The Key to Your Subconscious – Images, Feelings and Metaphors

guided imageryYour subconscious contains all of your memories, emotions, beliefs, programs, habits, preferences and drives. It controls all functions of your body, heals and balances you when you’re sleeping. It is the gateway to your other dimensions of your being: your spiritual energy, past lives, akashic record, parallel lives, your mythic reality, symbolic reality, transpersonal reality.  Your subconscious is really running the show. Or is it? Your subconscious mind has all this power, but takes its orders from your conscious mind. The thing is, most of us don’t know this and give the subconscious mixed signals. So how good would it be if you intentionally let your subconscious mind know what you want and if you could understand the messages the subconscious was giving you?

Two keys to influencing the power of your subconscious:

1) Understand that your subconscious doesn’t know the difference between what is ‘real’ and what is imagined. The classic example is to think, right now, of a lemon. A bright yellow, beautiful lemon. In your imagination, cut the lemon open and get a whiff of that lemon scent. Squeeze the lemon into your mouth and feel all the juice, tangy sourness, spreading through your mouth….. chances are, if you are really doing this exercise, by now you are salivating and you are really feeling the sourness of the lemon. Your subconscious treated the experience as real and your body responded.

2) Your subconscious speaks in images, feelings and metaphors. You were able to affect your subconscious mind only with the image of a lemon.  So, to give direction to your subconscious it is important to visualize what you want. Also, be aware of the images and metaphors your subconscious is sending you to get your attention on an important matter, to guide you, warn you, help you. They can come in the form of dreams, images, hunches, songs that spontaneously go through your head and even words.

So, putting these two things together, you can see how guided imagery, mind/body healing and hypnosis works. First, you relax. When you are in alpha brain wave level, in a state of relaxation, your conscious and subconscious start to merge and the communication is stronger. The subconscious is more open to learning and your conscious is less judgmental. Second, know exactly what you want and get a clear experience of it being true.  The more vivid the experience, the stronger the communication. Tell your subconscious what you want in positive, clear terms. This is the mental reality. Feel what you will be feeling when what you want is true. This is the emotional reality. See what you will be doing when what you want is true. This is the physical reality.  Together, you are giving your subconscious a clear order, one that it understands, one that is extremely powerful.

It is a good idea to get to know your subconscious. A magnificent Huna technique is to ask your subconscious what it wants its name to be – then whatever you get back, that is the name you call it. Get to know it. It is like a little child and will work best with you if you appreciate it and treat it gently. It is important to get its attention and three is a magic number. If you repeat something three times, your subconscious knows you mean business! Take three deep breaths, greet it, let it know what you want…three times. Thank it and send it love. Ask it questions. “What does my body need right now?” You might get a picture of an orange since your body needs vitamin c, or a walk outside since your body needs exercise and oxygen, or a picture of a hot bath and some downtime. “Why do I keep overeating?” You might get a childhood memory that comes up, a metaphor, a picture of anxiety and stress. “Where did I leave my car keys?” Remember, after communicating with your subconscious, always thank it and send it love.

It takes time sometimes to create a good relationship, because your subconscious is used to you just going on about this and that, giving it mixed messages, getting angry at it, fantasizing, etc. As you start to develop a more cooperative relationship with your subconscious and you start to communicate with positive intent, you will discover a whole world of possibilities opening before you – healing, clearing, discovering, creating. It is very exciting!

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Huna Breathing Techniques for Grounding, Energizing and Calming

Huna breathingThere are four phases to the breath: 1) Inhalation 2) Pause 3) Exhalation and 4) Pause again before your next inhalation. By controlling these phases you can activate and increase different energies to support you in whatever you need to do. As you begin to understand how this works, you will realize how powerful and useful this simple technique can be. I learned this Huna breathing technique in a training from the Huna Research Institute.

Looking at the picture, we see four elements and the four phases of the breath. The way to increase one energy in particular is to change the ratio of the breath.

