Fears and Phobias – sorted with Hypnotherapy

Screen shot 2015-06-24 at 3.55.41 PMThe vast majority of people have some kind of phobia and there is a very long list of them with their official very long names! Among the most common are, for instance, fear of flying; fear of crowds and / or public speaking; fear of enclosed spaces; fear of fire or water; fear of particular animals and so on.

For much of the time people with a phobia can somehow work around it but when it reaches a point when the phobia is having a negative impact on that person’s life, that is the time to do something about it!

In my many years of working with hypnotherapy and past life regression, I have to say that almost invariably a phobia can be traced back to a past life trauma. Not always of course – a fear of dogs may come from having been attacked or bitten by a dog in childhood – but I would still check to see if that chimes with a similar incident in a past life.

Past life work is my passion, and it still makes me smile when I work with a client and uncover one or more past lives that explain the root cause of the given phobia. The examples are endless, and all make perfect sense: let me share a few with you to give you an idea.

A woman who told me she was fine being by the sea but could not stand being by a lake or a river went back to a life as a street urchin in London. The young boy ran errands for an inn-keeper in exchange for board and lodging, often delivering packages on a strict, “ask no questions” basis. A few years later, the boy was doing similar work for one of the London gangs, and had done something to upset them. His punishment was to be tied hand and foot and thrown into the Thames: not a nice ending.

A woman came to see me with a complicated cocktail of emotional issues, including not feeling loved or wanted; an obsession with food; and wanting to have children but at the same time being very unsure about that whole thing. We found a very short, sad life where she was a young baby who was just one mouth too many to feed, and who had been thrown down a deep well and buried alive. Can you imagine the feelings and emotions of that tiny infant? The darkness, the fear, the sense of not being loved or wanted? The hunger, the weight of the earth and the suffocating as the poor little mite was buried. Yes, it was very traumatic, and we did a lot of healing – but it really did show where many of the issues came from. “Lighter and brighter” is a very typical response once that type of session has been processed.

A man whose issues included a sense of loss and depression, and who in this life is a great nature lover, found a life as a native American Indian at a time when the tribes were under threat of attack and invasion by soldiers. As an Elder of the Tribe, he was responsible for trying to find the best solution for the people, including negotiating with other tribes to join against the common enemy. There was a feeling of living in times of enormous change over which there was no control; of destruction of the environment by the invaders; and of not being able to protect his people. The death was relatively peaceful, surrounded by other Elders, but considerable wisdom came through from that lifetime with a broader understanding of his affinity with nature, and also put that sense of loss and depression to bed.

Very often people who are holding on to excess weight have starved to death in a previous life; those with a fear of heights have perhaps been pilots who were shot down in battle, or going further back soldiers who fell off castle battlements.

Does it all sound very depressing? I don’t mean it to. When you consider that we have all had many, many lives, most of which have been “ordinary” and some of which may have ended in trauma, it puts it all in context. By finding the trauma, releasing it at source and doing the relevant healing work, it allows the client to move forward with his or her life free of the the baggage that they have been carrying for far too long!

If any of this chimes with you; if you feel it’s time to tackle that phobia that’s holding you back – give me a call now on 07597 020 512., or email me on:
judy@effective-hypnotherapy.co.uk. I’m always happy to talk you through past life regression or any other aspect of my work: totally free and totally confidential.
I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

Weight Loss Surgery – and Hypnotic Gastric Banding

red apple, inches tape measureAnother day, another article in the press about bariatric surgery – the umbrella term for weight loss surgery. This prompted me to refer to the UK official NHS website for their latest guidelines on weight loss surgery: it made interesting reading.

There is a lot of information about what the various surgical procedures are – gastric bypass, gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy – risks, results, “life after weight loss surgery” and so on.

An NHS Psychological Assessment will determine whether:
you have any mental health conditions or emotional problems that could prevent you sticking to your lifestyle plan after surgery
you’ve developed unhealthy patterns of eating, such as binge eating, that could cause problems after surgery
you have realistic expectations of what life will be like after surgery.

