'The greatest thing of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes'
William James (1842-1910)
Like many others, I was lured into psychology in part due to the hundreds of thousands of "self-help" books which are freely available today. Whether you are in the airport or the high street every book shop has a healthy selection of these tomes. During my day to day work with clients I am often asked to recommend a book which might provide inspiration, direction or hope in their individual situation. All of these books convey an important message to the interested reader.
There is one message which every single one puts across in their own way - the fact that each and every individual has the power to choose their own thoughts in whatever circumstance they are faced with. The quote at the top of this page infers that this concept only came into our awareness 170 years ago. Yet, one can find many such messages within the covers of the Bible. For example "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them" (Mark 11.24).
I frequently find myself saying "what the mind can perceive, the mind can believe and the mind can achieve" or "your thoughts control your emotions and therefore your actions". Certainly the easy availability of the many self-help books during the last 60 years has helped to convey this message to millions of people and enabled them to perceive that they can take control of their thoughts and therefore their lives.
The fact that you can choose your thoughts is the most important fact to understand and assimilate into your psyche if you want to be successful in whatever is important to you. If you cannot "see" that something is possible, it won't be".but if you can begin to see, even the slightest glimmer of possibility that something might be possible, you are allowing yourself the opportunity of success.
Whether your interest is in improving your golf, or overcoming a fear, or fighting a disease such as cancer, the most important start point is to firstly know that you can choose your thoughts, and secondly that the things you focus on most are most likely to happen. It would seem that human beings have an instinctive ability to dwell on the negative, thus spending energy and brain power on everything that they do NOT want to happen (or has happened) and attracting exactly that (or more of that) into their lives.
It is essential to find a way to switch off this instinctive attraction to the negative and switch to a different channel. What is instinctive, however, lies within the domain of the unconscious mind - it just happens. And the more you try to NOT let it happen, the more it does happen. It is important to understand how your mind - unconscious and conscious - works in order to get it to work for you.
Hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programming provide a set of tools which can be used to do exactly this - to get your mind working for you, to focus vividly upon what you want to happen and to draw it into your life. Many people think of hypnosis as frightening or "airy-fairy", but this is because they do not understand what it is. It is a natural phenomena, it is like meditation, it is a state of relaxation at one with a state of heightened awareness. Hypnosis allows access to the unconscious mind. This does not mean you are unconscious - you are aware, your are focused.
Trance has been used for centuries. I am going to leave you now with one last thought. Whether or not you believe in religion, think about the process of going to church and what happens in church. One goes to a quiet, calm, place and prays and sings and chants and gives thanks for what they have and prays for what they would like to happen. I.e. Relax, focus, believe, think positively.
The fact is, the knowledge that one can alter their life by altering their attitude has been within us for centuries. In the modern day this concept has been dressed up and repackaged under different names. The thing to remember is that anything which helps you to relax and focus positively, will help you achieve your goals and to live your dreams.
Roseanna Leaton, specialist in hypnosis downloads.
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