Thursday, January 07, 2010
"Everyone goes at their own pace. Watching someone pass you by doesn't make
your journey any less meaningful." Author unknown
Pacing change is vital to licking sugar addiction, eating disorders and long term success for all goals on your goal-den path. Many people suffer from the need for immediate gratification that I call hurry-up disease. If you have this disease, focus on it. This will allow you to see the tendency towards compulsiveness right under the surface of the hurry up mind state. Usually this is not new for most of us, especially in sugar addicted individuals or those suffering with eating disorder. These mind states present themselves in a variety of inner programs and as you become more proficient at examining your current subconscious programs, you will find clues to their existence in the different areas of both inner and outer life. As you work to become more aware and then to edit these emotions that interfere with pacing, you will find yourself reaching even more goals, perhaps some you haven't even thought about for awhile. The subconscious mind librarian will simply pick them up off the table in the inner library and do them for you.
Most of us don't have to look far to locate the inner and outer judge aspects of ourselves. They usually hang around and whisper critical messages into our ears. As you improve the observations of your thought patterns, listening to your verbal conversations you will find this emotional crayon literally coloring overtime.
Today's work is engaging the process of waking up to judgmental mind-talk., the little voice in the head that judges this and that. Notice that some of the judgments are aimed at you and some at others or situations. Self-judgment and that of others is very much a part of the addicted personality pattern, but this is not an excuse for keeping it as is. As thought awareness improves you will begin to notice the crayon coloring your verbal conversations, things you say even without thinking. The work today is to only engage the seeing process, not to change anything dramatically. Just the seeing will enforce a change and as you continue with this work the judgmental crayon will stay in the box more often.
You might take a mental scratch pad and make a check mark every time you notice your judgmental crayon. Make one column for self-judging, another for the judging of others or situations. This is inner "detective work". You are focusing on awareness of thoughts, your body connections to these thoughts and the emotional crayons as they come to color the experiences.
Just as if you had a picture in your wallet of your judgmental emotional state holding it's little crayon, go ahead and describe it , just as if it were a little child wearing a tee shirt with the word "JUDGMENT" on the front. Listen carefully so you can hear the mind and verbal chatter. Notice it is separate from you and that you are the observer. This is a powerful exercise in disassociation. When something is separate from you the act of control is easier. The emotional child is outside of you where it can be contained and educated. _____________________________________________________________________
Inner pictures with affirmation direction enhance new mind programs. Remember to tilt your eyes up 20 degrees and place your inner movie screen up and out before planting. It also helps to see a detailed picture with the accompanying words. In this exercise notice the building of the earlier blueprint. The inner mind is being directed to join this work together. This will enhance outcomes.
• I notice my judgmental emotional visitor and smile at it when it visits me.
• My judgmental visitor is outside of myself. I can notice it easily.
• When I notice it being present, I smile inwardly and then notice my breath.
• I make changes in small increments.
• I examine my blueprint many times a day. I am excited about my plans. I enjoy change.
In the assessment you learned the importance of your family and personal medical history in relation to your current food intake. This history forms your genetic wallpaper. You might say, "Oh well, I can't do anything about that, so why should I be concerned?" The truth is that if you continue to think along these lines you will only run into more problems with sugar addiction, eating disorders and other chronic diseases that are waiting up the road for you. Each of us must take full responsibility for our genetic wallpaper.
Metaphorically speaking, either you get on the right bus or the wrong bus. Depending on the bus you take, the destination and the stops along the way will be very different.
As you become aware of your wallpaper emerging in different areas of your life, you can work to change certain aspects of your lifestyle behaviors. These changes will make you healthier in the long run, as well as RIGHT NOW! Of course this includes how your mind functions as well.
Earlier in this book you were introduced to reactive hypoglycemia, also called hyperinsulinemia. You learned if you have a family medical history making you prone to this biochemical factor, you may either over-produce a hormone known as insulin, or you may have a resistance to it. You might be prone to insulin build-up, or a combination of the two. The bottom line is that this biochemical glitch can make you feel quite miserable.
