Nov 24 2016

Direct the Dream

 

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Even if you don’t play golf, you have probably heard of Jack Nicklaus, the professional golfer who is nicknamed The Golden Bear. He is widely regarded as the greatest golfer of all time, having won a total of 18 major championships during the past 25 years.

And whether you play golf or not, you can benefit from one of the techniques Jack Nicklaus used to become such a great golfer. Obviously, Nicklaus has certain athletic abilities which he has refined and developed. He has done the physical work to become great. He has also done the mental work. Not only has he used his subconscious mind to stay focused and visualize the desired outcome, he has used his subconscious as a sports clinic. There is a story told about a dream he had when he was not performing well. When he analyzed the dream he figured out why his game was off. He had a dream where he was really owning the links; playing better than he had in a long while. After analysis, the champ realized that in the dream, he was gripping his club differently than he was doing in real life. He said, “I tried it the way I did in my dream and it worked. I feel kind of foolish admitting it, but it really happened in a dream.”

Your subconscious mind knows more than your conscious mind. You can trust it to guide and direct you. Besides, it’s going to do it even if you don’t trust it! Your subconscious mind is the 88% of your mind that is directing your motivation and behavior. It is also your goal-achieving machine. Your subconscious mind speaks to you in images. You can also speak to and direct your subconscious mind through images.

Dr. Denis Waitley has done studies where athletes are connected to a biofeedback machine during visualization. When they imagine going through a practice or performance, the studies show that the same muscles are engaged as if they were actually doing the exercise. Remember, the mind doesn’t know the difference between what you imagine and what you perceive as reality. Using hypnosis, guided imagery and visualization trains the mind to achieve automatic reactions and responses. When doing this, all senses are engaged. Effective visualization uses sight, sound, taste, touch and emotion. This can give an athlete (or anyone!!!) a renewed level of self- confidence.

The meditative state which is achieved by self-hypnosis allows one to give instructional self-talk to improve specific techniques or skills, athletic or otherwise. Well-known sports figures Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Tiger Woods all have meditation practices. Tell yourself, “Keep your knees bent.” “Chin up.” “You can do it.” According to sports psychologist Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis, “The mind guides action. If we succeed in regulating our thoughts, then this will help our behavior.”

When Jack Nicklaus had his dream, he trusted himself and his own inner guidance. He acted on his inner wisdom. When you go within, (whether in the dream state, the meditative state, the hypnotic state, whatever you want to name it state) you transcend conscious thought. You achieve a heightened state of focused concentration, effortless calm and confidence. You let go of the outside reality as you know it. This state of mind keeps pressures and distractions from harming you. When you go within, you know everything. This is the beginning of dreaming and from this point you can direct the dream. Trust yourself. Believe in your dreams.

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Feb 29 2016

Taking a Leap!

Category: CreativityPatricia @ 9:58 am

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Happy Leap Year! February 29 is a date that usually occurs only every four years. It’s happening this year! For all the Leaplings, who spend the majority of your lives with no official birthday, I hope you enjoy your celebration. Happy Birthday! You finally get to celebrate on your official day, instead of having to compromise. You do not have to be allocated a March 1 birthday this year!

Leap day is added to the calendar as a corrective measure, because the Earth does not orbit around the sun in precisely 365 days. Mother Nature does not conform to a calendar. If this day were not added, our calendar would be off by about 25 days after 100 years. It’s easy to see that as time passed, without this correction, eventually July would be a winter month in the Northern Hemisphere. By inserting this day, the drift is corrected.

Sometimes when life happens, we also need to make adjustments to correct our drift. Otherwise, life slips out of sync. Our world can be turned upside-down. We can travel down the wrong road and end up in a place we don’t want to be in. A lot of times, we have to take a leap of faith to make a change or correction to our path. We may need to see things in a different way or move in a different direction. In life, a drift may take more than one day to correct.

Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, says, “Creativity is always a leap of faith. You’re faced with a blank page, blank easel, or an empty stage.” We are all artists creating our experience of life. We are given a blank page and we write the story. We fill in all the details. We are the main character of the story as well as the director. We set goals and imagine their successful completion. And in that moment, we take a leap of faith in order to make our dreams become our reality.

Falling in love is a giant leap of faith. Yet we all do it! When we commit to marriage we are leaping into the unknown, trusting that our partner will turn out to be the one we believe them to be. Staying in love requires keeping the faith. Loving is worth the risk. Ray Bradbury tells us, “Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.”

