Friday Photo

Today's Friday photo comes from Xi'an, China, home of the Terracotta Warriors. I was there in 1988. This picture is certainly not my best work as it was taken by accident - to be discovered when I got the film developed upon returning home. This clay army of an estimated 8,000 figures is thought to be at least 2,200 years old. As this quote is a reflection on past choices, what better picture to pair it with than of something so very old. quotes-109
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Today's Friday photo comes from Kenya, Africa where this seemingly introspective animal stood looking out over the beautiful hills near Lewa Downs. To really see 'out' we must look first 'within'. Quotes 2.014  
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Today's Friday Photo comes from a random road in Utah - that's code for I don't remember quite where I was! I just love this picture and quote together as one reflects the other. Quotes 3.001
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Today's Friday photo comes from a 7 day raft trip on the Colorado through the Grand Canyon. I love this picture because the lighting at early morning makes it almost seem to be a painting, not a photograph. Though it can be challenging at times, I strive to live this quote. Happiness (or not) is always a choice. The opposite is not how I choose to live my days. Quotes 110
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Today’s Friday Photo comes from La Conner, WA. As I settle back in to work after the convention, it reminds me how much I love watching my clients transformation. How grateful  I am to be doing this work, using the tools I have to help them go inside and find what they love. It’s surprising how often they find they can truly love themselves. Quotes 4.022
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Today's Friday Photo comes from Rome, Italy. I love this shot of the Coliseum and remember feeling overwhelmed by how imposing it was, the deaths that happened there. I'm in Massachusetts at the convention for the National Guild of Hypnotists, a part of the faculty for the first time. But as always, I'm cognizant of my opportunity to learn from as well as teach those in my class. Quotes 4.003
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Today's Friday Photo is from the bottom of the Capilano Canyon in Vancouver, Canada. This quote is especially important with all of the negativity we hear and see in the world today. Remember that your thoughts become things and they create your beliefs. Quotes.014
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Breaking Free Cover   My new pain book is available in the Online Store and on Amazon.com: Breaking Free from Pain and Opioids: Discovering the Hypnosis Option. If you suffer from chronic pain, this is the book to help you take back control! The Facts: "Chronic pain affects an estimated 100 million people - nearly one- third of our entire population. This is more than those affected by heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined. Seventy-eight Americans die every day from an overdose of opioids. This includes heroin and prescription painkillers like oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone. Deaths from prescription painkillers have quadrupled since 1999, as have the number of prescriptions for them." (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Opioids are the first line of treatment for most chronic pain sufferers. But there are other options that have no negative side effects or issues of addiction. Understanding how the brain processes pain provides the realization that you DO have control over how you perceive it. Studies in neuroscience have shown that the brain cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is vividly imagined. This is why hypnosis is an important addition to your toolkit. Because all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, you can learn to take back control from your pain and manage your level of comfort in the way you want to perceive it. Here are the reasons for using hypnosis for pain management: - No negative side effects - No pills or implanted devices - Minimal investment - Relatively fast results - Self-care - No ongoing expense once the techniques are learned Fernandez balances personal and client stories, explains how your brain processes pain and provides the scientific research that gives insight into the effectiveness of hypnosis for pain management.  
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Today's Friday Photo comes from a morning walk through the neighborhoods of Port Townsend, Washington. While admiring the fantastic view of the Puget Sound, I came across this flower, the most perfect flower I have ever seen. This photo hangs where I can see it when I look out into the Center's reception room from my office. It reminds me of the beauty in our world and the wonder that is all around us - it's always there, if only we choose to stop for a moment - to think and see what is possible. Quotes.049
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Today's Friday Photo comes from Laguna Niguel, CA. As I train two hypnotists to take their skills to the next level - and yes, it's a lot to process! - the pay off for the hard work comes in doing the work for others. Quotes 105
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