Nope… no pocket watches required.
We are going to talk about hypnosis, though.
Not the kind for getting power over people. There’s way too much of that going on!
Instead, let’s explore the kind for helping others access and use their power. For good.
I have lots of experience born in years of using Ericksonian hypnotherapy with clients ready for change.
One of those “clients” was me, especially in my knee surgery days.
I won’t torment you with all the details. Let’s just say that it’s possible to use hypnosis to need less medication and heal more quickly with medical procedures.
Personally, I like the trauma healing and and unsticking stuck stuff parts even better.
One of my favorite techniques is called re-framing.
There are 12 step re-frames and 6 step re-frames and – as you’ve no doubt guessed – even one step re-frames. I like the one step ones best!
And, just between us, it only seems like one step!
There’s context, of course. (There’s always context!) Anything from two people sitting together in a therapy space with a story between them, to a church full of people on a Sunday morning, to a sign in a front yard.
And the space happens in time. In news. In the history of relationships and beliefs.
It’s a lot like dancing, really.
Then, BOOM! Or, SHIFT!, if you prefer. Like tossing a ball glowing with different possibility into the space.
Sometimes, frankly, it just falls flat.
Sometimes, though, it works. As my teacher used to say:
One step reframe with a big gold bow!
And that, dear reader, is really big fun!
A client with the sudden recognition that they have a new choice in an old pattern.
Half the people in the sanctuary wiping tears at the wonder of a 4 year old, neurodivergent, speech challenged boy VOLUNTEERING to sing a solo.
Things which change hearts and minds and, often, leave intelligent humans gasping Duh! in massive wonder.
Like this one from the Rev. Mark Sandlin that’s floating around on Facebook…
When your “spirituality” denies someone’s humanity, it isn’t spirituality. It’s hatred wrapped up in religiosity.
Here’s the thing… my sharing that here, or posting it on Facebook, won’t reach everybody. It will reach a whole lot more people than if I don’t try!
What’s in your medicine basket which might work that way for someone, in this moment?
Something meant to help and heal, rather than shame and blame?
It is, indeed, going to take a whole lot of us.
This, dear friend, is my re-frame beyond all re-frames…
I have 2 granddaughters growing up in this world!
And, a word about the art…
The top photo represents my intention to use my voice for Fierce Compassion. (You’re just going to have trust me on this. It’s not supposed to be obvious, though chakra colors might help a bit!)
This one is still wet.
And, yes… it’s a pomegranate. Well, it’s on its way to being one. The paint is still wet! Maybe, when I get a bit farther along, I’ll tell you why Grandmother Moon insisted on including it. In this moment, let’s go with a reminder that the journey is called Origins.
ps… many thanks to the kind reader who let me know that Wednesday’s link for those of you who want to know more about finding that place where you are called didn’t work. It does now! Click to learn more!