The healing

    The goal of most naturopathic approaches is to trigger healing - as a process of restoring your mind and body to an innate state of health.

Your mind and your body have an innate knowledge to find serenity and heal themselves. Your body knows how to knit together broken bones, heal wounds, repair or eliminate diseased cells, restore healthy physiological processes, preserve vitality, and fight off all kinds of infections.

But here's the catch! These natural self-healing mechanisms cannot go against your beliefs, or when you are so exhausted by intense or persistent stress or anxiety that all you can do is fight to survive it. This is how, by releasing stress, anxiety and traumas, the body creates a loop of positive feedback through the autonomic nervous system, feedback that can lead to significant improvements in state of mind and in symptoms of various medical conditions. Emotional healing is a self-healing process that you experience when you are freed from your fears.

Even though healing is nothing more than the self-healing process you experience when you remove or correct the causes of your problems, healing cannot happen against your beliefs, be it the healing of the bones or the spirit. It is up to you to understand, make sense of, and rejoice in your ongoing healing process or at least to welcome and protect it. When it comes to a fractured bone, the best your orthopedist can do is line up and immobilize the broken pieces of the bone into a cast and let it heal. Wanting to heal and understanding that you need to avoid straining the limb with the broken bone while it heals is your job!

Same as, when it comes to emotional issues, helping you understand that the harsh emotional reality you are facing is most likely due to an unintentional projection of your negative emotional buildup into your emotional reality of daily life, as well as helping you uproot your traumas, stress and anxiety, is my job! Although helping you understand that living with negative emotional patterns is like walking with stones in your shoes and the process of removing the stones from your shoes is still my job, understand that walking for a long time with those stones in your shoes most likely ended up hurting your feet, and healing those deep wounds won't happen overnight, that's your job!

The above assumptions were the guiding philosophy behind the whole process of identifying and uprooting the top layer of negative emotional buildup made up of your worst memories, a process we successfully completed during your first therapy session. Not only did we remove the unpleasant emotional feelings associated with your worst nightmares, but towards the end of our meeting, we double-tested and made sure we had removed all the negative feelings associated with your worst memories on which we we worked. Suddenly, when you review your once troubling experiences, you look at them emotionally equidistant. Theese profound changes that have undeniably already taken place should be your undeniable proof that you are definitely on the right path to recovery.

Even if "by removing the stones from your shoes" your emotional reality has already shifted and yourh healing has been trigerred, you are probably only in the early stages of your recovery, and, most likely, still far from being "out of the woods" yet. If until now you have actively participated in the process of eliminating the causes of your problems that I have piloted, the healing that follows is a process for which you are in charge. From now on, the path of your ongoing healing is mainly determined by whether you are one of those who believe that everything in life is a miracle, or of those who believe that nothing is miraculous.

If you are of the former, you already know that no matter what you think, your real life always happens inside your heart and spirit, and you become aware of your real life by listening and trusting your feelings. While knowing that what has the potential to fulfill or jeopardise your life are your feelings, you came to see me because of your overwhelming unpleasant feelings. In your case, avoiding denial or disbelief of your out-of-the-ordinary experience, and mainly expressing gratitude for the immediate shift in your emotional reality, are by far the simplest and most efficient ways to protect and nurture your ongoing healing.

Right after your session, you will be surprised to find that when you mentally review the once stressful, anxious or traumatic events we worked on, your emotional reality has already shifted. Although you can still think whatever you want, the pattern of your emotional reactions, and the feelings you experience when reviewing the once unpleasant memories, is a whole new reality! You'll feel as if your heart has significantly eased or even completely forgotten the stressful, anxious, traumatic or painful component of the unpleasant past events, while your cognitive memory keeps intact the related images and factual cognitive details.

Just a few days after your first session, the once unpleasant feelings will be so lessened that you will begin to doubt that the issues we worked on, really were your worst nightmares. Not only are your once worst memories rendered linear as if you were watching events from the outside, but many other unpleasant, intertwined or even unrelated memories are melting away, leaqving room to many fond memories that you thought were forgotten. In your case, after your first Somatic Hypnotherapy session, most likely you won't need to see me again, at least for the next few years.

Even if you are of those who believe that there is no magic in life, you will have no choise but to notice that at the end of your first therapy session in Somatic Hypnotherapy, your emotional reality has changed profoundly. You will be downright intrigued to discover that when you mentally review the once stressful, anxious, or traumatic events we have been working on, your memories will unfold in a linear fashion, without triggering any disturbing feelings. Even if you don't believe in miracles, the emotional change you will experience after your first session will be so undeniable that you will have no choice but to take notice that your once worst nightmares we worked on are gone for good, as if they had never really been a part of your life.

However, your Cartesian nature, and especially your initial disbelief and denial of the possibility of an out-of-ordinary experience, fueled by your previous failed attempts to solve the problem, will keep you from marveling and accepting your change as a gift. Even though your change is there! You don't imagine it, you are not delusional! Your change is real. You can feel it, you can touch it! Yet your disbelief remains strong. Whatever the nature of your disbelief, it will not have the power to reverse the change that has already occurred. In your case, your healing may be a bit more laborious but still foreseeable even though, most likely, not after your first session.

You will begin to scrape and scratch at the bottom of your memory, seeking to reawaken feelings that were once so unpleasant. You will review again and again the images and cognitive memories related to your once unpleasant feelings and increasingly find that the once disturbing feelings are no longer there. Now is the time to pause and realize that you are no longer the same, that your emotional reality has changed for good. This moment could be one of those rares windows of opportunuty to completly shift your cartesian beliefs and intuitively understand that intelligence has been given to us not necessarely to understand it but to welkome and enjoy the miracol of life.

Even though during your first session the limited time allowed us to work only on the upper level of your worst nightmares, your emotional reality has already shifted, and the change is spectacular. It's a window of opportunity to appreciate your change and practice gratitude. If, instead of taking advantage of it, you'll alow yourself to be seduced by doubt, disbelief or denial, you will continue to scratch the bottom of your negative memories, and you will eventually discover other memories that have the power to awaiken unpleasant feelings. In that case, I encourage you to request a follow-up session and we will continue to work on your goals by supressing a second layer of unpleasant feelings.

And so, we'll keep supressing successive layers of unpleasant emotional feelings and emptiing your shoes of smaller and smaller stones, until we'll remove all layers of negative feelings you accumulated during your life. Or you'll put and end to this process of suppressing potentially many layers of feelings, by alowing your belief system to welcoming  healing miracles in your life, or taking the necessary time to study and understand that "miracle" is actually nothing but a term used to fill the gap in real understanding of things. Lucky you ! If you have nothing better to do with your life, there are many pages on my site to read and gain a rational understanding of the healing process - demystified and explained in laic, accessible language.

Whatever happens, please don't forget your follow-up e-mail within a few days at the latest. In order to assess your results, all you need to do is to mentally walk yourself through your once unpleasant memories we worked on, to browse through the images associated with each of the particular issues we worked on, and to rate HOW DO YOU FEEL in regards with each of those issues we worked on during your first session. Please keep in mind that your feedback is an important part of your therapy and can have a significant impact on your ongoing healing process.





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