Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Untapped Powers of the Mind with Hypnosis

"Hypnosis has been called 'believed in imagination.' It's a form of highly focused attention," said Dr. David Spiegel, a psychiatrist at Stanford University. "You control what you focus on and what effect it has on you and your body." You can learn to become a traffic director of your own thoughts. 

Deep mental focus has been credited with helping free divers hold their breath for up to eight minutes and for getting women through childbirth without pain. In 1961, a hypnotized woman had a Cesarean section without anesthetics. "We hear all the time about the incredible ways in which monks and yogis are able to rewire their brains through intense practice," said Anne Harrington, who wrote "The Cure Within." "Maybe one important thing we should be doing more of is trying to discover the extraordinary in our own world."

A little while back, the Good Morning American morning show, Dr Speigel hypnotized Diane Sawyer as they explored the use of hypnosis for a variety of medical and emotional problems. Pain control, stress, phobias, smoking cessation, childbirth can be helped with hypnosis. If you want to explore how to tap the power of your mind with hypnosis for any personal problem or reason, we can help. 
Take a moment to watch this video of  Diane Sawyer discussing hypnosis with Dr. Speigel.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Building Confidence Means Overcoming Fear

One of my favorite quotes comes from Dune, the book by Frank Herbert. It goes like this. 

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. " 
To overcome fear, you must begin by facing the problems and patterns keep you stuck.

Without self-confidence, we have a tendency to make poor decisions or not make decisions. We make choices based on fear instead of what is best for us. If you lack confidence, you might fill your life with self-destructive behavior, isolate yourself, cease to take risks or even seek joy, happiness or relationships.

One important distinction I want to make is that, confidence is the idea that I can do something. Self-Esteem is how I feel about the activity. You may win a race, get an award but put yourself down for not doing better. This hurts both confidence and self-esteem. 

So, some tips for confidence building.:
  1. Quit dwelling on fear or failures.
  2. Mentally rehearse or visualize positive outcomes.
  3. Reframe your thoughts to think positively.
  4. Learn optimism and positive thinking.
  5. No more "buts.....
  6. Face your fears.
  7. Get a therapist to help you work through your fears.
  8. Spend time with confident people.
  9. Read about self-esteem building.
  10. Create a positive self-fulifilling prophecy.
Ultimately, the way out of fear is through it. Once faced, fear will dissolve. Embrace confidence building thoughts and activities, then affirm yourself to create a new imprint of success, self-confidence and enhanced self-esteem.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rewiring Your Brain

In the past, we have presented ideas about "Neuroplascitity" or how to rewire you brain. Dan Siegel, author of Mind Sight discusses ways to create new circuits in your brain to change your experience. This process can work for you or against you. For example, if you are constantly worried, focusing on pain, fear and failure, you are actually strengthening those brain circuits. The good news is that the inverse is also true. Once you engage positive thoughts, your imagination, confidence building or positive images, you "wire" these events also. Once you channel your thoughts and energy in a different direction, your body responds. Since your body follows your mind, why not give it a sense of peace, calm and comfort. Reassuring yourself will help wiring together these new thoughts, feelings and images.

This slide from Dr. Siegel shows this very succinctly how this process work. To put this into practice, spend a few minutes each day on gratitude, self-esteeming building thoughts or actions, and imprint your brain with these concepts.

This concept is working from the inside to impact your brain to inspire change and imprint these new concepts.

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