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Hangiety

I thought it was a good moment to talk about alcohol and hangovers. Why? Well, yesterday was the final of the Soccer European Nations Champion in Berlin between England and Spain. Spain won by the way, so well done to them.

As I am sure most of us know, hangovers are the unpleasant aftermath of consuming alcohol. Usual symptoms include headache, sickness, dehydration and fatigue. Other more subtle symptoms include increased blood pressure, irritability, depression and even anxiety.

Yes, according to the National Institutes of Health or NIH (a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), about 12% of people also experience anxiety as part of their hangover. When the body is recovering from a night of drinking alcohol, cortisol levels (the ‘stress hormone’), blood pressure and heart rate all increase. And this can make you feel anxious and on edge.

Alcohol dehydrates you and so it causes thirst, light-headedness and headache. It also can cause an electrolyte imbalance – when certain minerals (Sodium, Potassium, Phosphate, etc.) levels in your blood become either too high or too low. As well as drinking water, a sport drink can help with this.

Alcohol can cause inflammation of the stomach and intestines and this can lead to nausea, vomiting and even diarrhoea. It also will disturb your sleep either making you sleep less or have poor quality sleep.

Alcohol intoxication also causes impaired brain function, affecting risk assessment, decision-making, attention scan, and memory. This is due to cognitive effects that makes changes in neurotransmitter function in the brain. In extreme cases it can contribute to psychological consequences.

Hangovers are more than just physical discomfort; they also impact your mental health, productivity, and well-being. If you do find yourself dealing with a hangover, consider rest, hydration, and self-care to recover effectively.

Not everyone has the same reaction to alcohol and have varying degrees of a hangover. But for some the symptoms can be severe. As Robert Benchley (American Humourist) put it, “A real hangover is nothing to try out family remedies on. The only cure for a real hangover is death”.

So, consuming a small amount of alcohol is thought to be mostly harmless and even could be beneficial. But drinking to excess, to the point where you have a hangover the next day, is harmful and can have unforeseen impacts on your brain function and psychology.

If you or someone you know are struggling with your alcohol consumption, Hypnotherapy can help. It can help you visualise and work towards an alcohol free future as well as use regression therapy to explore past experiences and traumas that may have caused the addiction. So, if you or someone you know could benefit from this, then contact me.

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The God Helmet

I recently read an article about what’s called a ‘God Helmet’ or Koren Helmet. It’s a device designed to explore religious experiences and creativity by subtly stimulating the temporal lobes of the brain. It was developed by Stanley Koren and Michael Persinger.

Dr. Persinger believed that all experiences are determined by brain activity. While he was sure about a direct link, he believed there was a strong correlation between brain activity and various experiences. He set out to explore the right hemisphere, associated with intuition and emotion, and its role in creativity.

The helmet applies magnetic fields to the temporal lobes, specifically targeting areas associated with hearing, speech, and sensory processing. These regions include the amygdala and hippocampus, which are linked to how we understand concepts like God and spirituality. By subtly stimulating these brain areas, the God Helmet can be used to induce experiences related to religious or mystical feelings.

Most reports from Persinger’s lab consist of people sensing “presences”; people often interpreted these to be that of angels, a deceased being known to the subject, or a group of beings of some kind. There have also been reports in which the participant has experienced what they perceive as God.

The scientist and science writer Richard Dawkins (British evolutionary biologist, zoologist, and author), appearing in the BBC science documentary series ‘Horizon’, did not have a sensed presence experience, but instead felt ‘slightly dizzy’, ‘quite strange’ and had sensations in his limbs and changes in his breathing.

In contrast, Susan Blackmore (British writer, sceptic, broadcaster, and a visiting professor at the University of Plymouth.) said: “When I went to Persinger’s lab and underwent his procedures I had the most extraordinary experiences I’ve ever had… I’ll be surprised if it turns out to be a placebo effect”.

The God Helmet remains a subject of debate, with both detractors and fans. Whether it truly connects us to a higher power or simply enhances creativity, its impact on human consciousness continues to intrigue researchers and curious minds alike. For me, it’s like the part of the brain it stimulates is a telephone, but the question is does the helmet just make the telephone ring or does it place a call to a higher being. For now, it’s not clear.

