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Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling Melbourne presents Joe Busuttil and The EMOTIONAL JOURNEY CRYSTAL SINGING BOWL SOUND HEALING

Sound Healing is a form of Vibrational Medicine and is based on the scientific principles that all matter, and most importantly, the cells in your body, vibrate to a precise frequency when healthy and to a dissonant frequency when in dis-ease. Resonant vibration, rhythms and tones can balance brain hemispheres, stress levels, and even tension in body tissues and cells that have fallen into dis-ease or dis-harmony. The use of tuned, deep-vibration instruments such as crystal bowls during healing and meditation can balance these dissonant frequencies and bring them back into harmony. Music and chanting have been used for thousands of years to heal and energize the body, mind and emotions. A sense of well-being and an increase in energy and pain relief are often the result of crystal bowl sessions. Deep levels of healing and transformation are also commonly reported after sound healing sessions.

The pure vibration they emit is a vibration that is felt or “heard” by the client at each chakra level and brings the client back out of their ill, dis-eased, or dis-harmonious system and brings them back into the human resonance that is held when someone holds their life purpose vibration.
In this session we connect with EMOTION and work through – Feeling Apathetic, Grief, Fear, Lust, Anger, Pride, Courage, Acceptance and Peace. Allowing for an Allowing and Openess. Moving to FREDOM.


Ice psychosis: what is it, and why do only some users get it?

We found this article on ICE Psychosis interesting at Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling Melbourne. We want to share it with you.

The Conversation: Ice psychosis: what is it, and why do only some users get it?

Ice psychosis: what is it, and why do only some users get it?

The Conversation, 23 January 2017Shalini Arunogiri

There is growing concern about crystal methamphetamine (ice) use in Australia and internationally, in part because of the psychological effects of the drug. Although most people who use ice do not experience psychological problems, about one in three people who use it regularly report experiencing psychosis in their lifetime.

Research also suggests that up to 30% of people who experience ice psychosis go on to develop a long-term psychotic illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Our new study aimed to find out why some ice users are more likely to experience psychosis than others.

So what is ice psychosis?
Psychosis refers to a range of mental health symptoms, including suspiciousness and paranoia, hallucinations, and unusual or agitated behaviour. Individuals often lose touch with reality, and may not have an understanding of what is happening to them. This can be very distressing for the individual and for their family and friends, and may result in the person having to go to hospital.

Psychosis can occur as part of many different mental health disorders, or be triggered by a range of drugs. Amphetamine-type stimulant drugs, such as ice, are particularly known to potentially trigger psychosis. In the 1970s, amphetamines administered in experimental situations were shown to cause psychotic symptoms in healthy people who had never used the drug before.

In Australia, ice is the drug that most commonly results in ambulance attendances for psychosis symptoms. And hospital admissions for ice psychosis have increased steeply in the past ten years.

These patterns of increasing harms have paralleled the increase in the purity of ice and increasing dependence.

Ice is responsible for more psychosis ambulance call-outs than any other drug. Julian Smith/AAP

What did the study find?
We know the majority of people who use ice don’t experience psychosis. So we looked at 20 existing studies examining more than 5,000 regular ice users to try to find out what factors made someone more at risk of psychosis.

We found the frequency and amount of methamphetamine use, and the severity of dependence, were the factors most commonly associated with the risk of psychosis. Unfortunately, the design of the studies, and the different ways in which they measured the frequency and amount of methamphetamine use, mean we can’t estimate exactly how much an increase in use will result in an increase in risk.

Other risk factors included a family history of a psychotic disorder, and current use of other drugs, including cannabis and alcohol. While one study found a link between a history of traumatic experiences in childhood and the experience of ice psychosis, more research needs to be done.

Just as important were factors that were not associated with ice psychosis – for example, age, gender, income or employment status. Interestingly, the way in which people used methamphetamine – by smoking versus injecting, for instance – did not appear to affect the likelihood of psychosis.

Better treatment would make the difference
It’s important to remember almost all of the research on this topic has been cross-sectional. This means measurements of psychotic symptoms and measurements of risk factors have occurred at the same time – so we don’t know which causes the other, only that they’re related.

The best way to study risk factors for ice psychosis would be to follow people from before they start using the drug, to when they develop the problem. But this sort of study is very difficult to conduct when it comes to drug use. Differences in the way researchers measure psychosis, or measure methamphetamine use, also affect how we understand the relationship between the two.

Taken together, the main finding of our study was that people who used the drug more often and were more dependent on it were more likely to experience psychosis. While this might appear obvious, it does help healthcare workers and treatment services identify people who might be at greatest risk.
Similarly, for people who aren’t ready to stop using the drug, changing the frequency or pattern of their use might help them avoid developing psychosis.