An even ratio would be 1:1:1:1. Breathing in this way you would take a slow deep breath inhaling for one count, pausing for one count, exhaling for one count, pausing for one count before your next breath. Always place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth when breathing intentionally like this. If each breath was 4 seconds, then you would inhale for four seconds, pause for four seconds, exhale for four seconds, pause for four seconds. Everyone is different. Perhaps you’re more comfortable with a three second breath, or two, or five. Find what works best for you.

So, breathing in an even ratio of 1:1:1:1 would be balancing.

If you want to increase your energy, you increase the Fire element 2:0:1:0. This is known as the fire breath and would increase the fire element in you, energizing you. I also think it would increase your metabolism and burn blood sugar, but that is for you to find out.

If you want to calm yourself, use 1:1:2:0. This type of breathing is often used in Yoga and has been called the Breath of Enlightenment. It is very relaxing.

To ground yourself, increase the Earth element 1:1:1:2.

Practice with different ratios and combinations to find out what works best for you. As with anything Huna, you are the one who decides what works best for you not someone else.

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Center Yourself Anytime and Anywhere

Being CenteredWe all know that being centered is a good thing. When you are centered, you are grounded. You bring your energy back into  your body out of your head and out of projecting into the world. You are more able to respond to life instead of react since you are more present and aware.  In Huna, the fourth principle is Manawa – now is the moment of power. When you are centered, you are more confident and free because you have more choices. You are running your life instead of being on auto-pilot because you are more in the now moment in your heart instead of reacting to every thought that flies through your head. You feel peaceful and stress diminishes. Your perspective changes and is more open. You feel more loving and more loved since your are more in harmony with yourself and the world.

Nice! But how to get there, especially in these hectic, instant communication, overwhelming information, demanding days we currently live in?

For me, I turn once again to Huna. Huna is a modern term for a very ancient system of healing and spiritual development. It is believed to be over 35,000 years old and part of the original teachings of the earth centered in the Pacific. It is very pure and very powerful since the teachings have been virtually untouched by dogma since they were hidden for thousands of years. Huna literally means ‘secret’.

A Huna technique that will center you quickly is called Huna piko piko centeringpiko-piko breathing. Piko means center, so piko-piko means center-to-center. To do piko-piko breathing you take a deep, satisfying breath and put your attention as you inhale on the top of your head, your crown chakra. As you exhale you put your attention on your navel area, called the dan tien in martial arts. You don’t have to do anything special, just gently focus your attention on those areas as you breathe.

You can do this breathing technique no matter where you are and no matter what you are doing. It is very useful in stressful situations, when you need to feel more like Who you are, when you want to feel peace, and I’ve found it to be very effective in helping me get to sleep at night or back to sleep if I wake up full of thoughts. You will find that the more you do it, the more quickly you become centered and the more deeply centered you become.

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Transformational Healing

energy healing, mindbody healing, emotional healing

Artiist: Alex Grey (Alexgrey.com)

I always search for the core – what’s at the bottom, driving everything else. When it comes to healing, it is energy. In my practice I have learned to combine two extremely powerful healing modalities, EmoTrance and Hypnotherapy, to heal and release emotional wounds, blocks, limiting beliefs and trauma without spending hours and hours discussing issues, what’s broken or who’s to blame. We work directly with the energy body and the signals it is giving you right in the present moment with amazing results.

EmoTrance is a form of Energy Psychology, which is the name for a broad range of psychological treatments that utilize the human energy system during psychological treatment. It works by understanding that emotions are not a problem, regardless of their severity or whatever label is given to them. Emotions just reflect an underlying energetic injury. When you experienced the trauma, your energy body was damaged and the energy ceased to flow naturally. When you trigger the event through an experience or thought, the energy is activated but cannot flow resulting in emotional stress which can then eventually lead to physical problems. So physical issues also have energy stress as their underlying cause.

