The Great Eavesdropper

July 14, 2020

This is one name that I give to our Subconscious Mind: The Great Eavesdropper. I use it because this is a part of us that never sleeps but is always working for us in many ways, attending to all of the minute details that our body needs but also processing and digesting our thoughts and impressions about our life experiences. As it does so, it takes in a daily “feed” of information from a variety of sources. Some examples of this might be the things we read on social media, the news, advertising, books we read, music we listen to, along with the interactions with others that we have.

Much of this input filters into that Great Eavesdropper, our subconscious, gradually becoming part of our thoughts and beliefs, which influences our emotions and our behavior. This part of our mind doesn’t really have the discerning, judgement abilities of our conscious thought process, though, and it can be vulnerable to ideas and beliefs without considering whether they are helpful to us, especially if they come from places of influence. Those may be people of authority, for example, or media, which is hypnotic in nature and reduces our ability to filter fact from fiction.

But the most important source of that feed comes from our own thoughts, our inner dialogue. I like using this “Two Wolves” story to further enlighten a client about the “feed” they are exposing their own mind to:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life:

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Hypnosis can help change not only a person’s self-talk, it can change limiting beliefs, imprints and impressions that are keeping them from achieving their goals.

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June 4, 2020

photo by Matt Brown

Many of us have just spent several months sheltering at home. This has provided unprecedented time and space to think about our lives, our health, our relationships, our jobs, and more. Perhaps you are thinking about making some changes as a result of this shared experience.

Often, change is thrust upon us with little warning or consideration and we are forced to pivot. Sometimes, we get some choice in how we do that and this can give us a semblance of control. ...

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“Do You Spit...or Swallow?”

April 20, 2020

This is one of the first questions I ask a client who comes to me for hypnosis to stop using chewing tobacco. In my 18-year career as a hypnosis practitioner, I have helped many men (and one woman) free themselves from their unwanted dipping/snuffing/chewing habit. Most of these clients have received their hypnotherapy sessions with me online – when word got out that this is a specialty of mine and people from different parts of the country reached out to me.

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Hypnosis Can Help You Ride the Pandemic Wave

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A vital facet of our profession’s growth involves educating the public about what hypnosis is ...

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Tell Porn to Beat It!

March 27, 2020

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Whatever we expose ourselves to repeatedly entrains not only our mind, but our body. Experiences that create chemical responses in our brain, like the release of the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine, condition us toward repetitive behavior. This is how habits are formed. And, the stronger the ...

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Make Your Bed!

March 25, 2020

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Now, more than ever, it is important to make your bed. Yes, make your bed. When you rise from it in the morning (unless you are quite ill, please get out of bed), tidy up your bed. Straighten the s...

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Online Hypnosis Practitioners are an Awesome Resource for Kids and Teens

March 24, 2020

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Thrown into a new routine, disappointed with not being able to participate in extra-curricular activities, isolated from peers and, m...

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Change Your Self Talk with Hypnosis

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Should Driving Under the Influence of Hypnosis be Illegal?!

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Here’s my story...and I’m sticking to it! One Saturday night in late October, I went out dancing with a friend in my small town. I dressed up as a Forest Cat, borrowing my 90-year old mother’s fur ears and coyote tail. We had a great time at the dance but, around midnight as we were leaving, decided we were hungry. I drove up and down the main drag of town, looking for a place to eat.

Within a few blocks, flashing colored lights appeared in my rearview mirror. I pulled over and rolled ...

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Woman Becomes Herself Through Hypnosis!

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Incredibly, a report has just surfaced from the Pacific Northwest that a woman has actually become herself! This strange occurrence came about after she visited certified hypnotherapist Kelley T. Woods, who has a private practice in Anacortes, Washington.

Jane Doe (name changed to protect privacy) explains, “I had struggled for years...just never really being myself. I tried all sorts of things, from doing Zumba, to joining a book club and even listening to New Age music...but none of it w...

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About Kelley

Kelley Woods I'm a hypnotist living and working here in beautiful Skagit County in Northwest Washington. Besides helping people improve their lives through hypnosis, I love boating, hiking our forestlands, and playing with my family and friends!