The following describes, in part, a new NLP process developed by Connirae Andreas called the Core Transformation (TM). This description is taken from the book Core Transformation: Reaching the Wellspring Within by Connirae Andreas, Ph.D. (with Tamara Andreas), Real People Press (1994) $21.50. It is possible that some people may be able to go through the steps described below on a self-help basis, without assistance, although many others will find some sort of guide necessary, preferably a therapist with experience in using ``hypnotic'' processes such as the NLP Six-Step Reframing process. (Part of the process below is very much like Reframing. Explicit hypnosis is not required.)
I myself had the privilege of being a demonstration subject taken through this process by Connirae Andreas during a Master Practitioner training two years ago. I certainly found the experience quite valuable. I will also say that I'm quite sure I could never have gone through the process without skilled help. (I'm a difficult subject.)
As background, I will mention that Connirae and Steve Andreas have been NLP facilitators, trainers, and innovators for 20 years. They have previously written two of the basic NLP books: Change Your Mind and Keep the Change and Heart of the Mind.
I have been told that Connirae feels this process is a breakthrough for her, both personally and professionally. She believes that the Core Transformation Process can be used to take personal limitations and turn them into major assets. Furthermore, many people report being in what they would call a spiritual state when they reach their ``Core State.'' This is the basic Core State exercise that the rest of the book revolves around.
The entire Core State exercise has ten steps, the first five of which are given below. An add-on exercise, called the Parental Timeline Reimprinting Process can also be done to enhance the process. The rest of the book is explanations, descriptions, demonstrations, and lots of stories of people who did the process and the results they had.
I believe that Connirae Andreas is interested in getting reports from people who take themselves through the process. One can write her care of NLP Comprehensive, 12567 W. Cedar Dr #102, Lakewood, CO 80228 (800) 233-1657.
Again, a reminder that the material that follows is copyright (1994) by Connirae Andreas and should not be reproduced verbatim without including notice of copyright. Furthermore, the name Core Transformation is trademarked by NLP Comprehensive. (The reason for this is essentially to maintain some control over people who claim to be offering and teaching this process. The lack of quality control over the teaching and practice of NLP has been a major (and justified) complaint in the past.)
Step 1. Choosing A Part to Work With
a) Identify the part you want to work with. We will refer to this as [behavior, feeling or response X] in this script, and you can fill in your experience of this part. b) When, where, and with whom do you have [behavior, feeling or response X]? Write down the answer in a few words.
Experiencing the Part
c) Take a moment to close your eyes, relax and turn within. Mentally step into a specific incident in which [behavior, feeling or response X] occurred. As you are there, relive the incident, and begin to notice your inner experience. You may notice inner pictures, sounds and feelings that go along with [behavior, feeling or response X]. d) Since you did not consciously choose [behavior, feeling or response X], it's as if a part of you did. You can begin to sense where that part of you lives. Do you feel the feelings most strongly in a certain part of your body? If you hear an inner voice, where is the voice located? If you see inner pictures, where in your personal space do you see them? Gently invite the part into your awareness. If the part is in your body, you may want to put your hand on the area where you sense the part most strongly. This can help you welcome and acknowledge the part.
Receiving and Welcoming the Part
e) Receive and welcome this part of you. Even though you don't know what the purpose of this part is, you can begin thanking this part for being there, because you know it has some deeply positive purpose.
Step 2. Discovering the Purpose/First Intended Outcome
a) Ask the part of you that [Xs], What do you want? After asking, notice any image, voice or sound, or feeling that occurs in response. b) Write down the answer you get from the part. This is your first Intended Outcome. Thank the part for letting you know. If you like the parts Intended Outcome, thank it for having this Intended Outcome for you.
Step 3. Discovering the Outcome Chain
a) Ask this part of you, If you have [Intended Outcome from previous step], fully and completely, what do you want, through having that, thats even more important? Write this down. Thank this part for having this Intended Outcome for you. b) Repeat Step 3 until you get to the Core State. Each time you will get a new Intended Outcome and write it down. Each time you ask the question youll use the new Intended Outcome.
Step 4. The Core State: Reaching the Wellspring Within a) When you have reached the Core State, take time to enjoy it; then go on to step 5.
Step 5. Reversing the Outcome Chain With the Core State
a) The guide reads this aloud: ``Somehow our inner parts get the idea that in order to experience core states of being, they first have to go through a whole series of Intended Outcomes. Unfortunately, this doesn't work very well. We don't experience our Core States very often when we go about it that way, because a core state of beingness is not something that it is possible to earn or to get through actions. The way to experience a Core State is just to step into it and have it. b) General Reversal: Invite your part to step into [Core State] now, and ask your part, When you just have [Core State] as a beginning, as a way of being in the world, how does already having [Core State] make things different? c) Specific Reversal: Let the Core State transform each of the Intended Outcomes, one at a time, beginning with the one that came just before the Core State. Ask your part, How does already having [Core State] as a way of being transform or enrich [Intended Outcome]?''
Transforming the Original Context
d) When you have asked about each of the Intended Outcomes in sequence, you are ready to discover how the Core State transforms the limitation you began with. Ask the question, How does already having the [Core State] as a way of being in the world transform your experience of [the context where you used to X]?