Oct 04 2016

Understanding Your Mind

Category: Control,HypnotherapyPatricia @ 9:38 am

human computer


Have you ever felt like you were losing your mind? Or that you couldn’t control your thoughts…repeating hurtful comments or reviewing painful experiences? Or maybe you’re feeling fearful and worrying about the future? Perhaps you’d like to learn a little more about your mind so you’re better able to find yourself. Did you know that your conscious mind accounts for only 12% of your mind? The other 88% is subconscious. The mind is very much like an iceberg where most everything is happening below the surface of your awareness.

Your conscious mind is responsible for retaining and remembering the events and feelings of the last hour and a half. Just 90 minutes! Awareness is a function of your conscious mind. The other functions are logic, reasoning and willpower. Information is received by your conscious mind from your environment and your physical body. We are continually bombarded by these bits of information from the outside world. However, the most influential source of information comes from the “knowns” within your subconscious mind. And what is a “known”? Exactly as you might think…it’s something you know and are familiar with; you have learned it, you understand it and are comfortable with it. A known can be a negative or a positive.

Part of your conscious mind is your critical area of mind. Before this critical area of mind is developed, everything we experience just is.  We accept it all as Truth. About the age of 7 or 8 (the time when we begin to question Santa Claus and the ToothFairy), the permanent filter has been installed. The critical area of mind acts as a waiting room. Containing memories of approximately the last 24 hours, this area of your mind is where you analyze information based on your conditioning and belief system. After analyses, the accumulated bits of information are processed when sleep takes place or when consciousness is in abeyance, as in the hypnotic state. Some are allowed to go into modern memory, becoming a known; others are discarded or vented out through your dreams. Your motivation comes from the knowns in your modern memory. These positive and negative knowns create your lifescript.

Also within your subconscious mind is the primitive area of mind. It includes all primitive memory, including genetic heritage and evolved learning and conditioning. It operates the survival mechanisms of life triggering the fight/flight reaction when needed. It also controls the autonomic nervous system which operates the automatic functions of the body such as heart beat, respiration, digestion, cell reproduction, growth and healing.

Now that your conscious mind, that little 12%, is overloaded with bits of information, consider that your subconscious mind has everything under control. It has been busy with the extraordinary job of keeping you alive, and is now in the process of analyzing this information as it creates a new network of knowns in your modern memory. This process will be completed when the conscious mind becomes unconscious during sleep.

When the conscious mind is asleep, it is not capable of receiving. It is only dropping the accumulated bits of information into the modern memory, passing them through the filter and then venting them through dreams. During hypnosis, the conscious mind is not unconscious. Positive bits of information can be downloaded and accepted as knowns. The release and acceptance of information takes place instantly.  And through hypnotic suggestion, the venting process can begin. A suggestion given in the hypnotic state is much stronger than one given in the conscious state because it moves quickly from the critical area to the modern memory.

Hypnosis creates a path that allows access to the subconscious mind, the 88% of your mind that is controlling your behavior, your motivation, your pleasure and your pain. Using the power of hypnosis, you can create changes in your behavior by changing your knowns. You can replace pain with pleasure. You can re-write your lifescript. 100%.


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Mar 16 2016

Filling in the Blanks

Category: Self-Meditation & MindfulnessPatricia @ 10:34 am

3rd eye thought


Even though I don’t know how this will happen, I thank the Universe because…  It is now ________(date) and I am ________(enjoying, looking at, experiencing, earning, etc.) my________(salary of $xxx, recovery, new home, new car, vacation, relationship, etc.) and I feel ________.

Imagine how you would fill in the blanks. Let yourself go wild! And now, do it! Set your intention. Create your affirmation. Make a commitment to accomplish your goal within a certain time period. Be specific. And then focus on it. Imagination lets you see and feel the big picture. Imagination creates the previews of life’s coming attractions. When we use our imagination, we are able to facilitate healing, enhance performance and relieve symptoms of both physical and emotional ailments. Our imagination is not limited to sight, but also uses sound, taste, touch and emotions as well. When we allow our self to go within, we find inspiration and release subconscious limitations. We also learn new skills more quickly. Visualizing your success boosts your confidence and helps you learn to believe in yourself.

All successful individuals have started with a vision. They took the time to set an intention. They imagined and affirmed what they wanted to be, to do and to have. And then they instructed their subconscious mind with clarity and repetition. Once your subconscious mind gets hold of a new thought, it will take over and automatically assume the result is real. If we supply the end results, our subconscious will supply the “how to.” It will show us how to reach that end result. Your subconscious mind is a goal-achieving machine. It is ready and waiting for your conscious direction.

Each time you visualize or imagine your goal, always put yourself in the picture. See yourself involved in the activities of your goal. If you want a new car, imagine yourself driving it. If you want a new relationship, imagine yourself experiencing the feelings it evokes. If you want a new job, imagine yourself actively doing that job. See yourself acting and reacting the way you want to be in the future. It doesn’t matter how you acted today or yesterday. Imagining future success and positive experiences changes your lifescript, or your past programming about the way things are. You realize that you have the power to direct your life.

When you use your imagination, you create choices. And then you create belief in those choices. Realize that other choices are not possible, until they are downloaded as beliefs and perception into the subconscious mind. Until we change the programming, we are not able to see the other choices. We only know what we know. We automatically act out beliefs until we are exposed to other beliefs. Or until we chose to intentionally download new beliefs.

As human beings, all we do is create experiences. There is nothing else we do. In order to create an experience, we must first imagine it. As we focus on what we want, our thought energy has creative power. The subconscious mind accepts whatever we are imagining in our inner world and uses it to create our outer experience of reality.

The world of images is the source of power in our physical world. Imagining what we want is like creating a model before we build the real thing. We need to dream, but dreams are too big to realize all at once. Dreams come a size too large so we can grow into them. They must be broken down into manageable pieces. Pieces which can be created right now. Always think as you wish things to be. Now.

Hypnosis and Therapeutic Imagery are incredibly powerful tools to access the visionary power of your subconscious mind. When your mind is in the Alpha state, you are more creative and focused and better able to imagine your ideal way of being. As you imagine your ideal, you are emotionally connected to that image right Now. The process allows you to speak more clearly to the Universe, because whether you believe it or not, the Universe is listening to your every thought. When you’re filling in the blanks, imagine only the best for yourself and all concerned.



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Feb 24 2016

Believe It or Not…You Get What You Expect

Category: Self-Meditation & MindfulnessPatricia @ 1:02 pm



There are many examples of how the body reacts to the mind…without any logic or reason. One example of this phenomenon is the physical reaction to the expectation of fear. Yes, the expectation. Not the actual experience. When you fear needles, the mere anticipation of receiving an injection creates reactions in your body. It can cause physical changes such as increased respiration and heartbeat, an increased production of adrenaline and insulin and a change in body temperature. This expectation phenomenon also occurs when we think about sex. Just the thought of it produces physical changes in the body. Hormones begin to flow and the body responds to the mind. Remember the mind doesn’t know the difference between what you are imagining and what you perceive to be reality. All of these physical changes begin with the mind. Thoughts alone trigger primitive physiological responses. Obviously, The Mind Matters.

