The field of NLP has some amazing techniques to help you change your life. The NLP Spin Technique will have you saying, “Whoa DJ! Spin that again!”
Ok, so maybe you won’t say it exactly like that, but we’d like to think that once you’ve mastered this simple yet effective technique, you’ll understand where we are coming from!
A Quick History of the NLP Spin Technique
The Spin Technique was created based on the works of Dr. Richard Bandler, John Overdurf, Dr. David Snyder.
Unfortunately we are unsure of who exactly created it. And since it isn’t one of our own creations we are just giving credit to everyone who we believe had their hands in its development.
Dr. David Snyder says, “If you can point to where you feel something, you can change it” and that’s where the power of the Spin technique comes in.
All emotions can be felt in the physical body. Think about it - how else do you know you feel scared, excited, or even joyful? You probably recognize the emotion because you can physically feel it!
When you are able to feel an emotion in your body, you can use your imagination to move it, and change it in any number of ways using NLP submodalities.
Now you know the magical starting point of the NLP Spin technique. You’re taking an emotion and imagining it as something physical within your body. This gives you greater access to techniques, such as the spin, to reprogram how the emotion affects you. The best part is, it’s really easy to do, so let’s jump right into it!
Performing The NLP Spin Technique
Let’s say you’re feeling an emotion and you want to change it. This could be a feeling of stress, upset, or nervousness.
Once you recognize that you feel the emotion, locate the feeling in your body. Some people might feel a tension in their chest. Others may discover a pressure in their shoulders.
Now point to the place where you physically feel the emotion in your body. Ask yourself, “What direction is it spinning or rotating?”
Concentrate on it and pretend the emotion is that physical thing you feel in your body. Imagine it’s really spinning. Go with your gut instinct because there are no wrong answers!
You might notice it’s moving in a counterclockwise motion or maybe it’s spinning front to back. Whichever way you notice it, that’s perfect for you.
Now here’s the really cool part.
Reach your physical hands to where you feel the emotion. Just use your imagination. Grab that emotion and pull it out in front of you where you can see it.
Notice it’s now just spinning out in the open space in front of your body. You can even watch it, intently, if you are doing this with your eyes open. And if your eyes are closed you can imagine you’re watching it.
Now imagine you change the direction of the motion, or spin. You can even involve your hands to imagine that you’re reversing the direction of the spin of this physical thing that represents that unwanted emotion.
You can even increase the speed of the spin in this new direction. Really accelerate that sucker so it’s spinning super fast!
Now reach out with your physical hands, grab it, and slam it back into the same spot in your body where it started.
Now check in with yourself and notice that it’s changed.
If you like the new changes, keep it! If you don’t like it, repeat the process. Notice which way it’s spinning now, grab it, pull it out, change the direction, speed it up, and put it back with the changes.
Check out this youtube video of Mike demonstrating this technique so you can understand it even better:
So What’s Really Going On with the Spin Technique?
It may seem like woo-woo magic, but it’s far from it.
What is really happening is a shift in something called submodalities. Submodalities are the way your brain codes sensory information that you interpret as a memory or experience.
Think about it for a second.
When you recall a memory, you may be aware of what was happening in that experience due to the way you see things, hear things, feel things, taste things, or smell things during the event
In other words, your brain processes physical events in the form of sensory information.
If your memories and experiences are the what, submodalities are the how.
As you think about a specific memory, your perception of the event is registered through your visual, auditory, or kinesthetic senses.
Note: Kinesthetic includes movement, feelings, tastes, and smells.
Each of these senses have a specific way they can be expressed, which is what we call submodalities.
In the visual representational system (or “modality”), you could have an image or movie reel that runs in your mind.
The submodalities are the fine details of these images or movie reels. They may be black & white or colorful. They could be in a frame, borderless, or panoramic. They can be sharp or blurry. The list is practically endless.
When you change the submodalities, you physically change the structure of how your brain interprets the memory. This means that the way the emotion feels in your body can be changed because you are adjusting the way your brain processes it.
That’s why the NLP Spin Technique is absolutely powerful yet simple and elegant.
We also have a Youtube video about submodalities. Click here to check it out.
Using NLP in Your Life
The NLP spin technique is just one simple tool you can immediately use to change the quality of your life, or help your clients. Whatever way you decide to use the Spin Technique, we know you’ll have awesome results.
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