"New Code" Ginny reviews the
new book by John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St. Clair
Meeting Agenda - February, 2004
(GENERAL REMINDER: Please show up on time or a few minutes early, so
we can start right at 2, giving plenty of time for both the presentation
and free practice sessions.)
10 minutes: Open frame. Those in attendance
talk briefly about what's up for them, comments about last month's meeting,
ideas and suggestions.
for charts used in the presentation of the "reading the alphabet
while raising arms and legs" brain hemispheric synchronization
Feature Presentation (approx..
Ginny Kennedy: the New Code.
How the presentation is related to Nlp: New Code is an NLP change format presented in the book Whispering
in the Wind by John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St. Clair.
Short description: Developed by one of the founders of NLP, New Code is a
content-free pattern that can be used to change behavior in a specific
Details: NLP practitioners frequently assist their clients to achieve
conscious insight into a "problem" without succeeding in developing
choices about it. There are no examples of the inverse situation known:
the situation in which the problem is solved - that is, a plethora of
new effective choices are generated and successfully implemented by
the client and the conscious articulation of the "problem" remains as
fixed as it was when the client had the "problem".
Grinder and St. Bostic propose that unconscious processes, when properly
organized and constrained, can produce deep, long term ecological changes
in spite of, for example, a client's declared conscious beiefs that
such changes were impossible. The limitations of consciousness, the
7 plus or minus 2 chunks of attention available in working memory, make
understandable the inability of the consciousness to select desired
states, appropriate resources or specific new behaviors with any degree
of competency. This limitation applies only to conscious processing,
not to unconscious processing. Thus, as you would expect, the ability
of the unconscious mind to assess the longer-term consequences and then,
to make such selections (desired state, resource or replacement behavior)
greatly exceeds that of the conscious mind.
There are many stories of directing unconscious processes to handle
change. Milton Erickson wrote that when confronted with a challenge
where he had some question about his ability to perform, he would simply
put himself in an altered state and trust his unconscious to manage
The New Code pattern allows us to easily access the power and wisdom
of our unconscious processing by entering a know-nothing high performance
state. Reflecting Grinders minimalist tendencies, the pattern consists
of 4 simple steps:
1. Select from 3rd position some context in whic you experience some
behavior you\'d like to change. Choose a location and visualize yourself
in that context performing the behavior you wish to influence.
2. Step into yourself (1st position) without attempting to change anything
3. Play The Alphabet Game to elicit a high performance state. On average
it takes about 15 minutes of playing the game to elicit the desired
4. When the high performance state is activated, step back into the
1st position where step 2 occurred without attempting to consciously
influence the experience in any way.
After a discussion and demo of the pattern, we'll break into small
groups and try it out. Dress comfortably, as a client you will be on
your feet moving around.