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Eating Disorders

I recently read a newspaper article about a girl in Yorkshire, England who had only eaten Yorkshire puddings (a baked pudding made from batter that’s similar to the American Popover) for seven years. If she tried to eat other foods they would make her feel physically sick and gag.  Interestingly, this eating disorder was overcome with the use of Hypnotherapy. So, I thought I would talk a bit about Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and how Hypnotherapy can help.

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, also known as selective eating disorder, is a condition where individuals avoid certain foods or food groups, or restrict their diet to a limited number of foods. This is more than picky eating or liking odd foods which is quite common especially in children. Also, unlike some restrictive eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia, it does not relate to body image concerns.

The exact causes of ARFID remain unclear, but past trauma, excessive sensory sensitivity and a fear of negative consequences related to food (such as choking) all are thought to contribute. It’s more common in children, although it can affect anyone of any age, including babies. Also, those on the autism spectrum conditions, ADHD, and intellectual disabilities seem more likely to develop it.

It’s important for all of us, and especially children, that we eat a well-balanced diet. The health effects of ARFID can include inadequate weight, poor growth, electrolyte abnormalities, and delays in physical and mental development.

Those with this disorder can respond very well to hypnosis and counselling directed at the underlying cause of their eating issues. A good place to start is to explore the original trigger / trauma, if possible. The hypnotherapy regression technique is very effective at this. Hypnotherapy can also be used to reimagining / reframe the event that triggered their issues with food. Hypnotherapy can also be used to change the perception of food including the taste or texture if this is also a factor.

The support of the wider family and especially the parents is also important. And Olivia Newton-John (British and Australian singer and actress) put this very well when she said, “Eating disorders are usually nothing to do with food. Parents need to be with their child to see them through it. All the therapists in the world can’t help if the parents aren’t present, loving, and proactive”.

So, if you or someone you know has issues with food then Hypnotherapy can help. Contact me for more information.

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Ho’oponopono

I thought would talk a little about Ho’oponopono as it’s something I found a few months ago and it has really help me. It is a traditional Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. The Hawaiian word translates into English as ‘correction’ or to make things right. It roots are in the understanding that harmony and balance are essential.  It involves bringing harmony to relationships with others, ourselves, and the world around us.

Ho’oponopono is a fascinating healing method that focuses on forgiveness and reconciliation. At the centre of it is a four step practise or prayer – “I am sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you”. Specifically these terms have a deeper meaning.

  • I am sorry. Remorse: Acknowledging errors or mistakes.
  • Please forgive me. Forgiveness: Offering forgiveness to oneself and others.
  • I love you Love: Fostering love and compassion for all involved.
  • Thank you: Gratitude. Express gratitude for the opportunity to heal.

The Ho’oponopono prayer is a method of forgiveness that clears blockages in your thoughts. It helps to cleanses and releases us from thoughts, beliefs, and emotions that separate us from universal energy. The teaching is that we create everything in our world, giving us the power to heal it.

When we disconnect from our divinity, we start to believe in things that are not love, such as fear, guilt, blame, judgment, and shame. This disruption in our energy flow leads to us manifesting unwanted things in our lives. As Louis Zamperini (American Olympic distance runner and a Christian Evangelist) put it, “Hate is self-destructive. If you hate somebody, you’re not hurting the person you hate. You’re hurting yourself. And that’s a healing. Actually, it’s a real healing, forgiveness”. Ho’oponopono corrects this energy disruption, returning us to wholeness, unity, and harmony.

So, Ho’oponopono invites us to take responsibility, seek forgiveness, and restore balance. It can helps release negative effects of memories and toxic energies. It allows us to find our true identity, place in the universe, and inner peace.

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Law of Divine Oneness

I wanted to talk about another of the twelve spiritual laws of the universe, namely the Law of Divine Oneness. It is an important and foundational law which states that absolutely everything in our universe is interconnected. In other words every action, choice, word, desire, and belief you have will also have an impact on the world, and on the people in your life.

