Browsing Archive: September, 2010

Information to Change Your Mind...and Your Body!

Posted by Kelley Woods on Friday, September 17, 2010,
Sugar cripples your immune system
If there is more glucose around, there is going to be less vitamin C allowed into the cell. It doesn't take much: a blood sugar value of 120 reduces the phagocytic index by 75%. So when you eat sugar, think of your immune system slowing down to a crawl.

Sugar hurts your brain
Add to the list of side effects of HFCS (and any form of sugar or refined carbs): Sugar causes crusting in your brain. Think about that sugary crust on creme brule or a crusty bread or cris...
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Your New BFF!

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
Do you ever wonder if you will ever find someone who truly understands YOU? Are you frustrated, aggravated and lonely? Do you feel rejected or abandoned by others? Do you have the sense that you just don't fit in and will always feel alone?

I have great news for you. I can introduce you to your new best friend, forever.

It's not unusual for people to be disassociated with themselves, for many reasons. Perhaps you learned this behavior when you were growing up and modeled your parents or other ...
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Rules for Happiness

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
• Don't blame others for making you unhappy. Take responsibility for making yourself happy.
• Give yourself permission to make yourself happy — even if in so doing, others make themselves unhappy.
• Make time for yourself to do things which bring you pleasure and enjoyment in the short-term.
• Do things for others and your community without expecting anything back in return.
• Sacrifice short-term pleasures and put up with short-term discomforts in order to achieve longer-term gai...
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Self Sabotage

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
Nearly everyone has experienced feeling that the real battle lies within oneself. Perhaps you feel this when attempting to let go of an unwanted habit or make other positive changes and a part of you insists on undermining your success, despite your determination and will power.

What you need to understand is that that "sabotaging" part of you is really looking out for you! It is a component of your subconscious mind that was devised to fill a need at some time in your life. When these parts...
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What's Wrong with Crying?!

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
"Keep a stiff upper lip"

"Don't cry over spilled milk"

"It's a crying shame"

"Big girls don't cry"

"Don't waste your tears..."

"Tears are a sign of weakness"

"What a crybaby!"


What IS wrong with crying?


Society tells us to buck up, grow up and stop the flow of tears. When we fall and bump our nose as a toddler, mommy runs quickly to hush our tears and daddy gives us the stern look to act our age!


Later, we choke down our disappointments and hurts, coating them with sugar to ease t...
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Your Feelings are Valuable

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
All of your feelings are important. They have a message to relay to you.

I like to use the comparison of feelings and emotions to the gauges of your dashboard on your car. If the oil light activates, you need to check your oil level. If the temperature gauge lights up, it's best if you make sure the water level of your radiator is adequate. If your "door open" light goes on, you might want to make sure you don't lose a passenger!

But, pulling into the nearest gas station and adding fuel to...
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Make a Wish List!

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
I read "The Aladdin Factor" written by Jack Canfield a couple of years ago. Its main focus builds off of the premise that, most of us, when presented with the promise of three wishes, wouldn't have a difficult time coming up with those wishes, but Jack then goes on to propose that instead of just three wishes, what would you do with one hundred wishes?!

When I read this, I was stymied. One hundred wishes?! That's just crazy! Or is it? I sat down with pen and paper and proceeded to create my ...
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Learning Hypnosis

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
Some of my clients intially worry that they may not be able to experience hypnosis. And, if they are coming to me for help with a problem that they have not been able to solve, the last thing they want to experience is more failure.

The hypnotic trance is unique for each person. It's impossible to explain what it feels like, even though we naturally go in and out of trance-like states every day. Ever "zone out" in front of the television or while reading a good book? Or, have you driven your...
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Aversion Therapy

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
What is it and how does it work?

There are many aversion therapy approaches for behavioral conditioning, but I will comment here on ones used in the hypnotherapeutic setting.

The purpose of aversion therapy is to stop or prevent an undesired habit or behavior. It can be applied to actions such as nail biting, smoking, over-eating, alcohol consumption, pornography use, gambling and more!

A basic rule of the mind is that every behavior serves a benefit to us, whether the results of that beha...
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The Value of Dreams

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
So you wake up with a dream lingering in your mind. What to do? Hurry up and get ready for the day, or take a few moments to review the dream? Most people choose to think about the dream only if it was a happy one, but it's the nightmares that are really important to ponder, as they are what dream experts call "venting dreams".

Dr. John Kappas, founder of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, says "Venting dreams are the most important to dream analysis since they represent events, traumas, do...
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Skin, the Barometer of our Emotions

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
It's true, that giant organ called skin reflects our emotional state in many ways. Whether it's by blushing, itching or erupting, our skin is symptomatic of our mental state.

