Relief or Release?

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There are two unconscious agendas that determine the success or lack thereof of your ability to transcend any debilitating conditioning from your experience. The choice made of the two agendas influence whether your efforts to transform your experience is effective or futile. Whether your past environment involves physical, mental, emotional, sexual, alcoholic, or drug abuse or perhaps your past has been conditioned by financial struggle – the brain becomes conditioned from the phenomena it is exposed to.  However, this in and of itself is not the reason for the futility because the brain is very malleable – the very reason it becomes conditioned in the first place is the same means by which it can be reconditioned on behalf of well-being. It is the type of agenda informing your intent for healing that determines the degree of success in reconditioning the brain for fulfilling well-being. What are the two agendas? They are relief or release. Unfortunately, most individuals understandably default to the agenda of relief from debilitating conditions and conditioning. Who would not want relief from oppressive dynamics? Although the end results of experiencing relief would be anyone’s desire, relief as the sole motivating origin for engaging healing therapies and … Continue reading

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Creativity – MORE than You Think

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Creativity /kree-ey-tiv-i-tee/ noun the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships to create meaningful new ideas, expressions, forms, methods, interpretations, etc. Creativity is much more than you think if your context confines the understanding of this phenomena to artistic, technical or mechanical endeavor, ability or thought. Relegating the nature of creativity to this narrow scope of expression is akin to associating cooking wholly to the preparation of one type of food. The essence of creativity is much broader – and potent – than its conventional understanding as self-expression. When essentially understood the phenomena of creativity is what is employed to transcend, transform or transmute (look up all three of those words) the limiting conditioning that restricts the viability of your unlimited capacity. When closely examined, the definition of creativity – “…ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships…” is exactly what occurs in the restoration (healing) of any dysfunction one witnesses in their experience.  To “transcend traditional ideas” you have about your health or to transcend the “rules” of what you supposedly can and cannot do at a certain age or to “transcend the patterns” witnessed in relationships profoundly expands the nature and scope of this phenomena called creativity. … Continue reading

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The BIG Question

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The most frequently asked question from hypnotherapy clients or those considering using this effective therapeutic approach to healing, is how long it will take to witness change in the areas one desires to improve.  It is an understandable question considering the often arduous process that can accompany self-fulfillment. When this question is posed I am always quick to point out the erroneous assumption (fueling this question) that it must require just as much time to neutralize an undermining dynamic as it has taken to form and sustain the limiting conditions. There tends to be a daunting misconception that it will require just as much time to release undermining mental programing as it has taken for it to develop and exist.  Nothing could be further from the therapeutic truth of matters. In actuality, aligning your mental (and subsequent emotional) programming with well-being can be effectively engaged with much less time and effort (no matter how long-standing or chronic undermining dynamics have been in play) because in this intention you are aligning your mental perception in concert with what is already true about your fundamental nature. To align with the abundant, purposeful essence of Life, which we witness Nature readily and easily … Continue reading

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Single Approach Dissolves Fear

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“To fear or not to fear – that is the question.”  Please excuse the gross liberties taken with Shakespeare’s quote but that is the ultimate question regarding one’s capacity to fulfill desires and intentions. The degree that fears inform your perception is the degree that paralysis infects successful progress.  The mind will conspire to legitimize all excuses, reasons and doubts about moving forward with decisions, ideas and pursuits when one is vulnerable to fear. It is the covert operation of fear that causes most doubts about our capacity to fulfill a desired intent.  The following reasons, thoughts, ideas and the hidden fears they mask provides some insight how vulnerability to fear enables fear to manipulate the mind’s perception: THE IDEA                                                              COMMENSURATE FEAR “Don’t have the money”    ——–   Fear you are not capable of generating greater abundance “Don’t have the time”        ——–   Fear that the task will be futile or not successfully engaged “Not clear on direction”    ——–   Fear of following your own authentic desire “Not enough confidence”  ——–   Fear (lack) of self-acceptance “No encouragement/support” ——–   Fear blocking internal self-support Doubt efforts will succeed       ——–   Fear of accepting one’s true capability The commonly expressed “reasons” above show the ego is … Continue reading

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Harmony at the Playboy Jazz Fest

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… and not just of the musical kind – although that was indeed in abundant supply. I have returned from a thoroughly enjoyable day of great music at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the famed Hollywood Bowl concert venue in Hollywood, California and the greatest impact for me from the day was a musical offering of a different version of sorts. There was kinetic energy generated throughout the stadium as the enthusiastic crowd arrived for this most time-honored annual musical event, in addition to the hustle and bustle of geographically mapping out your seating, your food, and your comfort, all orchestrated into a strategic engagement for the precise purpose of sitting back, relaxing and … groovin’.  After all the settling, dining and prep to relax gave way to, uh, relaxing – the energy, with an able assist from extraordinary musicians communicating the music of the spheres, of the entire diverse stadium crowd appeared to synchronize into a symphony of relaxed communion in fun; just connecting and being connected while ably hosted by the music of some of the jazz world greats.  It was a balmy, sun-kissed Sunday afternoon – just perfect for harmonizing with the harmony. And it was just … Continue reading

