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Behavior Modification?

(Hopefully you read Part I of this 4 part essay. If not, read here.)

Behavior Modification. Sounds potentially scary, doesn’t it? Kind of like mind control. Here’s what behavior modification means: If you change your attitude, you can change your behavior. Change your behavior and…you change your body without struggling.  Maybe that sounds too easy, so let’s follow the thread for a while.  How do we change our ‘attitude’ if there’s nothing noticeably wrong with it in the first place? Let’s say a person is generally happy, a go-go type, a self-motivator at work; a good parent; content…except they can’t take off those extra pounds. Maybe they tried Weight Watchers, which worked for a while. The protein diet; The No Fat diet… The Vegetarian route…on and on. Not one of these diets kept the weight off, if it even took it off in the first place.

Why weren’t those methods effective? Partly because the conscious mind still thinks dieting is about exerting will power. Bulling our way through the hunger. But it’s more than that, and less. The subconscious mind is the true engine in our lives. That’s where the real action is. No matter what I do, if my subconscious isn’t on board, I’ll eventually fail. When we talk about an attitude shift we are talking about going into our core, the unconscious, in order to modify behavior. In a way it’s not unlike any coach giving his team a pep talk, drilling his message into them until they can ‘say it in their sleep’. When I place a client in trance, I go past the brain, more gently than a coach would, to the place where change happens: The unconscious.

Trance work strives to bring your conscious and your unconscious mind into harmony.  If you start feeling hunger, your subconscious will keep it away from your conscious mind.  Normally, I don’t love to exercise. But what if my unconscious knew that exercising will keep my weight off; that it would make me feel better about myself to do so? I won’t think about it, I’ll just do it. Thank you Nike.  Same goes for your relationship with your culinary poison: Sweets, fatty, salty, oily, greasy, carb-heavy food. It’s a matter of reprogramming your unconscious to shut down the desire before it reaches your awareness.  Your conscious mind will begin to see the poison for what it is and reject it for food that is good for you. It’s quite possible that you”ll begin to enjoy this new food that previously didn’t show up on your radar, because it begins to taste great, and makes you feel better.

Stay tuned for the next part of this program: It’s rooted in Nutrition.


Daniel at Blue Phoenix

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