We all take risks in order to become better versions of ourselves. You may not need to leap off a cliff. Maybe you only need to take a small step to advance. Maybe it’s making a phone call to ask someone for a date. Or updating your resume to find a new job. Or signing up for a class. Maybe it’s starting an exercise program or changing the way you nourish yourself. Take a risk. Make that leap. This year, why not observe your celebration of Leap Day with a new perspective? No step is too small. Remember what Neil Armstrong said when he explored the surface of the moon? “This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”  A single step in the right direction can be life-changing. It can be a monumental leap. Just like one day is all that is needed to correct the calendar, just one step can adjust the drift and make the difference in keeping your life in sync. Have faith in your wings.

 

 

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Oct 27 2015

Your Own Little Universe

Category: CreativityPatricia @ 7:05 pm

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Reality is a tricky thing. It’s not the same for everyone. Anais Nin said, “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Each one of us creates our own reality based on our past experiences; our beliefs; our subconscious programming. It is our lifescript. We decide what is real based on the state of things as they are or appear to be. Timothy Leary coined the term Reality Tunnel, meaning a kind of realism that represents the individual world each person occupies. The theory states that, with a subconscious set of mental filters formed by beliefs and experiences, everyone interprets the same world differently. In other words, “Truth is in the eye of the beholder.”

The term Reality Tunnel can also apply to groups of people united by beliefs. We might share religious beliefs. Or share ideas about our particular ethnic heritage or country. Certainly as citizens of planet Earth, we do share some common beliefs about what is real, but we all live in our own individual Universe. When you consider that two people sitting opposite each other are experiencing a completely unique view of their surroundings, it’s easy to see how each individual’s perception of the location will be different. In fact, it is impossible for it to be the same. Each one is experiencing a different view of reality.

I have come to realize that Facebook is my own little Universe. And it is yours too! Each one of us has created our own version of reality. If Facebook were a country, its population would match that of China, the most populous country on Earth! As of the second quarter of 2015, Facebook had 1.49 billion monthly active users. That means roughly half of all Internet users on the planet use the site. And each one of those users has a different reality.

Your Facebook page reflects your inner reality and what you believe is important to share with the outside world. It reflects your sense of humor; your political and spiritual beliefs; your day-to-day life experience. You decide what is worthy of posting. Most of us post photos and videos. Some of us complain. Some of us inform and inspire; others educate or instigate. Some post recipes or evidence of them. Some post things that make you laugh or cry. Some share love and some share hate. Some of us share way too much!!! Each individual page is an individual Reality Tunnel. It is a visible representation of the thoughts and beliefs in the invisible world of each person’s mind.

And then there is the News Feed. Another unique reflection of you because it reflects your friends’ thoughts and beliefs. And remember what your mama told you…we are influenced by the company we keep. The average Facebook user has 130 friends and is connected to 80 pages or groups. The News Feed is the collective Reality Tunnel which reinforces your beliefs and your view of the world. It literally feeds you the news which reflects and reinforces your view of reality. It is also your opportunity to observe and judge other people’s lives. You have the option to “like” whatever your friend has said. You can agree or disagree and make your opinions known. You can “comment”. If it’s something you feel strongly about, you can feed the news to your other friends by choosing to “share”. And then connections happen and your Universe expands.

Perhaps you can do a little experiment with one of your real life friends. Log on to each other’s Facebook account and take a look at the News Feed. You may feel as if you are visiting a foreign country…as if you are a stranger in a strange land. You can learn from this. You can experience the world in a different way with new perspectives and ideas. You can enter a new Reality Tunnel to take a look around. There may be thoughts you want to bring back with you. Remember reality is constantly changing. You are in control of what you focus your thoughts upon. In other words, you are in control of what you post. And you are also in control of what you choose to “like” and “share” with others. You are not just creating your Facebook page, you are creating your own Reality Tunnel… your own Universe. You have the power to make it Amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb 17 2015

Six Simple Steps to Improve Your Reality – Imagine That!

Category: CreativityPatricia @ 1:29 pm

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We are all born with an imagination. Some of us may have had the opportunity to feed our imagination more than others, but we all possess the innate ability. Each of us can visualize, imagine, pretend and experience something in our minds, or our inner reality. As children, we imagine what we will be when we grow up. We believe that there are unlimited choices including anything from astronaut, rock star or ballerina. As young adults, we imagine falling in love and getting married, having children and raising a family. We visualize our careers and imagine our success. We take vacations in our minds and travel to faraway lands long before we board a plane. We literally dream our reality into existence. Thought becomes form. Dr. Joseph Murphy says, “As in Heaven (your own mind), so on earth (in your body and environment). This is the great law of life.”

