Author Archives: Joanne Thompson

About Joanne Thompson

Joanne is a Master Practitioner of NLP. Her first NLP course was in 1996 and since then she has attended many NLP courses and related NLP courses and events. She has extensive experience as a problem solver, firstly as a nurse and then as a mentor for hard to reach young people in a youth work setting. She also has experience of coaching and mentoring young people with learning difficulties. Joanne has a degree in Health Sciences and is both knowledgeable and creative in her attitude to healing and wellbeing.

Presentation: An Introduction To Core Transformation

The Core Transformation process is a gentle and organic way of healing unresolved problems by accessing one’s internal core state, imbuing the problem with that core state and thus changing and transforming the nature of the original problem or issue.

It is useful for transforming unwanted behaviours, like smoking, eating disorders, excessive drinking or other addictions.  It enhances a sense of well being and self confidence and can enhance relationships and resolve conflicts.  It offers success in transforming troublesome, chronic conditions where other forms of treatment have failed.

I will facilitate and guide you through the beginnings of the Core Transformation process, so you can experience first hand the potential it has for healing. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of Core Transformation with you and assisting you in making changes to your life.

Joanne spent some time in Colorado in 2012 with Connirae and Tamara Andreas, the founders of Core Transformation and has their express permission to use their material.

Presentation: An Introduction to Core Transformation

The Core Transformation process is a gentle and organic way of healing unresolved problems by accessing one’s internal core state, imbuing the problem with that core state and thus changing and transforming the nature of the original problem or issue.

It is useful for transforming unwanted behaviours, like smoking, eating disorders, excessive drinking or other addictions.  It enhances a sense of well being and self confidence and can enhance relationships and resolve conflicts.  It offers success in transforming troublesome, chronic conditions where other forms of treatment have failed.

I will facilitate and guide you through the beginnings of the Core Transformation process, so you can experience first hand the potential it has for healing. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of Core Transformation with you and assisting you in making changes to your life.

Joanne spent some time in Colorado in 2012 with Connirae and Tamara Andreas, the founders of Core Transformation and has their express permission to use their material.

Reflections in a Metaphor

Asking people to consciously elicit metaphorical language can be a sure way of them displaying stock still and mouth clamped shut behaviour. There they are, the first metaphors of this blog; stock still = tree trunk still and clamped shut speaks for itself! Deliberate pun, get it! (Apologies for the attempted humour from an unaccomplished comedienne.)

One of the ways I know of eliciting metaphors is to ask very specific questions;

“What’s that like?”

“That’s like what?

The “like” in the question gives the brain an instruction to search for comparable answers. Some brains are more attuned to using metaphorical language than others. Metaphor may not be their chosen “meta-programme,” or means of processing and expressing language.

Keith, (the laughter guy), gave a nice explanation about a hypothetical person working as a statistician, who by very nature of his/her job may not use metaphorical language as a means of communicating. However, language is always used and understood in context, and we pondered about what language our statistician would use with his/her partner or children.

I gave the group an exercise to find metaphors within the five senses, (or representational systems as the NLPers call them). Fifteen divided by five senses equals three people per group; perfect.

Group 1 Auditory, Metaphors (Hearing)
Group 2 Gustatory Metaphors (Tasting)
Group 3 Kinaesthetic Metaphors (Touching/Feeling)
Group 4 Olfactory Metaphors (Smelling)
Group 5 Visual Metaphors (Seeing)

Lots of brain cogs began turning and I listened as words and metaphors rolled and cascaded and swirled around the room:

“Her hair was a cascading waterfall.” (V,K,A)
“Grasp the nettle.” (K)
“Adding spice to life.” (G,V)
“Cold hands warm heart.” (K)
“He growled his opinion.” (A)
“Time is ticking away.” (A)
“Fizzing with excitement.” (A,V)
“Her diary spoke softly of who she was.” (A)
“Smells sweet.” (O,G,K)

There were many metaphors forthcoming during the ninety minutes. It became noticeable that a metaphor understood as “Visual” by one person, would be experienced as Auditory or Kinaesthetic by some one else.

Thus highlighting the infinite interpretations and meanings we experience in our metaphorical landscapes.

It is but a miracle that human beings understand each other at all. Thankfully, we have tools beyond language that assist us with our communicating.

A lady pointed out one of my example visual metaphors;

” I see what you mean.”

She said, “This is not a metaphor, this is just a statement.”

In future presentations and workshops I will be bringing a prize for the person who spots the deliberate mistake.

Is she right?

I went on to explain how the GCSE textbook definition of what a metaphor “is” and how it differs considerably with academic definitions. It depends upon which linguistic theory one believes or prefers as to whether metaphor is metaphor (or not). There are brave souls who claim that “all words” are metaphors, and further still those who claim all actions and behaviours as metaphorical too, but we won’t go there, at least not today, lest we lose our way (or find it), in metaphor.

I defy all of those boffins in all of those universities to classify and clarify to their hearts’ content, but in my opinion Metaphor is by its very nature indefinable and therein lies its infinity, its simplicity and its mystery waiting to be discovered.

THANK YOU

Thank you to all of my presentation attendees.  You were all great.  Your feedback and contribution to the session were invaluable.  There’s a blog to follow, including some of  YOUR METAPHORS.

I treasure them all.

LET’S MAKE A METAPHOR

Hi Andy and all of the Change Campers,

Big Thank You to Andy for accepting me as a presenter at this years autumn Change Camp.  I am very much looking forward to it.  Autumn is my favourite time of year.   I love crunching them leaves after deliberately going out of my way to find the biggest pile to walk through and I love how the plants and trees give up their harvest bounty, before retreating back into the soil for renewal and sustenance from the earth.

I do love pumpkin time.  Pumpkin soup.  Pumpkin pie.  Pumpkin wine.  Roasted pumpkin. Scary faced pumpkin.  Pumpkin lantern.

I’m thinking up a pumpkin dish to bring and share with you.

My Change Camp Presentation this autumn is all about Metaphor.  We will explore our metaphor landscapes.  Indulge in our imagined realities.  Add some direction and movement to our metaphor in a 3D spatial matrix.  What if the metaphor’s we use, have a literal meaning in our lives?  Are our metaphor’s always useful?  What if our metaphor’s were to change organically by simple metamorphosis?  So, I invite you to come with me and together……

“LET’S MAKE A METAPHOR.”