Dec 14 2017

How to Tell Your “Self” to Sleep

Category: Control,Health & Wellness,Self-Meditation & MindfulnessPatricia @ 8:44 am

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Have you had trouble sleeping? Tossing and turning all night long? Staring at the ceiling? Checking the clock? Did you know that your mind must be in the Alpha brain-wave stage to fall asleep? This is when you’re still conscious, but your body is relaxed. You must relax both your mind and your body in order to fall asleep. This Alpha brain-wave stage is the state you access when you meditate or when you enter the hypnotic state. It allows access to your subconscious mind. This state enables you to focus inward. It allows you to leave the outside world behind; to turn off your rampant and roaming conscious mind so you can relax.

When you have trouble falling asleep, you often focus on that trouble. You tell yourself, “I don’t sleep well.” Or, “It’s been ages since I’ve had a good night’s sleep.” You think about what you don’t want. But… you must remember that what you focus on expands. All you can think about is NOT sleeping!!!

Your thought energy is an incredible tool. You can control this tool. Imagine you’re lying awake in bed. You’re frustrated by your inability to fall asleep. You think, “I’m SO tired! I just want to sleep.” And then you think, “My co-worker Susie is so annoying. I can’t get any work done while she’s jabbering on about her stupid wedding!” And then you think about the wedding which makes you think about your lack of a relationship which makes you sad. And then you think, “Okay, I’m not going to think anymore. No thinking. Stop!”

And then you get more frustrated as you repeat the process over and over again. Susie’s wedding. Mom’s health. Your weight. Bills. Responsibilities. Thoughts creating emotions creating physical responses. An endless stream of thoughts are constantly running through your mind. Thoughts which disturb you. Thoughts which interfere with your ability to relax. You can control what you focus on. You can control your thoughts. You can make that choice.

The first step to changing anything is to become aware of what is happening. When a thought pops into your mind, become the Outside Observer. Notice what you’re thinking and say, “I just noticed myself thinking about…” Consider this…if “I” noticed “myself”…who am “I”? “And who is my “self”?” Could it be that the “I” is the eternal all-knowing soul? And is the “self” the ego/personality of the physical experience? Is the “I” the one that is in control of the “self”? When you recognize that, you become a conscious choice maker. You recognize your power. You will find that there is a great sense of peace and wellbeing within the presence of the “I”.

The next step to remember is, “What you focus on expands.” Being aware of your control over what you are thinking, you now have the ability to direct your “self” into a place of deep relaxation. The most powerful point of focus is your breathing. When you’re focusing on your breathing, you are focusing on something very powerful. You are feeding the cells of your body and you are connecting with the “I”. Breath is the source energy of Life. Simply focusing on the inhale and the exhale will direct your body to relax and enter the Alpha brain-wave state.  It’s easy. Try it.

The secret to your success is the last step: Repetition. Practice. Breathe. Count your breaths. Focus. If your mind wanders (which is likely), become aware of your power to direct your thoughts. And begin again to focus on your breath. The in breath and the out breath. When you reach ten breaths, you will notice a wave of relaxation will flow through your body. When this happens, you will know that you have made the shift from the high-frequency Beta brain-waves to the relaxed state of the Alpha. Now tell your “self” to sleep and your subconscious mind will take care of the rest.

 

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Oct 14 2017

Default Mode

Category: Inspirational Quotes,Self-Meditation & MindfulnessPatricia @ 8:00 am

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Daydreaming, meditating or fantasizing about the future is just letting your mind wander. Scientists tell us that when we are engaged in these alpha state activities, our brains are engaged in what is referred to as self-generated cognition, using our default mode network. Self-generated cognition is just another way of saying that you are focused on thinking about a thought that you created. The thought didn’t occur to you from any association with your external environment. There was not a stimulus to your thought. You are in your own head. You may be planning some future action. You may be remembering something from the past. You may just be thinking about your day. Your mind is wandering. You are not doing anything. You are simply being.

This default mode activity helps us to think deeply and creatively. When we become quiet and meditative, we are better able to solve problems and shift our perspective. Engagement with our inner mind allows us an opportunity to make meaning out of our life experiences. We can connect the dots and get a better grasp of the bigger picture. When we are in this state of consciousness, we are more creative and expressive about our ideas and thoughts. When we tap into our emotions, we are more able to empathize and sympathize with others. Reflecting on our own emotional states helps us to identify with our community. We recognize that each human being experiences a wide range of emotional ups and downs, and in that recognition, we feel a connection to humanity. We’re all in this together.

