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Recoded Neurological Levels: The How and Why Model

30 May 11
Daniel Smith
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Many trained in New Code NLP are interested in recoding existing patterns. Existing NLP formats can have great value when we can distill their underlying pattern rather than slavishly sticking with a preexisting rigid format.

Here is one attempt at recoding Robert Dilts’ Neurological Levels prepared by Daniel Smith:

If you can imagine holding a set of chopsticks (or pickup sticks) in one hand, vertically, then letting them go so that they fall to the surface. The sticks will often cross each other at various points.

  1. Choose a behaviour, characteristic, or idea with which an individual identifies for exploration. Framed by “explore the intentions to generate alignment”, secure support from the unconscious for the process. It may be useful to prime awareness of the rules for logical levels (especially heritability).
  2. Using codewords and inviting suggestions from the unconscious, generate an hierarchy of intention (eg asking “What for?”). It could be convenient to spatially mark the various points.
  3. Return to the starting point. Again using codewords and inviting suggestions from the unconscious, chunk down to how that behaviour are manifested.
  4. Present the proposed hierarchy to the unconscious for approval or refinement.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for different behaviour, characteristic or idea. Initially, have subsequent hierarchies non-overlapping (eg by having them parallel or skewed). From Third Position, compare subsequent hierarchies together, noticing any patterns. Check for similarities and overlap between terms in the heirachy; where they are similar, ensure support from the unconscious for having them treated as the same, so that the separate hierarchies can start to overlap.
  6. Discovery Process (optional): Move between the various points that have been marked and a Third Position, only allowing enough time for an awareness of that point to be reached before moving randomly to another point. Continue for 10-15 minutes (or until the unconscious presents a signal that it is time to stop).