As a summertime man who lives on the coast of New Jersey, I miss the summer months when I can forget about coats and gloves, and go for a drive with the top down. This year I’m trying something new: I’m doing whatever I can to appreciate the beauty of the changing seasons. Mother Nature has her way, and she is consistent.
As the seasons change in a temperate climate, one day the temperature drops considerably, suddenly getting our attention. If we had been watching more closely, we would have seen the signs of change all along. The first day of autumn can seem like a typical summer day. Then a day comes that’s nothing like summer, and we become conscious that the seasons are changing all the time.
I have this theory that people are seasonal, too.
Societies condition us to changes that most people don’t question or rebel against. In September, we go back to school. For those who don’t attend classes, there are other effects to be considered, such as changing traffic patterns and volume, school buses and pedestrians, and changes in sporting events and cycles in television programming.
There are subtle changes that go on within us, too. We tend to go inward during the colder seasons. If you decide to go with the flow of our seasonal society, this is the time to choose a project and begin to plan it by visualizing the outcome, the process, and gathering resources.
Autumn and winter are the seasons when it seems more natural to spend more time with our inner thoughts—developing, planning, and producing. Not only do we stay indoors more, but we also go inward, listening more to our inner voices of creativity.
Stresses that are commonplace during the summer months seem different these days. There seems to be more pressure. Why? Because we are seasoned to begin bigger projects in September. Society has taught us to choose, plan, stay on track. Don’t fall behind! Get good grades and keep up with expectations. And when, at a certain age, attendance at school stops for most people, we are still left with seasonal expectations that we are to be productive and conventionally successful.
Fortunately for clients, consulting hypnotists are subconscious behaviorists. We can understand the forces that drive them. All we have to do is learn to understand the trance that they’re already in, and help them learn to break their undesired pattern so that they can go on with their conscious desires.
Seasonal change can be used as a metaphor for creative cycles and productivity. Anyone can understand that different seasons have different expectations and challenges—as well as rewards. If we choose worthy goals in autumn, we can work on them throughout the winter, and in spring everything will turn green. Our efforts blossom as the frost fades and buds appear all around.
So what’s in store for all of us this year? Something different for each of us! Something that we’re already building, consciously and subconsciously. Let me ask you a question: Do you consult a hypnotist for help in achieving your goals? If not, why not? I wish you much success this winter, while we create our successes and embrace the changes that are inevitable.!