As time goes by, we may allow our imagination to get a little out of shape from not being exercised enough. We begin to think that this is it; this is what our life is. I want to remind you that this is not it, because it is constantly changing. If it doesn’t matter to you, you don’t have to do anything. Just keep on doing what you’re doing and everything will remain the same. Well, it could get worse. If it does matter, you owe it to yourself to do something. Stretch your imagination! I invite you to remember what it was like to be a child and just pretend. Let yourself run wild in the world of ideas.

  1. Recognize the enormous power and value of your imagination. It is more powerful than willpower. Einstein said that it was more powerful than knowledge. This is an essential fact! If you don’t fully grasp this fact, you will never realize your full potential.
  1. Learn to control your imagination. You are the pilot at the controls and it is the vehicle which transports you. It will take you wherever you direct it to take you. Practice “seeing” visual images, “hearing” auditory messages or “feeling” different emotions. Make use of all your senses.
  1. Learn to use your imagination as preparation. Rehearse. Life is a performance. The mind doesn’t know the difference between what you imagine and what you perceive to be reality. If you can see it, you can be it.
  1. Develop the creative aspect of your imagination. Step outside of the box of what you “know” and begin to observe what you create. Think of new products or services or new ways of doing things. Change your perspective. All new and great inventions begin as an idea in the imagination of the inventor. David Alexander tells us that, “Your conscious mind can only know as much as it has experienced, explored or been taught to know. In other words, you do not know what you do not know. However, your subconscious mind is merged with the collective subconscious and has no limitations. There is where our dreams, imagination and intuition come from.”
  1. Brainstorm. Let yourself run wild with “what if”. Believe that everything is possible and that you have everything you need to do everything you want. Because it is! And you do!
  1. Practice. Practice. Practice. Catherine Ponder says, “The vision hour precedes the vision power.”

One of the most effective ways of accessing the power of your imagination is through hypnosis and therapeutic imagery. Allowing yourself to relax and go inward is the way to change your outward circumstances.

 

 

 

 

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Aug 20 2013

Story Medicine

Category: CreativityPatricia @ 11:24 am

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We are always making up stories about ourselves. We tell stories about our lives and share stories from our past. Sometimes they are not the best stories. We may focus on our failures and disappointments. We think about what we did wrong and the mistakes we made. We repeat stories that hurt us. We think we are reporting the “truth”. We believe we are a victim or a perpetrator instead of a hero.

What if you were to tell yourself a story about a perfectly successful day? What if….? And what if you continued to tell yourself such stories day after day? You’re making everything up anyway! Why not make up a happy story where you are the hero? Reality is just a reflection of your beliefs which are a result of your thoughts.  By creating a practice of thinking positive thoughts you begin to change your beliefs and as a result, your life changes and gets better. Each one of us creates our own reality by the story we tell.

If your story isn’t working for you anymore because it makes you feel anxious or angry or sad, you can choose to write a new story. Perhaps you’ve realized that you’ve been living a story that others have written. Creating a new story gives you the power to feel the way you want to feel about your life. Who else can give you that power? Who is in charge of your life?

I invite you to write a success story about any goal you have in mind. Think about ten aspects of success as you imagine this story. Fill in all the details that create passion to complete the goal. Get in touch with the feelings as you imagine the results. Remember in the magical world of creation, there are no restrictions of time or space. Create a vision of your life…the past as well as the future.

You are the author of your life. You are the one who is in control of your story. You can choose to break free from limitations and negativity by changing your perceptions about what is possible. As a creative spirit, you can give voice to the best story you can imagine…your soul’s journey. You’ll be surprised and delighted by the results.

If you need help with your “Story Medicine”, I am happy to be your guide.

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Jul 17 2013

Imagination is Priceless

Category: CreativityPatricia @ 5:44 pm

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In the magical state of creation (where you spend every moment of your life, whether you are aware of it or not), the economic exchange is affected by different rules. The only price to be paid is with imagination. You may not have cash flow, but you have an unlimited supply of imagination. You can have it all. Or you can choose to have nothing at all. The state of creation does not follow the same order as the U.S. economy. There is plenty for everyone.

