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All nature has a feeling: woods, fields, brooks are life eternal: and in silence they speak happiness beyond the reach of books; There's nothing mortal in them; Their decay is the green life of change; to pass away and come again in bloom revivified. Its birth was heaven, eternal is its stay, and with the sun and moon shall still abide beneath their day and night and heaven wide.
- John Clare
The average price of 25 cigarettes currently costs between $25 and $30.
For people who smoke a packet of $25 cigarettes a day, they're spending $175 a week on cigarettes.
In four weeks that smoker has spent $700 on smoking alone.
The cost of smoking a packet a day for a year is a whopping $9,100!
Put smoking behind you
Consider the kind of luxurious holiday you could take with the money you usually spend on smoking. Not only would you have more financial flexibility, you'd also feel a real sense of achievement, and have a newfound confidence in yourself, for having finally stopped smoking for good.
I can help you achieve this.
Making the right decision to stop smoking is easy because it's inevitable. You see, no one is born a smoker, and no one dies a smoker. It's really just a matter of how much time you spend dilly-dallying in between.
Now is the time to regain your power, and banish smoking for life!
Quit Smoking 3 Session Package
3 in-depth Hypnotherapy sessions over three weeks -
Session One: We begin by discussing smoking and your unique habits, history, and health concerns. Together we formulate a Quit Plan and set achievable goals. Hypnosis is discussed so we can address any misconceptions or questions you might have about the practice of hypnotherapy. Then, we relax, very deeply into a state of calm awareness. From this state, I speak directly to your unconscious mind, where compulsions and behaviours are held, about the changes we have agreed upon. I make strong hypnotic suggestions in the form of storytelling so that your unconscious mind can find that deep, inner resolve to finally stop smoking for good. We also touch on relaxation techniques that will help you manage cravings, should they arise.
Session Two: After one week we catch up to discuss the changes you have made and any potential challenges you might have faced. This is an opportunity for you to give me feedback in regards to what was helpful for you in Session One, and to let me know of any other changes you would like to make. Often people stop smoking after one session, and then find there's something else they would like to change in their life - this is a great time to discuss those potential changes with me. After a brief chat, we return to the blissful state of hypnosis where we further practice relaxation techniques before uncovering deeper, underlying smoking mechanisms and address old, unwanted behaviours.
Session Three: Another week has past and we get together for our final session. This is where the magic truly happens. Most clients have completely stopped smoking by Session Three and are feeling very confident and proud of the great leaps they have made. From here we celebrate your wins and discuss the future ahead - what it looks like and where to from here? We return to the hypnotic state to solidify changes, projecting well into the future where you are permanently smoke-free and enjoying other wonderful achievements.
Often people ask whether one session will be enough for them to quit smoking. My answer is always, No. Though many people stop smoking in one session, it is necessary to see me for three. This is because change can occur rapidly, and that change can flow either way. I don't support therapists who guarantee quit smoking in one session - this is not a thorough and individualized approach to therapeutic work. Results will often be short-lived in such circumstances. All people are unique and change occurs according to people's individual circumstances. For this reason, it is necessary to see me for three sessions to ensure that your change is solid and complete.
I look forward to meeting you soon and helping you make the single most healthy decision of your life. To finally stop smoking for good!
Yours in Health,
Recently an attendee of Visualise told me that they had been experiencing difficulty falling asleep at night after class.
Trance states can be deeply restorative and I recommend people meditate or power-nap during the day to improve concentration and productivity. This instance was concerning though as my participant needed to wake at 5am, and they weren't getting to sleep until well after midnight.
I wondered if this was something they had experienced previously, before attending Visualise. Turns out, sleeping before midnight had been a challenge for this person since they were a teenager.
Now, I'm not one to throw around diagnostic labels. I'm not a doctor or sleep specialist, but I believe it's helpful to realise that just as people have differing personality types, they can also have differing circadian rhythms.
