It’s rightly said that people can make an impression in fractions of seconds. Our encounter with Retd. Group Caption D.P. Apte was one such, that left an impression impossible to undo. His non – verbal cues, body language, clothes, mannerism and warm smile did complete justice to his effusive, calm and trusting personality.
After the success of his book ‘Reboot Your Mind’, he has now translated the book into Marathi for a wider audience.
We had so many questions in our minds about book and he patiently walked us through them. Here is a summary.
Please take us back to that time where you acquired NLP skills?
“ I have an engineering background. The Indian Air Force encouraged every aeronautical engineer to take up courses that would help them enhance their skills. It was back then that I enrolled myself in training sessions at England which was sponsored by the UK Government. During this time, I accidentally walked into a NLP session. It was not something I was looking forward to but I learnt things in those classes and then let them lie with me. This was the end of NLP for me, or so I thought. I had no idea that these sessions would change my life, in the near future, and in turn help me change the lives of other people.”
When and how did you start practising these skills?
“After my retirement when I was a professor at MIT, I was conducting a statistics lecture when a girl in the class fainted. She was in real pain and was rushed to the hospital. I was a bit concerned about her and hence decided to pay a visit. She told me that she suffered from severe migraine and was used to the routine of medication that involves tablets, injections and therapies. But that nothing really helps.
I asked her to take up a session with me and assured her that her migraine would subside. I treated her, gave her some simple exercises to practise and she left. It was after a week or two when she came to me, dancing with joy about how her pain had vanished into thin air. It’s been 3 years since then; she doesn’t suffer from migraine, is happily married and leads a normal, happy life. The best part is that she still practises all those exercises that I had recommended her to follow.”
Do you remember any such special cases that you have dealt with?
“Ohh yes, of course I do! I can never forget the people I have come across in this field because each of them was battling with anxiety, depression, low self esteem and many such untold, unsaid issues. It is we ourselves who are our best mirror. Only we can decide that something is wrong with us and to what extent. And that is exactly when we must reach out to the right people who can be the best help.”
“ One case I remember, the boy was suffering from depression and would have committed suicide. He approached me and my sessions helped him.The other case had a girl dealing with a rollercoaster of emotions and couldn’t approve of the male touch as she was a victim of child abuse. We worked on her case, with sensitivity, and today she is happily married.”
How do these exercises work?
“People suffering from some mental blockage must be treated very sensibly. They need special help. They must connect to you, should feel that you understand their pain and must relate to their state of mind. I help them reprogram their mind, divert their mind to positive thoughts and distract them from their pain.”
“One should practise these exercises that I ask them to. It is always healthy to practise one exercise 100 times than practising 100 different exercises once.There is a routine that you follow and that helps you make an affirmative change.”
How would you summarise the book?
”This small yet comprehensive do-it-yourself type book helps in harnessing the power of the subconscious mind. I have counselled more than 1,000 people suffering from depression, phobias, stress, addiction and emotional issues. I often fail, to make people realise that I do not possess superpowers and there is no magic. It is the state of mind here that we are dealing with. The idea of this book, came to my mind because it is not possible for me to reach out and stretch a helping hand to every person out there, who is fighting his own battle.”
He further added ,” I want to express my deepest gratitude to Vishwakarma Publications. They have been a great platform for this book and have enabled me to offer self-help to resolve people’s issues.”
In conclusion, do you think that this book can be of the same help and would have the same effects as your sessions?
“Definitely. I have put the book in the format that it will enable the reader to do the exercises on their own. One must read and re-read the book to understand what exactly is to be done and how it works for them and their problems.”