What is the Mind?
The Mind is a chemical factory full of neurotransmitters that affect how and what we think and feel including pain. The mind is the generator of thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Identifying your disempowering thoughts, behaviors, telling your stories and becoming aware of your dysfunctional patterns are important pieces of our transformation program at The Sanctuary at Sedona. By healing the mind, you will be able to safely explore and address issues such as addiction, codependency, shadow and family of origin.
What are Addictions?
In simple terms, addiction is a continued involvement with a substance or activity despite the negative consequences associated with it. In addition to alcohol, drugs and chemicals, addiction includes abnormal psychological dependency on such things as gambling, food, sex, pornography, computers, internet, work, exercise, idolizing, watching TV, money, self-injury and shopping. Addictions are symptoms of underlying emotional, physical or soul issues, so we do not treat addictions. We work with you to identify and face the root causes of your addicting behaviors so you can eventually step beyond recovery and symptom management into being whole and recovered.
What is Codependence?
Codependency is the ultimate coping mechanism that is actually revered and encouraged in our society. Codependency coping mechanisms can range from obsessive caretaking to controlling. Some simple definitions of codependency are an unequal exchange of energy in a relationship, or when a person is giving away their power to another person, place or thing. Codependent patterns keep us from speaking our truth, taking care of our needs, health and well-being, and keep us stuck in the triangle of disempowerment where we continuously play out the roles of victim, rescuer and perpetrator.
What are Stories?
Stories are events from your past that continue to play out in your life and define who you are today. Your story might be your addiction, your low self esteem, your unworthiness, or you DSM-IV diagnosis. Stories can limit you by keeping you locked in the past and by leaking your vital life force energy. Just as the Alchemist turns lead into gold, you will learn how to identify and harness the gifts and insights from your old limiting stories and turn them into your greatest strengths. You will no longer be defined or victimized by your past.
What is the Shadow?
The shadows are those parts of yourself that you judge as unacceptable and that you disown, shun, hide from, abandon, ignore, or shut away. The shadow is the dark side of who you are that has both good and bad aspects to it. If you never got angry then you would be the victim but anger can be explosive and hurtful too. The shadow is both the light and dark aspects of you. Carl Jung, the famous psychotherapist stated, “That which you resist, persists.” You then project these unacknowledged parts of yourself onto others and society. The less these parts are embodied in our conscious lives, the more they will play out in our lives in inappropriate ways.
What are Disempowering Beliefs?
It is well established that if you change your beliefs, you can change your life. But, as you well know, this is easier said than done. Why? Because the subconscious mind is substantially bigger than the conscious mind. The subconscious mind accounts for as much as 90% of our brain activity throughout the day. So if your conscious belief is “you deserve love” and your subconscious belief is “you are defective, unworthy and unlovable,” guess which belief manifests!
What is Epigenetics?
Groundbreaking new discoveries in biology called “Epigenetics” have shown that our genes are not locked into a predetermined and unchangeable blueprint at birth. Instead, our beliefs and perceptions of ourselves and our environment, including our consciousness, actively influence our genes. So if you change your beliefs, you can release the cellular memory regarding your self-destructive behaviors, thoughts and patterns. If you change your beliefs, you can re-inform your own DNA to heal and shape your own biology and create the life you want. This means the old adage “once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic” is simply and scientifically not true.
What is Family of Origin?
You inherited genetic, emotional, behavioral and energetic patterns from your family of origin, which is the family you were born into and/or the family you were raised in. Many times these patterns can be dysfunctional and disempowering. Family of origin issues may include such issues as having grown up in alcoholic or chemically dependent family systems, witnessing domestic violence, having lost a parent through death, having an absent parent, being adopted, being a child of divorced parents or having had step-family issues, being a survivor of childhood neglect or emotional/physical/sexual abuse, having a parent who had periodic and unpredictable outbursts of rage and anger, or was a workaholic, growing up in a family system plagued with eating disorders, having had a mentally ill parent or a sex-addicted parent, or having been brought up with a strict religious orientation that somehow causes conflict for the person in adulthood. However, even in the best and most stable of families, family of origin issues often have strong codependent and often enabling patterns that are life- and self-defeating.
Transformation for Healing the Mind
Depending on your mental and emotional needs, we tailor your program from the following list of transformation protocols.
This form of therapy combines Jungian psychotherapeutic techniques that focus on integration of the shadow, while also tracking into your ultimate soul’s healing journey.
Whether you are wanting to cycle out of a prescription drug protocol, or need to be on some type of medication/herbal supplement protocol as a necessary bridge to your mental/medical stability, you will be assessed and provided with a medication protocol designed to meet your specific needs.
You will be given a specific daily meditation practice that fits your personality and lifestyle. Your meditation practice is something that helps to still your mind such as repeating a mantra, prayer or poem. You may be given a visualization such as a place where you find peace – the beach, the mountains, or a meadow. Or, your will be given simple breathing techniques such as paying attention to and counting your inhalations and exhalations. Read more.
Reprogramming Limiting Subconscious Beliefs
Most of our beliefs were instilled in us by our parents, schools, religious organizations and social institutions. Many times we create beliefs about ourselves, our lives and the world based on suffering and duress. The first step is to determine what your belief structures are and to check in to see if they are still serving you. Radical Transformation™ takes you through the process of identifying what beliefs are holding you back from your authentic self and stepping into your power. Read more.
Integration of the Shadow
Rather than disown or push away the shadow, our transformation program guides you through a process of bringing your shadow into the light. When you can acknowledge honor and embrace those pasts of yourself, they no longer own you and express themselves in inappropriate ways. You actually gain much greater personal power by having the positive expression of these shadow aspects at your conscious command, rather than having them stalk you and rob you of personal power. Integrating shadow helps you live in truth and authenticity.
Healing Family of Origin and Codependent Patterns
Our transformation program involves analyzing family messages, values, communication styles, traditions and ways of dealing with feelings. Through an exploration of family of origin, you will have an opportunity to understand and re-pattern characteristics you bring from your family of origin that are likely hindering you in all aspects of your life. Read more.
Neurotoxin Screening and Detoxification
Mineral imbalances, vitamin deficiencies and heavy metal toxicity can cause a variety of physical and emotional imbalances such as weight gain/loss, lethargy, anxiety, stress, depression, adrenal and thyroid burnout and excessive rage and anger. A simple detoxification program can rebalance your system in a relatively short period of time.
There is a body of knowledge from highly advanced indigenous cultures that has been passed down through generations for thousands of years. There is evidence that these cultures possessed the knowledge and wisdom to live in balance and harmony with nature. Through these teachings you can move beyond knowledge and tap into your innate wisdom. A teacher once shared that knowledge is the awareness that, “Water is H2O. Wisdom is the ability to make it rain.”
Prayer and Intention Setting
The power of prayer has been scientifically proven to be effective in the recovery and health of ill patients. Focusing our thoughts and feelings of love and gratitude has been scientifically shown to change the crystalline structure of water. This same power and positive intention setting can change your life. You will be taught a daily practice to start to become the conscious co-creator of your health, wellness and life.
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