What is hypnosis?

The United States Government, Dept. of Education, Human Services Division defines hypnosis as “The by-pass of the critical factor of the conscious mind (a person’s analytical and judgmental ability) followed by the establishment of acceptable selective thinking.” (Suggestions and therapy that the client wants and feels good about.) Notice the absence of the word relaxation in this definition. It has been discovered deep relaxation, in many cases, is not needed to by-pass a client’s critical factor and achieve deep somnambulistic hypnosis.

What does hypnosis feel like?

It really doesn’t feel like anything. Most people simply feel mentally relaxed and as if they are daydreaming in a focused way. Sometimes this is called a “trance” state and it is a state we all experience several times a day.

Some examples:

  • Remember driving your car and missing your exit because you were thinking other thoughts?
  • Remember arriving at your destination and wonder where the time went because you were focused on other thoughts?
  • Have you ever immersed yourself in a good book or a movie?
  • A person can be in hypnosis while running or dancing.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Everything, EVERYTHING, is a result of how we perceive it. We choose our reality, our thoughts and our feelings. When you think you no longer have a choice about how you think or feel you are experiencing a block that may be created by an emotional conflict. Hypnotherapy can find and release the block, allowing you to have the freedom to think and feel the way you want to think and feel. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for self-improvement and/or for therapeutic purposes. It feels great and it is a fast and permanent solution.

How does it feel to be hypnotized?

It feels great! Hypnosis is a natural state that feels similar to that feeling you get right before you fall asleep at night. When you awaken, you feel refreshed and revitalized. You just feel as if you are relaxing in a very comfortable space with your eyes closed. You can hear everything–my voice, the sounds inside the building, a car going down the street outside, whatever. Think about it – your unconscious mind uses the same set of ears that your conscious mind hears with! How effective would it be if, once you entered the trance state, you suddenly lost all ability to hear the hypnotherapist’s words? You’re mindful the entire time, aware of everything going on around you as well as what your unconscious is revealing to you. It’s like watching the TV in one room while a radio plays in another; you can shift your awareness back and forth between the two, concentrating on one but still aware of the other.

How do you put people into hypnosis?

Using words, a soothing tone, mental imagery and various exercises and techniques (such as deep breathing). Rapid and instant inductions are used as well to induce a pleasant, lethargic state to begin with. During your first session with me I present you with tests and convincers to help you to know you were hypnotized.

Who can be hypnotized?

Most people can be hypnotized, and different people go into hypnosis in different ways. There is a common idea that those with ‘a strong will’ cannot be hypnotized. It has been shown that intelligent people can be hypnotized faster because they have greater access to their imagination, and can follow instructions. In fact, those with an extremely low intelligence cannot be hypnotized at all. The biggest prerequisite to someone being able to be hypnotized is their willingness to be hypnotized.

Is hypnosis “mind control”?

No, because no one under hypnosis can be induced to do anything against his or her will. Whatever moral and ethical codes you hold in a normal waking state will still be in place under hypnosis. You can actually lie when in hypnosis. Your unconscious mind was formed when you were about age five. Its job is to protect and help you. Just like you cannot be made to do anything against your moral code, you will not say anything that is embarrassing and will not reveal more than you are comfortable doing. Usually, if a hypnotherapist suggestion conflicts with a client’s value system, the client simply brings him or herself up out of hypnosis; they just “wake up.” You are in complete control at all times. Hypnotherapy is a gentle, loving process and hypnotherapists are trained to not judge. You will heal and change in your own timing.

What about those stage hypnotists that make people do strange and silly things?

Again, you are not under any one’s control, even on stage. Think about a past show you’ve seen or maybe even participated in. We all have expectations about what happens in them. If you’ve never been formally hypnotized before and went on stage you may be expecting “fireworks.” When that doesn’t happen, you think, “Oh, it’s not working on me,” and STOP TRYING, you open your eyes and sit there waiting to be let off the stage. The people who will do well as volunteers or participants are the people who do not expect to be transported to another realm. They understand that they will still “know what’s going on” and still “hear everything the hypnotist says.” They stay with it and follow the hypnotist’s instructions, even when they’re not sure if it’s working. Anyone who volunteers is agreeing to play the part, whether they consciously admit it or not. For some, hypnosis (like alcohol) is a convenient “excuse” to act out and not take responsibility for their behavior. Typically, extraverts volunteer to be in the show, they enjoy being on display and readily agree to it.