More broadly, the key message from our research is better treatment of ice use would translate to a reduction in harms from the drug. The challenge remains making sure effective treatment is available when people are ready and willing to access it.

If you have a problem with ICE and want too seek help you can contact us at Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling Melbourne on 0412277488 or contact Directline on 1800 888 236

Boost Self Worth with Hypnotherapy

At Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling we assist clients to boost Self Worth with hypnotherapy.

We all have times when we feel a bit down. A bit unsure. A tad insecure. But have you noticed that the happiest people tend to be the most confident in themselves? They seem driven by a strong force, a strong sense of self-worth. While optimism and a self-love come naturally to some, the rest of us can still learn how to build a belief in ourselves. Here’s how hypnotherapy can help …

Look Within for Your Worth

More money, more cars, a bigger house, more stuff – none of it will build your self-worth. In fact, chances are that once you get those things, you’ll feel an even bigger sense of lack and look for more, more, more.

So for true self-worth – that lasts even when you have nothing – you need to go within. Only you can build your self-esteem and value to the world. And when you demonstrate self-love, others will see the love and light in you too. Hypnotherapy can help with this.

Note Your Accomplishments

What did you do today that made you or someone else happy? How was today better than yesterday? Did you tackle a tricky task? It doesn’t have to be a grand achievement – in fact, recognising smaller acts that you’re proud of can be more profound.
Keep a journal by your bedside and every evening jot down something you’re proud of. At Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling we guide clients to do this effectively.

Learn to Say No

When you’re a people pleaser, it can be hard to say no to people. But doing things you don’t want to do is only likely to lead to resentment – of yourself and the person who asked. Instead, practice politely saying no to the things that don’t serve you. It can be very empowering!
Become Skilled in Something

Love painting? Want to learn to play the guitar? Practicing and becoming proficient at something you love to do is incredibly enriching. And as you get better, your sense of self-worth blossoms. At Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling we help clients to set goals.

Get Out and About

When we’re down, venturing outside can be the last thing we feel like doing. But getting some fresh air, taking a walk or sweating up a storm through exercise is a very powerful way to feel better about yourself. And the endorphins released during exercise combat depression, boosting your mood, lifting your spirits and helping you regain focus.

Joe Busuttil At Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling can HELP.

Schema Therapy Workshop

Scherma Therapy Workshop.


Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling Melbourne presents insights to Schema Therapy workshop with Joe Busuttil.

What is Schema Therapy?

Schema Therapy (or more properly, Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy)is an integrative approach to treatment that combines the best aspects of cognitive-behavioral, experiential, interpersonal and psychoanalytic therapies into one unified model. Schema-Focused Therapy has shown remarkable results in helping people to change negative (“maladaptive”) patterns which they have lived with for a long time, even when other methods and efforts they have tried before have been largely unsuccessful.

The Schema-Focused model was developed by Dr. Jeff Young, who originally worked closely with Dr. Aaron Beck, the founder of Cognitive Therapy. While treating clients at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Young and his colleagues identified a segment of people who had difficulty in benefiting from the standard approach. He discovered that these people typically had long-standing patterns or themes in thinking, feeling and behaving/coping that required a different means of intervention. Dr. Young’s attention turned to ways of helping patients to address and modify these deeper patterns or themes, also known as “schemas” or “life traps.”

The schemas that are targeted in treatment are enduring and self-defeating patterns that typically begin early in life. These patterns consist of negative/dysfunctional thoughts and feelings, have been repeated and elaborated upon, and pose obstacles for accomplishing one’s goals and getting one’s needs met. Some examples of schema beliefs are: “I’m unlovable,” “I’m a failure,” “People don’t care about me,” “I’m not important,” “Something bad is going to happen,” “People will leave me,” “I will never get my needs met,” “I will never be good enough,” and so on.
Although schemas are usually developed early in life (during childhood or adolescence), they can also form later, in adulthood. These schemas are perpetuated behaviorally through the coping styles of schema maintenance, schema avoidance, and schema compensation. The Schema-Focused model of treatment is designed to help the person to break these negative patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving, which are often very tenacious, and to develop healthier alternatives to replace them.

Schema-Focused Therapy consists of three stages. First is the assessment phase, in which schemas are identified during the initial sessions. Questionnaires may be used as well to get a clear picture of the various patterns involved. Next comes the emotional awareness and experiential phase, wherein patients get in touch with these schemas and learn how to spot them when they are operating in their day-to-day life. Thirdly, the behavioral change stage becomes the focus, during which the client is actively involved in replacing negative, habitual thoughts and behaviors with new, healthy cognitive and behavioral options.

