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Release Stress & Strengthen Intuition with Heart Breathing

Posted on March 18, 2021

Heart Breathing

In almost every energy and soul healing session I do, I’m intuitively drawn to focus on the heart. This prompted me to share why the heart is so important in any kind of healing and the role it plays in intuition. I’ll share with you a simple yet powerful technique and meditation you can use for self-healing to balance your heart, which in turn will help you relax your mind and body and strengthen your intuition. You’ll discover:

  • The role of the heart in traditional Chinese medicine
  • Why many scientists and neurocardiologists believe the heart is more important than the brain
  • How to sync the mind with the heart to quickly calm mental chatter and release stress
  • The heart’s role in strengthening your intuition
  • The best flower essences for the heart and intuition

 

The Role of the Heart in Traditional Chinese Medicine

If you deal with anxiety or depression, you may already be aware of the heart’s importance, experiencing physical sensations such as pressure, tightness, rapid beating, or heaviness in the chest/heart. Chinese medicine teaches that when the heart is out of balance it can result in anxiety and depression. When you bring the heart into balance you feel calm and increase your ability to give and receive love.

The Importance of the Heart: The Heart Brain

The heart is the biggest emitter of electromagnetic energy in the body–it’s 100 times more powerful than the brain. In addition, many scientists and neurocardiologists believe that the heart, which maintains a constant two-way dialogue and relationship involving many processes with the brain, contains a brain in its own right.

The heart and the brain influence each other, with the heart sending a great deal more information to the brain than the other way around. This information includes heart signals that can influence perception, emotional experience, and higher cognitive functions.

According to the Institute of HeartMath, Dr. J. Andrew Armour first introduced the term heart brain in 1991. Armour showed that the heart’s complex intrinsic nervous system qualified it as a “little brain.” This heart brain “is an intricate network of several types of neurons, neurotransmitters, proteins and support cells like those found in the brain proper. Its elaborate circuitry enables it to act independently of the cranial brain – to learn, remember, and even feel and sense.”

The Heart Breathing Technique: A Breathing Exercise for Stress

Sync the Mind to the Heart

I often teach Heart Breathing, one of the Institute’s techniques, to my clients as part of their Reiki, Tao Hands, and hypnosis sessions so they’ll have a self-care breathing exercise for stress they can use on their own.

When you use the Heart Breathing technique, your heart and brain synchronize and balance. It only takes a minute or two (you can do it longer if you like), and creates positive changes in your heart rhythms, sending powerful signals to the brain that can quickly improve how you’re feeling. It’s a great breathing technique to use when you’re feeling stressed.

How to Use the Heart Breathing Technique

Here’s a simplified version you can do on your own:

  • Drop your awareness down to your heart.
  • Imagine the breath passing in and out of the heart.
  • Think of someone or some place you love easily and unconditionally
  • Imagine breathing this love for the person or place into your heart. Let it fill and soften your heart.
  • Send all your love back to the person or place; fill the room you’re in with that love.
  • Continue with this inhale and exhale for several minutes, or longer for a deeper effect. Notice the mind quieting down. You’ll notice a shift as you do this.
  • Send this love to the areas in the body that need healing.

The Role of the Heart and Intuition

Connecting to your heart is one of the easiest ways I’ve found to help clients and students tune in to their intuition, which can help immensely in gaining clarity and insight as they move forward.

The heart is the receiver of your soul’s wisdom, so the more open and balanced it is, the more intuitive guidance you’ll be able to receive to help you with any aspect of your life. For this reason, I almost always focus on this part of the body in my distance healing sessions.

Strengthening this connection to your heart can light a fire to guide you, helping you release blocks and move forward in creative ways.

Bonus Tip: How to Connect to Your Intuition Through The Heart

The more the heart is open and unshakeable the more intuitive wisdom you can receive. Using the heart breathing technique as a daily practice strengthens this connection to your intuition. Here’s a bonus tip to help you go deeper in accessing the wisdom of your heart:

After you’ve been doing the heart breathing technique described above for 4 or 5 minutes, try this bonus option from meditation teacher and spiritual activist Terry Patten:

  • Drop a little deeper into the heart, trusting it as much as you can, even if it’s just a little.
  • Consult the intelligence of the heart. Feel into a question on which you’d like deeper guidance.
  • Notice what wisdom your heart intelligence has to offer. It might be a message, an image or color, or an emotion that wells up.
  • What is your heart trying to tell you, that your analytical/judging mind might try to ignore?
  • You can continue to explore this question through journaling, during meditation, or thinking about it just before bed and then sleeping on it.​ The calmer and more neutral you are when exploring your questions, the more you can receive, so this sometimes takes practice.

Check out HeartMath.org for research on heart coherence and its positive effects on health.

