June – Bruce Scott- Mind to Muscle Integration with body work

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Join us for this interview with complementary therapist, and Body Magician Bruce Scott, as he shares his insights on how to help your clients embody their transformations, and take meaningful action more easily and gracefully.

Friday June 16th 12pm-1pm

Introduction to Bruce Scott…

Hi I am Bruce Scott “The Body Magician”.
The reason I came across this work is because I was sick. At age ten I went from being an elite gymnast to living in a dark room unable to go outside and couldn’t go to school for lack of energy. The fatigue was beyond anything I can explain.  Sunlight felt like red hot knitting needles poked in my eyes. My bones felt like broken glass. I had viral meningitis. The lining of my brain had swelled up and my immune system shut down. I was also diagnosed with ross river fever,  a mosquito born disease similar to Malaria.  At thirteen years of age, I had arthritis in every joint in my body.

After three years of extensive treatment with western medicine, nothing changed, my mother, who was not into alternative medicine at the time, heard of a tai chi master at the local primary school. She insisted that I go and learn tai chi. I also started having a full body Swedish remedial massage once a week.  I didn’t believe anything was going to work but I was willing to try. Within six months, I was fully recovered! I could play sports outdoors, run for miles and started boxing. I got my life back!

The combination of movement, breathing and massage transformed my life. Now let me transform yours. 


The way I see it. We are all spiritual, physical, mental and emotional beings.  Those four aspects of ourselves interconnect and interrelate. If any one of them is disowned or not fully optimised, then the potential for the whole being to be best version of itself is diminished.

Your body has an innate healing capacity. You are a self organising, self optimising system. I work with your body to support it and give it the time, energy, space and feedback it needs to heal itself.

I have an innate ability to see what you are holding onto and invite you to let go of as much as that as you are comfortable.

July – Dina Cooper – NLP Parenting Strategies

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Have you got a spirited child?

Do you wish you were better able to use your NLP skills with your children and to keep yourself sane and raise happy humans? Dina can help, in this insightful session Dina will share her parenting strategies that have been proven in her own house and with her clients.

Friday, 21st July, 12pm-1pm

About Dina Cooper

Dina began her working life as a chartered management accountant, transitioning into change management within the banking sector. She quickly discovered her aptitude and love of human change and went on to employ her skills by supporting clients who had been made redundant, in their transition into another job or career. In 2011, recognising her own struggles as a parent, Dina went on to formally study Meta-Coaching and is now a transformational coach.

‘Meta’ simply means ‘to go above’ and is coaching that focuses on the structure of how the challenging situation is created as well as the specifics of the situation. Once the how is known it can commonly be translated into different contexts resulting in life transforming coaching. Dina’s realisation that she simply did not feel like the mum she had always dreamed she would be, prompted her to then seek a coach of her own to overcome these challenges.

Through this coaching, her own training as a coach and ultimately, her absolute enjoyment of her work supporting other parents, she now benefits from enjoying daily life as a mum and loves the fun she has with her two boys and with her husband, whom she feels connected and fulfilled with. Dina is a firm advocate of personal empowerment and its contribution to personal success. Her faith in the belief that if you know and like who you are and what you stand for, then you have the tools you need, to be the parent you want to be. Whilst accounting is not an industry you would associate Dina with today, Dina utilises her skills to help parents audit their minds. Immersed in engaging with parents to support them to become more consciously aware of how they parent, when seeking Dina’s services, you will be immediately struck by her intuitive and empathetic approach to a parenting challenge, demonstrating her ability to hone in on underlying difficulties and work through, to what can only be described, as a miraculous result!

Everything Dina shares is to achieve the one goal her clients all seek: to make life easier and more enjoyable as parents. Dina is a professionally certified Meta Coach(ACMC) and holds the title of Coaching for Executives at the Australian Graduate School of Management. Dina lives in Sydney Australia speaking and coaching full time, face to face or remotely and supporting clients throughout the world. – See more at: http://www.hoogi.com.au/about-dina/#sthash.naanpihZ.dpuf

August – Lorna Bukkland Interview – The Beauty of NLP

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Join NLP Trainer Lorna Bukkland as she shares her insights and wisdom on the beauty of NLP.

