The Art of Artful Vagueness (R8)


Reflections after Reading Certain Pages in JGBennett’s Talks on Beelzebub’s Tales (Samuel Weiser Inc 1993 (second printing, pages 60-65) ISBN 0-87728-680-9 In these pages, Bennett talks about what, in relation to Milton Erickson’s style, has in quite recent years come to be called ‘Artful Vagueness’. What Bennett says can be used more generally to assess […]

Using the Pendulum One (R7)


NLP provides a box of eclectic tricks the application of which is infinitely variable depending on what you find and in accordance with ecological guidelines. Once a set of procedures has got into the muscle, as Robert Dilts says, the really skilled facilitator is always alert to possibilities and athletic enough to vary things according […]

Renewing an Old Acquaintance (R7)


(For Sarah—for mentioning Montaigne during an Enneagram workshop) For some strange reason, ‘Christmas’ offers many people an opportunity  for a peculiar kind of celebration which seems to entail spending vast amounts of money. Over ‘Christmas’ 2011 I decided I’d celebrate in a peculiar manner by re-reading the selected essays of Michel de Montaigne. I first […]