New Year? Make it a New YOU!

It’s a new year, and a good time to take stock of your life. Where are you going, and how are you getting there? You can start something anytime, not just once a year on January 1st! You can change anything in your life at any time, as long as you have a strong enough reason to change. So how do you go about doing so?

Questions to Answer

Start out by asking yourself some pointed questions such as “why do you want to change?” and “what do you want to change?” Pay attention to your words. Change your ‘trying,’ ‘shoulds’ and ‘maybes’ into MUSTS. The reason for this is that once you change your thought patterns and know you MUST do something, that’s when you’ll finally achieve lasting results. Your reasons for change are the most important step in creating a vision to change.

Using Hypnosis as a Tool

hypnosis for weight lossHypnosis is a valuable tool that can help you to focus on what it is that you want to change. It can help your mind expand and create the results you want.

How does it do this? Because using hypnosis is like planting a garden: First, you have to plant the seed of your MUST into your subconscious mind. Next, you have to water your garden, and you do this by practicing self-hypnosis and visualizations daily.

Daily Nurturing

It takes effort to make sure your seeds get the sunlight and nutrients they need to grow into a blossoming garden. Implement the actions you need to nurture them, such as eating healthily if your goal is to lose weight. Push yourself beyond your comfort zones, do your workouts and change your eating habits, to achieve the results you want.

Do a Little, and Do it Often

Start out with taking small steps in the right direction, and commit yourself to following through. Repetition is important, to break the old habits and teach yourself new ones. Whatever it is you want to achieve—more money, less stress, weight loss, more confidence—all these things are possible if you plant the seeds, water the garden and nurture it until it grows.

Making the Commitment

Hypnosis and self-hypnosis can help you to achieve whatever goal you set yourself for 2015, but you must be the one to commit and do the work. You must change your routine, your thoughts and your habits if you’re going to be able to create a lasting change in your life this year.

Take a look at this video about making progress by Anthony Robbins, and let me know if you need my help to make real, lasting changes in your life RIGHT NOW.


Past Life Regressions: Fact or Fiction?

We all want to believe there’s more to life than just the here and now. But believing in reincarnation doesn’t make it true, just as belief in anything doesn’t mean it will come to pass in reality. So what evidence is there that reincarnation exists, and that you have been here before? Past life regression (PLR) offers insight into experiences shared by a multitude of people over the years. Read this and decide for yourself whether it’s fact or fiction:

Catherine and Her 86 Lifetimes

Dr. Brian Weiss is a psychiatrist and former chair of the psychiatry department at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami and he used to be a complete skeptic about reincarnation. He treated Catherine, a female patient, with regular psychiatric protocols for a year without success. Eventually he tried hypnosis, which he had used successfully on prior occasions.

To Dr. Weiss’ amazement Catherine began talking about previous lives, claiming to have lived 86 times before and giving details of times and places in history that he later researched to verify the facts. He was even more surprised when Catherine revealed information about his own father, and a son who had died many years earlier at birth. As a complete stranger to his family she could not possibly have knowledge of either one.

past life regressionJames the WWII Fighter Pilot

The parents of toddler James Leininger were horrified when at the age of 2 years he began having dreams of being trapped in a fiery cockpit, unable to get out. Equally disturbing were the images he drew over the next few years, depicting airplanes flying in formation and dropping bombs. When they investigated, they discovered a young fighter pilot named James Huston had died in the fiery cockpit when his plane was shelled during WWII.

On meeting with former colleagues of Huston’s they found young James Leininger able to recognize some of the deceased pilot’s former colleagues by name without having ever met or heard about them before. He also knew the name of the aircraft carrier on which James Huston was stationed, and exactly where the plane had gone down as well as the fact that it was the work of the Japanese fighters.

The Work of Dr. Ian Stevenson

Dr. Ian Stevenson was a Canadian-born psychiatrist who spent 50 years with the University of Virginia Medical School in various roles. He interviewed people and wrote about cases that were difficult to explain by any theory other than reincarnation, although he conducted rigorous scientific analysis of each case to try and verify the claims. He writes about cases where young children exhibit xenoglossy, which is the ability to fluently speak a language they have never had exposure to. I’ll be blogging more about PLR in the future, so follow my posts if you’re intrigued by the topic.