Friday August 18th 12pm-1pm

Meet Lorna…

Lorna Bukkland-Vitetta began working with NLP because of the journey that she was on,
read her compelling personal victory  over defeating cervical cancer 30     yrs ago.

Lorna has completed her Master NLP Trainer and Facilitator Certification at the NLP University,
UCSC Santa Cruz. USA with Robert Dilts, Judith De Lozier, Deborah Bacon-Dilts, Suzi Smith and Syd Jacobsen and shared
with many wonderful NLP Trainers from around the globe, where many resources were shared and lifetime affiliations were made,
that will enrich all of our trainings as we support each other in our quest for building a worldwide NLP community where people want to belong.

Lorna is an Internationally accredited Trainer of NLP, and Neurosemantics, incorporating Time Line Therapy®, Hypnosis, and Whole Brain Thinking®. Her expertise in human behaviour, her working knowledge of the advanced communication skills of NLP and neurosemantics, and how to easily incorporate the Whole Brain Thinking® means Lorna facilitates a process that enables you to get the excellent result you want quickly and with less effort.

Lorna is one of only 6 in the world Master Trainers of the mBIT (multi Braining Integration Techniques) – where ancient wisdom, together with scientific research, neuroplasticity and NLP come together working with our 3 Brains, Our Cephalic Brain (Head), Cardiac Brain (Heart) and Enteric Brain (Gut). She is offering trainings for Coach Certification, and Trainers certification.  more info here

Lorna was the first certified trainer in Australia of the LAB – Words that Change Minds, Mastering the Language of Influence that will teach you how to identify the motivation and working traits of yourself and your employees for retaining longer lasting employees, more dedictaed and loyal team within the workplace. She is also an iWAM certified practitioner.

Lorna has trained with over 28 international trainers of the NLP, Hypnotherapy, Mind Powers, Cognitive Behaviour models in a continuous way of improving her knowledge of the different modalities available, keeping up to date with new ways of applying these techniques and skills for the benefits of her students.

Lorna received her Masters in NLP with Robert Dilts, Judith De Lozier, Degorah Bacon-Dilts at the NLP University, where NLP began many years ago with Richard Bandler and John Grinder. Lorna’s other trainings were with NLP, Time Line Therapy® and Hypnosis certifications through Dr Tad James – a leader in the field of NLP, and the creator of Time Line Therapy®. Her Neurosemantics qualifications, from Dr.L.Michael Hall and Dr Bobby.G.Bodenhamer
the co founders of Neurosemantics.The LAB Certification was with Shelle Rose Charvet, The Meta Coaching certification was with the Meta Coaching Foundation – Neurosemantics – Dr L. Michael Hall and Michelle Duval. Whole Brain Thinking® qualifications were from Ken Wall – The Thinking Network. and Kobus Neethling, Hypnotherapy was with Tad James, Dr Topher Morrison, Alpha Training, Dr John Gray,

Lorna has also trained with John Kehoe of Mind Power, Sue Knight in Coaching and Modelling,
Grant Soosalu & Marvin Oka – mBIT;  Dr Christopher Morrison – Advanced Hypnotherapy,
Chris Howard – NLP, Alpha Institute, Dr John Gray, John Tickel,  and in EFT, Mind Mapping, NBI, & Fish.

Lorna received her Certificate IV Trainers and workplace Assessors certifications from the University of Melbourne, and her Certificate 1V in Business from Qld University, she upgraded to the TAA4 qualification in 2009 in Queensland. Lorna has been a certified Colour and Style Image consultant having had her own business in Beauty Therapy and Image consulting for over 25 years in country Victoria and Melbourne, before moving in 2002 to Brisbane, Qld.

Lorna is a dynamic and vivacious presenter and she prides herself on approaching others in a down to earth, yet professional manner, cutting out the jargon and delivering in a simple easy to understand format. Her generosity in giving her students more than what they expect in so many ways, mostly her undivided attention, support, time, charts to assist the student, and many many extras as well as healthy food all day. Lorna has successfully worked with people from all levels within organisations, Small – Medium Business, Large Corporate, with Manufacturers, Leaders and managers. Lorna develops and facilitates customised training workshops for the Corporate sector, SME, Teachers, Therapists, Adult Learning, Children, People who stutter, children with learning difficulties, and in general people of all ages who want to develop certain areas of their life to achieve life and/or work balance.

