Every autumn nature shows signs of change.

Leaves turn color and fall. Crickets stop chirping and disappear. Birds sense coolness and fly away. These are just some examples of changes as the earth prepares for winter.

And as we notice changes in nature, we may also notice changes in ourselves. Changes in our activities, in our bodies, and in our minds. Changes in what we do may seem obvious. But how about the changes in how we feel? Because feelings are stored in the body, we can look to our body for hints. How is your energy level? Are you sleeping well and for sufficient hours? Are you gaining or losing weight? Are aches or pains showing up in new places? If so, what are the emotions behind these feelings?

Chest pains may be where you hold worry. Abdominal cramping may be where you handle stress. The best reference to figure out which emotions go with your different feelings is the classic book by Louise L. Hay: You Can Heal Your Life. And hypnotists have many techniques to help you access these feelings, identify the emotions, and change them for a better you.

But what about changes in how we think? Do you still think the way you did when you were a child? Or have life experiences changed your point of view? Have you adopted new beliefs? There’s no reason to worry if you don’t know, because your subconscious mind does know. The subconscious mind is like the hard drive of your computer: it has stored everything (data) in your life since you were born. The conscious mind is like the keyboard, always clicking away and trying to enter new data. But some of the old data may no longer serve you.

For example, maybe when you were young, someone may have told you that you were stupid, and you believed it. Years later you may still have this belief although you don’t know why you believe it. How do you change old data in your subconscious (of which you may not even be aware)? This is an example where hypnotists can help you to build new pathways or rewire your brain—but that’s another blog.