Pleasure is its own principle – we seek it for its own good. Oftentimes, we’ll do things precisely for the pleasure. We only stop to think about the activity or issue if it becomes a problem: if despite its short-term pleasure it is detrimental to our overall happiness.
“Happiness” has traditionally been understood as long-lived and useful, often attained in relationships, and typically doesn’t lead to addictions or dependence. In contrast, “pleasure” has been short-lived, fast and fleeting, and can lead to addictions. In the abstract, we can probably see or even “feel” the difference, even when we don’t articulate it as a difference between “happiness” and “pleasure.”
It isn’t just a difference of words, however. There is at least one way to measure the distinction. Happiness is built on serotonin, a hormone produced by the brain that relaxes the body and calms the mind, provides a feeling of general satisfaction and contentmen...
I will be offering a free introduction to self-hypnosis class this coming Thursday evening at 7pm. Learn how self-hypnosis works, how to make it work for you, and start with a guided hypnosis experience to get you grounded! Totally free - no obligation, no strings.
If you want to go deeper and learn more, there will be two more classes (the following two Thursday evenings), and registration for the whole series is $110, and includes a book and CD. But no pressure. You'll learn what you need to get started using self-hypnosis in the first, free evening!
To learn more, visit my website at www.WholeHealth.today/self-hypnosis. Advance registration for the free class isn't required, but it is appreciated so I know how many materials to have on hand.
Behind my house is a large patch of blackberries. Himalayan Blackberries, big and sweet, but with thorns and stalks that are big and stiff, too. Hacking them back is a chore, but there are sweet rewards, too. The last time I trimmed them back I really went to town. I jumped in and hacked and picked, hack-hack-hack, pick-pick-pick, hack-pick, hack-pick. You get the idea. When I came inside afterwards and washed the grit, grime and blackberry juice from my arms, I noticed how many scratches, cuts, scrapes I’d collected. And they even started to hurt! Surely, you’ve experienced something similar at some point.
Now, it wasn’t as if I had lost and suddenly regained the sense of feeling in my arms. I hadn’t applied a topical anesthetic that instantly wore off. What probably happened was that I was just so focused on the work (and the occasional berry-break) that I was able to unthinkingly ignore the scratches and snags. It also probably helped that I knew that the tho...
It isn’t unusual for people to come to me with their own ideas about what hypnosis is or ought to feel like. Sometimes those ideas are close to the mark, but often they are way off. That’s understandable, of course, since popular culture is fascinated by things like “mind control”, unconscious actions, and undetectable coercion. That couldn’t be further from what hypnosis actually is, but actual hypnosis wouldn’t make an interesting Hollywood plot device, so we can’t expect movies and stage shows to give accurate information.
One of the first conversations I have with people interested in hypnosis is what hypnosis really is, and isn’t.
First, hypnosis is safe and natural. It happens all the time - literally many times a day. It is there when we learn, when we daydream, when we are entertained, when we are moved to tears, when we vividly remember. Hypnosis is, simply, openness to suggestion. When you hear a song on the radio from your childhood and instantly you remember exactly where you...
Basically, there are two types of hypnosis. (Really, there are as many “types” of hypnosis as there are hypnotists. But I’m generalizing styles and techniques into two broad categories.)
The first is “Direct Suggestion.” This is when we get you into a trance and I simply tell you good things about yourself. “You are confident. You are a non-smoker. You eat only healthy foods and only when it is healthy to eat them. You are comfortable and pain-free.” And so on.
Direct Suggestion is a legitimate and effective hypnotic technique. As far as it goes. The main problem with Direct Suggestion is that it often doesn’t last. Generally, when considered successful, Direct Suggestion lasts about a week, maybe two at most. And then it “wears off.” That is because the underlying issue, the “root cause”, remains unaffected. Typically an individual relying on direct suggestion must continually reinforce it with either frequent visits to the hypnotist or listening to a recording.
When I started my hypnosis practice it was kind of a joke to me. The two issues hypnosis is best known for are weight loss and smoking cessation. And those were two areas I had absolutely no interest working with.
Then I had my first quit-smoking client.
Wham! They quit, and both of us could see right away the drastic change and improvement in their life. They were happier, healthier, more positive, less stressed and less anxious. They were thrilled. Their spouse was thrilled. They smelled better, looked better, felt better. They walked away from our sessions a non-smoker for life, and they knew they would never go back.
And I was hooked.
Smokers have two things going for them that few of us have: clear, compelling desire to quit smoking, and the support of our culture, their families, and their bodies.
Smokers want to quit, and you can see it in their faces, hear it in their voices, see it in their fidgety limbs and distracted looks around the room. They want it so bad, but they also...
To serve my West Seattle, White Center and Burien clients better, I am opening an additional office in West Seattle, starting in 2018!
WholeHealth Hypnosis was born in West Seattle, and earlier this past year outgrew its space and re-opened in the Mt. Baker neighborhood, just 20 minutes away. I am thrilled that the tremendous success and increased demand has made opening a second location back in West Seattle a logical next step!
I am partnering with Inner Alchemy to provide hypnosis, hypnotherapy and related services to the community on Wednesdays. Be on the lookout for upcoming classes in self-hypnosis and other exciting modalities in the coming months!
Located on 35th Ave SW, Inner Alchemy is a consortium of healers and helping professions dedicated to providing a safe space for healing, health, and growth in West Seattle. I am really excited to be joining them.
Contact me if you have any questions or interest in hypnosis or hypnotherapy, in Seattle or West Seattle!
You've wanted to quit. You may have tried to quit. Probably a couple times. But you just couldn't do it. You started up again - you may have even been thinking "Why am I doing this? I don't want this." While you lit up or dipped again.
You want to quit, but on some level you need to keep smoking or chewing. That's why it is called an addiction.
I can help.
I have a tremendous success rate at helping people stop smoking and chewing. In fact, no one who has ever come to me and wanted to stop has failed to stop. For good.
How would it feel to be a non-smoker? To be free from the cost, inconvenience, and social stigma associated with smoking or chewing? You can have that.
Most people start experiencing change from the very first session. We make the changes deep, real and lasting through the fourth and fifth sessions. In a matter of three or four week...