DreamGasm, Oh My!

Ok, so I know about Directed Dreaming, and then there’s Lucid Dreaming, but what the heck is Dreamgasm?

I ran accross this hypnosis tape for Dreamgasm and found it very interesting. Apparently it’s a “unique double induction that will put you into a deep trance and then create a most interesting and pleasurable dream.” Wouldn’t that be cool to practice having Dreamgasm’s, and then do Lucid Dreaming to get into that pleasurable dream — I think that’s almost the best of both worlds!

To get to the Dreamgasm CD, go to here, then do a search on the right. It’s hidden in there, but wouldn’t it would be nice to have a pleasureable dream for once! Lets try it!

Weight Loss Hypnosis

Since I started a few weight loss postings of my own, I thought I’d give you some “professional” advice.

Have you tried the Weight Loss formula from South Africa yet — It Works! Opra, NBC, and 60 Minutes can’t all be wrong!

Weight Loss Hypnosis
by: Paul Gustafson RN BSN CH

Obesity is a national epidemic. 58 million Americans are overweight and 80% are more than 25 lbs overweight. 70% of heart disease and 80% of all type II diabetes is directly attributed to obesity. 15% of children are obese and 70% between the ages of 6-8 believe that fast food is healthier than home cooked meals. Today’s children could be the first generation whose life expectancy is less than that of their parents.

Much of the problems associated with obesity begin in childhood. We make concrete decisions about self-image, what food means to us and how active a life we will lead, very early in our lives. There are also cultural influences which can dictate the nutritional paths we take.

Another factor is the emotional and compulsive connections to food. Millions use food to feel good or to at least feel better. Food offers temporary relief from symptoms of depression, loneliness, anger and stress. Another factor is how productively our body’s function which can have a major influence in how we look. A hypoactive thyroid slows down the metabolism making it next to impossible to lose excess weight.

In addition to all of this there is the problem of social hypnosis or advertising which bombards us with a never ending stream of useless, unproductive and unhealthy information 24 hours a day, everyday. To make matters worse advertisers aren’t even consistent with their manipulative message. On one hand they say we need to be anorexic to be beautiful, and on the other they say that ‘happy meals’ qualify as healthy nutrition.

Long term problems begin when these unhealthy patterns are repeated over time. We are creatures of habit, we are what we think. Consistently repeating patterns of unhealthy nutrition and sedentary living ensures that they will continue. It’s the repetition that gets them deeply rooted in our long term memory, or subconscious mind, where they take on a life of their own.

When an individual attempts to alter the path of an established pattern conflict results. This is what a smoker goes through when trying to quit on a conscious level. They experience mood swings, cravings and palpitations. Conflict with dieting occurs when an individual eat things they really don’t want to eat and does things they don’t really want to do, like exercise.

When the subconscious doesn’t get what it expects individuals become uncomfortable and stressed. The only way to make things right is to give the subconscious mind what it wants. Intellectually they know the changes they should make and the type of body they want to have but when this inner conflict arises the individual feels powerless and more often than not they revert to their old ways.

Hypnosis melts away the conflict. It helps uninstall old patterns and rapidly download new applications supporting new positive thoughts, actions and results. By stepping into this peaceful inner daydream world individuals have the unique opportunity to take control in way they never thought possible.

Mental imagery is one of the most powerful benefits of hypnosis. The hypnotist taps into the client’s imagination which is in the subconscious. This enables clients to create powerful images of ultimate health and fitness. Then the hypnotist offers suggestions supporting how easy it would be to make a few changes if this is the reward. This establishes a linear subconscious connection between action and positive results, and by routinely reinforcing this peaceful message clients easily go from concept to reality.

Making changes on the subconscious level makes new thoughts seem automatic. It speeds up the learning curve. A good clinician will record your session so you can listen to it on your own. Repetition rules with the problems and solutions as well. It took years of repetition to create the problem but the good news is that hypnosis dramatically speeds up the process to success.

With hypnosis an individual can disconnect from patterns of compulsive or emotional eating. One method directs the client to regression back to where compulsive or emotional eating began. Usually there is a general idea of how and when such patterns began.

Then they imagine a past event is replayed and they can see and feel the stress, concern or compulsion with food begin. It’s important to recreate the anxiety because then they get to make it go away.

