In the Stream of Consciousness technique, I explained that the human conscious mind can only process a limited amount of information at any given time. The Alphabet Edit is designed to consume all the conscious processing activity and therefore allows a leader's unconscious mind to take over and become creative to solve a problem. When used in this way, it can be a very powerful anticipatory technique.
Facilitating the Alphabet Edit
Guide the leader through the technique by prompting them to do the following:
Ask the leader to think of a problem, issue, decision, limiting belief to work on as the focus for the activity.
Ask them to visualise the focus (reminding them to make the mental image as vivid as possible) and note how they feel about the situation/focus.
Tell them to recall the mental image and hold it in their head as long as they can during the activity.
Tell them to stand still and read (out loud) the bold letters starting at 'A' and ending at 'P'.
Now tell them to read the letters (A to P) again but also lift the arm and hand above their head that corresponds with the L/R/T printed against each letter.
L = raise left arm
R - raise right arm
T = raise both arms together
Say 'A' while raising left (L) arm
Say 'B' while raising both (T) arms
Say 'C' while raising right (R) arm
And so on . . .
Now read the letters (A to P) again and continue to lift the arms but also add in lifting the opposite foot off the floor at the same time.
L = raise left arm + lift right foot
R = raise right arm + lift left foot
T = raise both arms together and both feet (i.e. small jump)
Say 'A' while raising left (L) arm and right foot
Say 'B' while raising both (T) arms and small jump
Say 'C' while raising right (R) arm left foot
And so on . . .
Repeat step 6 but this time once they reach 'P' continue in reverse back to 'A' without stopping (A to P followed by P to A).
Finally, ask the leader to recall the mental image and consider how they feel about the focus now.
Alphabet Edit is a tool that works in a similar way to Dennison's Laterality Repatterning by combining a sequence of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic (movement) stimuli, and can be used as a technique to support both performance and well-being.