How does NLP work with the seasons?

Written by Terry Elston

This time of year is sometimes called Imbolc. This ‘season’ has implications to an NLP aware practitioner or any person that can begin to see life symbolically or through the eyes of metaphor or analogy.

Here’s a Wiki version of this time of year. The holiday was, and for many still is, a festival of the hearth and home, and a celebration of the lengthening days and the early signs of spring. Celebrations often involved hearthfires, special foods (butter, milk, and bannocks, for example), divination or watching for omens, candles or a bonfire if the weather permits. Imbolc is traditionally a time of weather prognostication, and the old tradition of watching to see if serpents or badgers came from their winter dens is perhaps a precursor to the North American Groundhog Day.

This is a very physical definition, yet we can also look at seasons through the eyes of your own inner world of change.

We all have ‘seasons’ inside us and the analogy (through my NLP style of training) would be that we all have the contents of the world inside us. We have the proportional amount of mass and water, our bodies are made of mineral (bones),  vegetable (Vegetative -to include the nervous system-is derived from the Latin vegetare which means to quicken, animate or bring life) and animal (our flesh and blood).

Therefore to try and pretend that we are not subject to the winds and tides of our own inner universe is alike the ostridge syndrome.

So how do the internal seasons work well, using NLP?

In the UK and Northern Hemisphere (for the most part) this time of year, the whole system has undergone a massive change during the winter period. Leaves have been discarded, whole branches dropped, plants gone underground (animals too).

Because as humans, we have been very ‘clever’ at disguising the natural elements of life with artificial light, heat and entertainment, we hardly recognise that life is giving us some degree of insight into how to survive and prosper at different intervals.

For nature, this time of year will be about setting intentions and having a clear purpose to manifest the energy behind any coming actions or physical representation for the year. That’s why the idea of New Years Resolutions is such a popular practise – it actually follows what life is doing underground.

So if you are feeling like letting go of a lot of ‘stuff’ from your life, that’ll be the winter element still being present in your system. And if you feel like setting intentions and creating your  power, before you put anything down onto paper, that’ll be natures force before the seed is made.

The personal side to how this works is that you have a choice in what you do about the ‘season’  present for you. You could consciously spend time at the gym, manifesting the energy for good thinking and future plans (the energy before the seed). You could clear out some cupboards (the process that nature follows to make way for new physical growth), or you could start to put in place both the energy and the physical plan if you’ve got that far.

The trick here would be to see, hear, feel and work out which season you are in and which you need to give attention to. I see so many ‘resolutions’ that have no bearing on the individual concerned that it will make no difference whatsoever if they do the diet, go to the gym etc.

What a lot of people may need to do is make sure they have ‘completed’ the year gone by before any of the above can take place. Where NLP gets to be very effective is that it can perform the tasks of clearing out and completing.

The process of Time Based Techniques, Hypnosis and most or all of the NLP techniques can do this. We also run The Law of Attraction course which is a day spent clearing out old ‘gardens’ to make the soil good for a year.

Even if you don’t choose to take the path of working with NLP techniques, you can at least observe where you are and make plans to know the season you are in and act accordingly.