All my approaches to life, and therefore all the courses that I run, are now underpinned by the basic ideas of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, the unacknowledged masters of which pre-historically are Gurdjieff and Ouspensky and their disciples.
The art & discipline of NLP presupposes that we are programmed (‘we are machines’) by life, contacts, reading, learning, inclination, to choose to react to circumstances in standard ways. Our habitual ways are reinforced by how we use our brain and by the language we choose to adopt to describe the world.
The Good News is that, since we have been programmed to react in a certain rigid manner to the way life is we can just as easily choose to re-program ourselves. Using the simple exercises of NLP we can discover how our body/brain can learn to see/hear/smell/ taste/feel the world in an even more resourceful way than we do now; using intellectual/emotional/physical responses to life in judicious balance we can become more like the human-beings we were meant to be. We can easily notice how the language we use can influence the way we construct the universe to suit ourselves; this may not be the very best way of doing it. We can discover how habit has limited the way we use our brain and how habit can therefore extend our potential.
I ran NLP courses successfully for many years with Ed Percival and developed a unique reinterpretation of many of the standard exercises of NLP to take into account the teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, most notably in the field of Multiple-I’s and applications of the Enneagram. Even well-seasoned NLP enthusiasts will find this approach novel – it’s a huge extension of ‘Parts Work’.
12th June 2020 Ed died in 2015. The last time I worked with him was in 2008. I miss him greatly. We’d worked together for many years on Covey & Accelerated Learning. We were such different characters!
I no longer run NLP courses but am happy to put on a course I devised myself in the Enneagram and its relationship with Gurdjieff & Ouspensky. It is, of course, grounded in NLP. You just have to ask!