Old Myths, New Faces
The Shadow Out of Time
Towards a Personal Mythos
- Keep a Dream Journal – Keeping a Dream Journal is an easy way to train your subconscious mind to pay attention to your dreams. It sends a signal to your brain that dreaming is important to you and that you want to remember your dreams. Start simple. Keep a notepad or journal by your bedside. You can even use the electronic notepad on your phone if you find it convenient. Write down whatever is on your mind when you wake up, even if you don’t remember your dreams that night.
- Perform Reality-Checks – Reality-checks are anything that might alert you to the fact that you’re dreaming. One of the simplest techniques is the Light Switch Technique. Flip a light switch on and off. If you’re dreaming, it won’t work. (Seriously, try it). Another technique involves willing a number or letter you see to change. Look at a clock for instance, note the time, look away and look back. If you’re dreaming the number will be different (Not just one minute different either). These techniques are likely to induce a realization that you’re dreaming. In order to integrate them into your subconscious, you should perform three reality checks a day while you’re sure you’re awake. Try one at each meal. This way it will integrate into your subconscious and eventually you will do a reality check while you actually are dreaming.
- Hypnotherapy Assistance – Hypnotherapy can be used to induce a state similar, if not exactly the same, as the dream state. The state of hypnosis acts on a similar subconscious level and during hypnotherapy sessions, dream recall can be achieved. Further, the mind can have obstacles to lucid dreaming removed – and the paths to lucid dreaming and dream recall opened – through Ericksonian style hypnotherapy.
- Stay Grounded – It’s important not to get too excited when you realize you’re lucid dreaming. Your mind will have a tendency to become very excited when you realize you’ve achieved a lucid dream state. This excitement will usually wake you up. If you can become familiar with this state you can learn to be in it without the mind becoming overly excited. From there, the dream is yours!
Here at Sacramento Hypnotherapy we’re set on abolishing anxiety. That’s why we’ve declared this month Abolish Anxiety April! Our focus this month is on anxiety – that pesky uninvited guest that seems to turn up for so many of us when it’s least welcome.
Anxiety can be crippling, and for those of us who deal with it, it’s more than a matter of just “letting go” or “getting over it.” Anxiety can arise for a variety of reasons, and sometimes medication is a useful tool. However, sometimes medication doesn’t work and sometimes medications have unwanted side-effects.
The cause of anxiety can be chemical imbalance inthe brain, past-trauma, or repeated patterns of self-doubt brought on for a number of reasons. Hypnotherapy is a very effective tool for overcoming, and ultimately abolishing anxiety from your life.
Anxiety Myths & Facts
- Myth: Anxiety disorders are not very common.
- Fact: A little over 18 percent of American adults – nearly one in five – experience some type of anxiety disorder in any given year (NIMH, 2013).
- Myth: If you have an anxiety disorder, it is important to avoid stress and situations that make you feel ‘stressed.’
- Fact: Avoiding anxiety tends to reinforce it. People can be anxious and still do whatever they have to do with proper treatment. (ADAA, 2014).
How can we help you with anxiety? We would love to answer questions for you . You can email us by responding to this email, or give us a call today to find out more at 916-549-5109.
Happy Holidays to You! This month’s article invites us, in a very unique way, to take a look at what we may be holding on to that is weighing us down. We invite you to take a little time to reflect on what you can put down, if only for a little while, to lighten your heart.
As always, we would love to hear from you and please share this information with your loved ones as well.
All Our Best,
Maude & Your Friends at Sacramento Hypnotherapy
Life In The Trenches
Machine-gun fire, smoke, and artillery shells filled the air – a ghastly cacophony hanging over the damp trenches. The Western Front of World War I, dubbed the “War to End All Wars” – before World War II proved otherwise – was running full tilt by December of 1914. Trenches stretched across Europe – the lamps of innocence extinguished – trenches lined with young men facing death, and inflicting it in turn. Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman’s declaration that “war is hell” was being reiterated starkly on the battlefields of the continent that had seen empires rise and fall – but never before in such apocalyptic grandeur.
The Christmas Truce of 1914
As the holiday season came, it must have felt anything but joyful. In an effort at goodwill, Pope Benedict XV put forth a plea to the warring powers issuing a request “that the guns may fall silent at least upon the night the angels sang.” The plea fell on deaf ears. No official mandate of peace, no call for a ceasefire was issued. As far as the generals and presidents were concerned, the war would go on. But that’s not what happened.
