Something interesting happened with a weight-loss client I once had. As we released the internal pain and negativity of the past, he started to see things that he hadn’t noticed before. He started noticing places he hadn’t seen before.
They had been there all along. Even though he walked by them every day on his way to lunch it’s as if they were invisible to him. The reds and yellows and russets of fall leaves were suddenly vibrantly obvious to him. He knew they had been there all along. But it had been years since he had noticed them.
When he reported this phenomenon to his psychiatrist, the doc asked, “What have you been doing differently?” That’s when the client came clean and admitted he was seeing a hypnotherapist for weight loss.
The psychiatrist said, “Keep going. The depression is lifting.”
As he changed his Pain Story (the one that got started in childhood) his lens on life gradually cleared to allow more beauty and pleasure in. That’s important because food is also pleasure. That’s what he was missing in his life. Food had been filling that void for him.
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