Nov 24 2016

Direct the Dream

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb 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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Oct 15 2015

Breathe More Eat Less

Category: Weight ManagementPatricia @ 1:25 pm

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Studies show that just twenty minutes a day focused on calming thoughts is very beneficial. It decreases the risk of hypertension, reduces chronic pain, and can reverse the loss of brain cells that occur from prolonged stress. It even turns off the mechanisms that increase your appetite! Sitting, breathing and not thinking can actually help you to lose weight. Imagine that!

Your breathing is controlled by your subconscious mind, part of the sympathetic nervous system. You don’t have to think about breathing. It just happens. But that can be a problem. When you get stressed, your breathing changes. Your breath feels different. It becomes more shallow and faster. It moves from your lower belly to high in your chest. In the meantime, the stress is causing your adrenal glands to pump out the hormones needed to manage your anxiety. You are now in fight-flight reaction, ready to attack the saber-toothed tiger or run back into your cave. Your bloodstream is filled with the toxins of fear and your muscles are tense.

After that ordeal, you are hungry. Over time the adrenaline and cortisol hormones that are released create a buildup of belly fat. Isn’t it ironic that weight loss plans cause stress because they involve changes in behavior? And scheduling time for a workout adds even more stress? And then there is the stress of realizing that your pants are too tight! Why does this happen? Thousands of years ago, when people were faced with starvation, the stress would activate this fat trigger to keep us alive. Unfortunately, our bodies have not adapted their reactions to modern day life. They can’t tell the difference between life-or-death situations or traffic on the way to work. Whether it is physical, emotional or mental, conscious or subconscious stress, it releases cortisol into your body. Cortisol makes you gain weight and stops you from losing weight.

Breathing is not stressful! In fact, it is not only absolutely essential to life, it is enjoyable! Try it right now. Take a big deep breath. Inhale as fully as you possibly can. And then exhale fully. And again. Doesn’t that feel good?

Sitting comfortably and focusing on your breath is actually a form of meditation or self-hypnosis. It helps you to center yourself. You always benefit from going within and getting in touch with the human being who is you. Allowing this time to breathe in balance and harmony between body and mind is very beneficial for creative thinking and intuitive knowledge. You may not be able to devote twenty minutes every day to this practice, but surely you can give yourself at least five!

As the holiday season of over-indulgence begins, I suggest you become more mindful of your breathing. And also become more aware of how you are nourishing yourself. Take the time to start each meal with five deep breaths. Become mindful of the food; note the aroma, the colors and textures. Practice a moment of gratitude for the abundance of the earth. Set an intention about wellness and health. Breathe in the fullness of life. Breathe out any stress.

 

 

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Jul 14 2015

Whose Belief Is It Anyway?

Category: BeliefPatricia @ 6:55 pm

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Are you harming yourself without being aware of it? Sometimes that happens. We create situations in our lives that don’t serve us. We try to please others rather than ourselves. We engage in relationships that are hurtful or controlling. We labor at unsatisfying jobs. We struggle. We don’t need to struggle. Although you have unlimited power to create your experience of life, sometimes you create by default. This way of creating by default is when an individual accepts other people’s stories as the truth. We all start out this way, but we don’t have to continue.

From the moment you are born, you are told stories about who you are. The first story is gender identity and what that means. You are either a girl or a boy. Or maybe not. Then there is the story of your race, your religion, your heritage, your country. More stories are added by your parents who are influenced by their own individual story. Your siblings and friends add to the story. The family tells you if you are rich or poor and define money for you. They tell you what your role is in the family. Maybe you’re the pretty one, or the smart one. Or maybe you are the lazy, stupid one. They tell you how to be a wife or a husband, a mother or father. And then your spouse and your children add to the story. You are told what acceptable behavior is and what is expected of you. You are given roles to play and instructions about how to play the role.