In order to take advantage of this default mode, you must break away from the external distractions and go within. You must allow your mind to be silent. Do this by using deep breathing methods to create a self-hypnotic or meditative state.

When you separate yourself from conscious thoughts, your subconscious mind is consolidating past experiences and preparing to react to similar experiences in the future. You are not wasting your time by daydreaming. You are actively engaged in creating your reality. Your brain is very much at work even though it may feel like you’re on pause. In fact, a group of brain regions actually increase in activity whenever you aren’t focused on a task. This is known as the default mode network or stream of consciousness. Remember that the word “default” means that something happens automatically or without any active consideration.

Since we are constantly being exposed to a large amount of information streaming into our surroundings, it could be that this default mode helps us to make sense of the information. Our resting state is able to process our internal reactions and responses to our outside environment. When we take the time to go within, we can reflect on our actions and review our perceptions, We can come to terms with things. We can make plans and move on. When we go within, we have access to our inner wisdom.

Your inner wisdom is accessed through silent reflection. You know the answers to your problems. You know more than anyone else about how to solve whatever problem you may have. Your soul knows what you need to do and how you need to be. Don’t keep secrets from yourself. Go within. Take advantage of your own default mode.  Viktor Frankl reminds us of our power and where we can access it.  He says, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

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Jun 26 2017

Just One Thing

Category: Control,Inspirational QuotesPatricia @ 4:29 pm

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So maybe life isn’t going as you expected. The year is half over and those New Year’s resolutions have not panned out. Maybe you regret what you’ve done or maybe you regret what you didn’t do. Maybe that job you were hoping for didn’t come through. You didn’t even get the rejection call from the employer. Or maybe that man you’ve been dating did make the rejection call. Maybe you can’t pay your rent and you don’t know what to do next. Any one of those things can send us into a feeling of overwhelm or panic. We look for answers. We ask, “how did this happen?” We consider all the things we did wrong. We determine many ways to blame. We think of all the ways we may be able to fix the situation. And sometimes we can’t think of any way at all. When this happens, we experience “analysis paralysis.” And then nothing happens. We can’t take action. Our analysis of the situation has literally paralyzed our ability to act.

When we experience regrets about what we could have done; should have done; or what would happen if we had done…we dwell on all the negative aspects of the situation. We focus on everything we perceive to have done wrong. We judge ourselves and others. We assign responsibility for the situation. CouldaShouldaWoulda World is not a place you want to visit! Remember you did what you did with what you knew at the time. You made choices. Your life is a reflection of your choices.

We would all be better served if we chose to concentrate our efforts on changing just one aspect of our thoughts and actions. When we spend our time thinking about all the things that we need to change, it’s impossible to focus on taking constructive action on just one thing. When we focus, everything is much easier to accomplish.

You don’t need to address everything at once…you just need to focus on one thing! And do you know what that one thing is? The one thing you can do to influence your outside world…is to go within and to focus on what you want! This one thing is the most powerful and influential thing you can do. Ralph Waldo Emerson says, “Do the thing and you will have the Power.”

We all have the ability to do the thing. You are born with an imagination and desire. You have gifts, skills, talents and abilities. It’s an inside thing. Using your ability to visualize, imagine, pretend and experience, you create your life. You determine what you want. You have the ability to make the choices to create the actions which bring the experience into your reality.

Stop analyzing what you are doing wrong. Let go of the regrets. Kiss the blame goodbye. And begin again in this moment. Remember the only time there will ever be is this now moment. Now go within. Focus. Do the thing.

 

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Feb 15 2016

Build. Visit. Find Peace.

Category: Spiritual ExplorationPatricia @ 3:50 pm

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What is a sanctuary? The dictionary offers three definitions. They are: 1. a sacred or holy place; 2. a place that offers protection; 3. a hiding place. Although it is wonderful to visit sacred places such as shrines, temples and churches, a sanctuary does not need to be a physical place. To find refuge and retreat from the outside world, we can simply go within to our own sacred place of being. When we allow ourselves to be in a state of mindful awareness, we are able to create a safe haven for ourselves. Just like a child finding cover in a secret hiding place, we are able to be alone with our thoughts.

You build your sanctuary with your imagination and past experiences. Everything you’ve ever experienced is available to you. And you can add the entire catalog of images and emotions you have experienced through photographs, movies and books. Your subconscious mind records every event and emotion. When sharing memories with a friend, have you ever had the experience of their recalling a different story of the event? They may embellish things that you found unremarkable or remember someone else’s actions in a different manner. That’s because our most vivid memories are most strongly connected to our own individual emotions.

