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by:  Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, Clinical Medical Hypnotherapist, International Medical & Health Writers Ltd.
"You are the Writer, Director, Producer & Leading Actor of your life." Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht
October 29, 2014

When Trauma Knocks...

Sometimes we are in the middle of life's daily little crisis' when a devastating knock comes at the door. No one wants to answer, but there is no choice. One opens the door, trying to convince the unwelcome visitor that she has the wrong address. A message flits through the mind. "How could I possibly wish this on someone else even though I don't want it? I'm not that kind of person."

Unfortunately, even wishing wouldn't make it go away. It is yours and now you enter a completely new life experience. For awhile you feel numb as if in a dream. Then you awaken to realize you are not asleep. Your world has changed. For some reason all other annoyances no longer seem important. Forget the upturned toilet seat, complaining about cooking endless dinners, how much you dislike your job and the dog peeing on the carpet. Forget your daughter's Gothic look or your son's new torn jeans from that skateboard mishap. Those no longer exist. The voice in your head keeps repeating the unwanted words, "You have cancer."

This is what happened to a dear friend of mine a few days ago. When I opened her email I was stunned. Here I expected photos of her son's recent wedding. Instead it was the announcement to a list of her friends that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer in both breasts. She asked that no one call for a bit, and I understand that feeling. It was similar to when our son died a few years back. It was so difficult to say the words that defined our new world. To this day I have trouble saying our new reality. "Michael died." Even as I type this, my body tenses. "How can I write such gibberish?" Then, I bring myself back to the truth. "Yes, he did die and we must live with this....just like my friend must live through her own nightmare."

Where to go and what to do? Chaos usually follows the shock, accompanied by panic. Thoughts careen through the mind programming the body for fight or flight. Dream sensations come and go. The merry-go-round is out of control and the man who manages it is nowhere to be found. You realize that you are alone with this.....even when you have others close by who love and care for you. This is yours....and yours alone.

It feels like you entered a new world where the door to your previous life closed behind you. You are now locked in this new you don't want. But here you are. The reality is that sooner or later everyone gets to experience this. It might be a medical diagnosis such as my friend's, or perhaps an unexpected death or even an expected death. Doors slam shut. Maybe a relationship ends, a job is lost, an identity is stolen, a house is foreclosed. Walls crumble in so many ways.

It takes time to get grounded, but this will happen. The good news is that you can hasten it's arrival by allowing your emotions to release. For me, the best way is through meditation, journaling and sharing with someone who understands, is compassionate and balanced. Quiet is very important. Sometimes when we are grieving we have a tendency for hyperactivity. I do not recommend this because the emotions are not recognized nor released in a healthy way.

Yes, it is difficult to entertain stillness and quiet, but it is necessary. Sitting with your breath, quieting your thoughts with "noticing" and releasing, noticing your body sensations, breathing and releasing, noticing your emotional states...breathing and releasing.

Be kind to yourself. Take your time. Soon you will be ready to work further with "imagery for wellness." You do have RESILIENCE and it will come to your rescue, but first you must get your inner and outer environment ready.

For my friend we began with some recorded meditation and release work. Her blood pressure was elevated, so that was the first thing on our agenda. Next, we began to work with a program I designed called "Miracle Making." I wanted her to become accustomed to her own INNATE POWERS and to take her away from her diagnosis for the time being. Repeating her diagnosis is not helpful. We don't want to reinforce any negatives, but instead, we want to go to the "end" of her treatment and imagine herself "finished and healthy." The mind works backwards. When it is deeply relaxed and involved in the belief that everything is completed, then the body and mind begin to heal.



This self-hypnosis imagery program is designed to assist you in improving the mindset of resilience; being able to return to past experiences on your inner time line and collect power stamps . Some stamps will be related to survival. Others to confidence, power, achievement and other inner assets. Many people do not believe they have these, but as the subconscious librarian brings them forward, that doubt will disappear and life will unfold quite differently.

Mindsets on this program are envisioned as "power keys" that open doors. Behind those doors are solutions and answers for achieving goals. As you open more doors you will see more possibilities and more solutions. During the focus experience your whole body, mind and consciousness become ordered and in balance. Feelings of chaos, indecision and anxiety disappear. Your goals become clarified and clear. Through interactive self-hypnosis and specially designed imagery you will visit the workshop of your mind where you will be instructed on re-programming your life experiences through the filter of resilience. You will also be able to visit old experiences that might benefit from re-editing, allowing your subconscious mind to assist you in functioning at higher levels than before. This program includes stress management, awareness training and mental biofeedback.