EmoTrance detects the energetic roots to emotional and physical problems and helps to restore the natural flow of the energy thereby releasing the problem. It works with the energy directly so you do not have to divulge or discuss the original trauma.

There are three main ways this healing works:

1) It keeps you in the present moment in your power, restoring channels, injured areas and systems of the energy body that were damaged from the trauma.

2) It finds pathways for energies which are stuck, held on to, or refused.

3) It detects the underlying roots of physiological sensations and emotional reactions in a person’s body and helps soften and release those blockages restoring flow.

Hypnotherapy goes deep within your subconscious mind where the memories, traumatic experiences and beliefs they created are stored. In a deeply relaxed state, your subconscious mind becomes open and we can easily communicate with it to restore harmony. The subconscious mind uses images and sensations to communicate, so using its own metaphors we create change down at the level where it all begins and provide what the subconscious requires to make healing ecological, complete and lasting.

Combining these two techniques, EmoTrance and Hypnotherapy, you can experience change more quickly than you ever imagined possible as we go to the very root of what is causing the problem. We don’t discuss the problem, but find it’s energectic core, allow it to flow, and create whatever harmony your subconscious requires to make it lasting and complete.

Whether you are suffering with an emotional or physical issue, the treatment is the same. A physical problem is just an emotional problem that’s been around a long time without release. Releasing the problem from your energy body and assuring a sound inner ecology will give you the healing you desire.

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What You Feel is More Important Than What Others Say

Believe in YourselfI am sure you have heard before that it is important to love yourself and here is a good reason why. Your personal vibration, beliefs and inner wounds change the way you experience life.  The more care you take to love yourself and care for yourself, the more you will see the world as a caring and loving place.   When your subconscious is mad, sad or feeling like a victim, it looks for experiences in the outer world and interprets things to validate that feeling. If you’ve activated your victim beliefs and wounds everyone will be out to get you.  “She really doesn’t like my dress. She’s just saying that so I’ll say something nice back to her.”  If you are in a good, happy mood you would see everything differently. “Oh, isn’t she nice to notice!” Our distortion of reality can even extend to inanimate objects. Your subconscious will go out of it’s way to find examples of the world treating you poorly. “This computer always messes up when I’m the busiest!” This inanimate object knows when you are the busiest and it even has the intention to frustrate you on purpose. “The traffic is always the worst when I’m in a hurry.” Your mind is telling you that everyone out there driving has one intention and that’s to delay you. Crazy, isn’t it? But we all do it.

So, when you are acting from a wound or limiting belief, what you are getting back from others, no matter what their intention is, is a reflection of your wound. You will totally miss their intention since you’re replacing it with your wound’s intention. So, what they say really doesn’t matter. They could be giving you a compliment, but you’ll see it as an insult. How you feel about yourself in any given moment is determining your experience of life. That’s one big reason why it’s so important to heal. You begin to have more and more clarity and to see the world more and more like it is instead of like you are.

It is not selfish to care for yourself, to do inner work and to heal your wounds. It’s the best gift you can give yourself, and the best gift you can give others. Take the time to meditate, do processes to help you heal and to clear your wounds and limiting beliefs. How you feel about yourself totally affects how you experience life. It is the most important work you can do!

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Happiness is Within You

Happiness is WithinMost of us spend a lifetime chasing down happiness…and it somehow is so elusive. I’ll be happy when I graduate, I’ll be happy when I’m married, I’ll be happy when we have a house, I’ll be happy when my bills are paid, etc. Even when we achieve a goal, there is always another one.

Now, here is the beauty of Begin Within. Happiness is always inside of you. It is always there, but gets covered up by other emotions. All of these emotions are triggered by what’s going on outside of you, but the happiness, love, joy or any other emotion resides inside… all the time. You can wait for something outside of you to trigger happiness, or you can take command and trigger it yourself. You subconscious doesn’t know the difference between what’s going on outside your mind or inside your mind. If you imagine a time when you were happy, or imagine what it would be like to be on that vacation, or get that new car, or be in love, or anything else that makes you feel happy, you will trigger it. Happiness will well up inside of you.

