Imagination and Language: Being Aware of Active Change Creation

Paying Attention to Metamorphosis

One way to facilitate change (i.e., to experience the world differently) is by altering the way you notice, look at, listen for, and talk about it.

Do you think and say more about where you've been, or how or why you're stuck?

Or do you think and talk about what curious and wonderful things you're up to now, where you're going, or how how you're moving along?

(Also note that when I say "talk" or "say", I really mean "focus your communication on", including the listening part.)

The perception of your experience of the world is largely filtered through the language you use to characterize it, whether our loud, to yourself, or in your mind's eye — in your imagination.

A phenomenal way to access the shifts possible in your experience of the world (i.e., changing your situation) is by direct access to the realm of imagination — the subconscious.

How do you access the subconscious or unconscious mind?

If you ever meditate, dream, daydream, or occasionally have helpful insights in the time between when you wake up and when you get out of bed, then you're already accessing the unconscious realm. Do you ever get flashes of insight that seem to come from out of the blue while you're being active running, swimming, looking up at trees on a walk, or in a Pilates class with your favorite instructor? Done. See how easy that was and how many ways you can already do this?

Calling and focusing attention in a concentrated, yet relaxed way is a key component of hypnosis. The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis has referred to this state as one of inner absorption, concentration, and focused attention. The Mayo Clinic notes that this state, like meditation, is often described by a feeling of calm relaxation. It usually opens you up to desirable suggestion if that suggestion is in accordance with your will and preserves or enhances your well-being.

Various studies have demonstrated wide ranging physical, mental, and emotional benefits experienced through the hypnotic state. Hypnosis can
  • help improve deep sleep
  • ease symptoms of digestive and gastrointestinal issues
  • relieve chronic headaches and migraines
  • calm nerves, relieve stress and anxieties
  • ease pain

It is often said that all hypnosis is self hypnosis. Really, this reflects a belief that, in order to experience the greatest benefit from any hypnotic state (light trance, deep trance, self-induced, with a trained professional), YOU must be in full alignment with the change you seek and the possibility that the outcome will indeed show up for you. Being ready for transformation and desiring it to happen are enough to get you to begin to relax, concentrate, and turn your attention inward to your imagination ...

... where the magic happens.

As you may know if you've worked with me, the imaginative hypnotic state is not one in which the participant is out of control, asleep, or made to do anything she or he doesn't want to do. It is, conversely, a state of relaxing focused attention in which you follow the sound of my voice and allow us to take a journey together along the path of beneficial shifts in perception and experience.

One excellent way to get a taste of the hypnotic state is to set aside 20 minutes or so just for yourself; turn off your phone's ring tone, buzz, or vibrate; make sure the kids, pets, family members and any other entities that require your attention have been appropriately attended to; put on some decent headphones or earbuds; and listen to a meditative guided self-hypnosis recording.

An opportunity awaits!

I've produced a series of metamorphosis meditations, or self-hypnosis recordings, that I'm releasing over the next week. From the comfort of your own home, your own favorite chair, your own favorite garb, you can calm your mind, experience 20 minutes of complete relaxation, and discover clarity along a path to simply be you.

Freedom of self expression and true connection is what many of us strive for. At least I do. Do you? The recordings in this series align with that overall intention and bring us further along in our journey.

As I make each recording available, I'll let you know if you're a member of Crossroads Connections. You may choose to get each as it becomes available, or you may choose to download one a week instead. Either way, I recommend that you listen to one recording for at least three days, writing down any and all of the positive sensations or revelations that you recall from your experience after each session.

As with all of our encounters, let me know what else I can do to help you make the subtle and major metamorphoses you want to bring about in your personal or professional life.

Change is happening all the time. We can play an active role in the metamorphosis when we pay attention to the shifts and learn to listen to and speak the right language.