How to switch your Markova stack
by W. Keppel
Summary: How to switch among 6 natural patterns of human intelligence that influence the way you and your clients think, learn, and communicate.
Sergey's simple Markova stack switch
Sergey Berezin, founder of the Stanford University NLP club and developer of Holographic Speed Reading, developed this fast and easy way to switch Markova stacks that works for most people:
If you didn't get a stack shift, repeat the process and do it more intensely ... have someone else guide you through it ... or try the method below.
If you got a stack shift but don't like it, switch to another stack using the same method.
Wilma's Markova stack switch
This method works for about 60% of people I have taught it to. It often works for people who don't succeed with Sergey's method. And Sergey's method often works for people who don't succeed with mine.
If you use visual for your conscious modality, where do you put internal pictures? If you look at a picture of a distant object, the picture itself may be within arm's reach. If you use auditory for conscious processing, you may hear a "distant" sound as if it is distant, while actually hearing it close by. If you use kinesthetics consciously, you probably "know where things are" kinesthetically, even outside your body. How big is that space?
If you have no sense of the size of your workspace, compare it to your workspaces in other modalities. If (like Jan) you lack a sense of the size or location of your virtual workspaces, this method of switching your Markova stack may not work with you. (If you figure out how to make it work, please let me know!)
The connection might be the place where the workspace connects to your body. You may find an obvious place to grab the workspace, like a handle. Or find its center by briefly shrinking the workspace to the size of the dot. Use the location of the dot for your handle.
You should now have workspace A in the place formerly occupied by workspace B. Workspace A's connection or handle should be the same place that workspace B's used to be. Workspace A should be the same size and shape that workspace B used to be. B should have replaced A in exactly the same way.
With practice, I have learned to switch stacks in under half a second.
After your stack switch
Whether to use the new stack for 5 minutes, 5 weeks, or 5 months depends on what you want from it. I often switch stacks for just a few seconds or minutes to do a particular task. For instance, if I've been writing or editing in VKA, I'll switch to a more articulate stack for an important phone call. I might switch stacks for the duration of a meeting or a conversation with a friend to enhance communication and rapport, make the conversation more interesting, or bring complementary skills and strengths to bear. If I spend most of the week writing or working on the computer, I'll often shift gears by switching to a kinesthetically active stack like KAV on the weekend.
I find that learning to use an unfamiliar stack well takes me 3- to 4 months of staying in it most of the time. After 6 months or so, I start noticing that I've also started to acquire the limitations of that stack, so I switch to something else. Once you get good at running one stack, a lot of the skills will transfer to other stacks. I now use all 6 stacks skillfully.
Over time, you will probably notice that your new Markova stack is better for doing certain kinds of activities than your customary one(s). You'll also discover what your original stack is particularly good for. You have a lot of skills adapted to that stack. It may a while to develop equivalents in a new stack.
Each Markova stack is particularly suited to certain tasks, and unsuited to others. For instance, auditory unconscious is great for verbal pattern recognition when working one-on-one with clients. It's usually not so good for public speaking. Once you get used to different stacks, you can switch your stack to optimize your thinking and perceiving for different activities.
Eventually, try all three unconscious modalities. Because your unconscious does pattern recognition, you will likely find the biggest differences in skills and abilities when you switch unconscious modalities. You may want to try each unconscious modality for several weeks at a time to really notice what changes.
Easing the transition
Some people find switching stacks tiring or disorienting at first, and may sleep a lot for a day or two. This can also happen when a person switches to a stack they haven't used in years.
Here are some suggestions to help you make the easiest possible transition to your new stack
Switching Markova stacks can make life easier, create dramatic improvements in certain skills, and helps you develop your full potential. Each stack has strengths that can transfer to and benefit the others. Suiting your stack to your activities can also make life a lot more enjoyable and fun.
I would love to know about your experiences switching your Markova stack, and how this information helps you with clients. I invite you to email me.
— W. Keppel
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