Having successfully created and managed her own businesses, over many years as a successful Professional Business Owner, Image Consultant, Beauty Therapist, CosmeticTattooist, Trainer, Coach and Therapist, in country Victoria as well as for 15 years in Melbourne, and since 2002 in Brisbane. For the past 10 years successfully conducting her own Training/Personal Coaching/Therapy business with corporate and personal clients., holding her successful personal development and corporate trainings, seminars and workshops.

Lorna Bukkland-Vitetta

Master NLP Trainer & Facilitator LornaGreenmed clr
(NLP University – Robert Dilts & Judith De Lozier; USA)
Master mBIT Trainer,
Certified Trainer/ Workplace Assessor
(Certificate IV, Uni Victoria in 1998) upgraded to TAE4
Certificate IV Business and Personal Coach.  
Certificate IV Business
LAB PROFILE Certified Trainer
iWAM Practitioner .
NLP Trainer – NeuroSemantics (NSTT)
Master Practitioner NLP (NLP Association of America)
Master Practitioner Time Line Therapy™
(Time Line Therapy™ Assoc of America)
Clin.Hypnotherapist (ABH. ABCH.  AAPHAN)
Certified Trainer Meta States™
Certified Meta – Coach (ACMC)
Former Secretary of AAPHAN,
Aus Ass Professional Hypnotherapists and NLP Practitioners Inc.
Former Secretary ABCH.  Business Success Coaching

IMAGE CONSULTANT   (20 Years Experience) Colour & Style Consultant
NBI – WHOLE BRAIN THINKING Neethling Brain Institute Licensed Practitioner


The Art of Healing

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By Rob Gray MAPS, Director, Centre for Educational and Clinical Art Therapy
Read the full article at www.psychology.org.au

download-6Picture a patient sitting across from a therapist, unable to voice her innermost thoughts; unable to vocalise her hidden shame; unwilling, even in this safe haven, to speak aloud the fears that have plagued her since childhood.

Now imagine the same patient given a blank sheet of paper, a bottle of glue and a stack of pictures – pictures of people, pictures that express emotion, pictures of nature, and pictures that appear as one thing to one person and something else to another.

Given the freedom to express herself with art rather than words, the client opens up. She remembers her earliest days, when pencils and crayons gave her the freedom to express herself without the complication of words. Encouraged to create, both then and now, she subconsciously lets her guard down, and with it, allows her emotions to stream forward like a raging river. This is psychology and creativity melded together in a counselling context. This is art therapy.

The unique relationship between art and psychology, which both have potential for conflict and healing, can make defining art therapy difficult. Consequently, some art therapists practice primarily according to the principle that the process itself is the main healing effect (‘art as therapy’), whereas others focus on the unconscious material and the exploration of the deeper meaning of the artwork (‘art in therapy’).

In ‘art as therapy’ approaches, drawing is the main focus. Something emerges that can be experienced rationally, emotionally, spiritually or physically. The therapist also can ask clients how they felt while drawing and how this relates to their life. The emphasis is about the process, not the content of the artwork.

In ‘art in therapy’ approaches, the client explores the deeper meaning of the picture by describing what she actually sees in the picture and not what she thinks about the picture. This is often the part of art therapy when the unconscious becomes conscious, and clients realise just how connected everything in their lives is.

A great inspiration for many art therapists is Freud’s frustration with words. He noted: “We experienced it [a dream] predominantly in visual images…part of the difficulty of giving an account of dreams is due to our having to translate these images into words. ‘I could draw it,’ a dreamer often says to us, ‘but I don’t know how to say it.’” (Freud, 1916-1917; p. 90). Some ideas are difficult or impossible to put into words. Clients who can externalise their trauma, for example by drawing it on paper, can experience relief.

