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• Assisting the person in establishing a full representation of a healthy, well-formed and compelling future, and building the beliefs that this future is desirable, possible, the person is capable of reaching it, and that he or she deserves it. The Belief Installation Process and Logical Level Alignment are valuable techniques to help accomplish this.
• Helping individuals maintain a sense of hope and creativity by supporting empowering beliefs through processes such as the Belief Assessment and Belief Audit.
• Identifying ‘positive intentions ’ and ‘secondary gains ’ behind both physical and psychological symptoms related to the illness so that more ecological choices may be found to satisfy them. This requires the ability to distinguish different Logical Levels of experience and working with various versions of the process of Reframing. Some NLP practitioners, for instance, have the individual communicate “directly ” with the cancer to discover potential positive intentions.
• Strengthening the immune system and stimulating its flexibility using techniques of Visualization, Verbal Affirmations and Somatic Syntax. (Some practitioners have used a variation of the Allergy Process as a means to stimulate appropriate immune system responses.)
• Helping the person to build and strengthen his or her sense of personal boundaries by establishing a strong “First Position ” (or Self Position) and by helping him or her to identify and clarify other perceptual positions. Recognition of Characterological Adjectives and of the language patterns and physical cues associated with different perceptual positions are important skills in this regard.
• Dealing with relevant family system and relationship issues which may interfere with the person ’s ability to stay flexible and recover. Systemic NLP techniques such as the Meta Mirror and Meta Map are useful for accomplishing this.
• Creating filters to screen out limiting beliefs coming from external sources (such as media, friends, doctors, family, etc.). This involves establishing a strategy for evaluating incoming information and the use of Sleight of Mouth patterns and the Belief Chaining process.
• Identifying and resolving events or imprints in the individual ’s personal history which are linked with limiting beliefs related to health or recovery. This involves updating past experiences and negative role models through Reimprinting or Change Personal History.
• Resolving internal conflicts which may create stress and interfere with congruently taking steps toward health. Integrating Conflicting Beliefs and Parts Integration are valuable techniques to help accomplish this. In the case of Patricia Dilts, resolving a core internal conflict was the significant element in her recovery. For others, addressing significant imprints from the past are crucial.

Continued research and development in the applications of NLP to cancer treatment are being conducted and supported by the Institute for Advanced Studies of Health (IASH). Established by Robert Dilts, Tim Hallbom and Suzi Smith, IASH is a non-profit organization which supports research and networking relating to the application of Systemic NLP methods to the area of health. As part of this mission, IASH provides administration for The NLP World Health Community and Health Certification Training. IASH maintains an international directory of certified NLP Health Practitioners. For more information, contact:

Institute for the Advanced Studies of Health
346 S. 500 E. #200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102-4022
Tel (801) 534-1022
Fax (801) 532-2113

(See Reimprinting, Reframing, Conflicting Beliefs, Beliefs and Health.)
Related References:

Changing Belief Systems With NLP, Dilts, R., 1990.
Beliefs: Pathways to Health and Well-Being, Dilts, R., Hallbom, T. and Smith, S., 1990.
Strategies of Genius, Volume III, Dilts, R., 1995.
My Pathway to Wholeness, Dilts, P., 1992.

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