Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Years and Eating

I am a big believer in the work of Edgar Cayce.
If you don’t know who he is, please Google him, it will be worth the effort.

Although I am a hypnotherapist, the one area that I could use some help with, is my own weight management.
I tell my clients, “do as I say, not as I do” and like all of us know,
that is the worst thing to say to someone.

I also don’t believe in coincidence, so I received some advise recently from different sources that I want to share with you.

The first came from The A.R.E. ( an organization based on Cayce’s life’s work.

Look over this reading that Cayce gave to a person who had a severe weight issue. You may have to re-read it a few times to see the truth in those words.

Edgar Cayce Reading 911-7

With the arising of rebellious forces . . . the body has assumed the attitude:
"I will break over this time, and the next time I won't.
I will eat this because it pleases me at the present.
I will take this, for I don't want to suffer right now, and next time I won't."
This has been done until self loses such holds on self as to become in a manner the slave to self's own indulgences, in mental, physical and material things!

These conditions, then, require that there be made by self a definite stand to be taken; that is:
"If there is given me a definite program to follow
I will… I will…I will adhere to it,
no matter what I may suffer mentally or physically!
I will trust in the divine forces innate . . .
within my inner self for the strength to endure,
for the ability to say “NO” when I should!"

This next advice I received was from a friend of mine who is in AA.
When talking about the stress in our lives, I laughed and admitted that I deal with my stress by eating.
He said that he had dealt with stress by abusing alcohol, but thankfully no longer
and a simple part of a prayer helped immensely.

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to Accept the things I cannot change.

The Courage to change the things I can;

and Wisdom to know the difference.
This short and sweet prayer says it all.

The Third piece of advice came to me by a hypnotherapist and I want to share it with you.

By: Ann Catherine Pawelczyk, C.Ht.

How do we help clients make a fresh start in 2009?
By showing them how to make "resolutions" they can keep!
Too often individuals on the path to self-improvement begin the
New Year with high-resolve and even higher standards that for the most part,
are darn near impossible to keep.

With human nature, when we set the bar high for ourselves-
and end up failing, (as we see as professionals in the self-improvement business all the time) -
what we're doing is actually keeping the cycle of negative reinforcement in action.

Negative reinforcement is a sure fire way to avoid reaching goals,
but it's a nasty habit many of us find ourselves holding onto and "unable" to release.

The way to ANY positive, lasting change is to set reasonable standards that are
flexible, and what we need to be flexible is a series of small manageable steps.
(I can hear you groaning already, but please, bear with me!)

Here's the key to lasting positive change:
When we start out small,
whatever changes we want to make have a much better chance of being integrated slowly and permanently into our lifestyles.

This is a concept we need to emphasize with our clients.

Then...we need to share the following with those we work with:
The barrier that keeps us from making changes in a "good" way is the fact we
often think the little steps aren't "enough".
So...we go for the gusto...and fail.

Hey - Rome wasn't built in a day, right?

Practice and Share these no-fail resolutions

  • ANYONE can keep & get moving on the good path:
  • LOVE yourself more this year than last year;
  • FORGIVE yourself for any areas you've been "stuck" in the past;
  • Be healthier by focusing on better balance instead of frequent fad DIETS;
  • Be more ACTIVE by doing fun things out-of-doors and bond with nature;
  • Re-member or discover something you love to DO;
  • Create daily affirmations and USE them to reshape your mindset;
  • Work to TRANSFORM one area of life from now through December;
  • Instead of seeing what's "wrong" with your life, focus on what's RIGHT;
  • VOLUNTEER your time to good causes;
  • SAVE as little as $5 per week and reserve it only for something fun;
  • Make it a point to GET TOGETHER with friends or family one night a month;
  • Clear the CLUTTER and go one space at a time;
  • Take each DAY as it comes;
  • LAUGH more, LOVE more, and make it a point to complain LESS.

    The more realistic we make goals, the easier it is to obtain success,
    which IS the positive reinforcement that enables us to achieve.
    Try something new this year with yourself and with clients:

    Make a list of 5 things you'd like to improve this year in order of importance.
    Once you have your list,
    break each individual thing down into the smallest possible steps
    and get started.
    Enjoy your success!

Remember - action follows thought so be sure to keep your thoughts positive for an unimaginably great outcome in any area!

Unfortunately, we all become experts in making New Year’s Resolutions
that are the same year after year.

Let’s try looking at them in a new way, so that we have brand new – New Year Resolutions
next year, with the feeling of success for those we set for ourselves this year.