This workshop is designed for Hypnotherapists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Embrace Your Confidence and Eliminate the Toxic Shame workshop

Embrace Your Confidence and Eliminate the Toxic Shame workshop

Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling Melbourne presents –

“Embrace your Confidence and eliminate the toxic Shame“ workshop facilitated by Lawrence Akers and Joe Busuttil.


“This workshop developed out of our life-changing experience in discovering and exploring our own bypassed shame – and our extensive reading of the shame literature. As therapists and facilitators we found that our new ability to identify and explore shame vastly expanded our capacity to help clients to heal their shame and come to peace with themselves. It became clear to us that we needed to pass on what we had discovered. We are extremely gratified by the overwhelmingly positive response this Workshop is receiving.

“Shame is something that gets between a person and their soul – their self-expression, their relationships, their sense of self. Much of the material we bring to this workshop comes from many years working with clients, and coming to understand the all-pervasive shame that permeates their day to day experience. It also comes from our own journey with coming out as gay. We have helped clients who are caught in a horrible dance of shame and blame. We have discovered ways to support people in confronting their shame and growing beyond it to a place of joy, creativity, and life force. It’s important to us to share our deepening understanding of shame – and how to heal it – through this workshop.” Lawrence & Joe
Not everyone is born with an inbuilt sense of self-confidence. Sometimes it can be hard to develop confidence, either because personal experiences have caused you to lose confidence or because you suffer from low self-esteem.

A confident person:
– does what they believe is right, even if it’s unpopular
– is willing to take risks
– admits their mistakes and learns from them
– is able to accept a compliment
-is optimistic.

Shame is both a primary emotion and a freeze state, which has a profound effect on personal development and relationship success. In spite of it’s universality and it’s power, shame is rarely acknowledged in our culture and has been terribly neglected in most psychotherapy and other helping professions. While Shame is often confused with Guilt, shame is primary and exists in the body while guilt is secondary and cognitive, relating to both shame and remorse.

Shame is perhaps the most painful of all emotions. It is at the root of both “the inner critic” and perfectionism. It binds with and hides behind other emotions, such as anger and fear, so that it is often hard to detect. Many people go to great lengths to avoid acknowledging or even feeling shame – and this gets in the way of making progress in treatment.

Shame often fuels and promotes the negative cycle between members of a couple. Where there is blame, there is shame.

Shame can be viewed as developmental trauma. It causes much of the same physical and emotional freezing as trauma does. Not only do we lose tonus and energy, but it becomes hard to think clearly in a shame state. And shame often accompanies trauma, forming a downward spiral that is hard to break.

The difficulty we feel in dealing with shame carries over into the therapy situation. For many clients who don’t get better in therapy, shame – unacknowledged and not worked through – is the primary factor. Both therapists and clients need to be educated about shame – how it develops, what it is and how it works. And therapists need help in developing a working model of how to help their clients identify, work through and heal their shame.

This workshop provides essential, basic knowledge of how to work with shame. We will learn what shame is and how it is created, and how to help our clients recognise shame, work through it and move on.

Together in this workshop we will explore:
– Shame and its many faces
– Where shame comes from
– How shame is experienced and the internalisation process
– The impact on the development of identity
– Restoring the interpersonal bridge
– Build confidence and develop your self esteem

Co presenter Lawrence Akers is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Counsellor who specialises in ACT and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. He is the founder of Release Hypnosis and one of the partners of Hypnotherapy HQ. He is also the producer and regular on the podcast OUTthink.

Create Your Vision 2018

Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling is excited to run a second day of the annual “Create Your Vision workshop”.

The first workshop SOLD OUT.


Creating a VISION might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of what you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best year. Think of crafting your VISION as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’l allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

Your personal 2018 VISION statement guides your life and provides the direction necessary to chart the course of your days and the choices you make about your career and personal life. Your personal vision statement is the light shining in the darkness toward which you turn to find your way. It illuminates your way.

– Identify your vision and give it clarity.
– Reinforce your daily affirmations.
– Keep your attention on your intentions.

When you understand how neural pathways are created in the brain, you get a front row seat for truly comprehending how to let go of old restrictive habits. Neural pathways are like superhighways of nerve cells that transmit messages. You travel over the superhighway many times, and the pathway becomes more and more solid. You may go to a specific thought or behaviour for comfort over and over, and that forms a brain pathway. The hopeful fact, however, is that the brain is always changing and you can forge new pathways and create new habits.

