A life coach is your personal collaborator that you hire to help assist you with your personal development, especially in the areas of setting and achieving specific goals. As a life coach I am here to guide you in identifying a plan that you can stick to. With your goal in mind we spend time sorting out what's working from what's not, then we use varying tools and techniques to refine your route and map out the plan that will help you to best realize your goals. By collaborating together you are better able to experiment with different perspectives that allow you to get a clear picture of the visions, thoughts, words and actions that you need to adopt to reach your goals. Once on track, I am here to help inspire and hold you accountable for taking action.
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Life coaching connects you to what's right and already working inside of you. A life coach recognizes your greatness so that you can also see it. Once you get a glimpse of your authentic self, you will feel inspired to bring the whole you into focus. By aligning body, mind, emotions and spirit, you will easily step forward into the life you've always known you were meant to experience. Coaching helps you to reveal the real you—so that you can do and have a meaningful and purposeful life.
You are a sacred being. You are capable and loveable. You will constantly reveal more of yourself during your lifetime. As you come to know and trust yourself you will discover your unique talents and gifts. In this process of knowing the real you, you are then better able to connect to others and will want to share your individual perspective, gifts and talents. Feeling a sense of service and gratitude, you will experience the gift of joy and compassion that we all hope for.
Hypnotherapy is a natural approach to healing body, mind and spirit. Combining carefully scripted guided imagery and deep relaxation, hypnosis produces a natural state of highly focused concentration that connects you to your subconscious mind. Used by athletes, scientists, creators and others to achieve higher levels of performance and happiness, hypnotherapy produces the Aha! moments that precede all significant changes in life.
In 1958, the American Medical Association approved a report on the medical uses of hypnosis. Two years later the American Psychological Association endorsed hypnosis as a branch of psychology. Today, hypnosis is more widely used than ever before. Some of the uses are pain management, anxiety, weight loss, pre surgery anxiety, habit control, relaxation, and to enhance sports performance, forensics, learning, physical therapy, rehabilitation, HypnoBirthing and more.
The most important fact for you to know is "hypnosis" or "the hypnotic state" is a natural state of being that we all enjoy every day. We most often experience it right before falling asleep or right before waking up. Many of us experience it while driving. Let me ask you a question to help you better understand. Can you recall at time while driving that you were so engaged in your thoughts that you suddenly arrived at your destination hardly able to recall your trip? Or, can you recall a time when you were so engaged in watching a movie that when it ended you felt suddenly out of place? This is how it feels to be in the hypnotic state.
Your conscious mind is responsible for analyzing, thinking, planning and short-term memory. Your subconscious mind is responsible for nearly everything else....long term memory, emotions and feelings, habits, relationships, patterns, addictions, involuntary bodily functions, creativity, developmental stages, spiritual connection and intuition, to name just a few. It is also important to know that our subconscious mind cannot process a negative. It perceives everything as real. The subconscious mind is always open to suggestion, but it is accessed more effectively while in the hypnotic state. This is why athletes use hypnosis to improve performance. They literally can practice perfectly over and over without taxing their bodies. I think Muhammad Ali put it best. "If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it - then I can achieve it." This is the heart of hypnotherapy...if you can create an experiential vision...one that ignites your emotions helping you to feel it... you will be better able to hold on to that vision until it is realized. This all matters because emotions and the imagination reside in the subconscious. In an emotional state, we are motivated to proceed in the direction of what we are imagining. Emotion is the fuel of the subconscious while imagination is the language.
We often use hypnotherapy to help us replace unhealthy or unwanted habits with one of our conscious choosing. Habits are those repetitive behaviors that you do "without thinking." Thinking is a function of the conscious, and everything else is in the subconscious. A habit is usually eliminated by replacing it with another. Some habits are easier to eliminate than others, and if they are firmly held in the subconscious, they may require finding the causes and removing them
We have learned that the mind operates differently depending on the frequency of the electricity generated by the exchange of chemicals in the neural pathways. We spend a majority of our time in full conscious awareness where the frequency is measured in beta waves. This is our fastest brain wave activity. Here we are fully awake, completely alert, and able to participate in physical activity. Our mind is attentive and uses logic to reason, evaluate, assess, judge, and make decisions. We are in touch with our emotional sensations such as anger, worry, fear, anxiety, tension, surprise, hunger and excitement. As we begin to relax into the daydreaming state our brain activity slows down. We begin to utilize our gift of imagination as a key to the door between the conscious and subconscious mind. When your brain activity slows down and begins to flow into the daydreaming state it is measured in alpha waves. In this state of beginning relaxation your mind is relaxed but alert. Here a person is capable of accelerated learning, healing of psychosomatic illnesses, increased creativity and memory improvement. You experience a sense of well-being, pleasure and tranquility. As your brain continues to slow down, reaching the level of theta wave activity, you experience even deeper levels of tranquility, creativity and the deepest levels of relaxation. You are restful yet alert, you experience an increased efficiency in problem solving, perceptual processing and memory retention.
It's also important to know that your brain activity flows between the alpha and theta state while in the hypnotic state. This means you might feel like you are more deeply relaxed and more caught up in your imagination at times and less at others. While in the hypnotic state the doorway between the conscious and the subconscious is opened, memories become easily accessible, and new information is stored. In the hypnotic state, you are not really "thinking" in the traditional sense. You are "experiencing" without questioning, without critical judgment or analysis, like when you watch a movie. It is here that as your hypnotherapist can make suggestions that are very likely to "stick." The beauty is that without the conscious mind's critic and judge getting in the way...you improve the possibility of making the changes you desire.
To put it another way....
The power of the hypnotic state resides in your ability to bypass the critical jabbering of your conscious mind. Yes, our conscious mind isn't always our best friend. It often gets caught up in coping. It rationalizes, justifies, excuses and denies, projects, transfers, represses, reacts, displaces, intellectualizes, and sublimates in order to keep things the same. Sometimes we just need to get to the source in order to access our true power. Fortunately, a suggestion received into the subs-conscious mind can propel one toward a desired goal or change behavior in a positive and permanent way.
Sadly, Hollywood has used hypnosis as a way to scare people into believing that someone else can control your mind even though the truth is you are always in control. In order for you to enter the hypnotic state you must choose to want it to happen... allow it to happen. No one can guide you there by force, not even Kaa from The Jungle Book. Your will overrides everything. To best explain, stage hypnotism is a form of entertainment for crowds. Stage hypnosis works because some people have a bigger desire to be center of attention and a need to please than anything else. By choosing attention and pleasing it is thought that they give permission to go against their own inner fear suppressors. Bottom line: it's more rewarding. Generally speaking, if two or more emotions are in conflict, the dominant one wins out over the weaker. In your quest for success and self-improvement, the subconscious can be your master or your greatest ally.