Sometimes this impact will be immediate and obvious. At other times, it may be more subtle or take a while to manifest. In fact, you may never discover that it has occurred although it will have had an effect on you. Try to think of yourself as part of everything around you to live in accordance with this law. We are all one, and this awareness makes us more powerful as well as more empathetic.

The key points about this foundational law are, of course, Interconnectedness but also with view to personal growth and empathy through having this universal perspective.  

Interconnectedness.  The Law of Divine Oneness teaches us that every aspect of existence is part of a vast, interconnected web. Even if it might seem otherwise, nothing exists in isolation. One way to picture this is to imagine everything in the universe as threads woven into an immense tapestry. Each thread affecting touches many other and contributes to the whole fabric.

Impact on Perspective and Empathy.  When we understand that our thoughts, actions, and events ripple through the cosmos, we become more conscious of our impact on others and our world as a whole.

Personal Growth and Global Consciousness.  It invites us to consider how our choices resonate beyond ourselves. As we align with this universal truth, our global consciousness expands, fostering a sense of unity and shared responsibility. Embracing the Law of Divine Oneness can lead to profound personal growth.

And while this is a spiritual belief, there is also a scientific foundation to it. As Erwin Schrodinger (Austrian physicist who developed the fundamentals of quantum theory), of the cat fame, said, “Quantum physics thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe”.

So, in summary, the Law of Divine Oneness invites us to recognise our interconnectedness with all of existence. By honouring this principle, we will contribute to a more harmonious and compassionate world.

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Cancer

If you have been lucky enough to not have been touched by cancer in your life so far then you have been very fortunate indeed. My mother died of brain tumour, my partner’s mother died of lung cancer and in the last few months we lost one of our beloved Maine Coon cats to cancer. It’s a horrible and seemingly relentless disease.  

As a Hypnotherapist I know that Hypnotherapy can be very effective in the treatment of cancer and its symptoms.  Sadly, it’s not a cure for cancer in itself but I have had success with clients using it as a complementary therapy that can enhance treatment outcomes.

Symptom Management. Hypnotherapy can alleviate many symptoms associate with cancer and its treatment, including pain and nausea. Also, Hypnotherapy can help you focusing your mind on positive suggestions and this can help with physical symptoms.

Relaxation and Stress Reduction. The idea is to address both the physical and emotional stress associated with cancer and its treatment. Specifically it can also be used to induce a state of deep relaxation, hypnotherapy can reduce anxiety, pain, and other symptoms. When you’re relaxed, your body’s stress response is minimized, allowing you to cope better with the emotional challenges of cancer

Enhanced Well-Being. The relaxation brought about by hypnotherapy contributes to overall well-being. As a result, it will improve your emotional state, enhance sleep quality, and have a positively impact your immune system.

Improved state of mind. Being diagnosed with cancer is a frightening and stressful experience. But have a positive state of mind can help both your physical and mental health. As Dave Pelzer (American Author) put it, “You can be a victim of cancer, or a survivor of cancer. It’s a mind-set”.

Of course, hypnotherapy should always complement conventional medical treatments. But while it’s not a replacement for evidence-based treatments, it can be a valuable supportive measure to enhance your quality of life before and during cancer care.

One upside to the pervasive nature of cancer is that there are a lot of charities and other organisations that can help you should you be diagnosed with it. This is one list of such organisations.

If you or someone you know is currently battling cancer and think that hypnotherapy can help, then contact me.

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World No Tobacco Day 

World No Tobacco Day is an annual awareness day observed on May 31st. It’s a global initiative to raise awareness about the health risks and downsides of tobacco use and advocate for policies to reduce tobacco consumption globally.

Smoking is incredibly harmful, is the single leading cause of cancer worldwide and is responsible for 70% of all cases of lung cancer. The CDC (Centre for Disease Control) estimates that 1 in 5 deaths in the United States are caused by smoking. It surpasses HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, car accidents and firearm related incidents combined. In addition to this, it has even been shown to accelerate aging. As David Byrne (Scottish Musician) put it, “The true face of smoking is disease, death and horror – not the glamour and sophistication the pushers in the tobacco industry try to portray”.

