Sometimes life can be a real struggle. When you are sick, or your home is messy, work is exhausting and maybe your pets are demanding; all you want to do is pull the covers over your head and go back to sleep! Simple motivation can be a challenge never mind continuing your path of learning and spiritual growth!
Self Hypnosis To The Rescue!
Hypnosis can help you find your motivation to make positive changes in your life. Give yourself positive messages and encouragement. It can be anything that will help you be more proactive. Simple instructions like: "Wash half the dishes and then you can have that next cup of coffee” Or “I will fold this laundry and then feel great when it's gone."
Whether you say it out loud or in your own head, giving yourself positive messages and encouragement are all methods of Self Hypnosis. We do this every day without even thinking about it. When you drive home and don’t remember how you got to your driveway is a form of Self Hypnosis.
Hypnosis Is Relaxing
Hypnosis is something that often makes people feel scared or uneasy. People often think of it as something mystical or magical but that is not Hypnosis. We are often in a Hypnotic state but we don’t even realize it. Think of that moment when you are just about to fall asleep. Your whole body feels relaxed and heavy, and it seems too much effort to open your eyes or even move a limb. That is a Hypnotic state. You have allowed yourself to relax, not only you body but your mind as well. It is at that time, that you may start to dream or have random thoughts or images. What you are doing is allowing your subconscious mind to be present. You are allowing yourself to relax and receive whatever information is there for you. Are you still in control? Could you make yourself wake up if you wanted to? Of course you could. You are still in control of your mind and your body, just as would be in a Hypnosis session with a Hypnotherapist.
Seeing A Hypnotherapist For Help
If you feel like Self Hypnosis is great but you need more help, you can visit a Hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapy gives you a chance to decide what direction you want to go in, and what you want to work on. A certified Hypnotherapist will help guide you to reach a relaxed state, to then work on whatever you need to.
What can you work on in a Hypnotic state? The simple answer is anything you want to, as long as you are open and honest with yourself and are willing to change. Smoking and food addictions, stress, anxiety, breaking patterns, and so much more can be helped with Hypnotherapy, but really it is any issue that you feel is detrimental or disruptive to your quality of life.
It's Not For Everyone
There are certain individuals that will either have a harder time or may not be able to be helped with Hypnosis. Mental illness such as Schizophrenia or persons with a mental deficiency will most likely not be able to be helped, as they are either not able to maintain the concentration and relaxation needed to access their subconscious mind for an extended period of time, or they may be in a subconscious state all the time. When that happens, the connection to the present moment is not as stable, and harder to maintain for the purposes of self-realization and examination of behaviors and patterns, and beliefs.
So dear readers tonight when you find yourself drifting off to sleep take a moment and enjoy the physical sensation of that relaxed state. Enjoy the sensation that of all of your muscles are relaxed; notice how calm you feel and perhaps even hear the sound of your gentle breathing. Feel the softness of your pillow cradling your head and the warmth of your blanket. Notice how you feel peaceful, relaxed and open to receive whatever your subconscious puts forth as you are in a wonderful Hypnotic State.
They can dig up you lawn, eat your flowers, tear apart your new leather shoes, scratch a beloved piece of furniture, drop your precious china on the floor, and generally make messes and more work for you, but you love them anyway. Who is this creature? It’s none other than the family pet.
Whether they have fur or feathers, scales or spikes, for many of us, our pets become part of our family. We tolerate their occasional disasters or early morning wake up calls because we receive a rare and precious gift back, the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.
Have you ever thought about your pets spiritual well being?
Read how EFT & Reiki for pets can help your pet find spiritual peace.
Okay so it may be hard to tell if your pet fish or exotic lizard really loves you, but they do trust you to take care of them and they depend on you. An Ipsos Reid poll shows that 83% of Canadians consider their pet to be a family member, with 4 in 10 believing that pets can be a good substitute for human companionship. So your pet is seen as a member of your family. You make sure it has all its basic needs met, now what?
EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUES AND REIKI
What about your pets spiritual well being? Don’t worry, you don't have to meditate with your cat or try to find your dogs inner puppy! (unless you really want to) A combination of Reiki and EFT can be beneficial for pets, and it is especially helpful for pets that can be held and touched comfortably. If you want to try it this your lizard, fish or other type of non furry pet, please use appropriate precautions, and a gentle touch as always.
Reiki can be used on hyper pets with great success. The ancient practice of Japanese energy healing can help animals to become calmer, happier and more content. When working with any animal, knowing their temperament is important before you start any sort of energy work or healing modality. if you have a volatile pet, or are trying to help someone else’s pet, always proceed with caution or call upon a professional with more experience.
EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique is a form of acupressure which is used to help with many emotional and physical issues. Moving is one life event that is very stressful for pets. EFT techniques designed specifically for pets can help them to be calmer in their new home, and relieve separation anxiety that may arise from being in new surroundings.
HIRE A PROFESSIONAL
If you are looking to hire an EFT expert to work with your pet, you need to know that a gently massage on the required points, instead of the standard "tapping" practice that is used on humans, is the best course of action for most pets, especially the elderly or nervous pet.
Remember, many animals will not stay still for long periods of time for treatments, so you may be looking at 5-10 minute sessions at a time over the course of a few weeks before you will see the full effects. Although most animals will respond positively to both Reiki and EFT as they can sense that you are not there to harm them, and only want the best for them, some may be incredibly resistant, especially if they have suffered a prolonged illness or have a history of abuse. Be patient with them and send them positive energy and love.
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Are you on a spiritual journey? Would you like to be, but can’t even imagine how to start? Who has time for that anyway, right? Take five minutes out of your day to practice a modern meditation and you can start your own spiritual journey.
What is a spiritual journey? How it is “supposed” to be? What do most people imagine? Going away to an amazing retreat full of enlightening moments? Peaceful meditations surrounded by beautiful nature, wonderful meals resplendent with fresh produce and healthy choices…..ahhhh so lovely isn’t it? Anyone could find peace and enlightenment in that setting couldn’t they? What a lovely dream that not many of us have the opportunity to experience but would love to if we had the chance.
What if you have kids? What if “Mommy wake up!” is your literal crack of dawn wakeup call? Feeling peaceful? not exactly the tranquil sound of nature is it?
Welcome to the reality of modern spirituality for a parent. Peaceful moments are few and far between, and even the sanctity of a few moments alone in the bathroom is more often than not suddenly interrupted by a little voice from the other side with an urgent demand. So what is a parent to do? How can a person possibly hope to work on themselves if they never get a break?
Take 5 Minutes A Day For Yourself
Whenever and wherever it can happen, take five minutes to do something for yourself. The thought of taking time for yourself is a difficult concept to many parents,especially for many mothers. Moms tend to feel that they have to do it all, but doing it all for everyone else, leaves precious little time for the most important person of all~ you.
Do Something You Love
Even if you have dishes piled in your sink and a growing stack of laundry waiting to be washed. Even if your floors could use a cleaning, and you can't even think about the piles of paper taunting you, take five precious minutes for yourself.
Do what you love for a full five minutes. Read, dance, sing, make a great cup of something your enjoy like tea, coffee or hot chocolate and actually enjoy it while it’s still hot! For those five glorious minutes you are going to be only thinking about your needs. Breathe and enjoy. Take note of your senses as you do. Notice the smell and taste of your drink, or the sensation of your body moving as your dance, The sound of the music filling you room, or the sight and feel of the pages of your book in your hands. Try not to feel guilt or shame during this time, it’s okay to cater to yourself for a little while.
What does it accomplish? You allowed yourself to be with you, fully and completely with no interruptions. You took five minutes to connect with yourself again. You just took a five minute meditation. Didn’t it feel great? The point of taking five minutes for yourself is a baby step towards being able to connect with yourself again and find the inner peace you need to keep going with the daily slog, because let's be real, some days are a real challenge!
