Have you ever met a person that didn’t have any inner conflicts, hesitations or dilemma? If you did, the person most likely didn’t even seem real, right? We all have from time to time trouble making decisions but it seems that for some of us the decision time is particularly difficult. Simple list of pros and cons doesn’t work if we deal with life, emotions and dozens of unforeseen consequences. And if you think about it, you can probably recall someone who shares the same monologue over and over for years, unable to move forward in certain area in their life. We may need to wait to grow up to make the decision, other times we simply need clarity.
My approach includes clarifying values, principles and an “inner conflict resolution” technique. I recently wrote about it on www.Positivelyrebellious.com.
I hope you have the ability to make decisions quickly and the results are very pleasant. However if you want to find out more – please click here.
About 20 years ago a friend asked me, if I want to do visualization.
I must have asked a question or two about what it is and I than agreed.
I closed my eyes and he started telling a story.
Within few moments I was enchanted… I found myself in a different world, I saw magical landscapes, had great adventures (the story was along lines of searching for a treasure) The feeling of blissful relaxation was something new and powerful to me.
I started sharing the visualization with friends; I had only one text of this type and I wouldn’t know what to look for exactly, if I wanted more variety.
Several years later, already in Phoenix, another friend introduced me to a wonderful lady, who did ‘guided visualizations’. Again, the effects were incredible. It was so relaxing, like nothing else out there, so beautiful and uplifting.
Fast forward to 2011
When I first learned that my Mind Body Wellness program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts will include hypnotherapy, I wasn’t happy.
I didn’t believe in that ( yet… the paradox was: I had no clue what exactly I didn’t believe in). I just wanted to get over the basic required course and focus on something more “substantial”. Hmm…
What was my surprise during the first class… “so this is hypnotherapy?” Isn’t it guided meditation? Guided relaxation? Visualization? Guided imagery?
Yes! It is and this is it.
The terms MAY be used alternately. I was hooked. And made it my specialty.
There is a possibility that, just like me, you have experienced hypnosis a long time ago and you liked it, but it was called something else.
It is being used every day in different fields to help people, including in the medical field. So why do so many of us say…“I wouldn’t do it”, “don’t believe in it”, and so on…
That’s ok actually.
I like that one size doesn’t fit all. I may not enjoy wearing a parachute, someone else may feel out of comfort zone at a hypnotherapist office. We all reject things on a daily basis, things that would be good, healthy for us, only because we don’t believe or understand them (read: don’t have enough knowledge to make an intelligent decision) I know, I do that as well.
And yet thousands people have a bit more courage to try something new, usually because other methods of dealing with a problem failed.
Our knowledge about hypnosis / hypnotherapy often comes from movies, youtube.com (I watched some scary “hypnosis” myself) and entertainment. The difference?
They present stage or entertainment hypnosis, where the purpose is to excite or scare you. It’s just for show. Showing clinical hypnotherapy in movies would be way too boring for Hollywood. That becomes obvious once our questions and concerns are addressed before we sign up to do anything.
If you are interested, read here how hypnosis works.
For a long time hypnotherapy has been an effective way of making positive life changes. And how many things do we know now, that have no side effects? After their first session people often say, they have not been so deeply relaxed in ages…
Each of us is in a state of hypnosis several times a day. (Think: highway hypnosis or watching a movie, listening to a boring person) The difference between natural altered state of consciousness and the applied altered state of consciousness, which you experience with a therapist is, that is it directed, productive and serving you with a resolution of an inner conflict, annoying habit, addiction, self-sabotage, repeating patterns, chronic pain, weight management and with virtually anything you can think of.
So how does it work?
When we are in a relaxed; alpha or theta state, our subconscious mind is more open to suggestions.
We may also easier access information stored in our subconscious.
The interesting thing about working with subconscious mind is, that it doesn’t need a logical explanation to work effectively.
Alen Chips, internationally renowned instructor of transpersonal hypnotherapy, says that sometimes there might be more difficult cases, where the answer to the problem may not be easily recognized by the hypnotherapist or the client…
“[...] however, because the unconscious mind holds all of the answers to the body-mind-spirit triad, the client will often be able to undergo hypnosis and tell a hypnotherapist details concerning the origin of their problem and sometimes even how to resolve it.”
It is believed that hypnosis is a bridge connecting body, mind and spirit. (and I think, this is a VERY important thought to remember)
One of the outcomes that I love most about hypnotherapy, is clarity. It is as if when stepping down, to connect with our subconscious mind, we suddenly see more, see the big picture of our situation. We often gain a new perspective from which we start resolving the issue OR our approach changes and what we thought was a problem, is no longer there.