Our bodies are always talking to us, reminding us of what we are thinking. We need to take the time to listen. Sometimes we even use organic language to reflect what our body is saying. We describe an emotion which creates a physical reaction in a particular area of the body. Maybe we feel that our boss is a “pain in the neck” or a “pain in the butt”, and then we suffer from a stiff neck or sciatica. Could it be that heart problems such as angina or heart attack are a result of emotional heartache? Perhaps when we live with a partner who constantly complains or berates us, we develop ear infections or hearing loss. Does a child suffer from a tummy ache when he has to do something that creates anxiety and makes him “sick to his stomach”? When we feel as if we get no support or as if we’ve been “stabbed in the back”, does it result in back pain and weakness? When your mind is thinking, “I’m afraid of what will happen”, your body is experiencing anxiety. And when you’re thinking, “I wish things were different; I regret what happened”, your body feels depression.

In order to have a wonderful, healthy body, you must begin with a calm and healthy mind.       The science of epigenetics tells us that our perception of the world around us is responsible for the body’s health 90% of the time. Bruce Lipton is a researcher in the field of behavioral epigenetics. This science studies the effects of stress, diet, behavior, toxins and other factors which activate chemical switches that regulate gene expression. This gene expression determines whether we develop disease. Or not. Lipton says, “Medicine has acknowledged that illness is seeded in the first six years of life, when beliefs are downloaded by the family into the child’s subconscious.”

When we are little, we have no choice about exposure to limiting beliefs or fears. Each one of us is programmed by outside influences…parents, siblings, extended family, friends, teachers, religious leaders, culture, nationality. We are a blank canvas, or as Lipton illustrates, we are a blank iPod. He says, “When you get a new iPod, there are no recordings, so you can’t play anything. Once you download songs to memory, you can play the downloaded songs. In fact, they are the only songs you can play. There are plenty of other choices for songs, but they can’t play on your iPod until you download them. Similarly, whatever has been downloaded into the subconscious memory is the only choice available to be heard and seen in the body. Other choices are not possible until they are downloaded as beliefs and perception into the subconscious. Thus we automatically act out our parent’s beliefs until we are exposed to other beliefs or intentionally download new beliefs.”

In essence, you only know what you know. You are restricted by your own experiences, beliefs and perceptions. Everybody is!!! You are creating your own personal view of reality, based on whatever has been downloaded and accepted by you. Your body and your physical state of well-being are a reflection of this reality. Your body is a reflection of your subconscious mind and your beliefs about who you are.

Hypnotherapy allows a direct connection between body and mind. It opens communication between conscious, subconscious and superconscious. While in the hypnotic state, you are able to change your programming and create a new blueprint for your health and well-being. Your subconscious mind is a goal achieving machine. You can consciously program new beliefs to create a new way of being. The physical world is a mirror of your beliefs and expectations. You can modify your perception of the way things are. I know the way. Would you like to learn? There is nothing to fear.




















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Aug 12 2015

Looking Into Your Future

Category: HypnotherapyPatricia @ 10:10 am

crystal ball

Did you ever wish you had magical powers or secret knowledge from an all-knowing wizard? Do you wish you could look into a crystal ball and see what the future holds in store for you? How simple life would be if you knew what to expect! You don’t need a wizard or a crystal ball. You have something far more powerful. You have something you can trust and rely upon. You have the amazing magic of your own inner knowing.

Are you aware of your superconscious mind? The superconscious is also known as the collective subconscious, or universal mind. It has no limitations and can access all information throughout time. Your superconscious mind knows everything. Your dreams, imagination and intuition come from the collective wisdom of your superconscious mind. Hypnosis is known as a great tool for accessing the subconscious mind, but did you know that hypnosis also helps you tap into your superconscious mind?

Through simple breathing and relaxation techniques you can access your higher mind and intuition…your own crystal ball. When you are in contact with your superconscious mind, you are able to get insight about your future. Your conscious, subconscious and superconscious all work together to sort through your personal information and interpret possible scenarios based on that information. Everyone has intuitive abilities, but not everyone takes the time to slow down and pay attention to inner messages. Often there is a lot of outside noise which makes it difficult to gain clarity. You need to get quiet in order to listen. You need to use your inner vision in order to see.

Through the very natural and gentle process of hypnosis, you can tune in to the wisdom of your superconscious mind. When you bring your intuition to your conscious awareness, you gain insight into your own unique life path. You are able to make better choices based on that information. Since your life experience is based on your choices, it’s important to have good information to make wise choices.

Your thoughts in the now moment are creating your future reality. You are creating what will appear in your own crystal ball. This vision is based on your subconscious beliefs. Fortunately, you can take control of your thoughts. And you can learn to change your beliefs about the way things will be. You direct your subconscious to create the preview of life’s coming attractions. You are an all-knowing and powerful wizard!

Perhaps you’ve lost touch with your inner wizard. Maybe you don’t feel very powerful in your life. Or you feel like you don’t know what to do. You may feel that your life is a little out of control. I invite you to explore hypnosis to access the all-knowing part of you… your superconscious. Look into your crystal ball. If you can see it, you can be it!



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May 19 2015

Faith & Experience

Category: Self-Meditation & MindfulnessPatricia @ 12:49 pm

Apacheta on Mt. Munay

Years ago, Bill Moyers interviewed Joseph Campbell, an American mythologist, writer and lecturer. Moyers asked him, “Are you a man of faith?” Campbell laughed and responded, “I don’t need faith; I have experience.” When you have experienced, you move beyond faith to a place of knowing.

Experience teaches us what to believe in. If we experience that a man is untruthful, we now have knowledge. We then trust that we cannot believe him. We have faith that he will repeat his actions. Faith is trust, confidence and belief. Experience is knowledge and history.

Your life experiences have taught you about the way life is. That is, the way life is… for you. These experiences and beliefs have created your lifescript. From this, you know where you can place your faith. Your subconscious mind is ruled by faith. This faith is created by years of believing in the way things are. This is not necessarily truth, but it is individual belief based on particular life experiences.

Your personal subconscious memory decides what you can expect to happen. If you have experienced failure, your subconscious will come to expect failure, unless the memories can be cleared and new expectations programmed. You can consciously choose to direct yourself to create new beliefs. Napoleon Hill states in Think and Grow Rich that “Faith is a state of mind which may be induced or created by affirmation…repetition of orders to your subconscious mind is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith.”

The only way faith can be demonstrated and proven is by taking action. This level of faith is exhibited in self-confidence and a positive belief in your abilities to accomplish your goals. It is vital to understand that each of us is limited only by our beliefs or our faith. There are no limitations; only limited thinking.

By consciously directing your subconscious mind through hypnosis or meditation, you are able to let go of limited thinking. The mind does not know the difference between what you imagine and what you perceive to be reality. If you become comfortable with something through your imagination, you then become comfortable with it in your reality. You change your faith in the way things are. You have knowledge of a different experience.

Life is a series of experiences. One experience after another based on the faith of what is to be expected. Has some part of your life experience created negative beliefs or faith in limited success? Would you like to make some revisions in your lifescript to create new and better experiences? You can. All you need do is give yourself permission to change your perception about the way things are.









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Apr 07 2015

Traveling the Time Tunnel

Category: Energy BodyPatricia @ 9:22 am


Einstein told us, “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” When we imagine how things will be, our minds fill in all the details. It is as if we are really “there” in another time or place. When we become conscious of our inner reality, we also experience the emotions that are evoked from the daydream. We can use this ability to “feel” the future to help us to decide about how we want to live future experiences. If it doesn’t feel good when we imagine it, we can be absolutely certain that it will not be good if we choose to physically experience it. A performer does not show up without a rehearsal. Imagining or pretending is a form of rehearsal which prepares us for life.