All of these stories are based on other people’s beliefs. You accept. You are not given a choice. You continue to accept until you are about 7 or 8 years old. At that point, also known as the “age of reason”, you start to decide what you believe. These decisions are based not only on what you’ve been told, but are also based on what you have observed or experienced. You determine what you will accept. You do that by making choices. You decide what to believe.

You may make conscious choices, thinking you’re doing everything possible to make things happen. But subconscious choices are also being made beneath your awareness. The conscious mind is ruled by belief. It accepts its own individual version of the way things are. Perhaps you were told that you were worthless and would never amount to anything. When your conscious mind believes that you are worthless, you are unable to succeed. You try and you fail. Your belief becomes reinforced and you now have faith that you will fail. Your subconscious mind which is ruled by faith, is unable to act. The conscious and the subconscious are not in alignment. You may set a goal, but are never motivated and inspired enough to focus and achieve it. Your self-imposed limitations and fears are based on false beliefs and faith in someone else’s opinion.

It doesn’t have to be that way. You can determine your life. You can change your beliefs through self-hypnosis and affirmations. You can learn to have faith in yourself and the value of your own ideas. When you determine your beliefs rather than accept the beliefs of others, you are no longer creating by default.

I invite you to consider the things or situations in your life that could be better. Once you decide what you want to improve upon, ask yourself …”Do I believe I can do it?” If the answer is “no” or “yes, but…” or “if…”, then you need to go within to listen to the truth. False beliefs come from outside influences. You can trust your inner self to reveal the truth about what is possible for you. And anything is possible…if you believe.

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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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Mar 10 2015

5 Steps to Build Your Future Confidence

Category: MotivationPatricia @ 11:22 am

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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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Mar 06 2013

Is Your Mind Being Hi-Jacked?

Category: ControlPatricia @ 6:18 pm

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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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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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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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Jul 20 2012

Is Hypnosis Effective in Addiction Treatment?

Category: Addictions,HypnotherapyPatricia @ 2:29 pm

David Spiegel, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University argues that opinions on hypnosis can no longer be a question of belief. Proof of the Effectiveness of Hypnosis,” The Times, February 18, 2002.

Significantly More Methadone Addicts Quit with Hypnosis. 94% Remained Narcotic Free

Significant differences were found on all measures. The experimental group had significantly less discomfort and illicit drug use, and a significantly greater amount of cessation. At six month follow up, 94% of the subjects in the experimental group who had achieved cessation remained narcotic free.

A comparative study of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of methadone addicts. Manganiello AJ, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1984; 26(4): 273-9.

Hypnosis Shows 77 Percent Success Rate for Drug Addiction

Treatment has been used with 18 clients over the last 7 years and has shown a 77 percent success rate for at least a 1-year follow-up. 15 were being seen for alcoholism or alcohol abuse, 2 clients were being seen for cocaine addiction, and 1 client had a marijuana addiction Intensive Therapy:

Utilizing Hypnosis in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders. Potter, Greg, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Jul 2004.

Hypnosis For Cocaine Addiction Documented Case Study

Hypnosis was successfully used to overcome a $500 (five grams) per day cocaine addiction. The subject was a female in her twenties. After approximately 8 months of addiction, she decided to use hypnosis in an attempt to overcome the addiction itself. Over the next 4 months, she used hypnosis three times a day and at the end of this period, her addiction was broken, and she has been drug free for the past 9 years. Hypnosis was the only intervention, and no support network of any kind was available.

