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L. Michael Hall, Ph.D.

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L. Michael Hall, Ph.D.

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APG Overview
The 3-day APG Schedule
Welcome to the Meta-Levels
Why develop Meta-Skills?
Setting your Outcome for the Training

DAY 1:

Here’s to your Personal Genius!



Meta-States as a Model
Meta-State Effects
Primary and Meta-State Differences
Meta-Level Principles



Welcome to the Matrix of Your Mind
Diamond / Meta-Questions
Basic Meta-Stating Pattern
* Ownership of Power Zone
* Meta-Stating Self
* Meta-Yesing and Meta-Noing
* Pleasuring
* De-Pleasuring


Prerequisites of Personal Genius
Texturing of States
More on Logical Levels
Meta-States and Culture
Korzybski; Bateson


NLP, Meta-States, Neuro-Semantics

Clearing the Path for A New Matrix

* Meta-Stating Emotions
* Meta-Stating Concepts
* Dragon Dancing
* Mind-to-Muscle
* Miracle Question


Day 3:


Qualifying Your Genius State
Meta-Stating Attractor Frames
* Meta-Stating Intentionality
* Accessing Personal Genius
* Meta-Stating Excuses
Excuse Blow-Out
* Spinning Icons
* Meta-Stating Congruence



Day 2:
Neuro-Semantic Terminology




C Using our four basic powers or ways of responding to things: mind-emotion. stepping out of the muddles and closed-ended loops.THE APG SCHEDULE Day 1: Welcome to the Matrix of your Mind 1) Introducing Meta-States — A Model of Reflexivity C Introduction to working with meta-cognitive abilities. etc. C This also details the structure of addictions and in De-Pleasuring. C Since limiting beliefs get in the way and define therapeutic dysfunction. When we believe. we move up a level and confirm or validated the thoughts in some way. C This empowers us to manage the levels of our mind. the commands to our nervous system that we commission. the meanings and values that we endow things with. lots of things that we don’t believe. 5) Meta-Stating Pleasure for higher levels of Motivation and Joy C Pleasure at the primary level of experience essentially involves stimulating the nervous system and all of the sense receptors. we can undo the semantic damage that occurs when we over-load an event with too much meaning. C Meta-Stating Learning: Accessing the experience of accelerated learning. C Creation of your personal Power Zone for taking a proactive stance in the world. C Dis-conforming involves saying “No” to our thoughts. C Awareness of these powers and ownership of them generates a foundational sense of our own abilities to take effect action in the world—the foundation of personal genius. Validating a thought says “Yes” to it. appreciation.” C C We can think. -4- . 4) Meta-Stating Confirmation and Disconfirmation for commissioning and decommissioning Beliefs Meta-Yes-ing as a Belief Change Pattern for turning mere “thought” into “beliefs. It involves dis-validating them to downgrade a belief to a mere thought again. C A quick route to deal with the dragons of self-contempting. speech and behavior. and esteem and applying these to Self. rather than living as a passive victim who demands that others and things “make” us happy. the ability to quickly and even conversationally transform beliefs gives a therapist a very powerful therapeutic intervention. C Distinguishes your value and esteem as a human being from your confidence in what you do and achieve. C Yet there are higher level pleasures. 3) Meta-Stating Self to create Self-Acceptance. Discovering our strategy for pleasuring puts this dynamic into our hands so that we can take charge of it. Self-Appreciation and Self-Esteem C The Neuro-Semantic approach to self-esteeming: accessing acceptance. and even fully understand. self-depreciating. 2) Meta-Stating Awareness and Ownership of your powers for Personal Empowerment. recognizing and monitoring your self-reflexive awareness. and the flexibility to have our beliefs rather than our beliefs having us.

C We make meaning at many levels. and sabotaging states. etc. desire. C Utilizing the Miracle Question. entrepreneurship. intentional meanings. C The Mind-to-Muscle Pattern empowers us to close the Knowing-Doing gap so that we can turn our principles into neuro-semantic states so that we can actualize in everyday life the things that we know. To take great ideas and to put them into neurology transforms and empowers us so we can effectively handle the challenges of everyday life. 3) Dancing with Dragons: Transforming the Energy of Unresourceful States C To the extent that we turn our psychic energies against ourselves. creativity. representational. believe in. C Taming. etc. intend. and understanding. C Concepts and high level principles can be turned into “muscle memory” as we recognize when our fingers “know” a keyboard or function keys. We create associative meanings (Stimulus-Response meanings). linguistic. limiting. but misused can create layers of negative thoughts and feelings about our states. appreciation. -5- . C We can have a “poor relationship” to a concept so that our conceptual thinking undermines our personal mastery. we use a meta-stating process to spatially anchor possibility thinking in a chair to give ourselves a chance to step aside from “the kind of thinking that created the problem” and to think outside of the box C This kind of think is essential for genius states. This clears the path and creates room for new constructions and for transformation. etc. transforming. we put ourselves at odds with ourselves and create dragon states as unresourceful. C This makes all emotions “right” to the map from which they arise and so valuable information about our mapping and our skills for coping with the world. contextual or frame.Day 2: Clearing the Path for Mastery Frames 1) Meta-Stating Emotions for higher emotional intelligence C An “e-motion” is the energy for motion that arises from the difference between map and territory. what we have mapped in our heads about the world and what we experience in our bodies in the world. metaphorical. 4) Meta-Stating Implementation for closing the knowing-doing gap. 2) Meta-Stating Concepts: Conceptual De-Programming. Now we can work more efficiently with conceptual states and build up a new Matrix of Meaning. The power of meta-stating not only creates our highest and most profound states. evaluative. and sometimes slaying dragons involves meta-stating our negative emotions and taboos with acceptance. or when our body knows how to drive. 4) Meta-Stating Possibility Thinking to give ourselves a chance to think out of the box.

strengthening it. C The synthesis of the two dimensions of mind. commitment.Day 3: Qualifying and Texture Your Genius States 1) Meta-Stating Intentionality: Taking an Intentional Stance. stop us from succeeding and seduce us to sell out our values and visions to stupid and silly excuses. 2) Meta-Stating the “Flow” state: Accessing Personal Genius C Entering into a commitment state of focus. creates will and focus and human consciousness. we can begin to live more purposefully as we access and use the higher levels of our mind to direct our everyday attentions. C The "Spinning Icons” pattern offers a process for congruence to bring an end to internal conflicts that may undermine one’s focus and clarity. and ability to get lost in the moment.” masquerading as legitimate reasons and explanations. 5) Meta-Stating Integrity. -6- . and beliefs. C Integrity is doing what we say and aligning all of the many facets of our mind-bodyemotion system. C Clearing incongruence via alignment of everyday activities with our highest values. C Meta-stating the higher levels of our mind from a non-linguistic point of view enables a transformative process to begin. focus. C Distinguish true explanations from silly excuses and learn to use all of your stubbornness to make up your mind to refuse to tolerate excusing yourself from excellence! 4) Meta-Stating Wholeness and Congruence to resolve internal conflicts. self-trust. or moves through the world. purposes. C “Excuses. Spinning Icons enables our larger mind to bring resources to conflicts we cannot figure out. develop more ready access to it. Using a non-propositional approach. C By strengthening our highest intentional meanings. and containing a focus state of “flow.” C Accessing the personal genius of impeccable state shifting. attention and intention. 3) Meta-Stating Execution of Goals by Blowing-Out all Excuses. plays. This ends internal conflict that could otherwise undermine personal efficacy and power. This is great for anyone who wants more mastery and congruence in the way he or she works.

your self.)? How much mental and emotional flexibility do you have? How well do you adapt to change? How fluid is your genius state? C Creative.” C Next we identify the structure so we can replicate it as a highway to excellence. “impeccable state shifting” C Crystal clarity of purpose and direction Using Logical Levels C How well have you commission the executive level of your mind to do the tracking so that you can get lost in your genius state? C Genius as the enhanced ability to make highly refined distinctions within and about the qualities. goes away? Are you now able to fully step into a state of being of focus? C Control of Focus. The Prerequisites of Genius: Grinder and DeLozier identified some of the prerequisites of genius in Turtles All the Way Down (1987): C Intense focus or concentration (a state of “flow”) C Single tracking or first-level attention focus C Multiple perspectives that gives one “wisdom” of the whole C Development of commitment states C Clean state accessing and shifting in and out of the commitment states. and properties of the sensory representation systems of “thought” while simultaneously making appropriate and empowering frames-of-references and meta-frames now becomes more possible for us. How well can you take numerous perceptual positions (first. second. etc. amplify. and apply the component variables that make up the larger gestalt of “genius” to make genius accessible. you will discover how to meta-state your way to personal genius C We start with the premise that there is a structure to mastery and “genius. third. the world. What do you really love or care about? What is compelling and inescapable for you? Have you given yourself to it –even in your mind? What are some of your commitment states in which you feel passionate and easily move into a first level attention focus? What are the positive “flow” states for you wherein time. This description suggests a two-fold focus for a “genius. a distinguishing detailed awareness which knows how to specify the key differences.” Namely. features. C We will access. C The structure of genius is made up of numerous mental-and-emotional states which we layer them one upon the other. A clearly focused passion about something we really care about. control of the focus? Can you turn your focus state on and off at will? What level of self-management or self-discipline do you have? What stops you from having more? Have you taken responsibility for yourself and to others? Have you established collaborations with others? C Flexibility of Consciousness. Have you meta-stated your focus with control. Prerequisites of Genius: C Passionate Focus. third-reverse. How creative are you? How well do you mix and merge different things? How flexibly -7- . etc.PREREQUISITES OF PERSONAL GENIUS C C C C What are the characteristics of mastery or “genius?” How does one go about accessing and developing these prerequisites of genius? To what degree have you accessed your own personal genius? What other qualities do you need to texture in your focus state? In this training.

How much have you accelerated your learning skills? How much is your learning characterized by curiosity.. Do you have a clear vision of purpose and the proactive power to followthrough? Do you have a powerful efficiency that handles the critical details without getting “caught up in details?” Do you have a healthy balance of meta-detailing in your engagement? Can you see.”? C Firmness of a clear vision. etc. Using negative results as positive feedback about how to proceed in a smart way. “what ifs. errors. problems. perseverance. or feel salient differences that others miss? C Empowering decisions for focus and clarity. Are you aligned and connected to others as collaborators. discipline. openness. mistakes. hear. etc.? Do you have a good relationship to failure. playfulness. mind-to-muscling your principles. efficient work habits. efficiency.. and challenges? Are those things feedback for you? How well do you just explore and experiment when something goes wrong? How well do you do in implementing and following-through? C Congruently aligned in the focus. C Synergizing with others who will become a friend to your genius. C Socially connected. action. C Have you cleared your path of internal conflicts and every sabotaging dragon? -8- . Do you have a larger passion as a meta-frame that works like a selforganizing attractor? How much mental strength does your passion have? Enough to bring it to completion via dedication.C can you shift back and forth between similarity and differences? Playfully passionate learning. colleagues. Have you textured your focus state with alignment of your higher levels? Congruency for personal alignment with your values and beliefs.? Have you taken an intentional stance yet? C Proactively active. C High level state management skills for stepping in and out of states of “flow” C Resilience: letting nothing get you down. Have you textured your genius focus with initiate. etc.? C Meta-Detailing.

especially at first. Learning Meta-States involves a different kind and quality of thinking. Welcome to the journey . Get ready to be confused and bewildered . your outer games. -9- . NLP began in giving people a User’s Manual for the Brain. It goes beyond the linear thinking of NLP and involves non-linear thinking. We will first ascend the steps of understanding and experiencing states and then metastates. The materials here will acquaint you with a methodical model of how your mind works. . dragons have been known to roar and whine in the background as people explore this realm of mind. Why? Because the meta-states of your mind involve non-linear thinking and processing. how to track a spiral of thought around loops. you’ll come out on the other side a fully Certified Dragon Master. What is the best way to manage this? Lighten up and play with it. and the Matrix of beliefs and frames that governs your everyday experiences. But fear not. Here you will find some incantations for dancing with dragons. The meta-stating processes for framing. decisions. memories. When that happens— enjoy the ride! Learning Meta-States involves discovering how to think systemically. into this magical realm of what we call “human reality” made up of thoughts-and-feelings. you can achieve the kind of states of excellence that will enrich your life and create a high quality of personal mastery. reframing. Neuro-Semantics continues at the higher levels of your mind. . ideas. From there you get to play around with state-upon-state structuring. imaginations. . the levels of your mind. to become disoriented. We have two primary objectives in this introduction training in MetaStates: 1) To introduce the Meta-States model. and with the wild and wondrous idea of building designer states. Most are energies within you that need to be embraced and honored in order to be transformed and tamed. and outframing your neuro-semantics. to feel confused. and to manage the Matrix of frames occurring simultaneously. Yet still. and meanings. Yes. You will come out on the other side more empowered and resourceful than you have ever before. it will frequently take you for a spin when you least suspect it. because systemic consciousness involves non-linear recursive moves that go up and down the levels of the mind. So get ready for a real shock to some of your current beliefs and models. Allow yourself to get lost at times. beliefs. We have minimized this by sequencing and organizing the material to build from simple to complex.WELCOME TO THE MAGIC OF THE META-LEVELS OF YOUR MATRIX This training manual has been designed to facilitate training and re-training your brain and nervous system so that you can work more methodically with your mind at all its levels and when you can do that. . As you trust the process. understandings. It’s part of how you’ll discovery the magic of the meta-levels. values. 2) To facilitate the discovery of your own Personal Genius or mastery.

5) To develop top-notch communication skills Meta-States enable us to hear the meta-levels in language. to pace such levels. Because we have a self-reflective consciousness. decisions. others. To not understand our meta-levels invites all kinds of meta-muddles. to make clearer choices about our maps. mission. etc. feel about feelings. and to manage our states from higher levels. 3) To skillfully handle the meta-phenomena at the higher levels of mind At meta-levels we experience meta-programs (perceptual or attentional filters). feelings. and whys that drive our experiences. 1) To more understand yourself and others with more depth and insight Our minds inevitably go meta to think about thinking. values. and thereby to meet others at their model of the world. states. reasons. 2) To effectively manage our states — to learn the art of personal mastery Going meta enables us to create a self-reflexive context for examining our thoughts-andfeelings and models of the world. This enhances communication skills making -10- . Many of the values and benefits that beckon us on with regard to going meta involves recognizing and working more effectively with these meta-levels. and experiences. identity. and the NLP Model itself. Everyday we “leap logical levels in a single bound” into these phenomena—now we can do it with our eyes open as we set new frames. And as we empower our meta-mind. To figuring out ourselves. beliefs. we inevitably “go meta” to our thoughts. and reflect on reflections. This creates a layering of our mind as we continually embed our states in various meta-level frames-ofreference.WHY DO YOU NEED TO DEVELOP META-SKILLS? There are many reasons to develop meta-level skills. 4) To model meta-level structures NLP Strategy Model expanded and developed the TOTE model to enabled us to track experience neurolinguistically. we have to discover how self-reflexivity works. we develop higher state management. To identify contexts and contexts-of-contexts that our experiences lie embedded in order to understand the meanings. Making meta-level distinctions allows us to explore and discover the principles that govern our “psycho-logics” (Korzybski). Meta-States enables us to add the meta-level distinctions and tease out the higher logical levels governing those experiences that involved embedded and layered levels of consciousness. time.

Recognizing them enables us to reframe. and levels of mind. 8) To gain the wisdom and power of a larger perspective By its very nature. and even our default frames. He asked. “Where does difference exist?” It’s in the relationship between different ideas. It provides us more insight into how we create our “realities. This gives us the secrets to expertise and mastery. and frames which govern our meanings and feelings. experiences. we develop a richer and fuller perspective that gives us greater wisdom.. As we learn to think more systemically we learn to see the full circuit of the interactive parts and the role that “time” more masterful and influential in communicating. and mindful in our approach to life. and incongruence. going meta assists us in becoming more “objective.” and the embedded layeredness within them. By transcending mind-andbody.” Bateson called this difference. and track with others as they communicate. This helps us avoid the dichotomies of Either/Or thinking. 12) To use system properties to create the highest states possible for excellence In an interactive system that’s open we have such properties as emergence. This enables us to transform beliefs and belief systems that may be outdates or just toxic to our well-being. etc. we experience a new freedom and power over the matrix of our mind. In expands our awareness. 10) To think systemically and non-linearly for more personal power and choice Going meta facilitates systemic thinking about our neuro-linguistic and neuro-semantic states. This opens our eyes to what we are creating and how we are doing so and then puts us at choice point about what we want. All kinds of new properties and qualities of experience. to do word magic —what we call Mind-Line shifts. contexts.” thoughtful. As we take charge of our own conceptual categories. Black-and-White thinking that creates dilemmas and prevents seeing the whole picture 9) To set new and enhanced frames at higher levels Skill with meta-states enable us to move up and set higher frames that in turn govern experience. 6) To master conceptual states of mind so that we have good relationships with words and ideas The higher semantic states encode our highest level of meanings and specify the framesof-references we use in navigating life. selfsabotaging frames. 11) To consciously align all of the levels of mind for greater congruency and power Meta-States empower us to work effectively with the system quality of “betweenness. Now we can work with systemic interactions or interfaces between levels and states to eliminate dragons. and outframe in ways to generate “magical” transformations . of mind-andemotion arise from an open neuro-semantic system. 7) To discover the structure of genius and mastery MS facilitates advanced modeling which is the ability to tease out the meta-level structures inside and behind the more complex and layered experiences. Now we can design engineer -11- .. states. deframe. gestalts. paradoxes.

You can make finer distinctions about experiences. temper. we stop confusing levels. enjoy loving relationships. 3.courage. and synergize our states. and texture states to create the kind of quality experiences that we want We can now qualify. relate with more elegance and grace. health. build structures that allow you to become financially independent. 13) To qualify. When we become skilled in recognizing the difference between description and evaluation. This enables us to temper. slay and transform dragons. and purpose in living. wholeness. 1. frame life with health. This gives us the ability to create more empowering states. etc. and texture the properties (or qualities) of the state experiences that we want. become less reactive and more proactive. resolve human nature puzzles and paradoxes. temper. distinctions that give you the key to pieces of excellence. fun. genius. integrity. YOUR PERSONAL OUTCOMES What are your key personal outcomes for this training? What do you absolutely want to accomplish by the end of this training? State your objectives in specific enough terms so that you can check off those that you reach at the end of the training. balance. sell more effectively. resilience. joy.. defusing anger and fear states. and many other transcendent-like states. 2. 14) To avoid logical level “category errors” that creates psychological pain. stay fit and healthy. We can then sort out “at which level” we or another is operating. transform pathologies of mind and body and that creates more sanity. resolve conflicts with grace and dignity. and much more. -12- . And much more Time fails me at this moment to describe all of the other benefits of learning Meta-States. You can access higher level resources.

4) Meta-Stating Pleasure: Meta-Pleasuring and De-Pleasuring -13- . Self-Appreciation and Self-Esteem 3) Meta-Stating Confirmation and Dis-confirmation for commissioning and decommissioning beliefs.Day 1 WELCOME TO THE MATRIX OF YOUR MIND Day 1 Menu: Introduction to States and Meta-States 1) Meta-Stating Ownership for your powers 2) Meta-Stating Self for Self-Acceptance.

so we become. the representational screen or internal cinema or movie of the mind (see MovieMind. In Neuro-Semantics we call the result. The sensory representation systems or VAK: Visual: pictures. 2003). state of body. Sentences. and Vestibular (balance) The language representation system (auditory-digital) Words.STATES To understand meta-states. tactile. and classifications to create our programs. Two avenues that we can use to evoke a state: 1) Mind—> Linguistics: Internal representations specify our state of mind—the things that we internally map things visually. beliefs. C A “state” is a mental and emotional state. When we do. posture." Choice about what to represent and how to encode gives us representational power. our understandings. we operate as pattern detectors and mappers. As we think. noises. and kinesthetically as well as the things that we say to ourselves (language). Our state of mind. so we feel in our body and move and act and this entire configuration (or gestalt) is what we mean by “experience. music Kinesthetic: sensations. -14- . that make up the representations on "the theater of the mind. metaphors. auditorially. we only do so linguistically as a description. state of emotion are all so inter-related that we cannot separate them. etc. Building ever-more accurate and enhancing models of the world increases our resourcefulness. motor movements Olfactory (smell). you have to understand states. then we have two royal roads to state. Stories. etc. Taking charge of our “reality constructions” empowers us in controlling our neurology.” We live and move and have our being as mind-body persons—as a neuro-linguistic class of life. scenes. C Together this enables us to take charge and run our own brains. Metaphors. Linguistic structures Mathematics. The functioning of our nervous system as it interacts within our body and physiology of our central. proprioceptive. This means that most fundamentally. and from this we can take control of our inner programs. It begins with our neurology—how we use our nervous system and sense receptors and then our linguistics —how we use symbols. These are the languages of the mind governing how the mind works. bio-chemistry. touches. Symbols 2) Body —> Neurology: Physiology and/or Neurology describes the physical state or state of “body”—the things that we experience in our body involving health. values. learnings. images Auditory: sounds. Gustatory (taste). C As a neuro-linguistic class of life we experience and map the territory beyond our skin. and autonomic nervous systems. peripheral. words. Music symbols. We experience life in specific mental and emotional states. the world “out there” so that we can effectively relate to it. a dynamic mind-body state of experience or being that operates as an experiential energy field. As we map things. breathing. Our Mind-Body Components of States If we create states from how we map things mentally and emotionally in our body.

