You no longer need to let MENOPAUSE master YOU!!! NO! You can NOW MASTER Menopause. Yes….you CAN take back control of your body instead of your body controlling YOU! 


Until then, you’ll want to watch the short video below from Dr. Seibel an industry expert in the area of menopause.

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Pain & Pleasure: Don’t be Deceived!

Pain-and-Pleasure-ParadigmsWe are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain. ~ Augustine


Is this REALLY the sum total of our lives. Sadly, many of us live like this. We end up calling darkness “light” and light “darkness”. Could it be that the very thing we’re avoiding is the source of LIFE….AND the very thing we’re vehemently pursuing is the source of DEATH.

I often see this principle in my office and…well….in life around me. There is so much that can be said, but I will keep it brief.

PAIN….is a gift! I tell my clients that the feelings & circumstances of pain, suffering, etc. IS the gateway to their transformation and healing. It gets our attention and points the way! When we finally rest and embrace what we thought/believed was destructive, bad, negative, etc. we will then believe (& experience) it to be what it is…A GIFT. It will then no longer control us. We will be open & ready for the answer(s) we need.

It is through the path of brokenness, suffering and pain (emotional) that we will find life as our mind discovers & unfolds the purpose(s) behind it.

Pain removes the veil; it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul. ~ C.S. Lewis

PLEASURE….is a deceiving mistress. It lulls us into complacency and lifeless lethargy. Like a person lying in the lap of luxury and pleasure being served & receiving all the pleasures of life only to discover their muscles have atrophied & can’t walk. So to, is the person who strives for that fictional “ease” or “pleasure” or “easy way out”, etc.

It is often the tenacious pursuit of pleasure that perverts our meaning of what would we call “discomfort” or “pain”. This single minded pursuit keeps me from the joys of being human: the ability to adapt and to compensate resulting in experiencing (becoming) the best me!

How is your life MOVING? Away from pain & toward pleasure? What meanings have you given these two words? What a joy it is for me, to help so many heal from their crippling meanings and strategies.

Consider: Why don’t you simply experience….then move…in a more useful way!!! Moment by moment, move with wonder & awe at the marvelous life you’ve been given.

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Whole Life Hypnosis - weight loss

Hypnotherapy group with stress reduction achieved significantly more weight loss than the other two treatments.

Randomized, controlled, parallel study of two forms of hypnotherapy (directed at stress reduction or energy intake reduction), vs dietary advice alone in 60 obese patients with obstructive sleep apnea on nasal continuous positive airway pressure treatment.

J. Stradling, D. Roberts, A Wilson and F. Lovelock, Chest Unit, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, OX3 7LJ, UK

Hypnosis can more than double the effects of traditional weight loss approaches

An analysis of five weight loss studies reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 showed that the “…weight loss reported in the five studies indicates that hypnosis can more than double the effects” of traditional weight loss approaches.

University of Connecticut, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 (Vol. 64, No. 3, pgs. 517-519).

Weight loss is greater where hypnosis is used

Research into cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments established that weight loss is greater where hypnosis is used. It was also established that the benefits of hypnosis increase over time.

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1996)

Showed Hypnosis As “An Effective Way To Lose Weight”

A study of 60 females who were at least 20% overweight and not involved in other treatment showed hypnosis is an effective way to lose weight.

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1986)

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Does hypnotherapy work? Science says “YES!”

by Paul Mountjoy
Washington Times
April 28, 2013-

“Hypnosis seems helpful in treating addictions and the depression and anxiety associated with them”- Psychology Today

HypnotherapyHypnosis and hypnotherapy has been rooted in science with evidence based results reported for many years. Although the American Medical Association (AMA) currently has no clear position on the effectiveness of hypnosis and hypnotherapy, in 1958, the AMA reported hypnotherapy has a recognized place in the medical armamentarium and is a useful technique in the treatment of certain illnesses.

Hypnotherapy is considered an effective adjunct in psychotherapy for many issues, and more are being studied. On its own, hypnotherapy is reported to be beneficial: In 2001, the British Psychological Society commissioned a group of expert psychologists and published a report that declared hypnosis a proven therapeutic medium and valid for study.

