Welcome to the New Year and my January newsletter. I hope it finds you all doing well.

Now that the Winter Solstice and the longest night of the year has come and gone (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), we can look forward to our days getting longer and the Sun coming back into our lives. The end of the year and the Winter Solstice are an ideal time to reflect on the past year and to a certain extent on our life up to that point. Hopefully you’ve done a bit of that and decided what you do not want to take with you into the New Year.

For those of you in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, this process is reversed. You have just started your slowing down period, a time for harvesting and reflection. You might want to save this Newsletter for June and the Summer Solstice.

But for the rest of us, now with the arrival of the New Moon, the New Year and with it light and Sun, it is time to think about what you do want to bring with you into this new year. Remember that it is crucial to let go before you try to bring in so if you haven’t done so yet, start the releasing process by writing down exactly what you are leaving behind in 2005. Think of it like Spring Cleaning, making room for new things, new toys, new ideas and feelings. My last Newsletter deals with this more fully. If you want to read it again, you can find it at www.newhypnotherapy.com for a while longer.

So, with our days getting a bit longer each day, it is now officially (in the Northern Hemisphere) the beginning of the growing season in nature. What an ideal time for us to use this natural cycle of growth to help us grow whatever we want within ourselves and our lives. So rather than making “resolutions” for the New Year, why not try something a bit different. Take some time to think about what you would like to grow in your life in this new year of 2006.

Those of you familiar with my work, my writings, my recordings and my sessions, know that I incorporate the belief and suggestions of prosperity and abundance in all my work.

Prosperity and abundance isn’t just about monetary gain (although who wouldn’t enjoy having more than enough money for all your bills, for fun and pleasure, to help others and to ensure security for your future and the future of your family?). Bringing abundance and prosperity into our lives means and includes bringing in more love, joy, fun, pleasure, happiness, fulfillment, a myriad of life affirming emotions, thoughts and ideas, and of course, money.

Perhaps considering the ideas and principals behind prosperity and abundance would be something that you might want to grow during this next year.

Another thought for this New Year might be something I read recently:

“To create with joy, to accomplish with ease, and to let Universal Energy carry you”, who could ask for more?

How about bringing with you into the New Year the ability to promote healing, or motivation, or the focus and clarity needed to see the direction you want to go in, to recognize your path when it is presented to you. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

So, how do you begin this process? First, you should understand that your subconscious mind is attempting to contact you all the time. However, we usually manage to block it by habitual and self-defeating conscious thought patterns or emotions. It can also be drowned out by mundane mental trivia and negative thoughts that we repeatedly hash over and over again.

Studies have shown that people who frequently experience negative emotions such as anxiety, pessimism, anger, resentment, fear or hostility have a higher risk of illness and disease compared to their peers who possess a more positive outlook and practice relaxation techniques.

No matter what changes you are trying to create within yourself and in your life, hypnosis can help you accomplish these changes, and a big part of hypnosis is imagery.

Using a bit of self-guided imagery, try this exercise. It is simple and yet very powerful. The idea is to “anchor” the feeling of love or joy or health or whatever you want to grow in you life into your heart and your mind.

First, take three deep and cleansing breaths -- in and out, allowing your mind and body to slow down just a bit.

Second, with your eyes closed, concentrate on an image that for you represents what you want to grow in your life right now. The image can be a person, a place, a pet, anything. Remember that this is just a symbol; it doesn’t have to be what you actually want to bring to you. Just a symbol that represents what you want to grow in your heart and mind. For example, for wealth it could be a brand new sports car or a beautiful large house. For joy, fun or pleasure it could be an image that represents a vacation, a cruise or swimming or lying in the sun. Personally, I like to bring up the image of my children when they were small running, laughing and playing. Or for love sometimes I like to bring up the image of a kitten, curled in my arms and purring. Sometimes I prefer to bring up rather more graphic images that I won’t share here. The image I chose to think about depends a great deal on specifically what I am looking to grow at that moment.

The goal is to bring this image into your mind and then to allow the feelings associated with that image to fill your heart and your mind. Imagine the energy of those feelings whether they are of love or joy or strength expanding, filling your heart and with it the sensation of those feelings circulating throughout your body.

Now, imagine a spark. A spark or energy, of life in the center of your heart. All life starts with a spark. Think of this spark as your “heart fire”. Visualize or imagine throwing open the doors to your heart. I use the image of throwing open shutters in a dark room and allowing the sun and light and air to flow in. Imagine that the air flowing in fuels this flame in your heart, like oxygen fuels any fire. See and feel it growing larger and large with each breath that you take.

And finally, imagine or visualize that your heart fire continues to grow until you are encircled in a cocoon of loving, light-filled energy and strength supporting you, nourishing you, and growing whatever you envision in your life now.

I have created a downloadable mini-session entitled Anger that uses this imagery and helps to guide you through this process. It incorporates this imagery of Hridaya Yoga (Heart Fire Yoga) because it is one of the most effective tools available for burning away any negative emotion such as anger or resentment and fueling your body and mind with positive, nourishing images.

When your mind and body relax, your subconscious is allowed to more powerfully receive positive and specific suggestions that help you to release negative thoughts, feelings and emotions and to nurture, grow and create the changes you desire. Suggestions that help crystallize desire into action, energizing your body and mind.

Simply knowing something on an intellectual level gives you very little power. When you can take a truth and internalize it so that it becomes who you are on a cellular level, you will find that you radiate that truth outward and your entire experience of life will be changed. Hypnosis allows this process of internalization to occur faster, easier and more effectively.

Linda Simmon, C.Ht.

And now, a few health tips to keep in mind during the holiday season:

  • Are you afraid to try new things? Diving in more often could mean living a longer life.
    There may be a link between a fear of novel situations and a shorter life span, according to research. Of course, shyness and vigilance have their time and place. But if you've nothing to fear but fear itself, take a leap of faith the next time you are presented with an opportunity to experience something new.

  • Getting outside on your lunch hour could help keep winter blues away.
    Whether you walk to the store, have lunch on a heated balcony, or simply walk around the outside of your office building a few times, spending your lunchtime outdoors could help boost your mood. Research suggests that blood levels of mood-boosting serotonin may increase with increased exposure to sunlight.

  • Gaining more control over hostile feelings may help reduce your risk of unhealthy behaviors over the years.
    According to research, people who had higher than average levels of hostility in college tended to have more risk factors for poor health down the road, compared to their more even-tempered college peers. However, a dramatic drop in hostility over the years helped to level out the health risks for the hot-tempered people.

  • If you're feeling spiritual these days, you may start feeling better about your health, too.
    Taking time to nurture your spirit may be a path to better health, according to some researchers. An assessment of the health perceptions of older adults revealed that the people who reported being the most spiritual also tended to rate their health more highly compared to people who did not consider themselves to be spiritual.

  • Are you feeling a bit of post-holiday malaise? A little extra exercise may boost your spirits. Many people feel an emotional letdown after the passing of a holiday season. However, studies have revealed that exercise is a great way to boost mood or keep negative feelings a bay. In a study, regular physical activity appeared to reduce the risk of both depression and anxiety.

Linda Simmon, C.Ht.

.... and, as usual, a few of my favorite quotes:

"Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved.."

“Have the courage to be a fool. Foolish, unreasonable, outrageous thoughts
are the creative forerunners to what works.”

As George Bernard Shaw put it, "Nothing is ever accomplished by a reasonable man."

“It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.."

“Past the seeker as he prayed came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten. And seeing them... he cried, "Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?"
... God said, "I did do something. I made you."”

Linda Simmon, C.Ht.
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