The Chi of Change: on transformation and hypnotherapysam
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
~ Lao Tzu
This book is about change and transformation. It is also about hypnotherapy: how it can help to restore a person to their natural, balanced psychological state and a healthy routine of living.
My name is Peter Field, a qualified counselor, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and nutritionist with experience guiding thousands of people back to their natural state of balance and inner peace. The information you’ll read in this book is the product of the many years I have spent helping emotionally troubled individuals. It is also the product of my own life experience, the changes I have undergone and the discoveries I have made during my life journey.
We may set out on our voyage of discovery with a plan for the changes we’d like to see in our future and a clear idea of where we’re going and how we’re going to get there, but at times we can lose our way, wandering far from the roads we intended to take. There are times when we may feel we are back where we started, miles away from the easy, free-rolling highway we once expected to simply coast down. Such is the path that change often takes, curving around in surprising and unexpected ways.
As you move through this book, you will learn about the kinds of difficulties people bring to hypnotherapists. You will read case histories of people who—perhaps like you—found themselves stuck and bewildered, then through the therapeutic process, were able to change for the better.
These individuals— all real people and clients of mine (but with changed names, of course)—freed themselves from the chains of the past and the problems that had haunted and held them back for so long.
Gautama Buddha said, ‘Everything changes except change itself.’ This book will explain how positive, meaningful change can be brought about through the right kind of therapy, and how even the most tenacious and overwhelming of problems can be left in the past, so you can move on with your life in a freer, more balanced, and fulfilling way. I hope that it will help you to do just that.
Chi is commonly translated as life force or life process. In China, an understanding of chi is contained in the written language— the oldest continuously used system of writing in the world. A literal translation of the Chinese character (or hanzi) for ‘health’, for example, is ‘original chi’, while the character for ‘vitality’ may be translated as ‘high-quality chi’. According to tradition, chi is brought into the body primarily through the air we breathe, but also through the food we eat.
In Japan, chi is known as ki, and in India it is approximated by the words shakti, or prana, the agent of all change. In the Taoist tradition, chi is regarded as having two aspects: energy and information.
Neither of these is static; each exists in a constant state of flux. Chi is regarded as the force that brings about all change.
Peter Field is a registered psychotherapist, qualified counselor, Board Certified hypnotherapist, and an internationally recognised authority on hypnosis and health. For more than 30 years he has helped people from all over the world to deal with life’s difficulties, and to live a more balanced, meaningful way. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health. He lives in Birmingham, UK.
The Chi of Change – How hypnotherapy can help you heal and turn your life around – regardless of your past by Peter Field is published by Psyche Books, May 2014.
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