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October 26, 2014

The Emotional Switchboard...and You...the Operator

If you are not managing your emotions, do know that they are managing you. And, this is not just a bunch of words, or some simple happening. It is actually very complex. Emotional states are connected to stress/hormone production & they also program the mind for every aspect of your goals.... Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht

Just imagine how much power you have given to your emotions over the years and still tend to give! Think about today. Can you locate any moment or group of moments forming a remembered experience when your emotional children were in charge and not your mature self? Sit back and view this happening on your mind screen? How would you rate this production? The library of your mind is filled with these experiences. The good news is that you now know how to release these programs. When you climb up to step four, which is interactive self-hypnosis, you will be able to re-edit these, programming your mind for what you want instead.

Super-Punch Negative Emotional Crayons Include - Fear, Anger, Shame, Guilt & Victim

These familiar emotions can be destructive, as well as dangerous to the body and mind. They change the body chemistry leading to stress-induced disease states. They also present themselves in disguise, so beware... Keep in mind that they are contagious, infecting your life and those around you.

Super-Punch Positive Emotional Crayons Include - Gratitude, Love, Forgiveness, Peace, Compassion & Forgiveness.

These are familiar, but often strangers in the middle of our daily stress-collecting experiences. Be sure to hunt them out, actively inviting them into your life. Not only do they feel good, but they also produce healing hormones. You will also find that these are contagious as well, only this is a positive source of infection.

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October 26, 2014

Becoming Aware & Why Bother

FREE MP3 TODAY...This is one full Interactive Hypnosis Session for Heightened Awareness. The link is only good for 7 days, so do take advantage. The full program can be found on my website in the catalog area.

Some things you will want to grasp:

We tend to forget who we are and why we are here because of all the mind debris that distracts us during our waking hours. Stress-building thoughts, chaos, emotions and resulting body sensations pound moment by moment. Today is the day you can begin to manage your most powerful asset....your mind!

Patients/clients come to my office or purchase my programs BECAUSE they want to get rid of something. Sometimes they know what it is, but most of the time they think they do, but they don't. What appears on the surface has little to do with the roots or the crux. Now here comes the interesting thing. They want the problem or issue "plucked", but getting to the root is a different matter. Excuses abound. I've heard all of them, including a bunch from myself, for I am no different from anyone who walks through my office door or purchases a program. I know what it is to want something bothersome to go away and to go away FAST. I also know this is not the way.

So, you may wonder, "If she knows so much, why does she still have the same problem as everyone else?" Here's the conundrum. The answer to problems is found inside the problem...waiting to be accessed. This is achieved through the process we are working on here.

Heightened Awareness allows us to isolate the reasons we have problems. Usually there are many. It's not common for a problem to have only one facet, and this is a major reason WHY we tend to fail or fall on our face when trying to change a habit or addiction. It is also a major reason WHY we don't reach our goals.

So, what to do? We need to develop awareness of our facets, both positive and negative, in order to get to the roots. Yes...we need the problem, but also the key to open it. As we do, the answers are forthcoming from our Spiritual Self or Higher Power, however we choose to call it. As we work with this "process" we find our life falling into place, and not just in the area of the problem we decided to "open."

What's strange about the process is that most people are not willing to trust it. Instead, they rebel...wanting immediate gratification while missing out on the magic that lies right in front of them. Thus...the struggle.

The above mp3 program is available through my website. It's a Download Now. This program will teach you how to practice Heightened Awareness as you notice and detach from body sensations, thoughts and emotions. While the detachment is important, what is most interesting is the "space" between the noticing and letting go or detaching. This is the place in time where the problem is "opened" allowing you to see inside and root out the debris. It is this very debris that is "transmuted" into the GOLD you have been searching for.

So...why bother? That answer should be obvious...unless you prefer the struggle!


Today is Day 8 of returning to my best balance. While I've not returned to the deep recesses of my disorderly eating, I have "picnicked" along the borders. Awareness is Key to returning to my "best balance". I'm always amazed at the stories played in my thought process and the tension rising in my body as the triggers play out. Wow!

If you have not worked with Heightened Awareness to deal with eating issues, you might like to explore my disorderly eating mp3 programs on my websites.

