Updated: Nov 19, 2018
I was reading my friend's book the other day, The Love Revolution by Erin Lewis. As I was reading I was thinking about the parallels between meditation and hypnotherapy. I'm not saying you should replace meditation with hypnotherapy, but if you suffer from stress or anxiety, both can benefit you.
I was reading my friend's book the other day, The Love Revolution by Erin Lewis. As I was reading I was thinking about the parallels between meditation and hypnotherapy. I'm not saying you should replace meditation with hypnotherapy, but if you suffer from stress or anxiety, both can benefit you. Hypnotherapy works by putting you into a theta trance, similar to meditation, it then uses suggestion to work with bringing the system into a deep state of relaxation, re-training the unconscious to a new relaxed 'set point'. By reminding the body is is safe and that the fight or flight response is not necessary, the bodies bio-chemistry changes. You move into a parasympathetic mode in which the immune system is supported. Both meditation and hypnotherapy work bio-chemically, effecting the whole system. By finding the space for daily practise you can bring about profound change physically, mentally and spiritually.
Here is the bit of The Love Revolution that got me thinking:
....we can control our cells with our emotional biochemistry, and therefore influence our DNA. The mind is the cause and the body is the effect of all the thoughts and beliefs we have. Our thoughts create emotions, which create the release of chemicals and the brain efficiently pumps these chemicals to all of our cells.
When we are stressed, the fight or flight response produces stress hormones into our bloodstream to help us fight and run. But in our daily life, these hormones can run wild, as we are not discharging them like we were made to. Adrenaline increases our heart rate and elevates our blood pressure, which gives us a hit of energy that we don't usually use, and Cortisol, which increases our blood sugars and fires up our brain, so we can react with speed. Again, we don't often use it.
So we have a power rush through our body that gives us a high, and after that high there is a low. All those chemicals have to go somewhere, and they do, into our cells. These chemicals keep the cells peaking and crashing with energy and when this process is repeated for a sustained amount of time we can develop some severe stress disorders.
Too much stress shrinks the part of the brain which stores memories, meaning it is hard to remember things and also hard to learn. It also makes it extremely difficult to think straight, which is when we instinctively crave sugar and fat, as these are high-energy fuel. But of course, if we are not outrunning a predator, we will just gain weight.
Our immune system gets turned off with the fight/flight response, as does our digestive system, leaving us susceptible to bugs and viruses, and stomach disorders. Add to this the chronic pain from muscles that are tensed for action, and it is enough to stress you out!
Stress creates fear, which creates stress, which creates even more fear, and so it goes.
We have fear as an instinctual self-defence, which is good, but not usually necessary. Remember feelings are just energy, and it is OK to express and process these emotions. In fact, it is more than OK! It's a blessing. If we can feel it, we can heal it. We are emptying out and creating new space inside for love.
If it needs to be expressed, then express: it it needs to be processed then process. But don't wallow. If something is brewing take the opportunity to release it.....
Then she goes onto say:
Stress is a physical and emotional response to fear. Let's call it! Stress is a fearful reaction to life. So next time you feel stressed, ask yourself what you are afraid of. The energy of fear is destructive to your cells and your confidence, preventing you from reaching your true magnificence, your full potential. The body will produce either stress hormones or restorative hormones; you cannot produce both at the same time. So, if you are always stressed, you are never restoring. Sad but true.
Do not fear the fear. You are safe. And once you know you are safe while working with these emotions, you can work with them in a meditative space by allowing them to flow out of the body, lovingly. It is powerfully transformational, and you will feel old 'stuff' releasing from within your mind and your cells. You will create a new wet point for your cells, and therefore your health and life. You will be happy in your skin, completely independent from outside influences. And that happiness will shine out of you. You will radiate with love....
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