Know that transformation is always possible and that you can create new brain pathways whenever you’re ready to make the shift. When you keep your mind in the “I can do it!” space, you get a clear sense that you’re done with the old and on a new beam now.
Come join me for an opportunity to create a clear VISION and manifest all that you wish to acquire.

“Joey’s Vision workshop was a wonderfully transformational experience for me – I couldn’t think of a better way to start the year and it is now something I know I will do each year.”
Nat Brown

“Joe provides a space in which you can explore, laugh and gain great insight into where you really need to head over the next year. Thanks for a great day!”

“The Vision Workshop was wonderful. Rather than just pasting images on a board and hoping for the best, Joe broke the process down so that it was really meaningful. It allowed me to see how the year ahead will bring me what I want but also how I can achieve it.”
Veronica Beaumont

Quit smoking using Hypnotherapy in 2018

At the Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling, Melbourne, Joe Busuttil our Hypnotherapy for Smoking Expert can help you Quit. Smoking is considered to be the greatest single cause of premature death in Australia.

We now have an abundance of research and science telling us just how bad smoking is for our health and yet for many, it is an incredibly hard habit to break.

The anatomy of a cigarette
First of all, it is important to understand what is in a cigarette and what effects these substances can have. On the surface, tobacco wrapped in paper may look harmless, but it’s the smoke released when the cigarette is burned that causes the real problem. A whole cocktail of chemicals is added to cigarettes designed to make them taste nicer and get you hooked. Once you understand exactly what it is you are breathing in every time you light up, the choice to quit should be easier.

This is the drug that causes addiction in smokers. Nicotine stimulates the brain so that when you withdraw from it you experience intense cravings, headaches and increased anxiety.

Tar is the residue that deposits into your system after smoking tobacco. Containing over 4000 chemicals, tar also contains over 50 cancer causing carcinogens, which is why smoking is considered one of the biggest causes of the disease.

Carbon Monoxide
This gas affects the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, meaning your body won’t get the oxygen it needs while you’re smoking. This can lead to shortness of breath, low energy levels and poor circulation.

Smoking related conditions
Smoking increases your risk of developing a wide range of health ailments and diseases including the following:
Smoking increases your risk of developing a wide range of health ailments and diseases including the following:
Lung cancer – more than eight in 10 cases of lung cancer are directly related to smoking.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – again, eight out of 10 cases of this distressing lung disease are caused by smoking.

Heart disease – considered the UK’s biggest killer, around one in six cases is caused by smoking.

Other cancers – including mouth, throat, nose, blood, cervix and pancreatic cancer.

Infertility – smoking affects the fertility of men and women, making it harder to conceive.
Gum disease – on top of staining your teeth, smoking can cause premature tooth loss due to gum disease.

Why stop smoking?
Longer life expectancy
If you quit smoking by the age of 30, you could increase your life expectancy by 10 years – just think what you could do with that extra decade. Even if you are in your 60s when you decide to quit, you can still add three years onto your life. Not only will you have a longer life if you stop smoking, you should also have fewer health problems, making for a happier, more independent later life.

More energy
Carbon monoxide robs your body of oxygen, and without oxygen your body can’t work properly. When you quit smoking you will be lowering the carbon monoxide levels in your body allowing your lungs and muscles to work the way they should. More oxygen to the brain will also help you to feel more alert, energised and awake. You should also find you can sleep better without that nicotine in your system.

Boosted immune system
When you smoke, your immune system is lowered making you more susceptible to colds and flu. When you quit smoking your immune system gets a boost, which means you will pick up less illnesses and generally feel healthier all round.

More money
If you have smoked 20 cigarettes a day for 10 years, you will have spent approximately $15,000 on smoking. Every time a craving hits – think about what you could do with that extra money!

Better breathing
Within nine months of quitting smoking, your lung capacity should increase by as much as 10% helping you to do simple things like climb stairs without gasping for breath. You will also get rid of that smoker’s cough, and any breathing difficulties or conditions you have (such as asthma) should be dramatically reduced.

Reduced stress levels
Many smokers reach for a cigarette when they are feeling stressed and while that immediate hit of nicotine after withdrawal may make you feel relaxed at first, in the long term, smoking only increases stress levels. Studies have shown that ex-smokers are less stressed than they were when they were smoking.

Younger looking skin
Smoking prematurely ages the skin, making it dull, dry and prone to wrinkles. When you stop smoking, this effect is reversed as your skin receives the nutrients it needs. This means that in time, you should find your complexion brightens up and any lines you have may appear reduced.
Better sense of smell and taste
The chemicals in cigarettes dull taste buds and affect the way you smell, making food and drink a bit of a bore. Quitting will bring these senses to life again, helping you taste and smell things at a greater intensity.
Protected loved ones

Passive smoking can be as fatal as smoking a cigarette directly, by not smoking around your friends and family you will be reducing their risk of developing smoking related illnesses.

