The importance of SYNTHESIS! Emily Bronte, Michael Neill and NLP!
Submitted by Janet Lewison on 16 March 2011
Emily Bronte’s short poem ‘The Night’ is in the latest AQA English Anthology Moon on the Tides in the section entitled ‘place’. Reading this poem today after Michael Neill’s ‘Tip of the day’ on his inspiring site, Genius Catalyst I was reminded of the famous declaration of E M Forster: ‘only connect!’ For Neill’s tip today explored ‘Decision paths’ and utilised the image of several paths through the woods being explored by the reader in order to make the best decision. The simpicity of this visualisation heightened its power: Choose a path. Notice what you notice,. feel what you feel and then ‘try’ out another path ‘choice’ until your choices have been explored through your senses and ‘head’. And as I read this powerful tip for today I knew that michael Neill was synthesising his readers’ desire to make a happy, ‘congruent’ choice with Robert Frost’s famous poem ‘A Path through the woods. ‘ So when I sat down and read Emily Bronte’s poem ‘The Night’ I noticed the resonance of the final line: ’ I will not, I cannot go.’ For in the early stages of the poem, the poet has seemed awestruck, even silenced by the power of nature. She has felt perhaps physically and even spiritually immobile. Hence the repetition of ‘I cannot go.’ But the last line shifts the responisibility for her decision to stay to herself. She choooses to stay.’ I will not go.’ This shift is her choice. She reempowers herelf and acknowledges her own affinty with the ‘stormy’ world she is caught up in. She is caught up in her personal storms andmade them forbidding metaphors. So SYNTHESIS allows us to connect. We recognise possibilities as choices not burdens or imprisioning stories. Altering our language alters our mind state. Quite simply. WE SHIFT! ‘I will not, cannot go.’