Tapping Inner Resources

March 4, 2016
Driving in town this weekend, I noticed a bumper sticker on a work van ahead. It asked, "GOT SISU?" I smiled because I do have sisu. It's actually part of my Finnish ancestory.

"Sisu" (see-su) is a Finnish word that describes an element of Finnish culture which represents a dogged perseverance. To the Finnish people, "sisu" has a nearly mystical, magical aura, bordering on the spiritual.

"The Finns have something they call sisu. It is a compound of bravado and bravery, of ferocity and tenacity, of the ability to keep fighting after most people would have quit, and to fight with the will to win. The Finns translate sisu as "the Finnish spirit," but it is a much more gutful word than that. Last week the Finns gave the world a good example of sisu by carrying the war into Russian territory on one front while on another they withstood merciless attacks by a reinforced Russian Army. In the wilderness that forms most of the Russo-Finnish frontier between Lake Laatokka and the Arctic Ocean, the Finns definitely gained the upper hand."
Time Magazine, January 8, 1940

I started thinking about my own sisu nature and realized that this is the element that I often seek to instill in my clients. While they may not be in a war against an invading country, they ARE involved in a battle within and need all of the reserves we can muster. Casting a powerful force like sisu can help them navigate the trenches and persevere to the completion of their goals.

A Finnish proverb: "Strong willpower will take a woman even through stone."

Update 3/11/16  Wow! I just found this wonderful video on Sisu! Enjoy! www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTIizGyf5kU


Your Hypnotic Intelligence Quotient

July 25, 2015

One of the most powerful benefits of using hypnotic principles in life is an increase in Emotional Intelligence – the ability to sense and understand not only one’s own emotions, but also those of other people and even animals. Additionally, being able to respond appropriately to these inner senses affords us autonomy over reactions, behavior and overall mindset.

Those of us who practice mindful hypnosis regularly find that we live with a certain attunement of attention that is not onl...

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Stop Trying to Think Your Way Out

May 1, 2015

(Originally published on Soberistas.com )

You are an intelligent person. You have learned a lot in your life and you like to think that you generally pay attention to what’s good for you. Unless you are living under a rock, you know that the consumption of alcohol has little to no benefits and a whole truckload of detriments. Compound all of this wisdom and then add your own personal experiences (it is said that we are destined to be presented with life’s lessons until we learn them) t...

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Paint On, Paint Off

July 27, 2014
I thought it was time for a word about the value of perseverance, with some caveats. Here's a personal story:

One of my projects (I have several ongoing because we creative types like it that way) is re-painting my 120 yr old farmhouse and adjacent garage. Now, I could have either hired a contractor to do this for many thousands of dollars or recruited some friends to help me, but I chose largely to do it myself. Why? Why would a 55 yr old woman take on such a task?

The answer to that is that I...
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Get in Touch With Your Inner Monster and Moan Your Troubles Away!

October 27, 2012
Many people are annoyed by someone who moans and groans...for a variety of reasons, some of which may be that these irksome sounds are a reminder that a person is in some type of pain, or perhaps the moaning is frightening, triggering an association to some scary character, a monster in a movie. Some may even recall a disappointed or frustrated parent or teacher moaning at our undesirable behavior or attitude.

If you also feel this way about moaning and groaning, here is some surprising...
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Pace Away Pain!

August 28, 2012

Pace Away Pain by Kelley T. Woods 

The act of walking is therapeutic in itself; activating muscles and engaging in physical motion encourages the release of those feel-good chemicals that can help reduce the suffering of pain. Walking helps one pay attention to breath, reminding you to breathe fully and calmly.


As a student of karate, my feet take a beating. We work out on a wooden floor, barefoot. One day my feet were aching and cramping, making it very difficult to move through the ...

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Hypnosis is a Substitute for Medical Marijuana

September 3, 2011
Recent statistics from the State of Colorado reveal that there is a big increase in the number of young males utilizing medical marijuana for such complaints as chronic pain, sleep improvement, relaxation and anxiety, among other uses. In fact, a large percentage of these patients are actually manifesting symptoms in order to qualify for their MM cards.

Understanding the power of the imagination to create and maintain physical conditions, I worry about these young men! The subconscious mind d...
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Self Hypnosis to get into the "Calm Zone"

March 31, 2011

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!