Saturday, June 9, 2012

Self Hypnosis and My Personal Fear

All my life my mother would tell everyone about how she almost drowned in the ocean and from the time I was very little I heard the story over and over (and over). Although we lived in a beach town my father had a fear of the water since JAWS came out, telling us time and time again that sharks could attack in a foot of water...and I loved to swim.

Fast forward to my teenage years and I was one of those girls surrounded by boys, you know, the kind that was one of the guys and always being dared to push the edge a bit farther. One summer day we got hold of an inflatable raft and decided to paddle to the oil platform out in the channel. We barely made it past the breakers when we overturned the raft and I got caught in an undertow. Keeping my wits about me I was able to swim across and out and ended up on a beach hike wet and scared to find my friends.

Another time, another boat, another bad experience and it became a downward spiral of bad boating nightmares until I found myself miserably on the other side of fear. I kept trying and failing at keeping calm in on board situations and by the time I met my husband was fairly assured that I was nautically cursed.

But here's the thing. J. loves boating, he loves scuba diving and now kayaks and I love him. So when we decided to get him one he started pushing and prodding to get me to go and I was terrified. I couldn't do it. I couldn't even get on it banked on the shore. After consulting with a Hypnotherapist I decided that I could, with help, get over this, but even after that decision my fear made me procrastinate until this year when the opportunity came along to train as one. Learning self hypnosis was the turning point for me to work with this fear instead of running from it. With the tools I have learned I am now still water paddling and have explored most of Fireman's Cove by myself. I'm looking forward (trepidatiously) to a scheduled trip to paddle the backwater swamp of Coastal Georgia and am saving my pennies for my very own sleek boat. I could not do this without the skills I have learned as a hypnotherapist.

Fear is a programmed tool we have that when reasonable assists us in our personal safety. Allowed to grow out of bounds into a phobia it affects our lives, making our experiences dull and unfulfilling.  Facing my fear and dealing with it has opened a new door for me with the brilliance of the sun shining on the early morning waters. Using hypnosis to conquer your fears can do the same for you.

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Copyright Marcia Mauskopf 2012

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