You can’t run away from your own head

You can’t run away from your own head. So, you might as well make friends with it.” Edith Bunker said that in season 9, episode 6 of All in the Family.

In the ‘70’s, All in the Family was one of my favorite shows. I loved it’s cutting edge. At he beginning of the very first episode, CBS ran this disclaimer:

‘‘The program you are about to see is All in the Family. It seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailties, prejudices, and concerns. By making them a source of laughter, we hope to show—in a mature fashion—just how absurd they are.’’

Arguably one of television’s most influential comedic programs and one of the greatest TV shows of all time. When the show originally aired, I was so caught up in its shock and awe, that I totally missed that Edith was far more than a ding-bat.

Recently, I discovered that All in the Family is in On Demand. I started watching it with the idea that it was something mindless to watch at night. Frequently, I find myself backing up to replay Edith’s simple but profound wisdom.

The other night was no exception. When I heard “You can’t run away from your own head. So, you might as well make friends with it” I replayed it four times. I saved the show and watched it again the next day to hear that line one more time.

Your Hypnosis Health Info Hypnotic Suggestion for today:

I’m making friends with my own head.

This will be a great day for me to be anxious

We all have the “thoughts,” “voices,” “chatter,” “worries,” “tapes,” “movies,” “images,” “dialogues” or whatever you choose to call it running in our head. It’s part of being human.

We often get into trouble when we start believing theses thoughts. The challenge is of course, to not believe everything you think.

And, as I keep saying, most of the fears that we have running never happen. And, the events that happened decades ago, yesterday, or later today or tomorrow are not happening now in this moment.

Fearing events of the past or future will not change anything other than to cause you stress, anxiety, weaken your immune system and waste your time and energy.

When you experience an emotionally upsetting event, thoughts run amok replaying the event. Every time you replay the event, you are creating the same emotional experience as when it originally happened. You are hard-wiring a neuropathway of angst that becomes part of your personality.

You don’t wake up in the morning thinking, “This will be a great day for me to be anxious.” No, of course not. But anxiety, or whatever troubling emotion that you are experiencing has become an aspect of your personality, a part of who you are. It is hardwired.

When there is no present or future danger, these thoughts and emotions are only occurring within you. They are not real. They are your thoughts and your emotions. Since you can’t run away from your own head, what can you do?

Making friends

Making friends with your own head is another example of what hypnosis and The Greatest Expression of You is all about.

Follow the steps of the Greatest Expression of You daily practice:

DAILY PRACTICE

  • Read the 2 or 3 sentences that describe being the Greatest Expression of You
  • Meditate on being your Greatest Expression by:
    • Memorizing Joy and feeling this Joy in your body.
    • Mentally rehearsing Joyfully being the Greatest Expression of You throughout your day.
    • Give thanks for being the Greatest Expression of You
    • Believe – We only act on and out of what we personally believe to be true.
    • Gratitude – Give thanks for being the Greatest Expression of You. Open up to receiving.
  • Use self-hypnosis during the day to remind yourself who it is you are becoming
  • Inventory – At the end of the day, take inventory of your day. Where did you do really well at being the Greatest Expression of You? Where did you fall from grace? Mentally rehearse being & doing differently next time.

When you stop thinking and feeling the same old thoughts and emotions, those old neuropathways separate and are no longer a part of your personality.

Being the Greatest Expression of You, you can throw a humorous spotlight on your frailties, prejudices, and concerns. By making them a source of laughter, you can recognize just how absurd they are.

You no longer have to live your life playing out the old rerun scenes from scripts of the past. Being your Best Self in this moment, you then get to write a whole new script for your life based on who you are becoming.

You are firing and wiring new neuropathways. The result is that you create a new way of being. New thoughts, new emotions and new behaviors. Using this daily practice, you can, as Edith said, make friends with your head.

Since January 2, 1997
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