The Importance of Popcorn – by Linda Lang

Do you smell popcorn? Mmm, warm, buttery popcorn?  Amazing popcorn!  Its tantalizing aroma can prompt us to nibble even if we aren’t hungry.  It can trigger memories and help us change our internal state.

When I took my NLP training (Neuro Linguistic Programming), “Do you smell popcorn?” was the phrase we heard more than any other.

Why? Because it is a simple way to change the focus of you’re thinking about. A quick, unexpected sentence that comes out of the blue can disconnect you from a negative feeling or thought and shift your mind in another direction.  It’s a great sentence because it involves your senses and is usually associated with pleasant memories.

You’ve probably experienced something similar yourself talking with a friend or colleague, when one thought communicated can take the conversation on a totally different tangent. Perhaps it even leaves you with the knowing that you had something to share but you can’t quite place it because your mind flowed with the conversation on to new subjects.

When you are conversing, with yourself or another, it seems like your unconscious mind is two steps ahead of you.  By the time you’ve formulated your sentence, you’ve had the thought, felt the energy and emotion of the thought, thought how to communicate that thought and where you expect the conversation to go.. working on your next thought.  Plus, you’ve retrieved any pertinent information from your memory banks. All of that in an instant.

So, do you smell popcorn?

Now, really, it’s not the sentence itself that holds the power. It is the mind, and shifting its attention even briefly can change the path it’s following. Especially if it likes to go to critical or fearful places.

The trick is “unexpected.”

So if you find yourself lost in ruminating thought patterns or you feel an uncomfortable emotion, saying to yourself “Do you smell popcorn?” probably isn’t going to work to get yourself out of it. You’re missing the element of surprise. Your unconscious mind already sees it coming.

It is a useful tool though when you are dealing with someone who seems lost in their thought or emotion; it helps pull them back out.  And it’s fantastic when someone can do it for you!

So, why not make popcorn a little more important in your life?


About author

This article was written by Linda Lang

Hi. My name is Linda. I'm an energy healer, a teacher and a writer. I have been consciously on my spiritual path for over 30 years, catapulted by a health crisis that demanded I look outside the box to find my healing. On my journey I have been blessed with many spiritual experiences. I feel very supported by the universe as life weaves to create growth and fulfill my quest to more fully know myself. I am drawn to the spiritual aspects of life, to live with joy and connection, while helping others to live more of their authentic selves. I especially love to help people expand their perception of what is possible so we can all realize more wellness, transformation, freedom and peace. I offer healing work, intuitive energy work, shamanic journeys and workshops. I have studied hypnotherapy, Huna shamanism, NLP, Reiki, and a wide assortment of energy psychology techniques. I love love love shamanic journeys, guidance & channelled wisdom and meditation. I have great respect for crystals, vibrational essences, essential oils, and natural remedies. I am a Writer and an Artist, and I am happy to share my experiences and support with you each month through The Magic Happens. Visit me at, on Facebook at, or send me an email at


Comments (2)
  1. Debbra says - Posted: February 9, 2018

    Love that! You just sparked a memory. I learned this technique with the statement: “Speaking of giraffes…” So much fun watching the reactions when it’s used.

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