The hypnotherapist asked me what image came to mind for each part. In the past, I've struggled with this kind of question, but now it worked quite well. I thank the fact that I have a database of card images in my head now, with ready-made associations. Anyhow, for the craving part, my first answer was a fluffy gremlin, then I thought of this image of the Devil from the Fey Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2004). In fact, I tried using this in a spell to deal with my sweet cravings several years ago.
|Fey & Radiant Rider Waite Strength cards|
We explored what the "intention" behind each of these parts is, and also what they might see as the positives of the other part. Through this, the two found ways to connect. Then, they were to merge, and the hypnotherapist asked how this might look, what it might feel like.
In fact, I had a sense of this part being like a little baby (maybe this is just because I'm dealing with a baby every day at the moment, and so can see the similarities). I don't know if this means that this craving part is an aspect of my inner child, or if this was just a useful metaphor. Made me think this part needs to be held firmly but gently, so it doesn't flail out, hurting me and itself.
"I embrace the part of me that craves sweets. I nurture that part, hold her firmly, and stroke her so she knows she is safe and loved."
Let's see if this helps...