Looking to enhance your spirituality? Hypnotherapist Ailsa Frank explores how sobriety could help…
You’ve heard of being witch-curious, but there’s a new trend in town and it could be better than ever for our souls. Could you be sober-curious? As we approach a new decade and the month of Dry January many of us will be thinking about cutting back or even abstaining from alcohol. It’s true that anything we immerse ourselves in becomes a habit, and if you want to, you can kick it to the curb just as easily as stopping biting your nails. By using your spirituality you can supercharge the process and drink only when you choose, rather than when it chooses you. Here’s how it could help you…
Re-connect with your soul The purest form of yourself was when you were born into the world. Your baby self thrived in a loving environment and automatically ate and drank when it needed nourishment. You were in tune with your needs. Today it might be hard to see yourself as a non-drinker, but by tapping into an image of yourself as a baby, it will help you feel more connected with your instinct and understand that you are enough, you always were and you always will be.
Try this: Inner baby visualisation See a happy baby version of yourself laying in your cot or pram with a brightly coloured paper mobile gently swirling above you. See people looking in on you, it doesn’t matter who is there or who is not, just embrace that feeling of being accepted by them and by you. There are no expectations and no disappointments, and you’re just okay being you. As you feel this pure accepting happiness, press your right thumb and finger together, smile and take on board the positive feelings. Feel the relief of not having to impress anyone or live up to any expectations.
Understand yourself better By looking backward into your earlier drinking life it will help you to understand the details of how your relationship developed with alcohol. Answer the following questions to gain a better understanding:
•When did you first drink, where was it and why did you try alcohol?
•Did the people around you drink, and why did you copy or lead the way?
• Did alcohol help you feel relaxed, escape, or feel more confident? And why did you need it to help you achieve these feelings?
•Did you experience family or school tensions during childhood or teenage life? How did this affect you?
• Did your drinking increase around a difficult time in your life, for example, during a break-up, after becoming a parent or following a bereavement?
Try this: Happy life meditation Visualise your whole life since the moment of your existence as a complete and peaceful spiritual journey, as if you were the true version of yourself unaffected by other people’s behaviour. Smile as you visualise this life–changing the downs to laughter, criticisms to praises and the emptiness to feelings of abundance. Imagine the past road behind with your spiritual guides filling the potholes, so the road is smooth behind you as well as on the journey ahead. Call upon your guides to repair your past to give a strong foundation for a bright future.
Change your present reality Altering your relationship with alcohol can help change your current situation in a positive way.
Try this: Call on your Higher Self Identify the three most pressing things relevant to you; this could be love, money, stress, relationship issues, work or career worries, fears, lack of support or loneliness. Then, list 10 practical things you can do to help yourself change your situation. Your Higher Self can help offer guidance to resolve these issues. Imagine a cloud in your mind parting with the answer presenting itself in the hands of an Angel. Allow the guidance to filter through you and incorporate the message into your daily life.
Create a pure, bright future Your life is a series of rituals, beliefs, meditations, and prayers, which is why it is important from now onwards to be mindful of what you are creating through your actions. The decisions you make now will steer your life.
Try this: An inner child call to prayer You didn’t need alcohol when you were happy playing as a child. Happiness is a natural state of being and you have the life skills to enjoy a sober life. As you think about your past childlike freedom, put your arms in the air and spin on the spot. As you do so, imagine leaving the drinking behind. As you call to your Higher Self to make it clear who you are, say, ‘I know who I am’, ‘I like myself’, ‘I know what I have achieved’, I know how hard I have worked’, ‘I connect with myself’ and ‘I enjoy sober life’.
Ailsa Frank is an author and hypnotherapist. Try Ailsa’s Take Control of Alcohol or Stop Binge Drinking for Women hypnosis downloads on her website ailsafrank.com
Find practical tips for trying spiritual sobriety in our January 2020 issue, on sale now