Images represent an alternative medium for expression and communication. Once experiences are externalised as images, it is easier to talk about them by describing the artwork or talking about the art-making process. For some people, however, producing images can be embarrassing or a destructive experience, and clients may try to avoid or resist it regardless of its beneficial potential. Despite this reluctance, the concept behind art therapy is that sharing the meaning of images may lead to a better understanding of the client’s presenting problem and create change.

As a psychologist and art therapist, I often find that clients open up vocally after drawing. I would like to use the well-known metaphor of an iceberg to describe the two major aspects of human personality. The tip of the iceberg that extends above the water represents the conscious mind. Beneath the water is the much larger bulk of the iceberg, which represents the unconscious. Words come easier to clients’ minds and unconscious material pours quickly to the surface once they start describing their images.

Surprisingly, most current art therapists challenge Freud’s view of symbols which frequently occur in images as products of repressed unconscious conflicts. Symbols relate to transforming and integrating personal experiences, both pathological and healthy, and should not be seen in isolation, but connected to the client’s individual experiences.

A highly regarded art therapy lecturer from Germany, Robert Gray has degrees in art therapy, psychology and theology. As a psychologist, he is able to present art therapy practices in an evidence-based context which further facilitates a well-founded and comprehensible training program. He leads the field in art therapy with his unique integration of psychological techniques and spiritual practices. Robert is the founder and director of the College for Educational and Clinical Art Therapy.

Rob is a speaker at the ABNLP 2017 Australian NLP Conference taking place in Sydney, 25-26 February.


How can I be on a spiritual path in this material world?

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By Laureli Blyth

1a7b6fc5d169109e93601a583ced07e9Why is it so tempting to see the world, and everything in it, as only material substance, with no deeper qualities?  Perhaps it is because we have created a habit of seeing ourselves as purely material. You may be aware of or know that you have a spirit a soul, but your general way of understanding yourself may be limited to a mostly material definition of reality.

When you become aware of your spiritual essence within yourself, it becomes easier to also recognize this spiritual essence in the world around you. It reminds me of the movie Avatar. How the natives were so connected to themselves, each other, the land the plants the animals.  How amazing that seemed and also so right. I think we started out this way eons ago, but got distracted.

When we are distracted we have a limited perspective. This then blocks awareness of the living divine essence that vibrates within everything in this world.

To practice this awareness takes conscious direction from yourself. To allow yourself to behold the divinity in self, others and all things. Even things that you are not attracted to. Learning how to see the spark of divinity, even within those who seem to be negative. Perhaps they are disconnected from their own inner divine spark, but it does not mean it does not exist.

Spiritual consciousness is your essence — it exists at the deepest core of your being. Whether you acknowledge it or not, your essence is within you, quietly awaiting your discovery.

So what gets in the way of our knowing who we really are? What keeps us from our truly infinite and spiritual nature?

I think one thing that makes us forget our true nature as spiritual beings is our own inner thoughts. From the time we are very young, we devote most of our life’s energy and attention to our thoughts. Because thoughts are so automatic and in our awareness, we assume that we must pay attention to and believe them.  We are conditioned to believe that we are our thoughts. But this is a false assumption. Thoughts appear and we can choose to believe them—or not.

What if you believed you were the witness of your thoughts? Most people use their thoughts to rationalize, fix, analyse, and contemplate and often over think. The truth is you never solve a problem by thinking about it. Thinking is way over-rated. With our attention focused on the stream of thoughts we are always hearing, we become disconnected from our senses. This is important because it is the senses that are the portal to our own presence, our basic being, our spirit. We can’t know our true and infinite nature through thought. In fact, our fixation with thoughts obscures us from this knowing, this timeless wisdom.

Solutions come when you stop thinking. The flash of inspiration, intuition, knowing how to do,  come when you ‘let it go’. When you are day dreaming, meditating, dreaming, and when this happens we become connected.

As someone wise once said: knowledge speaks and wisdom listens. Where is your wisdom? It’s in that inner voice that waits patiently for you to listen, it the spiritual core of you. Come learn more with me in February at the 2017 NLP Conference in Sydney!

Laureli has over 20 years in the field of NLP. She is a well known and respected International NLP Master Trainer, Clinical Hypnotherapist, & Numerologist.  Laureli is a Trainer Member of the ABNLP.