In 2014 The International Classification of Sleep Disorders labelled the issue of not sleeping until after midnight and having difficulty waking in the morning as delayed sleep-wake phase disorder (DSPD).
DSPD is the persistent dysregulation of a person's circadian rhythm (biological clock) in comparison to the general population, and societal norms. All people have a kind of internal clock that dictates when they wake up and go to sleep.
Scientists believe DSPD is a person's biological clock running to a differing rhythm to most people's. The disorder affects the timing of a person's sleep, periods of alertness, core body temperature rhythm, and hormonal cycles.
If you experience staying awake late at night and waking later in the day, without interference to your life, this is called delayed sleep phase syndrome.
Labels aside, trouble sleeping at night and waking late can interfere with your productivity and sense of well-being, especially when you need to rise early for work. Understanding that your circadian rhythm might be different to the norm can help you in making changes to your sleep habits and lifestyle.
DSPD is common amongst teenagers and often forms during adolescence, it is also linked to depression.
You can receive a formal diagnosis for DSPD by seeking the help of a Sleep Specialist who will conduct a formal assessment of your sleep habits and routines.
For more information on sleep disorders, and to find a specialist near you, visit the Australasian Sleep Society.
In the meantime, here are some tips for treating DSPD:
The most common method of treatment for DSPD is to gradually scale back your bedtime until you reach an appropriate hour to receive a restful night's sleep. You will need to be committed to, and rigidly implement this bedtime, so as not to fall back into your old routine. Unfortunately, so much as one late night out could lead someone with DSPD back into their usual sleep time.
Give yourself some extra time to seek out the sun each morning. Should you meditate in the morning, this would be an ideal time to do so outside while the sun is shining. Getting regular sun helps regulate melatonin - this is the hormone your body releases at night to help you sleep.
You'll hate me for saying this, but if you avoid using electronics before bed you're much more likely to fall asleep. This is because electronics with blue light screens (just as the sun) suppress melatonin and overstimulate the mind. I recommend avoiding electronics two hours before bedtime. I'm sorry. It sucks, I know.
Create a healthy ritual around bedtime and sleep. It might be that you practice some gentle yoga, read something engaging (that's not on an electronic screen), have a cup of chamomile tea, keep a written or drawing journal, or take this time to meditate on sleep itself and the dreams you wish to have throughout the night. Whatever your routine, make it one that's enticing, relaxing, and healthy for you.
Avoid sugary foods before bed and coffee after 12pm.
Keep your bedroom tidy and free of outside concerns. When you decide to go to bed, go there with the intention of relaxing without any of life's worries there with you. If it can't be resolved in the next 8 hours of sleep, let it go.
A beautiful practice for sleep is Yoga Nidra, and my all time favourite recording of what I believe to be a full proof guide into sleep is: Yoga Nidra for Sleep with Jennifer Piercy. Check it out!
I will be posting guided meditations on my website soon, some of which are designed to help you sleep and remember your dreams.
Until we meet again. Sleep deep my friend,
Meditation practitioners have long claimed that daily meditational practice contributes to cognitive and psychological wellbeing, and although meditation does create a sense of peacefulness and relaxation, science has recently proven that meditation in actuality changes the brain.
Harvard-affiliated researchers carried out an 8-week research into how mindfulness meditation affects the brain at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Reports revealed that meditation increases grey matter density in the hippocampus - known for playing a pivotal role in spatial navigation, long and short-term memory.
It is believed the hippocampus is the centre of memory, emotion, and the autonomic nervous system. The hippocampus contains high levels of glucocorticoid receptors making it more vulnerable to long-term stress than other areas of the brain.
Grey matter includes regions of the brain involved in memory and emotion, as well as sensory perception, speech, seeing and hearing, decision making, and self-control.
Grey matters function in the brain is to route sensory stimuli to interneurons of the central nervous system in order to generate a response to stimulus through chemical synapse activity.
Magnetic resonance images were taken of 16 participants brain structure two weeks before and after they engaged in an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.
