The writer’s mind

If there is one thing that writers do, is spend a lot of time in their heads. It can be a good thing but also a bad thing. Understanding how the mind works is a top priority for writers and this is the reason why I will be offering. A free webinar on the subject in October 2017 (the date and time will be emailed to you later this month). Click here to sign up:

I learnt all about how the mind works when I trained as a clinical hypnotherapist in 2007. This has literally transformed my career as a writer. I had been suffering from a writer’s block for over eight years which has pushed me to explore other creative avenues, i.e. visual art. But the niggle to write was still in me. I had so much to say.

After training as a clinical hypnotherapist, it was like a tap had been open. The words started to flow. There is nothing that pleases me as much as helping others do the same. All it takes is for us to understand how the mind works.

Talented writers often suffer from fragile egos. They are also prone to fears. Don’t be fooled by their outward confidence. Their inner world is full of demons. Maybe it is because they are so sensitive. Or maybe because they spend a lot of time in their heads. Heads are dangerous places to live in. It is easy to overthink. It is easy to become the target of your inner critic and get paralysed. So knowing how the mind works and how to step out of a thinking rut is pretty important.

In my free webinar, we will use a combination of hypnotherapy theory and guided meditations to overcome fear, doubt and limiting beliefs. Sign up here if you are interested.

I will be talking about what I call the two hippos.

These are two very important parts of your brain. I bet you didn’t know you had two hippos living in it. No wonder we get big headed.

The Hippocampus is part of the limbic system. It is an essential element in the process of building memory. It collate all the things that happen to you and try to make sense of them. This is where fears are born. And unhelpful beliefs. Naughty hippo. Well, not really. It is useful and its role, as part of the amygdala (the reptile brain) is to keep us safe. With hypnotherapy, we can bypass the conscious mind and go reprogramme the unconscious mind as shaped by our memories. That’s pretty cool stuff.

The Hypothalamus, on the other hand, is also part of the limbic system and it links it to the endocrine system. In lay terms, it manages all your body function and gets its instructions from the amygdala. This means that if you feel there is a danger, it will increase your heart rate, stop your digestion and freeze your reproduction system. All sorts of wonderful things to trigger the fight or flight response. I call them the three Fs. Flight, fight or freeze (pretend to be dead).

Understanding how these little guys work gives us tremendous power over our minds because it enables us to become aware that we are not our thoughts. It helps us realise that we don’t have to believe every thought we think.

So this is the kind of really useful process that I offer my clients. If you want to work with me up, why not book a session? Click here to pay. Then I will book an appointment time with you.

To your writing,

(c) Ange de Lumiere 2017


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