The NLP Swish Technique
The swish pattern is one of the simplest bits of submodality
work. The idea is to rapidly swap the submodalities of two
representations (images, sounds, or feelings) so that the first
becomes a stimulus for the second:
The link for this exercise is on the Related Info page.
- Create a close-up image of the stimulus. This
should be a specific object or scene from the
outside world. Since this will act as a trigger
for the new behavior, it should be seen through
the user's eyes.
- Create a distant image for the desired
response. You want to the user to move towards
this, rather than experience it as if it were
happening now, so it should be seen as through
an outside observer's eyes.
- Swish the two images - rapidly push the stimulus
into the distance, and bring the desired response
right up to the user's face. For effect, you can
actually make a "swish" sound as the images pop
- Allow the images to settle for a minute in their
- Clear the user's mind or lead the user into
a neutral state.
- Repeat steps 1 through 5 until any thought of
the stimulus leads directly to the response.
What Seth Says:
"Pretend a particular event happened that greatly disturbed you. In your mind imagine
it not simply wiped out, but replaced by another event of a more beneficial nature. Now
this must be done with great vividness and emotional validity, and many times. It is not
a self-deception. The event that you choose will automatically be a probable event, which
did in fact happen, though it is not the event that you chose to perceive in your given
probable past." - Seth Speaks, Session 566, p.232