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NLP spatial anchoring

Anchoring positive emotions

NLP Spatial anchoring is one of the most overlooked, and powerful forms of anchoring available. In changing your spatial location you change your whole perspective! You see things from a different perspective, you hear sounds from a different perspective, and even subtle differences in the air pressure and movement change in different spatial locations! How awesome!

This means that in just changing your spatial location, hundreds, perhaps thousands of smaller anchors change as well. How powerful of a difference it can make to just change your seat, as it changes all of the other anchors in the room!

Do you have an area of your office where you are the most focused, a particular chair you use for mediation, or a place where you go that when you arrive there your state changes? If so you are already using spatial anchoring!

Circle of Excellence

In NLP practitioner you learn about the spatial anchor in the form of The Circle of Excellence, stacking powerful resource anchors onto a visual representation of a circle on a certain place on the floor. However the practical applications of spatial anchoring go well beyond that.

As I mentioned previously, just changing the seat of yourself or your client when entering into a negative state can be a powerful tool.

Perceptual positions

Another application can be while working with perceptual positions. When working with perceptual positions it can be useful to change the client’s spatial location as they enter the different perceptual positions in order to more powerfully distinguish one from another. The metaphor of perceptual “positions” is spatial anyways, so why not use “positions” in the room in order to work with them! Eventually you will save yourself the time and effort of linguistically describing which perceptual position you want them to enter, because just moving them physically to a different location will do that automatically!

Timelines and NLP spatial anchoring

When doing timeline work, spatial anchors can be used as well. People who are highly kinesthetic may prefer if you spatially lay out their timeline on the floor versus doing timeline work visually or linguistically. Then, just guiding them to a location on the floor will connote which period of their life they will look at or enter.

Public speaking

Public speakers can anchor their stage with powerful public speaking resources, sports professionals can anchor the stadium or field with resourceful states, and just about any professional can use spatial anchors in an environment where they consistently desire certain states.


These of course only begin to express the applications of spatial anchors, and hopefully will get your mind thinking about the various ways that you can use spatial anchors to best serve your outcomes. I am sure that as you get up from your computer, and walk around to different locations in the room and into the different environments where you live your life, you can find many additional applications for spatial anchors, if you have the space open in your mind to find them.

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