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By: karengray | July 16, 2018

Last weekend we hosted a Meetup here at GMH. It was the first of an eight part series discussing some of the founding principles of hypnosis. Charles Tebbetts, a hypnotist and instructor in the 1970’s, wrote out his observations in the “Rules of the Mind”, eight rules that define how the subconscious mind interacts with you and the outside world.

At the Meetup, we discussed the first rule. “Every thought causes a physical reaction.”

According to Tebbetts, your thoughts can affect all of the functions of your body. For example, Worry thoughts trigger changes in the stomach that in time can lead to ulcers. Anger thoughts stimulate your adrenal glands and the increased adrenaline in the blood stream causes many body changes. Anxiety and Fear th...

By: karengray | July 09, 2018

“Such self-control!" Julie's friends exclaim when she declines a taste of the double chocolate truffle cheesecake. She enjoys the compliment until midnight -- when she sneaks downstairs and polishes off the last three slices.


"Just a few miles!" Becca tells herself as she puts on her sweats for a morning run. But instead she spends her exercise hour with a latte and muffin - and spends the rest of the day feeling guilty.

"This is my last cigarette!" announces Tom proudly, lighting up in the designated smoking area, at the far end of the parking lot - even though, as a graduate of three smoking-cessation courses, he knows that he can't trust his own words.

Nothing makes us feel worse about ourselves than when we experie...

Category: Self Care 

Tags: life, willpower, success 

By: karengray | July 01, 2018

My Story

Just before I travelled to Virginia to study hypnosis with Jason Linett, (award-winning hypnotist and instructor), my marriage imploded in a big and dramatic way. I’ll spare you the gory details, but the gist of the story is that my then husband had a devastating accident at work, and while he was recovering in the hospital I learned about the affair he had been having for the last year or so.

To make matters worse, my husband was not the greatest guy to begin with, and had systematically and thoroughly dismantled my self esteem throughout the 15 years we had been together. By the time I found out he’d been cheating on me, I was small, beaten, angry, and struggling to get through each day.

So, as I maneuvered through the process of di...

By: karengray | June 25, 2018

Living with Gratitude

The  Harvard Medical School defines gratitude as:

“a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives … As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals – whether to other people, nature, or a higher power”

Most of us associate gratitude with saying “thank you” to someone who has helped us or given us a gift. From a scientific perspective, gratitude is not just an action. Gratitude is a positive emotion, which is really important because it serves a purpose.

It has been defined by many people throughout history. As a science that has to have measure effects, positive p...

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By: karengray | June 18, 2018

It happens to high powered executives, to teachers, to stay-at-home parents. It happens to high school and college kids, even to younger kids in elementary and middle school. It happens to almost all of us. Summer is here. We finally get some time off. We’re going to relax and restore ourselves. But somehow, it doesn’t seem to happen.


What is wrong here? Why can’t we relax?


I saw a client recently with a very common issue. They came to me because they couldn’t put their finger on what was wrong, but they knew they wanted to change the way they felt. Here’s what they told me.


I don’t know how to relax and stop worrying. I have a good life. I have a great job, a loving relationship, brilliant and beautiful kids, and I am usually very happy. Ev...

Category: Stress 

Tags: stress, productivity, business