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is a very simple, easy to learn and effective mind exercise. Learning and doing ANCHOR DANCE will help youmake changes in habitual behaviours that you may have considered to be difficult or even impossible
to achieve. You can useANCHOR DANCE for clients as well as for yourself. If you are already trained in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), all the better. Youwill master this great technique of ANCHOR DANCE very quickly. If you are new to NLP, reading this article a couple of times more andexperimenting will make you proficient in this art. For more help, you can talk to an NLP practitioner or e-mail me.
Eliciting A State-
Even before we talk about ANCHOR DANCE, let us first understand how to elicit a state. If I ask someone,
do you remember a time when you did something and you were very peaceful and confident about doing it?
Shemay probably look to her left and access the memory of a past event, when she was doing something and felt really peaceful andconfident about doing it.
I may say, “
Take your time to remember such an event. It may be totally unrelated to your current situationor problem
. (Speaking slowly in a hypnotic tone will help her to remember such an event). When she remembers an event her facewill light up and then I can say,
magine you are doing that activity now and please tell me how you are feeling
. She will probablydescribe her feelings. Not only her words will tell she is feeling peaceful and confident but her voice, her tone, her gestures, herexpressions and body posture will congruently tell she is feeling peaceful and confident. If you are seeing and hearing some or all of these, you have elicited a peaceful and confident state in her. Bravo. Well done indeed!
Anchoring a State-
f I say, “As you are doing t
hat thing and feeling really peaceful and confident now, imagine you are standing in a circle, and you wantto choose a color for this circle
any color that comes to your mind, what color will that be?” And she may say, “Blue”. That’s great.Wonderful! “Will you please describe this blue?” And she may say, “Confident sky blue”. I can say, “That
is very nice. Can you actuallysee that confident sky blue color?
“Yes”. Great! Great indeed!
Now, what is happening here? Allow
me explain… When I say “imagine you are in a circle as you are feeling peaceful and confident”, I
have anchored that feeling to the circle. This is a spatial anchor. Next time she stands in the circle she can automatically feel peacefuland confident. When I am asking her to choose a color and to describe it and see it, I am anchoring the same peaceful and confidentstate to the color also. That is synesthesia... a visual image of color standing for a bodily sense of feeling peaceful and confident. Thatis even stronger and more powerful anchor. Next time she stands in that imaginary circle and sees
that color in her mind’s eye, she
instantaneously feels peaceful and confident. That is cool. A really cool peace of anchoring there!Now, you can easily do that for all the circles and the corresponding states explained below in ANCHOR DANCE exercise.
Repeated use of expressions such as “That’s great”, “Wonderful”,” You are doing great indeed” etc. softens language and encou
ragesand authenticates client. If you have done this exercise many times with people, your confidence and a sense of authority will helpclient to at least do what you suggest. (What the heck! Let me try this funny thing!)
Stepping into a circle and seeing or mentioning color elicits that state, and quickly stepping into next circle and seeing and mentioningappropriate color links the previous state to the next state. It is as simple as that!
Hay, that’s easy! I can do that,
you may say!
Now, on to the DANCING floor. By the way have you put on your DANCING shoes? (Just kidding ;-))