A few weeks ago I received a call from a woman who worked in the medical field. She was looking for a hypnotist to work with her husband who had the interesting habit of sleep walking in the middle of the night to get something to eat. However, he had no recollection of this behavior. She did because she was regularly awakened each evening as a result of it.
She had found my name as a result of calling a community medical program who found the Dawning Visions Hypnosis, Inc. website online. When she found out that Dawning Visions was within an easy walk of her home, she decided to give me a call.
Her husband came in for his first appointment where I took his detailed personal history. From the conversation with his spouse on the phone I was of the opinion that this could be a fairly simple case. He had about 30 to 40 pounds to lose, making it a smaller amount of weight with which we were dealing. It was also clear that he may have an allergy to gluten given that he had to go to the bathroom right after eating, one of the common symptoms. However, one does not know what one does not know. I suggested that he refrain from eating wheat products and see if that helped him out at all.
During the detailed personal history he had many stories of loss of people in his life that he never really had a chance to grieve. He was rather sad while speaking of one of his sister’s two children who perished in a freak accident, some twenty-five years earlier. The children were only nine and eight years old and my client twenty-five at the time of the accident.
Since my client got upset as he told of the story I made the decision to do a hypnotic induction on him to heal some of the loss he had experienced. I asked him to ask his unconscious mind which of the individuals he felt the deepest need to grieve. This was done because the client really does have the best idea as to the clearing that will have the largest impact. He told me that he needed to clear the loss of his nephew and niece. He said it felt so unfair that two such loving and happy children had to perish. He could never get his mind around the loss.
We cleared the losses of the two children including him having a conversation with each of them as a way to allow him to have the very much needed closure around this sad situation. Next, I had him speak with his twenty-five year old self letting him know that now the forty-two year old would be taking care of him leaving the twenty-five year old self to be at peace finally.
A week later my client came in for his follow-up. The first thing that he said was that he was no longer awakening his spouse in the middle of the night as far as he knew since she had never told him of it happening since our first appointment. He started to make his meals and bring them to work. This was something he did for quite some time and stopped doing. Bringing his own food meant that he had control over what he was putting into his mouth, especially important if he was indeed gluten intolerant.
We cleared a couple of more losses for him, during his second session, though he made it clear to me that he felt the behavior was really all built around the loss of those two cute, innocent children.
So far things seem to be going well. I will be following him as he continues to drop the requisite weight.
The lesson here is fairly simple. It is not only about diet and exercise that people end up gaining weight. Emotional issues can and do contribute to these weight increasing behaviors. Once they are unearthed and dealt with, the need to fill up, even in the middle of the night during a sleep walking ritual you may not even be aware of, can be stopped and the weight can more easily come off.
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