Avatar, NLP and Beliefs
Meeting Agenda - July 27, 2003
(GENERAL REMINDER: Please showup 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.)
15 minutes: Open frame. Those in attendance
talk briefly about what's up for them, comments about last month's meeting,
ideas and suggestions.
Feature Presentation (aprox. 1
Sal Dossani, Jennifer Koretz: Avatar - how
is it similar and different than NLP for belief-level changework.
Avatar is a powerful and effective course based
on a simple truth: our beliefs cause us to attract events and situations
into our lives. The goal is to guide a person in an exploration of his/her
own belief system. Avatar helps to equip us with tools to change
beliefs that do not serve us, and replace them with those that do. The
Avatar course opens a window to the inner workings of our consciousness.
We will explore transparent beliefs as taught by
Harry Palmer in his book, ReSurfacing. We'll also look at one
or two other techniques that can enable us to exercise a greater control
over our personal lives.
Well give a brief background on how Avatar
was developed, but most of the time will be spent experiencing some
of its tools and giving everyone a taste of Avatar. You will enjoy
Some of the techniques in Avatar are those used
by NLP as well. For instance, the transparent beliefs technique
as taught by some NLP teachers, comes from Harry Palmers (Avatar's
creator) book ReSurfacing. The logical levels of change in NLP:
Environment, Behavior, Skill, Belief, Identity has Identity as the fifth
level of change. In Avatar that level is taught in the Masters
course in other words one acquires the skill to take on
identities suitable to ones purpose, just like wearing different
sets of clothes for different occasions.
There are of course many similarities and many
differences between Avatar and NLP. As an NLP Master and an Avatar
Master, Sal states that the main similarity is that both of them assist
people in changing and growing into the person they want to become.
Both NLP and Avatar help us learn more about ourselves and make sense
of our lives. One difference that I noticed was that Avatar also
delves into the spiritual side of our lives. Starting with Masters,
and then the next level, Wizards, Avatar explores the spiritual side
of our nature, such as where consciousness comes from and how we create
our lives from the creative side of our consciousness.
Free Practice: (rest of time, approximately
1 1/2 hr)
Break into new (or same) groups of 3, work on your stuff with others.
Suggest 1 person work for 45 mins, then either switch with meta person
or rotate new (programmer, client, meta) positions. Leave 5-10 minutes
at end of each round for meta feedback and tea break.