Often we have decisions to make. There may be two or more different options or approaches to a situation. How can we know what is best? Our imagination knows! Our subconscious mind can give us the answer! Because the mind doesn’t know the difference between what we imagine and what we perceive to be reality, we can travel through a time tunnel to experience the future so we can make the right choices in the present.

When you imagine a situation, your subconscious mind reacts to your thoughts and to your beliefs about your thoughts. Its reactions are based on your faith about the way things are, or your lifescript. Your body produces appropriate hormones which elicit physical feelings based on your thoughts and past experiences. You may feel threatened or angry when you travel to an anticipated confrontation with an individual. Or you may feel comforted or happy if you imagine the situation unfolding in a different way. These feelings are important to note! You are creating your future experiences. How do you want to feel about your actions? Act accordingly.

Imagine the goal and play the role. Imagine the steps you will need to take to reach the goal or the resolution to a problem. Pay attention to the feelings you may have regarding each of those steps. When you identify a negative response, consider another option until your feelings are in alignment with your success.

We all have an innate ability to project ourselves to a different perception of time. We are all time travelers. We navigate the journey. When we remember, we are traveling into the past. When we project or fantasize, we are traveling into the future. Time is imaginary. It is a concept. The only time that exists is this moment. And this moment is the creative Now.

Now is the moment when you can enter the time tunnel. Now is the moment to begin your future by exploring the unlimited opportunities available to you. Take the trip. No reservations are required. No deposit. You don’t need a passport. And you are always in control of your experiences. At the end of the tunnel, you realize what life is…a series of experiences until you reach your final destination.

By using the power of your subconscious mind, accessed through hypnosis or meditation, you can rewrite your lifescript, adjust your beliefs, and release your limitations. You can be certain that your future experiences throughout time will be all that you imagined!



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Mar 24 2015

How to Stop Your Head From Exploding!

Category: Positive ThinkingPatricia @ 12:20 pm



Einstein tells us that “Imagination is more important than knowledge. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” What are you imagining? Are you thinking about what you want or about what you don’t want? The life you imagine is the life you live!

Do you realize you have a choice about what you are thinking? And you get to make that choice… one thought at a time. In 1994, I didn’t know I could make a choice. I didn’t know that I had the power to control my thoughts. Instead, I let them control me.

It was a very stressful time. The Northridge earthquake…perhaps some of you remember. Well, I experienced some personal aftershocks. My husband was injured. It was a minor injury but there were complications. Flesh-eating bacteria! Eleven Days of ICU. Survival not guaranteed. And even though my prayers were answered, there was recovery and rehab and the stress didn’t end.

During that time, I would say to anyone who was listening, “If I have to take any more of this, my head is going to explode.” In November, it happened. I had a mini-stroke. A T.I.A. A little explosion left me with the inability to speak or move. Distorted time. After a moment or two or… an eternity, it passed. I re-wired. I was one of the lucky ones. I recovered completely. Stress didn’t kill me… but it did inspire me to learn better ways to cope with it.

Are you suffering from stress? Are you thinking about things that you don’t want to happen? Are you worrying about the future? Napoleon Hill says “If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do.”

With more than 12 years of clinical practice, I’ve developed a lot of tools to help you take control of your thoughts. I know secrets! I’d like to share 3 tips to help you let go of some stress.

  1. Use your inner eye to create your outer world.

Your imagination uses your mind to think and your heart to feel. When you focus on what you don’t want, you feel stress, anxiety or worry. Worrying is literally planning for things you don’t want to happen! When you focus on what you do want, you feel good, empowered, and confident. Anything you want to do or have or be is possible. Positive thoughts have a positive effect. Make a choice! The mind doesn’t know the difference between what is real and what is imaginary.

  1. Thoughts are powerful. Think thoughts of gratitude.

Become more aware of people, places and things which affect your life experience in a positive way. When you pay attention, you experience more appreciation. Make note of the positive things happening in your everyday life and expect more of the same. Look for the happy place! Recognize and appreciate that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped fo

  1. You are a creator. You create with every thought. And you do it Now.

Whatever you are thinking about, you are creating. You are literally broadcasting “this…bring me more of this…” So, don’t say things like… “If I have to take any more of this, my head will explode!”

If you think about the past, you’re thinking it about it now. If you think about the future, you’re thinking about it now. We often create by default because we are getting whatever we are giving our attention to – wanted or unwanted. All the time. With every thought you think. If you want to create a stress-free future, you must do it now. And there will never be a time when it is not now.

Are you living your best life? If not, why not? Are you willing to invest in yourself? Invest in your future? The future is Now. Use your MindSight and take advantage of the power of your subconscious mind! Remember, the Mind Matters!

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Mar 10 2015

5 Steps to Build Your Future Confidence

Category: MotivationPatricia @ 11:22 am

staircase plan


If you’re not feeling confident right now, how can you possibly feel confident about the future? Doubts and fears about the unknown can paralyze us into inaction. We don’t know how to take the first step. Quite simply, you need to “fake it NOW till you make it LATER”. Remember, there really is no Later, because there will never be a time when it is not Now. If you’re thinking about Later you’re thinking about it Now. And you’re making it up! If you’re going to make up what will happen Later, wouldn’t it be wise to make up good stuff? Isn’t it reasonable to make up stuff that makes you feel confident and brave? And also remember this…It’s all about what you tell yourself. If you tell yourself you can and you will…then you will. Tell yourself to take these five actions. Do it Now.

  1. Check your foundation. When your foundation isn’t solid, things can fall apart. If your foundation is based on deceit or manipulation, you cannot succeed. Build your life based upon the things that matter. Truth, faith and love. Be in integrity with yourself and what you believe to be good and right. Never compromise your values. Have faith in yourself and your abilities. Choose actions based on love rather than fear.
  1. Build consistently. Consistent action pays off. Commit. Did you know that the elevator to success is out of order? You must take the stairs… one step at a time. One of the biggest steps you can take is to habitually show up day after day with an attitude of excellence.
  1. Value what you have created and take care of it. Burning bridges is never a good idea. Conserve what you construct. Do not waste your resources or your time. Tend to your garden. Nourish your relationships. Your gains in the Now will support your needs Later, when you plan wisely.
  1. Finish what you begin. That is, if it is worth finishing. Follow through on what you believe to be worth your time and effort. Goals can change. Conditions can change. There is no need to finish something purely for the sake of finishing. However, if it matters, do it! Let nothing stand in your way. Accomplishment builds confidence.
  1. Today is the only day there is. And Now is the only time. Sometimes we tell ourselves that ”this is not the right time.” We create limitations and fears and we fail to begin. Make up some good stuff instead. Begin today.

Using the power of your imagination, you can direct your future. Your subconscious mind will fill in the details and create your success. Accessing that power is just a few breaths away. If you’d like to learn self-hypnosis techniques to consciously direct your subconscious mind, call me.

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Feb 09 2015

Upgrading the Human Computer & Surfing the Subconscious Web

Category: Spiritual ExplorationPatricia @ 12:27 pm

human computer

Your subconscious mind is very much like a computer being plugged into the World Wide Web. Your conscious mind is like a specific browser window open on your screen. The browser window only shows that which you chose and that which you know. It can only go where you direct it to go. But beyond that screen is a field of infinite possibilities. You have the power to direct your conscious mind to go beyond any perceived limitations. The subconscious mind doesn’t care about the limitations of the past – it will bring to you whatever you direct it to do right now.

