In early 2001, on one of my first trips to study NLP with Dr. Richard Bandler, I was encouraged by a friend to “go up and ask him for a specific result you want from the workshop.”
After some time reflecting an idea popped in. I approached Dr. Bandler during a break. I was nervous. He looked at me, sideways. “What do you want,” he said.
Feeling my life was controlled by others I responded: “I want to be my own authority!”
His face immediately changed as he turned towards me. “Good one.” He said, and began.
He started talking. To be honest, I do not remember a word he said. We were facing each other in front of the large conference room with people wandering around on break, but all of that disappeared.
What I do remember, is a vivid mental image of myself in a small, white room with the walls covered in photographs. Each picture was a person or institution that my subconscious believed had authority over who I could or should be. For me, the photos were stacked floor to ceiling and the oppression was overwhelming.
I remember describing to him what I was seeing.
Then, I heard Dr. Bandler’s voice and in a fierce instant a bright orange-red flame rose up and engulfed all the photographs. It was a pure, cleansing fire. The imaginary room burned into ash and dropped away. As it did I felt relief sweep through me – from my mind down into every cell of my body.