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PMI India Research & Academic Conference 2015, Mumbai
PMI India Project Management Regional Conference 2015, Pune

NLP and Huna: The Art of Change Management
Over 200 delegates attended a workshop the day after the conference that focused on Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hawaiian Huna for change management. Participants were introduced to a number of techniques, emphasizing on its use to solve real-life problems.


Mr. Nitten Mahadik, high performance coach and consultant, spoke about 'outcome oriented language' for human excellence. He explained the connection between the neurological processes (neuro), language (linguistic), and behavioral patterns learned through experience (programming), and how it can be changed to achieve positive results.

The NLP technique of 'meta model' involves building and adopting models of linguistic patterns. He talked about the 'language of necessity,' which consist of terms like 'have to, must, should, ought, and got to.' Terms like these bring a sense of necessity, obligation, and force to language. "Undoing these patterns needs a conscious decision. But as we start breaking these patterns, we create new possibilities in our mind," he explained.

By using negative quantifiers like 'I cannot do this, I am never lucky, or it has never happened in my life,' language can sometimes defeat us. Instead, he suggested utilizing possibility quantifiers like 'can, will, may, would, or could,' which reflect an optimistic model and help in creating new neural representations in our mind.


According to Ms. Niloofer Giri, philosopher and proponent of Vedanta philosophy, human beings are neuro-linguistically programmed since childhood. Most of the existing programs in our mind take place in the first five years of life and create lasting neuro-linguistic patterns in a person.

"How do you want to use NLP to your advantage? If we are already programmed, do we have much any choice or free will? Yes, the beginning lies in taking a relook at what we are existentially programmed with," remarked Ms. Giri.

Observe how we speak to others, how we draw conclusions, and react to external stimuli. "Ask yourself if your past programming is useful. If not, will making a little modification help?" she asked the delegates.

Her advice is to be conscious of one's thoughts, actions, and words. "This practice will give insights on how you are currently living. If we proactively and consciously undo what we want to modify and practice to modify, it will work by repetition and with practice," she concluded.


Mr. Vikas Dixit, independent training and coaching professional, introduced participants to NLP and Huna, an ancient Hawaiian methodology of healing. "If you are not using NLP and Huna, you are probably working too hard," he said.

Mr. Dixit revealed practical aspects of how these concepts can helps us live better our lives. How does one get peace by forgiveness, how does one work with Satvik Guna (purity attributes), or techniques on emotion balancing were some of the exercises.

The exercise on how to set a goal the NLP and Huna way was an exciting journey in which participants dreamt up their own goals. Mr. Dixit showed them how to first get into a resourceful state and see, hear, feel, smell, and taste the set goal using all five senses and experience it as if it is happening now. "We are living between two dreams. One who looks out is dreaming and one who looks in is awake," he said.

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