Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Everyone dreams. Some people dream of love, some dream of wealth, some dream of success. Unfortunately, few people learn how to turn their dreams into reality. One of the reasons for this is something that has recently been identified as “Playpen Syndrome.”

Playpen syndrome is like a bureaucracy. It is propagated by people and agencies who want to avoid being bothered by ambition, creativity, new ideas or progress. It stifles individuality and prevents the achievement of goals. Fortunately, hypnotherapy can help the players leave the playpen behind.

Playpen syndrome begins when children learn from parents, teachers, or other authority figures that they will only be liked if they do as they are told; if they create problems, they won’t be liked. Parents don’t intentionally create this attitude, but they often place their children in safe, out-of-the-way areas. The young, impressionable mind gets the idea that they will be liked and taken care of as long as they don’t cause any problems.

These mistaken ideas stifle creativity and send a message to the subconscious mind that keeping the status quo is the same as being liked and should be the goal of their life. They do not learn to explore, take small risks, or find solutions to the challenges of their environment.

The message is reinforced as they grow up. They participate in sports activities and continue to play on teams regardless of their skill level and without any real motivation to improve their skills. Later they work in an environment that will secure their job, with benefits, regardless of their skill level or the quality of their work. All their lives they are cared for by someone else and never take the initiative to take control of their lives and make their dreams come true.

Hypnotherapy can help anyone develop the tools they need to achieve their dreams and free themselves from the Playpen syndrome. The program focuses on Goal Setting and Achievement, and may also include attitude, confidence, and motivation.

Effective goal setting requires both a sense of completion and reward. The major problem most people have with goals is that they only set the long term accomplishment goals. They don’t look at the steps they need to achieve to get to the end goal. They fail to see any reward, even when they do make progress.

Activity goals are just as important as accomplishment goals. Activity goals are the steps by which we reach our final outcome goals. A student, for example, wants to become an engineer and this is his or her accomplishment goal. One at a time, they must attend each class, complete the written assignments, and pass each test and exam. These are activity goals. Once completed successfully, each activity goal provides an essential sense of accomplishment and the motivation to continue.

Motivation and attitude are just as essential as proper goal setting. You must have a strong desire to achieve your goals. You must have confidence to know that you can succeed. Hypnotherapy can help you find these things within yourself.

© Dr. Shanimah Ra, Certified Hypnotherapist and Angel Therapy Practitioner® 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012


My Infinite Angels: IN PAIN? CALL THE DOCTOR… AND THE HYPNOTHERAPIST!: Pain. We all experience it at one time or another. Migraine headaches. Back pain. Chronic pain from illness or injury. Birthing pains. Pain ...


Pain. We all experience it at one time or another. Migraine headaches. Back pain. Chronic pain from illness or injury. Birthing pains. Pain from surgery or other medical or dental procedures. If we are in pain, we want relief and we want it NOW!!

So you call the doctor and she prescribes medication. You take it and most of the time, it helps. Other times, it doesn’t help – or help enough, or for long enough. There are sometimes that you just do not want to take medication, right?

There has to be an alternative. Isn’t there a safe way to get pain relief without medication and chemicals?

More and more people are asking this question and the answer is a resounding – YES! A natural technique that has been used since the dawn of time – hypnosis – is becoming the preferred choice of treatment for pain relief for a variety of issues from migraine headaches to chronic back pain to cancer symptoms.

Hypnosis, in addition to regular medical treatment, has a multitude of advantages with pain management. Primarily, it requires no drugs. In fact, studies show that patients with chronic diseases who practice hypnosis as taught by a professional hypnotherapist trained in pain management, required fewer analgesics to maintain pain relief. They suffered less anxiety about their pain and greater comfort during medical procedures as well.

A study at Case Western University found hypnotherapy useful as a pain management tool following such surgical procedures as hysterectomy, coronary by-pass, hemorrhoid surgery and abdominal surgery. Subject patients had shorter hospital stays, less nausea and more rapid healing. Hundreds of studies have proven hypnotherapy to be the first choice treatment for reducing migraine headache attacks.

With such impressive results, why do we reach for the aspirin bottle instead of the natural, relaxing, healing capacities within our own powerful mind? The answer is obvious. Most people do not know how to practice self-hypnosis. Most people are not aware of the outstanding successfulness of hypnotic techniques. Many people unfortunately have outdated, fearful misconceptions that hypnosis involves mind control or giving over of your conscious will to another person.

The truth is that hypnosis (or hypnotherapy as it is often termed today to indicate the acknowledgment of its increasing therapeutic value) is a resource that should be explored by all who suffer pain. It offers an ongoing approach of pain management that, once established, can be monitored and adjusted by the patient him or herself as their unique circumstances dictate. This returns the sense of control back to the patient. Best of all, it has no side effects… except an overall feeling of increased relaxation.

How can you learn self-hypnosis to control or reduce your pain? You can email me or give me a call to set up an appointment. I can teach you a variety of techniques such as visualization, guided imagery, relaxation, and suggestion to help you gain control of your pain and your life.

Infinite Blessings from your Infinite Angels.
© 2011 Dr. Shanimah Leal Ra, PhD.
Clinical Hypnotherapist, Forensic Hypnotist,
Angel Therapy Practitioner®