Nowhere, as far as I could see from the NHS website, does it offer any advice or suggestions about addressing any of these issues prior to surgery.

Under the heading “Psychosocial effects of (weight loss) surgery” , it states:
“It’s also common for a person to experience a worsening of mood when their weight stabilises, typically two years after surgery. This is often because many people realise that problems that existed before surgery, such as money worries or difficulties at work, are still there.”

I am not denying that bariatric surgery can, and has, helped a lot of people. But my point is that, without addressing the underlying emotional reasons / issues that cause someone to hold onto that excess weight in the first place, it is like putting a sticking plaster over a festering wound and expecting to wound to heal all by itself: it’s not going to happen.

I have worked with lots of clients who have been holding onto varying amounts of excess weight. One of the these was a white feet on scaleslovely lady who weighed around 23 stone when she came to see me. She had been through the full NHS programme leading up to bariatric surgery, and had done all that was asked of her. When the time came, she was refused surgery because she was still too obese. This is the classic Catch 22, isn’t it – someone needs surgery because they are obese, and yet because they are obese, they can’t have surgery due to the risk to their heart with the anaesthetic and stress to the system. I worked with this lady for a few months, as we peeled the layers off the emotional onion, getting closer and closer to the real person at the core. Many issues were dealt with along the way. She laughed, she cried, she uncovered “stuff” that had been locked away for years and years. There is no magic wand here; she did not lose 10 stone in a couple of months. But her whole persona changed. She re-discovered who she really was, and she liked that person very much. With her new-found confidence, she re-joined her slimming club and was frequently Slimmer of the Week and Slimmer of the Month. She changed her eating habits and the food she cooked for her family – and they all enjoyed the new way of eating! Did she have a hypnotic gastric band fitted? No, because she no longer felt the need for one.

People hold on to excess weight for many reasons: abuse in childhood or bullying at school; a broken relationship or loss of a loved one; even termination of a pregnancy or a baby lost at childbirth. The weight is used as protection or comfort or both. There is a particular logic I have repeatedly come across in women that runs as follows: when I was slim, I was attractive, and I attracted a man. That man hurt me. I don’t want to be hurt any more, so I will make myself less attractive, then I won’t attract another man.

I use a blend of clinical hypnotherapy, past life regression, spirit release and soul retrieval work to get to the real root causes of holding on to excess weight. Many of the clients who come to see me have only ever come across these concepts on my website or when they have talked to me. They frequently say, “Jude, this is all a bit out there.” It probably is to them, but to me it is totally normal, and the results speak for themselves. We find past lives where they have starved to death, and have passed with the thought, “I will never go hungry again.” We find spirit “passengers” with a sweet tooth – once they have been moved on, the obsession for cakes and biscuits vanishes. We uncover the trail of trauma and events that have caused fragments of the soul to split off and be stuck in time: we find these fragments, we leave behind all of the negative emotions and bring them home. We talk with the excess weight and find out how it’s feeling: angry? fed up? bored? We find out what we need to do to help it shift. We thank it for doing its job so well, and we give it permission to leave. Does that all sound whacky to you? Probably. But it works.

And then – only then, when the festering wounds have been completely cleared out, cleansed and healed – will I talk with the client about a hypnotic gastric band. If he or she still wants one, that’s fine, it can be done. Without invasive surgery, without anaesthetic, and without any if the risks listed on the NHS website such as internal bleeding, a blood clot inside the leg (Deep vein thrombosis) or a blood clot or other blockage in the lungs (pulmonary embolism).

If you are holding on to excess weight and if you feel the time has come to tackle it, give me a call on 07597 020 512 or email me on:
judy@effective-hypnotherapy.co.uk .
I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, and I would be happy to talk through any aspects of weight loss: totally free and totally confidential.

Going with the Flow: easier said than done!