Fully enjoy your five minutes and then continue on with your day. When you need to, you can then tap into those good feelings that you allowed yourself to feel. Creating a feeling of positive energy is a big step towards mind-body-spirit healing and a great beginning step in any spiritual journey.
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The Chocolate Made It Too Much Work
An Article About EFT and Weight Loss
I have a confession. I used to daydream about food. You know that point in the day when someone catches you; your head in your hands, that dreamy look on your face? If someone asked me right at that moment what was I thinking about? I would lie. The shame of thinking about, wanting to eat and then feeling terrible because I had eaten something “bad” would overwhelm me. For example, until recently, chocolate was my addiction. Once I ate one bar, I began to dream about other types of chocolate bars that I adored and often would eat another bar or two right afterwards. Caramel and cookies enrobed in chocolate, dark chocolate with mint cream filling, crunchy nuts and nougat surrounded by a milk chocolate coating….I could not get enough! So what! you may say, big deal! Who cares what people think. In a perfect world, that would be true, but this world isn’t perfect. It’s full of judgments and opinions, and one of the most predominant is that fat people should never eat anything unhealthy, EVER. Fat people should feel shame, and loathing if they don’t order a salad and a glass of water for dinner. Every fast food commercial on television would fill me with a mix of dread and joy. Dread because I wanted to eat it all, and joy because the images were so divine.
Wait? Am I saying that I am fat that word that is often whispered with shame? F*A*T. Yes I am, and that is okay. No really. This post isn’t about fat acceptance though, at least not directly. This post is about how food ruled my life. It’s about how even though I wanted to be healthier and tried oh so many times before to do the whole kill myself at the gym, and deprive myself of certain food in the hopes that I would eventually not want it. Well none of that worked in the long term.
NONE OF IT!
Willpower right? That is the answer! That is what EVERYONE says when someone cannot commit to losing weight. So that MUST be the answer because that is the problem. Personal Trainers and Doctors and friends and family all say it as does that uber slim co-worker –who- lost- so- much- weight- and- you- can –do- it- to! Right?
Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT for short is what worked for me. Was it easy and fun and gosh so fast that the pounds just flew off and people now don’t even know who I am because I look so different???? Well yes and no. I did lose weight; so far I have lost about 15 lbs and 5 inches from my waist so I do look a little different physically. The real difference to me though is in my energy levels, and how I now feel so much more at peace, and the peace that seems to radiate from me, because I no longer have a raging, seemingly uncontrollable urge to eat junk food, or unhealthy food. I no longer daydream about food. I now eat to fuel my body, not to fuel or push down my emotions, which were literally causing me to be disabled, emotionally and physically.
EFT is a method of tapping with certain fingers on specifics points in the body. These points are called meridians, and they are also used in acupuncture. When the points are tapped, and certain statements are made, emotions, memories, physical symptoms and many other sensory cues are awakened. The mind-body-spirit connect is real. Emotional suppression or issues can lead to a whole host of physical and/or psychological issues. For many people, eating is not about food, it is about emotions and producing a feeling of comfort in their mind and body with each bite.
When I started to practice EFT on a regular and consistent basis I began to slowly work on my own personal issues, which were often not even related to food or body acceptance. Emotional issues and memories emerged that I was able to work on, many of which I had either forgotten or simply pushed down inside of myself to a deep place that I didn’t even want to know about. Do I still love food? YES! Do I want to eat food all the time or dream about food every day? NO. I still have foods that I like to eat, and sometimes I will indulge and have some small treat, and I am okay with that.
Recently at a gathering, I came upon the food table and there sat a big bowl full of mixed nuts and raisins. Healthy right? Sure, except for the candy coated chocolate that was dispersed throughout it! As I stood there looking at the bowl, I asked myself what did I feel? Did I want the nuts, raisins and chocolate? You know what I discovered? I kind of wanted the nuts, but then I’d have to take out the part I didn’t want: The chocolate. The chocolate made it too much work, so I ended up enjoying the raw vegetables instead.
That is the power of Emotional Freedom Techniques.
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