Thoughts are things


I have been back in Minnesota to visit my mom, family, and friends. In the six months that have passed my mom’s cognitive abilities have slipped and two friends are dealing with cancer.  There are so many stresses people are dealing with in their lives.  I feel blessed to be able to be supportive and help with beneficial information. I talked with my mom today and she said while I was back “everything was good”. I wish I could leave that energy behind permanently for her. While I was there I bought a book by Dr. Masaru Emoto. I was familiar with his work and just wanted the book to support his ongoing efforts to research and elucidate the relationship between thought and material objects as exemplified in water. My simplistic summary of his research is this: Thoughts are things with tangible affects in our physical world. His research specifically shows the relationship between thoughts and the molecular structure of water. Here is a video you might enjoy:  Emoto’s research indicates that there are two words/thoughts that have the greatest power to affect matter in a wonderful way, those words are gratitude and love. I also got to meet my great nephew on this trip.

Morning Pond


I am not an early riser. There are Larks and there are Owls in this world. I love the creative quiet time of night. Sometimes I do wake early and recently I did. I grabbed my camera and went to the living room window that overlooks a pond. The colors were so beautiful that I would like to share them with you.

Change, the subconscious and Milton Erickson

You and I have been there, we have had periods of time where we would not change.  It is not that we could not, we would not.  We had a skill and were competent at applying that skill to holding in place a particular view of the past, present, and future.  For some people it is first experienced in early childhood, we might refuse to stop sucking our thumb.  For others it starts in the teens and for a very long time they might smoke. Rigidity in thinking begins early in life.

We create a mental universe and we live in it.  We defend it from change and opinions.  And even when we know something is not quite right with our universe and seek help we are often too buttressed in our fortress universe. Thankfully, we have our vast subconscious storehouse of learning to draw upon.Milton-EricksonMy mentor in Hypnotherapy is Milton Erickson.  (Milton has been dead for decades but his work lives on.)   I have a great collection of worn and underlined books dissecting the minutia of his work. I particularly like his view of the subconscious: he says,  “Now, the unconscious mind is a vast storehouse of memories, your learnings.  It has to be a storehouse because you cannot keep consciously in mind all the things you know.  Your unconscious mind acts as a storehouse.  Considering all the learning you have acquired in a lifetime, you use the vast majority of them automatically in order to function.”

Erickson believed that the unconscious mind was always listening and that, whether or not the patient was in trance, suggestions could be made which would have a hypnotic influence, as long as those suggestions found resonance at the unconscious level. The patient could be aware of this or could be completely oblivious that something was happening. Erickson would see if the patient would respond to one or another kind of indirect suggestion and allow the unconscious mind to participate actively in the therapeutic process. In this way, what seemed like a normal conversation might induce a hypnotic trance, or a therapeutic change in the subject. According to Weitzenhoffer, “[Erickson’s] conception of the unconscious is definitely not the one held by Freud.”

Psychosomatic Illness

Psychosomatic medicine is an interdisciplinary medical field studying the relationships of social, psychological, and behavioral factors on bodily processes and well-being in humans and animals. A illness that has physical symptoms, but has the mind and emotions as its origin is called a psychosomatic illness. Although you may be told that it’s “all in your head”, these illnesses are not imaginary. The aches and pains are very real, but brainbecause your doctor is looking for an actual physical cause, they are very tricky to diagnose and treat. The key is to look for a source of stress in the person’s life that the person is not coping with. By treating the underlying stress and depression, it may be possible to heal the physical problems as well.

The seven most common causes of psychosomatic illnesses are. Conflict (conflict between what we want to do and feel we ought to do) Organ Language (use of language such as pain in the butt) Motivation (e.g.; creating illness to avoid public speaking) Past Experience (an event, remembered or not, which immediately or later, creates a symptom) Identification (e.g.; smoking now because long ago smoked with mom and enjoyed her company) Self-Punishment (from real or imagined guilt) Suggestion (at a vulnerable time an idea is accepted by the subconscious as correct)

It is possible to have more than one cause connected to a symptom.

Her Mystical Experience

What an interesting week thus far. I heard a wonderful story from a wonderful woman. She was pregnant and working at the time at a large retail store. Her baby had been trying to come several times way too early, and she was very worried.

One day as she was working a woman wearing a colorful Hawaiian shirt came to her, talked with her, and assured her the baby would be fine. They spoke for awhile. Later on two people who worked security and watched video cameras asked her why she had been having a conversation with herself in the store. The security people and the security cameras did not “see” the woman in the Hawaiian shirt at all. They thought this woman was going crazy.

She had “forgotten” this experience for some time. There was no validation for such a mystical event. Such wonderful events are sometimes not talked about because of the social stigma of seeming to be crazy. In time, and a little early, she had her baby and it was fine.

Benefits of Sensory Deprivation


I found this quote in “Self-awareness and E.S.R.  an extended study into the measurement of skin resistance as a guide to self-awareness and well being” it moved me to remember experiences and what to share the information.

” …they had been very impressed by the sensory deprivation experiments carried out at Princeton University around 1960, when it was found that sufferers from colds, sore throats and even poison ivy rash, all recovered completely — and without medication of any kind — after two or three days of sensory deprivation.

Dr. Woolley-Hart and C. Maxwell Cade believed that this therapeutic effect was due to the shift from sympathetic to parasympathetic activity which resulted from the reduction in sensory input.”

My experience persuades me of the necessity of flowing with the events.  When someone shows symptoms of illness, the body calls for rejuvenation, to rejuvenate requires shutting down some systems and re-routing the energy.  The shutdown increases body temperature, makes us aware of the state of the body through sending our brain pain information. We feel tired and feverish, we know we are ill. Go with it. Let go, get hotter, rest to the extreme without stimuli, no books, radio, or television, remove light, go into a healing hibernation. Pile on the blankets and sweat, drink  water, trust your unconscious to choose vitamins, up your alkalinity and engage accelerated healing.

Be grateful.