Saturday, November 21, 2009
This is a continuation of the last BOOK/BLOG. We are working inside the mindBody, looking for areas of tension that block the creative process. As you locate and then open these areas, the creative mind will open for you.
KNOWLEDGE HOOK – MEET YOUR CELL MANAGERS
In any given moment your cells are working in your behalf. Interactive Self-Hypnosis invites you to meet the managers of each and every one of your billions of cells. If you are like most people, you don’t think about them unless they scream out, but sometimes the screams come too late for change. We do, however, expect them to do whatever it is they do and give little to no consideration to their complex tasks, often offering no help and even placing them in harms way many times a day. Think for a moment about having to take over the tasks of one of your managers, perhaps to be a heart cell for a day, maybe one that is in charge of the electrical circuits. How comfortable do you feel being in the shoes of this manager and being responsible for your own life or death?
Why are we so complacent about something so serious as the workings of our heart, lungs, stomach and all the others? I believe it is because most of us are simply asleep, blind or lazy or so caught up in the web of addiction that life is just too overwhelming. Remember, when the fire is too big, containment is needed.
Our body is remarkable. It can walk, sit, reach, judge distance, digest food, see, touch, and the list goes on and on. Most of these things we take for granted. We don't appreciate these things until they are taken away. As we learn to tune into our body and it's processes, and be mindful, we make ourselves more real and alive. We can also utilize the awareness of body sensations to transport us to the door of the subconscious mind and proceed with our Interactive Self-Hypnosis work. This process re-energizes the body as stress chemicals are decreased and healing chemicals are enhanced.
It’s amazing how little our cell managers ask from us, especially as we come to understand the complexity of their tasks in light of our ongoing behaviors. As you move through this book I will ask you to visit particular paragraphs with Interactive Self-Hypnosis. This is because they are so vitally important. Just because the presented images appear simplistic and even funny, there is nothing funny about your work here on this path. For some people reading this book, this could mean the difference between life and death.
Here comes one of those paragraphs! After reading it, relax deeply and work with the imagery on your mind screen.
Sit straight up in your chair and deepen your body as you did earlier on. Call in the numbers, starting with four and when the number one comes in allow it to form your cookie cutter. Now tilt your eyes up and focus on your mind screen. One of your cell managers is inviting you in. As you enter notice the complexities of the interior. The wallpaper is genetically formed and you know from your own assessment work what that wallpaper looks like. You also know about your earlier self-care behaviors and addictions history, so have a close look at what your cell manager is up against. This is probably a good moment to ask for forgiveness for everything you’ve done and to assure the manager with conviction that things are changing. You are learning new tools now and you can be counted on to do what is needed.
If you are a smoker, notice the smoke hole in the wall. This is where smoke enters each time you take a drag. Each puff is filled with 5,200 chemicals, leaving the cell manager to drop whatever he/she is doing in the moment and tend to the emergency. The cell manager is showing you the delivery basket on the front door. This is where your nutrition is delivered. Every four hours the manager looks for nutrition, praying that it will be something healthy. There is also the area for fluids and again the prayers are for water. Some managers receive lots of alcohol and this can be very problematic in many instances depending on the wallpaper. You are being shown your record book. Open it. This is about you and what you have done to date in helping this particular cell manager do this complicated work. How do you rate yourself? Think about it for a moment. The manager is bringing you two future books and asking you to choose. Open them and look inside. One takes you towards health and the other away from health. Go ahead and choose.
KNOWLEDGE HOOK – RELEASING AND LETTING GO OF BODY SENSATIONS
Body scanning has many benefits beyond those already discussed. It helps develop concentration and flexibility of attention simultaneously. This is invaluable in performance of all kinds. It allows us the opportunity to release and let go. As we go through the body, noticing, placing flowers and then opening them, our brain becomes retrained in this opening, or letting go process. Letting go is the same as releasing. You will be carrying this discipline over to other areas of Interactive Self-Hypnosis training including the management of your thought bank, your emotional states and their crayon box, as well as aiding in the actual processing of suggestions and affirmation plants. Each time you practice you are actually working in the field of mindfulness, or being totally present in the moment.
Releasing or letting go is vital for health and also for performance. Let’s use the image of a completely cluttered desk. In fact, you can’t see the desk for the clutter. Let’s bring in some containment. This time we’ll use folders, but of course they need to be labeled so you will know what’s inside. Later on when you work with your Inner Coach you will have many opportunities to build folders for your life, but for now just label a few that you know are related to your collection of body sensations, perhaps your work and your major relationships. Start organizing your desk and notice that you can also use your wastebasket for things that simply need to be thrown out. Notice that papers you are filing are separate from each other. These are parts of the problem or issue. As you come to work with them later on, you can do so piece by piece. You will come to learn that you can also release in smaller portions.
As in all areas of life you can release a portion of a body sensation. You already know how to bring in the cookie cutter, so I won’t repeat the whole process. As you get more skilled with the tool of body scanning, you can do this in a matter of seconds. Once back in the cookie cutter, begin to scan down and locate an area that has a larger amount of sensations. Now take your flower and open just a segment of the area and if you like open another segment further away from the first flower. Leave this area, scanning downwards and now go back to re-evaluate your partial released body part. Notice the difference.
Sometimes it helps to utilize color when doing this work. When the sensation is bigger and before partial releasing color it red. When you return, notice the color has either faded or changed. What has happened here is that your subconscious mind has made adjustments in the tension of the entire area, despite the fact that you released only a portion. When you work in the awareness meditation chapters and apply these knowledge hooks to emotions and then other images, you will begin to fully appreciate the power of this magnificent tool.
KNOWLEDGE HOOK – RELEASING PHYSICAL CRAVINGS
Having an addiction, and especially a sugar addiction means having to deal with physical cravings. Not all cravings are physical and in this work you will come to understand the difference between the two. For most people, physical cravings are the easiest to manage. You have already walked the path of the nutritional chapters of this book and hopefully by now you have put your physical cravings to sleep, as most of them are related to reactive hypoglycemia. Sometimes emotional cravings will disguise themselves as physical cravings, thinking that you will fall into the trap and give them “the fix” that they want. This scenario calls for you to take your body scanner tool off of your tool belt and see if this is indeed an inside job of tension and stress that’s needs release.
As before, call in your numbers and put the cookie cutter in place. By now you probably know that you don’t have to be sitting, or even close your eyes to do this work in the moment. This is very different from skill building. This is an action application of your skill. When a craving calls, scan the whole body and not just where the craving sits. The reason for this is that the tension or stress may be in other areas and so it needs some flower power as well. Once you have accomplished this, go to the area of the craving and open it.
Next, call in the cell managers and ask what is going on. If you have missed a meal, or the meal was insufficient you will be told. The cells may need fluids or simply a moment of rest. Listen carefully and the subconscious messages will be delivered to your conscious mind. Your job is now to make whatever corrections are needed and to make some mental notes about what not to do the next time around. Remember, your job is to get better and better!
SUMMING UP AND GOING FORWARD…
As you work with body scanning, you will begin to find your breathing patterns change throughout the day. Your breath will sit on it’s own for longer periods of time in the lower abdomen. From time to time, notice it there. This noticing will actually engage in the slowing of your brain waves which releases stress chemicals and delivers you to the door of your subconscious mind.. This is very important in the practice of Interactive Self-Hypnosis, because you will want to stay in contact with your "inner librarian" so you can request anything you might need in the moment.
A NOTE TO NEW READERS:
This experiential blog/workshop is based on my new book, "How Many Cookies Will It Take to Make Me Happy?" This book is not published as yet, but you have the opportunity to read it in it's unpublished state. 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.
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.