Monday, August 8, 2011

Gratitude Monday - Thinking

I am grateful that I can think.
Specifically, directed thinking such as meditation and hypnosis. For readers who don't know this I am a certified transpersonal hypnotherapist.
I meditate or do self-hypnosis often. If nothing else the quiet time is great. It is a time of rest and shutting away the world.
This is good.
Often I'll do a hybrid, that is I listen to my taped self-hypnosis relaxation and then let my mind have at it. I like to see it will come up with as on occasion it has been useful.
About a week ago I was letting my mind out to wander and it brought back something useful. It formed a picture, a manifestation of all those miserable nagging voices that make fun of me and remind me that I'm not good at certain things like playing guitar.
The manifestation's name was Montgomery and he was dressed like a fancy 17th  Century French fellow: moustache, hat with feather, blue clothing, and sword.
One of my guides told me to start telling him off and he'd get smaller.
I did. It was fun.
Montgomery shrank until he made Tom Thumb look like a giant. He ran away screaming.
Now when I strum my guitar and the reminders start I see Montgomery fleeing and I laugh.
I am grateful that I know how to use hypnosis and meditation, that I practice it often, and that if given the freedom, my mind will construct the darnedest things.


carla said...

I need to procure me a self-hypnosis tape.

Leah J. Utas said...

Carla, you have my strongest possible recommendation for it.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Sigh. I have to be careful to keep this positive and grateful... since I have such a motivation struggle with meditation and hypnosis! My mind doesn't seem to be wired that way. But am grateful that life is wonderful enough that "need to meditate" even shows up on a list of things I'd change. For so many others, "need food" and "need shelter" and "need medical care" are at the top of the list!

Leah J. Utas said...

Crabby, don't force it. If it ain't for you, then it ain't. Have to agree with your thinking, though. If that's all you need, then you're doing pretty well.

Hilary said...

Leah, that sounds like such a useful tool to have. And I suspect you play a fine guitar.

messymimi said...

This is something i need to make time for. And i'm sure Hilary is right about the fine guitar playing.

Leah J. Utas said...

Hilary, it is.
The guitar itself is fine, you're absolutely right. I made sure to get a good one. My playing, alas, is adequate.

Messymimi, if you can find a few spare minutes, even if it is in the bath, use them. Thanks for your confidence.