This weeks reading from Becoming Slender For Life is So what’s your story?. I feel so blessed and honored by the positive and supporting response that I have received from my book that it is a pleasure each week to share it with you. If you are one of the 65% of Americans who are overweight I invite you to consider weight loss hypnosis with Slender For Life™. For most of us, being overweight or at a healthy weight is a choice – it is a decision we make. Are you ready to choose health? Give me a call and let’s talk.
So what’s your story?
We move in and out of trance all the time. My definition of hypnosis is taking control of the trance that you are in. We each have our own stories, our myths about ourselves, about our lives, about the people and the world around us. One Sunday morning, as I was carrying our suitcases to the car in Vancouver, British Columbia, I saw a bumper sticker that read, “Don’t believe everything you think.” That says it all. We hold our myths, our truths, to be sacred, yet all too often these truths are fairy tales—perhaps, even horror stories that we have made up— and then we live our life according to these fables.
Here is what I mean. When I was 8 years old, my dad sold his 160 acre farm—all the cows, pigs, chickens, lambs and my horse. We left the big farm house and the wide open spaces of southern Minnesota for a small apartment above a motel that he bought in Iowa. I did not want to move. It was explained to me was moving to San Diego after graduation. And since I couldn’t do the work he did, and my dad didn’t want to do all the work himself, the farm had to be sold.
But what I heard was: I’m not good enough, I’m not capable and it was my fault we had to sell the farm. For many years, not good enough ran my life. For far too many years I lived my life with this perception. I accepted evidence that I was not good enough and added it as proof to support my perception.
One day many years later at a family reunion, one of my uncles asked my dad why he sold the farm. He replied that my brother didn’t want to farm and that I was only 8 years old at the time. An 8-year-old could not do the work of a 17-year-old and that at the age of 45, my dad didn’t want to do all the hard work himself.
My jaw hit the floor. Oh my god I thought—all these years I believed it was because I wasn’t good enough, and it was really about the fact that an 8-year-old cannot do the work of a 17-yearold. In that moment, my perception, the myth that I had been living was shattered.
Reinforcing these fables we create is our cellular memory. As you will see in the next section when we go on a field trip through the brain, all thought, all memory and all emotion occurs and is stored in every cell of your body. The smell of a cherry pie baking or the sound of a parent’s voice can instantly rocket us back into childhood—into that trance where you experience thoughts and emotions of an earlier time. It could be as simple as a 6-year-old falling out of her tree house and running to her mom for comfort. Her mother holds her and kisses her and soothes her tears with a Hershey bar. Here she is, held and comforted in love, reinforced with the sugar rush of the opiate receptors receiving that heroin-like stimulation. And all of this anchored with mom’s arms wrapped around her. This type of experience can become a pattern of desire and response that is triggered whenever the girl—and later the woman—needs comforting. And each reoccurrence adds to her cellular memory and her associations with whatever food(s) she was consoled with. In Chapter Four I’ll give you exercises to uncover your own stories about food.
From Becoming Slender For Life, second edition,
pages 37 -39
So what’s your story? Has your story held you back? Is it time to end this story and write a new one that works in your life today? Hypnosis for weight loss can help you take control of your thoughts, emotions and behaviors and help you create a new story that supports you in your success.
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