Friday, May 15, 2009
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.
HEAVY COATS DON'T WORK WELL
Your Therapeutic Self has noticed that some of the emotions that are related to disorderly eating need to change their coats. Some of their coats are very heavy because they are woven with negative-belief fibers. They are truly weighing the Unbalanced Self down, perhaps making it more difficult to stay motivated & on the path to High Level Health & Peformance. The job of the Therapeutic Self is to stay awake & aware, making necessary changes as we move down the calendar pages. The secret to losing weight in a healthy manner & keeping healthy lifestyles is first, to know what to do & second, to keep doing it. There are many things to learn; not just one. You already know that it's not just about food choices & staying away from the Junk Table. Meal & snack timings, as well as the amount of food needed to fuel the lean body mass do need to be taken into careful consideration, as well as exercise & stress management. These lessons are waiting in the Schoolhouse down the path. We'll be going there soon, but first the Therapeutic Self would like some coat changes to occur.
We all have hundreds or emotional states. Here we are working with Imaginology or Interactive Self-Hypnosis & so we'll image the emotions as children wearing tee shirts with their names on the front. Our job is to identify the specific emotions & then to pay attention to what they need in order to lighten up, if they are negative-based, or to become more powerful, if they are positive-based. Now you may be thinking that you only have negative-based emotions, but that's not so. We all house negative & positive emotions or varying degrees. However, if the negatives are too powerful, then they may appear to block the positive aspects of yourSelf. This is what coat-changing is all about.
Emotions related to disorderly eating are often very specific, especially if eating issues have been a lifetime event, as they were in my own life. I began secret & binge eating around the age of four, so my emotional patterns are very deeply engraved. My life history was one of yo-yo dieting including on-off exercise. Knowing this, you might think that it would have been an impossible task to change, but this was not the case. Once I acknowledged my Higher Self, I worked to strengthen my Therapeutic Self, then allowing me to parent or lead my emotional states to balance, where I could keep them motivated with ongoing Interactive Self-Hypnosis.
EMOTIONS & BELIEFS
On-going failure with trying to lose weight builds those heavy strands woven into the coats. Remember that the emotions have DVD programs that they play in the mind, both consciously & subconsciously. Some of the more common emotions related to eating issues include, fear of failure, sadness, guilt, shame, victim, lack of confidence, procrastination, anxiety, uncooperative, empty, defeated, stuck, uptight & others related to low self-image & esteem. Emotions are also reinforced or re-etched in the subconscious mind by messages sent by the Self, as well as by others. That's why it is so important to learn to listen to your own thoughts, as well as to language that comes to you from others, both verbal & non-verbal. These are all mind programs looking to enter your subconscious mind. In an earlier blog I iintroduced you to the issues of co-dependency. Here we meet up with those concepts again. Other people, perhaps meaning well, trying to direct your life, perhaps motivating in manipulative ways to meet their own needs. Judging, criticizing, skilled put-downs can all re-inforce beliefs about what you can & cannot achieve. When heavily etched mind-programs are hit with this type of negativity, either from others or self-inflicted, then the Unbalanced Self is fed at the expense of the Therapeutic Self.
The good news is that all of the above is correctable. It truly doesn't matter how long you have been playing with those old, sick beliefs. Remember, emotions are simply children waiting for direction & giving direction is not a difficult thing, once you have the knowledge. Now you can see how this all links together. First comes knowledge & then comes direction, followed by motivation.
Here we are working with Imaginology or Interactive Self-Hypnosis. Heightened awareness is part of this practice. Once you are aware of an emotion or a negative-based DVD thought program, you can decide to change it. You now realize that you are not your emotions, nor your thoughts. This type of awareness is called disassociation. It's rather like watching a play with you being the Writer/Director/Producer. In a moment we'll enter the Theater of the Mind & watch some of the disorderly eating emotions acting out.
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.