How much do you experience the state? What level of strength or weakness does the state convey? How much does it dominate your consciousness? Need more? Crank it up by increasing or intensifying the representations to experience more of the state. but forever change.e. quick. . etc. State dependency are "emotional expectation sets" or "conceptual expectation sets" and determine what we see and hear..) the object usually refers to something outside you and “beyond” your nervous system. "Recall a time when . sound." State Altering: States do not stay the same. behavior. What methods do you have for altering your states? State Intensity and Amplification: Gauge each state in terms of intensity. sharp. sabotaging. they drop out of conscious awareness. degree of movement. Do you need more “juice?” What processes do you rely on for amplifying your states? How do you crank them up? State Interrupts: Stop any and every mind-body-emotion state by jarring. What do your thoughts-and-feelings refer to? What’s on your mind? State Awareness: Awareness of the states and the factors that drive them. preventing. etc. . joy.. When a state is overly intense and dysfunctional in its effects.e." Imagination: Creating a state. Count on your states altering.STATE MANAGEMENT #101 If you do not managing your state. a state interrupt enables us to stop or prevent the state from doing damage as we break the state. you may not access a similar state to -15- .). We have several tools for greater state awareness: Bubble Journaling.. distinctions in the representations governing its intensity (i. All states do not have the same level of intensity. Because all states habituate. sadness. "What would it look.” What explains the difference? Does it occur at a primary or meta-level? All states are not the same. calmness. interfering. State configurations come in all sizes and shapes. vivid. State Contrasts: Compare one state with another to gain insightful understanding about “the difference that makes a difference. communication. . State Dependency: States govern our learning. features. Just because you have accessed a state of thoughts-and-emotions and physiology. shifting. so gauge for intensity level. properties. anger. and feel like if . etc. State Registering. someone or something else will! State Object: In primary states (i. memory. . state-dependent LMPBC. and transforming. etc. perception. State Assessing/ Inducing: Memory: Remembering a state. fear. Notice the quality of the state: How "pure" your state? How much congruity? Complexity or simplicity? Meaning or semantics? Pain-pleasure quality? How is the state encoded and structured? Identify the qualities.

beliefs. The primary emotions already operate as a metalevel phenomena. a meta-level phenomena. Emotions are the evaluative difference between our model of the world (our wants. our entire Matrix of frames) and our experience of the world. T — What do you think about this or that? F — What do you feel? S — What do you say? B — What do you do? Frame is the significance or meaning—the cognitive structure of the state that actually creates the state. State Extending / State Containment We can both extend and contain states—these properties of neuro-linguistic states enable us to take the thoughts-feelings and all of the mind-body correlations and contaminate other experiences with a state. expectations. Inasmuch as the primary emotions already involve cognitive evaluations from a previous metalevel having coalesced into a primary state. meanings. We can uses these facets to set frames as reference structures for time. concepts.) and link it to the state. Wait until you or another person has reached the peak of the experience. etc. values. As states. and purity. values. In various contexts. word. understandings. sound. our emotions register our body’s (or soma) sense of the meaning or evaluation and so helps us feel the energy of the meaning. Test to see if the trigger then “fires off” the state. With the four expressions we build up and format an infinite number of frames as we give meaning to whatever we are experiencing. and all of the -16- . Technically we could tease out yet another lost level (or coalesced level) inside the primary state: a set of kinesthetic sensations plus a cognitive evaluative judgment of meaning. The difference between the two is our emotion. speaking. behaving) direct our awareness to our body and the outside world as we become aware of what we feel and want to do or say. both phenomena provide new resources if used appropriately. We can also build boundaries and barriers around a state so as to disconnected to other things. gesture. self. you have an “anchor. timing. Anchors operate as Pavlovian conditioning tools for state management and depend on uniqueness. States have expressions and frames Expressions of state (thinking-feeling. sensation. we have this as an illustration of how meta-levels do merge with primary states. etc.” Emotions and States: An emotion is a combination of sensations and languaged evaluations in the form of words about the kinesthetics. demands. then link some unique trigger to it. beliefs. "emotions" consist of evaluative judgments. State Anchoring: Set up a trigger (sight.someone else doing the same. If so. movement. These then govern the state. intensity. history.

Higher States The object of the state changes from an outside/external object to an internal. The term logical level is made up of two nominalizations. values. calmness or respect) we set the second state as a frame over the first and include it inside it. They are not things. There are no such “things” as logical levels. identity. changing. respect. and in process. They do not exist “out there. States are made out of fluid Logical Levels To understand Meta-States. It is not. etc. when we put a state like anger or fear inside another state (calmness.” Meta. as mental and emotional energy expressions of representing and framing they arise and vanish according to our thinking. but to ourselves. we change the internal logic of our nervous system and person. C C The levels (or layering) are made out of the stuff of state (thoughts-and-feelings). ever moving.meta-levels (see the Meta-Questions)..or Logical-Level States. When we transcend from one state (say. you have to shift from thinking about rigid hierarchical levels to fluid levels ever in flux. If you say.” When we put one state in a “logical” relationship to another state so that one is at a higher level then the higher one is about the other. So what’s the hidden verbs in those false-nouns? Layering and reasoning—the reasoning that we layer over our previous experiences. META-STATES States about States Reflexive States Something wild and wonderful happens when we access and relate one state to other states—we generate a meta-state. beyond) to the second and so operates as a higher logical level. anger or joy) to another state (say. It makes the first state a member of the class of the second. This about-relationship establishes the “logic. etc. to our thoughts.” Yes. conceptual.). We access a state of thoughtsfeelings and apply it to another state. intentions. This is what we mean when we talk about “logical levels. On the inside. understanding. Psycho-Logical. And that’s the difference. feelings. That’s why they are so fluid and plastic and do not hold still. and semantic object. We layer state upon state: we feel upset about our anger. or to some abstract conceptual state. courage. joyful learning. They are not “real” or solid or static even though we use nominalizations like beliefs. you’re right. This gives us “calm anger. our self-reflexive consciousness relates (not to the world). gentleness. In these complex states. The state in a higher position is meta (above. “But that’s not logical. These meta-levels then give us the -17- . In Meta-States we have identified over 80 logical levels. our psycho-logics. joyful about freedom. etc. We now think-and-feel about previous thoughts-and-feelings.” respectful joy. Psycho-logical States The “crazy” internal logic that arises from the layering of states. mission. Yet it is psycho–logical. they are not rigid. anger at our fear.” They exist only in the mind as how we represent categories as we categorize and so layer level of thought upon level of thought and emotion. namely. to describe them.

you value it. heard. symbols. 2) Representational Mapping How we present to ourselves again what we have seen. Semantically Loaded States Meta-States also enables us to identify the levels in our mental mappings and the way we create meanings in our mind-body system. etc. We fill up our internal “screen of consciousness” or internal theater of our mind. knowledge. 4)Representative meaning: The meaning of representations 5) Editorial meaning: The meaning of our editorial framing 6) Linguistic meaning: The meaning of language 7) Associative and Conceptual meaning: 1advanced The meaning of associations 8) Abstract Evaluative/ Emotive meaning: 2advanced The meaning of evaluation 9) Perceptual meaning: The meaning of our thinking patterns 10) Intentional meaning: The meaning of our intentions -18- . pleasure. etc.Meta-Questions: decisions. metaphors. identifications. etc. this operates as a belief. ears. you understand facets of some knowledge that area. In this way we create our Matrix of meaning. We layer more Dimensions of Meaning conceptual thoughts onto our thoughts and feelings to create the 1) Emotional meaning: categories and classes of our mind. and because you treat this as important. expectations. C Each of these terms are but facets of the same thing— experience and just other words for describing the layering of our thoughts. skin. decisions. understandings. 3) Conceptual Mapping How we reflect on our internal movies and experiences using various ideas and concepts. and felt. What are the levels of mapping? 1) Perceptual Mapping Our neurological mapping with our sense receptors (eyes. The meaning of associations This creates our neuro-semantic 2) Survival meaning: states. The meaning of evaluation 3)Metaphorical meaning: The meaning of metaphor In meta-stating we are setting frames of reference by which we create meaning. If you bring a state of confidence to your self. intention. nose. This gives us our cinematic sense of things and our primary states. this leads to expectations.) prior to conscious awareness. intentions. internal contexts and categories.

Given our meta-levels of states upon states — IT IS BELIEFS OR FRAMES ALL THE WAY UP Model of the world Frames-of-References Identifications (identifying with thoughts about rep.) Paradigms Understanding Decisions (choosing Thoughts about Thoughts) Valuing (thoughts of importance about thoughts) Believing (confirmed thoughts about thoughts) 7 6 5 4 3 2 IR Stimulus Response -19- .

DIAMOND OF CONSCIOUSNESS The Many Meta-Facets of Awareness -20- .

we use many questions in each of these categories. they are not rigid. govern. because meta-messages modify lower-level messages (Gregory Bateson. Each of the following terms. They are not things. modify. you value it. hear. These facets of focus give us multiple ways into the Matrix of our mind. by which we describe the logical levels of our mind. as mental and emotional energy expressions of representing and framing they arise and vanish according to our thinking and re-thinking. feel and explore the many facets of perception and focus. So if you use one word or term and it doesn’t elicit more information. Frame / Reference Ideas we set as our frame of reference and mental contexts. That’s why we call the “logical levels” a diamond of consciousness—each offers a multi-facetic perspective. Is this experience or idea prohibited in you? Would it enhance your experience to taboo this? Who has tabooed this for you? 6. Think of the following as more than 80 ways to move around the diamond of consciousness and see. Feeling (any feeling: love. care. as higher states. Are you ready to allow this for yourself? 5. etc. modulate. Prohibition / Taboo / Censor / Dis-allow Ideas we do not allow and permit but prohibit and taboo. In other words. Belief / Believe / Confirm as real Ideas we affirm. etc. joy. you understand facets of some knowledge of that area which leads to expectations. The fluid levels of meta-states are ever in flux. The basic 15 Meta-Questions: 1. That’s why they are so fluid and plastic. drive. validate. 1972). Each term simultaneously has within it all of the other terms so that each level can be viewed from a multitude of perspectives or facets. What is your frame of mind about this? What’s your frame of reference for this? How are you framing this experience? 4. and in process. changing. this operates as a belief. identifications. hate. control. What do you feel about this? What if you could enjoy this? What feeling would enhance this most? 7. and because you treat this as important. When we coach to the matrix. Do you know why this is so and the reason for it? Precisely because meta-states. and organize our everyday primary states. What do you believe about this? What do you believe about that belief? 3. Thought / Notion / Idea / Word Ideas or thoughts that we bring to some What do you think about this? What thoughts come to mind regarding this? -21- . use another. and confirm. intentions. Permission / Allow / Permit / Embrace / Approve Do you have permission to experience this? Ideas about allowance and permission Who took permission away from you? versus ideas about prohibitions and taboos. What does this mean to you? What meanings are you holding in mind? 2. decisions.META-QUESTIONS FOR TEASING OUT META-STRUCTURES Of all states. Meaning / Significance Ideas that we hold in mind.) Emotional ideas and feeling judgments we bring to other ideas. our meta-states are our most important states. ever moving. If you bring a state of confidence to your self.

What outcome do you have about this? What goal do you have beyond this goal? What’s your higher agenda behind this? 13. What’s your decision about this? What choice would you like to make about this? What pros and cons are you weighing? 11. which we esteem. Appreciate / Appreciation / Celebrate Ideas of appreciation or value used to frame other ideas. desire. What do you appreciate most about this? What could you appreciate about this? Do you appreciate this too much? 9. What’s your highest intention about this? What do you want and really desire about this? What intention is driving your response? 12. Intention / Want / Desire Ideas about motives. What’s your notion about this? 8. modal operators that generate our modus operandi (MO). intentions. and desired ends. Rules / Demand / Should / Must / Shall / Authorize / Injunctions / Policy What should you do about this? What do you have to do regarding this? Why? What is the rule that’s governing your thoughts? Who or what authorizes this policy for you? What injunctions are you acting out? Ideas we use as rules for the games we play in our lives. 15. and wants. Definition / Class / Categorize / Category Define / Label Ideas we have that set the categories in our mind for understanding things. Outcome / Goal / Agenda/ Hidden Agenda Ideas we have about goals. Decision / Choice / Will / Pros and Cons Ideas we “cut off” (cision) from other ideas as choices we say Yes and No to. Expectation / Anticipation Ideas we have about what we anticipate will happen What’s your expectation about this? What do you anticipate will happen about this? What do you expect about this idea? 14. -22- What definition do you use in relating to this? What class do you put this into? How do you categorize this? What other definition could you use for this? . outcomes. What do you value about this? What’s important about this that you can count? Do you honor this in yourself or others? 10.previous idea or thought. Value / Importance / Count / Honor Ideas we value and treat as important or significant.

4) Appropriate to your life. imagination. etc. This 5 words that start with A make the basic meta-stating process easier to remember. belief.THE BASIC META-STATING PATTERN The actual process of meta-stating is actually very simple— accessing a thought or emotion and apply it to another state (i. Colin Cox has suggested two more words that begin with A. thought. Access and apply. health. This give us a total of 5 steps —all when start with A. What resource state do you want to bring to bear on or apply to the primary state? A “resource” can be a thought. Where do you want to experience this meta-state? Imagine having this layered consciousness in your mind as your frame as you move out into your future. Juice up the resource state and establish an anchor for it by touch. That’s the short and quick approach. With accessing is amplifying to get enough of the state. value. feeling.. ** Awareness Become aware of your state and what resource you want to apply to it. Do you have a sufficiently strong enough state with which to work? 3) Apply to the primary state. idea. sound. One of them is prior (awareness) and one of them is after (accelerate). or embed the primary state inside a resource state. Would it enhance your life to set this resource as your frame-of-reference for the primary state experience? Would every facet of your mind-and-body align with this? ** Accelerate Put it into action and accelerate your resourceful empowerment in real life! -23- . 2) Amplify fully and anchor. to specific contexts. And within applying is appropriating to life contexts and analyzing to quality control the end result and effects. balance (ecology) of the system. or to the future (future pacing). 1) Access a resource state. sight. emotion. memory. or physiology).e. 5) Analyze the quality. Bring the resource to bear on the primary state (this creates meta-level anchoring). word.

would you like to set over your learning state that will accelerate and empower your learning? A gestalt is something that is more than the sum of the parts. understandings. What resourceful states do you want to bring to bear upon your basic learning state? How do you want to sequence these states-upon-states? 2) Access and apply each resourceful state to your learning state. Pair up and brainstorm for a few minutes about how you want to refine and texture your own personal learning state. mere learning operates as an “intellectual” exercise apart from experience. C The quality of our state is a function of the quality of our meta-states or higher frames. Only one thing makes a difference. For many people.ACCELERATING LEARNING Introduction: What kind of (learning) state do you need to construct so that what you learn will automatically get integrated and implemented into your everyday activities and behaviors? Distinctions: C We can qualify the nature of our learning state by meta-stating it with other states.e. or context you apply on your joyful learning state. ideas. This means we need to strategically thinking through the effect of level-upon-level in order for us to check the ecological value of a particular form of meta-stating. Elicitation questions: What kind of a learning state do you want? What’s the quality of your current learning state? Would you like to add new qualities to it? The Pattern: 1) Dream about an accelerated learning state. beliefs. Does it generate the effect of having a program inside your head and nervous system for implementing and installing new learnings? Menu List of Possibilities: Playfulness Frolicsome Learning Lustful Learning Experimenting Calm Learning Awesome Learning Ferociously Going for It! Optimistic Learning Outrageous Learning Future-pacing Confident Learning Implementing Tenacious Learning Decisiveness “I always take immediate action on new learnings that I value so that I get it into my neurology. When we have an inter-active system (i. Somehow they operate from a meta-level structure that holds them back from and prevents them from transferring their learnings and insights into their practical everyday behaviors. our mind-body-emotion system) we have a context within which systemic phenomena can arise—emergent properties or gestalts. It really does not matter what state. etc. values. emotions.” 3) Embed meta-level states to design new gestalts What resourceful thoughts. frame. This strikes me as an unproductive frame that needs to be -24- .

Emoting: feeling. feel. allow yourself to become aware of your two private inner powers of: Thinking: representing.” Colin Cox Distinctions: C The power of human responses to the events and triggers of our lives. and initiative. META-STATING OWNERSHIP OF YOUR POWER ZONE Introduction: Among our most basic states is our power to think.” When we do this. They establish all of the higher and more complex powers. reasoning. Set that aside for now. -25- . etc. we will use it later. 2) Access a full experience of your four central powers. So we begin with awareness to recognize and own these core powers. responding. using and manipulating symbols. C Ownership of our powers creates a sense of control over our lives. proactivity. relating. etc. How does it feel as you just notice and enjoy these powers? How fully do you feel them now? Access them so that you begin to feel these powers. somatizing. etc. Behaving: acting. C “Responsibility” arises from the ability-to-respond. and do. Have you ever felt dis-empowered? What triggers that feeling? Has anything ever invited you to feel that you don’t have the inner power to choose your response? Do you know of anything that might elicit a sense of being a victim? Good. Notice also your two public or outer powers by which you can influence yourself and the world: Speaking: languaging. understanding. valuing. we establish the basis for personal empowerment. valuing. “No one can drive me crazy Unless I give the keys away. believing. Elicitation Questions: Would you like to become completely response-able and empowered in your life? Would you like to totally eliminate the victim-attitude of feeling controlled by others? The Pattern: 1) Identify one or more events that invite disempowerment. asserting. Have you ever felt empowered? On top of your game? As you go into that state. These are fundamental. We then access a sense of “ownership” as expressed in the word “Mine. etc. responsibility.corrected. say.

Now with all of these radiating inside your bubble of energy . let every fiber feel it fully—how is that? How strong is your sense of “Mine!”? What do you need to do to increase it? As you listen to your voice of “Mine!” what do you need to do to make this voice more compelling? Is it yours? Really? 4) Amplify your ownership states until your neurology radiates. Now feel this acceptance about what you own as yours.” Notice how that transforms things.” “My cat. 5) [Optional] Access the states of acceptance and appreciation of “Mine!” What do you just accept? Use a small and simple reference to get the feel of acceptance. As you now think about something that. your speech.] Feel it when you strongly sense that something is yours. when every fiber in your being says. a rainy day. what is it like when you feel this about that event or situation you identified? Notice how this transforms that. How well does this set the frame for your responses... Do you like that? -26- . I am totally responsible for my responses of mind. and your behavior. Are you fully able to maintain your inner sense of response power? Do you like this? 7) Future pace to install Imagine in the weeks and months to come. Feeling the sense of ownership fully. the traffic.. your emotions. speech and behavior..What do you need to do to amplify them? Do you appreciate these powers? What is it like for you when you use your hands to mime out these expressions of your powers in your own personal “space” to create a circle of power for yourself? 3) Access and Amplify the resource state of ownership.” “My toothbrush. now feel this about your mind.. What do you completely and absolutely own? What can you say “Mine!” to with every fiber of your being? [Anchor with a touch and invite a self-anchor...” Make sure your referent for “Mine!” is a positive one. Do you like that? What is it now like as you apply ownership to your response-powers? “This is my zone of power... “Mine!” Keep it small and simple: “My hand!” “My eye.. power. moving through the world with this frame of mind about your zone of response.. Feel that sense of acceptance and appreciation and apply 6) Appropriate it to the invitation of dis-empowerment. when you just welcomed and acknowledged something . emotion. What do you appreciate? Find a reference for appreciation and feel appreciation about this sense of ownership..

"I am response-able to others but never for what others think. speech.” -27- . heart. will you keep this? 8) [Optional] Distinguish responsibility to and for While inside your power bubble. notice how you feel when you say. Now say. Response-ability for is my Accountability." Notice how well this settles. "The boundary of our Power Zone Bubble is the line between responsibility to and for .As you notice how it transforms things as it allows you to fully claim you mind. and behavior. Responseable to others is Relationship with others. and response powers. say or do. feelings." Notice how this settles and any objections. How many more time do you need to say this until it settles well? Are there any objections to it in the back of your mind? Now say. "I am response-able for your thoughts. feel. . . voice.