I have always shared my personal journey with my patients/students. While I've been harshly criticized for doing so, I could never understand "why." Aren't we meant to teach each other as we travel along our path? What's wrong with admitting to falling down, and getting up...sometimes with many bruises. I have no shame in what I've experienced. And I'm dealing with segments of my old eating disorder that crept back into my life like an old backpack triggered by my issues with anger. Oh, how they go hand in hand! I sat down and read some of my very old journals and sure enough...there they were! I do chronicle my eating disorder in my books. You can find them on The link is on this page in the left hand column. Welcome to my world!

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October 13, 2014

E-SCHOOL - Slowing the Merry-Go-Round

When a patient/client comes into my office, the first thing that happens is spending some time relaxing and sharing the reasons for the appointment. These can range from wanting to lose weight, stop smoking, alcohol reduction, relationship issues, free-floating or specific anxiety/fears, nail-biting or other compulsive behaviors, sleep issues ....just to name a few. A patient may be newly diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, or perhaps was discharged from the hospital following open heart surgery and has no idea how to change all the lifestyle behaviors that caused the heart issues in the first place.

Patients/clients have many things in common. Most of all, they want "me" to make their issues "go away" and "as soon as possible." Obviously, this is a ridiculous expectation. Unfortunately they have no idea about how hypnosis works and this false concept often has very negative consequences, one being the sense of great disappointment and loss. This downer is my opportunity to step in and share the benefits of "self-responsibility", as well as what will be gained through the "journey." If I do my job well, the patient/client does a complete turn-around and we are ready to begin.

But where do we begin? The merry-go-round of life is spinning on it's own axis and we need to slow it down before we can get into the "meat of the matter." What's interesting is that the presenting problem is never really the problem. What we need to get at lives underneath, and unfortunately this business of "wanting it yesterday" is the second moment of downfall or despair. So, I must climb onto the merry-go-round and begin to slow it down so the patient/client will begin to engage with the process.

The introductory youtube video's explain how we matter what the "presenting issue."

Tomorrow I'll be addressing "heightened awareness" including thought and emotional management. We have already touched on mental biofeedback which is the slowing of the merry-go-round. We've visited the Path and the Life Gardens or focus areas. We've come to understand that we can plant affirmations and images in each garden, as well as remove weeds that interfere with our growth. We know that gardens are connected by an underground root system. This system can either boost or contaminate other gardens. Everything is connected.

Today was my own "merry-go-round" day, but with plenty of meditation and inner stillness, big changes found their way onto my desk. I'll share these with you tomorrow.

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October 6, 2014

Back to E-SCHOOL

We are slowly, but surely...making our way through the Tools that you will need no matter what your goals or issues are. When a patient/client comes to my office, or works with an mp3 from my website, or with one of my books from, they will always be given the same tools I'm giving you here.

Also, don't forget to register on my website to receive a FREE mp3 Interactive Self-Hypnosis Session each month.

Heightened Awareness
Thought and Emotion Management
Mental Biofeedback
Images of the Path
The Time Line

Once we get through the Introduction to the Tools, we'll go into "goal design and management", "weight loss and eating issues"...and "high level achievement." You won't want to miss this.

If you scroll through the blog below you will find videos about these. I suggest you begin with the Introduction, then move on to Mental Biofeedback. Follow this with the Path and Time Line. There is also a link to an mp3 Download for Mental Biofeedback. This will give you an introduction to "noticing thoughts and emotions, as well as connected body sensations." Remember, no matter what your goal....what your will need these tools.

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Welcome to E-SCHOOL
originally posted: October 3, 2014

Here is the mp3 link for Mental Biofeedback or Body Scanning. This one Session. The full mp3 is three Sessions, but you will get the idea. Down below the Introduction Video you will find the second Video on Mental Biofeedback.

OH MY GOODNESS! I've been having such a difficult time with my YouTube Slide Shows. I should get an "A" for persevering. I will be changing the software, but for now....I have an introduction for you.

Tomorrow I'll post the next part of the "Introduction"...the Inner Path and your Time Line. Then...I'll record the first formal Session.

When we choose to change lifestyle behaviors and that includes wanting to lose weight, there are many things to consider. Unfortunately, few people understand the connection between scale weight, the workings of the body and how this connects to disease down the pike. While we may say that "we need to lose 10, 20, 50 we really know what this means?" Here is some important background for you to consider.....seriously!

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Just as if you were working with me privately, I'll begin with "basic techniques", then moving into thought and emotional management, followed by the planting of active imagery and affirmations. Come join me..Registration is on my website.