Have you been feeling a bit out of sorts recently? Are you suffering from what I call “shifting sand syndrome”? It’s as though you’re not standing on solid ground any more, that at any time someone could whip the rug from under your feet and then where would you be?

All the turmoil surrounding Brexit is, I believe, symptomatic of much wider, broader changes and upheaval that is happening “out there” in the Universe. Please don’t stop reading because I have used that word “Universe” – this is to do with you too.  Do you believe that what happens “out there” has nothing to do with you? You know that the Moon has a definite effect on our beautiful planet – the ebb and flow of the tide, for instance, let alone the proven effect on behaviour of many people at full moon – so it is not so daft to assume that other planets, and the Universe as a whole, impacts us in some way.

Without wishing to get too whacky (although I do a nice line in whacky), the planet is moving into a different part of the solar system and we are all shifting up a gear or two. We have also gone from the Age of Pisces, which was all about fear-based power, greed, money and control, into the Age of Aquarius, which is all about compassion, sharing, caring and looking after each other: couldn’t be more different, so it’s bound to be a bit bumpy. It’s no coincidence that Pisces was very much male-dominated and Aquarius is all about female energy: just look at what is happening in UK politics right now, a female Prime Minister and probably a network of female leaders around Europe taking us forward.

fast-flowing riverPerhaps you have been feeling more emotional or tired than usual; more headaches or joint aches; mood swings, feelings of apathy, listlessness and so on? Yup, that’s it. The Powers that Be have not yet stuck a label on it, so be careful, you could be prescribed all sorts of medication that you don’t really need. What’s the answer? Sorry to say, the solution is to go with the flow. These massive changes mean that things will not go back to how they were, and we need to have the courage to let go and – yes – go with the flow. Not easy, I know, we don’t know where the flow will take us.

What has all this to do with hypnotherapy, you may ask? Quite a lot, actually. Because people who are feeling the impact, the effects of all these changes don’t know where to turn for help. “Pull yourself together” is not an answer. Tranquillisers don’t do it. It’s at a deeper, soul level that people are agitated, and only soul-level work can help. Hypnotherapy – the way that I use it – works with the unconscious, or your inner self, to access that soul level. There is no “cure” for this condition, but understanding what is happening, and putting the physical, mental and emotional levels of the body back into balance helps enormously.

If this resonates with you, give me a call on 01444 459 433 or 07597 020 512.

I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, and I am available for appointments daytime and after work, and at weekends too.

Soul Retrieval

Although this is strictly speaking a Shamanic term, it does explain the process of going back and “retrieving” those parts of your soul that split off and are “left behind” at times of trauma. Some people call these sub-personalities, and the process is the same.
Parts of our soul can split off at any time from birth onwards. Typical situations would be a young child abused by a parent or family member; a teenager whose heart is broken; a parent who experiences a stillbirth or whose child dies unexpectedly; and someone who loses a loved one through death or divorce: there are many more, but as you can see, most people nowadays will have gone through at least one of these situations if not more.

Screen shot 2015-10-29 at 10.08.13 AMThe process starts with me putting the client into a deep state of relaxation. I then talk direct with the client’s unconscious, and ask it to indicate the different ages at which there are situations to be addressed. Armed with this list, we start the journey. At each stop, we look for and find the “splintered-off” or “left behind” part of the client. It may be a frightened little boy who was bullied at school, too scared to tell his parents what was going on. He will probably still be scared, confused, shy… Or a teenage girl who was forced to have an abortion: she may be sad, feeling a sense of loss, angry … A young adult whose mother or father died suddenly before there was a chance to say those last goodbyes: he or she could well be feeling cheated, frustrated, angry, confused ….

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Each of those lost parts need to be re-integrated into the client. This is not always easy, but is always very emotional. Sometimes the lost parts are defiant:  “you’ve forgotten all about me”; “why should I trust you now?”;  “I hate you …” But eventually, with love and warmth and compassion, they can be embraced back into the heart where they belong.  Interestingly, some of those parts may also be having an influence on the adult, and those can be identified and addressed too. A ritual of cleansing, healing and grounding rounds off the session.