Use it to establish a solid core for centering yourself. acceptance. Have you ever contempted yourself? Recall that and put that aside for now. experiences that have happened to you. but may find challenging to accept. Appreciation. so wonderful. Apply acceptance to the things about yourself that you need to accept. self-appreciation. so marvelous. and for operating with high selfesteem even in the face of dignity-denying or threatening experiences. appreciation. Set up a sliding anchor on the arm of this continuum of welcoming responses. speechless.META-STATING SELF This is the most basic meta-state process for working with and inducing three basic self states. C Self-esteem is unconditional — based on an evaluation or judgment of the mind. Access each states by using a small and simple referent so that you can access the feeling of the state fully and discreetly. Honor — Being / Person — Distinctions: C We can create a sliding anchor on the body or in air to indicate “more and more” of something. your shadow side. C The three states. so incredible that you stand in awe of it. for setting a frame of high value and worth for oneself. On a continuum of liking and welcoming something into your world we have the following distinctions: Rejection Acceptance Appreciation Dislike Judgment Rejection Welcoming — Inviting in Non-Judgment W/o endorsement Acknowledge but no condoning or endorsing Gentle openness Welcome warmly with attraction / love — Doing — Esteem Highly valuing as important Significant. 2) Access the three “A” resource states of Acceptance. but you welcome it in? B) Appreciation. What is so big. worthwhile Welcome with Awe. and Awe. Amplify each state until you have a robust enough state. and self-esteem. Is there anything that you really appreciate? That you melt in appreciation? C) Awe. selfacceptance. C Self-confidence is conditional — based on competency and experience. -28- . the cards that life dealt you. in utter wonder? 3) Amplify each state and apply to self. Elicitation Questions: Do you ever judge your self as a human being? Do you ever put yourself down? Contempt yourself? Insult yourself? Do you have low self-esteem? Do you separate your feelings about you as a human being from your feelings as a human doing? The Pattern: 1) Identify a self-contempting experience. A) Acceptance: What do you accept that you could reject? What small and simple thing do you easily accept without particularly liking or wanting. and awe enable us to create three meta-states.

or event wherein you feel tempted to self-contempt.. appreciating. .] Feeling this self-esteem fully and completely. and/or self-dislike yourself? In what context would you prefer a more resourceful response? As you think about that. feel this esteem (fire anchor) for yourself knowing that your worth and value is a given and feel this appreciation for what you can do so that you focus there. 4) Apply self-esteeming. and every gift.] Apply awe and esteem to your self as a valuable. [This separates self-confidence and self-esteem. and strength. letting it grow and expand . Now especially notice how feeling this esteem and self-awe at the mystery of you and your potentials it transforms this old context. and feel this acceptance of the things that just are that you have to deal with. Does every aspect of the higher parts of your mind fully agree with this? Are you now un-stoppable? -29- . talent. magnificent human being unconditionally. [Use self-esteem to enrich self-appreciation and self-acceptance. . now notice what else you can appreciate (fire anchor) and what else you can just accept (fire anchor) more gracefully and easily. self-doubt. and accepting in needed contexts Is there any context. doesn’t it? Do you like that? Would that make a difference? Are you ready to self-respect yourself no matter what? Are you ready to step into unconditional self-esteem? 5) Imaginatively put into your future to validate. That’s right. self-question.. Do you like this? Notice how this would transform things for you . . situation. Apply appreciation to your sense of self as doer and achiever. that’s right. . Imagine moving through life in the weeks and months to come with this frame of mind . precious.Accept your overall sense of self and life. Appreciate your over-all self.

we set up boundaries and distinguish between “me” and “not me. In the first. use this Meta-State pattern for changing limiting beliefs. even “Hell No!” feel this fully as you think about that stupid. What enhancing and empowering beliefs would you really like to have running in your mind-andemotions? Which belief stands in your way? How does this belief sabotage you or undermine your effectiveness? Have you had enough of it? Or do you need more pain? What empowering belief would you like to have in its place? Is the new idea realistic? Is it useful. we have to do the quality controlling. Because your beliefs are commands to the nervous system. people. enhancing in all aspects of your life? 2) Access a strong and robust state of “No!” Think of something that every fiber in your body can say “No!” to in a way that is fully congruent. Make sure you have a high quality idea that you want to confirm and transform into a belief. quick.” In the second. and effective way to deframe the old unenhancing beliefs and to install the empowering beliefs that support your commitment to success. in your mind. etc. This pattern corrects the problems with merely attempting to change a meta-level phenomena like beliefs with mere “sub-modality” shifts. And how many more times and with what voice. be careful what you believe. we push out and make space in our world. And you can keep on saying No! to that limiting belief until you begin to feel that it no longer has any power to run your programs. beliefs stay as commands to the nervous system.. Feel it. Elicitation Questions: What beliefs limit you and sabotage your best? What beliefs undermine your self-actualization and prevents you from living fully? The Pattern: 1) Identify the limiting belief and empowering belief to work with. experiences. gesturing. . Hear your voice of “No!” Menu: Would you push a little child in front of a speeding bus just for the hell of it? Would you eat a bowl of dirty filthy worms when you have delicious food available? 3) Apply your meta “No!” To your Limiting Belief. now. tone. Feeling all of this powerful “No!”.META-YES-ING A Belief Change Pattern Introduction: Two states that we learn very early in life are expressed in the words Yes and No. Say that “No!” again and again until you notice and snapshot it on the inside. It offers a clear. In the second. The dis-confirmation power of no to return a belief to being a mere thought. These are the states of confirmation and disconfirmation. productive. Anchor your “No!” with your hand gestures. Distinctions: The confirmation power of yes to transform a thought into a belief. Thoughts come and go. of affirming and dis-affirming.. we welcome and bring things into our world—ideas. Ecology for this pattern has to occur before we begin the pattern. emotions. . Once you have discovered some limiting beliefs that you want to get out of your head and neurology so that they no longer operate as your programming. useless. The brain has no innate quality control mechanism. that it has no more room in your presence. limiting belief . do you need to totally disconfirm -30- .

Do you want this? [“Yes!”] Really? How many more times do you need to say “Yes!” right now in order to feel that you have fully welcomed it into your presence? 6) Validate the “Yes!” with Yeses repeatedly and put into the future. you want this? You really want this? Would this improve your life? Would it be valuable to you? -31- . utter it repeatedly to the Empowering Belief that you want. Is there anything like that? Notice your “Yes!” Notice the neurology and feeling of your “Yes!” Notice the voice of “Yes!” How do you best gesture the “Yes!” with your hands and body so that it amplifies your feelings? How much have you amplified your “Yes!”? 5) Meta “Yes!” your Enhancing belief. And feeling that “Yes!” even more fully.that old belief so that you know —deep inside yourself—that it will no longer run your programs? 4) Access a strong and robust “Yes!” Think about something that every fiber of your being says “Yes!” to without any question or doubt. This is only an exercise and so you can’t keep this! Oh.

taking a walk. actions. 2) Identify your first meta-states about the pleasure. playing with a kitten. seeing. Take the primary pleasure that you really like and generate as many answers as you can to the question: “What positive meaning of value and significance do you give to this pleasure?” -32- . only. sexual intimacy. that you are naturally motivated for it? What primary pleasure would you pay to get to engage in? The Pattern: 1) Identify a pleasure and fully describe it. C Giving pleasure to our pleasures creates the gestalt of values and semantically loads things with rich and governing meanings. meta-pleasures and by these we can over-ride the natural thresholds of our pleasures. involves . urges) and the frames of the states (the meanings).” If you were to pick one item of pleasure that you really like. listen for “edge-of-the-map” language: Just. ask: C Is this just another synonym of that previous pleasure? C How do I express this state? What feeling? C What I feel like doing about the state? Actions C Is this a meta-level of thinking-and-feeling about the state? Elicitation Questions: What basic pleasure have you so over-loaded with pleasure. Make a fun list of all the things that "make you happy. what would it be? Is it sensory-based? Can you see. You can even ask. propulsion. hear. C We also have pleasures-of-our-pleasures. obviously. “Anything above this?” Expect and look for lots of looping and synonyms. experiencing. These words will let you know when you are at the top of the person’s mapping about pleasure. Include anything that gives you a sense of enjoyment. reading a book. etc. happiness. As you move up the levels.” is. “that’s the way it is. etc. So before move up another level.” Doing so will enable you to more fully understand and explain your motivation. . Why does something “mean” as much as it does to you? Somehow you have attached pain or pleasure to it.META-STATING PLEASURE Introduction: Pain and pleasure are two primary states. watching a sunset. thrill. feel. “What I really have fun doing.” then pick one. and addiction patterns. . pleasure. In this pattern you can explore your subjective experiences of pleasure and the meta-levels of “happiness. really. Pick something small and simple—yet full of pleasure for you. etc. Distinctions: C Our bodies are wired for a thousand pleasures and those pleasures have natural thresholds. This is where you get to go for a ride— enjoy the trip! Distinguish between expression of a state (feelings. smell or taste it? Menu list: taking a hot bath.

As you step back. What other everyday sensory-based activities can you now creatively imagine using to generate this high level state? Imagine fully being in this state in some particular context doing X (future pace). values. understandings. beliefs. Draw a circle to designate your primary pleasure with each answer as a "state" of meaning and feeling about that pleasure. enhance your life? Does it empower you as a person? If you took away one line of states about it—how much would that reduce your enjoyment? 5) Step in and fully experience the pleasure then begin to spread it around your world.] 3) Move up and identify all of your meta-states and meta-frames. 3 to 5 of them.[Get the first line meta-state pleasures. and states that drive your pleasure. then begin to go up from those. “What positive meaning of value and significance do you give to this pleasure?” “What does this positive meaning of value and significance mean to you?” Sketch or diagram the meta-level structure and keep repeating. For each ask the questions: 4) Step back and appreciate the gestalt of the complex pleasure experience. Continue to repeat this process for all of the higher-level pleasurable meanings that you give to the primary pleasure. notice all of the meanings. in the long term. -33- . decisions. Do you now know why it holds so much meaning for you? Does this really.

how much would that reduce your enjoyment? How many of the meanings do you need to take away before it ceases to exist as just whatever it is at the primary level eating. TV shopping. that drive and give meaning and value to the experience. What are the higher-level pleasurable meanings that you give to the primary pleasure? What positive meaning of value and significance do you give to this pleasure? What does this positive meaning of value and significance mean to you? 3) Sketch out the full enjoyment/happiness structure with all of its meta-levels. Put your hand over one set of meta-level meanings. 4) Appreciate the gestalt that drives the pleasure and quality control it. beliefs. Distinctions: We can over-load a pleasure or even a pain to our detriment. Addictions need to be de-pleasured to deprive them of their driving influence and power. etc. drinking. etc. shopping. etc. understandings. What primary level pleasures have taken on far too much meaning and value in your life that you would like to devalue and reduce in meaning and pleasure? 2) Identify the meta-state levels of meaning that drive it all the way up the Matrix. experience. Does this in the long run empower you as a person or enhance your life? Do yo need this? 5) Explore its structure. As we can pleasure ourselves at meta-levels. etc. over-eating. draw a circle designating your primary pleasure with each answer as a "state" of meaning and feeling about that pleasure. values.? -34- . beliefs and states that drive your pleasure. idea.DE-PLEASURING Meta-Stating to Un-Do Addictions at a Higher Level Introduction: This pattern repeats the first 4 steps of the Pleasure Pattern. we can remove pleasure and meaning. Fully articulate the meanings. such as smoking. Elicitation Questions: What have you over-loaded with so much meaning and pleasure that it now undermines your well-being? What would you like to de-pleasure so that you regain your well-being and freedom? The Pattern: 1) Identify disliked pleasure. Use this to reduce negative addictions. Use this pattern to reduce the level of pleasure you take in a thing. drinking. What positive meaning of value and significance do you give to this pleasure? Again. If you took away one line of states about it. This provides insight as to why it "holds so much meaning" for you. Sit back and notice all of the meanings. Start with a sensory-based primary pleasure that you do not want to over-load with pleasure.

significance. Set frames that limit the meaning.. Or. Imagine fully stepping into this state and experiencing it fully and realizing fully that you can do so without needing to engage in that behavior.6) Commit yourself to de-pleasure the old pleasure. or value. “This is just food. Decide at the meta-level that you will not give the primary pleasure that much meaning.... -35- . Go to your highest meta-pleasure states and access fully. just say “No!” to the old pleasure. 7) Future pace the de-enjoyment..” (Decide to refuse to accept this meaning for the experience. it is. Allow your creative part to identify other behaviors that you can do that will allow you to experience this meta-level meaning. just..) Use “edge of the map” type of words and expressions: only.

This means that not all thoughts are equal. The higher operates as a self-organizing influence or attractor over the lower. terms essential for understanding and working effectively with the model. Gestalt and Gestalting. Multi-ordinality. Coalescing. we have developed some specialized terms in Neuro-Semantics. To not notice the levels. These conceptual powers enable us to build thoughts at many different levels. There is primary level emotion (driven. They do not occur at the same level. Modulating. As multiordinal terms. This generates differences in emotions. Many terms describe the mental phenomena that we experience at the higher levels of mind. to confuse the levels. By the process of repetition and habituation higher frames or states eventually coalesce into the lower states. our emotional intelligence increases. That’s why we have to specify the level to determine their meaning.e. our mind-body neuro-linguistics) we have a context within which systemic phenomena can arise—emergent properties or gestalts. they modulate the lower. Multiordinal comes from Alfred Korzybski’s Science and Sanity. They dominate. Multi-ordinal refers to mental phenomena that occurs at many different levels of mind. It refers to using systemic processes. “Thought” occurs at many different levels and we label such thought by different terms. As we use this process for qualifying or texturing our states. they mean nothing apart from their level of abstraction. and/or to wish the levels would just go away—creates confusion and all sorts of category errors. As we think strategically about the effect of level-upon-level we can check the ecological value of a particular meta-stating structure. By this term we refer to the controlling influence the higher states have over the lower. Multiordinality gives us a way to sort through them for more clear understanding. they organize the lower. When we have an inter-active system (i. This explains how we create perceptual filters or meta-programs. This provides another way to look at the transcending and including function in metastating. encoded. A “gestalt” arises as a larger configuration that is more than the sum of the parts.DAY 2 CLEARING THE PATH FOR A NEW MATRIX Day Two Menu: 1) Meta-Stating Emotions and Negative Emotions 2) Meta-Stating Concepts 3) Dancing with Dragons 4) Meta-Stating Implementation for actualizing our knowledge 5) Meta-Stating Possibilities and “Miracles” using the “As If” Frame NEURO-SEMANTICS As with any model and field. and structured by -36- . In this way meta-states don’t stay “meta” but merge into the lower state to texture and qualify them. determined.

“a second-order abstraction. And they operate by different set of principles. and organize our everyday primary states. This creates a "structure-as-a-whole" feeling or gestalt. about. A gestalt-like structure-forming. a frame of reference. They differ. abstract about our abstraction. 2001." "I'm disgusted with my anger. The Power and Pervasiveness of “logical levels. drive. step back from our states. etc. summarizing. What is the mechanism that drives and creates Meta-States? Going meta. (See Communication Magic. formerly. modify. Gregory Bateson (1972) specified this principle that meta-messages always modify lower-level messages. beyond) The Power to Rise Above -37- .” an executive state that runs. beyond. we need to take into consider both mind and meta-mind levels.” Meta-States govern. The Secrets of Magic. META-STATE DISTINCTIONS Meta-State: A state of consciousness above. and organizes one’s everyday states. Reflexivity: In Neuro-Semantics we call the infinite regress of the philosophers the infinite progress. an attitude. Self-Reflexive consciousness: consciousness reflecting back upon itself recursively which thereby makes consciousness a system. Emergence now occurs. The relational structure of level upon level and the shift of “aboutness” Primary states refer to external content: "I'm afraid of John.” Meta-states refer to another state: "I'm afraid of my fear. a semantic or conceptual state. and/or about (meta) any other state of consciousness. New qualities emerge in a non-summary. model our model (meta-model). 1998). talk about our talk (meta-communication). “META” (above. Emergent Properties in Gestalt States Meta-States involve the operation of system processes due to the feedback nature of reflexivity. feel about our feelings (meta-emote)." As a state-about-a-state. This means that primary states do not play the most important role in our lives — but meta-states do. and integrating activity emerges from the overall experience. governs. moving to a higher logical level to abstract about the lower level. We can also discover and sort out meta meta-feelings. we shift logical levels by moving to a state that recursively refers back to a previous state. This never-ending process means we can always go meta. non-additive way. modulate. and take another step. An order of abstraction about another order of abstraction. We can always think about our thinking (meta-thinking). Hall. control. This means that in running our own brain and in assisting (coaching) someone else in running his or her brain.primary level thinking) and there is meta-feelings (determined and controlled by meta-level thinking). modulates.

" Now notice your internal responses in terms of your inner Movie. What would happen if you did accept or experience this negative emotion? How well does that settle inside? Are there any objections to this? If there are. C Emotions give signals and messages about that difference between map and territory. can’t stand. or managing. Go inside and give yourself permission congruently with a strong and resourceful voice that reframes the objections and notice how that settles. they are exceptions not the rule. What negative emotional state of thought-or-emotion do you not like. calmness. Describe this state. Anchor. Amplify. C We manage our emotions well when we accept them and use them for information. "I give myself permission to feel X. How is this a problem? What do you think-and-feel about this? What emotional states do you not allow? Fear? Dread? Will not tolerate? 2) Check your permission level. thoughtfulness. It turns our psychological energies against ourselves in unuseful way.” “I give myself permission to feel the tender emotions because it makes me more fully human. sexual. Distinctions: C An emotion is the difference between our mapping of the world and how we experience the territory of the world. Go inside. Elicitation Questions: What emotion do you not have a very good relationship with? What emotion or emotions do you try to banish from your life? The Pattern: 1) Identify an emotional state with which you have difficulties handling. etc. C Yet emotions are just emotions and not commands. and not infallible orders. “I give myself permission to feel anger because it allows me to recognize things that violate my values and to take appropriate action early.” 4) Meta-state the negative emotion with a powerful mental-emotional resource. Access. Imagine fully and completely moving into your tomorrows with this outframe on the negative -38- . Use this pattern for handling emotions that trouble you. wish you didn’t experience? What negative states do you feel as “taboo?” Menu list: anger.META-STATING TROUBLING EMOTIONS Introduction: When we bring negative emotional energy against ourselves. religious. We thereby attack ourselves. This generates dragons and dragon states. positive or negative. This gives us an art of handling emotions effectively and intelligently. hate. disgust. Menu List: Acceptance. etc. what are the objections? What resources would you need to access in order to more fully accept this? 3) Design engineer a new meta-stating structure. controlling. While there are exceptions. 5) Quality control the permission and add needed reframes. Anchor. appreciation. fear. quiet yourself and say. they put us at odds with ourselves.

recycle back to step 3... does any part of you object to letting this operate as your orientational style? [If so.] 6) Future Pace and install. do you like this? Are you fully aligned with this? Are there any parts that would object? Will you keep this? -39- . As you imagine this.emotion .

concepts." "causation.” “femininity. and glory in. understandings. Typically we don’t even notice this process. things will get worse before they get better. and semantic states. conceptual. C We can revisit our concepts to renew. we think about external happenings that may be related to a meta-level concept like "time. C Concepts are comprised of layers of meanings and understandings and are often ill-formed. Elicitation Questions: What ideas. then triary sensations (abstract emotions or mental judgments) about the emotions. and develop useful concepts for navigating life’s journey.META-STATING “CONCEPTS” The Creation of Conceptual or Semantic States Introduction: We move more fully into the domain of Neuro-Semantics with this patterns. C In this pattern. suffer from. we develop higher structured states of beliefs and understandings about other beliefs and concepts. Following Lakoff and Johnson." Time-Space Past/Future Masculinity/Femininity Cause (causation) Self Self-esteem/ self-concept Other Relationship Motivation The meaning of life Human destiny/purpose Justice/ Fairness Materialism Race Emotionality Culture Intellectuality Control Values Morality Consequences Responsibility Money Saving Investing Power Manipulation Victim Failure Sexuality Rejection Criticism Aging In primary states. We are a class of life that can develop a bad relationship with an idea. and find irritating or annoying? -40- . not at primary levels. We are still in a state. This shifts us from primary sensations or feelings to secondary sensations (emotions). and ill-conceived.” etc. but mostly at meta-levels. reframe." “masculinity. pushes your buttons and rattles you? What concepts can you not stand. that is. Immanuel Kant identified conceptual categories that he thought were a priori within us. but we can create a bad relationship to concepts so that they push our buttons and undermine our resourcefulness. but it will be a more abstract state and sometimes one in which we experience less of our kinesthetics. We live our lives. We live in. etc. Some meta-states will have weak kinesthetic components because we code our layers of thoughts-and-feeling about other thoughts-and-feelings in language. with a conceptual category. We live inside of these human conceptualizations and they make up and create so much of our "reality. When we develop thoughts-feelings about those linguistic "realities" or abstractions. prior to our experiences. illframed. Distinctions: C We think and draw conclusions and invent concepts. do not like. there are thousands of others that we create.