Quit smoking timeline
Amount of time since your last cigarette: Effects on your body:
20 minutes Your blood pressure and heart rate will return to normal.
12 hours Carbon monoxide levels will drop back to normal.
24 hours Your body will start to clear out the mucus built up in your lungs.
72 hours Breathing will become easier and your energy levels will increase.
1 month The appearance of your skin will start to improve.
3-9 months Your lung function could improve by up to 10%.
1 year Risk of suffering from a heart attack falls to about half of that of a smoker.
10 years Risk of developing lung cancer falls to about half of that of a smoker.
15 years Risk of suffering a heart attack falls to that of a non-smoker.

Hypnotherapy/ NLP /counselling to quit smoking
A big part of quitting smoking is letting go of the smoking routine you once had and viewing cigarettes completely differently. Hypnotherapy and NLP is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of treatment to help do this.

Hypnotherapy, NLP and counselling combined offer the most effective smoking cessation tools around. All of these techniques work together to reframe your idea of smoking, break down the anchors and conditions you feel you need to smoke in and give you new habits and ways of thinking and behaving instead of the cigarette.

At Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling MELBOURNE, we are here to help you quit.

Contact Joe BUSUTTIL on 0412 277 488 to make an appointment.

The Four Agreements – Singing Crystal Bowl healing meditation

Sunday 4th February at 10am – Singing Crystal Bowl Meditation

Joe Busuttil from Equator Therapies Melbourne presents a two and half hour Singing Crystal bowl healing meditation.
In this two and half hour healing Joe Busuttil will build on the profound wisdom in The Four Agreements and teach you how to develop love and compassion for yourself—no matter what your circumstances. Learn the importance of awareness, how to know what you really are, and how to make conscious choices that support yourself. By starting with yourself and self-love, your entire life is transformed, including your relationships, health, and career.

Whether you’re struggling with self-limiting beliefs that rob you of joy, or just feel that something is missing in your life, the practical truths you learn will allow you to experience more happiness, freedom, and love. Living a new dream is truly possible.

Added with these insights you will be washed with the harmonic sounds of the Singing Crystal BowIs. Vibrational sound touches our bodies on a molecular and crystalline level. The body is a network of vibrational fields and energy currents. Each individual resonates at his or her own vibration. Sound is an acoustical wave while color is an electromagnetic wave. The colors of the rainbow correspond to a specific musical note in the same way that each chakra of the body correlates with a specific tone and color. Although there is a tone and color that corresponds to each of the chakra centers, each part affects the totality. This is important to know since each crystal bowl will affect the whole body. You may feel the effects in one section of your body more deeply, but the vibrational sound will also travel throughout your entire energy field. The human body and the entire earth are made up of energy, vibrating at different frequencies. When out of rhythm, disease and disharmony result. Vibrational sound healing addresses these imbalances or blockages of the energy channels.

The Four Agreements are:

1. Be impeccable with your word. In a sense, social constructivists are correct about words creating reality. We act on what we tell ourselves is real. Albert Ellis encouraged us to screen our self-talk for negative, irrational chatter. So, what kinds of words to you use when you describe reality? Do you lie and say hurtful and poisonous things about yourself and others? Not healthy! To be impeccable with your word is to be truthful and to say things that have a positive influence on yourself and others.

2. Don’t take anything personally. The first agreement suggests that we avoid treating others hurtfully. The second agreement provides us with a way of dealing with potentially hurtful treatment from others. Because each person sees the world in a unique way, the way that others treat us says as much about them as it does about us. To not take anything personally is to acknowledge the unique identities of other people. We respect their subjective realities, realizing that their views do not necessarily describe us accurately.

3. Don’t make assumptions. Assuming that you know what other people are thinking or feeling about you is a limiting thought that Aaron Beck called Mind Reading. Obviously, none of us can read minds. When we try to engage in mind reading we will often be wrong, leading to undesirable consequences. The antidote to mind reading is to ask for evidence before concluding what people are thinking.

4. Always do your best. One obvious reason for doing your best is that we cannot achieve our goals by being lazy. If you do your best, not only are you are more likely to achieve goals, but you will also avoid criticism from what Ruiz calls your internal Judge. There are also more subtle issues about doing “your best.” One is that you should not try to do better than your best. Pushing yourself too hard can cause pain, injury, and mistakes. More subtle still is the recognition that our “best” will vary from moment to moment, that, in a sense, you are always doing your best. Realize this, and your inner Judge can take a permanent vacation.