 

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The Best Flower Essences for the Heart

Flower essences are a vibrational healing system to balance negative emotions. They are different than herbs or essential oils and have no contraindications. Traditionally they’re taken orally (and don’t have a smell or taste).

Here’s more info on what flower essences are, how they work, the potential benefits, and how to use them.

Some of my favorite flower essences for the heart include:

Star of Bethlehem: for sadness and depression (Star of Bethlehem is one of the five flowers included in Rescue Remedy, so you could use this instead)
Holly: for anger
Sacred Heart by Flower Essence Society: for relationship issues
Infinite Love by Lotuswei  Infinite Love Collection: for self love & acceptance

The Best Flower Essences for Intuition

Cerato: for self-doubt, to help you trust yourself instead of asking others what to do
Schleranthus: for privately and internally debating two options or choices
Wild Oat: to help you tune into your intuition and find your path to fulfill your purpose. Here’s a wonderful article by Rose Todd about how to use Wild Oat.


Connecting to your heart can be a powerful way to help with feelings of anxiety, depression, and stress, and is one of the easiest ways I’ve found to help clients tune in to their intuition and wisdom.
The heart breathing technique is a wonderful breathing exercise for stress and to tap into your intuition.

Need additional support?

I work with clients all over the world using Distance Reiki, Tao Hands, Virtual Hypnosis, and flower essences.  Book a session for help with feeling anxious, depressed or stressed, or if you could use support with a particular challenge.

Does Hypnosis Work? Yes, Don’t Be Mislead By These 2 Signs.

Posted on November 6, 2020

Are you new to hypnosis or want to learn more about it? You’ll discover what hypnosis is and how it works, how virtual hypnosis is similar or different to in-person sessions, what to expect during and after your session (including 2 signs to be aware of), the kinds of issues hypnosis can help with, and personal feedback from people who found hypnosis helpful with specific challenges.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of focus, and quieting or softening, of the analytical or conscious mind. (Does hypnosis work? Yes, read more about how it works here.)

What is Virtual Hypnosis?

There’s no discernable difference between the effectiveness of in-person and online hypnosis sessions. Zoom (or phone) is used for the session, and instead of an office setting you are able to lie down comfortably and experience hypnosis and relax in your own home (bonus: take a nap after for deeper integration).

What to Expect: Don’t Be Misled By These 2 Signs

Occasionally, I hear 2 main concerns after a client’s first hypnosis session. Interestingly, these concerns are opposite from one another.

Sometimes a client will say, “I feel really relaxed and peaceful, but I’m not sure the hypnosis worked because I could hear everything you said during the trance.”

Other times a client will say, “I feel really relaxed and peaceful, but I’m not sure the hypnosis worked because I don’t remember anything you said during the trance.”

Curious, right? So which client was hypnotized?

Don’t be misled by theses 2 signs.

So which client was hypnotized?
Both clients.

When you’re in a state of hypnosis and you hear every word the hypnotist says, it means your conscious mind is paying close attention.

Alternately, when you don’t remember anything the practitioner said during the trance, it means your conscious mind drifted off.

Either way is best because with hypnosis I’m not speaking to the conscious mind anyway, I’m speaking to your unconscious mind.

So whether your conscious mind is listening closely to every word, or drifting comfortably off, the trance state (or state of hypnosis) usually feels quite relaxing and not dissimilar to the in-between state of wake and sleep, or the peaceful feeling during a Reiki session or massage.

The unconscious mind is 90-95% of the brain, and it’s where your deeply held beliefs, patterns, and behaviors are stored. Hypnosis helps you access this part of the mind to connect to your intuition and inner wisdom to make positive changes.

What Issues Can Hypnosis Help With?

Hypnosis can help with a wide range of issues including: stress relief, anxiety and depression, confidence and self esteem, insomnia, fertility/childbirth, pain relief, smoking/vaping, phobias, weight loss, and public speaking and stage fright.

Here’s what clients say about their experience with hypnosis:

For Stress Relief:
I know a lot of people out there are skeptical about hypnosis or hypnotherapy. I was one of them too before I met Deborah. (By the way, I did a lot of research before making the final decision to see her.) I’ve had three sessions with Deborah so far. First two sessions, hypnosis helped me feel relaxed and calm emotionally. I could never imagine myself being so relaxed and peaceful, especially in the middle of Manhattan. No way! —
Tom P.


For Writer’s Block:

A terrific session with Deborah, who’s friendly, powerful, generous.  I am dealing with issues of grief, but also a touch of writer’s block…something I consider part of the process, but I figured hypnosis might push through my hesitancy.  The next day I zoomed through the problematic part of what I was writing and am rolling on!  Unbelievable, except I’ve had incredible results with Deborah before.
–Katherine V.