So, try this. Take a few deep breaths. This does a few things: 1) it gets your subconscious’ attention. You subconscious is usually in charge or breathing so when you take charge of it, you get its attention, and 2) it relaxes you. All inner work depends on being relaxed. When you relax, you open and your energy flows. Very important.
Now, think of something that makes you happy. Feel it with all your senses like you’re are really there and it’s really happening. You will start to feel happy. It’s an energy in your body combined with a story you are telling yourself. Expand it. Make it more and more powerful. Now, tell yourself “Everytime I do this exercise I will feel more and more happiness faster and faster.”

We forget that we are in charge of our feelings. Happiness is inside you all of the time, just waiting for you to focus on it! When you are happy from your inner place,  you radiate happiness. There is no fear that it will be taken from you. It is authentic. It is real.

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How to Clear Your Own Negativity

Negativity hurts. Have you ever had the experience where everything was fine, you’re in a great mood and have great intentions for a certain event that is about to happen. Suddenly, something happens, and it’s like a troll has jumped up from under the bridge, dragging you down into its anger, sadness, irritability, dread or depression. What happened? You’ve been triggered. Something in your outside world just triggered those feelings within you that sucked all the enthusiasm and joy out of you. How do we keep this ugly troll from ruining your wonderful moods, great intentions and high vibrations?

First, you can’t have a reaction to something in your outer world unless you are carrying the same energy within you. If someone is demanding and it makes you angry, look within to see how you are demanding. It might not be comfortable and it requires a good deal of honesty, but search and find it. It is human nature to deny what we don’t want to see in ourselves. When we refuse to see a bad quality and repress it, we will then project it into the outer world. Everyone or every situation that exhibits that same quality will be particularly bothersome. You’ll react and the troll will drag you into its lair. This is a good thing actually because the world is reflecting back to you the parts of you that you need to heal.

So, now you are aware of the issue, the healing and clearing comes next. To heal and clear your own negativity so you can stop projecting it out into the world, you need to use your awareness again. When you notice the negative charge coming up in you, don’t get mad at it or try to push it away. It’s our instinct to resist and push away what we don’t want, but that’s how it got suppressed in the first place. This time, when you notice it, accept the feeling and allow it to be instead of rejecting it. Love heals; resistance causes stress and actually gives the negativity more power. So, recognize it, allow it to be and then ask the spiritual part of you (God, the Universe, Goddess, Higher Self – whatever you call this part of you) to heal it.
Here is an example. Let’s say controlling people anger you. When you feel controlled, or even when you see it happening to someone else through another person or the media, you react with anger. You just can’t stand it when people, governments, or whatever it is tries to control and dictate what is right and manipulates or forces you to do their bidding. So control is the issue. Now, look at yourself and find all the ways that you may be controlling to others, to situations, or even to yourself. Take your time and be honest. The more ways you are aware that you are doing this yourself, the more complete your healing will be. Now, when the issue is triggered and all the anger comes up you will recognize that it is something in you that you can heal. This is a lot more powerful than being a victim! Say, “Oh, this is my anger about control. I recognize and accept that I feel this way. Spirit (or God, Goddess, Universe, angels, etc.) heal this within me.” It’s that simple. It works the same way with fear and sadness.
So, two things have happened now. First, since you are now aware, you have a choice. Also, you are identifying with the greater part of you, not the angry fragment that’s been in denial and is projecting itself out. You are no longer IT, you are separate from it. This gives you the power. Every time you clear in this way, the energy of the charge will dissipate more. You’ll notice the troll jumps up at you less and less and when it does catch you off guard, you’ll be ready. This takes practice but really, really works.
Awareness and acceptance will clear your negativity and bring you inner peace, freedom and personal power. Remember….Begin Within.

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