Nov 092008

Logical Levels is an exercise inspired by NLP educator Robert Dilts.

This is useful for examining how you spend your time and where. It is most useful for considering your work. You might like to get a partner to guide you through this. You don’t need to tell them what you’re thinking at each step.

Find a place where you can comfortably take six or seven steps forward, with distinct spots for each step. You’re going to think about your life, from who you are to what you do, in logical steps.

Starting one step in from one end, please take a moment to consider your identity. The unique person that you are was formed the moment the sperm and egg embraced. Consider, as Deprak Chopra suggests, the one distinctive vibration in the universe that is you. Think of the distinctive being who you were when you were 7, and then 17, and who you know you should be when you’re 70. Strip all the detail back down to think about who you are as a human.

When you’re comfortable with that step forward a pace. Standing there please think about your values and beliefs. In the past week or month, what have you spent time doing? Why was it important to you? What does the way you spend your time say about what you value? When were you last suddenly angry with something? Was that because a value was violated? Values can be things like ‘being liked’, ‘being able’, or ‘being successful’. Beliefs can be both positive and negative, but take some time to think about your beliefs. What do you think you can’t do in life? What would happen if you did do it? Take a while with this step.

Then when you’re done, you might like to take another step forward into the skills and capabilities zone. As you stand there please consider your special talents, what you know, and what you need to learn to do what you want with your life. Each of us has something that we’re good at. It’s our gift from the universe, and while we know we’re better at it than other people, often we don’t value it highly, because it seems easy. Think about your gifts and how you should use them. Also think about what you don’t know that you know – the things that you’ve learned in one part of your life that could be very useful in other areas. Lastly think about what you need to learn, and remember that learning to learn is the greatest skill.

Moving forward again, take another step into the environment you find yourself in each day and through the weeks and months. Think about where you live, the room you sleep in, where you work, the geography you cover, and the people around you. Spend a while thinking about what’s around you all the time, and how well it suits you. What do you like best about it? What would you like to change?

Now, one more step forward into your behaviours; what you do every day. Think about your work, and what you have to do to do the work. What does your body have to do each week? How are your emotions expressed? What is the state of your physiology each day? What do you enjoy? What would you change?

When you’ve worked through those issues, turn around to look back up the path you’ve moved down. Is it a smooth track from who you are, through your beliefs and values, skills and capabilities, to the environment you’re in and what you do? Where are the bumps in the path? Go stand in them and consider how you can make it smooth all the way.

Take your time.

When you’re done, and the path feels smooth, step back into the spot that marks identity. Looking down the path, you may wish to allow yourself to feel the power of the universe behind you, and the spirit behind your identity.

Allow yourself some time to contemplate the way that the universe is working through you. It’s not you alone in the universe.

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