my August/September newsletter
I hope it finds you all doing well. I ended my apology last month with a promise for an article that will give you the information you need and tools to help you keep going even when you don’t believe you can and to help you reach that next great moment.
I’m No Quitter
As we move through life, each of us has to deal with little and big problems every day. We have to cope with irritating people, unpleasant situations, stress, tension, minor frustrations, and major life altering problems such as a broken heart or a lost dream, or even just a rude salesperson.
Each and every incident you experience throughout the day will impact upon you. We are bombarded every minute of our lives with hundreds of message units. Some pleasant and many more not so pleasant. The subconscious must process and analyze every bit of information. Most of this is done automatically and without our conscious awareness. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t affecting how we think, feel or react. It can be a leading cause behind depression, anxiety, heart disease, diabetes, addiction issues, insecurity, low self-esteem and just that feeling of being overwhelmed.
Every now and then it is just necessary to “clean house”. Hypnosis allows you to quickly and easily clean out and release negative message units that have been stored in your subconscious. Leaving you with a feeling of relaxation, peace, comfort, clarity, control and so much more, the gift of a healthy mind and body. Here’s how:
Studies have shown that by practicing short intervals of visualization, you are training your mind, preparing yourself so that you know what it looks like and what it feels like to have or be what you want. Positive thinking, affirmations and suggestions not only help you learn how to improve your self-esteem and self confidence; they can dramatically improve the overall health and quality of your life. Your mind believes whatever you tell it hypnosis allows you to retrain your internal critic to be more objective, supportive and loving.
So, when you are feeling hopeless and beaten down, how do you motivate yourself to do or get something? Hypnosis and Imagery is a powerful combination tool to use. Imagery has long been used in hypnosis as a mean of motivation. This can be as simple as taping pictures to a poster board and hanging it in a place in your home where you will see it often. This form of hypnosis motivates the mind to focus on its goal. This technique of hypnosis has long been used for dieters wanting to lose weight with much success. The more visual and real you make your goal, the more your self motivation techniques will work to keep you motivated.
This form of hypnosis can help you achieve your desires. Positive oriented goals are much more powerful motivators than negative. Visualize yourself reaching your goal, your dream and the feelings you will experience once you have achieved your goals. This is a very powerful imagery technique for success and at the end of this article I’ve given you an exercise to help with this.
There are times, though when no matter what we do we feel powerless to control our lives. We feel as if we are living forever at the whim of others - nasty bosses, horrible parent, abusive partner, creditors, or anyone trying to hold us back. All this can be changed by accessing your subconscious. Being able to access your subconscious gives you an ability to improve your life in so many ways.
When Harvard psychiatrist Claire Frederick, M.D., is stuck in a slow lane at the grocery store checkout counter, she doesn't get irritated. She gets relaxed. Very relaxed. Calming and focusing her mind, she slips into a brief trance and concentrates on a knee she injured while skiing. "Lately I've been using hypnosis to ease the pain and encourage healing."
The most astonishing evidence comes from research studies on healing. In a pilot study published in 1999, Harvard University psychologist Carol Ginandes, Ph.D., showed that hypnosis can help broken bones heal faster.
In a follow-up experiment published a couple of years ago, Ginandes and her research team found that women who'd had breast reduction surgery recovered more quickly after undergoing hypnosis. During the sessions, the women were encouraged to think of pain as "sensations of healing" and to visualize their incisions "knitting together rapidly and becoming strong, smooth, and elastic."
An independent team of surgeons and nurses later examined the women and reviewed photographs of the incisions that were taken 1 week and 7 weeks after surgery. The group's judgment: Patients who had received hypnosis were farther along the road to recovery. "We're not just talking about people simply feeling better." Ginandes says. "We're talking about structural tissue healing. Hypnosis, our results suggest, can influence the body to heal itself."
No one understands how - yet. Some researchers speculate that hypnosis alters levels of brain chemicals that influence the nervous system, hormone production, and the immune system. Hypnosis may even affect how particular genes in cells express themselves, turning certain functions on and others off. Current studies using brain scans and other imaging technologies may begin to piece together an explanation.
If hypnotherapy sounds like a gentle, soothing kind of treatment, it is. Its major benefit derives from complete relaxation which is crucial to fixing almost anything in our lives that needs fixing. It is with complete relaxation that we can access our subconscious and literally change anything you want changed.
A major mental illness like clinical depression will send biochemical shock waves through the body. But the intimate relationship of body to mind isn't limited to serious disease. Researchers have come to understand that what lies below the neck can also be harmed by less acute kinds of brain disturbances. The chronic stress that millions of people feel from simply trying to deal with the pressures of a modern life can unleash a flood of hormones that are useful in the short term, but subtly toxic if they persist. Thus it shouldn't come as a surprise that stress reduction strategies that take pressure off the mind - meditation, yoga, relaxation exercises, hypnosis, etc. and can take the heat off what the body feels as well.
Humanity's physical reaction to stress, known as the "fight" or "flight" response, probably evolved to help our primitive ancestors deal with a treacherous world. When confronted with imminent danger - a saber-toothed tiger, say, or a club-wielding enemy Homo erectus - the body had to be instantly ready either to defend itself or to run like hell.
The terrified brain signals the adrenal glands, located on the top of the kidneys, to release hormones, including adrenaline (its more technical name: epinephrine) and glucocorticoids, and the nerve cells to release norepinephrine. These powerful chemicals make the senses sharper, the muscles tighter, the heart pound faster, and the bloodstream fill with sugars for ready energy. Then, when the danger passes, the response turns off.