At the end of the journey, the client generally feels like a wrung-out dishcloth! It is exhausting but at the same time clients say that they feel much better, “whole” somehow, something has definitely shifted. The many tears that are shed during the session are an expression of emotions and feelings that can be offloaded and left behind, no longer needed for the onward journey.

It is my firm belief that no real emotional healing can take place unless and until the individual is “whole”, and this process is one of the most powerful in allowing that to happen.

If you would like to know more, or to experience this cathartic work for yourself, get in touch. Call me on 07597 020 512 or email me on:
judy@effective-hypnotherapy.co.uk .
I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

Hypnotic Gastric Banding : how does that work?

HYPNOTIC GASTRIC BANDING – WHAT, WHY, HOW?

Screen shot 2013-10-21 at 12.25.00 PMBefore describing the process of “fitting” a hypnotic gastric band, I would like to briefly outline the benefits.

1.  there is no actual invasive surgery. In a bizarre Catch 22 situation, it is only obese people who need a gastric band fitted – and yet so often they are refused bariatric surgery precisely because they are obese, and therefore there are risks associated with the anaesthetic. A hypnotic gastric band poses no such dangers.

2.  there are very real risks associated with both gastric band and gastric by-pass surgery. Official NHS figures quote 2 in 100 people die as a direct result of bariatric gastric banding and the figure is even higher for gastric by-pass surgery. There are no such risks with hypnotic gastric banding.

3.  it is simple, it is painless, there is no long preparation process or in-patient stay. It is one session in a comfortable treatment room.

4.  it is much cheaper than having a surgical gastric band fitted privately. A local private clinic is currently charging almost £6,500 for the procedure: with me, a gastric band is “fitted” as the conclusion to a programme of three other sessions. The cost of all four sessions – assuming the gastric band is “fitted” – would be just under £500.

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When a client comes to see me asking to have a gastric band fitted, I turn things on their head. Before “fitting” a gastric band, I will work with the client to uncover the real reasons why the client is holding onto that excess weight. In my experience, it can be due to a number of reasons: abuse in childhood; bullying at school; a particularly painful relationship split-up; the forced termination of a pregnancy; the loss of a baby at childbirth or at an early age, and more.  Over the first three sessions, we will explore spirit “passengers” (is the client feeding a spirit with a sweet tooth, perhaps?); past lives (did the client starve to death in one or more past lives?); and we will “bring home” those parts that may have split off and be stuck in time through trauma in this lifetime. If that all sounds a bit strange, I understand, but trust me – it is tried and tested, and although it may be a bit weird, it certainly works! After all of that has been done, it is often the case that the client feels so much better – lighter, brighter, more comfortable with themselves and so on – that he / she decides not to have a gastric band after all, and that is perfectly OK by me.

If the decision is to go ahead, then it is one more session like the others. I will put the client into a lovely deep state of relaxation, and then talk them through the whole process, from being in a private room at a private clinic and having a briefing with the surgeon through the pre-med and anaesthetic; through the actual procedure and back into their room where they wake up feeling wonderful. Then there are some strong suggestions relating to new instructions to the unconscious about the fact that the gastric band is now in place, what it means and what the outcomes will be.

What a gastric band actually does is to create a “smaller stomach” – imagine your stomach going from an 0 to an 8 with a smaller portion at the top. The gastric band – actually a hollow tube that can be filled with liquid to tighten it if need be, or have the liquid taken out to loosen it – creates a smaller stomach so that the person feels fuller sooner. Food is taken in as usual, and is processed through the stomach into the intestines in the normal way, which is important as the body is able to absorb the nutrients (not so with a by-pass).  With a smaller intake of food – and, we hope, a sensible diet – the client loses weight at a slow, steady rate that the body can cope with, rather than a drastic weight loss that can lead to rolls of unhealthy, unsightly flab which often results in another surgical operation to remove it.