She lectures & teaches programs in Australia, USA, Europe & Asia Pacific, inspiring others to use their minds, get their voice & have the life they desire.

Laureli is a speaker at the ABNLP 2017 Australian NLP Conference taking place in Sydney, 25-26 February.


A Spiritual Journey

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By Laureli Blyth

fca005b2362f2c105fc1c49950c6bb31Have you ever had an experience when you knew there was more to life and the world than you were living? Do you remember when you were first curious, open, interested in the unknown world? Sometimes there is something that triggers this desire to know or learn, either way an unfolding happens.

My earliest years were with adults in a sheltered, conservative, strong Christian family. Very isolated on a farm in the middle of the plains of Colorado. I had to rely upon myself for entertainment. Nothing like the world we live in today. I had a friend who would come be with me who was a woman that called herself Sheba. (no one else could see her, but they would watch me talk to her.) She would tell stories of the yonder world and of places to visit when I got big. She also led me to ‘see and know things that were to come.’ Sheba would give me information when the family needed warnings. There were many times when I didn’t realize the impact of her messages until I witnessed the reactions from the adults. As I got older I knew she was an angelic guide that helped to prepare me for my life. I am forever grateful for being allowed that beginning and to remember the connection the stories and the great platform it gave me.

I always knew that life was grander than the small worlds people lived in. I knew if I had a need or wanted guidance I could rely on the messages from within. I had to figure out a way of turning off my ‘sensitive awareness,’ so I could function without picking up other peoples’ energies. I found a way to be what I call ‘neutral’, so I was not off nor on and yet I could shift to either easily. I also knew that there was a greater me overseeing my life.

They say energy flows where attention goes and I think this accounts for the many occurrences I have experienced.

One of my most vivid was when I was about 12. My science teacher came in with some stories about a lady who was hypnotised at the university hospital. The teacher had a colleague who lent him a tape of some of the hypnotic sessions. I can still remember how exciting this was for me. This was in the 60’s when the tapes were as big as dinner plates and the equipment to run it had two huge reel to reel tracks. The psychiatrist preformed a ‘new’ type of therapy –hypnosis. The session went back to when the lady was a baby in a crib then – bang, she was speaking in a Irish brogue and talking about a complete different existence. Later I found out this was the famous ‘Bridie Murphy’ tapes. Who knows, we may have even been listening to the originals. My point is this opened another avenue of possibilities to contemplate. Was there an after-life, a past life, and future life. It is uncanny that this event even took place in such a small, conservative town and yet it was a pivotal point of my pathway.

Being curious lead me to search and research many various avenues of what I’d call the ‘spirit’ world. Numerology has been an amazing set of understanding, exploring past lives, understanding chakras, meditation, breath work, using 6th sense, ancient shamanic practices, energy work, healing, dreams, NLP, and a huge variety of esoteric studies.

My spiritual journey has been a place of expansive calm, peace an all-ness. It was never of ghosts, or scary things, it was the light, bright flow of consciousness. I am excited that there are possibilities and even more to learn, be curious about and to share.  I hope to meet you in February at the 2017 NLP Conference in Sydney!

Laureli has over 20 years in the field of NLP. She is a well known and respected International NLP Master Trainer, Clinical Hypnotherapist, & Numerologist.  Laureli is a Trainer Member of the ABNLP.

She lectures & teaches programs in Australia, USA, Europe & Asia Pacific, inspiring others to use their minds, get their voice & have the life they desire.

Laureli is a speaker at the ABNLP 2017 Australian NLP Conference taking place in Sydney, 25-26 February.


What NLP Shows Us: How To Avoid Chronicity

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by Richard Bolstad
(find the full post at Transformations.net.nz)

ABNLP ResilienceThe thinking styles that obstruct change and recovery after a traumatic event are of course ones that were learned earlier in a person’s life. The simplest way to deal with them is to show the person how they are operating and have them practice an alternative. It’s not very glamorous compared to ten years of psychotherapy, but it’s a lot cheaper. Andy Austin lists several of these “patterns of chronicity” and here we have adapted his categories as a reminder.