In the modern world, stress usually takes other forms. But the fight-or-flight response hasn't changed. Sometimes it's still useful: a demanding job can lead to a sense of pride; a bout of pre-curtain jitters can motivate a spectacular performance. But many modern stresses are on going and continuing, not acute, and arise in situations we can neither fight nor flee from: an unreasonable boss, a harrowing commute, a stormy relationship, a plummeting stock market, a general sense that life is out of control.
A stress response starts in the brain. When the threat passes, epinephrine and norepinephrine levels drop, but if we experience stress too often and close together, these hormones and chemical can actually physically damage the arteries. Chronic low-level stress keeps the glucocorticoids in circulation, leading to a weakened immune system, loss of bone mass, suppression of the reproductive system and memory problems
While some stress hormones can't stay elevated indefinitely, glucocorticoids can and do. Cortisol in particular can weaken the immune system, potentially making cancer and infectious diseases worse. Measuring the influence of stress though is tough. Some studies offer intriguing clues. Dr. David Spiegel, director of Stanford's Psychosocial Treatment Laboratory, cites a study of psoriasis patients in which half practiced meditation and half didn't; the first group healed faster.
The brain is, after all, only another organ, and it operates on the same biochemical principles as the thyroid or the spleen. What we experience as feelings, good or bad are at the cellular level no more than a complex interaction of chemicals and electrical activity. Depression represents an imbalance in that interaction, one that can kill just as directly as more obvious physical ailments. Each year in the U.S., an estimated 30,000 people commit suicide, with the vast majority of cases attributable to depression. But depression's physical toll goes far beyond the number of people who take their own life and even beyond the impact on depressed people's relationships and productivity (which costs the U.S. economy some $50 billion a year).
The pathology of depression shows with particular clarity that mind and body aren't separate at all; they are part of a single system. In the case of depression, this interconnectedness takes the insidious form of making other serious diseases dramatically worse. Once you have had a heart attack, for example, your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease is four to six times greater if you also suffer from depression.
It's not just that people tend to be depressed because they have a life-threatening illness or that depressed people smoke, are too lethargic to take their medicine or aren't motivated to eat right or exercise. "Even when we take those factors into consideration,
" says Dr. Dwight Evans, a professor of psychiatry, medicine and neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, "depression jumps out as an independent risk factor for heart disease. It may be as bad as cholesterol.
The idea that treating depression might lessen the severity of other diseases makes basic biochemical sense. The effect is even more direct with the 60 or so chemicals known as neurotransmitters, which signal one cell that its neighbor has just sparked and that it should pass along the message. Brain chemicals such as serotonin circulate everywhere, not only in the brain. "Depression really is a systemic disorder," says Evans, "and many of the neurotransmitters that we believe are involved in the patho-physiology of depression have effects throughout the body."
As more and more people are dealing with the effects of depression (20+ million in the United States alone), many people are also realizing that much of their pain, whether it is physical or emotional, is originating on a deeper, subconscious level. If the pain is not dealt with at that subconscious level, it will continue to go on. What can you do? You can access your subconscious and do something about it!
Simply knowing something intellectually gives you very little power. When you can take what you know, have a clear picture of what you want and internalize it by accessing your subconscious with the aid of hypnosis, it can then become a part of you, you will radiate that vision outward and your entire life is changed. “Repeat a positive statement often enough and it will become ingrained in your subconscious”, says Adrian Calabrese, Ph.D., Woman’s World, October 18, 2005.
Here’s something you can do with or without the use of a hypnotherapist.
NEURO PATHWAY EXERCISE
The first step is to get a picture or several pictures of what you want. A picture of a goal big or small of whatever you want in your life to replace those things that you don’t want any longer. Keep in mind that you can develop one picture or a picture for different parts of your life such as your job, relationship, activity, yourself, whatever. So, now get a clear image of this picture and make it as detailed as you can. Now find a word or a very short phrase that when you think it or say it this image instantly comes to mind.
Here’s an example of one of mine.
I want my own ranch or enough space and land where I can have all the animals that I want and love to have around me and, my guy and I are in love, happy and having fun together.
Here's my mental snapshot.
I'm standing outside on my ranch next to my horses; there are a couple of dogs running around in the background and a couple of cats sitting on a fence post. I'm laughing and my guy is there smiling with his arms around me. Everything simply glows with joy and pleasure.
The word that will instantly bring this picture to my mind is “Ranch”.
Whenever I find my thoughts drifting to that negative self talk that we all occasionally have or when I get to feeling a bit depressed about ever getting that little ranch, I say to myself, "RANCH". I keep saying “Ranch” until that image, that picture fills my mind and those other images fade away.
At first it sometimes took a while for the negative images to completely fade but with just a little bit of persistence and practice, I found that the image came faster and easier and you will also.
So, give yourself the gift of taking control of your thoughts and your life. Keep your focus on what you want and what you want to move towards rather than those things that you would rather run from!
Using your subconscious and the ability to visualize you can rebuild self confidence, self-esteem, alleviate depression and reconnect with yourself by creating a powerful, detailed imprint of who you are, what you want and what it’s like to be confident and sure of yourself and in control the your life and the situations around you. And that is the first step to that NEXT GREAT MOMENT.
Linda Simmon C.Ht.
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