Anchoring is a proven NLP technique that can give you more confidence, enthusiasm, and relaxation when you need it. It’s an easy way to replace an unwanted feeling with a desired one. With the snap of a finger! For that reason, I wrote a blog about anchoring in relation to heart coherence.
As you may have already read, you can achieve heart coherence by feeling good about yourself or someone else. By experiencing a feeling of gratitude, caring, and love, you can achieve a state of heart coherence and a state of optimal functioning, where both body and brain work flawlessly together.
What is anchoring?
Anchoring is the process of linking an internal response to an external or internal trigger. In fact, it’s nothing more than a stimulus-response pattern. Just like Pavlov’s dogs, humans are constantly anchoring external stimuli. We use every signal, image, or feeling to respond to it. Think of the doorbell. The bell rings, and you automatically jump up from the couch to open the door. The bell is the anchor. Getting up is the result.
The more often you repeat an anchor, the greater the automatism to perform the reaction. You know the saying, “neurons that fire together, wire together.” You will develop patterns. And as you get older, these patterns – I call them tractor tracks – deepen and deepen. This is also why it is so difficult for older people to change their behavior and perception. They are stuck in their patterns.
The NLP technique Anchoring can be used both positively and negatively. Think of the alarm clock in the morning that makes you feel uncomfortable. Or the intro to the TV News for fifteen minutes of misery on your tv.
However, you can replace such an unwanted feeling (anchor) with a positive sense. I will describe that further for you.
How does anchoring work step-by-step?
Anchoring is associative conditioning. Can you remember a song from a vacation years ago? Close your eyes and experience what you experienced then. What else did you hear? How did you feel then? Were you in a warm environment? Or maybe your skin was wet from swimming? If you can fully picture this situation and fully experience how good you felt at the time, then the time has come to anchor that feeling.
To anchor the desired feeling, you must have a reference. That can be a holiday feeling or a feeling of self-confidence, or that you were 100% happy. I will take you through this process step by step to learn how to anchor triggers and get the desired response. I will describe how you can anchor for heart coherence, so you can apply it directly to achieve the desired emotional state. In the future, you can quickly achieve what you want: a state of heart coherence!
Step 1. Evoke a wonderful feeling
For anchoring, it is not necessary to find a quiet place, but for many people, it’s better to start that way. Close your eyes and imagine a situation where you felt excellent about yourself. In fact, you were so grateful, so grateful that it gave you a warm feeling. For example, you can think of your pet, a dear person in your environment, or that job you wanted so badly and finally got. You determine what gave you the good feeling.
Step 2. The anchoring itself
When you have fully immersed yourself in the feeling and hear, see, feel and maybe even taste and smell everything, then it is time to anchor. To anchor, you touch a discrete but unique point on your body. You can squeeze your earlobe, rub the inside of your knee or press your thumb and little finger together. The place and the pressure you put on it must be truly unique. For example, do not put your finger in your nose if you already pick your nose a lot anyway.
It’s all about putting the anchor at the top of your good feeling. It is essential to live an intensely emotional experience. The more intense this experience is, the more powerful the anchor will work for you. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work to just imagine something (visually). You really have to experience and feel it!
By concentrating on other sensory perceptions, i.e., kinesthetic, auditory, etc., you can intensify your anchoring experience. These feelings together give you the most intense experience.
Step 3. Interrupt the feeling
After the anchor is in place, the process must be interrupted to “clean the screen.” Take a few deep breaths, change your mind for a moment. You do this to be able to test the anchor afterward.
Step 4. Test the anchor by activating it
For example, if you used your knee to apply the anchor, touch the exact same place with the same pressure as you did when applying. By reactivating the anchor, you also activate your neurological system that associates this touch with the elevated emotional state you were in when you put the anchor in place.
If you feel the same as when you put in the anchor – so experience the nice feeling again – then you know that you have successfully placed the anchor and that with a simple touch, you can evoke the pleasant feeling to experience heart coherence any time you want.
Sometimes it’s necessary to repeat the anchor a couple of times to place it successfully. Keep in mind that you always anchor the peak of your feeling. You can see it as a way to condition yourself.
Anchoring for heart coherence
Getting into a state of heart coherence is even easier to achieve with anchoring than you may have experienced before because anchoring is a very simple and proven method of reaching a desired emotional state.
By invoking a nice, warm emotional state, you can bring your body into a coherent state and enjoy the benefits. In terms of benefits, think of a better intuition, better cognitive abilities, and also feeling relaxed.
I use various anchors every day to be able to control myself better. For example, for a difficult conversation, I use an anchor to calm down and deepen my breathing. For this, I connect my little finger and thumb together and breathe in and out very deeply. After two to three deep breaths, I am already calmed down.
Anchors can also come in handy in traffic. I am quite impatient, but with the help of an anchor, I can tolerate others’ traffic bums pretty well. If someone makes a stupid “move” and I immediately hit the spots, I put a smile on my face that instantly makes me “soft” again.
Music and images, especially in combination, can be very powerful anchors. Just think of a movie with a beautiful soundtrack. I regularly watch my photos from the past that make me feel good. I put on nice music, and I don’t even have to go on vacation anymore because “I’m already there.”
Mind Movies is a powerful digital visualization tool. As a digital vision board that you can watch over and over again, you can condition yourself for your being your future self. If you have any future goals, you can watch your own movie every day to hardwire the neurological network in your brain to get where you want.
Although Mind Movies is mainly used to achieve goals, it can also be used to get into a state of heart coherence. By simply watching images that give you a warm feeling and listening to empowering music to get into a coherent state, Mind Movies will set the Law of Attraction to work for you.