There is a Zen story where a young novice approaches the master asking how he could achieve his wish of experiencing true enlightenment.
Without a word the master roughly grabbed the young man and dunked his head underwater in a nearby horse trough. He struggled for some time until the master released him, sputtering and gasping for air.
"When you desire enlightenment as much as you craved air just a moment ago, then you will find it," said the elder monk.
A bit extreme
Once upon a time there was a young woman who was walking through the forest. During her travels she came upon an old oil lamp which she opened, whereupon a genie emerged! The genie thanked her for freeing him and offered to be her eternal servant, but under one condition. She would always have to keep him occupied or he would devour her. She laughed, believing it would be easy to keep him occupied and agreed to his terms. Her first request was that he make her a dress worthy
The use of affirmations is a time tested means of cultivating a positive mindset. Essentially the method involves making self-statements where you state a desired goal as if it were currently true. Examples: "I am strong and confident." "I see myself as thin and healthy." "I choose to eat healthy foods in the right amount." It is known that if a suggestion is delivered repetitively and with emotion, eventually it will be accepted by the subconscious mind as true. Yet some peo
The ability to tell the difference between hunger and appetite is a crucial skill when it comes to reaching and maintaining a healthy body weight. Yet initially it may be difficult for you to make this important distinction. Hunger can be defined as the signal your body sends out when it needs food for fuel and repair. If you go too long without food, you may actually begin to feel lightheaded or weak. Appetite is the desire to eat apart from natural hunger and can be trigger
Are you at a place where you are testing the waters when it comes to make a personal transformation whether it be quitting smoking, losing weight or releasing unhealthy stress or fears? Would like some more info before making a decision?
The Life Enhancement Strategy Starter Kit can provide with insights on how hypnosis can help you move forward and whether it is right for you. It includes:
-Is Hypnosis Right for You? A concise e-book that explains the how and why of hypno
On Saturday, April 1 at noon, I will be hosting a free stress management class specifically for people who are learning to cope with tinnitus. It will be held in the 2nd floor conference room at my office building in Point Pleasant Beach. For some individuals the chronic ringing or buzzing of the ears can be a very stressful situation to deal with. Over time, it can have severe impact on your quality of life causing irritability and difficulty with concentration. Like with an
Test anxiety or nerves used to be a primarily a problem of the younger set, grammar school through college. However, nowadays more adults are going to back to school and an increasing number of professions now require standardized testing for hiring and promotion purposes. Quite often a person's financial security depends on passing "the test." Fear of test taking is not be confused with those with those situations where an unmotivated student doesn't put in enough time and e
I've received some puzzled looks over the years when mentioning that I assist people in learning to cope better with having tinnitus, a chronic ringing or buzzing of the years. Sure, most people have heard of using hypnosis to stop smoking, lose weight or overcome fears, but tinnitus? Tinnitus itself is not a disease, but rather a symptom. It is always essential that you receive a full medical workup before trying any self-help methods since in rare instances tinnitus can be
The magnetic resonance imaging machine or MRI is a medical innovation that has enabled doctors to receive detailed views of tissues and structures within the body to a degree that wasn't possible previously. However, due to the confined tube the patient has to lie in during the testing and the loud noise the machine produces, many patients are so anxious they cannot go through the procedure. Fortunately this type of fear can be reduced so that a patient can feel comfortable e
Have you ever watched an old time hourglass when you flipped it and the sand flowed from top to bottom? Unlike modern timepieces that operate with a very consistent rhythm, the sand in an hourglass moves very slowly at first and then picks up speed near the end. If you tried to push down on the sand at the beginning in order to speed things up, your pressure would actually cause the sand to jam in the narrow neck and its flow would grind to a halt. In my travels I have heard
On the surface positive change seems like it should be fairly simple. Just make rational decisions based on logic and reason. Easy right? Yet as the old saying goes, "if it's such a great idea, why aren't I doing it already?" The primary reason is that most of our behavior is automatic and subconscious. The deeper parts of the mind run habit patterns whether they are good, bad or neutral. Hypnosis is a process that uses a naturally altered state of consciousness to introduce