They picture a thick glass dome being lowered over the past event and the lower it gets the more freedom and relief they experience. In moments the doom locks down into the floor completely preventing this experience from ever affecting their adult life again. Once they are free from the past they move forward and freely begin to choose new paths supporting fitness and fulfillment.

Success with hypnosis depends on how open the client is to relaxing, whether they are truly committed to creating positive change and if they give themselves the opportunity to become proficient with the process. Serious minded individuals with a strong desire to learn and grow usually do very well.

In addition to weight loss clients become more relaxed, centered and focused. They are much less affected by the day-to-day stress of life. This type of routine relaxation produces more smiles, laughter and an easy natural progression to shaping the body they were meant to have.

About The Author

Paul Gustafson RN, BSN, CH runs HealthyHypnosis.com of Burlington, Massachusetts. His 11 years of acute cardiac and hospice experience offer a solid foundation supporting his clinical approach to hypnotherapy. Visit HealthyHypnosis.com or call toll free at 888-290-3972.

info@healthyhypnosis.com

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3 Magic Bedtime Questions

I thought this was an interesting article, I hope you enjoy it.

3 Magic Bedtime Questions
by Lance E. Ong

Lancism.com
http://www.lancism.com/

For many people, life zooms past once they reach their working age. Everyday, it’s the same flash routine of waking up, going to work, coming back from work, and sleeping. It’s no wonder why you’ll ask yourself, “How did I get old so fast? Where did all the time go?”

The problem is in the routine work. The human mind has this habit called deletion. Anything that keeps repeating, memory does not record, simply because it’s not worth taking notice of.

So how can we slow down our experience of time and not let our lives slip by in a flash?

The answer lies in developing mindfulness — a heightened state of awareness of one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. But if you can’t do that yet, you can start off by practicing the 3 Magic Bedtime Questions.

As you lie in bed at night, ask and answer these three questions before you fall asleep:

1. What is one thing I am grateful for today?
2. What do I look forward to tomorrow?
3. What would I like to dream about tonight?

Why do I call these simple questions magical? Well, let me tell you the logic behind them. The first question requires you to think through your day to find something you’re grateful for. As you do that, not only will you find something to be grateful for, you will also have recalled your entire day. In Neuro-Linguistic Programming, we call this capping experience. Imagine putting your daily experience into a bottle, putting a cap on it, and giving it a name. For example, “The day I found a hundred dollar bill on the ground”. Having many of these bottles in your mind, sorts your memories into significant experiences, rather than having them as one large clump called, “My Working Years — 20 to 50 years old”.

The second question requires you to look forward in time and imagine what’s going to happen tomorrow. When you have something to look forward to, it creates a natural anticipation and drive. You will feel motivated the moment you wake up. It will be the first thing that pops into your mind.

The third question reveals your innermost desires because we naturally choose to dream about what we want and wish for. This clarifies our direction and purpose.

Perform the 3 Magic Bedtime Questions nightly, and time will slow down. You will remember more about your life, and have greater clarity of mind to do what counts, before your time runs out.

To develop a centered mind, I recommend reading ‘Mindfulness In Plain English’, by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana. In clear language, he shows you how to develop Mindfulness, through the practice of Vipassana Meditation. An insightful and well-written book.


Lance Ong is a Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Master Practitioner of Hypnotherapy and Timeline Therapy. He does life coaching to help clients gain clarity of purpose, while removing mental blocks to success. Learn Lance’s philosophy for better living at his Internet Blog Site ­ “Wisdom to Create a Beautiful World”

How Often Do You Find Yourself Saying: “I Wish I Knew How To Access My Intuition”

Even though I wrote about it in my book on Directed Dreaming, I’m really not sure you want to “access” your intuition at all! I think the better way to think about it is to “pay attention” to your intuition. After all, if intuition is really just a gut feeling about the right direction to take, it’s probably already available at the time you need it and all you need to do is pay more attention, and/or know how to prompt it.

One way to prompt it is to try Brainstorming. This is where you just sit down; ask yourself a question with the focus on the desired outcome (example: How can I make more money, how can I resolve that conflict at work, etc.). You need to write down ALL the answers that come to you, no matter how silly or strange they may be. Then, later when you’re done writing you take a closer look at your list, and start crossing things out. You will probably find that you end up with about three good ideas that you could act on.

