Exaggerating is a Bad Idea

February 15th, 2013 § Comments Off on Exaggerating is a Bad Idea § permalink

Exaggerating is a great way to convey the intensity of emotion we have around a specific idea, event, or situation. When we are excited about something, good or bad, and we really, REALLY want others to know how intensely excited we are, it is common to “embellish” the facts. And if we tell our story a little louder, or softer than usual, people pay attention.

So where’s the problem? Well, taking into consideration that our bodies respond to our thoughts and emotions, even when they don’t reflect the truth, you can see where you may be causing undue hardship on your physiology by exaggerating.

Think about the times you’ve been watching TV and tears came to your eyes, or maybe you recognize the signs of anxiety and stress when you get all wrapped up in a book you’re reading about violence. Our bodies respond to what we are thinking about.

If you have a work situation that is bothering you and you are complaining about it, and exaggerating the facts, your body will respond to the intensity of what you are saying, and you can actually make yourself sick. If you really feel the need to vent about problems at work, or home, or anywhere, think about the words you’re saying as you vent. And more importantly, think about how YOU feel when you’re telling your story. You may find that most of your stories are better left untold.

Learning to stay in the present moment and focusing on what “is” instead of what was or what should be, is more than just a good idea. It’s CRITICAL to your well-being!

Self-Hypnosis is Easy and Fun!

February 4th, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

You may be interested to know that we all experience self-hypnosis several times each day. Wouldn’t it be nice to be aware of the ways in which you are hypnotizing yourself, so that you can deliberately choose which habits and behaviors are running the show? Learning how to use self-hypnosis deliberately can do just that!

When we talk about hypnosis, we’re talking about the co-mingling of the conscious mind and the sub-conscious mind, as if there are two minds. Well of course there is only one mind, and so it’s more accurate to speak of conscious processes and sub-conscious processes. A conscious process is something you do, or think about, consciously. Conversely, a sub-conscious process is something you do automatically, kind of like being on autopilot. Hypnosis is a process of bringing the two together so that you’re in charge of those automatic behaviors. » Read the rest of this entry «

Using Hypnosis to Ease the Discomfort of Change

January 1st, 2013 § Comments Off on Using Hypnosis to Ease the Discomfort of Change § permalink

Creating long lasting change in our lives is possible as long as we are consciously willing to change and are not living in a state of wishful thinking. Hypnosis is a valuable tool used to accelerate change and lessen the discomfort often associated with it. This article addresses the value of examining our belief systems in regard to the associated discomfort, or pain, of creating change in our lives.

January 1st: the beginning of the new year, an arbitrary date in the grand scheme of things. It is, however, the most popular time of year to eliminate unwanted habits, most notably to lose weight or quit smoking. Creating change in our lives is often easier when we set a start date, and what better time to begin this transformation than on the first day of the new year?

The degree of success with New Year’s resolutions varies widely. Why is it that some people find it easier to keep their resolutions than others do? For some, behavior change is as simple as owning up to the bad habit, agreeing to make different choices, and then doing it. Although not rare, this is the exception. » Read the rest of this entry «

What Happens During a Hypnosis Session?

November 30th, 2012 § Comments Off on What Happens During a Hypnosis Session? § permalink

For many people, fear of the unknown can keep them from making the decision to incorporate hypnosis into their lives as a vehicle for personal change. In this article, I have demystified the fear of the unknown by describing exactly what a hypnosis session at Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon looks like. This article describes how I conduct a session. While the details will be unique to my practice, the overall structure will be similar with most clinical hypnotists.

Most of us know what to expect when we go to a new dentist, a new doctor, or to be fitted for glasses. However, most people don’t know what happens at a hypnosis session. Some clients arrive with a healthy skepticism, and an open mind. Others feel nervous, maybe intimidated, or even a bit afraid of what is going to happen, not knowing what to expect. Then there are those who arrive with a heightened state of curiosity and adventure and just want to see what happens in hypnosis. » Read the rest of this entry «

How Does Hypnosis Work?

November 5th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

Hypnosis is a safe and effective means of changing habits, whether your desire is to eliminate a disempowering habit or create an empowering one. Your sub-conscious mind does not care, or even evaluate, the benefit or detriment of your personal habits. It is simply a warehouse of programmed, conditioned behaviors. Hypnosis gives you access to that warehouse. It’s simple, it’s easy, and it’s fun to discover how effectively it can be used to program your sub-conscious mind to behave the way you want it to.

Hypnosis – What is it? How does it work? Is it real? These are the questions I answer every day in my practice at Intuitive Hypnosis, and in casual conversation with friends and acquaintances. I am fascinated with the process of hypnosis and how it can be utilized to create change in our lives, and I welcome the opportunity to talk about it every chance I get.

Let’s start with a brief definition of hypnosis. I define hypnosis as “a deep state of relaxation with a targeted focus.” The reason for using hypnosis is to bring about desired changes in our thought patterns, behavior, and experience. » Read the rest of this entry «

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