Remember some of the symptoms? They include yo-yo weight gain, cravings especially for sugar foods or other high glycemic foods, intense hunger, weakness, shakiness, the need for frequent meals, poor concentration, emotional instability, memory disorders, lack of focus, feelings of anxiety and panic, lack of motivation, fatigue, and a host of other symptoms. This condition is associated with stress, anxiety, smoking, weight, or poor concentration. The good news is that it is easily correctable and improvements come quickly. It is also important to remember that genetic wallpaper cannot be changed and therefore you must commit to taking care of it throughout your life. Believe it or not this is good news in disguise for the actual tools of caring for this wallpaper will enhance your ability to focus, manage emotional states and even accelerate learning as well as creative thought. Not a bad payoff for taking care of yourself!
Let's go back into the subconscious mind library and pick up the book from yesterday. Remember you are learning to pace changes. You don't have to do everything at once. That type of practice leads to inviting the emotional state named "overwhelmed." So open to the chapter about nutritional change and continue reading. "A positive change I will make on this day concerning my nutritional intake is:
Each time you open your mind books and there are many of them by the way, you have the opportunity to place additional subconscious suggestion in the form of active imagery or live affirmations. You can either plant the affirmations listed here, go back to the affirmation chapter of the book or design your own right in the moment. These are gifts from your subconscious librarian. While some of these affirmations appear very simple, they are still very powerful. You often confuse simplicity with unimportance and nothing could be further from the truth. Remember that when you place any affirmation, see it in action just as if it were it's own little inner movie playing out in the theater of your mind.
Before you leave your mind exercise, etch some affirmations into your subconscious mind.
• I care for myself at high levels.
• I am aware of my balanced eating.
• I enjoy eating high nutritionally balanced meals.
It is human nature to continually want new and different things. This part of our humanity often keeps us from success. You get something new, play with it for awhile, tire of it and look for something else to entertain our minds. Following this awareness, I hope you are moving right along with the body scanner practice. Unfortunately the body scanner is one of those things that tends to be put back on the shelf and what a shame that it. This tool is one of the most important and holds the key for success in managing sugar addiction, as well as all accelerated learning and higher creativity.
Why does this happen? Sometimes you don't want to take this time for ourselves. Most addicted people tend towards compulsion. This can be both physiological, as well as emotional. As the food improves, the compulsiveness will lessen in most people. The body scanner often brings forth certain emotional visitors that are related to compulsion. Two prominent members of this group are impatience and intolerance. . Should you notice their arrival into your life experience during the discipline practice of body scanning, I would like you to do the following:
Build a stronger self-discipline for this practice. Schedule a time and write it down as an appointment to yourself. Make this the same time each day or evening. Do not allow yourself to break for trivial reasons.
Visualize yourself lying down, or sitting comfortably and enjoying body scanning.
Visualize your end goal and say the following affirmation: THE BODY SCANNER OPENS THE DOOR TO MY HIGHEST ASPIRATIONS. See a double picture frame. One side has you practicing the body scanner, and the other picture is you experiencing your end goal. Surround the picture frame with a white circle, and now send a white light directly at the picture frame and repeat the above affirmation: THE BODY SCANNER OPENS THE DOOR TO MY HIGHEST ASPIRATIONS.
You know that you can scan your body in any moment and benefit immediately. Go ahead and scan your body now, noticing any sensations or tension. What areas of your body hold the most tension? Invite those parts to release by placing a flower on them and opening it slowly with inner vision.
This is a good moment to further etch your mind program for automatic body scanning. These active affirmations will work as post-hypnotic suggestion and keep your body at lower tension levels throughout your day.
• I practice the body scanner daily.
• My ability to focus is improving day by day.
• I am aware of my body sensations throughout the day.
• I practice noticing and releasing throughout the day.
Before going to sleep tonight revisit your muscle groups one by one. Start at the top of your head and make your way down, wishing them health and happiness. For instance, with your eyes closed, focus on the toes of your left foot, visualize the toes and deliver this message "I WISH YOU HEALTH AND HAPPINESS." Now, I realize how ridiculous this sounds. Those of us working in this field are well aware that many techniques you teach do sound this way, but this is how the mind works. These creative visualization exercises allow your body to release minute tension spots that not only lead to stress related illnesses, but block our ability to utilize our subconscious mind to its full potential.
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
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.