Map Of Body Organs
Change your Mind, Change your Body Image
When I work with bodybuilders, I teach them the relationship between how they conceive the shape of their body and how it actually is. Going further, I show them how by changing their mental image of their body, they can actually accelerate improving their strength, building up muscle mass, and burning off fat. Even though most people are more concerned about losing a few pounds and improving their physical fitness and not winning a bodybuilding competition, these lessons may very well apply to them as well.
The brain maintains a map of every organ and cell of our body. When we are ill, a change in our body, such as what happens during an infection, will cause suffering. However, our mind also affects our body. In the event of feelings of elation, fear, or arousal, our body will react. Please note, however, that your body will react equally when you are responding to a perceived event as it will when it is adapting to your fantasies. Yes, suggestion and imagination will create the same results as our experience of an actual event. Since this is true, wouldn’t it make more sense to start directing your body’s evolution through deliberate choice?
When you change your mental body image, specific pathways in your brain will react. By repeatedly imagining your desired results, those same pathways will become thicker – and as a result, more powerful. Think of this as a weight lifter challenging his biceps by continually repeating an exercise. The more often that he does it, the faster that he shapes his muscles and achieves the desired strength improvement. Likewise, the more often that you imagine your ideal body image, the faster that it will manifest. This is a very scientific and well-proven fact.
The problem is that your brain will actively resist change. It will fight your desires to alter your fundamental shape. This part of the brain – which incidentally normally helps you maintain stability when doing such things such as walking – is getting in your way. Hypnosis is excellent for helping you “get out of your own way” so that you mind can be more efficient in installing your new body image.
The reason that this works is that your brain has specific parts that specializes in resisting change and in empowering what I call selective thought. What I discovered is that using of suggestion and imagination a person can inactivate the former and activate the latter. This allows you to have very efficient selective thought. Doing so allows you to create a very strong mental map of what you expect your body to look and feel like. As the majority of your brain is reactive, the hypnosis process helps you provide a very powerful map to which your body should be expected to adjust.
This is the technique that I use in the Enhanced Body Image. While I designed this specifically for my weight loss clients, I recommend this session to bodybuilders and even people who seek to influence their healing through mental processes.
About the Author
Tim Brunson, PhD, is the Executive Director of The International Hypnosis Research Institute, a member supported project involving integrative health care specialists from around the world. We provide information and educational resources to clinicians. Hypnosis self-help and clinical CD’s and Downloads
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