The report went on to say hypnotherapy is beneficial for a wide range of issues encountered in medicine, psychology and psychiatry with regard to stress, anxiety, pain, and psychosomatic illnesses. Some illnesses described are insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches and migraines, asthma and a variety of skin maladies. Weight reduction was also cited as benefiting from hypnotherapy.

A comparison study reported in 2007 by American Health Magazine indicates some psychological issues benefit more from hypnotherapy than psychoanalysis and behavior therapy.  A German university meta-analysis of 444 studies supported this claim, concluding a 64 percent success rate with hypnotherapy for stress, anxiety and chronic pain.

According to Sanjay Paul, A psychology instructor at several universities, hypnosis is a heightened sense of suggestibility for accessing the subconscious mind which is responsible for up to 90 to 95 percent of our thoughts and actions. No one can be made to do anything they do not wish to under hypnosis. That old, inaccurate reputation stems from night club acts.

Paul goes on to say hypnosis can provide lasting change by “cleaning the bottom of the mental fish tank” and it is the sub-conscious that helps to maintain ones self-image and record all memory via sensor input as a 24 hour mental tape recorder.

Ohio based certified hypnotherapist Janet Berg describes hypnosis as the state one must achieve in order to be receptive to hypnotherapy. She describes hypnosis as a state where the sub-conscious can readily accept and act on new information and suggestions for healing, change, growth and attainment of individual goals.

The experience, according to Paul, is the phase one enters directly before falling asleep or upon awakening and Berg claims those under hypnosis can leave this state voluntarily at any time and those who receive hypnotherapy describe the experience as relaxing and refreshing. More information can be obtained through her website where she identifies a host  of issues she can help with.

The American Psychology Association (APA) website has declared most clinicians now agree hypnotherapy can be a powerful, effective therapeutic technique for a wide variety of conditions.

Apparently, hypnotherapy is gaining ground fast as a respected form of therapy within the corridors of the scientific community.

Paul Mountjoy is a Virginia based writer and a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

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Hypnosis for chronic pain management

Posted on Saturday, March 16th, 2013 at 6:30 am

How can hypnosis affect pain management? The results from three lines of research have combined to create a renewed interest in the application of hypnosis for chronic pain management.

First, imaging studies demonstrate that the effects of hypnotic suggestions on brain activity are real and can target specific aspects of pain. Hypnosis for decreases in the intensity of pain result not only in significant decreases in pain intensity, but also decreases in activity in the brain areas that underlie the experience of pain intensity. At the same time, hypnotic suggestions for decrease in the unpleasantness (but not intensity) of pain have significant effects on how bad the pain makes people feel, but not necessarily intensity. Interestingly, these suggestions result in decreases in activity in the areas of the brain responsible for processing the emotional aspect of pain, but not those areas that are responsible for processing pain intensity.

Second, research studies demonstrate that hypnotic treatments can save money. Hypnotic suggestions for reduced pain and improved healing have been shown to reduce the time needed for medical procedures, speed recovery time, and result in fewer analgesics needed — all of which not only result in more comfort for the patient, but save the patient and the patient’s insurance companies money. In a time of growing medical expenses, it’s nice to have a treatment that can actually result in cost savings.

Third, a rapidly growing body of research shows that hypnosis works. When hypnosis and hypnotic suggestions are combined with other treatments, those other treatments become more effective. When people with chronic pain are taught how to use self-hypnosis for pain management and improved sleep, they experience pain relief and sleep better. This research also reveals that hypnosis has many “side effects”, which are overwhelmingly positive. People who learn self-hypnosis can not only experience significant pain relief, but report a greater sense of overall well-being and control.

For all of these reasons, more clinicians are seeking to learn how to apply hypnosis and to teach self-hypnosis to their clients with chronic pain.

Mark P. Jensen is Professor and Vice Chair for Research of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center. He has published more than 250 articles and book chapters on pain assessment and management, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pain. He is the author of Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management: Workbook and Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management: Therapist Guide, winner of the 2011 Arthur Shapiro Award for Best Book on Hypnosis, from the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. He will be presenting a “Hypnosis for Pain Management” workshop on pain management at the 55th ASCH Annual Scientific Meeting and Workshops on 16 March 2013.