For Depression & Relationship Issues
I cannot express how amazing Deborah is and how drastically my life & outlook has changed for the better since my first hypnosis session. Seven months ago, I went to see her while I was in a horrible state of depression as I was re-adjusting back to my hometown of NYC after leaving a draining job but much more comfortable lifestyle in the Middle East, and rekindling a negative past relationship at the same time. Within 45 minutes of my first hypnosis session, I let go of lots of negative feelings from my past & present and felt so much happiness!
–Sarah C.


For Weight Loss & Emotional Eating:
Many people think hypnosis is an odd thing to do. That it won’t work for them.  I encourage you to try it and have an open mind.  It just might be more amazing in Session 1 than you imagine.
My nutritionist recommended Deborah and so far I’ve lost 40 pounds.  I’m very pleased and am down a size.  I’m throwing my old clothes away because I’m convinced the changes are permanent.

I also actually enjoy our sessions a lot.  I go into deep relaxation in a minute or two.  Deborah has given me self-hypnosis exercises I do at home that help me relax, resist eating, and give me peace of mind. Before I tried hypnosis I thought I wouldn’t be a good subject.  But I was wrong and would encourage you to give it a shot, whatever you are trying to achieve. –Jerry S.


For Anxiety Relief:
I’d never been to a hypnotist before, but had struggled with anxiety disorder for at least a decade. I had tried a lot to improve it — diet, exercise, meditation, lowering stressors in my life — but was unwilling to turn to medication as a full-time answer. A friend had visited Deborah for her anxiety, so I decided it was worth a try.

The session felt very relaxing and enjoyable. Deborah taught me how to continue with self-hypnosis as needed. I felt much more relaxed after my session, and the anxiety symptoms didn’t return until a week later. I did the self-hypnosis and they were gone almost right away. They returned less intensely a few times after that, and each time I did the self-hypnosis. Now it’s been almost a year and those symptoms are (knock on wood) entirely gone. I had no idea it would work so quickly and efficiently!

Deborah said I was teaching my brain to channel anxiety in a different way, and even that visual helped me to re-imagine my experiences of fear and worry. I 100% recommend a session with Deborah, and suggest being completely open and trusting of what she’s saying. I don’t think it would work as well without trust in yourself and in her method. –Peggy K.

 

Curious to know more? Here are the three biggest misconceptions about hypnosis. 

Have something you want to change or work through, and you’re not sure if hypnosis can help? Let me know and we can discuss it. I’m here to help. Or go ahead and book a virtual hypnosis session here.

How To Make Better Decisions With Hypnosis

Posted on September 24, 2014

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I just finished a great class this past weekend with the amazing trainer John Overdurf.

We talked a lot about how the brain works when we’re trying to make a decision, and ways to optimize this process so we can make better ones.

I always love John’s classes–he’s always finding new techniques to facilitate peak performance. In fact, he trains top  CEOs (e.g. the head of Toyota).

Read on to discover how to make better decisions with hypnosis. I’ll show you an easy question you can ask yourself when you’re in the process of making a decision, as well as how hypnosis can put you in the right state of mind to have an Ah-ha moment.

Decision-Making Gone Wrong

We often forget a couple of key things when we make decisions.

1. We think that we can accurately predict the future, when actually variables are always changing (including us!). I know I’m guilty of often trying to live in the future–can you relate?

2. We often try to make important decisions when we’re stressed. When we’re in a negative state, such as feeling stressed, we’re only using half our brain (the dominant hemisphere). This severely limits our options.

Optimizing Decision-Making

So how to make better decisions with hypnosis?

Hypnosis helps us use both parts of our brain, activating the sub-dominant hemisphere. This helps us access our intuition and creativity, feeling relaxed and connected to ourselves.

Hypnosis also helps us reinterpret problems, noticing what is new and different. This is when the Ah-ha moments happen, and we can come up with solutions we never even considered before.

One Simple Question

Here’s a simple question you can ask yourself when you’re getting ready to make a decision. Hypnosis greatly facilitates this process, but you can do this on your own as well. Before you ask this question, do something to get yourself in a relaxed state of mind: maybe closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths.

Then ask yourself:

What’s the smallest next step I need to take involving this decision?

So often we think too big picture, and we become overwhelmed and stressed. I’ve learned to ask myself this question whenever I’m working on a big project and find it really helps. It’s such a simple question, and yet it’s such a powerful way to retrain your brain (which is what hypnosis is all about).

Asking yourself this simple question makes it more manageable, and will give you more information to go on once you’ve completed this next smallest step as you engage in the process of making decisions.

Then you can repeat the question, step by step, working toward figuring out what you want to do and making better decisions throughout.

Need some additional help? Schedule a hypnosis session and we’ll work through the process together. I’ll also show you the Necker Cube technique to help further facilitate the A-Ha moment!

 

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