Then it’s time to take a deep breath, clear your mind by using some kind of relaxation method, and inevitably, one of your choices will appear, and your brain will start working out the answers further. It’s amazingly simple, but it works. You’ll want to quickly write down whatever comes to you, as your mind works so fast, some things can get by without notice and easily forgotten. Then, take immediate action on your thoughts, before your conscious mind kicks in and starts asking all kinds of questions that you don’t need to worry about right now.

If you have problems getting into a relaxed state of mind, there are plenty of things on the market that can help you, including Hypnosis and Guided Imagery, and even computer “games” (since you’re probably in your office anyway.)

So, don’t fret so much about “accessing” your intuition, just pay attention when it comes to you, and practice noticing it. I do it so often it’s second nature for me now, and it works every time!

Merry Christmas — Now where’s the food?

It’s about 3:30 in Seattle, and we’ve planned a feast for Christmas Eve, which is at our house. Christmas and Thanksgiving feasts are sometimes weird for me, even though I’ve lived in Seattle for 25 years.

I’m from South Dakota, and my family typically eats a big meal for “Dinner,” which is called “Lunch” here, and then we just have leftovers for “Supper” which is called “Dinner” in Seattle. I’ve never really gotten over the fact that I have to wait until about 4:30 or 5 to have my feast — and since I know there’s such a feast coming, I starve myself all day so I can really load up when it’s time. That’s a little different than having two feasts, but I’m really not complaining, I know there are real starving people out there, and I feel bad for them.

I mostly just wanted to write a little something today to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas eve, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy and a Prosperous New Year!

“Can you Lose Weight Without Exercising?” — Volume II

I hadn’t really thought I could expand much on the no exercise routine, but I just ran across this article for a new Weight Loss Supplement out of South Africa. It’s called Hoodia, it’s made from a cactus and it basically tricks the brain into thinking that you’re full. Since the basic weight loss formula is using up more calories than you take in, there’s got to be something said for eating less, which means you shouldn’t need to exercise so much. I haven’t had much success with weight loss products in the past, they usually either make me feel like I’ve had a barrel of coffee, or they will cause my heart to race and do strange things. I would rather be a little over-weight then die of a heart attack, so usually it’s back to the same old routine (and back to the gym).

Hoodia is a lot different, it doesn’t have these side-affects and you can take it in liquid form (so it’s not so hard on the stomach). Anyway, I’m not really here to tout a diet pill, but thought it was worth mentioning if Oprah did, as well as ABC news, NBC today and 60 minutes – There’s got to be something to that!

By the way, while it’s nice to NOT exercise, did you know that moving more could help you live longer? If you’re highly active you could live more than three years longer; moderately active people average about a year longer, and both activities can cause cardiovascular disease to stay away for about three years longer. Since you’re going to be skinnier, you might as well live to enjoy those ocean cruises!

Take Care!

Technology to Change Behavior

I have been reading a lot about sounds and the stress-relieving properties of sound therapies. It “sounds” like we are finally getting down to our roots and finding natural ways to heal that were used by our Ancestors. Since there was not medicine available like we have today, they used drumbeats, chimes and signing bowls to experience a higher state of consciousness. As you know from reading Directed Dreaming, once you enter into the higher conscious (or subconscious) you are able to find out things that can help you in everyday life (such as finding answers to important questions, solving money problems, etc.)

There have been clinical trials performed that suggest that sound may boost the immune system, trigger our body’s production of natural painkillers, and relieve stress. Music therapy can be done by anyone, even if you don’t have a musical ability; it consists of playing a slow even rhythm (on a drum), or using cymbals, bells or gongs.

If playing a gong or pounding on drums is just not your style, and you think it might make you feel (or look) a little silly, there are fairly normal, natural, things you can get to help you relax using sound or light, like water fountains, stress free alarm clocks and aromatherapy that includes soft music.

There is also a really cool computer game that uses biofeedback, and as you play you go into a deep, relaxed state that empowers you to create excellent health and wellness, as well as relieve stress.

Take a peek and be sure to look for the “Demo the Software”
icon to try it out!

Until next time,
Here’s to Relaxation, Stress Relief, and Success!

“Can you Lose Weight Without Exercising?”

