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Sirens and their Song…. – Kary Blaney

Sirens and their Song….

Slot Machine

Nope, I’m not referring to police, ambulance or the oh-so-famous firemen… I’m talking about the Sirens of greek mythology and their modern counter-parts.

According to the myths, Sirens were beautiful but dangerous women, they sang songs to enchant and lure passing sailors to their island. It is said that “their song, though irresistibly sweet, was no less sad than sweet, and lapped both body and soul into a fatal lethargy, the forerunner of death and corruption.” Once drawn to the islands, the sailors would become entranced and their fate tragically ended in death.

On a recent sunny spring day, I passed through a local casino on the hunt of food for a mid-week lunch, a time when you would expect most people to be either outside enjoying one of Vancouver’s sunny days, or at work. As I passed through the casino, it felt like I was walking the gauntlet of slot machines… it was dark, bells were ringing, lights flashing, and countless people sitting in front of the one-armed bandits – modern day Sirens. One look at the vacant lifeless eyes of the – lets call them “patrons” – well that alone was enough to keep me dashing through in search of food.


Addictions come in many forms, and if you’ve ever won at a slot machine, or Keno, or even $10 in the lottery then you’ve probably felt that little surge of endorphins… where the pleasure pathways in the brain are triggered off.. and your thought process goes straight to the “what if” scenarios… What if I bet $10 instead of $2… it can be VERY appealing… but just like the Sirens of days gone-by it rarely has a beneficial outcome…

As a hypnotherapist, I’ve worked with addictions of all sorts and gambling is an insidious one… but there IS light at the end of that tunnel.  It takes some work and effort on the part of the client, and a true desire to escape the song, but it’s definitely conquerable.

If you’ve found yourself, or someone you care about, caught up in the world of gambling, there’s hope. Hypnotherapy can be very effective to break-free, to come back out into the light of day where the sun is shining! Take at look at the webpage we’ve created  here at Vancouver Hypnotherapy Inc. dedicated specifically to this area.


I’d be happy to help.