Stimulate Self-Healing Through a Correct Use of Your Sensory Channels
Linguist Richard Bandler and mathematician John Grinder brought the world’s attention to neurolinguistic programming (NLP), the sensory process through which the individual organizes, selects, assimilates, and integrates external data together with that which already exist within the individual’s system.
Used originally for marketing purposes, the basis of NLP establishes the order in which a person’s neurosensory system functions, making it an extremely valuable tool for selling, not to mention the power it can wield in politics. However, the basis of NLP becomes a powerful instrument of reversing the effects of being hypnotized and influenced by the collective conscious as well as becoming aware of the various hallucinations—past memories— reproduced by the amygdala.
A simple test (go to HOME to download) determines a person’s individual predominate sensory channel and the order in which each of the three channels has been developed. This sequence, when consciously and intentionally followed, can provide maximum support to the body during treatment for and recovery from illness.
The following pages are intended as a guideline, and not a means to define or determine sensory predominance and sequence; only a specified test can achieve that. Some readers may find that many or all of the listed sensory choices apply to them; nevertheless, most of us will be able to recognize certain “first choice” characteristics that feel more familiar and comfortable than others.
Kinesthetic Sensory Channel (Color Red—Instinctive, the body)
The Reptilian brain reflects perfectly the instinctive kinesthetic sensory channel, which prefers movement, feelings, and touch to assimilate and communicate information. Kinesthetic talents include high-volume sensitivity in the body—light and heavy, warm and cold, quality of the breath (short, long, tense, relaxed), as well as feeling the expansion and contraction of energy, both personal and impersonal. Predominant kinesthetics tend to be “doing” people, are body orientated, and may choose jobs that require manual or physical activity.
They are in touch with their feelings, they express with their hands and find practical chores pleasing, such as mending, cooking, and building, even if it requires getting their hands dirty. People and places communicate sensations and emotions. Likes and dislikes are often just perceivable feelings, and when communicating, the tendency is always toward movement. Commodity is a kinesthetic person’s priority—how they sit and how they dress. When buying clothes, trying on the garment first and feeling the cloth quality is important; buying without the possibility of touching is not really an option. Trust, therefore, is established by movement, touch, and “gut feelings,” which then authorize action.
Some Basic Kinesthetic Characteristics:
- You are physically active most of the time, always choosing to participate in outdoor activities, sports, dancing and “doing”.
- You express your emotions easily.
- You are attracted or repulsed by others or situations because of “good” or “bad” feelings.
- You are comfortable with physical contact.
- When difficulties arise, you always choose to act, feeling frustrated when you are unable to actively resolve the situation.
- You need to touch products before buying them.
Visual Sensory Channel (Color Yellow—Emotional)
Visual communication requires a connection, both physical and psychological, between the sender and recipient. It occurs when an image or information is transmitted and interpreted. Transmission can be intentional or involuntary. However, even in the case of intentional communication, filters may alter the perception of the message contained in the image, limiting or distorting its effectiveness and therefore interfering with the communication.
The visual neurosensory channel is particularly sensitive to form and color; those who develop and predominately use this sense are great observers; have peripheral and sharp vision; have a good eye for perspectives, detail and design; and are imaginative and observant of posture and movement of the entire body and its singular parts. A predominately visual person usually has expensive taste and is able to pick the most costly item in the shop; quality and form catch their eye. Beauty inspires them, and their houses are usually clean, attractive, and in order.
Reading and writing are favorite pastimes. Younger visual people may love checking up on social media on their cell phones. Color is also an important aspect. Design and form must be pleasing and harmonious, which can make them perfectionists and critics of appearance, as they establish trust through what looks right. A visual person always looks his or her interlocutor straight in the eye and mistrusts those who look away from their wide-eyed “owl” gaze. Attracted to images, they may choose a cake for its color and form rather than worrying too much about the taste. When difficulties arise, they will search for the right solution. “Out of sight out of mind” can be a way of avoiding confrontation, and frustration can set in when the right person to help resolve a problem is nowhere in sight.
Some Basic Visual Characteristics:
- You prefer eye contact during conversation with others.
- You are stimulated by art or a colorful ambience.
- You find attractive clothing preferable to comfortable attire.
- You are able to notice visual stimuli very quickly, like signposts while driving.
- You have a good memory.
- When a problem arises, you search the Internet, looking for a solution or the right person to help you.
Audio Sensory Channel (Color Blue—Communicative)
The human ear is extremely complex. One of the first of the five senses to develop in a human fetus, audio permits an immediate contact with the outside world through the perception of sound. Sound waves released into the air are captured by the ear, which receives and translates the sounds into electrical impulses. These are then transmitted through auditory nerve fibers to the brain where they are analyzed and interpreted through the conversion of thoughts into words and vice versa. Auditory awareness includes listening to and perceiving tone, volume, and pace of speech; richness of words such as verbs and adjectives; and modes of representation.