Can Hypnotherapy help tap into your purpose in life?

At Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling we create a space to allow you discover who you are. On this journey the subconscious mind can open up possibilities that maybe closed of to the conscious mind.

Have you ever wondered what you were put on earth to do? How should you make a difference? What’s the point of it all? We’re curious creatures, so chances are you’ve pondered your life purpose at some point. But how should you go about discovering – and fulfilling – your life purpose?
Asking Others About Your Life Purpose

It’s important to remember that no one can dictate what you should do in life. While consulting coaches, counsellors, psychics and healers may bring clarity and comfort, what you do in life is ultimately up to you.

That being said, a great starting point can be to consult a practitioner, such as the ones mentioned above. They’ll likely have access to various tools, techniques and insights to help guide you on your path – or at least start asking the right questions.
Meditate to Find Your Life Purpose

When we’re busy, that little guiding voice inside us can get silenced. Meditation is a chance to be still and tune in to your internal compass – your subconscious mind. With regular practice, meditation can bring forth some pretty profound insights about your life.
Ask What Makes You Happy

Finding your life purpose is about knowing what you’re good at and what you love to do. Often we don’t know how to answer that question, because of fear or self-limiting beliefs. But what if you had all the money, all the time, all the resources and all the skills to do anything? Anything at all. Would you bake? Travel? Write books? Go scuba diving? When you know the answer to that question, you’re one step closer to discovering your life purpose.
It’s Not All about Your Career

Remember that following your life purpose doesn’t have to mean you get paid to do it. Your life purpose might be to help others who are less fortunate. This could mean donating to a charity, taking time off each year to help struggling communities, or writing a book about philanthropy. Or if you love to paint, you may begin by painting on weekends and giving artworks away to your loved ones.
Further Exploring Your Life Purpose

There are many souls whose life purpose is to help others find their life purpose! At Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling we can assist you with finding purpose in your life. Continue questioning and exploring, and you’re sure to discover your life purpose.

Using Hypnotherapy and Counselling to heal old trauma

At Equator Counselling and Hypnotherapy we treat many clients with trauma and assist them to find a way to let it go.

Why is it so difficult to heal emotional trauma? Maybe it is because we do not understand what our emotional wounds really are, and therefore we go about healing in ways that can never work.

When I was young, I was in a horrifically abusive relationship that caused anxiety for over a year. Even though I was able to eventually “get out” and save myself, it took me many years to figure out how to heal the deep emotional wounds.

Understanding Emotional Wounds

We tend to think of an emotional wound as the original traumatic experience – as the “thing” that happened to us, but the wound is actually the dis-empowering belief that we developed as a result of the traumatic experience.

In the search for emotional security, our natural response to any traumatic event is to make sense of it. We “make sense” of things by creating beliefs. Beliefs that we develop in response to traumatic experiences are Traumatic Beliefs. Because Traumatic Beliefs are disempowering and painful, they become emotional wounds.

The reason many people don’t heal is because they try to heal the original traumatic experience and not the Traumatic Belief. By understanding that emotional wounds are actually the Traumatic Beliefs that we hold about ourselves and/or the world, we have the power to heal.

When a child experiences himself as abandoned, for example, that child forms beliefs around abandonment in order to explain why he was abandoned. The child may answer the question, “Why?” by creating a belief that he was not good enough. The abandonment is the not the wound. The wound is the belief in unworthiness. In this case, healing involves releasing the Traumatic Belief of unworthiness.

Two people can experience the same trauma and have completely different responses, because they develop very different beliefs about the experience.

Traumatic Beliefs Create Emotional Needs

Traumatic Beliefs always create corresponding emotional needs which must be met in order to heal. The catch is that a Traumatic Belief also creates an invisible barrier that keeps the emotional need from being met. For example, if the Traumatic Belief is, “I am not worthy,” the emotional need is feeling worthy. If you could feel unconditionally worthy, the wound would heal. The problem is, if you believe that you are not worthy, you will block the feeling of worthiness because it does not align with your beliefs about worth. This is also why healing is so challenging.

Traumatic Beliefs are Self-fulfilling and Self-Sabotaging

When we have been wounded, we feel justified in holding onto Traumatic Beliefs. Part of us may even think that these beliefs keep us from getting hurt again, and the thought of releasing them makes us feel very vulnerable – without these beliefs, what will protect us? But, Traumatic Beliefs do not protect us in the first place. In fact, these beliefs are self-sabotaging by being self-fulfilling. When we look closely, it becomes apparent that these beliefs actually cause, attract and create more of what we do not want. All beliefs effect the quantum field that creates our reality, but Traumatic Beliefs have an even stronger influence on reality because they are fueled with intense emotional energy. Therefore, if we believe we are powerless, we attract situations to us that support that belief.

