Monday, May 14, 2012


Angels Tell Me…

If you take a dollar bill, which is 6.14 inches (or 6 inches, if you are rounding), and used that as a visual to compare time to actual space; the very generous lifespan of a human of 120 years would look like 736.8 inches or 61.4 feet.

The age of modern humanity as we know it is calculated to be approximately 50,000 years or about 12792 dollar bills, laid end-to-end, which would be about 4.84 miles. Most people could walk that distance in a little over an hour.

Scientists theorized that the human race has been evolving for about 200 thousand years or the length of 614,000 dollar bills, laid end-to-end, or 102,333 feet, or almost 19.5 miles.

The Earth has been around for about 4.5 billion years and the whole universe (according to the Big Bang Theory [not the Bible]) has been revolving in the void for about 14 billion years. That is a 14 with 9 zeros after it. The calculations for converting that time into spatial distance are astronomical, so I won’t do them here.

The whole point of this exercise is that, if you are walking along and you are only going for 61.4 feet of the millions of miles available – you’d better make every inch count!! Shanimah 5/14/2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012



·         How can your child benefit from Hypnotherapy?

In more ways than you might think. Hypnotherapy can help to eliminate infant habits such as bed-wetting and nose-picking. It can help develop good study habits, improve concentration and learning ability, develop motivation, creativity and self-esteem. Hypnotherapy can help deal with grief or loss. Most importantly, it can prevent potential psychological damage that might be caused by misunderstanding the words of an adult.

“I have files filled with case histories of adults who have sought help understanding childhood memories.” states Shanimah Leal Ra, PhD. “It is amazing how much damage can be done by a well-meaning, but misunderstood remark; especially when it comes from a trusted source like a parent or teacher.” Children all have individual personalities, just as do adults. They respond to comments by authority figures each in their own way.

For instance, a parent might see a poor report card and try to use reverse psychology to motivate the child. The parent might say something like: “I can’t believe any kid of mine is this dumb.” If the child has enough self-confidence; it might provoke him into putting forth more effort. But, if the child is insecure, a statement like that could make him believe that he is truly dumb or worse, that his father or mother doesn’t love him.

Hypnotherapy can help children to understand what was really meant and prevent the misunderstanding from becoming an emotional scar that would limit their personal growth or performance potential throughout their life.

·         Children are actually the best subjects for hypnotherapy!

Prior to beginning any program, I take the time to interview with children, to find out what the child likes and dislikes. We discover, together, the best imagery to use. It’s easy for children to have a positive experience with hypnotherapy.

Once they develop an adequate attention span, children are easily hypnotized. Children spend most of their waking hours playing games and indulging in fantasies and pretend experiences in which they become totally absorbed. These are excellent methods and techniques with which to implement therapeutic suggestions.

Children may not realize the potential power of visualization. Yet, we all have this natural talent for dreaming and picturing things in our minds; children even more so. They respond beautifully to fairy tales and bedtime stories. They like to imagine that they have a part in the story being told and they slip into hypnosis easily.

Teenagers benefit immensely from hypnotherapy. It can be successful with improving concentration and learning abilities. It has also proven to be helpful in dealing with behaviour problems such as delinquency and addictions. With teenagers however, motivation plays a much larger roll. It is essential that they understand and want the change.

I have multiple degrees in Clinical Hypnotherapy; I also do Etheric Energy Work, practice EFT techniques and am a Reiki Master, which compliments my therapy toolbox,” explains Dr. Ra.                                                                             ©1/25/2012


Saturday, May 5, 2012


            As we age, we may become vulnerable to conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke. An interesting case study by two Los Angeles researchers sheds doubt on traditional views about the chances for recovery from one of these unnatural conditions – stroke.

As early as 1987, researchers Holroyd and Hill found that recovery from stroke could be extended long after the six month accepted medical viewpoint of that time. Their findings, published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Vol. 37, issue 2, 1989, presented that, using hypnosis – a technique not normally associated with the treatment of stroke, researchers helped a 66 year-old female regain several physical capacities. These included use of her disabled arm and the ability to walk without a cane. Hypnotherapy with the subject began six months post-stroke and lasted for six months.

Stroke Recovery Hypnotherapy

Under hypnosis, the patient was guided through imagery that recalled memories of previous abilities, including swimming in a river as a child. In addition to the hypnosis sessions, the woman was given audiotapes with which to practice at home.
Follow-up a year after the stroke showed verifiable improvement in the physical capabilities of the patient.
Researchers Holroyd of UCLA and Hill of Permanente Center in Lomita, CA. speculated that, even though therapy for strokes is traditionally perceived as not being useful beyond six months post-stroke, the capacity of the mind to learn new information and processes does not have an end-point. This has developed into a new vein of scientific research called “Neuroplasticity.” 

Imagery works on the mind in a way that is not yet clearly understood. As ongoing results show, however, the ability of imagery to push the envelope of traditional limits of effective therapy holds exciting possibilities and it is an arena that merits further investigation.
An interesting side note: Hypnotherapy for recovery was initiated at the request of the patient after a neurologist had concluded that she would not likely gain any further improvement in her physical condition.
Sometimes, it seems, the patient knows best! 

If you or someone you know would like help using guided imagery or visualization to complement traditional therapy for stroke or any other condition, you may contact Shanimah Ra – email:
Disclaimer:  Hypnosis cannot and should not stand alone as the sole medical or psychological intervention for any disorder.  Hypnosis should not be used instead of appropriate medical, dental or psychological treatment.  Any individual with a medical or psychological problem should first consult a medical doctor or psychiatrist for diagnosis and professional advice.  Hypnosis should only be practiced by those who have been appropriately trained, who practice appropriately and within the scope of their training.