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Hypnotherapy ‘should be adopted more widely’

The article below was published on 06/06/2011 by:
The British Psychological Society logo




Hypnotherapy should be used more frequently as a treatment, with it being particularly useful for pain relief.

This is according to Dr Peter Naish, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Open University and President-elect of the Hypnosis Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, who stated that it works as more than a placebo effect.

Speaking to the Today programme on Radio 4 on June 6 2011, he explained that cancer nurses could become trained in hypnotherapy.

Dr Naish added that it could help to save the NHS money, while the general public will start to see it as a “normal” treatment.

He explained that hypnotherapy should not be seen as “weird” and people should not feel like they have to use unqualified and unverified practitioners from telephone directories.

John Castleton, Chartered Counselling Psychologist, said: “Hypnosis has been an area of public and professional interest for centuries and, as the BPS said in 2001, “Hypnosis is a valid subject for scientific study and research and a proven therapeutic medium”.

“When used appropriately, hypnotherapy is a useful addition to a practitioner’s “tool kit” and brings together a range of psychotherapeutic techniques that can assist with personal development, emotional difficulties and, research has shown, some health conditions.

“There are now many organisations (such as the National Council for Hypnotherapy) that are trying to improve the quality of training and practice. The Department of Health recommends that members of the public, and those who commission services, consult Hypnotherapists who are registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the UK regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners.”

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Your Poor Sleep might just be the cause???

I want to thank Rick Clerici, Director of Clear Mind Sytems.  He is a Behavioral Sleep Medicine Educator and Clinician and Certified Clinical Sleep Educator in the Boston, MA area.

“National surveys tell us that 60% of Americans report insufficient sleep on a regular basis, with 50% having one or more nights of poor sleep weekly. The same report finds that children from birth to fifth grade are getting from 1.5 to 2 hours less sleep per night than recommended. European studies report similar figures. Other studies show that 18% of all workplace accidents are due to fatigue.  of insufficient sleep is huge and has a relationship to the 1200% increase of anxiety disorder diagnosis over the past 30 years and 20% of the population requiring antidepressant medications.” 

He went on to say, “It’s important that the hypnosis community come to terms with this reality because we have some of the best amd most effective tools for improving sleep. Personally I believe the major drivers of this epidemic of insufficient sleep are stress, artificial light, continual connectivity with online devices and a cultural lack of respect for and understanding of the tremendous importance of sleep.”

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What is the secret of success in life?  Watch this short & humorous 6min video to find out.

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Relationships: Some brief thoughts for healing?

My newsletter’s sub-title is “Exploring the natural power of our minds for daily living.” No place is this more obvious than in relationships….ANY relationship.  This is especially true when it comes to a more intimate relationship like a “dating couple” or married couple. Therefore, I would like to make some brief observations to help you begin to reframe how you see relationship(s) in general and your relationship specifically.

First, in our family of origin, we develop our own identity and begin embracing beliefs surrounding this identity.  Think of it as fulfilling a role in this system called “family.” We are shaped by how we found our place of significance, belonging and safety within our families.  We carry on this “role” in society.

Second, in order to fulfill our “role,” we must find those who will help us to carry out our role and “place” in society.  Therefore, remember that we ALL attract into our lives that which we ARE and not what we DESIRE.  Reread this…please!  So, before we stand in judgment of our spouse or significant other, ask yourself, “What does this reveal about me?”

Third, to dovetail the last point, often it is the “dysfunctional” characteristics that are joining perfectly to create this wonderful dance of dysfunction.  It is my conviction though that if you strip away all the dysfunction, you will often be left with two people who are still a wonderful union.

Fourth, if one person begins to change their “dysfunctional dance” the other person will often follow suit.  This is not to say that it will be easy.  As a matter of fact, it will probably get worse before it gets better.

I will leave you with these thoughts for now.  Remember, your mind is an amazingly powerful tool that will faithfully carry out your “script” or “programming.”  Therefore……RELAX; get excited like Sherlock Holmes seeking to discover the hidden gems of YOUR relationship

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Neuroscience Meets Magic

This is a great 11 min video explaining why magic/illusion is so effective by looking at how the brain processes information from a neuroscientific standpoint.


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