Letting Go of Old Stories

Have you ever been hypnotized?

Hypnosis is a focused state where your subconscious mind is more receptive. At least twice a day, every day, you experience hypnosis as the in-between state that unfolds while going to sleep and then again while waking up. As a naturally altered state, hypnosis also occurs spontaneously throughout your day.

As complex as humans are, you essentially have two minds: your conscious and your subconscious. Similar to the top of an iceberg, your conscious is the smaller mind. Your deep and powerful subconscious mind is always aware, even when you’re unconscious.

Your subconscious mind is the database of all your life experiences and archives this information as metaphors, images and stories. When you want changes in your life, change at the deepest level. Change your subconscious mind. Change the stories you tell yourself.

When I was working with the Maternal Goddess team towards becoming a contributor, I noticed old stories about rejection emerging from the dusty recesses of my subconscious mind when thinking about article writing. My fifteen years experience as a hypnotist came in handy in helping me expand my comfort zone.

I remembered a story by Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, a Family Practice Physician, Professor and author with a specialty in uniquely aboriginal styles of healing and health care. He tells of being a guest at a healing ceremony in a Canadian prison. A Cree Elder conducted the ceremony and as the process unfolded, a prisoner sitting in the circle asked a powerful question:

“My sentence ends soon, but everyone tells me that I will never be free. All the guards, all the medical doctors, the therapists and even other prisoners repeatedly tell me that I will be back. What hope do I have?”

The Elder leading the group thought for a moment and everyone waited quietly. Finally the leader replied:

“Oh, you just grew up with bad stories. You come and be with us when you get out of prison and we will give you good stories. We’ll give you stories that you can live by. You will be free and you will stay free.”

Dr. Mehl-Madrona understands the hypnotic power of stories in creating health and well-being. Your subconscious mind believes what you tell yourself. Be very careful about the thoughts and ideas you entertain in that space between your ears. Don’t believe everything you think.

When I watch a movie, no matter how moved I am emotionally, a part of me still knows that I am at a movie. A part of me remembers that the movie isn’t real. The very best movies, however, affect me deeply precisely because the writers, directors, actors and actresses have created a powerful enough story that – at least for a time – my subconscious can believe in.

What stories have you been telling yourself? How are you realizing that these old stories are no longer true? And what new stories can you create that serve you even better?

You may notice that my contributions to Maternal Goddess are different than most online articles. This is intentional.

Yes, stories are easier to read than academic articles. My purpose, however, is for you to create the wonderful changes that are supportive to you, your needs, and your life. One of the best ways to allow helpful and positive change is to read these stories and then forget about them. Let your wise subconscious mind do the rest of the work. Join me at Maternal Goddess and let’s explore how your strengths, intelligence and abilities can benefit you, your family and our communities.

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Shawn Gallagher, BA, BCH is a Board Certified Hypnotist in private practice in Toronto. As a childbirth educator since 1986, she created the ChildbirthJoy Prenatal Hypnosis series. Hypnosis and the other modalities can be used for many purposes, including childbirth preparation, overcoming fertility challenges, releasing fears, improving sleep, and more. Your subconscious mind governs 90 to 95 per cent of your thoughts, decisions and emotions – use the power of your mind to achieve the success that you envision. Request a free MP3 at: www.shawngallagher.com
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