Hypnotherapy is the way to consciously direct your subconscious mind to install new programs on the human computer which is you. It removes the old programs which no longer serve you and installs the new ones which you want. You upgrade. When you use the power of your subconscious mind to make new choices, you create a custom program designed specifically for your needs and desires. You open up to infinite possibilities and unlimited opportunities. You take control. You connect to your power.

Whatever your needs and desires, there is one truth – You must love yourself in order to get anything done. Upgrading your life begins with the simple process of deciding to install the new program. When you came into the world, you installed all programs without question. You really didn’t know what you were accepting. Today, you get to begin again and make the choice about what programs you want to run as well as the ones you want to erase. You also get to choose the direction of your search for everything you need to do everything you want to do…with love. That’s what hypnotherapy does. It helps you to focus.

Years ago, I found this wonderful dialogue between Tech Support and a Customer. No author was credited with the piece, so I can only express my gratitude. Are there any old programs running on the human computer that is you? Perhaps it’s time to get rid of Fear, Judgment or Bad Habits. Maybe the Pain program has got to go! You can begin the process with a Re-Start. If you need support, I can guide you.

Installing Love on the Human Computer:

Tech Support: Yes, how can I help you?
Customer: I’ve decided to install Love. Can you help me through the process?
Tech Support: The first step is to open your Heart. Have you located it?
Customer:  Yes, but there are several other programs running now. Is it okay to install Love while they are running?
Tech Support: What programs are running?
Customer:  I have Past Hurt, Low Self-Esteem, Grudge and Resentment.
Tech Support:  No problem, Love will gradually erase Past Hurt from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory but it will no longer disrupt other programs. Love will eventually override Low Self-Esteem with a module of its own called High Self-Esteem. However, you have to completely turn off Grudge and Resentment. Those programs prevent Love from being properly installed. Can you turn those off?
Customer:  I don’t know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?
Tech Support: With pleasure. Go to your start menu and invoke Forgiveness. Do this as many times as necessary until Grudge and Resentment have been
completely erased.
Customer:  Okay, done! Love has started installing itself. Is that normal?
Tech Support: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other Hearts in order to get the upgrades.
Customer:  Oops! I have an error message already. It says, “Error – Program not run on external components.”  What should I do?
Tech Support:  Don’t worry. It means that the Love program is set up to run on Internal Hearts, but has not yet been run on your Heart. In non-technical terms, it simply means you have to Love yourself before you can Love others.
Customer: So, what should I do?
Tech Support: Pull down Self-Acceptance; then click on the following files: Forgive-Self; Realize Your Worth; and Acknowledge your Limitations.
Customer: Okay, done.
Tech Support:  Now, copy them to the “My Heart” directory. The system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching faulty programming. Also, you need to delete Verbose Self-Criticism from all directories and empty your Recycle Bin to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.
Customer: Got it. Hey! My heart is filling up with new files. Smile is playing on my monitor and Peace and Contentment are copying themselves all over My Heart. Is this normal?
Tech Support:  Sometimes. For others it takes a while, but eventually everything gets it at the proper time. So Love is installed and running.
One more thing before we hang up. Love is Freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everyone you meet. They will in turn share it with others and return some cool modules back to you.
Customer:  Thank you, God.
God/Tech Support: You’re welcome. Check in with me anytime.

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Jan 16 2015

No More Bad Hair Days

Category: HypnotherapyPatricia @ 2:20 pm

3 hairs

It’s all about perception. Consider this little anecdote about a young woman who woke up one morning and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. She said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today.” She did, and she had a great day.

The next morning she woke up and saw that only two hairs remained on her head. She said, “I’m going to part my hair today.” She did, and she had a really fun day.

The following morning she awoke to only one hair on her head. She said, “I think I’ll wear my hair in a ponytail today.” She did, and her day was wonderful.

The next morning she awoke to find that she did not have a single hair on her head. “Yea!” she said. “I don’t have to fix my hair today!” And her day was divine.

How did this young woman cope with her loss and the unexpected changes happening in her life? She did not mourn all the hairs that were missing. She didn’t question why. She didn’t feel lack. She didn’t judge the beauty or the value of the hairs. Instead, she made a different choice. She did not cry or become angry. She considered her options and made another choice. She adjusted to the changes she observed. She did not resist or deny them. She chose to allow things to be. She released all attachment to the past. She lovingly accepted herself. And she lived every day of her life in eager anticipation.

What is your perception of your life? Is the world a place where bad things are happening to you? Or is it a place of love and beauty where all your needs are met? It’s what you think about and focus on. Either you focus on what you want…or what you don’t want. You choose to see the opportunity rather than the challenge.

Your mind is constantly in motion. Thoughts, impressions, memories all vie for your attention. You focus your attention on what you believe to be true. This focus creates your perception of the way things are…your own version of reality or your own truth.

When you pay attention to your reality, you become more aware. This awareness will change your focus which may change your perception. When you change your perception about a situation or a problem or an opportunity, it changes your thinking. You imagine things to be different. And since your thoughts create your beliefs, you change your actions to better serve your beliefs. And when you change what you believe to be true, you change your reality. You make different choices.

Hypnotherapy helps you to create a new and improved model of your truth which creates a new way to be. You are creating your reality moment by moment. You are always in control. You choose the focus of your thoughts. You choose your reality. And you have an amazing day!




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Jan 07 2014


Category: Spiritual ExplorationPatricia @ 9:41 am
Shamans lay stone at East point of the Medicine Wheel - The Place of Becoming

Shamans lay stone at East point of the Medicine Wheel – The Place of Becoming

We are all in a state of Becoming. What we are becoming and how we are becoming are the result of the choices we make. Life is happening moment by moment. We are all becoming older, and hopefully, we are also all becoming wiser.  Some of us are blessed with old age, but not all of us enjoy the adventure of becoming old. We could become fatter, sicker or depressed, as we feed our emotions and disregard our natural state of well-being. Or based on our choices, intentions and actions, we could become slimmer, healthier and happier.  We could become wealthier, more creative and more prosperous. Or we could choose to spend money we don’t have to make ourselves feel better, only to realize that we feel worse and have become more in debt.  We can become angry, frustrated and disappointed with our relationships. Or we can become more loving, accepting and appreciative of others.

Life is all about Becoming. In order to become somebody, the first thing you have to do is become yourself. There is no one else who can do that. You have all the skills, talents and gifts to become the very best you.  Are you making the choices that reflect that? Are you resisting your own good in a life of quiet desperation? Or could you be a better you? Could you be happier and more successful? Of course you can! Joseph Campbell tells us, “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of a track that has been there the whole while, waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.”

You have a choice to make. And the time to do it is right now! Will your life be better in 2014? Or will it be worse? You know it won’t stay the same!!!

Practice three things that will help you to make the choices that will serve you best.

  1. Focus on your dreams and desires. Consider, “What if…”  As you imagine with your mind, you will feel with your heart. As you become aligned with your self, you will know with your soul. Believe in your life’s mission and know that your dreams and desires matter… to all of us.
  2. There are no limitations. There is only limited thinking. Get out of your own way! Accept your magnificence. Claim your unique perspective. You know things no one else does!
  3. Trust yourself. You really do know what is best for you. It feels good. It feels right. Neville says, “A change of feeling is a change of destiny.”

