Some think being authentic is not telling lies, being good, doing the right things, the good things – the good-girl, good-boy syndrome. We have been programmed to think in those terms. But where does that concept of being a good girl, being a good boy really come from? It may just come from other people who want to keep you in line, who want to keep you doing what they want you to do. It has nothing to do with being authentic. It has something to do with control. It gets ingrained in us over and over again in the early years.
Back in March this year, I walked into My Rest Acupuncture Studio on Main Street at 18th Avenue Vancouver. I was surprised. As beautiful, tranquil, and peaceful as the open room was, it was just, open! A few massage tables quietly bathed in soothing music and restful energy. I asked my collaboration partner Ala Wroblewska R.Ac, SSE, “How does it actually work, with multiple people being treated in the same room?” Ala looked at me, and replied, “Well, you know, in China, where acupuncture treatment started, it has always been this way.”
Without trying to hypnotize you, I’d like you to stare into the graphic art for a minute or two.
Maybe lots of circles, maybe a depth, maybe confusing, maybe fractured, maybe patterns, or even motion…
It’s a natural thing when you look into such an image and begin to see movement. The brain doesn’t know how to read all the patterns that have been specifically designed, so it starts seeing motions, and many times a motion will draw you into it. Sometimes it’ll feel like it’s coming at you.
They say when you start to speak a language in your dreams, you have mastered that language.
Can you imagine my joy when I finally had a dream, in which I was speaking English, in my late teens? English was my favourite subject in high school.
A few days ago, I woke up fully convinced that I had truly mastered the language of hypnotism, because that morning, in my dream, I was doing hypnosis.
Pauline, who lives in Europe, found me online. She had been googling ideas about physical pain and the role the subconscious mind played in that pain. She was especially focused on “pain caused by accidents”. During her search, she came upon my blog post: A Dialogue with “Pain Body” in Hypnotherapy.
I was a little bit surprised that someone would initiate a session with me based on that article about pain-body, because I…
But my true answer is that I practice “Kemilian”. That sounds quite funny. But then, the unconscious mind processes information 11 million bits per second. As a hypnotherapist trusting her own unconscious mind, I think that’s a very appropriate answer to the question of my practice, including the sound of it.
Many people I come across understand that many of their issues—whether emotional, mental, behavioural, and perhaps even physical—can come down to a lack of self-confidence. Heather, my new client had just come to see me about her body-image and perceived difficulty in dating when I mentioned she may just lack a little confidence.
“Yes, I know that!” she exclaimed. And then she looked at me innocently, as if she was asking me, “Now what can you do Kemila to bring some confidence to me, through the magic you know that’s called hypnosis?”