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Edmonton Hypnotherapy CEO Mindset Daily Newsletter-29

In the last email (email 28) I offered a simple exercise designed to increase your understanding of how the subconscious mind operates. I encouraged you to be curious about the process involved. If we are to become the CEO of our lives we must be willing to look at the process of learning.

When we ask our minds to become accustomed to something new, we must realize that we are asking it to learn.  The mind will always want to return to the most familiar way of being and so, patience is required. Becoming aware of the process is key.

Before we move on in this series I would like to offer you another little exercise designed to further increase your understanding of, and respect for the subconscious mind.

In your kitchen, you most likely have a drawer that holds a utensil tray. You likely go to this drawer regularly. You get a spoon for your coffee, a knife and fork for your meals, and a range of other utensils are used when you cook food.

When you need a utensil you automatically go to this drawer without much thought. In fact, moving to the drawer has become a neurological hard-wired habit that is engrained in your cellular memory.

I encourage you to take the utensil tray out of its current drawer and move it to a different drawer in your kitchen.

Over the course of the next few days you will begin to become aware of a learning process.

Initially, because of the novelty, going to the new drawer may be easy. However, you are likely to notice instances when your body naturally moves towards the old drawer. You may even find yourself opening the drawer, looking in, and being genuinely surprised to see that your spoons, forks, and knives are missing!

Sometimes, you may simply place your hand on the drawer, come to awareness, and remember that you have moved the utensils. Over a period, you will interrupt your old pattern and remember to go to the new place. You will begin to form a natural easy habit of going to the appropriate drawer.

Then most likely the day will come when you are out of sorts and find yourself going to the old drawer once again.

This is often the time when people people say to themselves “damnit! I will never get this, may as well put the utensils back to their original place!”

However, when we remember that the subconscious mind is a learning machine we can instead say to ourselves “well, that’s ok. I guess my subconscious mind is still in learning mode and has not yet fully associated with the utensils being in a new place.”

Both the chair and the utensil exercise are seemingly small examples of becoming more aware of the change process. However, they offer us valuable insights about the mind. Be curious and be willing to experiment.

Again, please remember that this series is incremental. Taking the time to review past emails in in your best interest.

Terri Lee Cooper MSc. RSW

The majority of individuals who access services at Hypnosis for Life have, at one time or another: 1) made good use of traditional clinical psychology services  2) made good use of needed medication  3) attended community funded support programs (community counselling, 12 step programs and/or treatment centers).

These options provide initial needed relief, however, relapse is common. Challenges tend to re-occur until the subconscious mind has fully accepted and absorbed new paths of least resistance (aka cow paths).



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