If you have lost sight of who you are because of who you have become, you can make the choice to change that. Sometimes we need a guide when we’ve lost our way. I can help you to map out the best path for your future. If you want to change some outside circumstance in your life, you need to own it and make the transformation from within. Accessing the power of your subconscious mind, your goal-achieving machine, you can follow your bliss. Become your very best self!


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Nov 12 2013

Wake Up From Spiritual Amnesia

Category: Spiritual ExplorationPatricia @ 10:57 am

Arch in Fog

Steve Jobs said, “Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

I’ve discovered a common thread in the fabric of my hypnotherapy practice. I enjoy helping people find out who they really are – to self-actualize – to awaken from Spiritual Amnesia.

What is Spiritual Amnesia? And how do you know if you or someone you love is suffering from it?

Perhaps you believe life is happening to you. Or you feel powerless over the way things are. Are you reacting rather than creating?

Maybe you feel out of control. You want things to change but you don’t know how to make that happen. You feel trapped. You feel disconnected from yourself and what makes you happy.

I’d like to share three common symptoms of Spiritual Amnesia and how it can show up in your life. And more importantly, I’d like to offer practical and simple solutions to help you awaken.

Symptom #1

You experience persistent health problems. You lack stamina or energy. You are carrying extra weight. You are not aging well. Your mind-body connection is broken.


A young wife and mother presents with chronic migraine headaches. We discover the conflict of childhood programming of pleasing others at the expense of pleasing herself. She gives herself permission to dance. Her headaches disappear.


Eliminate negative self-talk! Appreciate your talents and gifts. Treat yourself with the same loving respect you give to others. Love and accept yourself as you are right now. Appreciate your body and how it serves you.

Daydream and imagine yourself in a state of physical wellbeing and health. If you can see it, you can be it.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross tells us “take the pain and learn to accept it, not as a curse or a punishment but as a gift to you with a very, very specific purpose.”

Symptom #2

You are short-tempered and anxious. You yell at your kids. You ignore your spouse and your sex life suffers. You feel the pressures of the unknown future. You’re depressed about the past. Everything is out of control.


A woman presents with anxiety, depression and anger issues. We confront her childhood traumas and sexual abuse. We give voice to her anger and frustration. She is empowered by her newfound ability to speak up for herself and face the future without fear. She takes control of her feelings about the past and discovers a sense of peace and understanding.


You do not need to control the behavior of others in order to thrive. Give yourself permission to let go of the past. Your attention to things that hurt you continues to hurt you. It is, in fact, what keeps you from thriving.

Whenever you feel stress, take a moment to take a breath. Learn to evoke the relaxation response. Harvard Medical School studies show that deep breathing and mindful meditation for 10 minutes daily reduces the effects of stress and anxiety.

Napoleon Hill says “If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do.”

Symptom #3

You suffer financial stress. You feel lack and frustration about cash flow. No matter how hard you work, you can’t seem to get ahead. You fail. There is never enough money.


A man presents in need of motivation and focus. He wants success and he’s willing to work hard for it. He realizes his self-imposed limitations and fears. We discover the words of his father etched into his psyche. “You’re worthless. You’ll never amount to anything.” When he learns to believe in himself and the value of his ideas, he achieves his goals.


The mind doesn’t know the difference between what you imagine and what you perceive as reality. When you see yourself as wealthy and successful, your mind becomes comfortable with it. Your confidence is boosted and you are able to achieve your goals. Visualize! Use your inner eye to create your outer world. Your imagination uses your mind to think and your heart to feel. Anything you want to do or have or be is possible.

Woodrow Wilson tells us “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”

You impoverish yourself when you forget who you are. You impoverish all of us when you forget the errand. Give yourself permission to listen to your inner voice and wake up to a life of joy. Wake up from Spiritual Amnesia and remember your power to create.


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Sep 05 2013

Three Messages

Category: MotivationPatricia @ 6:38 pm

diana nyad

After four failed attempts over 35 years, at the age of 64, Diana Nyad succeeded on her fifth try.   Swimming the 110 mile passage from Cuba to Florida through shark infested waters brimming with jelly fish, she achieved her goal.

After nearly 53 hours in the ocean she emerged with this statement. “I have three messages. One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you are never too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team.”

Wow! We can all learn from her perseverance, preparation and resolve. And we can learn at any age! We are only limited by our own limitations…our beliefs about who we are and what it is possible to achieve.  We can learn that it is okay to ask for help!!! We are not in this life alone. When we dream big, we need a team.

If you have a big dream, I can help you to access the power of your goal-achieving machine…your subconscious mind. And I can help you to let go of limitations and false beliefs that are standing in your way. You don’t need to do it all by yourself. And it is never too late to begin to live the life you always dreamed of living!

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Apr 08 2013

Why Do I Need a Sanctuary?

Category: Recommended Reading & ListeningPatricia @ 3:08 pm

You may be very busy and believe that you already have too much to do. But, sometimes, we need to take time to get quiet and explore our inner world. We need a sanctuary from the demands of others and the stress of everyday life. We need an escape.

When you visit your sanctuary, it is a time to be a human being rather than a human doing. It is a place where you allow yourself to dream and flow and create. It is an opportunity to grow and  focus on the good in your life.

Taking time to focus on your well-being makes you more productive and better able to concentrate and solve problems. Allowing time for yourself allows you to be more kind and loving to others. Visiting your sanctuary helps you to create a sacred space in a very hectic world.


I’ve created a CD to help you get started. Building a sanctuary is a worthwhile investment of your time. Give yourself the gift of your self. You deserve it.


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Mar 06 2013

Is Your Mind Being Hi-Jacked?

Category: ControlPatricia @ 6:18 pm

time travels on

Do you engage in mental time travel? Wandering around in CouldaShouldaWoulda World, revisiting old hurts and past disappointments? Maybe you’re exploring the unknown territory of TomorrowLand, investing your time imagining things that make you feel fearful or anxious? 

If you’re thinking about the past, you are experiencing it NOW. If you’re thinking about the future, you are experiencing it NOW. The consequence is – you are missing the present! You’re missing your life!

Your life is now. There will never be a time when it is not now. It is not possible for anything to happen or to be outside of now. The present moment is all you ever have. The past and the future are an illusion.

Become aware! Don’t allow your mind to be hi-jacked!

The recent issue of Scientific American Mind has a great article ‘Being in the Now’ by Amishi P. Jha. The article states, “Mindfulness is a mental mode of being engaged in the present moment without evaluating or emotionally reacting to it.” Mindfulness-based therapies for mood and other disorders are now offered in more than 250 medical centers worldwide. Research shows being mindful can improve your attention and your brain’s ability to pay attention. It can regulate your mood and increase your level of happiness. It can improve your mental clarity and increase your working memory capacity, the giant white-board in your head. Not only that, but mindfulness improves immune functions which increases your longevity. On the fun side, it enhances tactile and visual stimulation and improves sports performance by improving space orientation.

The mind is very powerful. The Mind Matters! When we become mindful, we are fully in control of our attention.  We are able to really savor the moment. We can literally make time stand still when we are focused. When I work with a bride for wedding jitters, one of the most joyful suggestions I am able to deliver is to focus on the details of the moment. When we are focused, we gain a full sensory experience which allows us to be present. We create a multi-media, interactive mind movie where we are able to enjoy the moment again and again in vivid detail.