Hypnosis is an effective technique to help you stop smoking. Now, quitting smoking can be difficult, but hypnotherapy addresses the psychological aspects of addiction and underlying motivations for smoking. So, if you’re considering quitting smoking, hypnosis could be a valuable tool in your journey toward a smoke-free life. So, how does it work?

Mind set shift. Hypnosis can shift in your perception of smoking. During a session, your subconscious mind becomes more receptive to positive suggestions and new ways of thinking. These might include statements like, “You are a non-smoker.”, “You find the taste of cigarettes unpleasant.”, “You feel proud of your decision to quit.” or “You have increased willpower to resist smoking”.

Addressing subconscious patterns. Smoking is a deeply ingrained in subconscious patterns. These patterns can include associations with certain situations, like after eating or during a break, or emotional triggers such as boredom of stress. Hypnosis will help you to modify these patterns by suggesting healthier alternatives and breaking the link between smoking and these cues.

Visualizations and imagery. Hypnosis can involve guided visualisations where I will encourage you to imagine scenarios where you successfully resist smoking or visualise the benefits of being smoke-free. These mental images will reinforce your commitment to quitting.

Anchoring new beliefs. Hypnosis will help anchor new beliefs about smoking. By repeatedly reinforcing positive suggestions, your subconscious mind begins to accept them as reality. Over time, this can lead to a genuine ability to quit smoking.

Reducing cravings: Hypnosis can help reduce cravings by altering your perception of cigarettes. For example, you might come to associate cigarettes with a foul smell or an unpleasant taste. This can make it easier to resist the urge to smoke.

Stress reduction. For many people smoking is a way to cope with stress. Hypnosis will teaches relaxation techniques and stress management strategies, providing healthier alternatives to smoking.

Remember that hypnosis is not a magic cure, and results will vary from person to person. Some individuals experience significant benefits, while others may need additional support alongside hypnotherapy. It’s essential to approach it with an open mind and a genuine desire to quit smoking. If this is you, then contact me.

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The Law of Compensation

I thought I would talk about another one of the Spiritual Laws of the Universe – The Law of Compensation. Basically, according to it, you will receive what you put in. It states that everything we do creates an outcome equal to the effort we put in. It is similar to the universal law of cause and effect or the concept of karma. It is also related to the Law of Attraction, but instead with the idea that compensation can come in many forms. So, you reap what you sow and this reminds us to be careful about how you treat others and, indeed, the planet.

This universal principle implies that we are rewarded in direct proportion to the value we contribute to the universe and to others. It suggests that our actions, thoughts, and beliefs have consequences and, so, we receive back what we put into the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (American lecturer and philosopher) expressed this idea in his essay titled “Compensation,” which was first published in 1841. The essay is widely studied as an expression of Emerson’s philosophical beliefs about the interconnectedness of all things and the importance of living in harmony with the universe.

In it he reflects on the concept of compensation, emphasising that there is a balance or reciprocity in life. According to him, everything in the universe operates according to this principle: every action has an equal and opposite reaction. This is similar to Isaac Newton’s (English Mathematician, Physicist, Astronomer and Theologian) third law of motion, which states ‘when two objects interact, they exert equal and opposite forces on each other’.

Emerson said, “It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself”. He saw compensation as a ray of divinity, a present action of the soul of the world, unencumbered by tradition. To him, it was eternal love conversing with what always was and always must be.

Those who understand and live their lives in accordance with this law experience a sense of balance and fulfilment, while those who do not may encounter frustration and disappointment. So, embrace the Law of Compensation, and recognise that your actions reverberate through the universe, shaping your reality.

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Psyche Resilience

The Psyche is indeed a fascinating aspect of human experience. But what is it? Well in psychology, the psyche is the totality of the human mind, both conscious and unconscious. It encompasses our thoughts, emotions, and all the other intricate workings of our minds.