Take Full Responsibility

An essential key to healing is taking complete responsibility for your life and for your wounds. As long as you blame the outside world for your pain, you give away your power to heal. This is not about letting others off the hook who have harmed us. This is about empowering yourself to be whole. If you cannot find a way to take responsibility for your life experiences, then begin by taking responsibility for your beliefs. Regardless of what transpired in the outside world, you are the only one who thinks your thoughts and therefore you are responsible for creating and believing any Traumatic Beliefs. This means that you also have the power to release these beliefs, and, therefore, you can heal yourself.

Why are Traumatic Beliefs so Painful?

Traumatic Beliefs disconnect you from who you really are because your true self could never believe that you are powerless or unworthy. When you accept these disempowering beliefs, you experience separation from your true self and this is the cause of pain and suffering. The pain is your inner guidance system alerting you to the disconnection so that you can heal by releasing incongruent beliefs.

The Higher Purpose of Traumatic Experiences

The higher purpose of traumatic experiences is to point our attention to hidden or underlying beliefs that already exist in our psyche. The traumatic experience activates the hidden belief so that we are aware of it, in order to heal. This is the point. You cannot heal something that you are unaware of. The pain directs your attention to the belief that needs to be healed in order for you to awaken.

Four Traumatic Beliefs

In order to heal, it is important that you uncover the Core Traumatic Belief(s) of the wound. There are four Core Traumatic Beliefs: Victimhood, Powerlessness, Worthlessness and Loss. All Traumatic Beliefs fall into one or more of these four categories.


When I was in that horrifically abusive relationship, the greatest of the wounds was the belief that I was a victim; causing me to live in great fear for many years, even after the abuse had ended. Because I was desperate to heal and have my life back, I finally looked deep into my own self. Eventually, what I understood was that I was feeling like a victim well before that relationship had ever manifested. The relationship overtly demonstrated my inner beliefs in the outer world in a way that I could not ignore.

Later, as an adult, the healing was remembering, at the deepest level, that I was responsible for my own life, and that my life was a reflection of all my beliefs. I discovered that the opposite of victim is not survivor. The opposite of victim is creator. When I remembered that I was the creator of my life, victimhood could no longer exist – and the wound was permanently healed.

The key to healing the Traumatic Belief of victimhood is waking up to who you really are and remembering that you are the creator of your life. Maybe you don’t understand how you created something, and you would certainly not consciously create a traumatic event that would make you feel victimized, nonetheless, we unconsciously create from hidden subconscious beliefs, and physical events in our lives give us clues to these underlying beliefs.

Once we become aware of theses disempowering beliefs, we have the opportunity to consciously heal them, by over-turning them, declaring their falsehood and turning toward a higher truth. In this case, the higher truth is I am the creator of my life. True power comes from learning to be a conscious creator, but this can only happen as we flush out unconscious beliefs and we align with the truth of who we really are.


Even before we experience any traumatic events, most of us are socialized to believe that the world has power over us. So, when a traumatic experience does unfold, the idea of being powerless is already in our belief system, therefore, powerlessness seems an appropriate way to make sense of a negative event.

Healing from the Traumatic Belief of powerlessness is embracing ones intrinsic power – not the power that comes from control, but rather the power that originates in the core of your being and connects you to the universe and all that is. Healing the Traumatic Belief of powerlessness is an emotional journey from powerless to powerful.


Of all the Traumatic Beliefs, worthlessness runs the deepest. We are programmed to believe that we are unworthy from the time we are very young. So when we experience trauma, and we search internally for a belief that will make sense of the experience, unworthiness quickly answers the question, “Why did this happen to me?”

Of course, unworthiness is a false belief and therefore it must be exposed in order to be released. When it is hidden, there is no need to pay attention but once it causes pain, you must do something about it. The good and bad news is that the pain will not go away until the false belief of unworthiness is released and you cease seeking proof of your worth in the outside world. The world cannot give or take away your worth because your worth is intrinsic and guaranteed. Absolute healing is attained when you discover and claim your unconditional worth.


Often, when we have an emotional wound, we believe that someone has taken something from us. No matter how hard we try, it appears impossible to retrieve what has been stolen. This search often keeps the wound alive – believing that we have lost something and it must be retrieved keeps us locked in a vicious cycle of perpetual hurt.