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Wiring the Brain for Fulfillment

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This is your brain. This is your perception. This is your brain on perception. Your brain is a very dutiful instrument. It wires ideas, perceptions and chronic thoughts into behaviors, habits and possibilities – or the lack thereof – without questioning the impact of the wired information. This process is both the bane of your existence and the possibility for its freedom. The existential question for your identity is, “Am I more than what has happened to me?” The answer to this question is a resounding, ‘Yes!” Because of the neutrality of that organ called your brain it will, theoretically speaking, wire any perception that is imported. And because of that very neutrality the brain will rewire – connect the neurons that form thoughts – to reflect a different reality just as it has wired the perceptions of the present reality of your experience. This is why my constant refrain, “you are more than what has happened to you,” becomes the clarion call for greater well-being, abundance, fulfillment and possibility. For far too long “think positive” has become either a fleeting, weak admonition to combat negative experiences and doubt, or has been reduced to a proposition to make something good … Continue reading

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Why You CAN Fulfill Your Goals

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The brain is an interesting instrument. We marvel at this non-replicable wonder and at the same time give it too much credit. I often encounter clients immobilized by self-doubt because an effort to realize an aim may reflect a feeble attempt or doesn’t come close to the imagined idea of the goal or pursuit. This rash, quick-to-judge assessment reflects more on the brain’s limitation then on the person’s limitation. That last sentence seems a contradictory quandary until you realize that you are NOT your brain. In truth, you HAVE a brain; you are NOT a brain. As magnificent an organ as the brain is for all the functions it facilitates and enables, it is still, nonetheless, yet another organ of the body albeit the most essential one.  As witnessed most explicitly in art, the brain itself cannot create art but it is indeed the instrument of the artistic impulse. This is true about all endeavors whether it be the teacher or the electrician, or the neurosurgeon or the chef. The brain is the instrument of human endeavor not the source of it. This brings me to the point of this little treatise: The reason you CAN fulfill your authentic goals and … Continue reading

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Of Sustained Habits and Hollow Ones

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I am at times confronted with the frustrating dilemma posed from clients indicating that a chronic, undermining dynamic appears to still be active in their thoughts, feelings or behavior even though they have been dutifully enacting strides to change.  The erroneous assumption is that the change desired and focused on is not forthcoming or is not occurring.  Often, it is not that one has not shifted or begun to shift into a greater paradigm of expression but that the habit of certain negative thoughts and reactions is still present. As I recently reflected to a client, there is a difference between the point of reference that forms, fuels and sustains a negative habit and a “hollow” habit. When you are still identifying with an undermining issue (“I am” fearful, doubtful, negative, weak, unfocused, a procrastinator, unsuccessful, etc.) then sabotaging thoughts and behaviors are fueled by this point of identity reference.  The negative habits – such as procrastination, debilitating self-doubt  and the like, are formed out of identifying with the conditioned perception wrought from personal experience. When one, however, through whatever means (personal inner work, hypnotherapy, self-improvement practices, etc.) begins to release identifying with (which is not the same as ignoring) … Continue reading

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What Are You Preparing For?

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As humans we prepare for many things – sometimes adequately, sometimes not – however there is an unconscious preparation that often thwarts the things we prefer to be prepared for (like more money, greater health, relationship fulfillment, etc.) and this unconscious preparation frequently goes unrecognized. This unconscious preparation begins before we even lift a finger in the conventional sense of preparing.  In fact, this unconscious preparation is actually the source that either promotes – or hinders what we truly desire to be prepared for! Okay, enough beating around the bush here, the unconscious prep I am referencing is our assumptions! Our assumptions “prepare” us for experiences that reflect them! Of course, most (not all) assumptions are fueled by, or based on circumstances, however, we are not conscious that assumptions originate in the fertile soil of our thoughts and therefore we are often precariously “preparing” to experience the nature of our assumptions! When you assume “I cannot afford that” – sure, that thought may be based on circumstance, but the question you want to ponder is, “should all my thoughts be based on circumstance or possibility?” That is the crux of the matter! You tend to base all assumptions on circumstance … Continue reading

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Nobody’s Victim

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What are you the victim of? The idea of being a victim registers differently for different people. Some have experienced circumstances that reflect the conventional connotation of that word. Others are defiantly adamant that this is not, or will not be part of their experience (again, relating to the conventional context of the word).  However, there are levels of victimization that we unwittingly, yet nonetheless, allow ourselves to be, uh, victimized by without even realizing this is the case. Do you allow yourself to be the victim of financial constriction through the unconscious doubt this picture will ever change? Do you allow yourself to be the victim of your past? Do you allow yourself to be the victim of cynicism, fear, self-doubt, negative thinking, inertia … and the list goes on. The dictionary defines victim as, ”a person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action,” aren’t you “harmed” in some way by financial constriction? Doesn’t cynicism and negative thinking “kill” a bit of your spirit? I pose the question again, “What are you the victim of?” We have all heard the admonition that the victim should not be blamed for the … Continue reading

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