Last weekend was the Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI) graduation ceremony. Out in the Malibu hills, a new crop of hypnotherapists celebrated their studies and accomplishments.There was food and drink and dancing. But, more importantly, there was a ritual marking completion, achievement and transition. The next morning, I woke up in the same bed as the day before and went about my day. I hadn't substantially changed from the day before. In fact, I still have a couple of classes and clinic hours to finish before I'm officially a graduate of the HMI hypnotherapy training program.
But the ceremony marked a change. I marched in robes, shook hands, accepted hugs, and was handed a rolled up piece of paper. I am different today. Waking up to a new life should happen every day.
In one way, it does, whether we acknowledge the fact or not. Rituals and ceremonies help us mark events and be able to say "yes" to the differences and change we are constantly undergoing in our lives. "My birthday is today so I am older" "We married each other and so now our relationship is different."
These ceremonies acknowledge the change while tricking us into thinking that change isn't occurring constantly. I'm not a better hypnotherapist today because I marched in my graduation ceremony. But I am a better hypnotherapist today then I was yesterday. Because I seek to welcome change into my life.
Every day I am becoming more comfortable with the new, healthier life into which I am moving.