Expressing Freedom

Thinking About Making Your Positive Change?

Are you stuck in a rut, feeling trapped by unsettled emotions or wanting to find better balance in your life? You are not alone, many people have these feelings, yet accept that ‘that’s the way it is’ or ‘it’s just me’, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Being aware that something needs to change is the first step. Wanting to make that change is the second step, but where do you go next? If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll get the same results, so if the results you’ve been getting don’t work for you – TRY SOMETHING NEW!

For real, positive change to take place, often the programs that have been running in the subconscious part of our brain need to be re-written, generating new beliefs and behaviours. The right kind of hypnotherapy (use of hypnosis in psychotherapy) can play an important role in helping you to make your positive change and transform your life. Hypnotherapy helps you to begin to relax and change your focus, and gain a greater sense of awareness of what’s going on for you. This awareness opens your mind to other possibilities and so the seeds of change are sown…..

What is hypnosis?

Whatever you have seen on the television about stage hypnosis – people clucking like chickens – is nothing like hypnosis used in therapy. It is not a ‘miracle cure’ that is done to you, in therapeutic hypnosis you remain in control at all times. We all naturally enter states of hypnosis quite frequently, we just don’t think of it as being hypnosis. Daydreaming is an example, also driving your car and then suddenly wondering where the last 10 minutes went, because you can’t remember. With hypnotherapy, you will be guided into a state of deep relaxation, you remain aware of what’s going and in control. It is this relaxed state that makes communication directly with the subconscious possible and therefore, provides the means to re-write any programs that are no longer working for you, so that positive change can happen. It is completely safe and everything discussed during a therapy session is completely confidential.

Finding a good therapist

So, you’ve made the decision that you’re ready to make your own positive change, what’s the next step? Knowing someone who has already made positive changes in their life and contacting their therapist is always a great way forward. For positive change to happen you need to feel comfortable with your therapist, so check out their website, talk to them on the phone – do they inspire you and make you believe that you can make these changes?
What therapies do they use, is it just hypnosis or do they use a range of supporting therapies to suit your particular needs? Do they take an holistic approach – working with mind, body and soul? What qualifications do they have and are they registered with their professional body, such as the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC)? Being a member of a professional body means that the therapist is governed by that body’s Code of Ethics and you can expect them to behave in a professional and ethical way at all times. Are they a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists? CNHC’s register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

These are all things to consider and there are many good therapists out there, so take your time to choose the right one for you. Making positive changes is about starting your own therapeutic journey, a journey of discovery – treat it like an adventure! Your therapist will ‘walk’ with you and be your guide, as you find your way to success.

Undergoing Therapy

Reiki and Wellbeing

Reiki (pronounced ray-key), is Japanese: Rei meaning universally or spiritually guided and Ki meaning ‘Life Force Energy’.

It is a complementary therapy and was developed from ancient teachings by Dr Mikao Usui, who was a Japanese Buddhist. Reiki is the channelling of life force energy into the body, to promote healing on a physical, mental and emotional level. Where there is disease (dis-ease) or emotional disharmony in the body, the life force energy is not flowing through the body freely. This can often leave you feeling unmotivated, tired and with low mood.

A Reiki practitioner will channel this energy by placing their hands lightly on or around the body of the client, allowing the healing energy to flow through the body to where it is needed. This will help the client to feel more relaxed, reducing feelings of anxiety and promoting a greater sense of wellbeing. It is from a place of wellbeing that positive changes can be made.

The benefits of Reiki are not only felt by the client, but also by the Reiki Practitioner as they channel the energy. So to benefit from Reiki, you can either receive therapy from a Reiki Practitioner or train to be a Reiki Practitioner yourself. There are 3 Levels – Level 1 or First degree, which enables you to practice Self-Reiki, Level 2 or Second degree, which enables you to give Reiki therapy to clients and finally Level 3 or Reiki Master. A Reiki Master is also able to teach Reiki and offer attunements to Reiki students.

The Reiki Principles say:

Just for today

Do not Anger
Do not worry
Be humble
Be honest in your dealings with people
Be compassionate towards yourself and others.

By putting these Principles into practice, you learn to take responsibility for your own life and personal wellbeing.

Becoming a Reiki Master is a way of life as you practice Reiki on yourself and others, leading to greater wellbeing and inner peace. As a Reiki Master, I have noticed many changes in my life, both in the way I think, act and feel, and through teaching Reiki and offering Reiki treatments, I hope to share this with others.

My next Level 1 training is Sunday 25th June 2017 and Level 2 Saturday 7th October 2017. Places are limited, so please book early. Further details on my website.