So, considering you can afford the life of your dreams, what are you dreaming? When dreaming, you know that anything can happen. You are now dreaming.

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May 09 2012

Mama Drama

Category: CreativityPatricia @ 2:54 pm

Mothers. We all have one.  And each one of us has a very unique relationship with her. Siblings may share a mother, but each one of them has their own version. Most of us love our mothers. And the majority of mothers love our children more than life. I think it’s safe to say, we all want to be loved by our mothers. So, if it’s all about love, why is this such a complicated relationship?

Mothers install our “buttons” and therefore, have a keen ability to know how and when to push them! It doesn’t matter if you are 50, your mom can still hit the button as if you were 5! Mothers are our first teachers. They tell us who we are and build our foundation. They write the beginning to our life story. And we believe every word they say, good and bad. Your mom may tell you that you are brilliant and beautiful, or she may say that you are lazy and worthless. Mothers give us the “truth” of who we are but sometimes it is a lie.

bouquet of flowersAs Mother’s Day approaches, each of us has an opportunity to consider this relationship. We may choose to honor our mother with a special gift or gathering because we truly want to spend time with her. Or we may do it out of guilt feeelings. But we do it, because we all really want to love our mothers.

Like everyone else, I have a complicated relationship with my mom. She’s 87 now and has forgotten most of her life. I wonder if she would remember the dress. Six years ago after she’d suffered a stroke, I found it hanging in her closet when I was clearing out her home. My first reaction was one of disbelief. And then I cried.

In the closet of the guest bedroom, there hung an odd assortment of clothes; heavy winter woolens; Dad’s suits (which were only brought out for weddings and funerals); and a blue linen dress. The dress had been a gift from me to Mom. It was more than 40 years old. It had been so precious to her, that she had kept it all those years. Wow. It was a bittersweet discovery, because I was reminded of that time long ago when I created it. It wasn’t a pleasant memory.

I was 14 years old. I had been taught to sew by my Aunt Evelyn when I was 12. She was a very accomplished seamstress who insisted that the inside of the garment be as perfect as the outside. Seams were to be a uniform 5/8” in width and all were to be finished. No raw edges or fraying seams! Details mattered. I was an avid student and really enjoyed sewing, creating and wearing clothes I had designed. At one point, I was considering learning how to make shoes for the complete outfit!

When I decided to make the dress for Mom, I intended to do an impeccable job. I wanted to make her happy. (A task I came to realize was not only outside of my power, but was also impossible.) We chose a pattern and fabric. I took measurements so that it would be tailor-made. I conferred with Aunt Evelyn. And I diligently and expertly constructed the garment. But then came the fitting. Mom said that I did a shitty job; that I didn’t do it as well as if I were making it for myself; that it wasn’t good enough.

I don’t remember what was wrong with the dress. In my mind’s eye, I can see her standing in front of the mirror and tugging at it and pulling it and accusing me. There are no memories of a “thank you” or “good job” or any acknowledgement of the effort or the gift. I do remember that she wore the dress and it fit her like a glove. So, for 40 years I carried this memory of a dress that wasn’t good enough; another gift that did not please her. And Mom carried the memory of a gift that was so special, the dress was worth holding on to forever. Finding that dress was a priceless gift to me. It was the unsaid “Thank you. I appreciate this beautiful gift. I know you made it for me with love. I love you, dear child.”

I’m preparing my Mother’s Day gift…simple photos of the family to remind her that she is loved. I‘ve kept the blue dress as my reminder of words unspoken, yet expressed. Perhaps we can all learn to speak our love more freely so it won’t be hidden away to gather dust in the closet.

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Apr 11 2012

Thoughts and Considerations on Being an Artist

Category: CreativityPatricia @ 2:48 pm

I am an artist. I haven’t always claimed that title, but I did come to realize it when I was 30 years old…half a lifetime ago. I became an avid student of photography and the practice helped me see the world in a different way. Since then, I’ve explored many different mediums to express my emotions, my opinions, my dreams.       

Art is a process, not a product. It’s a way to change your perceptions; expand your vision; open up your imagination. Before I become a Hypnotherapist, I was teaching visual arts – drawing, painting, photography, sculpture. Now, I teach the art of living a joyful life. Mindsight is used in both practices.

Recently I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Tony Haynes, an incredible poet and lyricist   (http://www.tonyhaynes.webs.com/). On his radio show, T.H.E.O.R.Y. on KPCRadio.com, we spoke about the creative process and the challenges of allowing time for artistic pursuits while juggling the demands of family and career. Listen in to the show’s archives at http://kpcradio.com/?feed=rss2&cat=931.  

