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Cherokee named Messenger
Certified NLP Practitioner
What is NLP?

This is what I wrote on my final exam when explaining what it meant to me. “NLP can be viewed as a
toolbox that has all the information available to help people change. It offers a restructuring of life.
It involves techniques that show, spiritually and physically, our potential power to change and to grow. It empowers a person on
their journey to fulfilling their own goals. Through it all NLP shows that it isn't about controlling people, but rather by helping one self
we are able to help others.” And I concluded by saying in its simplest terms NLP is, “finding the excellence within and championing
one's own power.”

To me, it is a perfect companion with 12 Step Programs.  The easy and simple statements of the fellowships are in a way NLP
orientate.  The answers we seek are at our disposal.

Some of the challenges we meet in life can be handled very effectively with NLP.  It gives us a way to look more closely at who we
are and how we live in this realm of existence.
I really did try but I just can't do it...

In the short little lead in to this I used three negative words.  Words that set us up for failure.  A failure that we perceive as
acceptable in our mind and we go about our business accomplishing nothing.  There are eight words that we use in our everyday
conversation that sets us up to be a content victim.  
Click here to learn what these words are and how they can hinder our journey
to being the best we can be.
My Love With Native American Spirituality...

"This knowledge came to us from the outer world with our religion. Everything the Power of the World
does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are
all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the
same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same,
and both are round.  Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back
again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in
everything where power moves. Our teepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always
set in a circle, the nation's hoop, a nest of many nests, where the Great Spirit meant for us to hatch our
children." - Black Elk - Oglala Sioux

It was because of my alcoholism that I began looking at different philosophies and religions of the world to find my own unique
Higher Power. I'm not talking about religion and truth be told it upsets me when others can't separate religion from spirituality. I
believe religion is a very private and personal thing that is between me and my Creator. Spirituality, to me, is the presence of
someone or something that makes my life more manageable while I'm alive. With that being said, I would like to share something I
read years ago and was recently reintroduced too.  And that is the power of circles.

When I said I studied different beliefs early in my recovery, my mind really opened a lot when I looked at mythology... especially
the Greeks and Romans. As I read the stories it was easy for me to imagine living in a time like that, before science, which would
make everything into a special Higher Power. From a thunderstorm, to fires, to earthquakes... it was all because of the gods that
these things happened.

For me, it all came together when I started looking at the ways of the American Indian. I believe it was from the book
Black Elk
Speaks
that I began learning about the power of the circle for an individual. The Indian believed that no good can come in a
square or a rectangle... it puts boundaries on not only the physical body but also the soul as well. And it was with this faith that the
elders of the Indians believed this was why they didn't do well on reservations... they were given houses and huts that were
square and their circle died, which killed part of them.

The Lakota believe that the center of the Universe was in the Black Hills of South Dakota, yet it was also said that wherever you
were was the center of the universe. And part of that center was the circle that covered you... an invisible tube that protected you
as well as guided you.

With a circle, there isn't any straight lines like that in a square. Straight lines that could stop your progress. Squares also have
corners that could trap you. But a circle? No straight lines to stop your progress, nor corners to trap you. You are free to move in
any direction and your journey can move freely.

Our universe, is part of a large circle. The earth where we live is a circle. The water and the land are part of that circle. Every
breath we take is not only a part of our individual circle, but also part of earth's circle.

We also can use a circles as an imaginary friend. Just look at the ground in front of you. See that circle... in it place your good
traits... your honesty and integrity... everything that is good place in that circle... step forward and as you do... give thanks to your
Higher Power for your strengths which were freely given to you and enjoy your walk and journey in the circle of life.
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