The use of hypnosis in cocaine addiction. Page RA, Handley GW, Ohio State University, Lima, OH USA 45804. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1993 Oct;36(2):120-3

Self-hypnosis Relapse Prevention Training with Chronic Drug/Alcohol Users: Effects on Self-esteem, Affect and Relapse

This study evaluated the effectiveness of a self-hypnosis protocol with chronic drug and alcohol patients in increasing self-esteem, improving affect, and preventing relapse against a control, a transtheoretical cognitive-behavioral (TCB), and a stress management (attention-placebo) group. Participants were 261 veterans admitted to Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (SARRTPs). Participants were assessed pre- and postintervention, and at 7-week follow-up. Relapse rates did not significantly differ across the 4 groups at follow-up; 87% of those contacted reported abstinence. At follow-up, the participants in the 3 treatment conditions were asked how often they practiced the intervention materials provided them. Practicing and minimal-practicing participants were compared against the control group for each of the 3 interventions via MANOVAs/ANOVAs. Results revealed a significant Time by Groups interaction for the hypnosis intervention, with individuals who played the self-hypnosis audiotapes “at least 3 to 5 times a week” at 7-week follow-up reporting the highest levels of self-esteem and serenity, and the least anger/impulsivity, in comparison to the minimal-practice and control groups. No significant effects were found for the transtheoretical or stress management interventions. Regression analyses predicted almost two-thirds of the variance of who relapsed and who did not in the hypnosis intervention group. Hypnotic susceptibility predicted who practiced the self-hypnosis audiotapes. The results suggest that hypnosis can be a useful adjunct in helping chronic substance abuse individuals with their reported self-esteem, serenity, and anger/impulsivity.

Biofeedback Clinic (116B), Coatesville VA Medical Center, Coatesville, PA 19320-2096, USA American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy (a publication of the American Psychological Association) 2004 Apr;46(4):281-97)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul 31 2010

Self-hypnosis for Children with Tourette

Category: Hypnotherapy,Self-Meditation & MindfulnessPatricia @ 2:13 pm

Children with Tourette syndrome found help for their tics via sessions of self-hypnosis.

The Los Angeles Times reports a new study about children with Tourette syndrome has been published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. By using sessions of self-hypnosis for help with their tics, 79% of the participants said their tic control had improved to a degree that they were satisfied with the technique.

Tourette syndrome is typically treated with medication. With all medication there are side effects. With pharmaceutical treatment comes the possibility of mild to severe side effects such as anxiety, weight gain and sluggishness. Teaching children relaxation techniques to create a state of self-hypnosis has no negative side effects. It does, however, have many, many positive effects. The confidence and self-esteem which results in being more in control of your behavior is priceless.

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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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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 03 2010

Hypnosis Reduces Pain

Category: Hypnotherapy,Pain ManagementPatricia @ 2:19 pm

Many research studies, as well as anecdotal evidence, points to the effectiveness of hypnosis and imagery for pain reduction and chronic pain management. The subconscious mind has the ability to change the perception of pain, thereby changing the experience.

Hypnosis Reduces Pain and Speeds up Recovery from Surgery

Since 1992, we have used hypnosis routinely in more than 1400 patients undergoing surgery. We found that hypnosis used with patients as an adjunct to conscious sedation and local anesthesia was associated with improved intraoperative patient comfort, and with reduced anxiety, pain, intraoperative requirements for anxiolytic and analgesic drugs, optimal surgical conditions and a faster recovery of the patient. We reported our clinical experience and our fundamental research.

[Hypnosis and its application in surgery] Faymonville ME, Defechereux T, Joris J, Adant JP, Hamoir E, Meurisse M, Service d’Anesthesie-Reanimation, Universite de Liege, Rev Med Liege. 1998 Jul;53(7):414-8.

Hypnosis Reduces Pain Intensity

Analysis of the simple-simple main effects, holding both group and condition constant, revealed that application of hypnotic analgesia reduced report of pain intensity significantly more than report of pain unpleasantness.

Dahlgren LA, Kurtz RM, Strube MJ, Malone MD, Differential effects of hypnotic suggestion on multiple dimensions of pain. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. 1995; 10(6): 464-70.

Hypnosis Reduces Pain of Headaches and Anxiety

The improvement was confirmed by the subjective evaluation data gathered with the use of a questionnaire and by a significant reduction in anxiety scores.

Melis PM, Rooimans W, Spierings EL, Hoogduin CA, Treatment of chronic tension-type headache with hypnotherapy: a single-blind time controlled study. Headache 1991; 31(10): 686-9.

