1.1 Introducing Clean Language

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Blog post: What Is Clean Language?
Blog post: How can Clean Language make you rich?

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  • Keithanthony Taylor says:

    I regularly hypnotise good friend, and a fellow hypnotist, who will not object to my mention here, and…
    will agree that accidents with her favourite toys chain saws, are rarely trivial as she is an ice sculptor, and knows that an Angels arm is as easily as it is fashioned is as easily lopped off.

    I’m enjoying your videos Judy, and it is now already dawning on me that I’m already using clean language because when I’m working with someone I leave my ego at the door. This enables me to focus entirely on the favourite topic of whomever I am with with and that is perhaps not surprisingly themselves. I will never make them feel, miraculous as I am, good by telling them all about myself. However they will almost always feel good if I focus on acknowledging them so they feel they have value.

    I agree that it does more good than harm when you help someone to abreact, I welcome it. When I do my public speaking for the benefit of others I often share my experiences of incredible overcoming even although I know I may abreact in a highly public way. Yet I am not afraid of this since I know it shows my human, some would say feminine, side. I believe it is also a powerful thing to allow someone to see that you have unashamedly lost your power of speech or may have tears rolling down your face because you are then showing them that it’s okay to display and be an emotional human being. In some cases instead of fighting to disguise your insecurity it is okay instead to realise that what we, even the toughest of us instead of lashing out need, is to cry or hug without fear.

    Many regards

    “You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.” Alien (Contact DVD 1997)

  • Judy Rees says:

    Hamish asks (via email): I have just been watching the first few videos of your new website to learn Clean Language. You speak about getting proper training in the use of Clean Language. I was wondering whether the information on the website, and purchasing your Clean Language book, will provide enough foundation to use Clean Language effectively?

  • Judy Rees says:

    Thanks for sharing your story, Keithanthony!

    Regarding Hamish’s question, I think the answer is very much: “It depends.” It depends on what you intend to use Clean Language for, and what background you have in doing that same work using other processes. And in particular, it depends on your willingness to practice what you learn in the real world.

    This site will give you the *information* you need to use Clean Language in almost any relevant context. I’ll be sharing the heuristics I use which enable me to “make change happen, whatever happens” in my coaching, and providing recordings of demonstration sessions etc.

    It’s up to you to pick up the skills and actually use them. I can’t do that for you.

    As with any new skill, practice is absolutely essential for mastery. I think the two things that mark out excellent Clean Language facilitators from the rest is their ability to 1. Find opportunities to practice regularly, ideally every day and 2. Get feedback on how they are doing – what effect are their questions having?

    One of the things I will be offering as a “premium service” on this site is the chance to get live, in-the-moment feedback on your Clean facilitation, and specific suggestions for applying it in your individual context. Details will be published soon: if you’d like to “jump the queue” on this, please contact me.

  • john kelly says:

    Short sweet and to the point…pretty well done actually!

  • Kim Harvey says:

    I have purchased your book after hearing James Tripp reference CL many times, and I can see the relevance of the questions in creating lasting change in people. It seems to be ‘the meatiest piece in the pie’ that would connect the dots.(2 conflicting metaphors??) Why create a visual spendour with all the flowery language of hypnosis, etc when the internal world of the individual is the key! (without contamination of course) This is so exciting and I can’t wait to learn more!

  • doug morrow says:

    “DIY brain imaging” via an heuristic of respecting and revering the uniqueness of the individual .. definitely has me interested.

  • michael miller says:

    Judy, Though I’m Just starting to learn Hypnosis and NLP in helping myself and others to better understand each other and to have a closer and more meaningful relationship with each other. I use the same concept of removing myself when I work with people with the energy healing arts ie. Qi Gung, Therapy Touch, Reika or the laying on of hands.m I’m looking forward to learning more about this type of language pattern or concept. I believe that it will greatly improve the way that I understand and use my healing gift. Thank You so much for putting together this free learning site. Michael Miller….Payson, Az.

  • Luther Ferreira says:

    I am enjoying your videos so far. Thanks

  • Ryan Pels says:

    First two videos very informative. Third one delved deeper. Much of the danger is I think is refered to as “Abreaction” in the world of Hypnosis and EMDR. With the onset of the very deep emotional feelings, close observation is required as dangerous physical reactive behavior may take place. The psychological scabs being picked off can too lead to dangerous consequence. That is where other training sets in, or you must calm the situation and perhaps come back later with a modified approach. Hope I am tracking here so far. Looking forward to the next section. Have a wonderfilled day, Ryan…

  • Ryan Pels says:

    Keith and KIm,
    Keith first off thank you for the quote from Alien. Some times the person there to help is not in sight although often standing right next to you. I too use chainsaws on a regular basis. About 10 years ago there was a study that found the average chain saw cut was around 500 stitches. I limited my only serious cut to about 20. Kim, Perhaps after some clean language sessions what you learn can then be customized into that individuals induction. Don’t know how many times I have heard, ” You are on the beach, on a beautiful sunny day” only to find outlater that they went into the woods birdwatching. Am just starting on the clean language journey and am looking forward to future postings. Have a great day, Ryan…
    P.S. Michael, have you had the honor of meeting Chun Yi Lin? Check out his website SFQ Spring Forest Quigong

  • judy rees says:

    Thanks Ryan. “Abreaction” seems to be one of those words that seems particularly flexible. It seems to be able to mean whatever the speaker chooses it to mean – from “having a little weep while fully conscious” to “engaging in wild thrashing about and screaming while apparently unconscious in hypnotic trance” and all points in between. So I tend not to find it a very useful word.

    Participants in Clean Language sessions are always fully conscious, and are aware that this is their session and they can stop it at any time. As a result, experienced CL facilitators are not afraid of clients’ tears – if they happen, that’s OK, they don’t rush to comfort (with the implication that tears are somehow bad or wrong behaviour).

    However, when beginning to use Clean Language it’s much easier and more fun for everyone to start on the positive side.

    See the Framework For Change in the Clean In Coaching section for much more on this general area.

  • barrie singleton says:

    “CAN CLEAN LANGUAGE MAKE YOU RICH?” Did I miss the answer? Bemused.

  • Adrienne Isnard says:

    These were good, not too long – I havent ‘got’ the last sentecne on the last one yet “accidents with chainsaws are rarely trivial”, I am mulling over what I think that means in context.

  • hans van laake says:

    Hello Judy and others

    I am a psychologist working in two prisons in Belgium. I have been interested in CL and I have been using it some, and I find I could use training to get better at using CL. Problem is, I don’t have the money to go over to the UK and get the training there. So I am excited about this website and online learning opportunity. I like the way Judy explains things in her videos, and how she demonstrates what she talks about. I am looking forward to learning and practicing!


  • jennifef bensaidane says:

    Ive not been able to access the videos yet as can’t download adobe for some reason. however im looking forward to the course as a new to the world of hypnosis . I do work as as social worker and feel that is something fundementally lacking working with the system as present.

    So im just going to order the book for now . I was ripped off with a hypno course that was advertised 150 and it was 300 pages 9with lots of blank space on the page) of what you can more or less access in any good book so I proceed with caution but this all seems good so far.