You know what it’s like to get a song stuck in your head. It’s annoying, but eventually it fades away and you forget that it was there in the first place. If only it were that easy to get rid of repetitive negative thinking! While it might not be as easy as letting that song fade away, it is possible to put an end to the cycle of repetitive negative thinking, and hypnosis can help.
It has been estimated that we have anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 thoughts a day, and many of them are repetitive. When I work with clients in regard to breaking the cycle of negative thinking, I often start by having them think about their brain in the following way:
Your Brain is Just another Organ
Think of your brain as just another organ in your body, like your heart, your liver, your lungs, and so on. Each of these organs has a very specific job to do. Your heart is responsible for the circulation of blood, your liver’s job is to filter this blood, your lungs do all the breathing, and the job of your brain is to think thoughts. That’s just what it does, it thinks thoughts. Here’s the important part, and a big “ah-ha” for a lot of people – You are not your thoughts! It’s true. You are not your thoughts; you are the witness, the observer, of your thoughts. You are the awareness behind the thoughts, just like you are aware of your heart pumping and your lungs breathing.
This change in perspective is the first step in the understanding that you have the ability to control your thoughts. Our emotions are the result of the thoughts we are thinking, so it makes sense that as you learn to control your thoughts, you also learn to control your feelings. » Read the rest of this entry «