Your mind can work for you, but it can also work against you. When we are distracted by what is going on around us or outside of us, we can become anxious or stressed-out. Remember, emotion is your body’s reaction to your mind – your thoughts.

Eckhart Tolle in the Power of Now says, “Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within, secondary reality without.”

Research tells us that mindfulness reduces panic disorders, phobias, and depression because it helps us to realize that everything is constantly changing, temporary. We can reduce job-related burnout when we become mindful of what we enjoy in our work and appreciate the moments of satisfaction. We can let go of weight gain when we become mindful of not just what we eat, but how, when, where and why we are eating.  Chronic pain is lessened when we are mindful. We can actually reduce the perceived significance of suffering!

Since I want to alleviate your suffering…I have three tips to share with you –

1.     Focus your attention on the now and tell me what problem you have at this moment. Not tomorrow, or next week, but right now. What is wrong in this moment? You will find that if you are not bleeding or on fire, that the moment of now is usually okay. You can always cope with the now. But you can never cope with the future or change the past.

 2.     Give up waiting as a state of mind. It’s a habitual mind strategy for denying the present moment. When you find yourself impatient and wanting the future, realize that you are rejecting the present – the only thing there is. Just be in joy with yourself – enjoy the moment.

 3.     Make brief visits to the past and future to deal with the practical aspects of the now. Always say “yes” to the present moment.

Perhaps you’ve forgotten how to be in the present moment. I encourage you to make it a habit. “Use your senses fully. Be where you are. Look around. Just look don’t interpret. See the light, shapes, colors, textures. Be aware of the silent presence of each thing. Be aware of the space that allows everything to be. Listen to the sounds; don’t judge them. Listen to the silence underneath the sounds. Touch something – anything – and feel and acknowledge its Being. Observe the rhythm of your breathing; feel the air flowing in and out, feel the life energy inside your body. Allow everything to be, within and without. Allow the “isness” of all things. Move deeply into the Now.” Eckhart Tolle

In my practice, I teach people to become more mindful and help them to travel to the magical and powerful land of the hypnotic state. The hypnotic state is the timeless state of consciousness. If you’re going to engage in mental time travel, this is a five star luxury destination – a dreamtrip, so to speak! In this place, you are able to get in touch with your inner self and connect with Source Energy. It’s a place where every cell of your body is so present it feels vibrant and alive.  Imagine that! You are complete and whole and alive in a state of being – a human being, not a human doing. You have arrived at your happy place!

Do you want to enjoy inner peace and physical well-being? Do you recognize the value of the service I offer? Are you ready to book a trip? Perhaps the time is Now.  






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Jan 29 2013

The Call of the Ancestors

Category: ShamanismPatricia @ 3:36 pm

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” ~ Chief Seattle

The word “Shaman” literally means “one who knows.” Shamanism is a practice that has remained the same for thousands of years and is not part of any particular form of religion or spirituality. Since the beginning of time, certain men and women felt a calling to heal the sick; study and protect ancient knowledge; guide the lost souls; communicate with the stone people, the plant people, the animals and the spirit world. They performed rituals and ceremonies for the community and told stories to share wisdom. Today, there are those who hear the call of the ancestors and honor the way of peace.

I am a Shaman.  Initiated and trained in the nine rites of the Munay-Ki, I have received the energetic transmissions of a 30,000 year old Laika Shamanic tradition. The rites are based on the practices of the Inka and pre-Inka Shamans of the Andes and the Amazon. In the Qechua language of the Q’ero Inka nation, Munay means “to interact with the world and others through the heart consciousness”, or simply, “love”.

Shamans seek to find solutions to problems within the community, using trance, astral travel and vision quests. They have always served as teachers, mentors, and psychic guides, working with the energetic body, or Luminous Energy Field. A Shaman helps to positively dream the world into being.

As a modern Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Meridian Tapping Practitioner, I use the same ancient Shamanic tools to help my clients become their ideal self – the very best version they can imagine. When I began my clinical practice more than 10 years ago, I imagined that I would build a healing center. I visualized the programs and the other healers who would work with me. I knew it would be a powerful and magical place. Even though I didn’t know how or where or when, I believed in what.

My vision has became more clear. I know where. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains outside of Malibu is a place we call Mount Munay. This land is blessed with a powerful positive energy vortex – a vortex on a par with those found in Sedona. I asked for the land. The land asked for me. This sacred space is being called into service to be used as a healing center for all who wish to join in the intention of infinite, unconditional love and gratitude.

I have asked my three sister Shamans to unite with me as four Earth-Keepers to act as stewards of this land. The energy from this vortex has the ability to amplify and transmit the thoughts and actions of the Healers with the intention that it will benefit the good of all. The work has begun.

Medicine Wheel atop Mt. Munay Vortex

Medicine Wheel atop Mt. Munay Vortex

As Shamans and Planetary Healers, we have taken on the task and the joy of building a Medicine Wheel. A Medicine Wheel is a place to pray, meditate or hold ceremony. It strengthens our connection to Mother Earth, Gaia, Pachamama.

Symbolizing the circle of life, the Wheel is a metaphor for eternity: there is no beginning or end; life is constantly in motion and always changing. It is deemed “Medicine” because in the Native traditions, anything that is “good”, such as food, talking, dancing and ceremony, is considered to be healing to mind, body and spirit. The circle also serves to remind us that we all work together as equals as we travel and grow at all levels of our being. A Medicine Wheel is usually placed where earth energy is strong. We have built our Medicine Wheel on top of the vortex.

The act of constructing a Medicine Wheel is a ritual ceremony, done with respect and love, built stone by stone. We create sacred space by prayer and purification. We are aware of Mother Earth, Father Sun and Grandmother Moon. We honor the four points of the compass; the four elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Air; and the four power animals of Serpent, Jaguar, Hummingbird and Eagle; and place stone sentinels to mark the directions. We place a center stone to symbolize the Creator and our connection to all life. We employ ritual symbols of sacred geometry to communicate with Spirit. Through ceremony, we learn to give back.

As we painstakingly gather stones one by one from the mountain (which she lovingly gives up to us); as we use tools both primitive and progressive to methodically measure and map out our patterns and design; as we clear the land to declare its destiny and bury our prayers to confirm it, we do it with a sense of purpose and mission. We do this as a family; a community. This is not about any one of us as individuals; it is about all of us as One.

Shamanism is founded on the principle that the visible world is saturated with unseen forces and energies that influence us. As we travel around the Medicine Wheel of Life, we experience many different positions and changing perspectives. We know that Mother Earth will support us and that it is our responsibility to support her. We  know that when we attain balance and inner peace as individuals, we  achieve world peace together and come to experience heaven on earth.


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Dec 04 2012

Imaginal Cells – The Butterfly Experience

Category: Fears & PhobiasPatricia @ 10:12 am

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.”   ~Proverb

When a caterpillar buries itself inside its cocoon, it begins the transformation into a butterfly. While inside, the caterpillar literally turns into a pile of goop. At no point would you find a caterpillar beginning to sprout wings.  The pre-existing cells of the caterpillar don’t change into new butterfly cells; the new cells seem to appear out of nowhere. These are called imaginal cells.

When the imaginal cells begin to awaken, they are instinctively drawn to one another. As they connect, they become the genetic directors of the future butterfly. It appears that less than 50% of the imaginal cells must connect in order for the transformation to take place. At that crucial point, the old cells provide nourishment for the new ones.