Participants met weekly to practice mindfulness meditation, focusing on nonjudgmental awareness of thoughts, feelings, and sensations in the body, along with listening to guided meditation audio recordings each day.
Group participants reported spending on average 27 minutes of mindfulness meditation each day.
Magnetic resonance images were also taken of a control group of non-meditators over a similar time interval to compare results.
“The analysis of MR images, which focused on areas where meditation-associated differences were seen in earlier studies, found increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection... This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.” - Sara Lazar, the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program
It's exciting to realise that by simply practicing meditation we can play an active role in changing our brain for the better while increasing our quality of life, and sense of wellbeing.
If you would like to learn more about mindfulness meditation or hypnotherapy, drop me a line here. Alternatively, you could attend my Visualise Guided Meditation class.
Wouldn't it be cool if you could just change your mind and stop doing unuseful things that don't serve you long-term, but that you keep doing anyway?
Sometimes change can feel so challenging that our behaviours become seemingly insurmountable. The reality is, they're not. People change all the time and you can too! This post will teach you how to engage the unconscious mind, so you can change unwanted thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.Read More
Hypnotherapy is a brief therapy used to help people create rapid cognitive and behavioral changes. It can be used to treat a variety of ailments such as anxiety, addiction, phobias, and pain. Hypnotherapy engages the unconscious mind, where deep-seated beliefs and behaviours reside.
The unconscious is a reservoir of thoughts, feelings, motivations and memories outside of conscious awareness. People often believe they are driven by their conscious thoughts, but cognitive research shows that people acquire, and register, more information through unconscious mechanisms than through conscious thought alone.
Sometimes intellectualising our life challenges through talk therapy does not lead to change or resolution. This is when Hypnotherapy is useful; when you've analysed your challenge on a conscious level (you understand your situation logically) yet you still haven't managed to commit to change.
There are many traditional, holistic therapies that help people resolve challenges on an unconscious level. Hypnotherapy is but one of many traditional healing modalities available for uncovering, and resolving inner conflict, and discomfort.
Below is a list of cues that can help you in deciphering whether Hypnotherapy can help you.
- You would like to better manage your stress or anxiety
- You have trouble sleeping and/or relaxing
- You want to quit smoking
- You wish to meet new athletic or sporting goals
- You have a deep fear or phobia that you would like to overcome
- You experience chronic pain or discomfort and wish to avoid medications
- Life seems to be missing that special something
- You binge eat
- You wish to find your purpose
- You enjoy meditation and savasana
- You would like to improve your confidence
- You would like to find a special love but you keeping meeting the wrong people
- You have unresolved grief
- You would like to be more creative
- You wish to explore the chakra system
- You often get frustrated and/or feel angry
- You sense there's more to you and your life, and you're ready to find out what that something is
- You wish to explore meeting your angels or guides
- You wish to explore abstract regression (past-life regression)
If you answered "yes" to some, or many, of these points, I invite you to explore what is fundamentally the most mysterious, and potent part of your psyche - the creative, unconscious mind.
Visualise is a guided meditational class that begins with the simple practice of noticing thoughts and acknowledging them, before gently letting them go.
The second half of class is focused on moving into a deeper state of relaxation where students progressively relax the whole body and mind, before enjoying a guided visualisation through their creative unconscious, or dreaming mind.
Visualisation has been proven to assist people in accessing hidden resources, so they may overcome personal challenges, modify their feelings, and heal physical and emotional pain. Similarly, visualisation can assist people in having greater dream recall, finding new inspiration, and stronger resolve to meet their personal goals.
Visualise is a great class for beginning meditators or people who enjoy guidance within their practice. Visualise is interactive, deeply relaxing, and tailored weekly to suit participants personal goals and interests.
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A little music to chill out to.
Even the most intelligent of people can fall for the wrong person, and very seemingly nice people can be horrible within the privacy of their intimate relationships.
It's easy to overlook the signs of emotional abuse because they are covert, and abusers use underhanded tactics to deceive, and unconsciously manipulate others.