The Big “What If…” Question. “Yes, but, what if… which means…(an impossible to manage scenario)?” The positive intention of negative “What if?” questions is to attempt to anticipate and find solutions to future challenges, but by running it on impossible scenarios, the person is locked in panic. Happy people don’t spend all day asking “What if I die horribly?”

The Big “Why…?” Question. “Why did this happen to me?” The positive intention of past-related “Why?” questions is to find new meanings, but the person rejects each possible future-oriented meaning and keeps searching as if trying to find a meaning which can change the traumatic event or recreate the past.

The Big Maybe Response. When asked to scale their current experience of an emotion, or give any report on their internal experience, the person says they are not sure, or prefaces their answer with “Maybe”. The positive intention of “Maybe” responses is to avoid mistakes such as false hope, but by refusing to commit to any specific data, the person can never measure change and can never experience success.

Testing for Existence of The Problem Rather Than Testing for Change. Even though 99% improvement might be made, if the person with chronicity is able to locate just 1% of the problem existing, this will generally be seen as representative of 100% of the problem existing. The positive intention of “Can I still do it?” responses is to detect and respond to danger effectively, but by failing to notice improvement the person continuously reinstalls the entire problem.

Negative Nominalisations. The person talks about their traumatic responses as if they were “things” rather than actions. “I have Trauma”, “I have PTSD”, “I have a Wounded Inner Child”, “I have a Clinical Depression.”. The positive intention of Negative Nominalisations is to explain what is happening by labelling it, but the result is that the processes being discussed seem permanent, damaged and even become personified as malevolent, and so are unable to be simply changed.

Being “At Effect” rather than “Being At Cause”. By being “at effect” the person experiences emotional problems happening to them, rather than being something that happens by them. A person “at effect” will seek treatment rather than seek change. Questions such as “Will this work for me?” or statements such as “It didn’t work for me.” And “It worked for a day and then the problem came back.” Presuppose that the problem and the NLP process are 100% responsible and the person themselves is 0% responsible for their own results. The positive intention of “At Effect” responses is to explain what is happening without being at fault, but by not allowing for the possibility of their responses affecting their internal experience, the person makes it impossible to change their experience.

Three Stage Abreaction Process. The person has a “nocebo” (I will not please; the opposite of placebo) response to NLP processes where they have an “uncontrollable” negative response to all interventions designed to actually help them change, although they permit interventions which maintain their problem. A small percentage of all medical clients in clinical research trials will complain that they get headaches etc due to an inert “pill”. This nocebo response also occurs with psychological interventions. “Abreaction” is a term from Freud’s work, referring to the re-anchoring of an old traumatic response. The positive intention of “Abreaction” responses may be to protect the person from feared results of the change process, but it blocks all change. It is of course perfectly possible to explain that abreaction-nocebo responses are simply accidental anchored responses and of little psychological significance (a view closer to Carl Jung’s view of them).

Stage 1. Signal (Implied Threat of Emotion) e.g. “This is making me feel ill.”
Stage 2. Increased Amplitude of Signal (direct Threat of Emotion) e.g. “Now I really feel sick. Your process is harming me. Stop or I will start screaming!”
Stage 3. Abreaction (what Andy Austin calls Punishment of the Practitioner) e.g. vomiting, convulsing, running out of the room screaming, uncontrollable crying.

Just pointing out these patterns and encouraging clients to create more useful foci for their attention is the solution to these patterns. The search for a special magic that will make the patterns go away is part of the problem. Like any new behavior, developing more resilient patterns of responding to challenges takes time and attention. The Key Questions process  is useful for helping a person consciously create a new more effective guiding question for the context they want to change.

At the 2017 Australian Conference Richard will be sharing *NEW* NLP tools and techniques to help create and build resilience.

Based in New Zealand, Richard Bolstad is a Master Trainer of NLP, Author and Psychotherapist. His central interest is in linking NLP to wider issues of spiritual devleopmet and conflict resolution. In addition to training NLP, Richard teaches Hypnosis, Transforming Communication and Taoist Healing Techniques.

Richard is a speaker at the ABNLP 2017 Australian NLP Conference taking place in Sydney, 25-26 February.