If you are considering having a gastric band “fitted”, or just want to talk about shifting some of that weight that you’ve been holding on to for far too long – call me on 07597 020 512 and let’s have a chat: totally confidential and totally free of charge. Or email me on:  judy@effective-hypnotherapy.co.uk.
I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

 

Spirit “Passengers”

This is always a tricky topic to address. Some people refuse to discuss it at all, thinking it smacks of the work of the devil (whatever that is to them) or witchcraft. Others are (slightly) more open to the idea but don’t for one minute think it applies to them. And then there are those who understand the concept and accept that yes, that sudden change of behaviour or unexplained pain might just be caused by something as strange as a “spirit passenger”.

In some books these are referred to as “entities” or “spirit attachments”. I think these terms sound a bit threatening and alarming, so I am not surprised that people with little experience of things spiritual shy away from the very concept. I prefer to call them “passengers” because in most cases that is all they are.

What are they? Put simply, they are souls or spirits who have not passed over to the light as they should have done.

How does that happen? I like to explain it like this. Most people (of whatever age) know deep inside when they are nearing the end of their life. Just as the soul worked hard at the start of its physical incarnation to loosen the ties to the non-physical world, so now it will start to loosen the ties to the physical world and to open up the pathways to that non-physical realm. It is starting to pack its suitcase, ready for the journey home. Sometimes when people visit an elderly relative, they will say “he’s not all here, you know.” No, he’s not – because part of him has already gone home! So when the final breath comes, the soul simply picks up its suitcase and off it goes, peacefully and easily.

When the death is unexpected such as a car accident, for instance, or – sadly much more common nowadays – a shooting or a bombing – the soul has not packed its suitcase, it’s not ready to go. So it is lost, not knowing where to go. When this happens, the soul – being pure energy / vibration – will look around for someone whose energy field (or aura) matches its own vibration, or it will find someone whose energy field is so loving that it seems to have a Welcome sign on the door.

I met someone many years ago who had picked one up at the scene of a nasty traffic accdent: she and her mother had been passing on the other side of the motorway just after the accident and the lady had sent out loving thoughts to all those involved. Her warm, loving thought was enough to attract the spirit of a young man who had been killed there, it simply followed the beam back to a new home.

Very often, having found a new “home”, the spirit will simply curl up like a little dormouse and sleep peacefully. Sometimes, however, the spirit may makes its influence felt in a negative way. I have clients coming to me saying things like, “I don’t feel quite myself,” or “something’s come over me,” or “I want my old self back.”

The actual process is not complicated – the client is in a deep state of relaxation and I am working with the client’s unconscious and the spirits themselves, communicating with them and preparing them to “go home” to where they need to be for their continuing soul journey.

After such a session, the results can be remarkable. Clients have reported huge improvements in health or a complete change of diet. They say things like, “I feel like my old self,” or “I never realised how far off track I’d gone.” One client lost her craving for cakes and biscuits after such a session, and a young man lost his gambling addiction after just one session – both had been influenced by spirits.

The lady who picked up the spirit of the man killed in the traffic accident, for instance, found that she became aggressive and that all she wanted to eat was junk food. It was only two or three years later that she looked into the possibility of having a passenger, and when the spirit of the young motorcyclist was released and helped to the light, her behaviour and diet reverted almost instantly.

How many people have “passengers”? Hard to say. Some estimates say it could be around 90% of those wandering around the supermarket with you! So if you, or someone you know, has changed for no apparent reason, or if you feel that there’s just something not quite right – it could well be a passenger! Call me now on 01444 459 433 or 07597 020 512 or email me on:
judy@effective-hypnotherapy.co.uk . I am always happy to have a chat – totally free and totally confidential.
I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

 

PAST LIFE REGRESSION: WHAT A MODERN-DAY LADY LEARNED FROM HER LIFE IN ANCIENT EGYPT

 

Past Life work is my passion. Over the years I have come to appreciate just how powerful this healing process can be, and I am constantly amazed at the wisdom, insights and understanding that are opened up for the client as a result of their journey.