Having an understanding of signs of abuse is important, not only for yourself and your personal relationships but also for friends and family who mightn't realise they're in an emotionally abusive relationship.
If someone you know is often quiet, passive or just not themselves anymore, let them know you've noticed this. Remind them of their value.
Understand that if someone you know is being emotionally abused, manipulated or bullied they're extremely vulnerable and may not yet be aware of the truth of their situation.
It's important to respect the boundaries of people's relationships and not assume to know or understand what you haven't experienced first hand. With that said, good friends know how to politely enquire when concerned for their loved one's wellbeing, and do so from a place of respect and kindness.
Emotional abusers are often blind to their own wrongdoings, and may never realise the pain they put their loved ones through. The good news is once you know the signs of emotional abuse you can commence the process of regaining your power.
So, what does emotional abuse look like?
Emotional abusers will give you backhanded compliments - this is when something is said that at first seems like a compliment but is in actual fact an insult. It's easy to feel stunned when given a backhanded compliment and you mightn't realise the truth of what's being said until later when you think about it in retrospect. Backhanded compliments can deeply affect a person's self-esteem and self-worth, particularly on an unconscious level.
If you're feeling insecure in the relationship and that your opinions, suggestions, feelings, needs or ideas are often disregarded, chances are that's exactly what's happening.
Emotional abusers use sarcasm or "teasing" to humiliate and put others down. They might even do this in front of other people, which is incredibly demeaning. They are likely to disregard your feelings and say something like, "you're too sensitive" when you express your hurt feelings.
An emotional abuser will try to control you and your behaviour by speaking to you like you're a child. They may even correct or scold your behaviour should they find it inappropriate in some way. This is not conducive to leading a healthy, adult relationship. No one need feel like a child when they are not one.
Sometimes within an emotionally abusive relationship, the abused will sense that they ought to ask permission to go out or make certain decisions, like spending the night with friends without their abuser.
Emotional abusers will withhold sex, intimacy, and money to gain control within the relationship.
They may have strong opinions on how you ought to (or ought not to) spend your money. Emotional abusers are likely to attempt to control your finances, even if you don't share them.
They trivialise your accomplishments and are unlikely to be excited for you when you achieve something.
Confiding in them often leads to judgement instead of supportive listening.
They tell you who they are instead of allowing you to find out for yourself. Their actions often don't match the description they've given you.
When you point out their unkindness or transgressions they avoid you, and the conversation.
They may create an "idea" of who you are, and then judge you based on that idea.
There is a sense that you ought to impress them.
There is a sense that they're always right, and you're always wrong.
Emotional abusers often can't let go of the past and will regularly point out your shortcomings, even if these shortcomings are things of the past.
There's a sense that there is something, or many things wrong with you and that the abuser may not be able to commit to you long term because of this.
They make excuses for their behaviour and blame their behaviour on you. Their emotional problems and dissatisfaction in life derive from you and your behaviour.
They struggle to apologise and often play the victim.
Think of a challenging moment you've experienced with a loved one where they've done (or haven't done) something you would have like them to.
It could have been something small, like not washing the dishes or something rather big like forgetting an important event, or falling asleep without giving you an orgasm in return.
This kind of stuff is tricky because on one hand: you understand your loved one means well, is busy, and only human, but on the other: you're disappointed, and having to let it slide when really, you feel resentment.
It's okay to feel annoyed and the best thing you can do, in-the-moment, is politely express this.
What's not okay is to stamp collect. This is where you don't say anything in-the-moment, but instead collate a list of times and places where your loved one disappointed you.
Instead of facing each challenge openly, you hold it within yourself and wait for a later date (usually when things have hit breaking point) to list off the many times your loved one has betrayed you.
Why is this unfair? Because your loved one mightn't have known how you felt at the time, and perhaps if they had known, they would have done things differently.
It's also not fair for yourself because harbouring anger, disappointment, resentment etc. takes its toll on your body, mind and spirit. It's also difficult to love completely when you're holding resentment.
