Sunday, May 17, 2009

Acting Out in the Theater of the Mind

Welcome to the ongoing blog/workshop, based on my new book, "How Many Cookies Will It Take to Make Me Happy?" If you are new to this area, you might want to read the earlier mini-chapters. They are available on FaceBook, The PublishersMarketPlace & at the following link. Remember to scan down to find the earliest chapters & work your way up.

Here we are working with creative Interactive Self-Hypnosis imagery, planting suggestions directly into the creative subconscious mind as you read along. What appears like a story is a series of self-hypnotic sessions, designed to bring about desired lifestyle changes. The inner mind is creative & rather child-like, loving to play with images, especially when they are emotionalized. Just like the saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words", well-planted mind images, can be worth hours of therapy. We can actually change or motivate in 1/200th of a second. So come along & look forward to some lifestyle-changing events.

The Therapeutic Self has asked me to introduce a very popular IMAGINOLOGY TOOL that I've designed called "The Theater of the Mind." We'll be utilizing this throughout our work here in the Blog/Workshop, as well as throughout my book. We'll be sitting in the audience, near to the back where we can see all of the action very well. Our position here will be as Writer, Director & Producer. You, the reader, will work directly alongside of your Therapeutic Self, of course guided by your Higher Self who is always present, although sometimes not noticed or called upon, but today that will be different.

Although you will see yourself on the stage, that will be the "actor-you". Remember, you are the Writer, Director & Producer & so you are detached from that part of you. You will also be able to recognize the particular emotional-child-states that are looking to direct your choices, as well as your actions. You will be able to hear all of the commentaries, as well as what's playing your own thoughts. You have been handed a program that contains various scenes that will be presented. I've listed some as example, but you are invited to add others. Some of my own personal scenes include "Passing the Pizza Place", "Inside the Bakery", as well as "The Ice Cream Freezer."

As the scenes begin, you notice that you have a notepad, as well as a microphone. It is from this position that you will be making changes in what you observe. While this may sound like childs-play, it is not, but instead, these are self-hypnotic tools for high level awareness & changing mind-programs. You will come to learn that most of your subconscious programs or behaviors are on auto-pilot, making them more difficult to catch & edit. Each time you participate in a negative-based mind program, or entertain an emotion that is disorderly, that particular act, behavior or habit becomes etched. When mind programs are etched over & over again, they not only become deeply ingrained, but even more importantly, the subconscious mind believes that this is what you truly want. Unfortunately, the subconscious mind cannot judge & so the mind believes that this is what you want....your goal of choice. And, this being so, will actually work hard to make it come to fruition for you.



The curtain opens & the scene is set in your kitchen or wherever else you have your breakfast. Pay close attention to the details. Notice if the table is set in anticipation of this important meal. What exactly is happening. Notice yourself walking around, making preparations, perhaps cooking or opening the refrigerator. How are you dressed? What is your mood? How about your level of energy? Are you relaxed or tense? The more details you can bring forth, the better. Pay attention to any emotions that are present. Remember, they appear like children wearing teeshirts with their names on the front. Keep in mind that there are two general classifications of emotions....helpful & not helpful. In other words, positive & negative. You are now getting a better handle of your breakfast scene. Now notice that you can hear your thoughts & actually feel your energy. You can also identify any stressors being played out in your body. These come from the emotions that are present with you. Remember the DVD's? They're playing out in your thought processes & passing the embedded hormones directly into your body systems. Just sit back & listen as the scene plays out. You can make mind-notes if you like. In a moment, you will be using your microphone to re-direct, but it's a good idea to watch a good segment of the scene before interrupting. The subconscious mind loves to present freely, so give it the opportunity to literally spill the beans.

OK....when you are ready, decide what you would like to change. Remember, your goal is to build a very healthy lifestyle, one that will support weight loss, if that is on the agenda, as well as weight maintenance. Earlier on you learned that in order to practice high level health, many areas need to be in balance & this is exactly how you get to do this....right here in the "Theater of the Mind." Your microphone is on & go ahead with your directing....producing exactly what you want. Perhaps you need the stage hands to make healthier foods availaable or even clear out the cupboards & fridge, especially if disorder reigns in an eating area. Now bring your attention to the emotions that are present. Who do you want to leave & who to do you want to bring in? Go ahead & direct that. If you noticed that you need more time, change the clocks....have them run slower. Remember, this is self-hypnosis & that is possible. Attention now to the script. What sort of thoughts have been playing out in the "actor-you"? Are these helpful? Not helpful? Go ahead & re-write this right now & direct the "actor-you" to present those changes so you can review them. Take your time & make this scene "exactly as you like it." Anything & everything is possible here. When you have finished, observe the scene in it's entirety & at the end, the curtain will close. You have now re-edited a very important program in your subconscious mind.

In the next Blog/Workshop we'll work with lunch, snacks & dinner, as well as with some of the other scenes including The Restaurant, The Shopping Cart, The Party, Out With Friends, Binge Foods, Peer Pressure & The Office.

Copyright 2009 Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht
May not be copied or reproduced without permission of the author.

Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht is author of Sugar...the Hidden Eating Disorder & How to Lick It. She is also the writer/producer of over 350 mp3/CD programs in the areas of medicine, health, prevention, addictions, self-development & sports for adults & children.