. understanding. productive. women. freedom. What concept do you want to develop a better relationship with? What concept. vulnerability. Do you need this concept as part of your matrix of frames? Does it enhance your life or empower you? Is the framing of this concept useful or limiting? Healing or toxic? How much does it loosen things up to know that this is just a concept or layers of concepts that you’ve mapped? 5) Design engineer a new more enhancing frame of reference. What do you believe about X? [Use the basic meta-questions to explore the person’s frames and frames-withinframe as you enter the person’s Matrix with respect and exploration. Just for the fun of it. . label it. dependency. without judgment or advice. playfully imagine yourself getting to choose another frame of reference or meaning. intimacy. or frame it? If you could magically use new frames of meanings that would enhance your life. how else could you classify it.] What does X mean to you? When you think about X. criticism. failure.] 3) Specify the actions that make up the actual real world event. and empowering.] What real world events that you can video-tape does the concept refer to? What are the sensory-components: see-hear-feel variables? 4) Quality control the neuro-semantic construct or Matrix of the concept. What comes to you when you finish the sentence stem. [This will enable you to bring the concept down to earth. fairness.] -41- . Embrace the new concept as a more useful concept and begin to texture it with other ideas that make it more useful. etc. . . evaluate it. what thoughts-and-feelings come to mind? What do you expect? And what do you believe about that? [Now track the layers of the Matrix. “I have a problem with . “I can’t stand . morality. or idea pushes your buttons? What do you put into the sentence stem.”? Menu List: authority. what would you use? How would you like to think about or feel about these actions? [Build up a new Matrix with the meta-questions. entitlement.”? 2) Enter the concept’s Matrix.The Pattern: 1) Think of some conceptual category that tends to you problems.

This is a dance that you will be inventing as you go. Distinctions: When we turn our thoughts and feelings against ourselves we attack ourselves. Usually you will dance with the dragon. going round and round. 5) Frame or meta-state the dragon. 3) Analyze the dragon by using the Meta-Model sword of specificity. etc. These are not necessarily the order or sequence you will use. “Dragons” is just a metaphor for “unresourceful states. Such self-attack puts us at odds with ourselves and undermines our resourcefulness. Start by attempting to name the dragon and then do whatever seems most appropriate as you chase the dragon and circle his cave. This explains the need to clear the path. The Dance: Unresourceful states create internal conflicts within undermining our best efforts. an experience. or preventing our own congruence and alignment. As long as internal conflicts are tearing us up.” Elicitation Questions: Do you have any dragons that put you into a strong unresourceful state? What dragons do you have in your mind about your experiences? How is a thought. 1) Name the dragon. a “dragon” to you? -42- . You may have to do that many times before you get the real dragon. Yet we cannot do that if we are in unresourceful states. repeated the steps again and again. And so don’t expect the experience to be in this particular sequential. a feeling. 2) Embrace the dragon: kiss the dragon.DRAGON DANCING Introduction: Stepping into our genius state of personal mastery means accessing highly resourceful states. sabotaging our best efforts. turning our energies against ourselves. flushing out the real dragon and slowly entering the dragon’s lair as you discover the real issue in the back of the mind. 4) Starve or interrupt the dragon. we will not be able to step into a state of flow at will. That’s why we must take care of our internal dragon states in order to access our personal genius states. In dancing with our dragons we will learn five basic dance steps.

interferes with your passions. what happens if you just embrace it as a negative emotion or experience? C Do you have permission to accept it as such? C Yes I can see that you don’t like it or want it. yet are you willing to just acknowledge or accept it? C What happens when you go inside and give yourself permission to experience it? Analyzing the Dragon: C When does this dragon state occur? C How intense is it? C What do you think about it? C What does it mean to you when you experience it? C Have you turned any of your mental or emotional energies against yourself? C What have you turned against yourself? In what way? To what extent? C How does this unresourceful state feel like a dragon to you? C When did you learn to think-feel this way? C Who taught you to experience X in this way? C What do you believe about this dragon state? C What conclusions have you drawn from that experience? C What does this experience say about you as a person? About your success and effectiveness? About your relationships? About your future? What understandings and expectations have you created from it? C Do you have to (should or must) have or experience what you want or is it just your desire and preference? C If you have to. then why do you have to? What is the rule or command or paradigm that demands it? C What happens if you say. even ridiculous name? Embracing and Kissing the Dragon: C Is it just a negative emotion or experience? If so. silly.Dancing with the Dragon Questions Naming the Dragon: C What unresourceful state do you sometimes experience that undermines your excellence? C What do you call this “dragon” state? C How do know that it limits you. or undermines you? C What else could you call this dragon? C What name could we give this dragon that would be a funny. “I want it and prefer it but don’t have to have it?” C Does this enhance your life or empower you as a person? C Does it always work this way? Every time? For everybody? C How do you know to call it by this term or phrase? C What “causes” this? How does that work? How does X lead to Y? C How do you have to feel or think when this happens? C What are you presupposing in order for this to work in this way? Starving the Dragon: -43- .

“Ah.? Stress. calmness. greedy Guilt about anger Upsetness about worry Consumption oriented Competitive Addicted to approval Depressive: Quick to give up Self-Obsessed Living in the past In what area have you turned your psychic energy against yourself? -44- . dread. is that the kind of thing you say that feeds your dragon? What else do you tell yourself that feed and nurtures the ole dragon? What happens when you eliminate that kind of self-talk and representations? What inner movies feed this ole dragon? What sights and sounds activate it? Do you have any barriers against the dragon? Are you ready to create a barrier by stubbornly refusing to let the dragon seduce you any more? Framing and meta-stating the Dragon: C What resource would temper and texture your dragon state? C As a menu list. non-enhancing. what do you think about bringing acceptance. toxic. etc. respect. love. tense. rejection Sullen. worrisome Pessimistic. self-value and esteem. This may begin to flush out the dragon state. over-sensitive to hurts Anger. apprehensive Timid. negative Spiritual Self-contempt. courage. sarcastic. peevish Fear of being tender and gentle Fearful.? C Which of these resources would enable and empower you to handle this state or experience more effectively? C Where is the dragon now? LET THE DANCE BEGIN DANCING WITH DRAGONS STEP 1: Naming the Dragon Toss out some psosible names for the dragon to see if you can catch the ol’ dragon with your words. the anger dragon!” “The ol’ self-pity dragon. thoughtfulness. appreciation.C C C C C C As you hear yourself say that. fun and playfulness. confidence. etc. rage. uptight Sensitive. curiosity.” “The I really feel grouchy and really need a nap dragon!” Dragon Hunting: What mind-body state do you not have a good relationship to? For what reason? Do you experience any of the following states as morbid. resentful Serious Guilting Self-contempting/ Self-shaming Self-pitying/ Victimization Revenging/ Reactivity Cynical pessimism Revengeful. hateful Bitter.

fear anger. awe. to hurt someone.What have you tabooed in your life and do you not allow yourself to experience? What wishes do you not allow into awareness? What states. Let whatever thoughts come and intrude. I can expect myself to think-and-feel . .. . feelings. love. . . I can expect myself to think-and-feel .. . When someone rejects me. .. etc. When someone criticizes me . Just begin writing.. optimism. to be grand and glorious. When I feel angry . Complete the following sentence stems by generating 5 to 12 statements. shame. revenge. are you intolerant about? What states do you forbid yourself or others? What impulses do you condemn as not acceptable? What do you fear about X (any negative emotion)? (Disgust. built. . . When I recognize a character flaw in myself .) What negative judgments do you make about yourself? about the future? Self-Expectancies: Explore Self-Expectancies to flush out Dragons. -45- . embarrassment. Do not censor whatever comes to mind. hate. When I feel afraid . . religious feelings. experiences. just to find out what comes up for you in regard to the following experiences. hope. . When disappointments occur (primary state). sexuality. etc.

desperate . . . . . etc. . matter-of-fact acceptance . venture forth on something new) . . cleaning the bathroom. . paying your bills. . A rainy day. Acceptance: Think of something small and simple that you accept that you may not particularly like. . or a parent. Feel it . or someone else? Does this taboo or prohibition enhance your life? Does it turn your psychological energies against yourself? Let’s see what happens when we give permission for this. When I feel weak or vulnerable . Now feel that kind -46- . When I work (or. . make calls. . . . When I recognize I've made a mistake . Access that state of simple. who took permission away from you? Yourself. relate to Authority Figures. . When I feel guilty . . When I feel disappointed in myself . . STEP TWO: Embracing and Kissing the Dragon Do you have permission to be experiencing this state or this experience? If not. greedy.When I feel obsessed by money. lots of traffic on the road.

etc. and just notice what happens when you do. because it is just an emotion. event. you will slay the dragon. because it is just an event and it doesn’t define me anymore than I let it . The Meta-Model of language gives us a way to question. engage in various cognitive distortions. . Meta-modeling an unresourceful meta-state: What do you call this dragon? How does it operate as a dragon to you? When did you learn to think-feel this way? Who taught you to experience X in this way? Does this enhance your life or empower you as a person? Does it always work this way? Every time? For everybody? How do you know to call it by this term or phrase? What specifically “causes” this? How do you have to feel or think when this happens? -47- . If we create this such messes by language. .. challenge. You will pull apart the morbid states of negativity and pessimism. how is that? What if you now just welcome the dragon knowing that it is just an emotion.). just an experience. . Notice how acceptance transforms the unresourceful state. thought. Use the questions of the Meta-Model to un-glue the dis-empowering meanings..? Go inside and give yourself permission in a calm and resourceful voice. Too often we construct dis-empowering meanings because we over-generalize. etc. experience. .of acceptance about your dragon . We create language frames about our emotions and experiences as we construct meaning.. . by de-languaging we can de-frame and pull our dragons apart and re-map in much more effective ways. delete important distinctions.. just a facet of life or of being human? Permission: Do you have permission to experience this emotion.?” ”I give myself permission to experience this activity. etc. We end up with dragons made up of painful meanings that undermine our resourcefulness. awareness. “I give myself permission to experience this emotion (anger. and enable us to test if our beliefs are well-formed or not. recover the specifics from which we did our mapping. . etc. and index an experience. fear. If a meaning is sick and toxic and you ask enough questions about how it works.” Test: How does that settle? Do you need to give yourself more permission? How many more times do you need to give yourself permission before it will begin to settle more? STEP THREE: Analyze the Dragon Language drives and encodes most of our meta-states. and I am so much more than my emotions . The questions of specificity enable you to discover how you meta-stated yourself into the painful meaning states and can inform you about how you can stop the non-sense.

etc. how does it begin to transform things? Cast a Meta-State Spell to bring forth your inner Prince or Princess: What are the 3 to 5 best states that bring new resourcefulness to the dragon? Create a new induction with them. imaginations.What are you presupposing in order for this to work in this way? Menu List: Look for the languaging that reflects the thinking and believing of the person which creates a linguistic induction of unresourcefulness. etc. beliefs. talking. What fuels dragon’s metabolism? The very components that make up a mind-body state: internal representations. clarity. Begin with such resourceful states as the following: acceptance." "Nothing ever goes right for me. exaggerated. ask yourself? C What are all of the ways that I could interrupt this state? C What behaviors. and physiology.” STEP FOUR: Starve or Interrupt the Dragon Dragons have to be fed to be sustained. calmness. or humorous? To create some ways to interrupt the state. quality controlling. positive intention.. "I am a failure. appreciation. access your value of respect for persons so that you see the face of the person you want to share your displeasure with and seeing their -48- . etc. imagining. and bring calmness to your anger by breathing deeply and shaking your arms. As you now rise up in your mind above your anger.? What referents will you have to say “Hell No!” to? Interrupt the dragon: With pattern interrupts we can spoil dragons so that they no longer function in the way that they have. asking a non-relevant question. and feel this fully about that (the dragon). What can you do to interrupt the state? Break the state? What about turning your back. would make would break the person’s state? Meta-State your dragon with refusal: Are you willing to utter a strong and definitive ‘Hell NO!’ to your dragon? To say. asking the person to stand on his or her head. so kick away the food tray and watch the Dragon begin to quickly shrivel up." "I don't get half the breaks others get. etc. remembering. thoughts. ideas. relaxation." "I'm a worthless. What old self-talk needs to be eliminated? What specifically would help you starve your dragon? Are you willing to stubbornly refuse to allow the old ways of thinking. good-for-nothing bum. ‘I’m going not to let you ruin my life!’ STEP FIVE: Meta-State or frame the Dragon Meta-Stating: Apply some resourceful state to the dragon state to texture and temper it. or suggesting something silly. It must be because I grew up in a dysfunctional home. As you recall a time of personal empowerment. not-me (dis-identifying). symbolizing. ill-formed language.

really wonder what was the positive intention that they were seeking and so compassionately begin to find the kind of kind questions that you’ll use in your exploration. -49- . Now when you’re ready. access a slowing down of response so that you patiently ask with kind compassion in your voice as you share your displeasure. begin to wonder.value as a human being.

. selling. Yet by practicing and training. and invite those learnings into our body. and valued principles into neurological patterns. really believed that. and public relations. the learnings become incorporated into the very fabric of the muscles themselves. Elicitation Questions: What concept do you know intellectually but do not practice? What great principle do you know in your mind that would make a great difference if you could only get yourself to act upon it and do it? The Pattern: 1) Identify a Principle or concept you want incorporated into your muscles. I have found this especially true in our modeling projects regarding resilience. learning. to surgery. Distinctions: Our mind-body system naturally enables us to incorporate or embody ideas. understanding. Pick one that’s true and reliable. etc. wealth building. . Would you like to believe that? If you really. “I believe . . from sports.” 2) Describe the Principle as a Belief. the ecology of this pattern lies in picking a good one. What concept or principle do you want to put into your neurology? What is your conceptual understanding of this idea? What do you know or understand or believe about this that you want to set as a frame in your mind? How do you state it in the a way that’s clear. This pattern creates transformation by moving up and down the various levels of mind so that we map from our understandings about something from the lowest descriptive levels to the highest conceptual levels and back down again. would that make a big difference in your life? State the concept as a belief. The same holds true for expertise. selling excellence. . Pick a great principle to coach your body how to feel. mathematics. At that point. insightful. etc. The original learning may take a considerable amount of time and trouble in order to get the muscle patterns and coordination deeply imprinted into one’s muscles. and mastery in all other fields. We then lose conscious awareness of the learnings as we let the muscles run the program. belief. excellence. awareness. . Procedural knowledge can easily be put into the neurology of our muscle-memory. We do this when we learn to type on a keyboard. We incorporate higher level ideas into our muscle memory as we learn.MIND-TO-MUSCLE Closing the Knowing-Doing Gap Pattern Introduction: The design of this meta-stating pattern is to turn highly informative. We begin with a principle—a concept. we have translated principle into muscle. “I understand . and compelling? State it by starting with. and then we translate it into muscle. succinct.” -50- . teaching. leadership. use repetition.

. because I believe. What one thing will you do tomorrow that will begin to manifest this in your life? And the day after that? “The one thing that I will do today to make this real in my life is . . As you fully imagine carrying out that one thing you will do today .. .. .” 6) Step into the Action and let the higher levels of your mind spiral. . .” I choose to . .. because I believe . . . it is time to. . . . “I will .” 4) Rephrase the Belief and Decision as an emotional State or Experience. noticing what you feel. . . let them grow and extend.” “From this day forward I will .] Will you act on this and make it your program for acting? State it as a decision saying. State feelings. .” 5) Turn the Emotions Into Actions to Expression the belief/ decision. hearing and feeling it you are doing this because you believe what? Because you’ve decided what? Because you feel what? And you will do what other thing? Because you understand what? Because you feel what? Because you’ve decided what? Because you believe what? And what other thing will you do? -51- . . Would you like to live by that belief? [Yes..” “I want .. seeing. . . what do you feel? What do you feel as you imagine living your life with this empowering belief and decision? Be with those emotions . I experience .] Really? [Yes.. because I will . . .] You would? [Yes. “I feel . As you state the belief decision.Did you state it as if you really believed it? Are you ready to do that? 3) Reformat the Belief as a Decision. .

Imagine it’s night and you’ve gone to bed. We here use it to step aside and out of the problem space so that we can do a different kind of thinking. you don’t know and cannot know that it happened or how it happened. think about some concept that you don't like. we need to step into a new space in order to think out-of-the-box. How will you discover that a miracle happened? How will your loved ones? What will be different? What will you notice?” Distinctions: C Because the very thinking which creates problems more often than not cannot solve the problem. Elicitation Questions: What prevents you from getting on the highway of life and putting the pedal to the metal? What holds you back from going for your biggest dream? The Pattern: 1) Identify a problem. now you have what you have longed for. What do you believe about that problem? What meanings do you give to it? What do you think about that? What does that mean to you? 3) Move all the way up the embedded frames and sketch the meta-level structure. Steve de Shazer created the “Miracle Question” in Brief Therapy. C The ability to pretend enables us to entertain new possibilities. This pattern utilizes fully the “as if” frame in order to construct a new outframing perspective. The Miracle Question: “Suppose that tonight after you go to bed and while you’re sleeping. and ferocious way? What holds you back? Make list of all of the words and beliefs that arise. Close your eyes. What is that belief embedded in? What belief supports that? [Fully identify the meta-state structure using a sheet of paper. 2) Identify your beliefs-about-beliefs structure (the Matrix you’ve built). What prevents you from getting on the highway of life and living in a vital.] 4) Quality control the full system of beliefs embedded within beliefs (your matrix). a belief that undermines your effectiveness and success. Does this kind of thinking-feeling about that help? Make things better? Empower you as a person? Have you had enough of that? 5) Imagining the night of the miracle.META-STATING NEW POSSIBILITIES Introduction: A prerequisite of mastery (genius) is the creativity of pretending and imagining that allows us to think outside the box. happy. This empowers us to engage in some solution-oriented thinking. gone like that [snap fingers]. Or. a miracle happens. and the problems that brought you here were immediately solved. Suppose that tonight -52- . Yet because you were asleep.

something special happens . . confidence? What state would this state presuppose? What supporting meanings/ beliefs would empower this? How would you represent this? When you are ready . . move to this other chair . beliefs. What belief would support this new experience? What values? What new ideas or insights does this give you? Do you like that? 8) Confirm and future pace. . .. If this was indeed the day after the miracle. passion. love. a miracle happens and tomorrow you will wake up thinkingand-feeling in a completely different way . Do you like this? Do you want to keep this? The Meaning-Making Meta-Stating Core 7 6 5 4 3 Cinema 2 Stimulus Response -53- .] 6) Describe the Day after. Take your time to do this thoroughly and vividly.. move to the chair of the day after the miracle. . . power. . how would you know? What would be different? Describe this day after the miracle.. What else will be different? [Keep asking for differences until you map out a new reality. . states do you need to explode into tomorrow with grace.. What thoughts-feelings.] 7) Ask meta-questions of the new experience to support it. . accessing the states and beliefs. [Expand and extend as needed using hypnotic language patterns.] Who would be the first to know? What would that person notice? [Describe fully . . I want you to open your eyes.

stabilizes in the meta-level formulation. The feedback loop creates the next level up. -54- . it generates a systemic organization that continually elaborates upon itself. it feeds itself back into itself.” In this way. The somatic embodiment of the mind-emotional state generates a “field” of forces or energies and as the feedbacking process continues. This feedbacking process creates a self-organizing system with the thinking-feeling feedback as the attractor for the meta-state. In the field of Cognitive Psychology. The content of our thinking becomes the attractor of the higher state or frame. And this. Feedback from a state and set of interactions thereby re-enters the system and becomes part of the next stage of development of the state. Thoughts-and-feelings now feed back onto previous states. This allows us to create a fuller model of modeling that takes reflexive consciousness into account. Meta-States takes the linear TOTE Model of NLP and adds the holistic or systemic element of meta-levels.DAY 3: QUALIFYING AND TEXTURING YOUR GENIUS STATES Day Three Menu: 1) Meta-Stating Intentionality: Taking an Intentional Stance 2) Meta-Stating the state of Flow: Accessing Personal Genius 3) Meta-Stating Excuses: Excuse Blow-Out Pattern 4) Meta-Stating Congruence: Spinning Icons 5) Meta-Stating Integrity: Meta-Alignment Systemic Consciousness As the processing of consciousness reflects back onto the products and processes. making it more layered and rich. in turn. It creates what we commonly call a “self-fulfilling prophecy. the meta-state generates an unconscious frame and stability. Norman Holland has applied meta-cognitive processes by describing it in terms of feedback loops governing feedback loops.

