Beliefs (Second Edition)

Pathways to Health and Well-Being

By: Tim Hallbom , Suzi Smith , Robert Dilts


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Size: 234mm x 156mm
Pages : 256
ISBN : 9781845908027
Format: Paperback
Published: March 2012

Beliefs are the foundation of everyone’s personal outcomes.

This second edition of Beliefs: Pathways to Health & Well-Being includes new and updated material and offers leading edge technologies that rapidly and effectively identify and remodel limiting beliefs.

It teaches you powerful processes for change and demonstrates how to identify and change beliefs using scripts from personal change work undertaken with individuals in workshops. These processes include reimprinting, conflict integration, belief/reality strategies, visualization and criteria identification.

You will learn the latest methods to change beliefs which support unhealthy habits such as smoking, overeating and drug use; change the thinking processes that create phobias and unreasonable fears; retrain your immune system to eliminate allergies and deal optimally with cancer, AIDS and other diseases; and learn strategies to transform “unhealthy” beliefs into lifelong constructs of wellness.

Previous edition ISBN: 9781555520298

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Tim Hallbom

Tim Hallbom is an international trainer author, and developer in the field of NLP. He is a co-author of a number of books, including NLP: The New Technology of Achievement, Innovations in NLP, Your Mind Power, and Coaching in the Workplace, a comprehensive coaching guide for managers. He is also the author or co-author of several DVD programs, including The Early days of NLP with Robert Dilts, Journey into Beliefs with Robert Dilts and Kris Hallbom, The Dynamic Spin ReleaseTM, and The WealthyMindTM with Kris Hallbom.

Tim has contributed a huge body of knowledge to the field of NLP. He has refined and championed such processes as re-imprinting, integrating conflicting beliefs and new ways to use eye-accessing cues. As an NLP trainer and modeler, he has developed a number of popular NLP techniques, including ones for changing limiting beliefs, working with double binds and working with health related issues. He was recently made an International Diplomate in Coaching by the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine as a result of his contributions to the field of coaching..

In 1992, Tim co-created the 'Graduate School- of NLP with Robert Dilts and Suzi Smith - the Health Certification Training Program, which is considered to be one of the most advanced NLP training programs. He and his wife Kris are also the co-developers of the WealthyMindâ„¢ program, which has been taught in over 20 countries around the world to date. Moreover, Tim has made many contributions in the field of Professional Coaching. His NLP Coach Certification program was the first based in NLP in North America to be approved by the International Coach Federation. His most recent book, Coaching in the Workplace, Tim is also well known at some of the best and most recognized NLP institutes around the globe, including International Teaching Seminars (ITS) in London, The Institute for Eclectic Psychology (IEP) and the Coaching Plaza in the Netherlands; CMPNL in Mexico, and lots of others. He taught for years at NLP University with Robert Dilts and NLP Comprehensive with Steve and Connirae Andreas. Throughout his career as an NLP master trainer, Tim has trained thousands of highly effective NLPers, who are making their mark in the world.

Tim's own institute, which he runs with his wife and partner Kris, is the NLP and Coaching Institute of California. An internationally recognized institute, NLPCA is known for its quality of training and high integrity. As a master NLP trainer, Tim has also organized and taught over 60 NLP Practitioner Trainings at his own institutes He and his wife Kris have developed a very useful set of approaches to change called Dynamic Spin Release, which they began developing in 2008 and is now being taught around the world. An introduction to the process is also now available on DVD. They are also working on a new book that describes clear and consistent ways to identify and change limiting beliefs. In November of 2009, they both were keynote speakers at the International NLP Conference in London on Dynamic Spin Releaseâ„¢.

Tim's NLP history includes:
• Learning NLP in the early 80s from both Richard Bandler and John Grinder.
• Tim was the President of the National Association of NLP in 1990, which later became the International Association for NLP.
• He co-founded and was the President of the International Institute for the Advanced Studies in Health (IASH) with Robert Dilts and Suzi Smith, where today he an advisor.
• He co-founded Anchorpoint Institute with Suzi Smith, where in addition to doing training programs, he published Anchor Point NLP Journal ' which was the most widely read NLP publication in the world at that time; it was delivered to more than 30 countries!
• Tim was also a licensed psychotherapist from 1978-1999, when he began an active coach practice that he still maintains. He still offers breakthrough sessions to individuals by application.

