Buddhism, Hypnotherapy and NLP by Jack Elias, CHT
I began my practice and study of Buddhism at the age of 20. While Buddhism is commonly called a religion, it’s actually a science of mind. A religion is based on beliefs, while science strives through empirical data to arrive at an understanding of the true nature of existence. This latter definition most accurately describes the practice of Buddhism. After 14 years studying Buddhism, NLP came into the picture. When I encountered Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) and hypnotherapy, I was fascinated to discover that the most valuable insights and techniques presented by hypnotherapy and NLP were fragments of the Buddhist wisdom teachings that I had already encountered in a much more comprehensive form.
Due to my experience with this profound body of Buddhist knowledge, I was able to adapt and enhance what I had learned in my hypnotherapy and NLP training. I was then able to create a synthesis of Buddhism, NLP and hypnotherapy that uniquely and radically awakens people’s minds and also touches their hearts: Transpersonal Hypnotherapy/NLP. I was able to do this not because I’m so smart, but because the teachings of Buddhism that I was so fortunate to study are filled with living wisdom, compassion, and skillful means.
Finding True Magic Audio Seminar Set: “Mindfulness & Awareness”
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Milton Erickson & NLP
Many consider Milton Erickson to be the most brilliant hypnotherapist who ever lived. His position as a medical doctor lent unprecedented credibility to the practice of hypnotherapy. Milton Erickson was also a natural Buddhist. He trusted his own inspirations and his unconscious mind, and he was open-minded and inquisitive. The goal of Buddhist practice is to be awake to the freshness of life, as opposed to remaining stuck in the hypnotic dream of mental concepts. In the tradition of Buddhist practice, Milton Erickson had developed great powers of mindfulness and awareness which allowed him to create uncanny, sometimes outrageous, and brilliant techniques to facilitate healing change for his clients.
Richard Bandler and John Grinder developed NLP, or neuro-linguistic programming, in large part by observing Milton Erickson at work with hypnotic subjects. They had a gift for describing what Erickson was doing, in a way that could be taught to others.
Article: “The NLP Milton Meta Model” from Finding True Magic by Jack Elias, CHT