order seemed to ‘spontaneously’ form as a result of the interaction. It creates your own resonant signature for your unique style of moving through the world. order in an interconnected system of elements arises around are called ‘attractors’. How does an Attractor work? It configures the images (representations) inside of a frame so that it attracts a certain way of seeing. Strategies of Genius. the content of some thought or feeling now pulls on other thoughts and feelings to support it.INTENTIONALITY META-STATING ATTRACTORS FRAMES AS A SELF-ORGANIZING NEURO-SEMANTIC SYSTEM “Self-organization theory is a branch of systems theory that relates to the process of order formation in complex dynamic systems. An attractor operates by feedback loops and governs those feedback loops. beliefs. hearing.” (Robert Dilts. languaging. or responding. which help to create and hold stable patterns within the system. What are the lines or shadows that organize your perceptions to see young woman? Old woman? In conceptual mapping. An idea that you value and care about energizes your entire neuro-semantic system. 255) What is an Attractor? In perceptual mapping. rather than create chaos. Scientists studying chaos (the absence of order) noticed that when enough complexly interacting elements were brought together. What you believe causes something (cause-effect) and what you believe something is (complex equivalence). it arose from the study of chaos. According to ‘self-organization’ theory. Paradoxically. values. It governs and modulates your experiences as a kind of meta-filter and so sets up a self-fulfilling prophecy. feeling. An attractor magnetizes and organizes the data so it fits the ideas. a focal point in a phenomenon around which the rest of our perceptions become organized. in the frame. It structures the foregrounding and backgrounding of our perceptions and meta-programs. -55- . It organizes the computations you use as you construct your model of the world—your beliefs. p. etc.

beliefs. references. values.What are you Attracted To? What functions as an Attractor in Your World? List the ideas. etc. that tends to keep pulling on you. understandings. What drives them? What empowers them? Have you ever had an Attractor but it has become non-operational? What? How has it been decommissioned? What de-stabilized the attractor? How did it become de-stabilized? ENERGY FLOWS WHERE ATTENTION GOES AS DIRECTED BY INTENTION -56- . experiences.

what’s even more important? [Continue this until you flush out and detect all of the higher values.? What do you need to do in order to succeed? We will use that activity as a reference point to explore your higher intentions. and just be with those higher level feelings for a bit. C To live humanly and at our best.] 4) Step into the highest intentional state and access it fully. What are some of the tasks that you engage in as part of your everyday life. 2) Explore the importance of the activity. isn’t it? Enjoy this awareness. imagine this intentional stance getting into your eyes. career. we develop a laser-beam focus. begin with any everyday activity. into your way of being in the world and imagine moving out into life tomorrow -57- . you experience a bout of ADD? The Pattern: 1) Identify an important work related activity that you perform. we must live intentionally—from our highest intentions. or passion about? What do you need to do that’s important but you hard to maintain focus? What’s important but when you start it.INTENTIONAL STANCE PATTERN Introduction: For this pattern. . into your body. Having these higher feelings in mind . That’ must be important to you? [Yes. . . this is what you are all about . 5) Link to the highest state to the lowest. feel turned on about. fully . Why is that activity important to you? Is this activity important and significant? How is it significant? Why is it valuable? Why is it meaningful? In what way? What else is important about that? How many other answers can you identify about this activity? 3) Explore the meta-levels of Intentionality. because it’s important to your long-term success. .] So just welcome in the good feelings that these meanings and significances invite. It can be an activity that you enjoy and love. Do you like that? [Yes. This activity is important because of these things. . C When attentions are aligned to our highest intentions. energy. Distinctions: C The attentional life is the life of an animal or small child.] Let those feelings grow and intensify as you recognize that this is your highest Intentional Stance. etc. and why is this important to you? What’s important by having this? What important about that outcome? And what’s even more important than that? And when you get that fully and completely and in just the way you want it. or it can be a highly dreaded activity—yet one that you know is important. . Elicitation Questions: What do you need to do. yet you don’t feel much motivation.

etc. notice how the higher frames transforms it . Would you like to bring any other resource to this intentional stance? Would playfulness enrich it? Persistent? Passion? Etc. 8) Future Pace. . will that highest executive part of your mind take full responsibility to “be of this mind” about this activity and to remind you to see the world this way? Imagine using this as the basis of your inner life. . Do you like that? Would that make a difference? Would you be able to focus on things? 7) [Optional] Invite other resources. . There’s a part of your mind that makes decisions. your way of being in the world. and as you do . Will you take this into your future? Will it enhance your life and align your attentions to your highest intentions? Will you keep this? -58- .with them. and as you engage in that work-related activity that’s part of your life. health. wealth building plan.. .. And take all of this into tomorrow and into all of your tomorrows. that chooses the pathway that you want to go.. 6) Commission your executive mind to take ownership.

PERSONAL GENIUS PATTERN What we all “genius” or mastery involves a totally committed and passionate state in which you become so totally engaged that the world goes away. Do this repeatedly until you can do so impeccably . they explored the use of “logical levels” to protect and govern a focused commitment state in that work to use a higher level to govern first-level attentions. Distinctions: C The genius pattern structures the levels of our mind so we can focus attention on one engagement and be all there. or reduce them. the world goes away. and your focus becomes highly intentional with a laser beam focus. “in the zone. Elicitation Questions: Where are you completely present so that time goes away. and you get lost in some engagement? Where would you like to experience that kind of presence and focus? -59- . Finding your own template for how you get lost in a state enables you to recognize that personal genius is fully possible for you. When you carry over no mental or emotional residue from one state to the other. and then matter-of-factly stepping back into state. By stepping cleanly out of the state. you are making an impeccable state shift. commitment. Practicing interrupting enables you to learn to trust yourself. clarity. with no residue left over. lost in the moment. A “genius” state involves focus. C When we double or multi-track. you learn to separate from this intense flow state so that you can leave it cleanly behind. your sense of self goes away. we are not all there. and shifting the focus of your mind and body system. It also refreshes and enriches the natural genius state. handling the interruption. but cleanly separates and breaks between them and can then step back in and re-access that state with a strong intensity. This then changes your relationship to the experience and to the experience of being ”interrupted. The brain/ nervous system will learn this pattern quickly and achieve the desire level of competency of state shifting. at one’s best with all of one’s resources available. . and then back into the state in a moment’s notice. Doing this does several things. we have to protect them so that we don’t contaminate. dilute. . In that work. In the following pattern. And because such states are very focused.” This pattern involves inviting a person to be interrupted and handle it effectively by stepping out of state. Begin by practicing responding to an interruption and then take charge of it by interrupting yourself so that you step out of state with a minimum overlap. Source: The original ideas for this came from Grinder and DeLozier’s Turtles all the Way Down: Prerequisites For Personal Genius (1987). These distinctions inform your neurology for when and where to cue the state. Using a template of accessing a genius state: We will first access a naturally occurring “genius” state and use it as a template for the process. It creates a sense of self-confidence about this process. engagement.” experiencing “flow.” etc. to trust that you will not lose the state. to trust that you can always get it back. time vanishes. we will access a current “genius” state of total engagement and use that as a template for building up a new genius state. It creates an awareness that we already can and do access focused states of “flow” in which we get lost in an experience. Stepping in and out of the genius state allows you to find the differences that make a difference and to use those distinctions for creating ecological boundaries.

? C Emergencies. of this room.The Pattern: 1) Access a state of innocent witnessing and/or observing. agendas.” Step into this position and just notice some of the colors and sounds. leaving this state intact and as you step out. respect. nod to let me know or say so. 4) Practice stepping in and out of the state to develop impeccable state shifting C In just a moment I want you to step out of these state fully and cleanly. etc. answer the following questions: C Time: When should you have this state? When should you not? C Place: Where should you have this state? Where not? C Style: How should you? In what way. 3) Access the focus state fully C What do you call this commitment state? C As you recall a time when you were really into this state. Describe it until you refresh it and it amplifies. Then just inside your mind. Would you like that? C Would you like this executive level of mind to run the choices you make so that you can be cued about when the appropriateness of staying in this state or coming out? Would you like your executive mind to determine when to make the switch in and out of the genius states and to determine the contexts for the “cage” or Boundaries of your genius state? C Good. step into it fully. has there ever been a time when you were in a committed state? What was that like? Have you ever been committed to something else? Find a specific state that you have fairly easy access to and which you can elicit fully. Okay? So ready. daring. balance. Access a pure and discreet state of “just observing. When you have fully accessed this state to a level of 8 or 9 on a scale of 10. taking as little of it as possible. go. Step out to your observer position. Interruptions: For what emergencies or concerns will you step out and interrupt this genius state? C Any other considerations that you would like to determine the boundaries of this genius state? -60- . seeing what you saw. motivations? Why should you not? C Relational: With whom? With whom not? C Meaning: For what significance or meaning? What meanings to not give it? C Resources: What other characteristics and features could you add to this state that would even more fully express the quality and efficiency that you want? Any other resources to add to the genius state? love. C Would you like to imagine a bubble that protects and secures this genius state? 5) Access an executive level of mind wherein you make decisions C There’s a part of your mind that makes decisions. fallibility. Just be there fully and completely. Choose a state that comes as close to a full 100% commitment as possible. and feeling what you felt. Have you ever stepped back from something and just observed things? Are all of your muscles relaxed so that you are just observing? 2) Identify a fully committed state wherein you can “get lost” in the state Take a moment to think back over your history and. with what style? How should you not? C Criteria: According to what other criteria and qualities? C Contexts: In what context or contexts? In what contexts should you not? C Intention: Why should you? Your reasons. hearing what you heard. Rise up from the focused state to this executive level state that it can take charge of things while you get lost in this state. etc. that decides when and where to have this genius state.

? C Others: Relationship: With whom? With whom not? C Meaning: Meanings: For what significance or meaning? What meanings to not give it? Reasons: Why should you? Your reasons. respect. daring. when to have it and when not. C World: Place: Where should you have this state? Where not? Contexts: In what context or contexts? In what contexts should you not? C Time: When should you have this state? When should you not? C Intention: Criteria: According to what other criteria and qualities? Value: Why should you have this state? How would it be valuable to you? Emergencies: For what will you be interrupted? What emergencies will bring you out? C Power: Style: How should you? In what way. will you signal X when to step out? C As you imagine moving out into your future. 1) Access the new desired focus state What focus state of engagement would you like to build? What do you call that state? Have you ever had a little bit of it? Good.:” frame to assist. Go there and be with it fully. how to have it and how not. etc. Do you need to amplify this state? Use your imagination and the “What If. how to have it and how not. are you fully aligned with this? Any objections? -61- . with what style? How should you not? Resources: What other resources would you like to add to this state that would even more fully express the quality and efficiency that you want? Any other resources to add to the genius state? Love. in order to make the distinctions that allow you know how to have it upon cue. balance. hearing what you heard. when to have it and when not. 2) Access a simple state of just observing Step in and out of this new genius state. now you get to identify and design a genius state involving an engagement that you want to learn to get lost in. are you fully aligned with this? Any objections? Building up a New Genius State With the template of your naturally occurring genius state. 3) Use your executive mind to further develop the genius state Re-access the state and then rise up in your mind to the part of your mind that makes decisions and answer the following questions.. Access that bit seeing what you saw. and feeling what you felt.6) Commission the executive meta-state and future pace C Are you willing to take full responsibility for setting these parameters for this commitment state so that this person can fully experience this commitment state? [Yes!] C Are you willing to take responsibility for letting this person fully experience this intense and passionate state? For knowing the limits and boundaries. will you signal X when to step out? C As you imagine moving out into your future. motivations? Why should you not? 4) Commission the executive meta-state and future pace C Are you willing to take full responsibility for setting these parameters for this commitment state so that this person can fully experience this commitment state? [Yes!] C Are you willing to take responsibility for letting this person fully experience this intense and passionate state? For knowing the limits and boundaries. fallibility. practicing a clean state shift. agendas.

Most excuses simply waste our time. What does it feel like. evidence procedure. come back to the present.. refuse to allow excuses to dominate our lives. With this pattern. In your body? How do you know to call it an excuse? 3) Quality control the excuse Is it just an excuse? Do you want this excuse? Do you need it? -62- . specific. Put out on the floor and walk the 2 or 3 months to the goal. sabotage our goals. Elicitation Questions: How do you excuse yourself from taking the necessary actions required for reaching your highest goals and achieving your best dreams? The more intelligent a person. self-initiated and maintained. Excuses are usually driven by thinking short-term rather than holding the vision of what we really want. Feel the excuse. and notice what happens. and within a time frame. excuses. compelling. stupid. There’s a logical level of our mind of explanations (reasons. We are excusing ourselves from excellence. sensory based.. How do you excuse yourself from it? Listen to your internal voice. Distinctions: C When we confuse our excuses with explanations and reasons.EXCUSE BLOW-OUT PATTERN Introduction: To use the emotionally intelligence that our meta-stating creates as we access our own mastery we need to learn how to refuse excuses. Notice where you feel it in your body. we excuse ourselves from excellence and from going after our dreams. the more elaborate excuses he can invent. step into fully. do you find that one or more excuses come to mind and stop you from acting on your desired outcome? Take a moment to imagine going ahead with taking action . in steps and stages. and useless excuses. we essentially are choosing our excuses over our values and visions. The Pattern: 1) Access a desired outcome What do you want to achieve that’s very important to you? What outcome do you want to go for that’s well-formed and ecological? What is something that would really improve the quality of your life? [Describe the goal so it fits the criteria of being well-formed: positive. and undermine our effectiveness.] 2) Let the excuse or excuses emerge When you think about carrying it out. C There are legitimate reasons and there are illegitimate reasons. understandings). We can use our reasoning and explanations both to recognize legitimate constrains that we have to deal with and illegitimate. learn to refuse to sell yourself short as you flush out excuses from your reasoning. realistic. We call the latter. When excuses dominate.

Does it serve your life at all?
Does it enhance you or empower you?
If there is some part or facet of the excuse that you might need or want to preserve, what
is it?
What facets of the excuse may serve a positive purpose for you?
4) Preserve the excuse’s values and benefits
Inwardly preserve any part of the excuse that might prove useful to you in some way at
some time. Suck out of the excuse any element (a value, belief, understanding) that useful.
Suck it all out so that the rest of the excuse remains as an empty shall, devoid of any
usefulness at all.
Notice the value of the reason— an understanding, belief, or state that you want to keep
with you.. Note it and store it as something you can have apart from this particular stupid
Is it now just an excuse? Just an empty shell of an excuse? [Yes]
If not, repeat until you just have an empty shell of an excuse left.
5) Reject the empty shell of the old worn out excuse
Access a strong "No!" state, a "Hell, No!" state. Amplify that state of "rejection, refusal,
or disgust" that comes out as a "No" fully until you feel it very strongly. As you feel it in
your hands and in your feet, let it radiate throughout your body.
When you have it accessed very strongly, imagine the empty excuse immediately in front
of you and step into that excuse with the No!" state and stomp on the excuse with the
power of your "hell, No!" Stomp it to the ground.
Have you fully and completely stood your ground and stubbornly refused the excuse?
Will it stop you anymore from reaching your goal?
6) Test
Now imagine the desired activity that’s ecological and notice what happens as you think
about moving toward it ...
What do you feel? What comes to mind?
Do you have any excuse lurking that you might use to excuse yourself from life, love, and
Can anything stop you now?
7) Access your executive decision state
Will you do this?
Will you allow it to become an attractor in your mind so that as you think of this activity,
how you will do it will simply become a matter of discovery and of building the resources
so that you can .. and will. will you not?
Go to the part of your mind that makes decisions and commission it to go ahead and
decide to engage in your desired activity.
Do you like that?
Will you keep it?


This is an outside-of-consciousness pattern. It uses non-propositional language rather than explicit
language that proposes an understanding. Use this pattern for creating more personal integration
when someone has conflicting parts within. It will enable you to transform internal generalizations
(e.g., beliefs, ideas, understandings, decisions, etc.) which conflict and torment you into a new
resource for personal congruence. Use it to create a new integrated and synthesized generalization
as a new and more resourceful map.
Source: This comes from the work of Nelson Zink and Joe Munshaw (NLP World, Nov. 1996).
For full description, see Meta-States Magic (2001). It introduces meta-states into the old
Collapsing of Parts Pattern.
If we feel inwardly torn between two great choices, we will not be able to fully access our
genius state of full presence.
We don’t have to consciously understand for a process to create a better alignment
between our conflicting parts.
Elicitation Questions:
Do you have two parts pulling away at you? Work and relaxation?
Are you ready to let your larger mind resolve an inner conflict that you haven’t been able
to resolve with your conscious mind?
Are you ready to stop trying to figure it out and just experience a possible solution that you
may or may not understand?
Are you also ready to let yourself go into a spin and loosen up old frames?
The Pattern:
1) Access two primary states or experiences that internally feel at odds.
What two ideas, understandings, beliefs feel at odds within you and that creates conflict
for you?
What parts do you not have peace about?
Menu List: Perhaps the ideal that “it’s bad to be materialistic,” and “the desire to
succeed in life and win lots of toys.” Perhaps, “I can’t stand criticism,” and “To
stand out from the crowd and take risks involves exposing myself to criticism.”
If we imagine this state or experience in one of your hands, which hand would you want
for this one? And the other in your other hand.
2) Turn the primary states into abstract symbols.
Just in your mind, step back and go meta to this first state or experience and let the creative
part of your mind generate an iconic image, cartoon, or symbol of it... Let it emerge in this
hand. That’s right.
Now do the same with this second state or experience.
3) At a meta level to the two iconic images, let the two images slowly exchange locations.
I would now like you to imagine that this image in this hand . . . exchanges places with that

image in the other hand . . . Just let that happen now.
And let’s do that again. Mentally let the two icons or images exchange places one more
time. Put “materialism” in the location of “desire to succeed” and vise versa.
Good, now lets them continue to exchange places and let the exchange move faster and
faster . . . that’s right . . . and do so until they become to blend together . . . until a
synthesis emerge from them . . . Round and round they go . . .
4) Rise up from this single image or icon and let a story emerge.
Now, in your mind, rise up above this new emergent synthesis of the two images that have
merged together and mixed and just, stop and begin to tell a story about this new mixture.
You can make up a proverb if you like about it, or sing a song, or invent a poem, express
a motto, koan, or even get up and dance what the icon means to you.
What is this synthesis of the merging parts like?
If you don’t know what to say, this is actually better because it allows you to just let your
other-than-conscious mind to invent it on the spot... so just begin speaking, the quicker the
better. Without hesitating, just begin now.
5) Future pace and integrate.
I wonder now if you now have any new insights about the old difficulty given this new
synthesis and/or story? What are you experiencing?
Would you like to take this with you into your future?
Where would you like to store it . . . inside yourself or outside in your personal space?
As you bring that in . . . just enjoy it and without needing to explain it or put things into
words, just wonder ... really wonder ... at how this will make a difference in the days and
weeks to come.


mission. C We can access layers of frames that support greater resourcefulness. What strategy or strategies do you deploy in doing this? 3) Identify the meta-levels of beliefs that support and empower this (Beliefs) What do you believe about that? What belief supports you doing that? What are some empowering beliefs that support this behavior? -66- . congruency. (Behavior) Where do you do this? (Environment) Where not? When? When not? 2) Identify the primary state mental-emotional skills and abilities which enable you to do this (Capability) How do you know how to do this? Can you pull this off? How do you do that? Describe it for me briefly. and capability) and four are actually meta-levels (beliefs. go back to the highest level of metaphor and step from there to the next one and the next gathering up the resources and bring it down to the behavior. and integrity? What activity do you engage in that’s very important to you but which sometimes lacks the full range of congruency. and well-being. congruency. Distinctions: C Around any behavior we have multiple layers of frames of mind and meaning and they may not be aligned with the new or improved behavior. the first three distinctions are within the primary state (behavior. Repeat three times until it flows as a walk of integration. and focus that you would like to have? Make a list. congruency.META-ALIGNMENT Introduction: This pattern provides a way to align and use meta-level structures to create an overall sense (gestalt) of integration. Run this pattern by standing and talking about each level or spatially anchor each level by back up from the primary state behavior. Describe this behavior. and integrity? What activity do you engage in that’s very important to you. In that model. power. activity. Describe from a videocamera perspective. and spirit). Elicitation Questions: Are you aligned in all of your higher levels of thinking and emoting regarding a given task? Do you have any parts organized to sabotage your propulsion for success? Is there any behavior that you would like to perform with more personal alignment. environment. Source: Adapted this from Dilts’ Neuro-logical levels by Michael Hall. and focus that you would like to have? The Pattern: 1) Identify a primary state sensory-based experience wherein you want more alignment Is there any behavior that you would like to perform with more personal alignment. If you spatially anchored each meta-state. experience in sensory-based terms. wholeness. power. but which sometimes lacks the full range of congruency. values.

