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 «
August 16th, 2013 § Comments Off on Why Neuroplasticity is a Big Deal § permalink
Why Neuroplasticity is a Big Deal – The term “neuroplasticity” is being heard often these days. Why? What is the big deal about it? Why should we care? This guest post by Robert Lilly addresses those questions.
The term “neuroplasticity” is being heard more and more these days. Why? What is the big deal about it? To understand that, let’s begin by first defining what neuroplasticity is. According to MedicineNet.com, neuroplasticity is “the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.” According to Wikipedia the term refers to “changes in neural pathways and synapses which are due to changes in behavior, environment and neural processes, as well as changes resulting from bodily injury. Neuroplasticity has replaced the formerly-held position that the brain is a physiologically static organ, and explores how – and in which ways – the brain changes throughout life.” In addition, from the National Library of Medicine – Medical Subject Headings: “The capacity of the NERVOUS SYSTEM to change its reactivity as the result of successive activations.” In other words, it refers to the brain’s ability to grow and change as a result of stimuli throughout a person’s entire lifespan. » Read the rest of this entry «
August 1st, 2013 § Comments Off on Using Hypnosis to Stop Procrastinating § permalink
I’m sure you’ll understand me when I tell you that I’ve wanted to write an article about using hypnosis to stop procrastinating for such a long time, but I just keep putting it off! Procrastination – that annoying habit of consistently putting off doing things that you know you have to do. It happens to all of us from time to time, but for some, it can turn into more than just an occasional annoyance. It can become problematic to the point that it interferes with one’s ability to finish school, to work dependably, or to fulfill one’s potential.
What exactly is procrastination?
“According to psychologist Professor Clarry Lay, a prominent writer on procrastination, procrastination occurs when there’s ’a temporal gap between intended behavior and enacted behavior.’ That is, procrastination is occurring when there’s a significant time period between when people intend to do a job, and when they actually do it.” – Overcoming Procrastination
Perhaps one of the most frustrating things about procrastination is the fact that we can’t blame anyone but ourselves for not following through with our obligations. This fact may be to our detriment, but it is also to our benefit. Because no one else is responsible for our procrastination, we have the absolute power to diminish and/or eliminate procrastination on our own. This is where hypnosis comes in. » Read the rest of this entry «
July 3rd, 2013 § Comments Off on Phantom Limb Pain and Hypnosis § permalink
Phantom Limb Pain and Hypnosis: Phantom limb pain is caused by the nerves that would normally communicate energy to an amputated or missing limb. Hypnosis can help rewire the brain.
Phantom limb pain is a very interesting phenomenon. It is the sensation that the amputated or missing limb is still attached to the body, and is actually moving with other body parts. Phantom pain happens when the nerves that would normally communicate energy to the missing limb cause pain. The pain sensations are generally described as burning sensations or other strange sensations that can be very agonizing for some people. Some experience temperature change in the missing limb, itchiness, or the sensation that the limb is in an uncomfortable position and causing great discomfort.
A variety of treatments to alleviate phantom pain are available including medication, physical treatment, nerve block, neuromodulation, and surgical treatment. Mirror therapy is another option for pain relief, and based on what we know about the subconscious mind, it makes a lot of sense. You may recall, from previous posts, that the subconscious mind does not discriminate between actually doing something and pretending or thinking about doing something.
In mirror therapy, a mirror box is used to trick the brain into thinking, and seeing, that the missing limb still exists. The patient places the good limb in a position that is reflected back in a way that makes the brain see two matching limbs. The patient then makes movements with the good limb, and the brain sees the reflected imagine of both limbs moving. Through the use of this artificial visual feedback, it becomes possible for the patient to “move” the phantom limb into a comfortable position.
Hypnosis is often used for pain management and in the case of phantom pain, it seems clear to me how valuable it can be to practice “seeing” the missing limb moving and responding in a way the helps to alleviate the pain. Again, the subconscious mind does not know the difference between doing and pretending. For those who are not visual, they can improve the degree of pain they experience by engaging in the “feeling” sense of the limb moving. The power of our mind is phenomenal, and hypnosis can expedite the desired outcome in many cases.
July 2nd, 2013 § § permalink
Getting a good night’s sleep with hypnosis – For many people getting a good’s night’s sleep is difficult or impossible. For many of those same people hypnosis might be the answer.
I see a variety of sleep issues with my clients at Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon. For some, getting to sleep is easy, but they repeatedly wake up tossing and turning with their minds racing the whole time, waking up completely exhausted each morning. For others, once they get to sleep they stay asleep, but can toss and turn for hours and hours before they drift off.
Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. I always ask my clients about the quality of sleep they are getting. If they report that they struggle with sleep, I recommend to them that we do a session on sleep before we start anything else. It can be quite a challenge to change one’s eating habits, begin an exercise program, or incorporate other changes if one is sleep deprived. » Read the rest of this entry «