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In 1986, I wrote the following Thoughts and Considerations on Being an Artist.  I think it applies to the art of life as well. I will make one exception regarding the “string of failures”.  In art or in life, I no longer consider things to be failures. Now, I believe them to be learning experiences that teach me to be better and better each and every day.

 

Thoughts and Considerations on Being an Artist

It is a need to examine the universe around us and within us, followed by the need to express our feelings about what we perceive.

It is a constant nagging to stop and consider things, offering more questions than answers.

It is a striving for perfection; as we see it or as we want others to see it.

It is a curse as well as a blessing.

It is a string of failures linked to an occasional success. (But, ah, yes… the feeling of that success!)

It is back-breaking work – physical, mental and emotional torture. And it is pure and absolute joy.

It is not something we choose to do, but rather it is something we must do. Without the expression, there is emptiness and frustration.

It is a cross to bear. It is a great gift. It prods us. It pushes us. And finally, it teaches us.

It transcends time. We bring all of our past and present impressions to it – to create it and to experience it. And the art we bring forth will exist beyond our physical time. It has the power to touch the future.

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Apr 19 2010

Srmat Poelpe

Category: CreativityPatricia @ 3:26 pm

From Cambridge University. ..

O lny srmat poelpe can raed tihs. I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty  uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg.

The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig  to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rgh it pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.   

Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

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Nov 03 2009

Photography & Life – Capture the Moment

Category: Creativity,HabitsPatricia @ 12:07 pm

Many years ago, I met a man who was to become a mentor to me, not only as an artist and a photographer, but as a human being. His motto, which hangs above the blackboard in his classroom states simply, “Comfort is your Enemy”. Being “comfortable” is the same as being stagnant. We miss opportunities. If we don’t move out of our comfort zone, there is no forward motion. No creative flow.

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Life is a lot like photography.

 In order to capture the moment… to get the results we want…     

Sometimes we need to change our point of view – to look at things from different perspectives.    

Sometimes we need to focus in really close on the details…and

Sometimes we need to step back to see the big picture – the whole picture – in order to get a more balanced perception.

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Sometimes we need to step up to a challenge and take a risk…and Sometimes we need to step out of the way.

Sometimes we need to put our focus on the important things and let the insignificant things blur out in the background…or fade away.

Sometimes we need to become aware of something we’ve missed… and

Sometimes we need to know when to ask for help.

But ALWAYS we need to take ACTION or the opportunity is lost.

And the actions we take create a lasting impression on this experience …this series of moments we call “life”.

When we change our focus or move in a different direction (even just a little bit!!!) we change our experience. We change our habits…our relationships…our health…our prosperity…our life.

We take actions every moment of the day…most of them subconsciously motivated. Are you aware that your behaviors are directed and controlled by your subconscious mind…your past programming?  Your conscious awareness is only effective for about 90 minutes. After that your behavior is dictated by the “knowns” of your subconscious mind… the 88% of your mind that makes the decisions about your actions… as well as your re-actions.

What actions are you taking to create your life… your image of success and happiness?

What opportunities…or lack of opportunities… are you creating by the actions you are taking?

I’d like you to ask yourself this question …

Right now, what is the one thing I could…start doing…stop doing…or do differently…that would most improve the quality of my life?

Take a moment to consider all aspects of your life…your health and level of physical fitness…your mental acuity and ability to focus and concentrate…your financial stability…your sense of emotional well-being…your level of joy and happiness in your relationship with self, others and spirit.

When you have identified that one action that would create a better life…tell yourself that you can do it. And then just do it!

 Now, I’d like you to consider this…

 On a scale of 1 to 10… rate your life satisfaction level. Are you happy with that number? If you are not, perhaps you need to access the “goal-achieving feature” of your subconscious mind.  

In my practice of helping people take action to create a better life, I have implemented synergistic methods which teach how to set goals and provide motivation to achieve those goals.

Whether it is pain management, weight loss or smoking cessation…whether it is finding or healing a relationship or a career…whether it is the simple and priceless gift of achieving a new level of self confidence, I can help you to take action…to create the opportunities and get the results you want.