As the process continues, some imaginal cells change into wing cells or antenna cells and so on. No longer imaginal cells, they become specific tissue cells. And when the process is done, only butterfly cells remain. The transformation is complete.

Sometimes change can feel like the world is ending. Change can be scary. The unknown and unfamiliar make us feel tense and anxious. But if we pay attention to the miracle of the butterfly, it can teach us that change is a beautiful thing! The life that you imagine is the life you live.

Change begins when you imagine it. You want to stop doing something or start doing something. Or maybe you want to do something differently. Change comes when you release the old limiting patterns, beliefs and judgments that no longer serve you. When you release old patterns, you are able to become aware of who you are right now. You bring more balance to your being.

Change allows you to integrate new information and insights. You are able to retain what is valuable, meaningful and applicable to your life. And you are able to make it better because you know more. Change is a reflection of new wisdom. Once you become aware of something, it is impossible to become unaware. You make more conscious choices which reflect who you are becoming.

Change helps you to see things in a new way and from a different perspective. You gain clarity which allows you to move forward in a positive direction. You believe in yourself and you learn to fly.

There may have been a time in your life when you wanted to retreat into your cocoon or a time when you felt like a pile of goop. If that happens again, remember the butterfly and begin to imagine yourself into a new way of being.

When you retreat into the natural meditative state of hypnosis, you create a cocoon where you are able to transform your life. Your subconscious mind is the source of your imaginal cells. It lies beneath the surface waiting for your conscious command.

Are you ready to dream your world into being and awaken your ideal self? Your imaginal cells are like quiet little thoughts that excite you. You will know if you are to grow or change. These recurring thoughts will haunt and inspire you. They will cluster together forming cells of healing, cells of growth and cells of becoming someone different than who you used to be…an improved version of yourself.

There is no need to fear change. You are simply having a butterfly experience. You may not know what is going on…unsure of who you are and who you no longer want to be. It may not be an easy thing to set yourself free, but it is your right and your responsibility to claim the beauty within and share it with the world.

Are you ready to dream your world into being and awaken your ideal self? I’m ready to guide you through your vision quest and celebrate your flight. Make the time to sit in silence and grow wings. The world is waiting for you.




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Oct 25 2012

Mindfulness Meditation Improves Sex

Category: SexualityPatricia @ 10:00 am


Are your thoughts affecting your pleasure? Do you feel anxious and frustrated? Are you getting in the way of your sexual satisfaction? A recent study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine shows that mindfulness meditation can not only improve sexual satisfaction and arousal but it can “increase self-compassion, decrease anxiety and improve attention” according to Gina Silverstein of Brown University.

Often self-judgmental thoughts run through a women’s mind when they are having sex. They criticize their body and their abilities as a lover. Dr. Elizabeth Kavaler, a urologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, said anecdotal evidence is abundant. “The best part of this study is that it validates that the biggest part of sexuality in women is emotional and mental,” Kavaler said.

The Brown University study included 44 college students, 30 of whom were women, and about half of whom took a 12-week meditation course. All were shown a series of photos to gauge their reaction time in feeling “calm,” “excited” or “aroused.” The participants also completed questionnaires that reported aspects such as self-acceptance and psychological well-being.

It was noted that women who took the mindful meditation course became significantly faster at identifying their body’s responses to sexual stimuli. This increase in interoceptive awareness was also linked to improvements in self-reported measures of attention, self-judgment, anxiety and depression . The study found that women who took longer to register feelings of sexual arousal were also those who were harshest in their self-judgment.

As for mental chatter during sex, Silverstein said “a huge range” exists, from women who think of other things while having sex without effecting arousal, to others who are unable to function sexually if any stray thought comes to mind.

Mindfulness meditation which teaches how to bring one’s thoughts into the present moment, can quiet negative and distracting mental chatter. It can help one to focus on the experience with all senses fully engaged. Letting go of self-judgment is the first step. Choosing to think of your connection to your partner and the sensuality of touch brings you into the moment and allows you to experience the pleasure.

Rediscover the body as friend and companion and learn to experience healthy pleasure. Recognize that pleasure is the way the physical body expresses wellbeing and know that the body’s impulse for pleasure is never wrong. Our desire is a physical form of yearning for the divine connection of body, mind and spirit. It’s available to us if we allow it.

Sometimes we need a little help to get into balance and to get a clear focus on how we want to experience our life. Hypnotherapy is a form of directed mindful meditation which allows you to be present and focus on what you want. It would be my pleasure to help you to achieve comfort and contentment through the power of your own thoughts. It is our natural state to feel at home living in the incredible temple of the physical body. Be mindful of it!


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Jul 27 2012

Natural High

Category: AddictionsPatricia @ 12:19 pm

The body’s impulse for pleasure is never wrong. We are wired to seek experiences of joy and happiness in a physical form. It’s the way the body expresses well-being. Our desire for comfort is a form of yearning. Sometimes, we don’t know how to find that comfort. When we don’t have the ability to choose healthy ways to achieve that pleasure and contentment, we create destructive pleasure habits. Whether it’s to relax and chill out, get a boost or just feel good, we often turn to chemical stimulants.

“In an average week, Americans drink 1 billion cups of coffee, 3.4 million cups of tea, 4.5 billion sugared or caffeinated soft drinks, 2.3 billion alcoholic drinks; smoke 8.25 billion cigarettes and consume 400,000 tons of sugar, and 20 million pounds of chocolate. On top of this we take 20 million antidepressants, puff our way through 25 million joints, and pop 1 million tabs of Ecstasy.” Counselor Magazine “New Therapeutic Approaches: Alternative Treatments for Addictions” published 5/31/2003

Cass and Holford reported those statistics in Natural Highs (2002). In this report, they write about the impact and effectiveness of alternative, holistic strategies. It is obvious there is a need for a new way of overcoming life’s challenges.

Current research in neuroscience shows that throughout our lives, we continue to change the way we think, and therefore, we change our beliefs.  We can change the way we behave. And we can make that change without feeling anxious or sad or deprived! In my practice, I use two modalities to achieve change; hypnosis and EFT. Using the powerful mind-body connection, we can expect to see a shift in perspective and actions. These connections are supported through numerous scientific disciplines including: psychoneuroimmunology, epigenetics, interpersonal neurobiology, and neuroplasticity.

Hypnotherapy allows for the resolution of the issues that created the addictive behavior in the first place. Through behavior and perception modification, people learn to cope better and develop an improved sense of self-esteem and confidence. We are able to learn new beliefs and boundaries. We can let go of destructive behaviors and the need for mood-altering substances. With behavioral epigenetics, healing takes place on a cellular level. When we change our thoughts, we change our bodies. By achieving a relaxed state, we become receptive to new ideas and suggestions that are beneficial to us. We begin to see ourselves in a new way. We dream our world into being.

Self-hypnosis can also help boost a person’s motivation to change through self-suggestion. It can help us to connect to internal strengths we may have forgotten, as well as provide self-control. Self-hypnosis has been endorsed for stress reduction by addiction counselors, therapists, psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists. The efficacy of hypnosis is no longer a question of belief.

Since addiction is a multi-faceted problem, Energy Psychology in the form of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or meridian tapping, can address both causes and effects of the addiction. For instance, cravings are often caused by a desire to reduce anxiety. When we understand the trigger which causes the craving, there is no longer a need to relieve it through the addictive behavior. We learn to make a different choice.

