Monday, January 18, 2010
Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today,
because if you enjoy it today, you can do it again tomorrow.".......James Michener
There certainly are sufficient book, articles, CD's, plans, etc. showing us how to manage our lifestyle changes. Many of us have quite a collection of these sitting on our shelves. I know people who listen to programs all day long in the car, week after week, month after month and year after year. New Year's Resolutions are made, often automatically because they are the same year after year. One of the goals of this program and reinforced by the desires of your Inner Coach is to move dreams into end goal pictures. Goals that are achieved!
Here you are going to move through procrastination, while developing persistence, patience with ourselves and other and yes, patience with our goals. Sometimes in our desire to hurry up, you miss the all important communication with the subconscious mind librarian who is holding the goal. Goals are alive and have tremendous insight into what is needed, but also how to make them even better than consciously imagined.
While your goal in this program is to manage sugar addiction and eating disorders, the goals hold more ideas for recovery and moving forward than you know in your own thought processes. Our conscious mind is small compared to the vast subconscious mind. Your addiction is a key to emotional management and even high realms of creativity. As you work daily, spoon feeding your mind suggestions and allowing the mind to open and respond, you will be gifted with breakthrough thinking and Eureka's!
Many of us are completely out of touch with ourselves and our goals. You think you know what you want, but are hard pressed to describe it in any end-goal state. The subconscious mind needs more than this. It needs accurate description of what you want and prefers goals to be colored with high powered emotional crayons.
Today you are going to focus on goal setting and the act of moving forward. As basic as this may sounds, you must decide what you want and get very specific. Do take the time to do all of these exercises. I suggest to my students that they schedule 5 hours in the near future to work in these directions. This is not a lot of time when you come to realize that you are planning your road map for our future. Many people have taken a day off work to design the first stages of their plan.
I suggest that you always enter your alpha brain wave state for all Inner Coach work. This will allow you to move out of conscious judgment and into the realm of creative thought.
Your first exercise is called "limitless wishing." Take a clean sheet of paper for each category of goals. My categories include:
• Mind and Body
• Relationship with Self
• Relationship with Significant Other
• Relationships with Others
You may add any categories that are important to you. Making certain you will not be disturbed, place one of these pages before you. Read through this exercise first, imaging yourself doing this before actually doing it. You might want to read this into a recorder if you are not working with my audio programs.
Close your eyes, placing your finger tips on your lower abdomen and allow your breath to be present. Ride the wave of the breath for a minute or so. Observe a man coming down the road dressed in long flowing gown. Of course if you prefer to have a woman image, that is perfectly fine. Notice some specifics the person. Here I will work with a male image. He has a white beard and a friendly gaze. He is holding something in his hands and as he gets closer you notice it is an old brass lamp. He offers it to you and reminds you to use it wisely.
Take it in your hands and feel the cool, smooth brass. Admire it. Find a place to sit down, continuing to ride your breath. Now, rub the lamp gently and as you do ask for your goals in the category before you to become clear. Put the lamp down, open your eyes and start to write a list of what you desire. Do not worry about sentences or form of any type. Do not judge any of your goals. Even if they are totally unrealistic, continue to write. If nothing comes return to your breath and image yourself writing. Open your eyes and put pen to paper. When you have finished, continue to ride your breath, seeing if one or two more goals appear.
Now, take another category, ride your breathe for a few minutes, pick up the lamp, rub it and ask for answers to this group. Once you complete this list, go on to the next until you have finished. At this point it is good just to sit quietly riding the breath and thanking the lamp for it's help.
Go back to the first list, reading it through. Find the three goals that appeal most to you and highlight those. Do the same with each sheet. When you have finished this part of the exercise, take another piece of paper beginning with your first highlighted goal just as if it were a living photograph that you were describing to a close friend. Describe it in some detail. Exactly what does it look like. How would it feel to have this goal. Try to be as specific as possible. Do this for each highlighted goal.
Now it is time to allow this information to percolate in the subconscious mind percolation system. Put your papers away for another time.
While the papers are away, there is still some mind work to do. Look inwards and locate some insights that you learned about yourself from this limitless wishing exercise. If nothing is forthcoming, ask the subconscious librarian to show these to you. Some free thoughts may float up now, or they may appear later, but they will come.
Self-goal insights: ___________________________________________________________________
It's always a good idea to plant affirmations following these experiences. The subconscious books are already on the table and so here are a few for you to utilize. Be sure to emotionalize them and set them in action.
• I enjoy goal setting.
• I focus well on what I would like to achieve.
• My goals come easily to me.
The more frequently you review this material, the easier it becomes to make changes. You will begin to notice that you are making some changes even without trying. It appears to be easier to change. Why is this?
Your subconscious mind has recorded all suggestions and is now busy helping you in ways that are outside consciousness. You will begin noticing that you are aware of many more things about your eating than before. You know that you do not have to measure your food. No one walks through life carrying a scale. It is important however to eyeball your intake and read your body sensations for low level changes in relation to what you are eating. In the past you never thought like this. You ate and that was that.
Now you have an internal system observing for this for you and reporting back to you when necessary. The body scanner and other awareness techniques help you to become highly proficient at this most important task. You are actively managing your sugar addiction, eating disorder and reactive hypoglycemia, but you can do an even better job. Remember that your interest is not being mediocre, but it success at high levels. You know that this success will carry over to other goal areas of your life and they are eager for you to improve even more.
While these exercises appear to be the same on the surface they are not. Each time you do these, you are actually beginning from a different place in time. The openings to the subconscious mind are different and fired by new conscious knowledge. Just as each breath you take is different from the one before, the same holds true for entering the mind on a suggestion.
With an air of positive expectation, enter your alpha brain wave state with a favorite image or method, tilt your eyes up, request your change book and begin writing with your mind pen. Notice that today your Inner Coach is also making some entries to help you further along.
A positive change about my nutritional intake written by my Inner Coach tells me _____________________________________________________________________
Notice your Inner Coach has also left some affirmations next to the book for planting and also a not reminding you that simple statements lead to big success in managing addictions and eating disorders:
• I care for myself at high levels.
• I am aware of my balanced eating.
• I enjoy eating high nutritionally balanced meals.
• I notice my body sensations.
You are working well with your practice of body scanning and going to the alpha state riding your breath during the day. You have set up a good discipline for your banking practice. More than likely you are noticing some subtle changes in your physical being. This is because your subconscious mind is opening stress points all by itself. It is also keeping your auto-breath at the healthy alpha state level more frequently during the day.
Begin to notice this. Simply check in with your mind and body during the day just as if each major body group had it's own cell phone. If you find your body signaling tension, you know what to do. Place your fingers on the lower abdomen, allowing them to ride up and down. This only takes 1/200th of a second and your body physiology changes immediately. The more you check in with your mind and body, the better your performance. This is the Inner Coach CHALLENGE! The more you practice, the better you get and the closer you come to high level functioning
While these exercises take very little time, do not underestimate their power. These are major mind programs and connected to high level health and optimum performance. With this in mind rethink the times you are practicing rhythmic alpha breathing. Notice how you can make these choices even better than before.
• New ways to practice enter my conscious mind.
• I'm awake to my body sensations and ask them to open.
• As I open body sensations I receive insights to emotions and goals.
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.