October 1st, 2013 § Comments Off on The Demystification of Hypnosis § permalink
I have been so immersed in the world of hypnosis for such a long time that I forget how weird it is for some people. Hypnosis is just weird. A valid opinion for those who don’t fully understand what hypnosis really is and how it works.
One of my goals as a consulting hypnotist at Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon, is to focus on the demystification of hypnosis for as many people as I can, on a regular basis. I have spent the last 4 years offering free lectures about hypnosis, I have written dozens of articles about hypnosis, and I have educated and informed each of my clients about hypnosis and how it works. As mentioned above, I have been so immersed in the world of hypnosis for such a long time that I forget there are still many people who just think it’s weird. » Read the rest of this entry «
September 4th, 2013 § Comments Off on Using Hypnosis to Break the Cycle of Negative Thinking § permalink
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 «
June 26th, 2013 § Comments Off on Job Burnout Can Hurt Your Heart § permalink
Recent studies show that job burnout can hurt your heart.
We all know that stress can compromise our health. So what can you do about it if you have a stressful job situation, but you feel stuck, over worked, under appreciated, with no end in sight? In the words of Byron Katie, “Learn to tell a new story!”
Recent studies show that job burnout can have adverse effects on our heart health (LINK), although we don’t need scientific research to tell us that. We know it from experience! So how can learning to tell a new story keep us healthy?
Consider that we are not stressed out from our actual job situations, but more accurately, from the stories we tell ourselves about our job situation. Our subconscious mind runs our physiology, and our subconscious mind responds to our thoughts and emotions as if everything we think about is happening right here, right now. If we are in a constant state of unhappiness, feeling victimized by life, by our work, our bosses, our life situation, our subconscious mind will respond accordingly and we will feel the effects physically.
Learn to tell a new story and give your subconscious mind the message that all is well, that you feel good no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Practice being present and focus on where you are NOW, and what you’re doing NOW. Let the past be just that, the past.
For many, feeling stressed at work is part of their identity, along with being a victim. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can learn to change your perspective on life, to tell a new story about your job, your boss, your life in general. Hypnosis is a very effective way to train yourself to think about life in a way that serves you.
If you are feeling burnout from your job, do something about it. If you can’t leave the unwanted situation for something wanted, then learn to look at it from a point of view that feels better. Using hypnosis can help you reach and maintain that healthier point of view. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Give it a try, your heart will thank you!
March 26th, 2013 § Comments Off on How to Get the Most out of Self-Hypnosis § permalink
OK, so you learned how to do self-hypnosis (Self-Hypnosis is Easy and Fun!), you know about creating positive suggestions for yourself, but, do you know how to get the most out of self-hypnosis and really get to the bottom of what you want?
In my practice at Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon, I use an approach with my clients based on a Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) outcome frame. It is an excellent tool that I use with almost every client to help us narrow down exactly what they want as a result of their hypnosis treatment.
The NLP outcome frame has a lot of questions, all of which I use with clients in my office. I have narrowed down the questions to the most important, in my opinion, to include when combining with self-hypnosis. By learning to use this NLP outcome frame to create your outcome statement, you can learn to expertly define exactly what you want as you practice self-hypnosis. » Read the rest of this entry «
March 7th, 2013 § Comments Off on The Purpose for This Blog § permalink
I enjoy gathering information about health and wellness and find myself wanting to add my two cents to the conversation. The topics in this blog come from a variety of sources, the news, Science Daily, personal conversations with friends, clients etc. For the most part my comments about the topics are in relation to hypnosis, but not always. They are however, generally focused on mental and/or physical health and wellness.
I have another blog that I contribute to on a monthly basis called HypnoBytes. The articles in HypnoBytes are more extensive and deal strictly with hypnosis. But for this blog, I’ll just stick to weighing in with my thoughts and opinions on a variety of health related subjects. Your comments are welcome. I’d like to know what you have to say as well!
Debbie Taylor MA, CHt, CI