Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Introducing the Time-Line

There are many mindbody concepts or tools for the management of disorderly eating & addictions. In this blog/workshop, I'm introducing you to them in these short mini-chapters. Once they're displayed, then I will be able to go back & pull them up, to manage specific underlying issues, just as I would if you, the reader, were in my private office.

Let's have a look at this very important concept, that of the Time-Line. We all exist on a time line. We have a past, a present & a future. All are valuable resources, just waiting to be mined. You already know that your subconscious mind is vst, but very organized. In the last chapter you worked with some old DVD programs that live on the shelves of the "library of your mind." This unique metaphor can be designed to meet your own belief systems. If you believe in past life regression, you might hae a time line that goes back many centuries, as well as forward, throught those yet to unfold. However, for the purpose of this book, time lines will be considered from the moment of birth, completing at death.


This experiential blog/workshop is based on my new book, "How Many Cookies Will It Take to Make Me Happy?" If you are new to my writing, 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/
A bit of background.... 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


Take a piece of paper & draw a simple line. On one end place the word "birth" & on the other end, the word "death." Somewhere on your tine is this very moment, "the now." Everything that happened before "now" is your past & forward is your future. It's as simple as that.

You are meandering on this time-line each moment yu are involved in talking or thinking about the past, the present, or the future. However, most of these moments are on automatic pilot, not designed for specific goal achievement or disorderly eating management. As you begin to wake up to more of these moments, you might be surprised to find that instead of working towards your desired goals, you are going towards them.

The time-line can offer tremendous value to your self-development & certainly to the management of your current issues. Throught this book you have been in contact with your time-line, even from the very first chapters, but now you are ready to apply some additional exercises that will benefit all areas of your life & certainly your disorderly eating issues.


Memories are stored in a very organized linear fashion on the time-line. The past lines up in one direction & the future in another. For good management purposes, it helps to know the direction of each. This is quite easy to do. Simply think of a past event, perhaps what you had for breakfast this morning. Your eyes will go to the left or to the right as you choose to recall this information. This is the direction of your past time-line. Now think of where you are going to go later this afternoon. Your eyes will turn in the direction of your future time-line. For most people, the past is to the left & the future to the right, but sometimes it is reversed. However, sometimes the past of future lines are behind or totally in front & these positions can sometimes interfere with current thought processes or with planting or gathering resources.

People who have their past time-lines in front are often lost in the past, making it difficult to move forward. On the other hand, if the past is positioned to the rear, it is difficult to reach into the wealth of assets waiting to be gathered. Future time-lines that are behind, present problems for planting resources. The old adage" out of sigh, out of mind" helps us to understand what happens with a misplaced time-line. So, while you don't want to trip on your past or future, you do want to have them easily accessible.

Going back on the time-line is called regression. This type of regression has nothing to do with past life experiences. Every time you look at old picture, you are practicing regression. Sometimes we don't like looking at ourselves in certain periods of our life & while that is fine, it's a good idea to know why we have those feelings. These are often clues that are attached to disorderly eating issues or addiction & we can consider bringing them into the light, either on our own, or with a therapist. In addition, when you practice regression, it is important to go back in time as a mature adult & not in the mindbody of the child who experienced these moments in time. This way, you are always with your Therapeutic Self & in command of the situation, giving you the opportunity to collect power resources from past experiences, as well as to bring "healing gifts" to your earlierSelves that live on the time-line.

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.