Having recently experienced some difficult times I know that it is also self-healing. The concept of self-healing within the psyche is fascinating to me. In moments of stress, trauma or adversity, our psyche often exhibits remarkable resilience. It’s like to a hidden force within us – a gentle whisper urging us to mend, adapt, and find a way through. Just as a wounded body heals, our psyche, too, seeks restoration.

I have written before about Third Man Syndrome – the phenomenon where people report situations where a presence, such as a spirit, provides comfort or support during a traumatic experience.

We are all mentally stronger than we realise and from time to time we are presented with a situation that proves it. Consider the following anonymous poetic reflection:

Psyche’s Resilience

In the labyrinth of our minds,

Where shadows dance and memories intertwine,

Lies a garden of resilience, evergreen,

Where Psyche tends to wounds unseen.

She weaves threads of hope and light,

Stitching broken pieces through the night,

Each tear, a testament to strength,

Each scar, a map of life’s journey’s length.

When storms rage and tempests howl,

Psyche gathers fragments, heart and soul,

Her touch, a balm for wounds that ache,

A whispered promise: “You’ll rise, awake.”

For within her chambers, secrets bloom,

Resilience sprouts—a fragrant bloom,

And though scars remain, etched in skin,

Psyche whispers, “Healing begins from within.”

So let us honour this self-healing grace,

Embrace our Psyche’s sacred space,

For in vulnerability, we find our might,

And Psyche dances on, bathed in light.

If you are struggling with mental health issues, don’t suffer in silence. There is help available. With Hypnotherapy, for example, you are able to examine your thought processes and beliefs. These can be the cause of emotional, physical, mental or even spiritual problems. Once identified, changes can be made to address these issues and improve your quality of life. To find out more, click here.

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Boundaries Guide

I recently did a series of workshops about creating and maintaining healthy personal boundaries and I thought I would share some of the keys messages with you now.

The importance of setting healthy limits, understanding their own comfort zones, and recognising the impact of boundaries on overall well-being is critical. We all need to have a comprehensive understanding of personal boundaries and their impact on mental and emotional well-being. Being able to define and articulate your unique personal boundaries without confrontation is a very useful skill.

Do you have some insight into narcissistic personalities? Recognising manipulative tactics and emotional blackmail. Being able to safeguard your emotional well-being when interacting with narcissistic personalities can save a lot of heartache.

Personal anxiety can be a barrier to establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries. Learning coping mechanisms, mindfulness techniques, and relaxation exercises can help you to empower you to manage anxiety effectively, thus promoting the establishment of robust personal boundaries.

Anger as a manifestation of breached boundaries is a real issue. Finding constructive ways to release anger, identify triggers, and channel their emotions positively is key. The goal is to empower yourself to handle anger in a healthy manner while reinforcing the importance of clear personal boundaries.

Having good self-awareness to identify unhealthy patterns such as of victimhood in our lives. Empowerment and resilience-building help to move towards breaking free from a victim mind set.

Forgiveness (both for others and ourselves) is a powerful tool for boundary setting. It can be liberating to forgive and shed emotional baggage, paving the way for the establishment of compassionate and firm boundaries.

Ensuring you practise self-care and self-love underpins good boundaries. Prioritise your well-being through intentional self-care routines and self-love rituals. This will reinforce your intrinsic worth and help you to establish boundaries that safeguard their mental, emotional, and physical health.

Finally, having a plan that is tailored to your unique needs and circumstances. This actionable plan ensure you have a practical roadmap for implementing and maintaining healthy boundaries in their daily lives.

Investing time and effort in developing strong boundaries is a fundamental act of self-care and personal growth. Unleash the power of boundaries –the subtle thread weaving through every aspect of your life; master it and watch your entire world transform.

Robert Frost (American Poet) said in his 1914 poem ‘Mending Wall’, “Good fences make good neighbours”. It’s such a powerful message that it’s become a proverb. Namely, that neighbours are best able to maintain positive relationships when they don’t intrude upon or harm each other.

I have prepared a useful guide to help establish and keep healthy boundaries. If you would like a copy, please contact me.