Using Depth Hypnosis to Transform Diabetes into a Spiritual Journey

Making the transition from burden to blessing

Theresa GarneroBy Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE

Diabetes is rarely described in terms of being a spiritual path. Most often, it is a giant pain.

Just ask Kes O'Conally, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the tender age of 2. This gifted woman, who also has an MA in Somatic Counseling Psychology and is a Certified Hypnotherapist, has a lot of insight. She may very well be a change maker in the diabetes self care paradigm.

She said, "Much of the difficulty in living with diabetes is not the mechanics of it, it's the relationship I have to it. Yes, the shots and the counting carbs and the endless blood sugar balancing acts are a major nuisance. But what's more difficult than that is the fact that I never get a vacation from it, or that I hate waking up in the middle of the night with low sugars, or that I can't go out dancing with friends without taking all my diabetes stuff with me."

That shifted when O'Conally became interested in Shamanism. She took a class on the Shamanic journey, which is like an active meditation used by native peoples around the world to get in touch their own deeper wisdom. Part of the journey's teaching was that when one connects with this deeper wisdom, all things are knowable. O'Conally explained, "I just thought, ‘Well, if all things are knowable, I want to know how to cure diabetes!'"

She first became a client of Depth Hypnosis under the guidance of its founder, Isa Gucciardi. Depth Hypnosis was developed 15 years ago and is a very unique modality of hypnotherapy, combining elements of Shamanism, Buddhism, Energy Medicine, and of course, hypnotherapy. Depth Hypnosis is very focused on relationships, because it's our ways of relating that can cause or ease suffering.

Says O'Conally, "I found that for me, more often than not it wasn't the pain of giving injections that was causing my suffering with diabetes. It was all the sadness I felt when I let myself really feel those injections—over and over and over again—that was causing me to suffer from diabetes. A nutritionist can't help me with that stuff. An endocrinologist can't help me with that stuff. That's all my relationship-to-diabetes stuff. As I began to look at the sadness, I started to heal in a new way emotionally, and as a result I don't suffer in the same way I used to in dealing with the day-to-day diabetes management."

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Last Modified Date: March 04, 2013

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