Patterns - Hauntingly Beautiful
A poem beautifully written and sung hauntingly by Simon and Garfunkel tells of the patterns that often blight our lives. Sometimes these patterns are called addictions, habits, OCD and sometimes appear as depression or stress, or indeed in any response that appears automatic and beyond our ability to control.
In the song that sense of being out of control, or not knowing what to do, or indeed where the pattern just seems to happen is described as a puzzle. The puzzle is developed as Simon and Garfunkel go on to describe how it feels confusing, like being a rat stuck in maze, running around without the ability to escape. These patterns, they say, are so ingrained and such a normalised part of what we do that they feel as naturally as breathing; not only do they happen automatically, but if we stop doing them we feel like we will expire! We can’t imagine life without them! That puzzle, they sing, is dim and gloomy and they identify that the puzzle is “me”.
It can indeed feel like ‘dwelling in darkness’ and that these patterns can ‘scarcely be controlled’. Some may feel that the word ‘scarcely’ means it cannot be controlled. That alone may be an indication of the way they approach life, often with a degree of defeatism.
Scarcely, however, means that it is unusual, not that it can never be controlled or indeed tamed or as hypnotherapists would prefer, resolved. The unusual bit is that the ‘me’ needs to not only become aware of the pattern, but also to take a decision to resolve it. This may mean seeking help that will enable them to move towards health.
The healing (or resolution) actually commences when the client can recognise that the solution lies within, that is the responsibility lies with ‘me’. Good hypnotherapists will encourage their clients to look within and resolve to build healthy patterns.
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Carrie BarberNovember 25th, 2016