Your thoughts, emotions & body sensations are major keys to opening your mind & body. They are always present & available to you, opening all doors to high level health & performance....Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht
Lifestyle changes needed for high level health & are like taking a journey. First comes the decision, the commitment to the journey, followed by the planning. Next comes the unfolding of experiences. We enjoy some parts, detest others, sit in amazement as the unexpected takes on a life of it's own.
As we look with soft eyes, it is clear that each experience carries with it, the gift of knowledge. We tend to be asleep more than awake. If we practice waking up more frequently, the number of experiences will mount. Since each experience carries the gift of knowledge, our goal is to stay awake as much as possible, working to unraveling our past experiences along with the new. Of course, looking for the gifts, for they are there in the vault of the subconscious mind.
In an earlier article in the thoughtWARE series, you set up gardens on your goal-den path. You met up with your Master Gardener, your Higher Self, learned something about weeds, your early belief systems, along with ways to change past self-image & esteem programming. Now you are going to locate old subconscious mind files, filled with all kinds of gifts to help you manage your life balance, a most necessary step in attaining high level health & performance. You are also going to design future mind programs to plant in your metaphorical gardens.
Interactive Awareness & Self-Hypnosis can be utilized in hundreds of creative ways. The thoughtWARE articles have given you the opportunity to work with some of these. Now you will experience some of the more creative ones. Keep in mind that each & every moment holds opportunities for practice, including re-programming your subconscious mind. As you begin to truly wake up to this extraordinary power that you have in place, you can become overwhelmed. Therefore it's a good idea to set some goals for building skill levels, for programming awareness, also for etching new subconscious mind programs.
You already know the power of awareness & how key it is to change. There are all levels of awareness, each carrying gifts. Some are small & some are big. Awareness requests are set-up subconsciously. We literally request the mind to make us aware of something we know will benefit us. For example, you might request the subconscious librarian to make you aware of low-level emotions, thoughts or behaviors that connect to a particular addiction, habit or disorderly eating.
Your subconscious mind will consciously "key" you into these, where you will be able to diminish them right in the moment, then move to re-program your inner files related to these behaviors. You are learning to stop something before it gets out of control for you. Pre-behaviors or prodromals are very important in changing habits, behaviors, as well as automatic pilot programs.
If you have any particular triggers, you might want to request changing your inner files in reference to these. For instance, if your reactions to certain people's behaviors tend to make you tense, you might want to be more aware of these, then work with diminishing &/or re-programming. One does not need to be in a deep trance state to do this work. You can do all of it "right in the moment" if you like.
Knowledge Hook - Induction
Induction is nothing more than slowing the brain waves in increments by using a particular deepening system, such as counting backwards, or choosing images that do the same. There are many levels of trance or deep relaxation, each having their own ease of execution & benefits. In short, induction is the route you take to get out of your own way, side-stepping all emotions & judgment, stepping into a place where suggestions are readily accepted by the subconscious mind.
If you work with a hypnotist, hypnotherapist, or our mp3 or CD programs you may be taken even deeper into trance where you will be able to access the needed information. In the independent practice of self-hypnosis you are determining the level where you can effect your own work. If you work with audio it is a bit easier to go deeper down, because even if you fall asleep, your subconscious mind will pick up the suggestions from the recorded program.
You might like to review the thoughtWARE article on mental biofeedback & practice inducing self-hypnosis with body communication skills. This is particularly effective as a stress-releaser, preparing the mind for the acceptance of suggestion. Whatever the route you choose, do know you are on your way to the tools below.
After inducing a self-hypnotic state, you are ready to begin planting subconscious mind programs, also called suggestions. The subconscious mind enjoys organization & so it works to your benefit, assisting you in building special containment metaphors for planting inner programs, as well as editing past & future ones. These containments are useful as well for managing emotional states, locating hidden resources & building resilience. All containments are "user-friendly". As you welcome them into your consciousness, don't be surprised if you find them appearing automatically to help manage your life needs.
Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, President & Program Designer for Sarasota Medical & Sports Hypnosis Institute located in Sarasota, FL & online at http://www.hypnosis-audio.com & http://www.sugar-addiction.com She is the author of Sugar....the Hidden Eating Disorder & How to Lick It, Beyond Disorderly Eating...The Truth About Sugar, Bingeing & How to Stop, as well as The MindBody Fitness Boot Camp... Lifestyle Change Made Easy. She has also written & produced +350 audio CD's & mp3's. The websites include moderated discussion groups, ezines, library & a host of other educational tools for learning Interactive Self-Hypnosis. Visit the online Boot Camp & work directly with the author. Download a free mp3 each month.