SET 8 - HYPNOSIS SESSION 1.
Burning Stress For Good and Creating a Fertile Mind
Earlier this year at a firewalking event I was running, as we lit the logs and were getting prepared I joked that “as a boy, I dreamed of moments like this” - and it is true, I really did.
I recall during winter as a boy watching my Dad build and light the home fires we had and never being allowed to do any of the lighting or prodding with the poker and not being allowed to throw stuff in on it to burn; I felt so deprived by the responsible attitude of my parents!
These days, we have our own open fire at home and we get our annual delivery of logs to get all toasty in our front room during winter, I love it.
I love the very subtle aroma of burning wood,
I love the sound of the logs crackling and rolling into embers,
I love the sensation of the sedating heat (some of my early memories are of my Grandfather coming in from a days work on the farm, sitting down in his armchair in front of the open fire and just falling asleep, so I think I associate that heat with sleep, and I think we’ve all felt sedated sat in front of a fireplace, haven’t we?) and...
I also love to watch it, the flames that roar at the beginning and then flicker calmly once the logs become embers, the varying glow and the multitude of colours that exist within it.
Of course, I’m not the only person fascinated by fire, for centuries, it was a sign of power and a source of great need for early mankind, it instills fear in people and animals and of course needs to be respected because of the damage it can cause.
When something is burned to ashes and dust, there is a sense of finality. A sense of no return. Some people are cremated to signal the end of their life and body.
Burning can also be a very fertile thing to do. Some woodlands and scrub areas are burned on purpose to make way for new life and new beginnings. The areas that surround volcanoes are often some of the most fertile and rich places on the planet.
This hypnosis session is designed to help you let go and get rid of stresses and worries. Burn them out of your life with some finality. At the same time leaving you with a fertile mindset.
It is a joy to go through this kind of process.
And we do it all using fire and flames!.
SET 8 - HYPNOSIS SESSION 2.
Washing Away Stress and Worry
Here in Bournemouth on the south coast of England where I live, if you want to use local refuse facilities, then you have to drive all your rubbish or waste up to the tip and show them your council tax bill or some other evidence that you are a tax payer in the region and thus allowed to be there. Getting rid of your rubbish ethically is a serious business!
Recently, it was decided that our lawnmower had to be taken there and a new one was to be purchased. The old one had outlived it’s expected time on this planet and sheer laziness on my part had meant that the grass cuttings collection box did not stay on unless I pressed my foot against it, it had black tape holding the handles in place and it was an eyesore… I mean * sighs dramatically * what must the neighbours have thought?
As I dropped the orange flymo from the late 90s off at the electricals section of the tip, I laughed out loud at the group of people who then eyed it up and down until one man decided to carry it off and load it on his truck… I told him that it did not work and needed to be put out to pasture, but he insisted he could get some life out of it… Ah, I like to think of that old lawnmower, running free in the countryside somewhere enjoying its final days having seen the screwdriver of a strange man who hangs around the local dump looking for tat to whisk away…
* daydreams happily for a few moments, gaze fixed on a distant point… *
I got rid of a load of other stuff at the time too. It leaves me with a real sense of well-being. Like feeling cleansed. I feel that way after a spring clean. Likewise, I love it when clothes and bedding have just been washed and they feel all fresh and clean – free of any stuff that it had collected from the wear and rigours of life. I don’t start doing that thing that they do on the TV commercials where they lift up the sheets and try to gaily snort them into their nostrils because they are so fresh and lovely, don’t get me wrong, I just like the sensation and the feel of clean things.
It is nice when our heads feel cleansed, clean and free of clutter and rubbish too, isn’t it? And that is what this hypnosis session is all about. Letting go. Feeling cleansed. Being free of worry and stress. Dumping our emotional and psychological rubbish!
Some of you have some rubbish in your heads apparently. I have had emails and requests for some kind of process and technique that allows us to dispense of our rubbish and leave us feeling better. This hypnosis session was in response to those requests.
Our own personal rubbish, for the purpose of this process, may include stress, it may be non-useful worries, it may frustrations or unhelpful tension, or even unnecessary fears.
This process is going to show you how to have a clear out of the mind, and wash the laundry of the brain, I think you are going to love this session.
SET 8 - HYPNOSIS SESSION 3.
A Sympathetic Listener With You Always
Many hypnotherapists that I mentor and supervise talk about how the client just talked and talked and talked and talked and talked… They just (for want of a better expression) dumped a load in the therapy session.
Ok, if this is really what the client wants, to let go, to have someone listen to them and so on… Though where is the time and place for the hypnotherapy in such a session? Isn’t the role of just being a listener actually the role of a different type of therapist or counselor?
I am not suggesting it is wrong, and of course we are listeners as a matter of course, but I think to make the verymost out of a hypnotherapy session, the client needs to have done more thanjust pour out everything that was on their mind and then gone home. Our skill set is such that the client should surely be leaving feeling equipped and enriched in some way for having been to see you.
It is a discussion that I have with many hypnotherapists – many who disagree and insist that the client needs to be heard and if they wish to unload ‘their stuff’ then they should be allowed. Heck, this is not necessarily what I wanted to debate and discuss here.
Instead, what I wanted to share within this hypnosis session is a means of teaching you, and my clients, and anyone else, of how they can be heard even if there is no-one in their life to play the role of sympathetic and effectivelistener.
Being able to vent and express ourselves is essential, establishing a feeling of being ‘unburdened’ and experiencing some catharsis is seen by many as equally essential in emotional and psychological well-being.
