I’m nervous. And anxious. Simultaneously freezing and perspiring. Am I naked?! …perhaps I need to hypnotize myself for writer’s block; I’m rarely at a loss for words. I’ve never blogged before and given the gravity behind this personal movement, I’m feeling a lotta pressure to perform.
Breathe deep and “surrender to the flow….”
I started smoking cigarettes when I was a 15-year old rebel-child who didn’t know anything about regret, and didn’t have the foresight to care. I maintained a love/hate relationship with smoking until I decided to make a change nearly 15 years later. A successful “quitter” for all of eight weeks, I decided I could take a drag or two while drinking, or just bum one smoke, and eventually bought a packfor the nite. Before I even realized, I was back on the butts full time. I repeated that cycle for six years.
In early December 2012, I made an appointment to get hypnotized to quit for good. I was astonished to realize all of the matters hypnotherapy can tackle:insomnia, PMS, post-traumatic stress disorder, smoking, drinking, nail biting, WRITER’S BLOCK, pain management, past life regression (wait…what?!), phobias…you name it; hypnosis addresses it! The therapy was relaxing and liberating, gentle and enjoyable (thank you, Meredith Everett). I felt energized and rejuvenated; awakened. And by the way, I haven’t smoked or had the desire to smoke since.
Months later, I resumed the soul searching I had put on hold years before. I realized the strength of my innate desire to help and take care of people…I’ve been trying to “fix” (I mean that in the best way possible, y’all…we’re all “broken” on some level) my friends and family for as long as I can remember, and am actually quite fond of doling out advice. I love tweaking peoples’ perspectives and playing Devil’s Advocate in an effort to expose the opposition. In the meantime, I’ve forever been a firm believer in the power of positive thinking, as well as a proponent for cultivating positive self-dialogue: be nice to yourselves, People. You’re the only you you’ve got!
Sooooo….given my craving to help people help themselves, I am becoming a hypnotherapist. Right now, I don’t know a whole lot about what that means beyond accessing the subconscious mind and formulating effective suggestions, but it’s not as creepy as it sounds. Promise. I begin my training TONITE and intend to document my journey here. Thanks for joining me!