The answer is well, maybe. . . Eating less combined with exercise will allow you to lose weight and keep it off, but there are also some approaches that involve mind-body therapies that are worth a try. These approaches help control eating binges by identifying what causes them, and helping reduce stress. Some of these programs are listed below:

Yoga. While Yoga may be considered exercise to some, it’s not as hard as getting on a treadmill at the fitness center, and may prevent middle-age spread. Research has shown that even doing Yoga for 30 minutes once a week can help lower weight gain and increase weight loss. Those two factors combined make for a lighter, healthier you as you age.

Guided Imagery: I’ve talked about Guided Imagery before as a way to help with Directed Dreaming, but it can also be used to promote weight loss. There was a study done with a controlled group of people; one half listened to Guided-imagery recordings that were used to promote weight loss, the other half listened to relaxing music. The Guided Imagery listeners lost an average of 8.5 pounds in eight weeks, while the other group only lost 4.25 pounds! The Guided Imagery group lost twice as much!

Acupuncture. I had acupuncture for knee tendonitis, and was surprised when they put a needle in my ear (seemed kind of far away from my knee). Anyway, some research suggests that acupuncture can help promote weight loss and reduce hunger. There are points on the ear that are used to suppress appetite and Acupuncture can help reduce anxiety, relieve pain and help you become physically active. I think the one in my ear was for pain, but who knows. . .

Massage. Last but not least there’s Massage and other types of bodywork that can help relieve the pain that might prevent a person from exercising. I think I’ll ask for a Massage for Christmas, I love the smell of Eucalyptus, and I can’t think of a better thing to do on a cold winter’s night!

So, there you have it! There are a few things here that don’t require exercising (like Guided Imagery), but overall, if you want to lose weight and keep it off, it’s best to use a combination of exercise and mental fitness.

For now, Enjoy the Holidays, Diets are for the New Years Resolutions!

Surviving the holidays: how to de-stress

I got up early this morning and went shopping, I’m so glad I did! I raced through the store while hardly anyone else was there, and had all of my purchases made by noon. By noon, the stores were packed, the parking lot was a mess, people were everywhere, and I was on my way home.

The Holidays can be a very stressful time, but if you do some simple things to work around the most stressful situations that come up, it can be a time of Fun and excitement while humming along to the once-a-year Christmas tunes.

Here’s a helpful article from the American Psychology Association on how to keep a handle on holiday stress.

Surviving the holidays: how to de-stress

Have you done your holiday baking? Is your home ready for guests? Gift shopping all done? Are these questions stressing you out?
While the holidays can bring us closer to family and be a warm source of wonderful memories, for many of us it can also be a time of great stress. Make connections. The holidays are a time to reconnect with family and friends. Make this the focus of your holidays instead of the small stuff that can take over the season.

Set realistic goals. Take small, concrete steps to deal with holiday tasks instead of overwhelming yourself with goals that are too far-reaching for this busy time.

Keep things in perspective. Avoid blowing events out of proportion. Consider stressful situations in a broader context and keep a long-term perspective.

Take decisive actions. Instead of letting holiday stressors get the best of you, make a decision to address the underlying cause of the stressful situation.

Take care of yourself. Pay attention to your own needs and feelings during the holiday season. Engage in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing.
Remember that you have a choice in how you will let seasonal stressors affect you. Use the tips above to have a more enjoyable, and more relaxing, holiday season!

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Guided Imagery

Every now and then I read something that makes me say “why didn’t I think of that?” Well, I read something the other day that put a new spin on Directed Dreaming.

In Directed Dreaming, I tell you how you can get access into the subconscious through your dreams and find out how to solve all kinds of problems. But have you heard of “Guided Imagery?”

Guided Imagery is not that much different than Directed Dreaming, but is used more for healing purposes than for getting answers to questions. To make a long story short, you get into a relaxed state and then use directed and purposeful daydreaming—tapping into the imagination through guided imagery. Then, using the powers of your mind, you can control pain, deal with anxiety, manage nausea and strengthen the immune system.

You can do Guided Imagery by yourself, or with someone else — even if you only have a few moments a day, and the more you use it, the more effective it becomes.

If you’re interested in this remarkable power that you already possess, I found great web-site that you can visit to find out more. Find it Here.