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Nov 03 2009

Art & Hypnosis – Ancient Forms of Healing

Category: Creativity,HypnotherapyPatricia @ 11:53 am

I am an artist. I create as a means of expressing my thoughts, feelings and ideas. I create as a means of sharing. Art is a powerful and effective form of communication. We all need to communicate. We all need to share our feelings. We all need art.

The need to make art is a basic human urge. It is a trait as natural as language and sex. Early writing often consisted of pictures. Ancient humans used art not only to decorate but to create magic, to protect themselves from evil and harm, to express and control powerful emotions and to prepare themselves for coming events.

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Images are the language of emotions. The language of visual art – colors, shapes, lines and textures – speaks to us in ways that words do not. Art is a means of connecting our thoughts, feelings and perceptions with our life experiences.

Art is more than ornamentation. Cultures through the ages have been defined and understood by their art. Art tells our personal stories.  We make our feelings, thoughts, experiences, values and beliefs, visible through art. In the process, we are offered a way to know ourselves from a new perspective and an opportunity to transform that perspective.

Did you know that art and hypnotherapy have a lot in common? Painting, sketching or even scribbling are simple activities that can soothe you, release stress and give pleasure. These methods of self-expression can change your state of being and tap your intuitive and creative powers. Art and hypnosis both alter your consciousness.

Both art and hypnosis are ancient forms of healing. Each can help to solve problems, release powerful emotions, or alleviate pain. Each promotes growth, self-expression and transformation. Both are powerful tools.

I am an artist, but my focus has broadened. I’ve learned some things along the way. I’ve learned the art of teaching people not only lessons in art but lessons in life. I’ve learned to teach people how to achieve their dreams.

Hypnotherapy can change behaviors and perceptions. It can change your tomorrows by simply changing your programming today. Hypnotherapy is a method of communicating your conscious desires and dreams directly to the subconscious mind, your personal goal-achieving machine, the 88% of your mind that controls your behavior.

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Nov 03 2009

Music: A Healing Sound

Category: CreativityPatricia @ 11:36 am

Music is more than a universal form of entertainment. Music is the soundtrack of our lives. It sets the mood. Music, like all art forms, is creative expression as well as a form of healing.        

In ancient Greece, Pythagoras, who discovered that music could be expressed in numbers and mathematical theories, founded a school where students were trained to release worry, fear, anger and sorrow through singing and playing musical instruments.    

Music is a fundamental part of all religions, from hymns to mantras to chants, because it encourages higher states of consciousness. Dr. Alfred Tomatis, known as the “Einstein of sound”, theorizes that sacred chants actually “charge” the cortex of the brain. Tomatis believes “all cranial nerves lead to the ear, which explains why soothing musical harmonics not only induce states of deep relaxation, but directly affect breathing, the voice, the heart rate and digestion.”  (Vegetarian Times, “The Sound of Healing” Suzanne Gerber, March, 1998)

Dr Mitchell Gaynor, director of medical oncology and integrative medicine at New York’s Strang Cancer Prevention Center, uses guided imagery, meditation and sound, voice and tone. Believing that breathing is critical to well-being, he states, “Besides their vibrational impact, voice and tone are just another way to get the therapeutic value of breathing.” (Vegetarian Times, “The Sound of Healing” Suzanne Gerber, March, 1998)

Our bodies are rhythmic. Our hearts beat. Our blood flows. Our lungs breathe in patterns. It comes as no surprise that our bodies respond to the rhythms of music. Pulses of sound correspond with brain-wave frequencies. The frequency of the beats affects our level of consciousness.

We are driven to express ourselves and elevate our consciousness through the arts. It is a powerful and compelling need. The people of Sarajevo proved this when despite constant shelling and sniper fire, “they held concerts, maintained orchestras and choirs, and at one point, turned a destroyed theater into an exhibition space for art created out of materials from the city’s destruction.” (Cathy Malchiodi, “The Art Therapy Sourcebook” Lowell House, 1998)

Art helps us to transcend daily life. It brings wholeness and personal satisfaction to our lives. Creative outlets help you develop and better understand yourself. Art is a way of sharing your self with others, a way of sharing your truth.

If you are feeling “out of sync”, unable to keep up with the pressures of your busy lifestyle, consider the healing benefits of expressing yourself through the arts. Being creative is not just for artists, musicians or writers. Everyone has the potential to do things in a new way.

Your subconscious mind, the 88% of your mind that controls your behavior, can provide you with new insights. Hypnotherapy can help you to access your creative spirit.  It can help you move to a whole new beat. When you listen to your inner voice, your heart will sing.

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