The Christian NLP Approach
Christian Neuro Linguistic Transformation strongly believe in the biblical principle regarding the central mechanism of human transformation.
“… but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, for your proving what is the will of God – the good, and acceptable, and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
Although Paul stated this principle two millennia ago, it continues to this day to highlight the cognitive nature of human consciousness. It explains how people change:
” .. be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Yet in spite of how much you also may believe in that statement and the principle it involves, we do have to ask ourselves ome searching questions. Specifically how does a person “renew” his or her mind?
- How do we do this given that we have to use our current unrenewed mind to renew our mind?
- How can we rise above this catch-22 in the renewal process and gain the kind of power and elegance to renew our minds?
- Renew our minds in what way and to what?
As in NLP, CNLT got incredibly powerful patterns for quickly, effectively and permanently renewing the mind. A lot of these techniques can be use in “setting our minds on things above” and “thinking about the things of Christ”.
In this approach we focus primarily on the process of renewal the mind, rather than the content of Christian mind renewal. Why this approach?
Christian Neuro Linguistic Transformation (Christian NLP) must start from the assumption and usefulness of the Christian faith. In this, we presuppose the Christian faith as comprising the content of what to think. This is a given. God gives a spirit of power, love and sound mind. (II Timothy 1:7).
Christian Neuro Linguistic Transformation further assume that all believers already know and believe the power of forgiveness, love grace, “being poor in spirit”, cooperative, filled with the Word, etc. So we don’t focus on that, but on how to do renewing of the mind with such ideas so that we can move ourselves to think-and-feel more forgiving, loving, insightful, etc.
It is important to recognise that many believers suffer not from lack of informational content, but from lack of knowing how. They want to forgive, they want to not let “a root of bitterness” spring up to defile them (Heb 12:15), they want to have a more optimistic faith in the power of God, they want to appreciate more so that they can praise better, they want to think-and-feel more loving, kind, thoughtful, they want to have a spirit of “power, love and sound mind”, rather than a spirit of fear, they want to feel the assurance of their salvation, they want to not return evil for evil, or to become angry without a cause, or to let the sun go down on their wrath, but they just don’t know how and because they don’t, they then go into unresourceful states as they beat themselves up with condemnation and fear about such.
This is why we focus on knowing how, on the processes that enable a person effectively renew the mind and experience of Christian transformation into the new life of Christ.
” … that you are to put away, in relation to your earlier way of life, the old man, which has become evil by love of deceit; and be made new in the spirit of your mind …” (Ephesians 4:22-23)