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ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS - Catalog - Each mp3 contains 2-3 Sessions. While they are very "subject specific", each one teaches the techniques of Awareness MEDITATION and INTERACTIVE SELF-HYPNOSIS. They have been called "creative gems." Our website contains a full catalog and description. If you need help in choosing a program please let me know. We also have many Interactive eBooks on

Our programs fall into many categories including addiction, sugar and weight issues, medical hypnosis, accelerated learning, mind expansion, self-development, meditation, awareness, self-growth and sports. Programs are available for adults, students, athletes, professionals and children.

Awareness MEDITATION utilizes body, emotional and thought management. Through these doors the listener enters into their Spiritual Path.

INTERACTIVE SELF-HYPNOSIS invites the listener to absorb the suggestions presented as well as designing their own very specific suggestions and planting them. These are unique programs. I designed these over forty years ago for my clinical oncology patients and have made them available over the decades via the web. This is the largest collection of self-hypnosis programs available, but more importantly, the only programs that mesh MEDITATION, EMOTIONAL AND THOUGHT MANAGEMENT with original INTERACTIVE SELF-HYPNOSIS.

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I invite you to join me on my Spiritual Journey. We learn from each other's experiences. My life has changed dramatically following the death of my son Michael. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist I've worked with death and dying for decades, but nothing prepared me for losing my own least I thought nothing prepared me. I was to find out that the Path that opened to me once I set my feet on it, would be something so remarkable that I am willing to share my experiences.

AND ABOUT THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND...a part of our spiritual journey. OPENING...

The library of your mind is vast. You began collecting subconscious experiences and corresponding belief coats in the beginning of your life, even though you cannot consciously remember these. All coats and experiences, old or new, big or small can hold important information and keys to your success, as well as reasons for past failures…
In Sugar…the Hidden Eating Disorder & How to Lick It, we spend much time regressing, reviewing & then mind-editing. Here we are self-examining diet history & the development of disorderly eating patterns... Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht

We begin in infancy & then move to early childhood, middle childhood, pre-teen, teen, college or young adult, full adult, middle adult, older adult & senior adult, depending on our age. We might also go ahead & future-pace our older self’s with positive behaviors & habits.

Mind Exercise:

I suggest you relax deeply as you enter each area of exploration. Practice separating all areas with quiet moments. You may be over-weight or not. You may even be under-weight. Sugar addiction problems run the gamut and your focus is to enter the honesty center and know where you are. Only when you are in full awareness, can you work to change. Change is all about seeing the small facets. Often times they hold the key to the bigger changes. Just like in the study of physics, one has to get the ball to roll. So the question up for review is this. Have you ever been on a diet or purposefully altered your food intake?

Claire: I’ve always dieted whether I was fat or skinny. It was all my friends and I ever talked about. In fact, I think I’m addicted to dieting and wonder how I’ll get along without it? When I think like this my self-esteem goes right out the window.

Claire brings up some very good points that need addressing. How many times have you done this and at what time in your life? Look back to your early childhood and see if you can see the beginnings of this, and then zoom up to the teen years. Who were your teachers in this subject matter? We are such a food-body focused society and very young children are falling under the media spell as well. These are indeed dangerous times. Notice if these behaviors are tied to having children, sex, marriage, jobs or something someone told you.

How did you do this? What types of diets did you experiment with? Be sure to regress back to early childhood here as well. Sometimes we followed our peers, or older siblings. In teen years it was often friends or the current craze. Remember your body had to adjust to these eating changes and what you may be experiencing now is the culmination of all those attempts at weight loss. It truly helps us to own this information. We can then let it go and move on to healthier ways of managing our body.

What were the results, both long term and short term? What did you actually experience from these experiments? Did you feel successful or did you see yourself as a failure? What did you learn here. These are all subconscious mind programs and it is very important to examine them and the beliefs that are held in those files How did you feel body-wise? Describe how you saw yourself in your mind's eye. Do you take yourself apart and judge in this way? Do you frequently think about how other's see you and do you make changes based on these thoughts? Are their parts that you like more than others?

Mind words are very important, for they are subconscious mind programs and are linked to many other areas and show up as self-confidence, self-esteem, self-image and a host of others. They work to measure our abilities to take on new challenges and to build relationships. Spend time here uncovering and unlocking. If you feel uncomfortable about writing these things, notice that and make certain that your work is kept in a place that is held confidential.