. does it affect your identity? Who are you when you engage in this? What does engaging in this behavior say about your identity? 6) Identify the meta-state of purpose and destiny that then arises (Vision.4) Identify the Values that support this (Values) Why do you engage in this? Why do you believe this is important? What are some empowering values that support this behavior? 5) Identify the meta-state of identity which emerges for you (Identity) When you do this. back to Metaphor. shapes. Spirit) Does this fit into your overall sense of destiny and purpose? How does it? What’s your highest intentions in doing this? 7) Identify the decision that supports this. music. As it emerges . [Walk from the Metaphor up to the Behavior. And how’s that? Do you like that? Do you now feel fully aligned in this activity? Let them even more fully coalesce into this behavior to give it the quality and richness that you want. hold anchor on person’s arm. [Walk backwards from Behavior to Beliefs. . .] Now follow my lead as I do this . .notice its sounds. let’s back up through the steps.] Again. light. .. . And how do you now experience this behavior? You want to keep this? Will you? -67- . . let’s walk through the steps to confirm them and let you feel them fully. and imagine bringing all of that into this experience and letting all of your meta-levels enrich it. Mission. Have you decided to do this? You will? You have said “Yes!” to this? What decision supports this behavior? 8) Describe these meta-levels of meaning with a metaphor or story. etc. Values.. [Quickly walk up through the spatial anchors to the belief . etc. 9) Bring the higher levels down to the primary state behavior to let it all integrate Now .. ] And with all of that in mind — just enjoy thinking about this behavior and feeling it with all of the awarenesses that you created . . colors.. What is this like? Let a metaphor or story encapsulate this matrix of your mind.

You have meta-stated yourself 21 times in 14 patterns: –1– (1) Awareness for mindfulness. (Accessing Personal Genius) –12– (19) Distinguishing legitimate and illegitimate reasons and explanations to blow-out all excuses while considering reality constraints to be dealt with. –13– (20) Using disequilibrium to resolve issues and conflict that our current thinking may be unable to resolve. –3– (6) Dis-validation for saying No to everything that interferes or undermines your effectiveness and for setting up boundaries. –2– (3) Acceptance for self-acceptance. relationships. visions. –6– (12) Exploration of our matrix of frames to see what conceptual worlds we live in.” –4– (8) Pleasure for enjoying this moment and every engagement you give yourself to. With all of that in mind and body. you’re off to a good start in developing a focused mastery and discipline. (7) Validation for saying Yes to everything worthwhile and for transforming mere thoughts into nervous-system commanding “beliefs. (13) Stepping back to choice point to (14) Quality Control a matrix.HERE’S TO YOUR PERSONAL GENIUS! Now that you have meta-stated yourself with so many resources and so many of the prerequisites of genius. (5) Awe and esteem for self-worth and esteem to get your ego out of the way. (Spinning Icons) –14– (21) Alignment to apply the full force of our integrity and congruency to the thing we do. –10– (17) Intentionality to access our highest values and to get a big enough why to handle any and every how of life. the limiting of value/ meaning that semantically loads something. values. –7– (14) Analyzing unresourceful states for transformational power to dance with our energies and coordinate them for mastery (Dancing with Dragons). –11– (18) Setting boundaries at the executive level to set all of the necessary frames for stepping into and out of flow at will. (4) Appreciation for self-appreciation of your gifts and talents. you are ready to begin using specific flow or genius states for developing personal mastery in the areas that you desire. (9) De-pleasuring. May you now fully embrace all of the higher powers of your self-reflexive consciousness and create a dozen wonderful genius states for your health. (2) Ownership for response-ableness and proactivity. –9– (16) Possibility thinking and imagining to tap our creativity for thinking outside the box and accessing the wonder and curiosity of what’s possible. –5– (10) Acknowledge and (11) permission of emotions as “just emotions” to welcome all emotions. and career! -68- . –8– (15) Feedforward information as energy to close the knowing-doing gap and get our greatest ideas and principles into muscle-memory.

" Title of book: "This Book Needs No Title. we turn our psychic energies against ourselves. Some meta-states will reduce the primary state: Calm about anger Playfully belligerent Thoughtfully fearful Experiencing pleasant tension 2) Intensify Or Magnify States. I usually feel more sure. I take action and put off the putting off. Bateson defined paradox as a contradiction in conclusions that one correctly argued from consistent premises. 1980) 8) Dissociate from Strong Feelings.FINER DETAILS OF THE META-STATES MODEL META-STATING EFFECTS Some of the wild and crazy interactions that result from a state-upon-state structure." (Raymond M. or deduce concepts for qualities of the things in and of themselves" (215). Smallya. It so jars and shifts the first state." "I'm absolutely certain that nothing is absolutely certain. It can arrest the psycho-logic: Humorous about serious Intentionally panicking Anxious about calmness Calmness about anxiety 6) Confuse States. Try really hard to Relax "Never say never" "Never and always are two words one should always remember never to use. Ridiculous about Serious 7) Contradict at Different Levels to Create Paradox. What do you want to do? What can you expect? [@ stands for “about”] 1) Reduce Painfully States. it totally interrupts it. We -69- . when we bring a negative state of thoughts-feelings to bear on another state. Generally. Some meta-states will amplify and turn up the primary state: Worry about worry Loving love Loving learning Unruffled resolution Anxious about anxiety (hyper-anxiety) Calm about calm Belligerent Playfulness Passionate about learning Compulsive @ being compulsive Appreciate the state of appreciation Boundless Joy 3) Exaggerate and Distort States. By shifting experience to a higher and different level. A wide-range of new responses and consequences can arise. By getting various thoughts-feelings to collide and "fuse" "with" each other in ways that we do not comprehend. Resisting your own resistance Flexibly compulsive In procrastinating my procrastination. Anger about anger Defiant Courage Love hatred of— Fear about fear Hesitating to hesitate (talk non-fluently) creates stuttering Sadness about sadness (depression) Mistrust of mistrust (PS: accurate) 4) Negate or Neutralize a State (so that a level collapses) In doubt about my doubt. The "Be spontaneous now!" paradox. all kinds of things happen when we meta-state. In a neuro-linguistic system. Mistrusting mistrust Ashamed of Shame Impervious to being offended 5) Interrupt States. it explains powerful techniques as "paradoxical intention" Watzlawick (1984): "Kant recognized that every error of this kind [map/territory confusion error] consists in our taking the way we determine. we associate or step into another. divide. Whenever we step out from one state. This increases the intensity factor.

Sense of pain being over there Spectating about anxiety Observing old trauma Ecology-checking value of resentment Have the ringing in your ears but tune it down until you don't quite hear it anymore 9) Seed A New Process/ Create Response Potential. If we dissociate dramatically enough." It invites one to "go inside" so much that the "inward focus" of trance develops as one engages. As such it can arrest attention. Frames. amazes. in an internal search for meaning. it may result in amnesia (switching states rapidly and without reference frequently produces amnesia and other trance phenomena). Suppress Excitement — Anxiety Worry @ what X means — Existential Concern We experience our experiences— Self-Awareness. delights our consciousness. To set up a frame that will solidify. States-about-states frequently generates gestalt experiences so that something new emerges from the process that we cannot explain as a summation of the parts. strange. beliefs. Rebel against thinking about just how comfortable you can feel if you don't close your eyes before you're ready to relax deeper than you ever have before. Most people experience third-order abstracting and above as "trancy. and question axioms. Create trance phenomena. we experience a sense of “dissociation” in the sense of feeling notin-our-body. Calm about Anger Appreciative about Anger Lovingly Gentle about Anger Resistance of Resistance 11) Entrance & Hypnotize. create a new emergent experience: Courage to have courage Playful uncertainty Learning how to learn Gentle anger Willing to become willing 10) Grab and Focus Attention/ Swish mind to provoke thoughtfulness in a different direction. it partakes of a systemic and non-additivity quality.are never state-less! Sometimes in meta-stating. surprises. memory. etc. I wonder if you're going to fail to succeed at not going into trance at exactly your own speed or whether you won't. 14) Qualify. reasoning. We especially experience meta-stating that shifts logical types and sets up double-binds as initiating trance. etc. merely spectating. now. stimulate new thinking. Temper. Believe or value in X Take pride in X Belief in your belief about X Pride of depression Proud of jealousy Identify with X (make it your identity) (16) Loosen States. overload consciousness. Joyful learning An accomplished liar Devious negotiation Boring learning A charming lie Ruthless compassion Cleverly courageous Courageously Clever Unspeakable Peace Flexible compulsiveness Strict Standards 15) Solidify a State or Level. The jolt and jar of state-upon-state often results in the gestalt of humor (Plato: that which we experience as "out of place in time and space without danger"). shocks. etc. and Add Texture to States and Experiences. It tickles our fancy. and make permanent and solid the underlying experience. 12) Gestalt Experiences to generate Gestalt States and Phenomena. apart. The higher level state qualifies the lower level experience inasmuch as it sets the frame for the primary experience. Consciousness 13) Jar Consciousness to Create Humor. and Realities Doubt X Question X Be playful about X -70- . Can get us to initiate the first step of a new experience. consciously and unconsciously. (hence deframe).

Shorter Animal One time learning Meta-kinesthetics or "emotions"/ Evaluative Emotions —judgments coded in the soma (body) Linguistically-Driven Less Immediate or localized K +/“Dissociated” from primary emotions. can be more intense. Which perceptual position seems to organize this state? -71- . more enduring.DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN PRIMARY & META-STATES PRIMARY STATES META-STATES * Simple/Direct First-Level Immediate. stable Human: dependent upon symbol-using capacities One time learning very infrequent Repetition generally needed to drive in & install * 1st. or other multiple positions consciousness expanded & transcendental Thoughtfulness/ Mindfulness. less primitive.. associated into MS Chains of Anchors—glued together by words Less intense. Weaker. many layers of consciousness Layer levels of consciousness/Mediated by symbols Meta-level synesthesias—the Coalescing of Levels * Primary Kinesthetics (primary emotions) Modality & Sbmd. Is this response appropriate to the stimuli offered? Is this response directly or indirectly connected to it? 2) Emotion. deep Quicker. primitive. What is the object of this state? Something “out there” or something “in here?” 4) Language.. 3rd. What kind of language describes this? Sensory based language or evaluative based terms? 5) Perceptual Position. etc. driven Kinesthetically Exper. more thoughtful. kinesthetic or conceptual? An emotion of the body or of the mind? 3) Aboutness. What is the nature of the emotion involved. +/Associated Easily Anchored Intense to very intense Strong. more modified by cognition Lasts Longer. automatic Synesthesia (V—K) Complex/Indirect Second/Third Levels. Position 2nd. Thought @ Thought Thought @ world * Object: external -in world Object: internal — in mind-emotions * Sensory-Based Linguistics Empirical Qualities Evaluative Based Linguistics Emergent Qualities/properties: Having no lower-order counterparts Highly projective Once Coalesced— begins to operate as a Primary Somewhat projective * Thresholds Has natural limits Sensory-based nature of pleasures The lack of Thresholds Higher levels & states can get one to push beyond natural primary level limits How To Effectively Distinguish Meta-States and Primary States: 1) Appropriate.

concepts. the person who sets the frame thereby takes charge of the subsequent experiences. Thus “love” of an object at the primary level differs from “love of love” (infatuation) at the second level or “love of anger. The foremost of the meta-level principles describes the dynamic formulated by Gregory Bateson (1972).” your attitude 3) Whoever sets the frame will govern the experience (run the game!). The system that emerges from the meta-levels that govern the lower levels brings about an overall gestalt (or configuration of interactive parts) which in turn. Doing this transforms everything. emotions. solutions. creating paradox. Robert Dilts (1990) has described this as part of the definition of logical levels. -72- . we have a set of presuppositions (or principles. This refers to the fact that our consciousness can reflect back onto itself or its products (thoughts. linguistic. Korzbyski (1933/1994) described these in his “levels of abstraction” model regarding how the nervous system abstracts at different levels. professional. define the character of the whole. etc. 4) The whole determines the parts and from the parts. Whenever we “set a frame of reference” at a higher logical level that frame will dominate all lower levels.” and “love of loving love” at the third level (romanticism perhaps). the meta-level operates as an “attractor” in a self-organizing system. The question now becomes. He described the fact that we can use the same word/s at the different levels as multiordinal terms —terms that have no specific meaning until we specify at which level we refer. it sets up feed-back and feedforward processes and thereby creates a circular system. This speaks about the unconscious nature of meta-levels. and experiences derive their existence from the frame. specific concepts.” “third-order abstractions. and control lower levels. language. organize. He described the different experiences as “second-order abstractions. Since higher frames govern—and since somebody also sets it (no need to allow Lost Performatives here!).). It performs meta-level “magic” in that it installs a new self-organizing attractor at the top of the semantic system. The Interface between higher and lower levels generates a whole list of effects: from intensifying the lower states. 6) What we call “experience” or “reality” differs radically at each level. laws. They exist above normal conscious awareness— and so we just assume them. As such. 7) Reflexivity endows consciousness with systemic processes and characteristics. etc. Reflexivity describes the mechanism that drives these levels of abstraction and these meta-level experience.” etc. multiplying them.META-LEVEL PRINCIPLES Similar to the presuppositions that we have in NLP about its assumptive frames. This speaks about the systemic nature of the mind-body system. responding) that occurs at the levels lower to the frame. 5) When we outframe we set up higher level frames-of-reference that we commission to govern the whole. emotions. The power to identify a frame enables us to step aside from a frame and to set a whole new frame. The resulting thoughts. Welcome to the Logic of Meta-Land. frame. etc. It speaks about the gestalt nature of our neuro-linguistics processes. problems. values. decisions. defusing them. “Who set the frame?” Sometimes the frame occurs by “omosis” in that we simply breathe and live in it as the cultural. 2) Someone (or something) will always set the frame of reference. negating them. ideas. As it does. Frames govern. familial. the whole emerges. beliefs. Count on your M-S becoming your unconscious frames— your “way of being in the world. beliefs. behaviors. feeling. he knew it wasn’t the fish. 1) Higher logical levels always and inevitably drive. modulate. This identifies that meta-levels serve as the frame-of-reference for the activity (thinking. secrets) about the logic of the meta-levels. Marshal McLuhen noted that while he didn’t know who first noticed and specified “water” as such. etc. creating trance.

self-repressing. This creates neurosis. To not reckon with it leads to unuseful suppression. valuing. 9) “Paradox” frequently governs meta-level solutions for health. By welcoming it into consciousness we can take counsel of it. emotions.” -73- . How do we actually set a frame or establish a meta-level State? Merely “thinking” or even “feeling” will not do it. and have awarenesses that do not establish a higher level frame-ofreference. And when self-disturbed (self-condemning. feel. With repetition. we put ourselves at odds with ourselves. whenever we bring negative thoughts-and-feelings (states) against ourselves or any facet of ourselves. and empowerment. etc. Does your higher frame of self-definition support the change? Your behavior is like a printout of your Operating Programs. this then creates a disturbance for all of our relationships with others. balance. repression. 13) The sequencing of the Meta-Levels make all the difference in the world. know. involves. self-contempting. You can’t change what you do (so that it lasts in a pervasive and generative way). It will also introduce you to the many. they will not stay there for long. how the Meta-Model gives us a way of handling the meta-representational system of language that encodes meta-states. We can think. energy. 14) The quality of our states are textured by the higher levels.” “values. The higher levels percolate down into the lower levels. self-rejection. and the order and sequencing of what layers of thoughts-and-emotions we meta-state ourselves with determines the quality of our states. behaviors.” “identity. etc. personality disorders. and celebrating that very thought. many other “logical levels. habits. selfhating. psychosis. The only way to rid ourselves of unwanted thoughts. learn from it. the eyes. While we “conceptually” move up to a higher level and layer our mind with additional thoughts. Meta-Levels are forever coalescing into the primary state. without also changing who you are. reality check it.8) Meta-level disorientation and conflict can create living hells. appreciating. etc.). Meta-States ties together so many of the individual domains in NLP providing an over-arching framework for all of the meta-phenomena. There is a structure to the higher levels of consciousness. repetition. etc.” etc. This explains how meta-states become our Meta-Programs and how the “submodality” distinctions code and recode our representations. 12) Meta-Levels never stay “meta” in a heady way” for long. Meta-States enables us to discover how we create and change our Meta-Programs. APG represents training in NLP’s fourth meta-domain. character disorders. Generally speaking (numerous exceptions do exist). Here we need to utilize the natural processes of how our brains operate — we need to use drama. habituation brings them back down into the flesh. emotion. etc. 10) Setting a frame necessitates neuro-linguistic energy & repetition. etc. the muscle. from “beliefs. welcoming. etc. And when our self-relationships (relation to ourselves) become disturbed. 11) Altering higher level frames alters Identity and Destiny.” “sub-modalities. paradoxically. and deciding. behavior. we begin to loop around in vicious downward self-reinforcing cycles. We can “think” without believing. integration. accepting.

Disney. a model about how we use our brains and nervous systems to “process” and encode information which thereby creates our mental maps and formats our skills and abilities of navigation. and supporting Meta-States which support this kind of internal structure. without internal conflicts and stress. To Get Your Neuro-Linguistics on Your Side began as John Grinder and Richard Bandler modeled the expertise of three therapeutic geniuses. Turtles All the Way Down (1987). This particular focus also requires higher frames that governs what and how we do this. and Milton Erickson. and apply the individual components that make up the larger gestalt that we call “genius.” In this way. It involves the wisdom of multiple perceptual positions. with being able to fully step into a state of being of one mind about something. or feel salient differences that others miss. Virginia Satir. we make genius accessible. What are the distinctions of genius? These are the features or components that enter into the mix that makes for operating with a laser beam focus and concentration. to sort and separate what others confuse.PREREQUISITES OF PERSONAL GENIUS C C C Do you know the characteristics of “genius” that you will need to develop? Do you know how to go about the process of accessing and developing the prerequisites of personal genius? Would you like to access and develop your own personal genius? Meta-Stating to Access and Develop Personal Genius This training in NLP and Meta-States utilizes the various characteristics of genius cumulatively build each piece and layer them one upon the other. Genius involves the ability to make distinctions. Co-founders. that is. A healthy genius has a unique balance of being able to notice specific detailing awareness in his or her field. That’s what we do in this training. hear. Gestalt Therapy. What they found in three very distinct disciplines (Family Systems Therapy. Einstein. Fritz Perls. In the beginning they created NLP to function as a communication model. our governing frame looks for similarities. Aristotle. and Ericksonian Hypnosis) became the foundational principles (presuppositions) and patterns for NLP. We use the NLP and Meta-States models to access. At higher (or meta) levels. etc.” Yet it was more. Such a person can see. In this. hears. the training walks a person through the process for creating the resourceful states and frames that support personal development. They detailed this in the book. the patterns that formulate schemas that give structure to the details. Genius sees. to see. amplify. In doing so they came up with such descriptions as the following for genius: C Intense focus or concentration (a state of “flow”) C Single tracking or first-level attention focus C Multiple perspectives that gives one “wisdom” of the whole C Development of commitment states -74- . If there is structure to experience. hear and feel what others do not.). As Dilts formulated the Strategy Model for modeling and began modeling geniuses (Freud. Using both description and then experiential exercises or games. with passion and commitment. the field of NLP began to become much more focused on generative models that would enable people to replicate genius. then identifying that structure and replicating it gives us a pathway to excellence. Grinder and Judith DeLozier then turned their attention to what they called the prerequisites of genius. the patterns that discover leverage points within systems. This led Grinder and Bandler to describe NLP as essentially a model about “how to run your own brain. and feels patterns—the patterns that connect. genius involves a balance and integration of numerous things.