Tim and his wife Kris currently live part time in San Francisco, California and Salt Lake City, Utah. His websites are:,, and

Click here to read Tim Hallbom’s blog.

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Suzi Smith

Suzi Smith co-founded Anchor Point Institute (formerly Western States Training Associates/NLP of Utah) with Tim Hallbom to provide practical, skill-based training to individuals, businesses, and government organizations. She began conducting NLP Certification Trainings in 1985 and has been active in bringing NLP skills into people's lives in many locations throughout the world since that time. Her trainings are respected for their excellence in providing real-world skills that are practical and useful, and she is known for her ability to make even the most complicated process understandable and easy to learn.

She holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Utah and a Master of Science Degree in Counselling from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She has a Certificate from the Four Winds Society in Shamanic Healing and Soul Retrieval, a Certificate from the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners as a Hypnotherapist, and Certificates as an NLP Practitioner, Master Practitioner, and Trainer. Suzi's website is

Suzi is co-author of the book NLP: The New Technology of Achievement, and is featured on the Nightingale-Conant tape series NLP-The New Technology of Achievement. She produced the CDs Preparing for a Medical Intervention, Creating a Healthy Identity, Dealing with Allergies, and Communicating with Symptoms. She co-developed the CD Healing Yourself with Tim Hallbom.

In partnership with NLP innovator Robert Dilts, and Tim Hallbom, co-founder of Anchor Point, Suzi developed new NLP applications in the field of health and well-being. She continues to do research and development into the uses of NLP as it applies to longevity and life extension as well as health. In addition to conducting training around the world, she consults for a variety of private and government organizations. In her private practice she specializes in applying NLP to areas of physical and emotional health, giving people new choices of behavior in their personal and professional lives. Suzi has recently expanded to include telephone life coaching as a part of her practice.

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Robert Dilts

Robert Dilts has been a developer, author, trainer and consultant in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) - a model of human behaviour, learning and communication - since its creation in 1975 by John Grinder and Richard Bandler. A long time student and colleague of both Grinder and Bandler, Robert also studied personally with Milton H. Erickson, M.D., and Gregory Bateson.

Robert is the principal author of Neuro-Linguistic Programming Vol. I (with John Grinder, Richard Bandler and Judith DeLozier, 1980), which serves as the standard reference text for the field, and has authored numerous other books on NLP. Changing Belief Systems with NLP (1990) and Beliefs: Pathways to Health and Well Being (with Tim Hallbom and Suzi Smith, 1990) describe his work in changing limiting beliefs and creating functional belief systems. Tools for Dreamers (with Todd Epstein and Robert W. Dilts, 1991) and Skills for the Future (with Gino Bonissone, 1993), explore the applications of NLP to managing and enhancing creativity. Effective Presentation Skills (1994) covers the key skills necessary for successful public speaking. Strategies of Genius Volume I, Volume II & Volume III (1994-1995), apply the methods and distinctions of NLP to model the thinking processes of important historical figures including Aristotle, Sherlock Holmes (a.k.a. Arthur Conan Doyle), Walt Disney, Wolfgang Mozart, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Leonardo da Vinci and Nikola Tesla. Dynamic Learning (with Todd Epstein, 1995), explores the development of effective strategies for learning and teaching. Visionary Leadership Skills (1996), studies tools and skills necessary for 'creating a world to which people want to belong.- Tools of the Spirit (with Robert McDonald, 1997), explores how NLP principles and processes may be used to encourage and enhance spiritual growth and development. Modeling with NLP (1998) covers the tools and skills for modeling the behavior of exceptional people, illustrating the application of NLP modeling procedures to the study of effective leadership ability. Sleight of Mouth (1999) describes the set of verbal reframing patterns he developed to conversationally influence beliefs. The Encyclopedia of Systemic Neuro-Linguistic Programming and NLP New Coding (with Judith DeLozier, 2000) provides a comprehensive overview of the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, including its wide range of applications, techniques and influences. Alpha Leadership: Tools for Business Leaders Who Want More From Life (with Ann Deering and Julian Russell, 2002) describes a new model of leadership that captures and shares the practices of effective leadership, offering approaches to reduce stress and to promote satisfaction.

