Sunday, June 07, 2009

The Workshop of the Mind

The subconscious mind is huge...think of it as six football fields filled with information, all belonging to you. Unfortunately, most of us utilize less than 2%, which is a very sad commentary, but it doesn't have to be that way. In the world of imaginology we utilize "containments" as specialized, organizational images, helping the subconscious mind to retrieve, as well as plant new suggestions. This concept helps us greatly in the management of disorderly eating. What I've always found interesting, is that when one area of life becomes ordered or organized, other areas are soon to follow, thereby breaking the mindSet of "hopeless & helpless".

Here I'm going to introduce you to one of my most favorite "containments", that of the Workshop of the Mind. It is within these walls that wonderful things will take place, perhaps things that you have never, ever conceived in your mind's eye. This is a very private place & I'll be encouraging you to "decorate" the image, making it your very own. This will not only enhance your desire to play here, but your very own subconscious mind will participate in the creative development. As you participate within the imagery, you will find yourSelf working directly with your creative mind, building as well as changing already present structures. My personal Workshop has been undergoing revisions for several decades, rather like upgrading a home. We change with time & what worked or didn't work years ago, needs to be re-worked or let go, making room for new things. There are so many choices open to us, not only about goals, but of behaviors & healthy habits to develop. Perhaps you never thought in this way before, but before is not now. You can choose to think & act differently....& you don't have to wait for tomorrow. Today works just as well.


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.
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


Relax deeply & read through the next paragraphs, just as if you were reading any novel. There is nothing special you need to do. The images will form all by themselves. This is your creativeSelf at work. Early in the book, you entered your MindBody Health Garden. This is a great beginning image, setting the subconscious mind for going forward. Pass this garden & you will see a signpost for your "Inner Workshop." Follow the route & soon you will come upon it. The Workshop is a place in your mind where you go to work on yourSelf. It is a private place & while others are welcome, they only come by your invitation & to work in "your" behalf, not theirs. This is especially important for those of you with disorderly issues or addictions, because you are very used to putting others first.

Right now, sense the image of your Workshop in your mind's eye. Simply think it. Build it exactly as you would like it. There might be a building or place in the past that you would like to utilize for this purpose & that is fine. Sometimes we have a safe place from childhood. For me, it is an old barn that sat on the property of my best friend, where I would escape the outside world to adventure in my dreams. It was here that I calmed myself while designing my future fantasies. If you don't have such a place in your memory bank, simply go & build one for yourself right now. You can place it wherever you like, be it at the ocean, high in the mountains, or even in the middle of a city. Choose the structure, color, windows, roof pitch, landscaping, etc. Allow yourSelf to wallow in the details.

Feel the entrance key in your pocket & open the front door. It may squeek a bit because you haven't been here in awhile. Look around, noticing the furnishings, floor coverings, windows, collectibles, perhaps plants, books & even toys. Time to lighten up! Walk through the Workshop, noticing the details of the different rooms, while noticing how comfortable you feel here. In my Workshop, I have a big room, a kitchen, spa bath, several libraries & a board meeting room. You'll read about these in detail later on.

Look out the window & admire the view. Pay attention to the wild like, plants, sky & how the weather is in this moment. Your weather is a great metaphor for your current emotional crayons. Now bring in some additional senses. You might tap on the window pane, hearing the tapping sound resonating in your ears. Sit down in one of the chairs, feeling the texture of the fabric & how your body positions into the chair, relaxing deeply. This is a time set aside for you & your selfWork. Enjoy this idea.

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.