What is presupposed?

vendetta-gDefinitely a sense of déjà vu with this post, but the older version, if there is one, was written by someone different. After all every one of us is changing continuously and when combined with awareness and conviction, for the better. Spot the presuppositions?

NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is “informed” by a series of powerful presuppositions. A few years ago I presented some of them alongside quotes from spiritual teachers. Here is a sample, the NLP presupposition is in normal font:

  • We always have choice.

The last of human freedoms-the ability to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances.

Viktor Frankl

  • We always make the best choice available to us, given the information we have.

The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.


  • Being more flexible gives us our greatest influence.

The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.


  • We cannot not communicate.

Each cell knows what the other cell is doing.

Diana, from In the Stillness, Everything Happens.

Every communication, every interaction with others has behind it an assumption, a belief, a presupposition. For almost every one of us that presupposition is our truth. Sometimes we have an “aha” moment when the penny drops and we realise that the presupposition no longer serves us. Or another person challenges what we have just said and we realise at best it was built on quicksand, at worst a downright lie.

For example we may assume/presuppose that “the universe is a friendly place”. Thank you Albert Einstein (the most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe). Those who are committed to this assumption will not be found arming themselves to the teeth and shooting non-terrestrials on sight. Quite significant I would suggest.

A little less grand would be when we are in or beginning a relationship to make a series of presuppositions for example about our (potential) partner’s attitudes and beliefs about being touched, being entertained, their appearance and what they like to eat. Two of these can be ascertained by questioning, the other two may be somewhat trickier.

(Oh just do it and say it! Ed.)

My current pre-occupation is with psychotraumatology. One of the leading lights in this field, Franz Ruppert offers some empowering “aims” for all of us to adopt. Imagine you had the following presupposed with all your interactions with people. And they were true for them as they were true for you. They:

  • were in permanent touch with themselves
  • wanted the right thing for themselves
  • felt their body and its needs
  • allowed their own coherent feelings
  • loved clarity of thought
  • developed constructive relationships
  • lived in healthy autonomy in a healthy community

Fabulous. Taken from Who am I in a Traumatised and Traumatising Society? by Franz Ruppert, 2019.

Eight years ago I had the quite unbelievable privilege to engage in dialogue with Princess Diana and to write up those dialogues in the book In the Stillness, Everything Happens. Last night and this morning I re-read the book again, which I haven’t done for a few years. Yes I may be somewhat oversensitive at the moment but reading just about every “channelling” brought me to tears. Of joy. I still pinch myself that this happened. Did it? Diana’s gift is replete with transformational presuppositions. Here are a few:

  • Your Earth is so beautiful, and God has given you so much, enough for every need to be met.
  • By changing our thoughts we can change; change the energy within the body, to make the body stronger and healthier.
  • It is our duty to educate and nurture others.
  • Health is our birth right.
  • Focus your thoughts on the beauty of it all; create your own world.
  • You have been chosen, and you chose to be on this planet now.
  • You are never alone.

Can you imagine the impact on all sentient beings and the planet if enough of us operated out of these presuppositions with conviction? Whilst I am far, far from mastery, I do attempt to operate out of five of these. And I strive (and yes fail badly at times), daily, to act in my dealings with people who matter to me and those who don’t yet on these truths:

  • You will find your path. So never give up. Never ever give up.
  • You need to be one with nature. Watch nature, learn from it. As nature unfolds, so do you. You are unfolding, you are blossoming, and your blossoms will be full.
  • We were brought into creation to be able to heal each other and to heal ourselves.
  • So as you give gratitude for everything that you have then your supply will multiply. But just giving gratitude isn’t enough; you have to feel it from your heart.
  • Know that you are powerful beyond belief.
  • The heart chakra is the engine of your body. Once the heart is opened, it softens the arteries, it lets the blood flow, and it helps the circulation. The blood can be purified.
  • Think big, think outside the box, think with love, be love.

When we find ourselves with people or in situations that shine light on a glorious path, that open the heart, and enable us to “be love” it is beyond words. Of course it is one thing to be in these situations but it takes effort, insight and (again) conviction to sustain them. A recurrent theme of this site, synchronicity, keeps leading us back to where we belong. And who has no doubt, may be a little afraid, and knows the path with certainty?

Many times in the last few months have I indulged myself by looking back over my life. I reckon it’s valid if there are still lessons to be learned. But more valid, more important, and critical for those closest to us is for every one of us to create our own (new) world.

You don’t need to wait for Robert De Niro. He and Anne Hathaway are in your heart chakra’s energy field. And you in theirs.

Blessings to you all: please reflect on what you assume. I assume what you presuppose serves you, your loved ones and all sentient beings. Jack Stewart, Guy Fawkes Night 2019.

P.S. Déjà vu indeed. 15 months ago I began a post with the same title. Wrote two paragraphs of angry rubbish and stopped. I’ve deleted it.

Don’t know why I chose this song. Written by Rufus Wainwright.

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