We need to re-invent ourselves and we’re not sure we want to do that. “I can’t live with it and I can’t live without it”. EFT can be used to reinforce and focus upon the positive benefits. It can also be used to eliminate the fears and any perceived sense of loss or deprivation associated with giving up the addiction.

No one likes change. When an addict has to face change, denial and resistance are the best forms of defense. Using the Choices Method of EFT, we are able to shift our focus to the solution rather than the problem.

Freedom from addiction is life-affirming pleasure. Pleasure is a good thing. It’s a natural high!







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May 01 2012

Hypno-Reiki: A New Way to Let Go of Pain

Category: Hypnotherapy,Pain ManagementPatricia @ 3:56 pm

Look for the following article in a soon to be published issue of Your Health Connection (http://www.yhcmagazine.com/). This article marks the beginning of a new modality which is both powerful and gentle. I am very excited to launch this restorative and therapeutic practice of Hypno-Reiki with a compassionate and gifted healer, Reiki Master Claire Staffa.

Are you suffering? “Chronic pain is a problem that has reached near epidemic proportions,” said Edward Covington, M.D., director of the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program at the Cleveland Clinic. “The ‘can do, can cope’ spirit of Americans can lead to untreated chronic pain, which has a severe impact on people’s work, personal relationships, hobbies, and even sex, and can greatly diminish their quality of life. In addition to physical disability, it may also lead to irritability, anxiety, or depression.”

Do you endure discomfort to the point that it is affecting the way you live your life? Are you sick and tired of conventional methods of pain management? Are you taking pills that aren’t effective? Is your medication creating negative side effects? Are you ready to try something new? Perhaps it is time to consider an integrative approach to healing… a new way based on ancient methods. Are you aware of Hypno-Reiki?

Hypno-Reiki is a combination of two powerful methods of healing, Hypnosis and Reiki. Each method has proven to be effective, but when used together, the modality has great potential. Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation, or altered state of consciousness created by focused attention. For thousands of years, it has been used as an effective method for relief of physical pain and discomfort. In the hypnotic state, we are open to positive suggestions and imagery which will create change. It is an ideal time to implement other therapeutic modalities, such as Reiki, because our whole system is primed to healing. Reiki, a healing practice originated inJapan, is a non-invasive, gentle modality which translates to “spiritually guided life force energy or universal healing energy”. It helps the body’s natural ability to heal itself though the flow and focusing of energy.

The Center for Disease Control reports in 2002 that 62% ofU.S.adults had used some form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), often in conjunction with other alternative and conventional medical treatments. The 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey ofCAMuse by Americans, found that “people use Reiki for relaxation, stress reduction, and symptom relief, in efforts to improve overall health and well-being. Reiki has been used by people with anxiety, chronic pain, HIV/AIDS, and other health conditions, as well as by people recovering from surgery or experiencing side effects from treatments.”

Hypnotherapy can help with the perception of pain, by changing the expectation. In studies about how the human brain and nervous system work, Dr. Kenneth Casey, a professor of neurology at the University of Michigan and a neurology consultant to the VA Health Care System in Ann Arbor states that “the brain has mechanisms to directly control what we feel, it actively controls the flow of sensory information that results in our perceptions.” In fact, key regions of the brain appear to react as much to the expectation of pain as much as they do to actual painful stimulation. The mind can alter the feeling of pain by substituting another feeling such as heat, tingling, numbness. It can also divert the location of pain to another body part, thereby allowing relief.  In a January 5, 2004 article by Benedict Carey, The Los Angeles Times reports “the brain can virtually shut down pain signals when preoccupied.”

At that point, the body’s energy system is aligned with thoughts of health and wellness. The body-mind connection is fully functioning while in the state of hypnosis. The mind doesn’t know the difference between what is imagined and what is perceived as reality. When Reiki is administered to someone in the hypnotic state, the benefits are magnified. The healing power of life force energy is added and the whole body becomes at peace.

Though Reiki may be an unfamiliar term and may sound “new-agey,” the effectiveness of this ancient treatment has been shown. The International Journal of Behavioral Medicine reviewed 66 clinical trials on biofield therapies. It was concluded that there was strong evidence that biofield therapies such as Reiki help reduce the intensity of pain. Julie Kusiak, MA, a Reiki practitioner in the integrative medicine department atBeaumontHospital inRoyal Oak,Michigan, states, “Recent studies on Reiki therapy reflect a broad spectrum of its benefit for pain relief.” Examples cited were decreased anxiety and pain, lower fatigue, reduced depression and better quality of life.

Hypnosis and Reiki create profoundly relaxing effects, which make the combination of Hypno-Reiki even more effective for the treatment of anxiety, stress and pain. Hypno-Reiki complements any other form of medical treatment, as there are no contraindications. There is a long history of both scientific and anecdotal evidence to support the use of behavioral and relaxation approaches to treat chronic pain. The American Hospital Association President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock stated, “Complementary and alternative medicine has shown great promise in supporting and stimulating healing. It’s one of the many tools hospitals look to as they continue to create optimal healing environments for the patients they serve.”

Much research concludes the effectiveness of hypnosis as an alternative method of healing. Scientific American Mind’s (July, 2005) article titled “The Truth and the Hype of Hypnosis” which stated that “hypnosis has been shown to be a real phenomenon with a variety of therapeutic uses- especially in controlling pain.” The article further cites a meta-analysis published by the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis which found that “the pain relieving effect of hypnosis is often substantial, and in a few cases the degree of relief matches or exceeds that provided by morphine.”

In Biofield Therapies:A Best Evidence Synthesis,a systematic review examined 66 clinical studies and found “equivocal evidence for biofield therapies’ effects on fatigue and quality of life for cancer patients, as well as for comprehensive pain outcomes and affect in pain patients, and for decreasing anxiety in cardiovascular patients”. Currently, there is a peer review method for analyzing the state of scientific studies done on Reiki programs in hospitals and clinics. The process is rigorous, impartial and incorporates the best practices for scientific review. Dr Mehmet Oz is a proponent of Reiki and is often quoted as saying, “Reiki has become a sought-after healing art among patients and mainstream medical professionals.”

According to a 2008 American Hospital Association survey, 84% of hospitals indicated patient demand as the reason for offering Complementary and Alternative Medicine services because of “clinical effectiveness”. Simply stated, it works.

More and more, science tells us that the condition of our body is directly related to our positive thoughts of wellness or our negative thoughts of stress, anxiety and pain. Thoughts are energy. Thoughts create. Your body is a manifestation of the thoughts of your sub-conscious mind. You have the power to change the way you think and to change the way you feel. There is an unlimited supply of “spiritually guided life force energy”  available to you to help create your natural state of being, which is a state of well-being. If you are suffering, you can give yourself permission to let go of the pain. You can change your expectations and move toward a better, more joyful life. Perhaps Hypno-Reiki is the way to do it!


Patricia Lynn Belkowitz, C.Ht., EFT-CC, and Claire Staffa, Reiki Master. Patricia Belkowitz is a clinical Hypnotherapist focusing on health and wellness. Claire Staffa is a certified Reiki Master specializing in balance and harmony. They practice together at Dr. Sharon Norling’s Mind Body Spirit Center in Westlake Village. For more information about Patricia go to www.TheMindMatters.com and to find out about Claire, visit www.HarmoniousReiki.com or log on to www.TheMBSC.com.


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