This summary tells of a lady who wanted to experience a past life regression “out of interest”. While I do not normally encourage what I call “recreational regression”, I had a feeling that this particular client would benefit from the process – and so it was.

In regression, she went back to Egyptian times. She was a man of Indian origin who had moved to Egypt with his mother, and he had chosen to become a tax collector because that gave him power, status and money. As well as his robes of office, he held a short rod with “ribbons” to demonstrate his position.Screen shot 2015-10-29 at 11.01.09 AM

When we “parachuted in” on his life, he was getting old, and had come to the realisation that although he had the things he so craved when he was a young man – power, status and money – he had no wife, no family and no friends. When I asked if he had any messages for the person in the current incarnation, he said, “yes, always take care of your money, look after it well, don’t spend any more than you have to – but beware that it does not make you unhappy.”

I took the message, and prepared to take my leave, thanking him for his time and his communication. Just as I was leaving him, “he” – the person on the bed – started sobbing helplessly, loudly, from the depths of their soul. I asked what was the matter and, when the tears subsided, the real story emerged:

One of his regular tasks was to collect the rents from the stall-holders at the local market. Those who could not or would not pay would be beaten in public as punishment. His old mother had a stall at the market selling vegetables, and so he had to collect rent from her too. One day, his mother explained that she had not sold enough vegetables to pay the rent. He had beaten her, as he was required to do, but she was a frail old lady, and she had died. He was confused, upset, distraught. On the one hand, as a tax collector, he had merely been doing his job, and it was not his fault that she could not pay, she had to be punished. On the other hand, as a son, he had killed his own mother, and he deeply regretted that he let the arrogance of the tax collector over-rule the compassion of the son.  He desperately wanted to make amends, to say sorry, to have closure with his mother.

This involved another process, to find the spirit of his mother, which we did, and to bring them together. There were more tears, this time of joy, as the two were re-united and mother forgave son.

At the end of the session, when the lady client was back in present time, the first thing she said was, “that explains why my mother and I always argue about money!” She explained that the relationship with her mother had always been difficult, and money was invariably the trigger for rows, with the daughter (the client) accusing the mother of spending too much money on frivolous items. The client explained that she had often told her mother, “if you’re not careful, when you’re old, you won’t have any money to pay for the essential things in life, not even your rent!”

And a few weeks later she called me to say that, as if by magic, a cloud had lifted and her relationship with her mother was far more loving, not so tense, and money no longer seemed to be an issue.

If you feel that you, or someone you know, would benefit from exploring a past life, get in touch. Call me on 07597 020 512 or email me on:
judy@effective-hypnotherapy.co.uk  . I’m always happy to have a chat, totally free and totally confidential.
I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

 

 

WHAT DOES PAIN LOOK LIKE?

There is increasing research to support the theory that pain very often has its roots in emotional rather than physical causes.
Hypnosis has a very good track record of dealing with pain, in a number of ways. When it is used to decrease the intensity of pain, for instance, it not only significantly decreases that pain intensity but also activity in those areas of the brain that deal with the experience of pain.

By making suggestions to the client about how unpleasant the pain is (reducing the intensity on the scale), people can experience their pain in a less bad way – and again, this also affects the limbic part of the brain that controls emotional responses.

Because hypnosis is a relaxing process reducing pain – and therefore stress – very often allows the body to heal more quickly.

When I have worked with clients in the past, I have sometimes asked them to give a colour, shape and size to their pain. Typically, a client might say, “it’s big and blobby and red.” Depending on the situation, I might suggest that instead of being a big red blob, the pain might be a big red balloon – and I will invite the client to let go of the balloon, watching it float away into the sky.  Or a big red blob might become a smaller red blob, then a small red ball, a small pink ball, soft and fluffy, then thrown on a fire.