Robert's more recent books include From Coach to Awakener (2003), which provides a road map and set of toolboxes for coaches to help clients reach goals on a number of different levels of learning and change and The Hero's Journey: A Voyage of Self Discovery (with Stephen Gilligan, 2009), which encourages you to embark on a path of learning and transformation that will reconnect you with your deepest calling, transform limiting beliefs and habits, heal emotional wounds and physical symptoms, deepen intimacy, and improve self-image. And published in October of 2010 is the long awaited NLP II: The Next Generation (with Judith DeLozier and Deborah Bacon Dilts). This book reviews the new developments which have enriched the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming since the publication of NLP Volume I. During the last 30 years, NLP developers and practitioners have expanded the boundaries of NLP, creating a new generation of models and applications.

Robert is also a co-founder (with Tim Hallbom and Suzi Smith) of the Institute for Advanced Studies of Health (IASH). Established in 1994, IASH is a non-profit organization which supports research and networking relating to the application of Systemic NLP methods to the area of health. As part of this mission, IASH provides administration for The NLP World Health Community and Health Certification Training. IASH maintains an international directory of certified NLP Health Practitioners.

For information regarding training opportunities contact:

In the USA:

Tel: +1 (831) 438 8314

NLP and Coaching Institute
Tel: +1 (801) 277-2014

In Latin America (Mexico) CMPNL ph. 52-33-3615-8447

In Europe: Coaching Plaza - ph. 31-010 227-0667

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  1. Stimulating to read and easy to understand. I like the way that the book flowed easily from one topic to the next and how the authors take the reader on a journey of discovery on how beliefs can be changed. The last chapter is a fantastic plethora of demonstrations of how allergies can be treated. This book is definitely worth reading.

  2. On the cover you find a gate and a way bordered by flowers along the road as metaphor of an opening to a future path-¦ The book is illustrates how underlying beliefs and imprints have a dramatic impact on behaviour and health. You learn how changing beliefs paves the way to development, overcoming limitations, making the behavioural changes you want to make.
    Right from the beginning you can feel personally addressed, when the author shares his personal story of his mother's relapse in cancer and how changing beliefs and “re-mission” or finding a new mission extended her life.
    You find a similar structure in different chapters with some theoretical information, practical demonstrations, clinical examples and exercises: it's as if you personally are attending the training or the workshop and even can do the practice with the clearly outlined exercises!
    The authors succeed in conveying difficult concepts in an easy to understand language. A simple NLP formula for change presented (p 5) is “present (problem) state + resource = desired state” Reality shows this is often not enough, because of Interferences, as Limiting Beliefs and/or Inner Conflicts. Discovering these “internal terrorists”, and working with them opens the way for a real and lasting change. That's what this book is all about!
    In part I you learn about -˜reality' strategy: from a perspective of working with hypnosis on an imaginary level this is interesting food for thought - What are your reality strategies you use to construct your reality? How can we also make your goals, changes you wish to accomplish become real -” making believe that you can succeed?
    Talking about belief strategies you learn that “like reality strategies have a consistent pattern of pictures, sounds, and feelings that operate largely unconsciously“. “Is something believable or not?” How does your brain code the differences? (41)
    In the re-imprinting Demonstration it's impressive how layer by layer the author gets to the core of the imprints, underlying a problem. Not what happened is of main importance but” how that affected your belief system” (p. 73). I fully appreciate the way the re-imprinting is explained and performed, the “Essence of Re-imprinting being that: once you've found the imprint experience, you want to give resources to both the person you're working with and any significant others that were present in the imprint experience. -¦” (82)
    A very convincing demo with full script on “conflict integration” show the step-by-step work and how to deal with all possible real life objections and obstacles to the process! And how/with which questions you can let the process continue, get unstuck. You see once more how therapy is a creative activity and how therapist can inspire, come up with questions that put the process back on track.
    All what we learned in part 1 also can be applied to part 2 as beliefs, methods and tools are also useful in health and disease issues. The authors come up with “two important beliefs -¦ that illnesses are a communication and when you respond to the communication, then symptoms will clear up on their own...and-¦often there are multiple communications as well as multiple causes for illnesses-¦ if you keep responding to all of your communications you will eventually get well (p146).
    You find some guidelines on effective visualisations, exploring belief systems, all within the safe context that “working with beliefs is not independent or in opposition to medical treatment: you can coordinate clinical psychological work with traditional methods” (151). The important issue is not to generate an inner conflict as is stated that “cancer is not a foreign invader. The cells are part of you. You need to transform yourself to create health and not get rid of something” (p.149)
    When you help the person resolve a conflict at the identity level, you often take care of the internal conditions that create the illness.
    The book's epilogue is a story about healing: -˜a woman's recovery from breast cancer' Reading her personal insights and descriptions of her internal changes are rich, moving and enlightening.
    In my opinion the concept of changing beliefs and working more explicitly with them deserves a place in hypnosis practice. Doing the exercises brings the focus on inner experiences and can be an additional method for colleagues who want to add more dynamics and activity to their hypnosis practice. The use of language, fine tuning, and creativity shows a clinician at work with an Ericksonian hypnosis background, language patterns, pacing and leading skills.
    Despite full transcripts of sessions sometimes are cumbersome, I think many readers will appreciate this style. I can recommend the book to people working in the clinical field of hypnosis, medical hypnosis and professionals working with performance enhancement. The way of working, finding underlying beliefs makes sense and can be a welcome addition to EMDR and CBT working with “cognitive distortions” and exploring “negative cognitions”.

