Tools for Making Your Resolutions a Reality Part 2

This is part 2 of tools for making your resolutions a reality.  Last week I covered EMDR for trauma and also hypnosis, self-hypnosis, and guided imagery for common resolutions such as weight loss and to stop smoking.  This week I want to talk about a few more techniques to help with common resolutions.

  1. Affirmations are statements that declare that something is true.  They are used to support personal goals and are usually positive statements that are made in the present tense.  An example for good health or weight loss could be “I enjoy eating healthy and nutritious food”.   Sometimes guided imagery CD’s also include a track of affirmations.  While hypnosis and guided imagery CD’s are not to be used while driving or doing any activity that requires concentration, affirmation CD’s can be used at any time. 
  2. Subliminal messages can also be found on CD’s.  These auditory messages are played below an individual’s conscious perception.  On subliminal CD’s, the idea is that you will  consciously hear soft music or the sound of ocean waves while at the same time you will subconsciously hear affirmations.  This would make it more useful for listening throughout the day while doing other activites.  However, in my experience, while subliminal messages may have a temporary effect on thoughts and behavior, it does not appear that subliminal messages have any long term effect on making lasting behavioral changes.   
  3. Meditation is a  practice which calms the body/mind.  It is often used to help with a variety of health related issues including, but not limited to, stress management and pain reduction.  There are many ways to meditate, for example, focusing on a word or phrase, your breathing, a flower, repeating a prayer, and so on.  It can be done while sitting still or walking.  Some people find being in or near water to be conducive while meditating.

Although this is not an inclusive list, these are a few of the tools and techniques that I am familiar with and have found helpful in changing behavior patterns through the alignment of the conscious and the subconscious mind.  It has been my experience that people have their own preferences in using these tools, for example, some people like guided imagery while others prefer affirmations.  Some of the techniques overlap, such as the inclusion of guided imagery in a hypnotic script or while using guided imagery, you may or may not be in a hypnotic trance.   However, I find that the more that you can quiet the chatter of your conscious mind, the more effective a technique will be. 

As far as CD’s go, my personal favorites are Health Journeys (CD’s by Belleruth Naparstek), Effective Learning Systems (CD’s by Bob Griswold) and Brain Sync (CD’s by Kelly Howell which require stereo headphones).  I like their voices, their techniques, and their scripts.  However, that being said, there are some individual CD’s that I don’t particularly care for and that is where individual preference comes in.  I’ve recommended CD’s, especially Belleruth’s CD’s, to clients, family, and friends for help with sleep, pain management, various health issues, weight loss, etc.  I’ve gotten mainly positive feedback, but there are those individuals who don’t care for these CD’s.  It is really a matter of individual taste, so if you’re interested, check them out online where you can listen to some samples before you spend the money on them. 

Next week, more steps to making life changes.

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