My Personal PLR Experience

When I first heard of past lives as a teenager, I was also a skeptic and didn’t believe. Then in 2004 I studied and became a certified hypnotist, and when my school was offering the Past Life Regression certificate program there was a part of me that was very curious. I took the program with an open mind, not sure what to believe. In class I experienced four past lives through our training. I couldn’t believe how real everything felt, and the experience made me a believer 100%. I knew I couldn’t “make up” the feelings, the events and the situations that I was seeing.

How it Works

Everyone experiences PLR differently: some feel it, some see it like watching a movie. Others get impressions, or things just pop in and out while you are being guided by the questions. Whatever way you perceive the information is perfectly ok, just trust the process and go with the flow. I used to be a skeptic until I was able to experience it for myself, I healed many fears, and received more awareness of my lessons in each lifetime. What I discovered made me feel wiser and gave me more awareness of my current life path.

Benefits of PLR

PLR can be very healing, and it’s known to help release fears. It can also be very educational to receive your lessons from your past lives. It can be rewarding, letting you know who you were and what you did before, and it can be entertaining – like watching a movie where you are the main character. Whatever the reason for your session, whether to help with letting go of unexplained pain or fears, for your own curiosity, or just for the fun, check it out one day. Hypnosis is a common method of regressing to memories of past lives, and as I explained in a previous post you’re in complete control at all times. Give me a call if you’re interested in trying past life regression through hypnosis.

A New Revolution? Using Hypnosis for Health Purposes

Over the years hypnosis has had something of a bad rap in many circles. Many people don’t understand how hypnosis works, and as a result they fear it. And of course, the images of those crazy shows where people get “hypnotized” to cluck like chickens just don’t help! In reality, hypnosis is nothing like that and an authentic hypnotherapist would no more jump off a cliff than practice that type of idiocy. With the growing awareness of alternative therapies, using hypnosis for health purposes is becoming mainstream and a new revolution in the 21st century.

History of Hypnosis

The art of hypnosis has a long and colourful history. Believed to date back to the Hindus of ancient India who took sick people to sleep temples to be cured, the concept hasn’t changed much since then. What has changed, however, is the way we see it and the names we call it, which over the centuries ranged from “magnetism” through “mesmerism” and finally hypnosis. It was elevated to a science by James Braid, a Scottish surgeon who gave it the name hypnosis.

How Hypnosis Works

Mature woman relaxing with eyes closedJames Braid did more than just name hypnosis. He also discovered the real truth behind the science, which is the fact that it has more to do with fixed attention than with being in a trance. This understanding is central to dispelling the potentially harmful myths about it.

Hypnosis works by creating changes in the areas of the brain that are involved in attention, and by modifying the connections between the motor cortex and other regions of the brain. To achieve this, the hypnotherapist uses various techniques to put you into a relaxed state of mind, which makes your subconscious mind more receptive to re-education.

This helps give you greater control over actions and responses you might otherwise struggle to control consciously.

Conditions Treated

Because of this, hypnosis has proved effective in treating multiple health issues that have a basis in mental or emotional control. Hypnosis for weight loss is particularly effective, and I’ve had success using it myself to lose 70lbs after childbirth. It works by using suggestions to help you reduce cravings, and visualization techniques to picture yourself achieving your goals.

Some of the other medical conditions treated successfully by hypnosis are:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Stress-related conditions such as gastrointestinal and dermatological problems
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sedation for pain control during medical and dental procedures
  • Nausea resulting from chemotherapy

Results and Side Effects

Hypnosis is very effective at providing relief from conditions that have a mental component. After the session is over, you will have full recall of everything that took place during the event, and will feel calm and soothed as a result of the relaxation techniques used. It usually takes a few sessions to see distinctive results—much like medical treatment, it doesn’t often work right away but takes time to have an effect. Side effects are minimal if you’re healthy, but patients who abuse drugs or alcohol aren’t ideal candidates for hypnosis because they may become delusional as a result of their substance use.

During hypnosis, you’re never out of control. You’re never unaware of your surroundings or incapable of coming out of your state of relaxation. The hypnotherapist is a guide, helping you to reach a deeper level of awareness and connection with your unconscious, but he or she is not able to take over your mind or compel you to do anything against your will.

If you want more information about using hypnosis for weight loss or any other purpose, contact me here to schedule a discussion about your needs.