Yo Yo Healthy Living: Part 3 (My Adventures in Hypnotherapy)
When was the last time you experienced a cosmic joke? Did it involve a health issue? This week I have an amusing story to share with you about my first session of hypnotherapy, my challenges and revelations, and how it all affected this week’s session!
As I wrote in Being a 21st Century Magician, I recently manifested hypnotherapy into my life as a means to help me off this frustrating healthy living yo yo I’ve been on (read part 1 & part 2). My first session was last week on Thursday, with Dr. Bronwen Gates at Positive Changes.
(By the way, this Etobicoke location is the only Positive Changes center that has a medical doctor. Dr. Gates is a licensed anesthesiologist as well as a registered hypnotherapist. This means our healthcare system covers some of the expense!)
If I had only one word to describe my experience with Positive Changes so far, it would be: acceptance. In my free consultation with Terry Hodgkinson, I choked up on tears when he said, and I’m paraphrasing,
“At Positive Changes, we don’t see people as broken. We believe they simply have out-dated programming, much like a computer, that needs upgrading to function more effectively.”
My 1st Hypnotherapy Session
Bronwen (she prefers to be called by her first name) and I had a great first session. We talked for about 30 minutes and then we recorded a personalized hypnosis session. Sunglasses with blinking lights on the inside and a faint humming sound in a headset are used to lower brainwaves to the alpha level to initiate the hypnotic state.
To help relax the body, there’s a comfy lazy-boy chair and low, soothing music and nature sounds in the audio background. Bronwen named the CD session, “New Possibilities” and it focused on the suggestion to open up to a new way of being. That there are unlimited options available to choose from when I crave a cigarette.
My homework was to listen to the recording 1-3 times daily for the next week until our next session, and record anything that happened over the week. Well, here’s where the cosmic joke comes in!
My most recent cosmic joke
The morning before my first hypnotherapy session, I woke up with a sore throat and some congestion. The day of my session, I was fine. I began with my homework immediately that night and religiously listened to my recording 2-3 times per day. I was still smoking but it was more out of habit rather than from a craving.
I felt as if my body was winning the battle with the virus but Sunday night came and I woke up with pain in my ear. And it was plugged. Have you ever gotten water stuck in your ear? That’s what it’s like! And it’s annoying as hell. My head’s felt like it’s been in a rubber tire since then.
Turns out to be an ear (and eye) infection – my cold moved into my ears and eyes! It’s never happened before… So my deafness, effectively rendering me incapable of continuing my homework, was as if my body was saying, “No, no! I don’t want to hear it!” in response to the changes happening in my subconscious.
Interesting, yes? Actually, when I told my good friend this story, she immediately sent me Louise Hay’s interpretation of the ultimate cause (emotional) of an ear infection:
Anger, not wanting to hear, too much turmoil, parents arguing. The affirmation: “Harmony surrounds me. I listen with love to the pleasant and the good. I am a centre for love.”
My 2nd hypnotherapy session
When I arrived to my session yesterday, Bronwen gave me a short assessment survey. Then we sat down and talked. I shared my story, we laughed at the irony, and we just chit chatted about it all. One interesting thing that came up was the process of learning.
Bronwen used the analysis of learning to drive:
At first (this stage is called, “unconscious incompetence”), you get behind the wheel and you really have no clue what to do. Then you learn how to drive in theory, this stage is called, “conscious incompetence.” When you’re implementing all your knowledge to actually drive, you increase your level of awareness and consciously perform the activity (“conscious competence”). The final stage is when it becomes an ingrained behaviour within your subconscious so that it no longer requires conscious effort on your part.
She said the transition between these stages often overlap and can be rocky at times for some people. She reminded me that we’re all on a journey and that this is a process, my individual process, and that our experience is what’s right for us. See, another example of acceptance!
One of the questions Bronwen asked was what I thought I needed to move forward. I suggested maybe a plan of action with a quit date, and thought that being reminded of what I’m working towards (my vision = health, vitality and youthfulness) would all be helpful.
My 2nd personalized recorded hypnosis session included all this, including Louise Hay’s affirmation, and more! It’s titled, “Limitless” and I love how Bronwen suggested that my subconscious decide the best course of action, whether it’s in a plan or I suddenly choose to stop smoking. Limitless is the theme and it’s also my vision for how I’ll feel once I stop smoking.
A BIG thank you to Bronwen for a wonderful experience, for her support and a kick ass 2nd hypnosis session! I’m happy to report that I’m healing from the ear infection (with antibiotics – boo, but necessary) and back to listening to my recording 2-3 times per day. Now it’s catch up time with work and have a fun weekend.
I’d love to hear your cosmic joke stories! If you have one that you’re comfortable sharing, please leave a comment or email me stephanie [at] livelighter [dot] ca.