How much will I remember?

You’ll remember everything that is said and what you experience, or everything you need to remember. However, because most clients receive a great deal of information it may take days, weeks or months to really process. I often encourage you to write your experience down as soon as possible. As with any experience, it’s not unusual to lose the subtler details with the passage of time, and some of the patterns you uncover may not “click” into place until much later.

How deep will I go?

The most desirable state for doing the work is a deep state called hypnotic somnambulism (not to be confused with true somnambulism, which is better known as sleep-walking). I will help guide you into this level during the first session with me. You will achieve it, easily with my guidance, and it is a fact that the more hypnosis one undergoes, the greater and easier one drops down into the altered state. It is a skill and like all skills – improves with practice.

How do I know if I can be hypnotized?

Everyone of normal intelligence can be hypnotized, but one has to be willing to do it. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, which means if you want to do it, you will. The very small minority of people who have difficulty in a session are usually those who don’t really want to be hypnotized or can’t relax and let go enough (perhaps fearing loss of control, which we know is a myth, or fearing the unknown) to go with the experience. Some things you can do to increase your ability to go under hypnosis easier and faster would be to practice meditation, visualization, yoga, or relaxation techniques.

Is hypnosis medically approved?

Hypnosis was first officially recognized as a viable therapeutic tool by the British Government through the Hypnotism Act in 1952. Then, in 1958 both the British and the American Medical Associations (AMA) sanctioned the official use of hypnosis by physicians. In 1958, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) also approved hypnotherapy for use by professionally responsible individuals.

Prestigious hospitals in the U.S. now use and teach hypnosis, such as Stanford University School of Medicine in San Francisco, the Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Since the AMA sanctioned the use of hypnosis, many insurance companies cover hypnosis for medical and dental uses, including major surgeries. Now, more and more people are choosing hypnosis over anesthesia for surgery. Some choose hypnosis simply because they fear not waking up from anesthesia. The fear-factor aside, however, there are definite medical advantages offered by hypnosis; less bleeding, faster recovery time, and the need for fewer post-operative medications.

What can hypnosis help with?

  • Hypnosis helps change attitudes, which is the key to changing behavior.
  • With hypnosis, a person is empowered, and made independent enough to solve his/her own problems.
  • With hypnosis a person can change behaviors that would otherwise seem difficult, if not impossible, to change.
  • The primary aim of hypnosis itself is self-healing, and self change.
  • The hypnotist’s job is to assist the client to achieve those natural states of mind where healing and change best happen.

What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)?

NLP is a unique model of how people learn, motivate themselves, and change their behavior to achieve excellence in any endeavor.

How did NLP get its name?

Neuro: The nervous system (the mind), through which our experience is processed via five senses:

  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Kinesthetic
  • Olfactory
  • Gustatory
  • Linguistic:

Our ability to use language and other nonverbal communication systems and how specific words and phrases mirror our mental worlds. Includes:

  • Pictures
  • Sounds
  • Feelings
  • Tastes
  • Smells

Words (Self Talk)
Linguistic also refers to our “silent language” of postures, gestures, and habits that reveal our thinking styles, beliefs, and more.

Programming: The ability to discover and utilize the programs that we run (our communication to ourselves and others, i.e., thoughts, feelings, actions) in the neurological systems to achieve our specific and desired outcomes.

The term “programming” which is borrowed from computer science simply implies that our habitual programs can be changed by upgrading our “mental software.”

When was NLP created?

NLP was initially created in the 1970’s by Richard Bandler a student of mathematics and gestalt therapy and John Grinder a Professor of Linguistics at the University of California Santa Cruz. They began modeling and duplicating the “magical results” of a few top communicators and therapists. Some of the first people they studied included Hypnotherapist Milton Erickson, gestalt therapist Fritz Perls and family therapist Virgina Satir. Since then, many others have contributed to the growth and development of the field.