Loss does not necessarily create an emotional wound. We all experience loss – loss of an aging parent or loss of a relationship, for example. Loss is part of the flow of life. Grieving is a natural response to loss and it is the process of letting go. However, if we do not let go, loss can turn into an emotional wound. This occurs when a Traumatic Belief is formed about the loss; for example, beliefs like, “no one will ever love me again,” or “everyone I care about leaves me.” Again, it is the Traumatic Belief that creates the emotional wound and not the loss itself.

When loss creates an emotional wound, we often close down and cut ourselves off from the very thing that could heal us. If we develop a Traumatic Belief around losing love, we not only block potential new relationships, we cut ourselves off from self-love and even higher love. In other words, we do to ourselves what we fear others might do to us.

The healing is remembering that the Source of who you really are provides all that you need, if only you ask, allow and receive – by trusting something greater than the physical self, you align with the rhythm of the universe where the idea of loss does not exist. Inherent in all Traumatic Beliefs is the absolute truth of your existence.

How do we actually heal Traumatic Beliefs?

Release Identification with the Wound

When we develop and feed wounds with our attention over the course of years, we begin to identify with the wound, or, better said, we create an identity around the wounded-self. So, now we are not just releasing a wound, we are letting go of our identity. The thing is, you are not and can never be a wounded identity. This is a false belief and a false identity. In order to heal, it is important that you begin to release the identification with the wound, and that you begin to see yourself as whole – not the wounded self, but the whole self. Who are you without this wound? This is who you really are, and this is who you must become again.

Meet Your Own Emotional Needs

Emotional wounds are often left open because we continue to look to others to meet our emotional needs. In order to heal, we must take responsibility for our own emotional needs and we must find ways to meet them. So, instead of looking to others for love, for example, we must love ourselves. By giving ourselves love, we fill the wound, and we heal.

Transformational Forgiveness

Transformational Forgiveness is not about forgiving another or forgiving ourselves, as much as it is about letting go of the beliefs that keep us trapped – as the prisoner of unhealed wounds. Ask yourself, “Do I want to heal more than I want to hold onto these beliefs?” If the answer is yes, it is time to let go of disempowering false beliefs.

Allow Emotions to Process Through

In order to heal an emotional wound, emotions must be able to “process through” until completion. If we allow our emotions to come up over and over again without resolution, we are actually reactivating the wound and each time we do, it magnifies. Healing requires resolution. This means feeling your emotions completely and not pushing them down or away. The healing comes when you allow your emotions space to be experienced until the process is complete. In order to allow emotions to “process through” you must get in your body. Emotional wounds are stored in the body, and therefore the way to release them is by getting in your body and feeling your emotions until the process feels complete.


Since the mind does not know the difference between real and imagined, it is possible to go back to a past event and revise it in such a way that the wound automatically heals. The key to successful revision is giving your past-self a new set of beliefs that empower him or her to know your worth, power and connection to who you really are. In this way, you can revise your past-self to speak the truth, set a boundary or exercise personal power in a way that allows your past-self to rise up; ultimately avoiding the emotional trauma or responding to the traumatic event in a way that no wound was created.

Look for a Deeper Truth

For me, my complete healing came from the realisation that the person whom I thought hurt me was actually in my life to save me, by physically demonstrating the emotional abuse that I was imposing on myself. Without him serving me in this way, how would I have been able to identify my feelings of victimhood, worthlessness and powerlessness that I carried from childhood? By understanding this deeper truth, my emotional pain transmuted into gratitude. There is always a deeper truth. If you haven’t uncovered a truth that sets you free, go deeper, and keep going until you find it.

Rise Above

Every thought and belief has a coinciding vibration. Fear is at the low end of the vibratory spectrum while love is at the high end. Emotional wounds are low vibratory beliefs about oneself and/or the world. The wound exists at a low vibration and it keeps you stagnated at this low vibration. If you were to consistently raise your vibration to a higher vibration and keep it there, the wound could not exist. In other words, if you turned your full attention toward love and forgiveness, the wound would dissolve because it cannot exist at a high vibration.

The Commitment to Heal

Healing requires commitment and consistency. Because trauma wires your brain for disempowering beliefs, emotional healing requires the re-wiring of your brain for empowering beliefs; this involves the development of new conscious thought patterns that are consistently practiced over a period of time.

Enlisting the help of a healing professional to assist you may exponentially quicken the healing process, but in the end you must do it for yourself. In healing yourself you discover the strength, courage and power to live your life the way it was intended to be lived. If you are here to help others heal, maybe you access the skills to do so, that could not have been acquired in any other manner than going through the process yourself.

The ultimate healing is the awakening to your power and worth. You cannot remember that you are unconditionally worthy and intrinsically powerful and still maintain emotional wounds. There is nothing that cannot be healed through the power of knowing your Real Self.

Joe Busuttil