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How can I find my career niche?

May 13, 2009

Many people live their lives without ever finding their career niche.  (more to come)

What is a Futurist?

May 13, 2009

There are about 200 professional Futurists in the world today.  Their focus is usually on a specific area of life on our planet.  A very few will focus on several areas at one time.  Futurists collect data on their areas of interest and then chart it to be able to notice cycles and trends.  (more to follow)

Why Gratitude?

May 13, 2009

Much has been written about the concept of gratitude.  (more to follow)

Why pills, gum & patches don’t work for everyone

May 13, 2009

Many years ago when I first began providing a hypnosis-based Stop Smoking program to my clients, it was interesting to hear their stories of having tried the various physiological approaches to try to stop smoking. You know… you’ve heard all about patches, gum, pills, etc.  For them, those approaches simply did not work.  Why?

First, let us establish that tobacco products are the single most addictive substance that mainstream people put into their bodies.  I’ve learned that tobacco products are actually 4.5 times more addictive than heroin!  Cigarettes in the United States have over 4,000 ingredients added to the tobacco.  Additionally, during the 2000’s, the tobacco companies have seen fit to significantly increase the amount of nicotine in their tobacco products.  Why?  To keep us addicted to them.  Further, the cigarettes that are targeted specifically to women also have cocoa added to them.  In the US, the cocoa (chocolate) in the cigarettes are about 10% by volume… in Western Europe, about 15% by volume.  Again, why?  Because the combination of the nicotine plus the cocoa make women twice as addicted as men when they smoke during their monthly feminine cycles.

Now to the heart of the problem.  There are two types of addiction to tobacco use.  The first is obvious… the physical addiction to the many added chemicals in tobacco products (nicotine, etc.).  The second type of addiction is the psychological dependency.  Everyone’s body is different… as are our beliefs and expectations.  For less than one-third of the tobacco using population, the reason that they use tobacco is because of the physical addiction.  For over two-thirds of the tobacco using population, the reason for them is because of the psychological dependency.  In this case, the product acts as a filter or a distraction between them and their stressful thoughts and feelings.  For those who are addicted to the chemicals, the gum, patches and pills may work.  However, for the majority of tobacco users, the physiological approach does not work… because it does not address their issue of psychological dependency.

If you have tried to stop using tobacco products by gum, patches or pills and it did not work, you may want to consider seeking out a good Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.

(NOTE:  Less than 20% of the hypnotists in the USA are Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists.)

What is Hypnosis?

May 13, 2009

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of attentive and focused concentration in which people can be relatively unaware of their surroundings. Relaxation, mental images and suggestions are part of hypnosis therapy, which is tailored to each client’s problems and may use one or all of the senses.

Does hypnosis require a therapist?

A hypnotherapist may be used to guide a patient or train them in self-hypnosis. Guided audiotapes may also be used so clients can practice the therapy at home. Ultimately, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, as the client must be willing to participate in the therapy.

The science of hypnosis

Physiologically, hypnosis resembles other forms of deep relaxation: a generalized decrease in sympathetic nervous system activity, a decrease in oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide eliminations, a lowering of blood pressure and heart rate and an increase in certain kinds of brain wave activity.

Common misunderstandings about hypnosis

•    People who are hypnotized are not completely blind to their surroundings and can easily rouse themselves to react to a situation that needs attention.
•    People cannot be hypnotized against their wishes. They must be willing to concentrate on their thoughts and follow the suggestions offered.

Uses of hypnosis

Hypnosis is most frequently used in areas such as behavior modification including smoking cessation, phobia relief, pain management, dentistry, pregnancy and delivery, anxiety and immune system function.

A dramatic case

Hypnosis is used in the treatment of congenital ichthyosis (fish skin disease), a genetic skin disorder that covers the surface of the skin with a hard, wart-like layered crust. Dermatologists thought ichthyosis was incurable until an anesthesiologist, Arthur Mason, used hypnosis by chance in the mid-1950s to effectively treat a patient he thought had warts. After Mason used hypnosis on the patient, a 16-year-old boy, the boy’s scales fell off and within 10 days, normal pink skin replaced it. Since then, hypnosis has been used to treat ichthyosis, not always resulting in complete cures, but often giving dramatic improvement.

How does hypnosis work?

No-one knows exactly how such bodily changes are brought about by hypnosis, but they clearly occur because of the connections between mind and body. Suggestions have the capacity to affect all systems and organs of the body in a variety of ways.

Hypnosis: more common than you may think

Flowing naturally in and out of hypnotic states is common; for example, it happens to people watching television, driving a car or on a computer.

We are also likely to move into a trance state in situations of extreme stress. When a person in a position of power yells, the yelling may have effects that become as strong as posthypnotic suggestions.

When physicians or other health care providers make predictions about an illness, they may have a similar effect. It is particularly important that physicians understand this state and the potential power of the positive and negative suggestions they use with their patients.

Copyright - National Institute of Health Office of Alternative Medicine

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