How did you feel emotionally? Go back to visit these times. If your emotions were coats, hold them up so you can see them clearly. If you have difficulty seeming emotions clearly and putting a name to them, you might want to open to the area of the book called "emotional crayons". As you work through this book you will not only find spotting emotions to be much easier, but they will no longer overwhelm you. So for now, work to examine your emotional self. Sometimes we get teary when doing this work. This is just a form of releasing by the subconscious mind. Give yourself a moment to center and then return to the work at hand. Sometimes we fear our unknown emotional self and this keeps us literally locked up in our own private jail. This work is about uncovering the jailers and leaving the prison permanently.

Did you develop any new behaviors during these experiments? Sometimes we leave experiments, but still carry some behaviors with us. For example, an individual may stop bingeing, but become very rigid in food matters by sticking to such a strict discipline that doesn't allow for spontaneity. A good way to find these behaviors is to regress back and keep a current window open on the mind screen. Ask the subconscious mind to place any old behaviors that you carried forward into the current window. This will keep you from blocking memories as they rise to help you.

Why did you stop each experiment? What happened? Be as specific as possible. All memories hold resilience or power. You are learning how to open stored memories and retrieve important information that can heal the past and pace the future. Take time with this work. These questions will also show you areas of motivation, or tendencies to lead or follow. While you are working with sugar addiction, do know that behaviors carry over to other areas of life. Getting to know yourself at this level is invaluable.

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The Ticking Clock
originally posted: July 15, 2014

Life is all about questions. If you pay attention to your thoughts you will realize that you spend a good part of your day asking yourself questions. Questions help us to focus in on what works and what doesn't. Questions can save your life, make you a healthier person, and bring a high level of prosperity to every area. As a Clinical Medical Hypnotherapist and Medical Intuitive Healer, I spend a lot of time in the realm of questions. One that I ask myself every day, and probably more than once a day is about "time." Bringing my focus to the passage of moments allows me to make better choices about what I'm doing or plan to do.

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R E A D E R   C O M M E N T S

Re: The Magic Inside Question Asking...!! (June 13, 2012)

Like what I am seeing about your Book. We seem to share a lot in common regarding belief. Looking forward to the completed book

Re: Sugar...the Hidden Eating Disorder - Excerpts (December 4, 2011)

Wonderfully insightful and beautifully written post. I struggled for over 40 years with eating disorders and disordered eating and what you've written is so true, especially the part about being an information-gatherer.

Re: 'Tis the Season - The Biggest Gift Ever! (December 18, 2010)

I dont have a lot of words right now i just came across youre material. As i read this i am just sitting hear crying my eyes out something is defenetly going on. This material that you write about is obviously hitting a cord with me.

Re: The Art of Self-Tweaking (May 20, 2010)

I love your blog regarding the art of tweaking! I've enjoyed a number of your tapes (way back when) and now mp3 recordings. Your imagery is deep and rich; it resonates with me. I really enjoy reading your creative thoughts and ideas!

Re: The Art of Self-Tweaking (May 20, 2010)

Thank you Elizabeth for this article. I was reminded of a talk I used to give several years ago, particularly to business people, but it also (I believe) has a message for people in general, except that the image I used mightn't be meaningful for them.

The message is simple and is contained in its title "You are your own product manager." When you know the responsibilities and role of a product manager, the message is quite clear. But what I wanted my audiences to understand and believe, is that their future is their responsibility.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

Re: Brick Throwing & Ducking (May 18, 2010)

Once again my comment arises from my business background. In sales your prospect (customer) will always offer some objections. It doesn't matter whether the objection is valid or not, or significant or trivial. What it is - is something to be dealt with. Each objection you treat seriously and overcome, becomes a new selling point for whatever your product or service is. The customer might be objecting simply to show that s/he is in command. Your treatment of it validates the customer's self-perception, and increases your acceptance value in his/her eyes. But whatever - an objection requires you to consider it, and if necessary to take some relevant action - requires you to react positively.

A B O U T   T H E   A U T H O R

Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht has been working & writing in the field of mindbody health, self-hypnosis, addictions, creativity & optimum performance for over 30 years. She is a graduate of Rockland Psychiatric Center, SUNY; Graduate Nurse Intern, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Cornell University, N.Y. She is President & Program Designer, Sarasota Medical & Sports Hypnosis Institute, Sarasota, FL & online at &

She has written & produced +350 audio CD programs for adults, children, students & athletes, as well as several books in original Interactive Self-Hypnosis. She specializes in the food connection to addiction, optimum health & performance. She is the author of Sugar...the Hidden Eating Disorder & How to Lick It, as well as Beyond Disorderly Eating...the Truth About Sugar & Binging & How to Stop