Neural Circuitry and Emotional Eating

Below posted in its entirety is a blog post from Mark Licata. From a personal view his words are so true. With all of the hypnosis work I’ve done I discovered a lot of patterns/programming within myself began at birth, and I also have an intense time period of 4 yrs from about age 8-12 where more happened. I’ve used hypnosis to access my subconscious and make changes/reframe those early patterns. It takes work and can be painful, stressful and intense. Worth. Every. Moment. 

Using hypnosis and other techniques (personal for everyone) we can reorganize that neural circuitry and live joyfully in the now. This is why I know and deeply believe that working on the subconscious level to change our deepest patterns, is the missing component in weight loss. No “diet” addresses our desire to be worthy of being loved, our fears around being vulnerable, our need to be safe in a chaotic world, that we are using food as a coping mechanism for.

Please read Mark’s blog below and let me know if any of it resonates with you. If you desire to Break Free from Emotional Eating and are ready to do the deep work necessary reach out to me at

“Early relational experiences are encoded in our neural circuitry in the first 18 months of life. They are stored as implicit memory, inaccessible by means of conscious awareness, and form the templates through which we engage the relational world. As we have come to see, these organizing principles come surging in our intimate relationships – with lovers, friends, our children – as well as with the alchemical ‘other’ inside us, by way of previously disavowed emotions, feelings, and somatic information of all kinds.”

“Our expectations in relationship – the reliability of others, our worthiness of being loved, what we can count on, our fears around being vulnerable – are structured in a fragile little nervous system that is longing for safety and connection. The neural pathways are tender, open, and responsive, as we seek attuned, right brain-to-right brain resonance with those around us. We want to feel felt, to have our subjective experience held and mirrored, and for the space in which we can explore unstructured states of being.”

“While this encoding is deeply embedded, it can be rewired. While it may feel so entrenched, it is not as solid as it appears. Even if your early environment was one of consistent empathic failure, developmental trauma, and insecure attachment, it is never too late. The wild realities of neuroplasticity and the courage of the human heart is unstoppable and an erupting force of creativity and reorganization.”

“Through new relational experiences – with a therapist, a lover, a friend, a baby; or with a star, a deer, a tree, a sunset, or with the moon, it will be revealed that love is the basis of all neural circuitry. It is the substance which forms the neurons and their synapses, and lights up the cells in your heart in a fresh moment of warmth, presence, and kindness. Each time you meet and attune to another, receive their love, return it with your presence, and stay close with the ‘other’ within you, a new world is born.”

“As long as there is breath moving in and out, you can update the narrative. You can make new meaning of your life, make a new commitment to the miracle of the here and now, and learn to flood your immediate experience with presence, warmth, and acceptance. Slowly, over time, you can embed your neural circuitry with the new pathway of holding awareness.”

“No matter what is happening in your life, you can start right now. In this moment. There is only ever this moment. The opportunity for reorganization is always here and wired within you. Don’t give up. Love will never give up on you.”

You can start right now! 


Life! And Affirmations!

Wow, life has gotten really busy for me lately and I’ve neglected my blog. I do sincerely apologize to you my followers and readers. I’m going through another stage of personal growth which is always awesome but tends to be all encompassing for me. 

Since I opened this blog talking about growth and change, and affirmations are a common and proven effective way to help make changes in your life, I thought I’d pass on some thoughts about affirmations and a bunch of them that may change your life!

If you believe the phrase you are what you think, then life truly stems from your thoughts. But we cannot rely purely on thoughts; we must translate thoughts into words and eventually into actions in order to manifest our intentions. This means we have to be very careful with our words, choosing to speak only those which work towards our benefit and cultivate our highest good. Affirmations help purify our thoughts and restructure the dynamic of our brains so that we truly begin to think nothing is impossible.

When we verbally affirm our dreams and ambitions, we are instantly empowered with a deep sense of reassurance that our wishful words will become reality.

Affirmations are proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to rewire our brains. Much like exercise, they raise the level of feel-good hormones and push our brains to form new clusters of “positive thought” neurons. In the sequence of thought-speech-action, affirmations play an integral role by breaking patterns of negative thoughts, negative speech, and, in turn, negative actions.

No words are empty words, as every syllable we speak engages energy towards or against us. If you constantly say “I can’t,” the energy of your words will repel the universal force against you. But if you say “I can!” the universe will endow you with the abilities to do just that. So speak away; relinquish your fears and purge your anger, predict your own future and live up to your potential!

Affirmations that will change your life:

I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents.

Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.

My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil.

 I am superior to negative thoughts and low actions.

I have been given endless talents which I begin to utilize today.

I forgive those who have harmed me in my past and peacefully detach from them.

A river of compassion washes away my anger and replaces it with love.

I am guided in my every step by Spirit who leads me towards what I must know and do.

I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful.

 Creative energy surges through me and leads me to new and brilliant ideas.

Happiness is a choice. I base my happiness on my own accomplishments and the blessings I’ve been given. *one of my faves*

My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite.

I am courageous and I stand up for myself.

My thoughts are filled with positivity and my life is plentiful with prosperity.

Today, I abandon my old habits and take up new, more positive ones.

Many people look up to me and recognize my worth; I am admired.

I am blessed with an incredible family and wonderful friends.

I acknowledge my own self-worth; my confidence is soaring. * another fave*

Everything that is happening now is happening for my ultimate good.

I am a powerhouse; I am indestructible.

Though these times are difficult, they are only a short phase of life.

My future is an ideal projection of what I envision now.

My efforts are being supported by the universe; my dreams manifest into reality before my eyes.

I radiate beauty, charm, and grace.

I am conquering my illness; I am defeating it steadily each day.

My obstacles are moving out of my way; my path is carved towards greatness.

I wake up today with strength in my heart and clarity in my mind.

My fears of tomorrow are simply melting away.

I am at peace with all that has happened, is happening, and will happen. *AND one more fave.*

My nature is Divine; I am a spiritual being.

My life is just beginning.

You can utilize any of these affirmations alone or create your own unique combination based on your personal wishes and needs. What is most important is to establish a profound communication with the universe — so say it with conviction, say it in your own unique voice, and make it happen in the real world.

be positive

Rules to Live by:

I haven’t done any blogs lately with what I call word pictures, so here’s one today that I think includes some very meaningful thoughts and ideas about life and how to live a happy one.  This is equally as important as feeding your body the right foods, for overall good health. Take a moment to reflect and have a great day! 🙂

live life be mindful

Be good to You 7 cardinal rules in life