Hypnosis Lowered Post-treatment Pain in Burn Injuries

Patients in the hypnosis group reported less post treatment pain than did patients in the control group. The findings are used to replicate earlier studies of burn pain hypnoanalgesia, explain discrepancies in the literature, and highlight the potential importance of motivation with this population.

Patterson DR, Ptacek JT, Baseline pain as a moderator of hypnotic analgesia for burn injury treatment. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology 1997; 65(1): 60-7.

Hypnosis Lowered Phantom Limb Pain

Hypnotic procedures appear to be a useful adjunct to established strategies for the treatment of phantom limb pain and would repay further, more systematic, investigation. Suggestions are provided as to the factors which should be considered for a more systematic research program.

Treatment of phantom limb pain using hypnotic imagery. Oakley DA, Whitman LG, Halligan PW, Department of Psychology, University College, London, UK.

Hypnosis Has a Reliable and Significant Impact on Acute and Chronic Pain

Hypnosis has been demonstrated to reduce analogue pain, and studies on the mechanisms of laboratory pain reduction have provided useful applications to clinical populations. Studies showing central nervous system activity during hypnotic procedures offer preliminary information concerning possible physiological mechanisms of hypnotic analgesia. Randomized controlled studies with clinical populations indicate that hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute procedural pain and chronic pain conditions. Methodological issues of this body of research are discussed, as are methods to better integrate hypnosis into comprehensive pain treatment.

Hypnosis and clinical pain. Patterson DR, Jensen MP, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA USA 98104 Psychol Bull. 2003 Jul;129(4):495-521.

Hypnosis Useful in Hospital Emergency Rooms

Hypnosis can be a useful adjunct in the emergency department setting. Its efficacy in various clinical applications has been replicated in controlled studies. Application to burns, pain, pediatric procedures, surgery, psychiatric presentations (e.g., coma, somatoform disorder, anxiety, and post traumatic stress), and obstetric situations (e.g., hyperemesis, labor, and delivery) are described.

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2000 May;18(2):327-38, x. The use of hypnosis in emergency medicine. Peebles-Kleiger MJ, Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences, Menninger Clinic, Topeka, KS, USA. peeblemj@menninger.edu

Self-Hypnosis Alleviates Tension Headaches

In 169 patients, self-hypnosis was largely successful in alleviating chronic tension headaches. (International Journal of Clinical Experimental Hypnosis, 2000)

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Nov 23 2009

Sweets or Self-Hypnosis?

Category: Hypnotherapy,Weight ManagementPatricia @ 3:07 pm

 

Breaking the Emotional Eating Cycle

Are you reaching for cookies or ice cream when you feel lonely, stressed or upset? There is a biological reason we reach for sweets when we’re feeling low. Elizabeth Somer, R.D., in her book Food & Mood says “The very taste of something sweet on the tongue immediately releases endorphins, our body’s natural morphine-like chemicals that can produce feelings of euphoria and satisfaction.”

In Calm Energy: How People Regulate Mood with Food and Exercise, Robert Thayer, PhD., a psychology professor at CSU Long Beach, says he believes the key to breaking the emotional eating cycle is finding some way to deal with stress.

Self-hypnosis may be the answer. When you are in the hypnotic state, you experience a sense of calm and well-being. The body naturally produces endorphins. Self-hypnosis can help you to imagine your ideal self, to experience your ideal body, and to create the mind-set which will assist you in achieving that image of yourself. Like meditation, this process involves concentration on your breathing. Focused breathing has a stronger effect on emotional change than any other function of your body.

Like any new skill, the degree of success one achieves with self-hypnosis conditioning is determined by the amount of practice time involved. I have found that once a person is conditioned to the hypnotic state through hetero-hypnosis (induction by another person) it is far easier to achieve the self-hypnotic state.

If you would like to learn self-hypnosis techniques to achieve your ideal body or your ideal life, I can help.

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