Thinking Like A Magician

When we use Mind-Lines to work semantic magic, we only need to keep a couple of things in mind.

First, and foremost, we need to keep our outcomes positive and respectful. A person could use these reframing patterns destructively. These patterns have much potential to make a smart ass out of us if we don't keep focused and oriented in a positive and caring way about the person. Used wrongly, "Sleight of Mouth" patterns can alienate people. Conversely, when we establish a strong, positive, and caring (or loving) outcome in mind for our communications, that outcome will direct our reframing so that we interact with others respectfully. And people will pick up on this. Operating out of a positive and respectful outcome also builds rapport.

Second, we also need to maintain awareness of our own internal representations. Much of the power of these paradigm shifting patterns lie in how they effect submodalities. Actually, much of the magic will occur at this level. (Submodalities refer to the qualities of ourvisual, auditory, and kinesthetic representations, see Appendix A).

Now as a semantic magician, don't expect every pattern of word magic to work equally well with every belief. They will not. Neuro-semantic magic depends upon many facets and frames that any given person brings to the table. Some patterns will work more effectively with some beliefs than others. Frequently, we need to "keep firing off' different magical lines until we find one that makes the desired change.

So as a magician, it serves us well to keep our eyes open while we perform our magic! In NLP, we call this process of keeping our eyes, ears, and senses open "sensory acuity," Doing so provides

us feedback about the effect of our refraining. Sometimes a mind-line pattern will "scramble a person's eggs" (to use Bob's phrase) to create major shifts and alterations in our experiences at the submodality level.

So as you meta-model beliefs that seem to cause problems and formulate them into the formula, continually check out how they effect your own submodalities. Doing this (as you formulate and deliver the mind-lines) will enable you to develop more intuitive awareness of how the mind-lines create modality and submodality shifts in internal representations. Once you reach that level, you can become truly elegant in delivering mind-lines.

Aim also to layer the reframing patterns. We make our mind-lines much more effective when we deliver several one after another. So feel free to pack them as tightly as you can if you want to pack in magic upon magic.

[If you want more depth of understanding of the theoretical background for Mind-Lines, check out Chapter 9 and the summary of the Meta-Model in Appendix B.]

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