I spent the first day in the park doing some serious hiking - almost 10 miles total. One particular segment of the hike involved hiking the Upper Yosemite Falls. It was a three mile hike up switch backs. Imagine climbing steep stairs steadily for three miles...it was kind of like that. Needless to say, by the end of that paticular hike, I seriously thought I would die. My legs were sore, my heart was pounding; in fact, I was pretty certain it was going to leap out of my chest and jump off the drop-off (at least it would land in a stunning area). I was shocked I made it out of there that day, but I did. And I hurt... a lot. (It was well worth it, by the way.)
The next day another series of hikes was planned. One particular hike involved a two mile hike downhill. All this after walking my feet to the bone the previous day; I was nervous. The walk down...no problem...but a two mile hike uphill? UP A HILL???? That was a serious problem. WIth every stride down the path, I kept thinking, "You will never get back up!" "How are you going to do this?" "You are going to get stuck at the bottom...then what, smarty?" (Yep, the internal conflict was getting bad.) It also didn't help to see the people passing me along the way...shuffling back up the dreaded hill...sucking down water, sporting sweaty complexions of purplish hues, gasping like fish out of water. This constant visual didn't help my state of mind. It reinforced each and every belief I had about not making it up that hill.
I am not really sure what was the big draw at the bottom of that hill (maybe it was designed to give tourists some exercise, or maybe I was too wrapped up in my own private hell to care),but it was time to head back up. The time had come; doomsday had arrived.
After taking several labored steps up, I got an immediate thought in my head. "Um, you are a hypnotist! Do what you do! Hypnotize yourself!" Of course! First, I checked to see if anyone was right in front of me, and I alerted my beau that my eyes would be closed for a bit. When my eyes were closed, I then shifted my thoughts away from my physical discomfort and focused on an image of energy and health. I imagined, with every breath I took, breathing in all the wonderful energy from the mighty trees which surrounded me. I imagined what it looked like with all that energy flowing through me...flowing through every cell, muscle, fiber of my body. I enjoyed hearing my lungs fill with air and imagining what my breath looked like - swirling, swirling. In my mind's eye I was taking on the dynamic energy that surrounded me...making it a part of me. And guess what happened? (No, I did not bump into a tree.) I found myself easily achieving my goal. In fact, I began walking faster and faster. I didn't break a sweat; my legs felt completely wonderful, and I was completely at peace. I could have continued for miles; I am convinced of that.
It was truly an amazing experience. I created a different picture in my mind, one of success and energy rather than one of pain and failure. How amazingly the body just followed along with that image/suggestion. Fascinating! The power and magic of hypnosis! My only regret was spending all that time worrying, when I should have been appreciating the wonder of that beautiful environment. Well, at least I experienced it...in my mind's eye. =-)