When you are mindful of the details during the experience, you are more easily able to re-experience them in your imagination. Just think the memory and you will feel the emotion. In fact, our strongest memories are associated with our strongest emotions – good or bad. Your body/mind doesn’t know the difference between what you imagine and what you perceive to be reality. For the purpose of creating a sanctuary, obviously, your focus is on the past good memories.

Once you have taken the time to build your sanctuary, it’s like a full-time vacation property…a second home. And everything you need is there waiting for you. There is no need to pack. There is no need to book a reservation or deal with airport security. It’s almost as good as using the Star Trek transporter and being “beamed” to your destination. Your travel time is brief. Your vehicle is familiar and comfortable. You are simply transported to your sanctuary by focused breathing. It is a dreamship powered by your imagination.

There is no start-up building cost or minimum monthly fees to maintain your sanctuary. The only cost involved is your time. In as little as 15 minutes per day spent visiting your sanctuary, you will notice a difference in your life! You may experience reduced stress and anxiety, better tolerance to pain, improved well-being and a more positive attitude about your life.

Perhaps you feel that you are very busy and already have too much to do. Perhaps you’re thinking, “Why do I need a sanctuary? And what do I do while I’m there?” You need do nothing while in 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.

Studies show that concentrated, focused breathing is beneficial to your health. It may reduce hypertension, heart disease and other stress-related diseases and actually help you to maintain a healthy weight. 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.

Building a sanctuary is a joyful process. Visiting it often is even more joyful. Let go of any limiting thoughts that tell you that you don’t have 15 minutes every day to go within. If you need help getting started, I’ve mastered the process and I’d be happy to show you the way. It’s a delightful experience. And it’s really easy. Because when building your sanctuary, there are no limitations. Except, of course, the ones you create.

 

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Apr 07 2015

Traveling the Time Tunnel

Category: Energy BodyPatricia @ 9:22 am

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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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Nov 12 2013

Wake Up From Spiritual Amnesia

Category: Spiritual ExplorationPatricia @ 10:57 am

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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.

Example

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.

Solution

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.

Example

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.

Solution

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.

Example

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.

Solution

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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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.

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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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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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Jun 30 2011

Being

Category: Inspirational QuotesPatricia @ 12:20 pm

“It is important from time to time to slow down, to go away by yourself, and simply Be.”    ~ Eileen Caddy from The Dawn of Change

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Sep 08 2010

Choose Your Thoughts…Choose Your Body

Choices you make are controlled by your subconscious thoughts and past programming. Many times, negative thoughts create negative and self-defeating actions or inactions which prevent you from achieving your full potential.  These thoughts and beliefs can be changed. I’ve just created two Meditations to help you to make better choices.

Joyful jump

Well-being makes you jump for joy!

Listening to TheMindMatters:Nourishment and TheMindMatters:Movement will allow you to relax and visit your inner space, your place of creation, where you can choose positive thoughts and emotions which will motivate and inspire you. The Meditations are a soothing and relaxing way to communicate with your subconscious mind. You are reaching the most powerful part of your mind and so, this time, you will succeed in achieving your fitness goals.

Your food choices, portions, cravings and eating habits are motivated by subconscious programming. We seek “comfort food” when we have stress or anxiety. We indulge in treats when we are lonely or bored. We crave foods for the sensual feelings we experience while we eat. We feed our emotions. We swallow our unexpressed feelings. We are weighed down by our emotional burdens. When you love and accept yourself, you are better able to express your emotions and needs. You have a healthier relationship with your feelings which creates the ability to make better choices in how you nourish yourself.

When you listen to TheMindMatters:Nourishment, you access the power of your subconscious mind, the 88% of your mind which controls your behavior. You will succeed in letting go of the unwanted excess weight and you will keep it off for the rest of your life. You will set a realistic goal and carry it out successfully. You will achieve and maintain your ideal weight, size and shape with the power of the MindBody connection. The time to start is now!

Your desire and motivation to exercise and be physically active is based on your past subconscious programming. Negative thought patterns are created in many ways. By accessing your subconscious mind, positive thought patterns can be created to replace the negative ones. You will succeed in creating and maintaining an enjoyable exercise program which will keep you fit and flexible for the rest of your long, healthy life.