So, what can you do about stamp collecting?
Let that stuff go!
Let go of the stamps that are of no value, and address the ones that are, in-the-moment.
You might need to take some time to organise your thoughts and the way you wish you present your disappointment. Just be sure to address resentments as soon as possible.
Likewise, be aware of stamps held against you. It's good to face your shortcomings and apologise, but you don't have to be apologising for your shortcomings over and again.
If someone is eternally holding stamps against you, it's wise to consider whether you're willing to endure them because let's face it, stamp collecting has never really been that cool.
The central premise of ecopsychology is that while the human psyche is formed and affected by social culture, its essential design and structure is composed within, and bound to, the greater natural environment.Read More
Tantra is an ancient Indian and Tibetan style of ritual and meditation.
Swami Satyananda (1923 – 2009) said, “Tantra embodies two sanskrit words: tanoti (expands) and trayoti (liberates)… It is the system by which you liberate or separate the two aspects of consciousness and matter - purusha and prakrti.”Read More
Ego-state therapy is a brief therapy developed by psychologist John G. Watkins and his wife Helen Watkins. It is used to analyse underlying personalities of the client in order to find the cause of psychological problems.
Ego-state Therapy is based on the premise that human personality is comprised of separate parts, rather than being an intrinsic whole. These parts or states, which all people have, hold their own emotion, power, weakness and other personal traits. When we say, "There's a part of me that wants to... (smoke, drink, overindulge etc.)" we are speaking about one of our ego states.Read More
If you're struggling with weight gain, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, insomnia, fibromyalgia or irritable bowel syndrome you may have a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system.
Dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system can impair the quality of one's life and contribute to severe illness.Read More
Hypnosis Patients Twice As Likely To Remain Smoke-Free After Two Years
Study of 71 smokers showed that after a two-year follow up, patients that quit with hypnosis were twice as likely to remain smoke-free than those who quit on their own.
Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250.
81% Reported They Had Stopped Smoking After Hypnosis
Thirty smokers enrolled in an HMO were referred by their primary physician for treatment. Twenty-one patients returned after an initial consultation and received hypnosis for smoking cessation. At the end of treatment, 81% of those patients reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months post-treatment.
Texas A&M University, System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, College Station, TX USA. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):73-81. Clinical hypnosis for smoking cessation: preliminary results of a three-session intervention. Elkins GR, Rajab MH.Read More
Only the weak-minded and gullible can be hypnotised
Hypnosis is a natural state of consciousness that all people experience at least twice a day, as they are waking up and falling asleep. Some people find it easier to relax than others. Similarly, there are people with imaginative skills that are more developed than others. Having the ability to relax and imagine are essential to achieving the hypnotic state, and because all people can relax and imagine, all people can achieve hypnosis. It is the trained therapists duty to deliver a process that will work best for the individual client's needs.Read More
Our moods are dependent on environment and the way in which we interpret our environment. A walk in The Botanical Gardens could be for one person a relaxing break from city life while another might feel a real need to get back to work!
Sometimes our environment will appear more hospitable than others. Understanding under what circumstances and environment our mood changes allows us to better understand which circumstances to pursue more regularly.
An app I have found useful in tracking mood is the iMoodJournal. Many of my clients experience fluctuations in mood and find that tracking assists them in better understanding what times, and under what circumstances, their mood changes.
iMoodJournal keeps an overall record of the users well-being through regular check-ins and note taking. Keeping a record of triggers, feelings, and environments in which mood changes allows greater insight into the cause of emotional ups and downs.
iMoodJournal allows tracking of emotions with hashtags like #anxious, #hopeful or #surprised. Sleep and medication can be organised through tags like #asprin and #sleep8hr. Time-based patterns in mood are summarised through charts, and selfies enabled should the user wish to observe changes in appearance with their moods. One can even share their moods with friends on Facebook.
iMoodJournal is $1.99 in the iTunes store.