Working with Dragons

Working with Dragons

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Close your eyes for a second and think of the word dragon.
What kind of image do you conjure up in your minds eye? What kind of feeling do you get? Do you think of a huge and terrifying creature? Is it evil and destructive? 

Or maybe your dragon is magical, magnificent and benign.

But whatever kind of dragon springs to mind, the chances are on some level you’re being influenced by every image you’ve ever seen and every experience you’ve had relating to that one word dragon.

Because for most of us, dragons are a part of our psyche …

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Is time really money?

Time is money concept with red alarm clockPeople often say that ‘time is money’.

On the surface it might seem like nothing more than a saying that we use use to let others know how busy we are, but when you think about it, it actually goes much deeper than that.

For many of us it seems quite normal to treat time as a precious commodity that mustn’t be wasted. For some there’s a sense of guilt if every day isn’t filled with useful enterprise. We’re very aware that our time is limited and there’s much that needs to be done. There’s just not enough hours in the day at times.

But is this actually the case?

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If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there. Lewis Carroll.

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Have you ever felt that your life was off track or felt stuck in a rut? Do you find that you frequently get side-tracked?

Or maybe you feel that life happens to you instead of being lived by you? Have you ever felt swept along on a tide of inevitability? Do you often feel as if circumstances are outside of your control?

The reason for this might be the metaphor you’re living.

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Why I believe in Metaphor Therapy

The Little Match Girl...A Personal Fear...4[2]Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved to read. The glorious escape of it. Escaping from a somewhat lonely childhood into the world of imagination, where anything is possible and everything can and does happen.

Finding answers to those questions that we don’t even know we’re asking, between the pages of a book, can be a dangerous pastime however.

If you’ve ever felt the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end when confronted with an uncomfortable truth about yourself, then you’ll be able to relate to the way I felt, when, half way through my training as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist, I was confronted with the enlightening yet disturbing possibility that several suicide attempts throughout my teenage years may have been partly the result of a long-forgotten illustration in a book of fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson.

I shuddered at the thought that I may have ended my life because of a beautiful but sad drawing of a little girl holding her hand skyward towards an angelic looking older lady in a flowing white gown, who reached down to the child with a look of pure tenderness and love.

That, I believe, is the power of metaphor. I also believe we can use metaphor to change our life story. This site is all about how.