When you listen to TheMindMatters:Movement, you re-program your mind to accept and be motivated by the benefits of exercise and physical activity. The benefits include but are not limited to: reduce stress; increase energy, strength and flexibility; build healthy immune system; cleanse and de-toxify; boost metabolism; tone & firm muscles; cardio-vascular health; youthful & healthy appearance; longer and healthier life.

What you tell yourself has the greatest power over your life. What you tell yourself determines what you can and can not do. Tell yourself that you deserve to have a strong and healthy body. Tell yourself that the time to start to honor and respect your body is now! It’s a choice you make.

 Choose Your Thoughts…Choose Your Body

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Sep 02 2010

Being

Category: Inspirational QuotesPatricia @ 10:42 am

A moment ago, I was at a point in my busy day where I didn’t know which task to attend to first. I have more than one list of things to accomplish, as well as things which haven’t even made it to the “to do” list. Like so many of us, I wear many hats. I am a wife, mother, daughter and friend. I am a hypnotherapist, an artist, an author, a speaker, a businesswoman.

When I became mindful and asked for direction, I picked up a book, held it for a moment and opened the page to this….  

river stones & flowers

Observe your place in the Universe.

“Be very very still and allow every new experience to take place in your life without any resis-tance whatsoever. You do not have to do anything, you simply have to be and let things happen.”     ~ Eileen Caddy, Footprints on the Path

It was a powerful reminder that I am human being not a human doing. And that it is absolutely okay to allow myself to just be. I will never get it all done. I’m going to give myself permission “to be and let things happen”. I wanted to share that so maybe you’ll give yourself permission too.

We are often in a place of critical self-judgment and self-imposed overwhelm, considering that we should be doing this or we should have accomplished that by now.

When we allow ourselves to slow down to savor the moment, we are reminded that it really is a beautiful moment. It is a now moment. And all we really have is this now moment. Life is easy. Life is joyful. Just be.

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Aug 06 2010

Hypnosis Helps Hot Flashes

Category: HypnotherapyPatricia @ 1:59 pm

An article by Jean Weiss in Prevention magazine cites approval of many complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) to prevent and treat a variety of common ailments. This approval comes from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institute of Health. The sole aim of this agency is to rigorously assess the restorative powers of natural products, such as herbs and supplements, as well as mind/body therapies, like hypnosis and acupuncture. The therapies are gentle on your body and can often replace prescription medications. New research says that these treatments are “extraordinarily effective”.

Thousands of studies and more than a decade later, “the science shows which approaches work,” says Josephine Briggs, MD, director of NCCAM.” One such therapy is hypnosis, which can literally change the way the brain receives signals from the body and from outside stimulus.

A recent study showed that women who were hypnotized for five weekly sessions, found improvement in symptoms and occurrence of hot flashes. After the sessions, they reported a reduction in both the frequency and the severity of their hot flashes.

“Hypnosis teaches us that we have more control over how we process both internal and external information, like temperature, than we usually give ourselves credit for,” says David Spiegel, MD, associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and medical director of the Stanford Center for Integrated Medicine. “For instance, hypnosis can suggest to the brain that it should tamp down its sensitivity to heat; when it does just that, women with hot flashes have an altered perception of their body temperature.”

The body doesn’t know the difference between what the brain perceives as reality and what is imagined. Your body responds to your thoughts. You can change your perceptions.

Hidden benefit: Hypnosis can decrease anxiety and depression and improve your quality of sleep.

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Jul 31 2010

Imagination & Immune System

Category: Therapeutic ImageryPatricia @ 2:03 pm

 

Dr. Karen Olness, author of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy with Children, conducted an experiment involving immune systems and the subconscious mind at Rainbow Babies’ and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. A video was shown where one puppet represented a virus; another, which looked like a policeman, represented the immune system. After viewing the video, the children were guided into a relaxed state and asked to imagine lots of policemen puppets running around inside their bodies. When saliva samples were taken, the results showed that their immunoglobulin levels had substantially increased. Their immune systems had been supercharged with their imagination and were working as though they were fighting off real infections. Dr Olness states, “It is still my view that every child with chronic illness should learn self-hypnosis, because of the sense of coping and competence it gives them.”

The mind doesn’t know the difference between what is imagined and perceived reality. The body responds to what the mind is creating. The subconscious mind is not logical or rational. It merely takes what it observes and makes it so. And so it is.

