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                       NLP:  APPLIED MAGIC
                       by Brandy Williams
TWO-  Inside/Outside

     Remember  representational  systems?   The idea that  humans 
think in images, sounds, and feelings?

     While we're calling up images (a process called  accessing), 
we're not able to look at what's going on in front of us.   While 
we're listening to music, we're not able to remember our favorite 
song.   While we're feeling our shoulders for tension,  we're not 
aware  of the touch of cloth against our skin.   Seeing with  the 
mind's eye and the physical eye are mutually exclusive processes.

     In Neuro Linguistic Programming, accessing -- thinking -- is 
called  downtime,  and  obersving  with the  senses  is  labelled 

     I run uptime as a meditation.   Try this: for three minutes, 
look  at  the colors in front of you,  the textures of  surfaces, 
shapes...  listen  to the volume and pitch of all sounds in  your 
vicinity...  feel  the  surface  you're  sitting  on,  your  hand 
touching something in front of you...

     The  next  time  you generate an  internal  image,  talk  to 
yourself,  feel your stomach tightening -- notice the difference.  
It's the difference between accessing and observing, downtime and 
uptime, external and internal reality.

     One thing that I notice about uptime is that it links to the 
concept 'sacred'.   When I take a walk by the river,  I watch the 
water  rippling  over rocks,  listen to the white  noise  of  the 
current, feel the moist air touching my skin.  I bring myself out 
of  my  own  internal creations and allow myself to live  in  the 

     Another  thing  I notice about uptime is  that  some  people 
don't  do  it very much.   Most of us drop into internal  reality 
when  our  environment is unpleasant,  and that's a  very  useful 
thing to be able to do.   But then a lot of people forget to come 
back out-- come to their senses,  literally -- and experience the 
world again.

     Such  people are very difficult to talk to.   When I have  a 
conversation,  I  like my partner to be listening to what I  say, 
and watching my body language.   More often, my partner is acces
sing some internal meaning for,  or response to, what I'm saying.  
That  internal  meaning may or may not have anything to  do  with 
what I'm communicating.

     It isn't possible to observe someone (with all senses)  when 
we're  accessing.   It  isn't possible to achieve rapport with  a 
person  we're not observing.   One of the bases of magical  group 
workings is rapport between the participants.

     Try this: the next time you have a conversation about magic, 
observe  your partner.   Watch for:  body position and  gestures.  
Often  people I talk to demonstrate what they feel when  they  do 
magic.  [A woman describing her circle method moved her hand from 
her forehead down toward her feet, from shoulder to shoulder, and 
from  her  heart straight in front of her -- gesturing the  three 
energy poles a circle creates.]

     Listen for: sensory descriptions --"I saw, I heard, I felt."

     Learning  to go into uptime at will,  and differentiate  our 
representations of reality from our observations,  is perhaps the 
most useful magical skill we can posess.   It provides the  basis 
for a reality check; it helps us communicate our experiences more 
effectively to others, and to help them duplicate what we do; and 
it is one of the most profound alterations of conasciousness.

                       - Brandy Williams

            Works by Richard Bandler & John Grinder:
                    The Structure of Magic I.
                   The Structure of Magic II.
                        Frogs to Princes