“The longer I live, the more I realise the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.” By Charles Swindoll.
Whenever I lose track, I read this. People, be happy, it’s easier than you think.
Whilst I very much enjoy ITV’s Wire in the Blood, last nights episode unfortunately showed another stereotypical Hypnotherapist. The guy was going on about writing books and thought a murderer was innocent because “I regressed him back to childhood and there were no issues there”, or words to that effect.
Two things, people.
Myth 1 – Hypnosis can be used to establish if someone is lying.
Truth 1 – Hypnosis can’t be used to establish if someone is lying. No-one will say or do anything that they don’t want to say or do while in a state of hypnosis. If it were possible, then I would be working for MI5 and MI6 and simply find out if people were lying or up to no good by asking them. “Are you a spy?” Yes, I am!” Defence of the Realm achieved, hurrah! The newspapers would carry the headline “Super Dave”. But they won’t. Because I can’t. And nor can any other hypnotherapist.
Myth 2 – To overcome or improve upon existing thoughts, feelings or behaviours, you have to be regressed back to your childhood.
Truth 2 – No, you don’t have to. Every client I see is unique, and so are their “issues”. Working with what needs to be overcome or improved upon is a bit like trying to get rid of a weed. Sometimes we can pull the head off it and the weed dies. Other times it may be necessary to get to the root of the issue, which sometimes involves a bit of regression. But please note that not every “root” is located back in childhood.
There we go, another bee let out of my bonnet.
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