Hypnosis can help discover why someone might be experiencing skin distress and help alleviate it. I have helped clients get rid of warts, prevent or heal from herpes lesions, improve dermititis and more!

An excellent reference on the mind/skin relationship is Dr. Grossbart's free E-book, Skin Deep, available on his we...
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Use the Hypnagogic State for Change

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
A discussion on my favorite hypnosis forum, www.hypnothoughts.com, features how to utilize that dreamy, not asleep, yet not awake state called hypnagogia. The hypnagogic state is actually the period during which one is falling asleep, as opposed to hypnopompic state, which is when one is awakening.

This phenomena includes a variety of sensate experiences in numerous modalities, including visual hallucination, auditory, olfactory and gustotory and thermal sensations. The mind is not only more...
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Sticks and stones...

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
...can break bones and words CAN also harm your child. When life gets stressful, resist the urge to release your emotions on your child. A torn sleeve is easily mended, but a broken heart lasts forever. Here are 10 things to especially avoid saying to your kids:

Why can't you be more like…? - Every child is unique and an individual.

Why don't you act your age? - Many times when we insist a child act their age, they are acting their age.

Must you always be such a slob? - Criticism only ...
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Drugged Out Kids in the USA

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
Millions of children in our country are being diagnosed with ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and millions are being treated with stimulant drugs such as ritalin to control their behavior. What most people don't realize is that this is often the method by which youngsters enter the medication system.

According to the FDA, stimulant drugs have PRIMARY effects in at least 20% of children who have no identifiable risk factors. These effects include violent and aggressive behavio...
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20 Reasons to Drink More Water!

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
1.Nothing can live without water.
2.Water is our main source of energy.
3.Water generates electrical and magnetic energy inside every cell of the body.
4.Water increases the immune system’s efficiency in the bone marrow (where it is formed) and all its mechanisms including its efficiency against cancer.
5.Water is the main solvent for all foods, vitamins, and minerals. It is used in the breakdown of food into smaller particles as well as their eventual metabolism and assimilation.
6.Water t...
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Arachnaphobia and other Fearful States

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
There are theories about where some phobias originate that are very interesting. Some speculate that the fear of spiders and snakes is deeply rooted in our genetic history; that survival depended on being alert and afraid of such creatures. Just knowing this may help calm a milder reaction to those creepy crawlies.

Many people, however, recall specific events that started their terror of spiders or snakes. Sometimes it was one particular episode or it may have been a series of encounters tha...
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Loss

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
Everyone experiences loss; it comes in many forms. In the case of the loss of a loved one, finding your way through the grief can be a lonely and terrible task. A couple of resources that I have found to be helpful include this free publication: http://www.buildfreedom.com/content/books/survive/

and this piece: A Parable of Immortality by Henry Van Dyke

"I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an ...
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Do You Suffer from A.N.T.S.?

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
A.N.T.S. ~ Automatic Negative Thought Syndrome

Albert Ellis has compiled a list of commonly held irrational ideas, many of which we all believe at one time or another. They are all false, but for some people they are a part of their basic philosophy of life and, as such, are the cause of much unhappiness.

Just as the Greek philosophers did, you can get rid of these ideas by debating within yourself until you have cast them out. But for most people, this requires a great deal of work, even w...
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Toxic Emotions

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
Have you ever noticed, when you wake from sleep, that fraction of time just before you become consciously aware of who and where you are? It's only a tiny moment, but it feels just wonderful. Some people describe that feeling as Nirvana and spend many hours attempting to achieve it through prayer or meditation. It's really an absence of awareness of all of the busy-ness of our lives and it feels so safe, so peaceful.

But, then, you continue to awaken and your mind quickly fills with your dai...
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Hitch hikers

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
When you think about the thoughts and ideas that fill your mind, you might consider how they are like hitch hikers. You're cruising along, enjoying your day, or just feeling neutral about life, and then, up ahead, appears a particular thought.

Do you slow down automatically, preparing to give that idea a ride? Are you like the scheduled bus that stops at every passenger and allows them to board? Or do you assess that hitch hiker, asking yourself if it is helpful or healthy to take it on?

Y...
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What's a Hypno-Band?!

Posted by Kelley Woods on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
There's a little storm brewing in the weight-loss world...its name is: Hypno-Band.

When people first hear about a hypnotic, virtual version of gastric lap band surgery, they have a mixture of responses...incredulity, surprise, and then, intrigue. Could it really be true? Can a person be hypnotized into believing they have had a gastric band installed, resulting in weight loss, without all of the inherent risk of the actual surgery?

Well, I'm here to testify that this scenario is not only po...
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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!