In life, we all want to change, but oftentimes we don’t know how. We try this diet or that diet or this technique or that one. We hear tips and tricks from our friends, our doctors, we read things online or hear things on TV. And sometimes, something piques our interest enough that we google it or maybe we even reach out to get more info. And maybe that is what brought you here today.
Meditation and forms of it are a great way to make changes in our lives. And the best part is, it’s natural! There’s no medication, no strenuous effort, no mind-altering drug needed. It’s just you… taking time out for you and connecting within. Hypnosis, often referred to as guided meditation or guided imagery, is a form of meditation, it’s a form of therapy. As I say hypnosis, it may bring to mind ideas and thoughts related to stage hypnosis, which is very different. Stage hypnosis is meant for entertainment. It’s not meant for healing although many stage hypnotists conclude their session with beneficial intentions for the participants.
There’s a deeper part of hypnotherapy though. And that deeper part is simply allowing ourselves to drop down into a lower brainwave state, something we do naturally when we go to sleep every night. It’s when we’re calming the mind, turning off the mind chatter… dimming the lights on the conscious mind, that monkey mind, ego mind, whatever you want to call it. That part of us that talks to us all day long, maybe critiquing ourselves or others, voicing opinions about all things. You know what I’m talking about.
Instead, we’re reaching out and connecting with our subconscious mind. That part of our mind that records everything we’ve ever done in life. Our subconscious keeps track of all the beliefs we create along life’s journey. Some are good beliefs, some are not. For example, how many people have a belief that they’re not good enough? Not worthy enough? Not smart enough? Or maybe believe that money is the root of all evil? I’m sure you’ll agree, these are not the best beliefs to have.
Often times, we don’t realize we’re making a belief when we’re making it. Yet, later in life, we wonder what’s holding us back or why we can’t seem to accomplish a goal we so desperately want to conquer. Once we have a belief though, we constantly look for validation of those beliefs. Even though we don’t realize that’s what we’re doing.
For instance, if we have a belief that nobody likes us and we reach out to someone and say “Hey, do you want to get together on Saturday?” and that person says, “I’m sorry, I have plans.” We immediately think they said no because they don’t like us. In reality, they may truly have plans. After all, we say no sometimes. Not because we don’t like someone, but because we have plans.
So hopefully you’re getting my point. This is where the subconscious mind comes in. If that belief was made because of something that occurred when we were three years old, or five, or seven, it’s still there! The subconscious mind is still holding onto it.
Hypnotherapy is a modality that allows us to tap into our subconscious mind and shift beliefs that are no longer serving us. Using hypnotherapy, we may gain an awareness of where that belief came from and then choose to let it go. Sometimes though, our subconscious can just release things that are no longer needed. This is beneficial if the memory is traumatic in some way.
In my life’s journey, I was codependent and supporting an alcoholic. Enabling him. Making excuses for him. Hoping that one day, the person I fell in love with, the person that I married, would come back around. And somewhere through that journey, I lost myself. I became easily manipulated. I became an introvert. I didn’t share my life with people because I was embarrassed.
My driving force was my daughter. I stayed in that unhealthy, dysfunctional marriage a long time because I wasn’t sure how to get out. Her safety and mine was imperative. I drew up divorce papers four years before I had the courage to move forward. In that four-year time frame, I saw a therapist, did EMDR, attended a codependency group (and became codependent on that). I worked hard to find myself again. Little by little, I did just that.
There were things that happened along my life journey that I didn’t expect and didn’t want. Looking back, I am grateful for those experiences because they influenced changes that I cherish today.
One of those changes was losing my job of 16 years to a workforce reduction. I had to make some hard decisions and overcome my mental challenges and beliefs. That unwanted change provided me an opportunity though. I had time to learn about something I am now so passionate about… hypnotherapy! And that unwanted experience ultimately changed my life.
As I was learning, I was healing. I overcame a lot in a short amount of time. Having seen a counselor for years and thinking I had done all the work on myself that I needed to, experiencing so many epiphanies was amazing. My learning journey was profound to say the least.
One piece I was surprised to learn is the benefit guided imagery (hypnotherapy/Yoga Nidra) has regardless of the state of trance you achieve. Some sessions can be deep with no recollection, and some are light with complete awareness. It doesn’t matter. Shifts still happen! They might be gradual, but they might also be FAST. And while you’re shifting and changing, you’re enjoying complete relaxation. Everyone loves to relax!
So, with all that, I want to congratulate you for clicking on this link today. For taking time out for you and for being curious about life coaching and guided imagery. I do hope you find your way, find the answers you are seeking, create the change you are wanting and I would love to assist you along your path to J.O.Y. (the Journey Of You).
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