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Jun 24 2010

Your Genes are a Blueprint

Category: Fitness,HabitsPatricia @ 10:37 am

Cell biologist, research scientist and former Stanford medical school professor, Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles, says that our genes are nothing more than a blueprint. He states that our thoughts can activate changes in the activity of the cell membrane, and thus alter our health and our life. In fact, he states bluntly that by changing our subconscious programming we can influence cell membrane function. Lipton says, “Genes are remarkable molecules, but they are only blueprints that are activated by signals from the cell membrane”, and therefore, “we are not victims of our genes, but masters of our fate.”

This research about the processes by which cells receive information may radically change our understanding of life. It shows that DNA is controlled by environmental signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our subconscious mind in the form of positive and negative thoughts. The cell’s membrane, Lipton says, is where “consciousness and matter interact”. Considered to be a major breakthrough in cell biology and quantum physics, this research shows that our bodies can be changed when we change our thoughts.

The mystic healer Edgar Cayce once said, “Remember that thoughts are things, and as their currents run, they can become crimes or miracles.”

If our genes are a blueprint, our mind is the contractor. What kind of a body have you built? Are you healthy? Are you physically fit? Is it time for a re-model? I can help you to access your most powerful tool…your subconscious mind. Are you ready to do some trance-formational work? It all begins with a thought. The Mind Matters.

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Jun 01 2010

Stress Related Health Conditions

Category: Fitness,Therapeutic ImageryPatricia @ 3:35 pm

Andrew Weil, MD, a well-known and respected advisor on healthy living, states, “Guided imagery is especially useful in addressing stress related health conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, as well as stress associated symptoms such as skin rashes.  It may also be beneficial in treating autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease, and can help alleviate chronic allergies, hives and asthma.”

Learn to manage stress with natural approaches. Breathing exercises and mind-body therapies such as guided imagery create a healing state and facilitate well-being.

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Mar 22 2010

Miracle of The Mind

Category: Positive ThinkingPatricia @ 7:08 pm

Morris Goodman crashed his plane. The doctors said that his injures were too severe for him to survive. They stated that he would be a vegetable for the rest of his life. He wasn’t able to move, breathe or swallow. He was connected to machines and the only physical movement he could do was to blink.

He was completely consciously aware, and spent days and nights visualizing how it would feel to walk out of the hospital with his own legs. During the months spent at the hospital he kept telling himself that he would be out of it “before Christmas”. And that’s exactly what happened, just before Christmas.

The doctors dubbed him “The Miracle Man”, and never understood how what they witnessed was possible.

There are many documented cases of people who, with the power of positive thinking and positive feelings, have eliminated deadly physical conditions. Medicine is unable to explain it scientifically, but at the same time doctors and scientists accept it as a fact: “miracles” happen.

Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle”.

Either way you decide to live, you are right. You create your reality.

I can help you to use the power of your subconscious mind, the 88% of your mind that controls your behavior. I can help you to focus on positive thoughts and positive emotions to create a more positive reality. I can help you to tell yourself that anything you set your mind to accomplish is possible.

Be realistic; plan for a miracle.

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Feb 02 2010

Focused Breathing Lowers Blood Pressure

Category: FitnessPatricia @ 1:08 pm

Recent studies continue to show the benefits of focused breathing and meditation for physical and spiritual health. In Dr. Herbert Benson’s 1975 book The Relaxation Response, he stated that breathing “may be used as a new approach to aid in the treatment and perhaps prevention of diseases such as hypertension.” One of the most recent studies was conducted by Dr. Vernon A. Barnes, a physiologist at the Medical College of Georgia. It showed that teenagers at risk for having high blood pressure were able to lower their daytime blood pressures. This was done by simply practicing 15 minutes of transcendental meditation (focused and concentrated breathing) twice daily, over a period of four months.

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Nov 23 2009

Benefits of Focused Breathing

Category: Self-Meditation & MindfulnessPatricia @ 4:08 pm

Recent studies continue to show the benefits of focused breathing and meditation for physical and spiritual health. In Dr. Herbert Benson’s 1975 book The Relaxation Response, he stated that breathing “may be used as a new approach to aid in the treatment and perhaps prevention of diseases such as hypertension.”

One of the most recent studies was conducted by Dr. Vernon A. Barnes, a physiologist at the Medical College of Georgia. It showed that teenagers at risk for having high blood pressure were able to lower their daytime blood pressures. This was done by simply practicing 15 minutes of transcendental meditation (focused and concentrated breathing) twice daily, over a period of four months.

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