and properties of the sensory representation systems of “thought” while simultaneously making appropriate and empowering frames-of-references and meta-frames now becomes more possible for us. “Genius” as the enhanced ability to make highly refined distinctions within and about the qualities. This precisely fits the NLP objective of “running our own brain” and the Meta-States’ objective of managing the higher levels of mind. self-discipline. a clearly focused passion.). This now allows us to add several additional distinctions or prerequisites of genius. a flexibility that allows us to adapt. third-reverse. We are then able to take responsibility for self and to others. and psychological constraints. world. they said that such a state of mind could only be controlled by the use of “logical levels. We get lost in the experience itself. but half a day as we commonly do in Meta-States Training. If they had known that. This endows our mind-emotion system -75- . Next we meta-state the focus with control. This makes it easy to become of one mind about that thing. This creates a powerfully positive “flow” state where a sense of time. self. features. 3) Flexibility of Consciousness. Grinder and DeLozier quoted Bateson extensively and described the shift in consciousness from double-tracking to single-attention tracking. so much so that we become un-self-conscious.” Namely. suggests a two-fold focus for a “genius. second. This creates a mental and emotional flexibility.C C Clean state accessing and shifting in and out of the commitment states. with Meta-States. 2) Control of Focus. neurological. Namely: C Congruency and personal alignment with our values and beliefs C Empowering decisions for focus and clarity C High level state management skills for stepping in and out of states of “flow” C Modeling meta-states like resilience. It has only be with the development of the Meta-States model that now allows us to work more explicitly and therefore effectively with the levels of mind. This description. We begin with passion. This generates the gestalt that we call self-management. they developed a process for commissioning a “Controller” state at a higher logical level to guide and guard the genius state. Further. We become incredibly focused. Using negative results as positive feedback about how to proceed in a smart way.” C Resilience: letting nothing get you down. and adjust to circumstances and it is this that keeps our genius or demon fluid and under our control rather than rigid and locked in.” To do that. This enables us to turn the focus state on and off at will. “impeccable state shifting” Crystal clarity of purpose and direction Logical Levels and Developing “Genius” In their work. goes away. Now. to establish collaborations with others and develop a good relationship to social. then the demon has the genius. etc. the training would not have taken seven days. a distinguishing detailed awareness which knows how to specify the key differences. in fact. control of the focus. to enter into “the demon” state (to use Grinder’s terminology). If we can’t do this. un-insultability using meta-frames to protect one’s “genius. Unknowingly. We texture the flow state of genius with the ability to take numerous perceptual positions (first. etc. This induces us into a commitment state wherein we feel passionate and can move into a first level attention focus. we can access our higher executive states of mind to establish the kind of frames of reference that bring out our personal genius. change. third. something that we find compelling and inescapable. C Synergizing with others who will become a friend to your genius Meta-Stating the Characteristics 1) Passionate Focus. etc. something that we really care about. they thereby used a meta-stating process and structure. We do so by accessing a state of passion about something by thinking about something that we really love or care about.

hesitant Inertia. to be able to inspire oneself with one’s vision. always exploring.with a richness of awareness. It thrills in possibility thinking that explores new “what ifs. A learning that first of all informs us about the state of art in a field. to develop effective and efficient work habits. etc.. passive Alone. symbols. and technologies in NLP and Neuro-Semantics. The larger passion serves the genius as the meta-frame from which to operate and the self-organizing attractor. This refers to our ability to mix and merge different things. problems. uncaring. feedback. open. 9) Socially connected.. finding out what doesn’t work. -76- . The genius truly feels that such is just exploring. 4) Creative. etc. information gathering. and challenges. definitely! Your passions and visions in life. Implied within this is a good relationship to failure. always learning. It provides us a clarity of outcome all the way up the levels to give shape to our sense of mission and purpose. etc. This bi-lateral thinking makes for lots of false starts in the creativity. in the unusual. we access the genius characteristic of being able to detail out the our meta-frame of mind. experimenting. A clear vision of purpose and objective and the proactive power to follow-through. This leads to a powerful efficiency so that we carry out the critical and vital details essential to our vision without getting “caught up in details. 8) Congruently aligned in the focus. the mental strength to see the passionate vision to completion. 7) Proactively active. mistakes. This is the believing in something. Finally there is a texturing of the focus state with an alignment at all of the higher logical levels which generates a congruency. This is the intentional stance of the genius that governs the meta-detailing. to be self-initiating. you’ll be able to access your personal genius one piece at a time and layer one component upon another until the larger configuration emerges from your systemic consciousness. If that sounds too complex. And this leads to the personal power of implementing and following-through. through dedication. Yet it keeps us curious. then you’ll love to know that using the state-of-the-art models. procrastinating. Distracted Negative and pessimistic in thinking and feeling Fear of failure.” 6) Firmness of a clear vision.” All of this saves us from the opposite states of mind and emotion that sabotage and undermine personal genius. perseverance. self-referencing. And it lies in differences. etc. unmotivated Unfocused. errors. to sort and integrate differences. The mind of a genius does not sort for similarity as much as for differences. plus your unique aptitudes and interests. unthought of connections that invites the new ideas. playful. as well as your unique combination of intelligences combine together to provide you the basis for excellence and expertise in your life. 5) Playfully passionate learning. We texture our genius focus state with the ability to take action. inventions. discipline. efficiency. processes. Geniuses work in a field and so with others as collaborators. 10) Meta-Detailing. its language. Namely: Apathetic. unsupported Overly individualistic “A Personal genius! Who me?” Yes. patterns. strange. colleagues. models. principles.

In this way. our meta-states get “into our eyes. total commitment. Suppose you could add various tastes. playful commitment. stressful commitment. courageous confidence. meta-states. we move to one of the most exciting and captivating features of Meta-States. bold confidence Slow Clarity. curious clarity.. dull clarity. however. shame about feeling guilty for being angry Shameful fear. Suppose that you’re not stuck or limited with just the plain vanilla states. when this happens. humorous and silly curiosity. If we begin with. and carry with us.” It all seems part and parcel of one state—one experience. curious fear. Plain Vanilla States Consider the nature and quality of some of the following mental and emotional states. bold fear. developing clarity. playful confidence. Aggressive curiosity.. feels. They -77- . qualities to your current frame of mind... Examine the following list of terms that summarize these common everyday states and take a moment to explore them in terms of how you experience the quality of these states. miserable commitment. When we do this..” They coalesce and percolate into our muscles. Of course. we cease to notice them as separate or a part of our regular everyday states. Typically. This only means that the higher level thoughts and feelings that we have applied or “brought to bear” upon the plain vanilla state has completely coalesced into the state and now comprises it’s texture. playful fear The Meta-State Flush Out The fact that we have and experience our mind-body states in terms of other qualities and properties informs us that we have. serious curiosity. You could ask about their — C Intensity and Strength C Accessibility and Development C Features and Feel C Ecology and Balance Confidence Clarity Commitment Courage Congruence Curiosity Anger Fear Anxiety Sadness Discouragement Tension Joy Playfulness Respect Interest Enthusiasm Relaxation What kind of texture do you experience with these states? What are some of the qualities and properties that characterize them? Perhaps you experience — Hesitating confidence. foolish confidence. dreadful fear of anger. we can then begin to design and engineer the very quality of our lives. these supposing questions regarding the quality and nature of our everyday mindbody states.. bright and brilliant clarity. Fear of commitment.THE TEXTURING OF STATES Becoming a “State” Connoisseur C C C C Suppose you could texture your mental and emotional states.. Suppose you could make the way you move through the world richer and fuller and radiating with a delightful and fascinating aroma.. we don’t experience them as “meta. and use. rigid curiosity. Hostile anger.

we need to step back and think about our everyday states. there are many of them. these questions just get us started in this domain of the meta-levels in our Neuro-Semantics. and of vanilla flavoring. Structurally. They have properties and features and characteristics that go far beyond “plain vanilla. But they are not. we thereby create a meta-level state.” As a higher logical level. We like it or dislike it. You can also ask about other meta-level phenomena. That’s why “shame about getting angry because it only turns things nasty” differs so much in texture to “appreciation of my powers to get angry because it informs me that some perceived value or understanding feels violated and allows me to respectfully explore the situation anger. They enter into the state as the higher level qualifying and governing frames-of-reference. So. we come to experience thoughts-and-feelings and neurological somatic sensations about the state of anger. And remember. and vision? What do you expect about anger? About people when they get angry? Understanding the Meta-Levels in our States Far from exhausting the subject.become a part of the state and no longer apart. Dynamic. And every time we do. Say. That’s why “fear of our anger” (fearful anger) differs in texture so much from “respect of our anger” (respectful anger). At first reckoning. mission. using “anger” as a prototype. we come to qualify them. The junior state functions as a member of that class. What do you believe about anger? What memories in your personal history informs you about this? What values or dis-values do you have about experiencing anger? What moral judgments do you make about this? How does this affect who you are? How does anger play into or fail to play into your destiny. We believe it can serve us. We set them inside of various framesof-reference. via everyday experiences. We dread it or long for it. All of these are meta-states. we’re using the term “state” here as a holistic and dynamic term that includes state of mind. Yet to fully understand what we mean by meta-states and their importance. The higher or meta-state functions as a category for understanding and feeling about the lower. And in this way. our meta-states seem hidden and invisible to us even though we never leave home without them. We fear it or love it.” Over the years. They relate to the primary state as a higher state of awareness about it. Simple inquire about the quality of a state. we believe it only turns things ugly. the mental and emotional frames that we bring to our primary experiences -78- . and state of emotion. when you get angry. We can use the qualities of our states as a way to flush out meta-states (whether your own or those of someone else). This makes them about the lower state as a classification of it. Yet we can easily tease out the higher levels. plain. state of body. they seem ordinary. a meta-state stands in special relationship to our states. ever-moving and changing mental and emotional states about other states. And typically. what’s the quality of your anger? Would I like you angry? Are you respectful and thoughtful when you’re angry? Or do you lose your head and go ballistic when you get mad? Can you maintain civility and patience when you’re feeling upset and angry? Or do you become impatient and insulting? The answers and responses that emerge from the quality question about a state flushes out the higher frames. They are textured.

Research scientist Arthur Koestler introduced the term “holons” many years ago to describe reality as composed of “whole/parts. The Systemic Nature of Meta-States While I have teased apart the structure of our higher frames-of-references (or meta-states) from the primary experiences. etc. The state of confidence is a whole and it is also a part of many other higher level frames. Yet as a holon within a larger whole. it also communicates and has communion with other wholes (i. “life. Imagine engulfing it in love. we create new emergent properties to nurture the mind-andbody on. we can only do that for sake of analysis and understanding. Each higher level embraces and engulfs the lower. It has its own agency or identity as a whole. within esteem for self. And yet. Yet when a state as a holon moves up and experiences a transcendent of itself (self-transcendence) something new emerges. Consider our “states” as holons. 24) He also says that “holons emerge holarchically.).” These whole/parts holons refer to any “entity” that is itself a whole and yet simultaneously a part of some other whole. A holon can be pulled up or pulled down. appreciation. courage. flow. etc. a functioning nervous system. Confidence. And merely adding all of the parts together does not. Imagine embracing your anger with acceptance. Yet the leap upward does not work in reverse. beliefs. Ken Wilber speaks about holons in terms of agency and communion. This term. And while the lower was transcended and included in the higher. We would have no state without a body. 27) . this continuous process produces discontinuities. The higher frame as a message about the lower experiences modulates. expectations. an atmosphere. for example. and transcendence and dissolution. and cannot. etc.e. when we develop a compelling outcome so that we’re empowered to boldly face a fear. We experience our “states” as a whole. It can add novel components to itself. A mind-body state operates as a holon also in terms of all of the higher mental and emotional frames (beliefs. We experience each as a whole within itself. In systems theory. commitment. and governs. respect. playfulness. and then wonder. explain it. Wilber (1996) writes: “So there are both discontinuties in evolution —mind cannot be reduced to life.” (p. identifications. not the ones that we create which involve dominations.” Some new configuration has emerged. and patience to it.. In actual practice primary and meta levels of experiences or states merge into one unit. This allows it to transcend itself and to go beyond what it has been to become more of what it can be. within possibilities. etc. also comes from Koestler and replaces “hierarchy. Emergence has occurred. we say that the new gestalt is “more than the sum of the parts.represent the governing influence in our lives. The whole of one level becomes a part of the whole of the next. and there are continuities . expectations. values. Imagine applying mindfulness. In this case. etc. and life cannot be reduced to matter. Or it can dissolve. joy. In your meta-states. a thinking brain. courage emerges. That’s why when we take a primary everyday state like anger or confidence and set various frames on it.” oxygen. holarchically.” (p. Natural hierarchies describe an order of increasing wholeness: particles to atoms to cells to organisms or letters to words to sentences to paragraphs. organizes. Each holon has its own identity or autonomy. values. and honor. This occurs. There was a leap upward to a higher form of organization and structure.) that support it. confidence with respect. That’s why meta-states are so important. you will find all of your values. understandings.” Holarchically describes what we mean by a natural hierarchy. Imagine -79- . It functions like a self-organizing attractor in the mind-body system. they also all exist (and actually only exist as a part of some larger whole)..

but not all of the higher is in the lower. and threats to our way of life. As it transcends the lower. Imagine applying hope. and patient anger —we still have anger. Texturing occurs. I made numerous mistakes in conceptualizing and theorizing about the structure of the model. and awareness. We get angry at violence. we have recently been developing a whole series of patterns and processes for “mind-muscling” the mind-body integration that fully allows the higher levels to percolate down through the levels. qualities. Meta-State Permeation When I first wrote the text for Meta-States (1995). With Meta-States.bringing ecology concerns. the higher level includes the lower and transcends it.” Each higher level has added new components that enrich the emergent gestalt. At the time I didn’t understand how the higher levels operate as holons. aromas. to it. Molecules contain atoms. let it bake for awhile. Imagine engulfing it with ownership. and concern for others. how they not only transcend but also embrace and include the lower levels. Accordingly. and characteristics to it. When our learning is taken up into playfulness and appreciation. This creates a new level of organization. Mix well. One of those mistakes involved thinking that the higher levels could not be anchored kinesthetically. yet the anger is now textured in larger levels of mind and emotion. We fear driving fast. Now something bigger and more expansive arises. These have been completely updated and the mistakes eliminated in the totally revised edition (2000). desired outcomes. closed in places. Imagine embracing your power to take action in the world with acceptance and appreciation.. We delight in and enjoy the beauty of a scene or a piece of music. tastes. willingness to take intelligent risks. Now we have the Learning State Plus. It takes on more of the qualities of “genius. considerate. That causes something new to emerge. moral uprightness. Mix all of these well in a state of contemplative relaxation. and honor to it. particular tones of voices. when we engulf it with passion and the intention to improve the quality of life—something new emerges. Our awareness focuses on something external to ourselves. States Plus: Transcend and Include To transcend any everyday plain vanilla state. etc. love. In Meta-States this provides us the ability to engineer new emergent properties for our states. insults. As we move up levels. We have the Anger State Plus something that transcends “mere” anger (that is. This defines a primary state. We still have the sense of threat or danger to our person or way of life. properties. It gives us the key to the structure of subjectivity as experiences become more complex and layered. excitement. it adds new features. we begin at the primary level of consciousness as we notice our thoughts and feelings about something “out there” in the world... emotion. animal-like. Now we have a higher kind of human anger. you can now take charge of the process and design the kind of quality states that will turn you on to life in new and exciting ways.. We have hierarchy (levels) of states or holoarchy because as Aristotle first pointed out: All of the lower is in the higher. We have a passionate learning state that’s much accelerated and that’s a real turn-on. and joy. brute anger). but atoms do not contain molecules. Let it bake as you learn and explore and develop. We have something higher that still contains the essentials of the lower plus something else. We transcend this experience while including it as we move up to a higher level of thought. In respect. This -80- . even spiritual anger. I now understand how they permeate the lower levels giving what had been a plain vanilla state all kinds of rich textures. Put into the oven of your mind.

Publications. Suppose you could make the way you move through the world richer and fuller and radiating with a delightful and fascinating aroma. Hall. A brief history of everything. What if you became a state connoisseur? Would you like that? These supposing questions focus on the quality and nature of our everyday mind-body states so we can begin to design the very quality of our lives.completes the process by which we layer thought upon thought and feeling upon feeling so that in the end we have holons— whole/part states within a hierarchal or holarchical systems. THE TEXTURING PATTERN C C C C C Suppose you could texture your mental and emotional states. Michael.T. And when you get to this place. Frame games: Persuasion elegance. The structure of excellence: Unmasking the metalevels of sub-modalities. feels. Bodenhamer. Ken. Suppose you could add various tastes. Michael (1995). Michael (2000). When we do this. Examine the following list of terms that summarize these common everyday states and take a moment to explore them in terms of how you experience the quality of these states. Now we have a powerful process for texturing our states so that they respond to our intentional designs. Publications. we move to one of the most exciting and captivating features of Meta-States. L. you have entered into the highest of design engineering with Meta-States. Boston MA: Shambhal. References Hall. Bobby. Ready? Plain Vanilla States Consider the nature and quality of some of the following mental and emotional states. Grand Jct. Suppose that you’re not stuck or limited with just the plain vanilla states. Wilber. CO: E. L. CO: E. These State Plus experiences then offer us top-notch high quality states that we have textured with the very best of resources.T. Meta-States: Reflexivity in human states of consciousness. L. qualities to your current frame of mind. Hall. (1996). (1999). Grand Jct. You could ask about their — C Intensity and Strength C Accessibility and Development C Features and Feel C Ecology and Balance Confidence Clarity Commitment Courage Congruence Curiosity Anger Fear Anxiety Sadness Discouragement Tension Joy Playfulness Respect Interest Enthusiasm Relaxation What kind of texture do you experience with these states? What are some of the qualities and properties that characterize them? Perhaps you experience — -81- .

(Mary Catherine Bateson. Fear of commitment. courageous confidence. as information moves up logical levels new features emerge that does not exist at the lower levels. the higher levels arise out of the lower and feed back information into the system to influence the lower levels. curious clarity. dreadful fear of anger. 7. playful fear MORE ON “LOGICAL LEVELS” Robert Dilts: "In our brain structure. 1990. the whole system becomes cybernetic. 6. As a cybernetic system. "Logical Levels: an internal hierarchy in which each level is progressively more psychologically encompassing and impactful" (1990: 217. logical levels operates by self-reflexiveness. Higher levels operate more encompassing and impactful than the lower levels. playful confidence." (Dilts. 10. In living organisms this results in self-reflexiveness or self-consciousness. -82- . 9. but new properties and qualities arise over “time” within the system. 1987. 4. and perceptual systems there are natural hierarchies or levels of experiences. higher than the thing named. As a system with feedback properties. Criteria for “logical levels:” 1. developing clarity. playful commitment. higher than that of its members. foolish confidence. dull clarity. Changing something on an upper level would necessarily change things on the lower levels. 209-210). The modulation effect of the system necessarily works downward. Hierarchies of experience. the emergent property does not exist only as the sum of the parts. shame about feeling guilty for being angry Shameful fear. Hostile anger. italics added). Reflexivity describes one of the new features that emerge in logical levels. stressful commitment. 8. This emergence at higher levels involve. Gregory Bateson: A Logical Type: 1) The name is not the thing named but is of different logical type. There exists a discontinuity between the levels—a break. Hierarchical logical levels function as a system. This creates recursiveness within logical levels. language. 2. Aggressive curiosity. 1991. 3. 26. changing something on a lower level could but would not necessarily affect the upper levels. The modulation effect of the system does not necessarily work upward. Higher levels organize and control information on lower levels. curious fear. italics added). Epstein. The relationship of logic between levels creates "paradox" if we don’t sort phenomena on different levels. It becomes a "system that feeds back onto and changes itself" (Dilts. pp. In other words. rigid curiosity. 33). Dilts. bold confidence Slow Clarity. miserable commitment. serious curiosity. The effect of each level is to organize and control the information on the level below it. 2) The class is of different logical type. bright and brilliant clarity.Hesitating confidence. 5. p. humorous and silly curiosity. total commitment. in systems language. bold fear. This makes it self-organizing. 11. summitivity.

This enables us to model social realities using Meta-States: X counts as Y in C ____________ C ___________ / \ ______ Y ________ / \ —X— the meta-term the primary level term Here Y operates as a meta-term in a given C (Context) to thereby enable us to categorize and construct social realities from various brute empirical facts of the world (X). Money: Paper printed as denominations of money (X) counts as Y (“money”) in the Context of a given culture. appraise meanings.THE META-LEVEL STRUCTURE OF CULTURE By meta-stating we can construct social realities and work with cultural phenomenon. Using his formula. we can now methodically work to construct higher level realities. privileges) -83- . John Searle (The Construction of Social Reality. 1995) created a model for thinking about and working how cultures (groups of people) and cultural phenomena. In this way we can do much more than merely make meaning. responsibilities. we can: Assign Status and Roles Assign Functions: performance and operations (Speech acts) Assign Status-Functions (obligations. Points and Games: Running across a line on a field (X) counts as “making points” (Y) in a football Game (C).