Some people simply do not have the kind of support network available to them to be able to do this regularly in a healthy manner, and some may not wish to share certain aspects of themselves with those closest to them. So the therapists sometimes adopts that role… Especially if the client expects that to happen and has not necessarily been educated about what hypnotherapy sessions comprise of and the true nature of it… Heck, they may have seen a bunch of Woody Allen films and think that all therapy involves them sitting on a couch talking to the person in the chair about anything and everything for hours on end…
The process that I offer up within this hypnosis session gives you the opportunity to do this kind of process; you get to vent, let go and express yourself in a wonderful way. What you say is heard, respected, listened to attentively and it leaves you feeling wonderfully uplifted, unburdened and at peace with a sense of mental calmness that is essential to good mental health. You will have a means of speaking your mind, venting your spleen, speaking from the heart and emptying your mind whenever you want – when I do this, I swear my head actually feels lighter! I think yours will too, go find out!
SET 8 - HYPNOSIS SESSION 4.
Motivation To Exercise
When people consider exercising, they often go through that phase of rationalizing it with themselves. You use that language at times, don’t you?
This sort of language shows that exercise is often something we don’t really want to do, but it is somehow necessary for us to get something else, it is a means to an end and not very compelling. We want to be slim, we want to fit into a different waist size of trousers or a smaller dress, we want to feel fitter when playing with the kids, we want to be able to see our toes when on the scales, we want to be perceived in a particular way – exercise is the means of doing it for many people.
There are very few people that first start out on a course of exercise that actually think to themselves and tell the world around them:
It often takes us a while to develop this perspective on exercise. Whenever I say these kinds of things, many people look at me as if I am some sort of nutjob.
It tends to then feed my motivation to exercise further and keep on doing it. It is now an intrinsic and automatic part of my life and my day-to-day regimen.
“What? Is that it Adam? That is your strategy for getting motivated? Just keep on doing it until you like it?!”
Nope. That kind of suggested process is likely to end up as many January gym subscriptions that get used 20 times in January, 10 times in February and then never again.
Many people have an unusual psychological association with exercise. They think of it as some sort of a chore and think of doing it with some kind of begrudging mindset, like it is a punishment; often perpetuated by those that insist on “no pain, no gain” or other outdated 80s idiocy that only deserve ot be repeated at select nostalgic moments when refusing to throw away your ‘Frankie Says Relax’ t-shirt.
If you consider exercise to be something you must/should/ought to be doing because you have to lose weight somehow and you have to sacrifice some comfort and exchange pain, hassle and …. Then of course you are not going to be motivated to exercise.
With this hypnosis session, you get a truly magnificent track, that combines hypnosis, mental imagery, association and a bunch of other stuff (excuse the technical jargon) to show you how to get motivated to exercise and end up wanting to do it, feel good doing it, and enjoy exercising – because it feels good really!
I use this process when I get up each morning to train for the numerous marathons that I run each year – it is tried and tested. I am really proud to be sharing ti with you here.
If you want to exercise, if you want to enjoy exercising and engage in physical activity, then this is for you. Go for it!
SET 8 - HYPNOSIS SESSION 5.
Learning To Eat Artfully – And Eat Much Less!
I can recall attending a wine tasting event given by the Berry Brothers wine company in Basingstoke when I was a lot younger than I am today. What a brilliant event. As with many wine tastings, you pay for a ticket, then get to sample lots of wines with a view to purchasing them. I did it wrong. I ignored the big bins of sawdust to spit my wine out aftertasting and continued to swill down copious amounts of my favourites that were on offer.
Headache ensued the next day.
Since those younger days I have developed a penchant for many wines and even studied wine a little bit, though don’t really claim to be any kind of an expert, I still know how to taste my wine, note its character, aroma and depth. (Those who know me know I love deep luxurious full-bodied reds like Rioja, Barrolo and Chateauxneuf Du Paps and also very dry and crisp white wines such as Chablis and Sancerre)
If you have ever had a conversation with a proper wine expert or a sommelier, you’ll know that these guys have so much knowledge and expertise about wines and whenever I watch them drink and taste their wines, it is a joy to watch – they seem to be able to extract the most amount of taste, pleasure and joy out of the tiniest amount of wine; they raise the glass and look upon the wine, they raise it to their nose and breathe its aroma in deeply, then look at how it rolls down the inside of the glass. They assess it and then take a (sometimes noisy) sip along with plenty of air in the mouth and they roll it around the mouth to engage as many of the taste buds as possible. It is then spat out and the taste endures and lingers and they get other flavours and characters coming to the mouth before they cleanse the pallet with water.
All the senses get engaged and it is clearly a pleasurable and discerning way to enjoy the drink that I tend to quaff instead of enjoying as much as I should from time to time.
This artful way of tasting wine is something used by many hypnotherapists to illustrate how those wishing to reduce their weight can derive huge amounts of pleasure and satisfaction from eating much smaller amounts of food.
Major contributor to the field of hypnotherapy Theodore Barber is the earliest documented user of this approach that I canfind, using this approach in the 60s, though it has been picked up and used by many hypnosis professionals and authors over the years. William S Kroger who I have quoted many times before on my blog promoted the use of the notion of “eat like a gourmet” back in the 70s and more recently Herbert Mann used the idea of “eating as an art” as he referred to wine tasters and coffee tasters in his approach that features in a number of books including the famed Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors.
The hypnosis session that I am offering up here takes this notion and makes it available to anyone. With this hypnosis session, we are going to mentally rehearse the idea of eating as an art form, then allow it to happen in real-life. You'll find yourself being able to eat much less and be more satisfied as a result of it. You'll enjoy the smaller amounts of food you do consume much more!
You are going to become a gourmet eater – you never again have to try and avoid food, or feel like you are depriving yourself! You just learn how to eat artfully and like a gourmet and get it lodged into your mind with this powerful hypnosis session. Enjoy this!
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