Or perhaps we will use the analogy of a volume control knob, so the client can “turn down” the level of pain. Interestingly, by asking the client to first “increase the volume” and then “turn it down”, they can see – in their deep state of relaxation – that they are in charge.

By separating the pain from the person, it is possible to manipulate it and change its characteristics, allowing people to take control of their pain.

If you feel that you, or someone you know, could benefit from “turning down the pain”, get in touch. Call me on 07597 020 512 or email me on:
judy@effective-hypnotherapy.co.uk . I’m always happy to have a chat, totally free and totally confidential.
I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

PAIN CONTROL: WHY YOUR BRAIN SAYS “OUCH”

Hypnosis has been used as a form of pain control for centuries. Indeed, it was often the only form of pain killer available, be it on the battle field or even in the maternity ward for mothers-to-be. Even Queen Victoria had one of her children with the help of hypnosis before anaesthetics were truly tried, tested and proven.

What is pain? More often than not, you can’t touch it; sometimes you can’t even pinpoint where it comes from – but you feel it, right? It’s real, it’s fact, right? Well, not totally. It is actually a construct of the brain – and as such, can be de-constructed.

Screen shot 2015-10-29 at 10.08.13 AMLet’s just imagine you have bare feet. You tread on grass – the sensory nerves pick up on this, and send a message in the form of chemical reaction, to the brain, via your spinal cord. It will record perhaps cool, soft, wet (if there is dew), pleasant. There is no “ouch” or immediate pulling away. But imagine that you tread instead on a drawing pin or a jagged piece of glass. The sensory nerves send different messages, different chemicals are triggered and the brain responds by sending danger signals – “ouch”, you pull away, you expect to “feel” pain.

The key to how we react to pain is actually in the spinal cord, a highly-complex collection of nerves, constantly transmitting signals to and from the brain. But areas of the spinal cord do more – they make decisions too. The dorsal horn, for instance, collects information and processes it so the instruction to pull your foot away from the drawing pin comes from there. But the brain still needs to know what’s going on, so information is sent on to Head Office, as it were, for processing and filing for future reference. After all, your foot has had that experience, and there needs to be some healing.

In the brain (Head Office), the details are received by the thalmus, and analysed and  logged in the cortex – was this sharper than that starfish you trod on a few years ago? Was it more of a shock than cutting your foot when you fell over? Have you ever stepped on a drawing pin before? The thalmus also copies in the limbic system, the emotional centre of the brain. It’s the limbic system that makes the key decisions regarding reaction – cold sweat, quickness of breathing, tears . . . how did we react before? Is this more or less serious? What is the appropriate emotional response?

And as if that wasn’t confusing enough, the brain also flicks through the files to see how we reacted before, is there any history of this? What was the result of the similar experience last time? What was happening around that time? Do we have to press the panic button or is it just a minor irritant?

You can see a perfect example of this “cause and effect” when a small child falls over on the street. It will look to its parent to see how to react. If the parent smiles and says something like, “well, that was silly, wasn’t it, up you get now . . . ” the child will get up and scamper away as if nothing happened. If the parent looks horrified and makes a big fuss, the child will pick up on the panic, start crying and make a scene. And at that time, the child is being programmed to respond to that type of situation in one way or the other.

By investigating how a person has been programmed to respond to pain in general, and the particular circumstances around the specific pain that is being experienced, it is often possible to change that person’s perception to the sensations being experienced.

If you feel that you, or someone you know, might benefit from some pain control, get in touch. Call me on 07597 020 512 or email me on:
judy@effective-hypnotherapy.co.uk.  I’m always happy to have a chat, totally free and totally confidential.
I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

College of Psychic Studies magazine feature about my work

The Spring 2015 edition of “Light”, the magazine of the College of Psychic Studies, included an article written by me about the way in which I mix elements of hypnotherapy, past lives and spirit release therapy when I am working with clients.

The magazine surfaced recently from under a pile of papers, and I thought I would share the article with you – click on the link below.

Judy’s article in Light magazine