We would suggest that all participants get a copy of this book and read at least the first few chapters before the workshops begin. It will give you a very clear idea of the simple exercises and exploratory approach that we want to promote in the workshops. Clearly, many of the participants are not beginners, but we have all come from different backgrounds and revisiting the basics in an open-minded and exploratory style will certainly be of benefit to all. It will help us all to practice tools of hypnosis that we may not even have been aware of yet.
We will prepare exercises based on this book. Initially, we’d like to work through those exercises and then later, we can open up the workshop to a wider range of ideas from participants and other sources.

Who will the participants be?

We envision a group of 6-10 people who have a serious interest in learning more about hypnosis and improving their skills through practice over an extended period of time. If you recognize yourself in this description, we would be very happy to have you join us. Also, if you know of like-minded people who are curious and willing to learn (even those who have no background in hypnosis), we welcome them as long as they respect the confidentiality and exploratory focus of the workshops.

When, where, how often?

Currently, we are thinking of holding the workshop once a month, probably on a Wednesday evening from 7-9pm. Weekends are busy for many people with family and other activities, so we have deliberately made it a weekday night. The location depends somewhat on the participants. We have several possible locations including Shinsakae (Brian’s house), Fukiage/Tsuruma (Nagoya Institute of Technology), and Yagoto (Nanzan University). Once we have a good idea of the participants, we will choose the most convenient location.

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Some time back, I posted an article about the NLP allergy relief process, and I am happy to say that it seems to have been successful for me this year. Apart from a couple of days when I was over-busy, I have been almost symptom-free this year with a noticeable lack of sneezing, blocked-nose, and sore throat. This is a good thing indeed, especially since the pollen count this year was far far higher than other years–ten times the level of last year’s pollen count according to some sources.
Perhaps, it is fairer to point out that I have made several changes that could have influenced the allergic reaction that I used to have.
1. NLP Allergy Relief Process
2. A less-stressed life style
3. A better diet, with less meat and dairy
4. Time: It’s was about seven or eight years when I first perceived an allergic response to pollen. I have heard that every cell in the body gets replaced over a seven-year cycle, so there is the possibility that I have simply grown out of it.
5. Netti Pot: For the last five months or so, I have using a netti pot (thanks for the tip, Maria!) for nasal irrigation. Do a search on YouTube if you’re not familiar with the netti pot. It takes a couple of days to get used to, but once you do, nasal irrigation feels great and it actually feels odd on those days that I can’t do it for some reason.
I’m sure there are other factors, too. After another year or so, I’ll sit down and write a fuller article based on my condition at that point and my use of the NLP allergy relief process with others.
If you suffer from allergies, this season allows me to tell you that you can change that. If you’d like to try the NLP allergy relief process, get in touch and we’ll set something up.