Predominately audio people are able to listen to a variety of sound stimulations while perceiving them all. They often listen rather than talk, but if they talk, they are able to listen to another conversation at the same time. They are inspired by music, are usually well informed regarding the latest news, and are excellent students, able to sit at the back of the class, listen to a friend, and still assimilate subject information, even if the class is noisy and disruptive. They often speak the blatant truth without worrying too much about offending; they get straight to the point and are wonderful listeners. For an audio person, all forms of clear communication are vital. Trust is destroyed through broken promises, lies, or inconsistent, incoherent dialogue. When difficulties arise, it is often because promises have been broken or others have been misleading. Talking about what should be done or what they would like to achieve can turn a predominantly audio person into a procrastinator.
Some Basic Audio Characteristics:
- You are a good listener.
- You can follow a conversation, listen to music, and talk on the phone at the same time and still process every word.
- You are very articulate and precise with your choice of words when conversing.
- You enjoy both sound and silence.
- Music and good, simulating conversation are important aspects of your life.
- You need to talk about a problem before resolving it.
Each of the three neurosensory channels possesses its own identity and autonomy, and is designed to function holistically in a balanced, collaborative relationship. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. A noncollaborative (disconnected) sensory system offers fewer options, limiting creative choices. The question is not whether we use our sensory channels; the point is, how much conscious awareness and collaboration is present and applied while we are using them! Problem solving becomes stressful and complicated when there is very little awareness present, amplified by an inefficient ability to communicate between the different levels of consciousness. Apart from complicating life, this can have negative effects on self-healing.
Turning Up Our Sensory Volume
Going about our lives every day on overdrive, we all move, touch, feel, see, and hear, but how much conscious awareness is actually invested in these sensory experiences? Each of the neurosensory channels represents one-third of a system designed to collaborate synchronically, offering flexible and creative sensory choices; however, one in particular is used predominately due to the ease, confidence, trust, and fluency in which we express and assimilate information, making it our first choice in relating with the world and others.
Challenging relationships and problem solving can be laborious and frustrating when we experience life mainly from our preferred sensory choice. With the other two-thirds of the system functioning unconsciously and automatically, our options are restricted to a handful of customary comfortable choices, which means putting our creativity on a very short leash.
Any lack of affinity with others may occur through a sensorial incompatibility because communicating from a different sensorial channel means perceiving others through our own predominant choice rather than considering another’s sensorial preference, not to mention the fact that according to the neurolinguistic programming founders, Richard Bandler and John Grinder, only 7 percent of verbal communication is actually assimilated. A further 55 percent is transmitted through nonverbal communication such as gestures, body language, and eye contact, while 38 percent is paraverbal, comprising tone, pitch, and pacing of the voice. So, a full 93 percent of communication is nonverbal and says more than the actual words do, proving that communicating is not just what we say, but how we say it!
Front Channel—Predominate Choice
For the sake of simplicity, it is easier to imagine the primary neurosensory channel as being the front door to our sensory system. Easily accessed, this predominate choice is the most trustworthy. This channel is always available for expressing and assimilating information in general; here our resources flow effortlessly, spontaneously, and naturally, without too much emotional investment.
Middle Channel—Home Base for Relaxation
Stress is very common because the majority of us are unaware of the correct sensory channel to use for relaxation. Less developed than our first choice of expression, the second or middle neurosensory channel is our designated space for relaxation. We must expend a little more effort and energy to access it. Yoga, for example, is an excellent relaxation pursuit for kinesthetic middle channel people, but it will not have the same calming effect on people who are predominately kinesthetic, so if our relaxing needs are different from those of our spouse, it’s important not to take it personally. Different is not wrong, it’s just different!
Poor or minimal awareness in the middle channel, especially during therapy and recovery, may force a patient to stress investing an already depleted energy system in their predominant neurosensory choice, consequently, overloading the nervous system, putting the patient’s chances of recovery at risk through a psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology imbalance. Suitable and sufficient relaxation choices that honor the patient’s correct sensory map sequence assist the neurosensory system in relaxing to the extent of bringing the body back into its natural state of homeostasis.
Behind Channel—Out of Sight Out of Mind
As far as our least-developed neurosensory channel is concerned, its back position literally communicates “I’ve put it all behind me!” Remember the amygdala? Whenever emotional circumstances resemble, even vaguely, a past painful episode from among those that are stored in the rear channel, the mind goes automatically in search of a meaningful comparison, one that makes the most sense from among the various possibilities already experienced.
When the memory is found, the brain acts accordingly to initiate an emotional reaction, which includes a biological replication of heart rate and endocrine response, provoking physical manifestations of inner states, all of which correspond to past events deposited in our long-term memory bank. Consequently, the back sensory channel is the most emotionally vulnerable of the whole neurosensory system.
When unexpected choices, stimulated by external sources, force us to express directly from the undeveloped rear channel without first following our map’s correct sensorial sequence, the entire system implodes into a state of hallucination, triggering emotional memories that bring out the worst in us and inhibit creative responses to life’s trials and tribulations. Although the emotional memories stored in this channel are our greatest challenge, this dimension does, in fact, contain our hidden treasures. Here our talents and mastery unfold as the result of the alchemical process of lead (emotional pain) transforming into gold (conscious awareness).
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