No one is sure exactly where or how it began, but what is known is that over 100 years ago, on Christmas Eve, singing rose up from the trenches. Gunfire paused at multiple points along the trench lines across Europe. German, French, and British soldiers stopped shooting one another and crossed into no-man’s-land.
A letter from future writer Henry Williamson, 19 at the time reads:
“Dear Mother, I am writing from the trenches. It is 11 o’clock in the morning. Beside me is a coke fire, opposite me a ‘dug-out’ (wet) with straw in it. The ground is sloppy in the actual trench, but frozen elsewhere. In my mouth is a pipe presented by the Princess Mary. In the pipe is tobacco. Of course, you say. But wait. In the pipe is German tobacco. Haha, you say, from a prisoner or found in a captured trench. Oh dear, no! From a German soldier. Yes a live German soldier from his own trench. Yesterday the British & Germans met & shook hands in the ground between the trenches, & exchanged souvenirs, & shook hands. Yes, all day Xmas day, & as I write. Marvelous isn’t it?”
Bruce Bainster, another soldier wrote of the truce:
“I wouldn’t have missed that unique and weird Christmas Day for anything…”
Bainster went on to relate a tale of exchanging uniform buttons with a German officer.
Meals were exchanged, gifts were given, carols, and songs were sung. In some locations along the war line soccer matches were played between men who had been shooting at one another only hours before.
The Next Day
In some places the truce lasted through the day after Christmas. In others the truce didn’t occur at all. The following years there were scattered repeat truces, though less frequent as the war became more bitter with the introduction of poison gas, and officers were given direct orders to keep their men firing. Fraternizing with the enemy was condemned.
The holiday season – rightly named as the Solstice time contains not only Christmas, but the Norse Yule, the Jewish Channukah, modern Kwanza, and other holidays – has always been recognized as a time for renewal and refocus. The extraordinary example of the Christmas Truce of 1914 has a key lesson to teach us. If fighting soldiers were able to stop killing each other for a few hours in the name of the holiday spirit and bury their dead, swap gifts, and share in song and food, how much more can we do in our own lives?
Lessons of The Truce
We’re all fighting battles whether they be physical ones involving military service, or disease – or mental and less tangible ones, stress, financial trouble, grudges, or even just clinging to an idea of the world not in terms of what it is, but what we want it to be.
This holiday season let go of the battles and burdens you’ve carried throughout the year. If you’re carrying something around you aren’t sure you’re ready to let go of, perhaps this season can be an opportunity to try going without it. Just for a few hours, maybe just a day like the soldiers of 1914 did. The battles will still be there for you to fight and carry if you want them. But you might find, as did some of the soldiers in the following years, that even under orders, you don’t want to keep fighting. The division that plagues politics, the arguments and frustrations with loved ones – what battles are you fighting that you don’t need to fight right now? What burdens are you carrying that no longer serve you? Who are you still holding a grudge against that you can let go of?
This season presents an opportunity to think and reflect – where can I declare a truce in my life this holiday season? Where can I exercise mercy – even if it’s unwarranted?
Each night as we begin to drift towards sleep we pass through a state of natural hypnosis on our way to that sleep. As we awaken we also move through that state-the “bridge” between sleep and the waking state.
One or both of these times a day is a perfect opportunity to put the tool of visualization to work for you, as the mind is most open and powerful then.
Here are 3 easy steps to visualize the kind of relationship you desire, whether to bring new friendships or to you, or to maintain healthy, happy friendships, romances and family relationships.
1. Begin by allowing your mind to clear. Instead of pushing any thoughts out of your mind, simply allow any thoughts to move through your mind, just being aware of those thoughts.
Notice when those thoughts automatically, naturally, begin to slow down. Continue this process until the thoughts have slowed way down.
2. Visualize any aspect of a healthy and happy relationship that you would like to bring into (or bring more of) into your life. For example, you could imagine going somewhere with someone new, or talking and laughing, completely at ease with someone in your life. You could also imagine having an important conversation that would improve a relationship, with all parties involved listening and in agreement, becoming closer.
3. As much as you can, feel the emotions and feelings that you would like to incorporate into the visualization. For example, how would you feel if Mr. or Miss Right came into your life? How would it feel to spend a wonderful time with someone you love? How would it feel to have an important conversation and have it go well?
The subconscious mind takes everything literally, rather than analytically, like the conscious mind. Because of this, you are “training” the subconscious mind to bring you exactly what you want by practicing visualizing what you want! You can do a lot of visualizing in just a very short time, and it is has been proven to be very effective!
Questions about this Technique?