  3. A well-presented book, that is easy to follow. Great headings and sub headings. The client cases presented are very informative, interesting and summarised in the end. There is enough detail for the reader, but not too much, therefore not to confuse or bore . The book can be used by beginners. It takes you through the limiting beliefs and the structures, how to release them and how to re-imprint new positive ones, with NLP. I do believe that one doesn't need to use NLP and that any therapist in the field can use the techniques. A great read and informative.

  4. The key to this book is in the title: -˜Beliefs', for it is through our personal beliefs about the world that we interpret our place in it and our relationships within it. The degree of skill in “managing” our beliefs affects the degree of personal control with which we react to events and interact with people (and hence manage change). The skill described in this book is mainly (but not exclusively) NLP.

    Negative belief systems and -˜interference' beliefs limit and unconsciously sabotage growth and fulfilment, so, identifying these obstructive beliefs and learning how to deal them becomes the key to effective change. The book takes the reader through a discussion about different belief types with case illustrations, anecdotes and transcribed workshop therapy demonstrations, together with follow-up questions and answers. The examples are detailed, very readable, and the book certainly offers strategies and reframing techniques that can be applied to any -˜non-NLP' clinical hypnosis work. Many of the approaches in the case histories in fact demonstrate a combination of -˜traditional' Ericksonian hypnosis and -˜traditional' NLP, and the inference is that the two, in fact, overlap and are synergistic.

    As Dilts says in his introduction, “the primary purpose of the book is to provide the “how tos” of belief change”, and this book can thus be looked upon as a -˜descriptive workshop'. It is easy to read and is intended for a wide readership, ie learners new to NLP and change management, and not just experienced practitioners; however it does not exclude the general public, and in this way the book may encourage some individuals to seek further professional help from hypnotherapists. I found the book an interesting -˜workshop/seminar' and a refresher on the importance of uncovering those deep, obstructive beliefs that can get in the way of success in therapeutic work.
  5. This excellent book gives details of methods and techniques which can change inner beliefs, helping the individual to overcome emotional, psychological and even some physical problems. It is written in a clear and easy-to-understand way, suitable for newcomers to the subject as well as to those with some previous knowledge.

    The combined work of the three authors with their vast experience will be of benefit to sufferers, carers and professional therapists alike.

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