Bonnie Miller, C.Ht.
The school of life is never out for summer…we are constantly learning and growing whether we are consciously aware of it or not. Through our senses and experiences we are adjusting and conforming to our environment. As children, we looked forward to summertime, the time we were free…free from the confines and structure of the classroom and liberated to play independently all summer.
Creating queens and kings, castles and fortresses, hospitals and war zones and secret hideaways; we took on roles, limited only by our imagination, movie stars, pirates, super hero, mommies and daddies. We often cast ourselves in roles of jobs we would like to do, services we would like to perform, power we would like to have, recognition for excellence, challenges we could overcome. For in our infinite imagination there are no restrictions or limitations! We were all remarkably artistic and used the wondrous palette of our imagination, to create volumes of playful scenarios, to amuse ourselves all summer. These powerful imaginings were and still are a part of who we are today. The creative free spirit of summer is still there; though it may be snuggled way back in the recesses of your subconscious mind…it is still there. It is simply waiting for you to remember to access it once again…to pull out the palette and begin to paint the marvelous summer, you desire. Filled with open windows opportunity and creativity…vast oceans of relaxation…skies billowing with puffy white clouds to peacefully while away the hours creating playful experiences for yourself, in the privacy of your own precious mind
And as you begin to allow yourself this simple pleasure of imagining – What that would feel like now? How comfortable does it feels? Like putting on an old flannel shirt, that wonderful comfortable freedom of expression… Wait, what’s that? You hear a thud of reality….Work-Responsibility-Time. ” I am way too responsible you say” Me? Self indulgent and free spirited? Ignoring my hectic schedule…drawing the curtains back and opening the windows of creativity, it’s not gonna happen!” And thus, you have closed the door once again on the wonderful creative part of you that is still alive… and living inside of you waiting and waiting…Waiting for the opportunity to express itself… Waiting until you will have time to come out and play…so you can experience the freedom and joy of playful imaginings again…when everything you do is creative, magical and spiritual and the scenes unfold perfectly, just as you create them.
Stop for just a moment now, and bring yourself back to a simpler time…kite flying days…when cane poles and puppies were under the back porch…when sheets made the best castles…trees were lookouts and perfect for climbing and swinging…marbles and jacks were the games of chance and skill…chasing fireflies at dusk…and there were always wildflowers to pick and cool clover to rest your bare feet in…puffy white clouds formed endless sketches of wonderful figures across beautiful blue skies…right before your eyes, quietly…allowing…contemplating… experiencing…nature all around you. What was your favorite spot to play…your extraordinary images that you enjoyed retreating to in the summer…has it changed since you last visited? Or is it just like you left it…safely tucked away with favorite toys and memories of places and friends, in the storehouse of your mind. Take time this summer to revisit the joy and simplicity of your imagination. Rekindle the friendship you once had with that curious, blissfully creative, childlike quality within you. What wondrous wisdom have you stored away? School is out for summer, but you will never stop learning. Begin today to draw from your infinite resources in your mind, bringing back that awesome, powerful, and creative person, add the wisdom you have gain throughout the years and continue to grow and learn. Hey, you’re not finished yet; the best perhaps, is yet to come…Imagine that? Now, go play! Take a nice deep breath and have a great summer!
Bonnie Miller, CHt. Is a Fellow of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association and the Director of Clinical Hypnotherapy: Methodist health system foundation: affiliated with Methodist Hospital in New Orleans, LA
Director of Clinical Hypnotherapy
Methodist Health System Foundation,Inc.
660 Oak Harbor Boulevard Suite 204
Slidell, Louisiana 70458
office: 985-726-9333 ext 118
Find Bonnie at: Methodist Hypnotherapy Services