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Richard Bandler. “Getting the Life you want”- why there’s nothing new under the sun.

I’ve been re-reading "Getting The Life You Want by Richard Bandler". It’s recent publication is a clever, some might say cunning move from the co-creator of NLP. He has certainly been learning a lot about presenting himself to the general public from his erstwhile student Paul McKenna.

I’ll be saying a lot more about that another time but I was struck by a synchronicity, a co-incident of meaning earlier today. I’d just been skimming the book for good quotes when I came across this in a passage about overcoming fear of public speaking.

“Fears always have to be replaced by sensory acuity” p55

He’s describing a pattern of change that basically goes

  • 1) Replace the bad feeling you were having with this new good feeling.
  • 2) Now open your eyes and your ears and look around while you feel good.

There are lot of techniques in NLP that are essentially variations on this meta-pattern, you can trace its history all the way back to the first collapsed anchor.

Anyway I put the book down to make a cup of tea and while I was waiting for the kettle to boil I I got a ping from twitter and someone had posted this quote.

"The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are."

Marcus Aurelius (Emperor of Rome 161-180 A.D)

There’s a very important reason why copyright law makes a distinction between ideas and the realisation of those ideas. The form of words you use to express ideas can be copyright. The ideas behind them cannot.

There is a recognition that ideas cannot be owned in the same way that property can. Even the expression of an idea returns to the commons after its copyright lapses.

By the way that quote in the title is from The Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 1 v 9

"What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun."

Allegedly written about 150 B.C.

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