Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Theater of the Mind - Act 1 Scene 2

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. http://beyonddisorderlyeating.blogspot.com/

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.

In our last session, we worked directly in the Theater of the Mind. You found yourSelf in the highly regarded position of "writer, producer & director" of a scene depicting you having breakfast. Your actorSelf was present, along with some of your "breakfast-appearing emotional states." This was your first opportunity to work inside the "mind theater" & to personally direct those parts of you that either help or hinder. Uncovering or identifying emotions is key to high level health & achievement. I hope that you noticed how you are respected from this position. Neither emotions nor actorSelves argue with the "writer, director, producer." You are totally responsible & in charge & that is how it should be. You are now learning the mind-editing skills involved with original Interactive Self-Hypnosis & will build on these as we go forward. You are learning that you have the respect & power to change just about anything into what you want. Your opportunities are limitless.

Before we enter Act 1 Scene 2, I'd like to suggest some other mind-editing & mind-expansion tools for you to utilize, not only here, but in other areas of your life. Here you are practicing "reading self-hypnosis". As I write this, I'm practicing "writing self-hypnosis" because I'm writing this from the "theater of my own mind." You are coming to learn that there is no need to be deep in trance while programming changes, but just to be well-focused & directed as I am doing here with you. Your actorSelf, Therapeutic Self, Unbalanced Self & all emotions have important information they can share with you. Even your inanimate objects, such as your refrigerator & even the food or beverage you consume, has messages for you. All you have to do is ask for the information. In the next practice, I'll invite you to do just this.


Enter the theater as before & take your same seat. It's always a good idea to take the same seat because your subconscious or creative mind will respond in a positive way to this. The mind already knows that you are writing, directing & producing from this seat & so it will go directly into this mode. Your microphone is already present, as is your mind-notebook. You can feel the seat underneath you actually enhancing your trance-power.Each time you sit here you will be further enhanced & therefore more powerful, efficient & effective.


The curtain opens. Your actorSelf is on stage. To the side you can see your Therapeutic Self & Unbalanced Self. They are not participating, but just observing your automatic pilot programs. The scene is set for lunch. Perhaps you eat lunch in more than one place, so you will be able to practice with the variety of places, but one at a time. You might notice that your emotional states will change with the venue. This may be because of peers being present, or just the venue invites different automatic pilot behaviors. Let's have a look as your actorSelf plays out lunch in your first venue. As before, pay attention to the action, the choices, the emotions, the thought's that flow through the mind of your actorSelf & the messages delivered by the particular emotions. Notice which ones are helpful & others that are not. You did all of this before in your "breakfast scene."

Now, before asking for changes, I'd like you to interview your actorSelf. Feel free to ask whatever comes to your mind. Don't hesitate. You are the writer, director & producer & so you will always be respected & the truth is yours to know. That's simply the way it is. When you have finished with this interview you might like to interview a few of the emotions. Find out why they are there & what is their purpose. You may be surprised to find out that even negative emotions are trying to be helpful. I like to ask the emotions "what they need". You might be surprised at these answers as well. Now, ask your Therapeutic Self to tell the emotions what is needed to help you improve your health & move towards your goal. Then, ask for their cooperation & commitment. If you like, have a chat with directly with the food or beverage. Be creative & don't hold back. Now, as writer, director & producer, decide what you want to change here. Go ahead & make that happen. Call in the stage hands, the script writers, etc. Observe all of this being accomplished at your direction. When you have finished, go ahead & review the scene, start to finish. Please do this for all lunch venues & then you can move to formal snacks. Later on we'll deal with walk-by, undisciplined snacking or bingeing. When you are satisfied with the outcomes of your work in Act 1 Scene 2, go ahead & close the curtain.

Copyright 2009 Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht
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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.