Dec. 13, 2011 — As I scurried around my house last night gathering things for my trip I realized at 40 years old I have never traveled alone.
That’s when it donned on me this is Teresa’s Big Adventure.
I have certainly taken trips in my lifetime. I went to Mexico following my high school graduation with a group of graduates.
I have been to the many places along the northern coast with my children and friends, and I flew to Oregon once to visit an old friend. But this trip I’m about to take is very different.
I will be attending a seven-day intensive training based on communication, neuro-linguistics programming (NLP).
I will learn about behavioral patterns, language use, body language and interestingly enough, I will learn about hypnotherapy and the basics of communicating with the unconscious mind.
I have considered taking this training for several years.
It has appealed to my sense of wonder until the time was right to take the step and enroll. My curiosity and thirst for knowledge is insatiable.
Industry leaders — just to name a few, such as Carl Jung, Ivan Pavlov, Richard Bandler, John Grinder and Milton Erickson paved the way to greater understanding of human communication.
Today’s neuro-linguistic leaders are equally as dedicated to teaching their remarkable skills and deep understandings of the power of the unconscious mind and the ultimate ability in communication that creates a better and more meaningful life.
I am very excited about my adventure.
I am looking forward to meeting new people from different walks of life sharing life experiences enhancing what we learn.
Some of the key elements of NLP are based on a psychotherapeutic approach.
It is said the trainings and certification process lead to changes of the conscious and unconscious mindset — the ability to identify and possibly correct phobias, depression, addictive behaviors, learning disorders and create healthy patterns of organization, time management, self awareness and the ability to train groups or organizations how to better their employee – management relationships and production, increased sales or other necessary end results.
I have a desire to help people.
I find myself reaching out to those in need of a friend a sounding board or unbiased straight opinion.
I have a place for empathy, however, I have been stingy with my compassionate side.
I’m going to this training with an open mind and a willingness to learn new ideas and different concepts.
My hope is that what I learn I can share, and by sharing I can help make some people’s lives better, more organized, and make it easier for them to cope with everyday life.
I look forward to helping people find their strengths and become mentally stronger and emotionally stable, and I hope to bring out the best in employees for companies that want to grow their businesses in healthy mindful ways.
Carl Jung said, “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”
My creative mind is ready for playtime.
I can’t wait to go through the whole experience from the new airport and flight restrictions since the last time I flew, to staying in a hotel by myself being immersed into an unfamiliar city and an unfamiliar group of people who will be my classmates.
I will certainly miss my family and my Snoofy dog, but I think my journey will make my homecoming wonderful.
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