These orders of learning give us a true logical level system because the higher levels drive the lower levels and each higher level operates as a category or classification of the class members in the lower level.A. Etc. abstract again and process (in specialized parts of our cortex) as sensory representations.” Bateson weaved the following “Logical Levels of Learning” model. — Beyond Words 89 Evaluative words 89 Linguistic Evaluative Words — Third Order maps 89 of 9 Evaluative words — Concepts: Second Order Abstractions 89 Sensory-Based Words (Ad) 89 Neurological Sensory Representations — Biological Phenomena maps (V.) of 9 89 Sense Receptors 89 ______________________________________________Before Words External Reality "Reality" Beyond the Nervous System Gregory Bateson: Taking the thread of “learning.G. etc." We bring these in via our sense receptors.The Structural Differential: Korzybski’s (1933 Science and Sanity) levels of abstraction is a model that describes how we abstract or summarize from the world energy manifestations "out there. about which we can abstract again & say more evaluative-based words.K. We again abstract as we say sensory-based words about such—about which we then abstract and say evaluative-based words.O. Learning IV: Learning to Alter the Processes Involved in Learning III @9 Learning III: Learning to Learn @9 Learning II: Deutro-Learning Learning @9 Learning I: Or Proto-Learning: Reception of a Signal Learning New Response Zero Learning No Response to a Signal -84- .

feelings. an emergent state that’s “more than the sum of the parts” such as courage. It gives rise to a new neuro-semantic system. John applied his analytical skills to break down the magic in the language. etc. tense. smells (olfactory) and tastes (gustatory) senses. playful about being serious. to our thoughts. The neurology refers to our nervous system and physiology—where our states find everyday expression in our behaviors and emotions. neuro-linguistic states. C Gestalt states are emergent properties from layering or laminating mind repeatedly with other states. C C Mind-Body system: The linguistics of NLP begin with the sensory “languages” of the mind and then moves to the meta-representation system that we call language. And so the magic begins. began as a search to understand how superior language skills create therapeutic magic. etc. and so on. In Modeling Excellence. beliefs. Kinds of States: C Primary states are primary emotions like fear.). These are the sights (visual). Our self-reflective consciousness works as an “infinite regress” to recursively iterate. etc. Meta-State Distinctions: C Frames: As a model Meta-States describes our higher frames-of-references.e. Richard Bandler had a gift for mimicking. Modeling: As a model. resilience. pain. It therefore enables us to run our own brain by using the languages of the mind. the languages that we use to create our cinemas that we play out on the theater of our mind. but to ourselves. We set these up and use them to create stable structures (i. sounds (auditory) and sensations (kinesthetics). As soon as we think or feel—we then experience thoughts and feelings about that first thought. As he listened to audio-tapes by Fritz Perls. NLP explores the structuring of our empowering and enhancing states as well as the limiting and pathological ones in order to specify the Programming that we create via our mapping.MODEL THIS TRAINING IS BASED UPON NLP — Neuro-Linguistic Programming C A communication model about how we process information within ourselves and to others. shame about being embarrassed. In these states.. C Reflexivity: We ever just think. calm about fear. anger. C Layering: In meta-states we layer states onto states to create higher levels of awareness. META-STATES® C A state about another state as in joyful about learning. In layering thinking-and-feeling. It happened also in recording Virginia Satir. We internally process information and represent such in our MovieMind. our self-reflexivity relates (not to the world). The thoughts-and-feelings about other thoughts-and-feelings as mind reflects back onto itself and its products. Our States are critically important: The quality of our life is the quality of our states. pleasure. relaxed. joy. Though but a college student studying computer programming and mathematics. values. or to some abstract conceptual state. self-efficacy. NLP was developed by a linguistic and computer student about human excellence to provide step-by-step processes (patterns) for running our own brain. C Origins: NLP. Together they discovered and formulated The Structure of Magic. Richard found himself mimicking him and later reproducing much of the magic of Gestalt Therapy without having studied it. C State management.” C Meta-states are higher level structures like fear of fear. and involve thoughts directed outward to the things “out there. understandings. How could that happen? Enter Dr. How we process induces us into mind-body-emotion states. and seeing opportunities. the study of the structure of subjective experience. anger at fear. we put one state in a higher or meta (above. As a linguist and young scholar in the field of Transformational Grammar. beyond) position to -85- . curious about anger. We develop these frames which we can keep with us. then other thoughts-and-feelings about that thought. John Grinder. We make sense of things with our internal senses. esteem of self. NLP explores human excellence—people at their best and what’s possible rather than how people are broken.





the second. This creates a “logical type” or “logical level.”
Psycho-Logics: A special kind of internal logic arises from layering of states. When we
transcend from one state (say, anger or joy) to another state (say, calmness or respect) we set the
second state as a frame over the first and include it inside it. This gives us “calm anger,”
respectful joy, joyful learning, etc. It makes the first state a member of the class of the second.
Non-Linear: It’s not logical in a linear or external way, yet it is psycho–logical. Internally when
we put a state like anger or fear inside another state (calmness, respect, gentleness, courage, etc.),
we change the internal logic of our nervous system and person. This is what we mean when we
talk about “logical levels.” When we put one state in a “logical” relationship to another state so
that one is at a higher level then the higher one is about the other. This about-relationship
establishes the “logic.”
Self-Organizing: There are no such “things” as logical levels. They do not exist “out there.” But
only in the mind as how we represent categories and levels. With this logical typing or leveling,
the effect of each level is to organize and control the information on the level below it. In logical
levels each level is progressively more psychologically encompassing and impactful.
Coalescing: By repetition and habituation higher frames or states coalesce into the lower states.
The higher thoughts-and-feelings soak down into them to qualify or texture the lower state.


The meanings (semantics) that we have in our minds by means of our words, language, memory, and
imagination does not just stay in our heads, it gets into our bodies. Our neurology translates the meanings
in our minds into feelings in our bodies (neurology) so that we then experience neuro-semantic states.
Neuro-Semantics is the scientific term for the mind-body connection. It involves a working model of the
translation of mental meaning into physiological responses (emotions, behaviors, reactions). NeuroSemantics also includes hundreds of processes or patterns that allow us to strategically and methodically
work with mind to create the best states of body and health that’s possible.
Neuro-Semantic Distinctions:
Emotions: When something means something to us—we feel it in our bodies. The meanings
show up as “emotions.” The meanings take the form of values, ideas, beliefs, understandings,
paradigms, mental models, frames, etc.
Meaning-Making: Neuro-Semantics is a model of how we make meaning through evaluating
experiences, events, words, etc. It’s a model of how we then live in the World or Matrix of
Meaning that we construct and inherit.
Matrix as Frames of Meaning: Neuro-Semantics describes the frames of reference we use as we
move through life and the frames of meaning that we construct. It creates the Matrix of Frames
in which we live and from which we operate.
Semantic Reactions: The reactions that occur which indicate our semantic structures.
Generative Neuro-Semantics: Building up new gestalt states which offer new experiences which
are more than the sum of the parts.
Systemic: The meta-state structure of Neuro-Semantics involves a different kind of thinking as
it shifts from linear to non-linear thinking. Systemic thinking involves reflexivity, recursiveness,
and spiral thinking. It means following feedback and feed forward loops around the loops of the
fluid Matrix Frames.
Neuro-Semantic Models:
There are now several specific Neuro-Semantic models. These include the following:
The Meta-States model that maps our reflexivity and describes our layering of states upon states.
The Mind-Lines model for conversational reframing for communication skills, influence, and
The Frame Games or Inner Game model for diagnosing, understanding, and working with states
and behaviors as “games” driven and modulated by “frames.” From the inner game of our frames
to the outer games of actual performance and competence.
The Matrix Model that specifies seven matrices as a diagnostic and modeling tool.
The Axes of Change model that maps the process of change and transformation and how a


manager or coach can work effectively and strategically as a Change Agent.
The Self-Actualization Quadrants of meaning and performance.
The Peak Performance Model for taking performance to the highest levels.

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L. Michael Hall, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 8
Clifton, Colorado 81520—0008 USA
(970) 523-7877

L. Michael Hall is a visionary leader in the field of Neuro-Semantics, a modeler of positive psychology.
Michael is an entrepreneur, researcher/modeler, and international trainer. His doctorate is in the CognitiveBehavioral sciences from Union Institute University. He worked for 20 years as a psychotherapist in
Colorado and found NLP in 1986. He then studied with Richard Bandler and wrote several books for him.
When studying and modeling resilience, he developed the Meta-States model (1994) and then founded the
field of Neuro-Semantics . After he began traveling nationally and internationally, he later co-founded the
Society of Neuro-Semantics with Bob Bodenhamer (the International Society of Neuro-Semantics, ISNS,
in 1996). As a prolific writer, Michael has written more than 35 books, many best sellers in the field of
NLP. He first applied NLP to coaching in 1991, but it wasn’t until 2001 that he began developing NeuroSemantic or Meta-Coaching. In 2002 Michelle Duval joined him in co-creating the complete Meta-Coaching
Training System and in 2003, they founded the Meta-Coach Foundation.

1) Meta-States: Mastering the Higher Levels of Mind (1995/ 2000)
2) Dragon Slaying: Dragons to Princes (1996 / 2000)
3) The Spirit of NLP: The Process, Meaning and Criteria for Mastering NLP (1996)
4) Languaging: The Linguistics of Psychotherapy (1996)
5) Becoming More Ferocious as a Presenter (1996)
6) Patterns For Renewing the Mind (with Bodenhamer, 1997 /2006)
7) Time-Lining: Advance Time-Line Processes (with Bodenhamer, 1997)
8) NLP: Going Meta — Advance Modeling Using Meta-Levels (1997/2001)
9) Figuring Out People: Reading People Using Meta-Programs (with Bodenhamer, 1997, 2005)
10) SourceBook of Magic, Volume I (with Belnap, 1997)
11) Mind-Lines: Lines For Changing Minds (with Bodenhamer, 1997/ 2005)
12) Communication Magic (2001). Originally, The Secrets of Magic (1998).
13) Meta-State Magic: Meta-State Journal (1997-1999).
14) When Sub-Modalities Go Meta (with Bodenhamer, 1999, 2005). Originally entitled, The Structure of
15) Instant Relaxation (with Lederer, 1999).
16) User’s Manual of the Brain: Volume I (with Bodenhamer, 1999).
17) The Structure of Personality: Modeling Personality Using NLP and Neuro-Semantics (with
Bodenhamer, Bolstad, and Harmblett, 2001).
18) The Secrets of Personal Mastery (2000).
19) Frame Games: Persuasion Elegance (2000).

24) User’s Manual of the Brain: Master Practitioner Course. Volume II (2002). 25) MovieMind: Directing Your Mental Cinemas (2002). 26) The Bateson Report (2002). Meta-Coaching. 34) Unleashed: A Guide to Your Ultimate Self-Actualization (2007) 35) Achieving Peak Performance (2008/ 2009) 36) Self-Actualization Psychology (2008) 37) Unleashing Leader: Self-Actualizing Leaders and Companies (2009) -89- . 29) Propulsion Systems (2003). Volume I (with Duval. 2001). 2004). Neuro-Semantic Patterns (2003). 23) The Matrix Model: Neuro-Semantics and the Construction of Meaning (2003).20) Games Fit and Slim People Play (2001). 22) Games Business Experts Play (2001). 28) Source Book of Magic. 32) Coaching Change. 33) Winning the Inner Game (2006). 30) Games Great Lovers Play (2004). Meta-Coaching. Volume II. Volume II (with Duval. 2004). 27) Make it So! Closing the Knowing-Doing Gap (2002). 31) Coaching Conversation. 21) Games for Mastering Fear (with Bodenhamer.

flexibility. Perception (Meta-Programs) and States and Levels (Meta-States). and influence skills of NLP. to develop the mind and meta-mind of someone who is structured and programmed to create wealth economically. passion. 2) Frame Games: Persuasion Elegance. Designed as a 3 day program. playfulness. confidence. This training presents the power of Meta-States without directly teaching the model as such.” Basic Meta-States in two other Simplified forms: 1) Secrets of Personal Mastery: Awakening Your Inner Executive. etc. User’s Manual for the Brain and The Sourcebook of Magic. relationally. Formatted so that it can take the form of 1. Another Meta-States Application Training. modeled after experts in the fields of selling and persuasion and designed to replicate in participants. personally. Day three is for becoming a true Frame Game Master and working with frames conversationally and covertly. Meta-Masters NLP Practitioner: An intensive 13-Day Training in mastering all three of the metadomains of NLP: Language (Meta-Model). the first two days presents the model of Frame Games and lots of exercises. This trainings goes way beyond mere Persuasion Engineering as it uses the Strategic Selling model of Heiman also known as Relational Selling. It presupposes knowledge of the NLP Model and builds the training around accessing the kinds of states that will access and support “personal genius. and using dozens of NLP patterns. and changing. setting. Required reading. The first truly User Friendly version of Meta-States. Facilitation Selling. Frame Games provides practice and use of Meta-States in terms of frame detecting. Meta-States Gateway Trainings 1) Wealth Building Excellence (Meta-Wealth). The focus instead shifts to Personal Mastery and the Executive Powers of the participants. etc. Learn the basic rapport-building. listening. As a Meta-States Application Training. this training presents a simpler form of Meta-States. This training focuses on the pathway to mastery and how to develop the very spirit of NLP—curiosity. As a model of frames. accelerated learning. etc. Basic Meta-State Trainings Accessing Personal Genius (The 3 day Basic). -90- . reframing. Discover how to use language both for precision and hypnotic influence. Wealth Building Excellence began as a modeling project and seeks to facilitate the replication of that excellence in participants. Introduction to Meta-States as an advanced NLP model (3 days). 2 or 3 days. The focus of this training is on learning how to think like a millionaire.TRAININGS AVAILABLE TRAININGS AVAILABLE NLP TRAININGS: Meta-NLP Practitioner: An intensive 7-day training in the Essential NLP Skills. as well as how to access and manage states through anchoring. especially good for those without NLP background or those who are more focused on Meta-States Applications than the model. This training introduces NLP as a model for discovering the structure of human functioning with a focus on how to run your own brain and to manage your own states. An excellent follow-up training to Wealth Building since most people who build wealth have to sell their ideas and dreams to others. Frame Games focuses on the power of persuasion via frames and so presents how to influence or persuade yourself and others using the Levels of Thought or Mind that lies at the heart of Meta-States. 2) Selling & Persuasion Excellence (Meta-Selling). emotionally. This training introduces and teaches the Meta-States Model and is ideal for NLP Practitioners. mentally.

Defusing Strategies (1987). this training has been presented to managers and supervisors for greater skill in conflict management. How do they do it? How do some people relate to eating and exercising in such a way that it is “no problem” to them? What are the frames and games that slim and fit people play so that food does not dominate their lives and so that they have plenty of energy and vitality? That’s the focus of this training. The same is true for mastering fear—the power of transformation lies in knowing how to identify the right frames and set them at the higher levels of our mind. but coaches the relaxation skills for greater “presence of mind. Mind-Line Training is a training about Conversational Reframing and Persuasion. skills. 6) Instant Relaxation. An excellent training in conjunction with Defusing Hotheads. a person has to run his or her brain in a certain way using special frames. 4) Accelerated Learning Using NLP & Meta-States (Meta-Learning). 5) Defusing Hotheads: A Meta-States and NLP Application training for handling hot. Hall and Bodenhamer (1997). Based upon the book by Drs. markets. and then for eliciting another into a more resourceful state. this training invites you to set the kind of frames of mind and meaning that will bring out your business expertise. Those who do it best. This training is based on NLP and Neuro-Semantic patterns and structured according to the 7 Mind Matrix model. the experts. The training offers specific guidance about how to stop psycho-eating and to develop a much better relationship to both -91- . Based upon the book by this title by Hall and Bodenhamer. A Meta-State Application training based upon the NLP model for “running your own brain” and the Neuro-Semantic (MetaStates) model of managing your higher executive states of consciousness. 1999). this training provides extensive insight into the Learning States and how to access your personal learning genius. Modeled after leading experts in the fields of education. have a strategy and a certain set of frames of mind that allow them to play those Games. others. finances. There’s a structure to the meta-state experience called “stuttering. Another practical NLP and Meta-States Application Training designed to facilitate the advanced ability to quickly “fly into a calm. It provides specific strategies for various learning tasks as well as processes for research and writing. Hall. Generally a two day format. and to police departments for coping with domestic violence. stressed-out. This training uses the very best of NLP and Neuro-Semantic patterns to provide true mastery over any kind of fear that might sabotage or limit living up to our Visions and Values. 10) Games Slim and Fit People Play. now in its third edition. cognitive psychologies. although sometimes 3 and 4 days. Based upon the book by this title. and empowerment in handling stressful situations.” control over mind and neurology. excellent as a follow-up training for Wealth Building and Selling Excellence.” Based in part upon the book by Lederer and Hall (Instant Relaxation. managing. This advanced training is highly and mainly a linguistic model. 9) Games Business Experts Play. Designed to “talk someone down from a hot angry state. 7) Games for Mastering Fear.” it is blocking our non-fluency and layering it with a painful kind of selfconsciousness. Based upon the book by Dr.3) Mind-Lines: Lines for Changing Minds. etc. based on the book by the same title.” this training provides training in state management. this training does not teach NLP or Meta-States. 8) Games For Mastering Stuttering (Blocking). There’s also a structure to mastering that experience and moving toward a less semantically over-loading. Succeeding in business necessitates develop a certain expertise and business wisdom about oneself. first for the skilled negotiator or manager. The Mind-Lines model began as a rigorous update of the old NLP “Sleight of Mouth” Patterns and has grown to become the persuasion language of the Meta-State moves. To play the Game of Fear. and irrational people in Fight/Flight states.

It focuses first on the trainer. Un-Insultability. Meta-Coaching is based on five meta-models: the NLP Communication and movement. 1999) as “The Merging of the Models: NLP and General Semantics. Neuro-Semantics and NLP Trainers Training. Women in Leadership. Neuro-Semantics Coaching Certification Training: Meta-Coaching. patterns.” this training now focuses almost exclusively on developing Advanced Flexibility using tools. this training looks at the formatting and structuring of the meta-levels in Resilience. This training typically occurs as the last 4 days of the 7 day Meta-States Certification. and Seeing Opportunities. the Matrix model. to access one’s own Top Training States and then on how to meta-states or set the frames when working with others in coaching or facilitating greater resourcefulness. the Axes of Change model. 12) Living Genius: Advanced Meta-States Patterns for Sustaining Mastery. An advanced Neuro-Semantics training that explores the riches and treasures in Alfred Korzybski’s work. Hall and his book. This application training focuses the power and magic of Meta-States on the training experience itself—both public and individual training. and models in General Semantics. Science and Sanity. etc. Originally presented in London (1998. 11) Resilience for Managing Change. Persuasion. NLP: Going Meta— Advanced Modeling Using Meta-Levels. An advanced training for those who have been certified in Meta-States and Neuro-Semantics (the seven day program). Credentials for Meta-Coaching Certification begins with ACMC (Associated Certified Meta-Coach) and moves to Professional (PCMC) and Master (MCMC) as well as Internal (ICMC). Recommend for the advanced student of NLP and Meta-States. See the website for detailed information or the Meta-Coach Pathway brochure. The training touches on modeling of Wealth Building. Advanced Flexibility Training. Advanced Neuro-Semantic Trainings Advanced Modeling Using Meta-Levels: Advanced use of Meta-States by focusing on the domain of modeling excellence. -92- . the Meta-States Reflexivity model. Fitness. and the Self-Actualization model. This is an advanced 7 day Training for those with Meta-NLP training (or Coaching Essentials) and APG (or Coaching Genius). Based upon the modeling experiences of Dr.

Kind $8 Training Manuals (Spiral books) $35 Learning Genius (Accelerated Learning) Selling Genius Writing Genius (Prolific Writing) Wealth Genius (Inside-Out Wealth) Business Genius Leadership Genius (out of print) Winning the Inner Game Workshop Instant Relaxation Workshop Games For Mastering Fear Advanced Flexibility Defusing Hotheads Advanced Modeling Cultural Modeling TM Meta-NLP: Practitioner Manual Meta-Masters: Master Pract. Clear. APG: Accessing Personal Genius LPG: Living Personal Genius Emotional Mastery Self-Actualization Volumes $25 each I: Coaching Change II: Coaching Conversations III: Unleashed: Guide to Self-Actualizat. Vol. I User’s Manual – Vol II The Source Book of Magic Source Book. IV: Self-Actualization Psychology V: Achieving Peak Performance VI: Unleashing Leaders I: Coaching Essentials II: Coaching Genius III: Coaching Mastery Executive Coaching I: The Ultimate Self-Actualization Workshop II: Creativity and Innovation Workshop III: Coaching Self-Actualization Leadership Unleashing Your Health Potentials Application Books: Instant Relaxation $18 Propulsion Systems $25 The Bateson Report $10 Persuasion Engineering Simplified $ 8 Patterns for Renewing Mind $25 -93- .LIST OF BOOKS Meta-States Books Secrets of Personal Mastery Meta-States Dragon Slaying The Matrix Model NLP: Going Meta Meta-States Magic (spiral) States of Equilibrium: $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $30 $35 Frame Games Series Winning the Inner Game Games Slim People Play Games for Mastering Fear Games Business Experts Play Games Great Lovers Play $25 $20 $20 $35 $25 NLP Books MovieMind User’s Manual –Vol. II (spiral) Mind-Lines The Spirit of NLP Figuring Out People Meta-Detective Board Game Sub-Modalities Going Meta Time-Line: Adventures Communication Magic Becoming More Ferocious The Structure of Personality $20 $45 $55 $25 $30 $25 $25 $30 $39 $25 $25 $25 $25 $50 Languaging $25 Other Books that are Available Core Transformation $20 Doing it with Pete $17 Apocalypse Then $10 Motivation $8 Emotions $8 Speak Up.

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