What can NLP do?

It lets you model, or copy, human excellence in any form. With NLP, you can identify what makes someone exceptionally skilled and get that skill for yourself or teach it to others. NLP can help you become adept in whatever is important to you, whether that means getting along with your family and coworkers or being more effective on the job.

What are some beliefs of NLP?

  • The map is not the territory. Mental maps especially feelings and interpretations, can be updated more easily than the world can be changed.
  • Experience has structure. Our thoughts and memories have a pattern to them. When we change that patter/structure, our experience will automatically change.
  • If one person can do something, anyone can learn to do it. We can learn an achiever’s mental map and make it our own.
  • People already have all the resources they need.
  • You cannot NOT communicate. We are always communicating, at least nonverbally. The meaning of your communication is the response you get. Others receive what we say and do through their mental map of the world. Noticing how our communication is received allows us to adjust it, so that next time it can be clearer.
  • Underlying every behavior is a positive intention.
    People are always making the best choice(s) available to them.
  • If what you are doing isn’t working, do something else. Do anything else.
    What can an individual learn with NLP?

Once we understand specifically how we create and maintain our inner thoughts and feelings with NLP we can easily learn how to:

  • Dissociate from your negative experiences and associate to your positive ones.
  • Increase or decrease the importance of an inner thought image.
  • Direct your thoughts where you want to go, not where you don’t want them to go.
  • Neutralize negative feelings about past events with Movie Music and the Picture Frame technique.
  • Create more resources for yourself by using your circle of Excellence to place them in your future when and where you will need or want them.

Where is NLP useful?

NLP is valuable wherever human communications skills can enhance results – in business consultation, management, negotiation, education, counseling, therapy, relationships, parenting, nursing, public speaking, sports performance and many other areas.

Is NLP a therapy?

Although NLP can be used as a method of therapy, the applications are much broader. Even when used as a therapy, it’s basically a process of teaching people how to use their brains. Most therapy is remedial, that is directed towards solving problems from the past. NLP goes much further to study excellence and teach the skills that promote positive change that generates new possibilities and opportunities.

What is the Informed Soul Technique?

Do you feel lost, incomplete, confused, unfulfilled, and unhappy? Have you been wondering why you are here this lifetime? This is for you! In this session, important information is passed about this life’s intentions to the physical aspect of the client in a way that “tears the veil of forgetting.” This powerful insight allows the individual to know what they knew when they were in pure spirit form.

In this session the individual will find out:

  • His/her role and purpose in the upcoming life.
  • Any relationships continued from before.
  • The purpose of any special challenges in this life.
  • His/her main reason for coming into this life.

Find out where you are in accordance with what you had intended to accomplish this lifetime. This powerful enabling session is for individuals who feel lost this lifetime, or just want confirmation they are accomplishing what they were intending for this lifetime. You will be given direction and all your questions will be answered. You will leave feeling invigorated and whole from this powerful session.

What is Past Life Regression?

Why would you be interested in a Past Life Regression? A Past Life Regression can be a very interesting and rewarding experience. Some people explore out of curiosity while others are looking for more deep and meaningful experiences that are liberating.

Past lives can sometimes help you immediately and very directly. You can often break repeating cycles of illness, anxiety or depression, for example. Very often Past Life Regressions can help you indirectly too. They can serve the purpose of highlighting issues within you – conscious awareness of a problem always being the first step to freedom. Many relationships in your current lifetime may be healed or understood by experiencing past lives.

Here are some overall general benefits many of my clients have received during my years of having explored Past Life Regressions with them:

  • A better understanding of personal relationships.
  • Freedom to experience better health and resolution of old issues.
  • Freedom to create more love, happiness and fulfillment in day to day life.
  • Discover a new career direction.
  • Freedom to create more wealth, money and financial security.
  • More personal value as a unique individual.
  • Have a greater sense of control over your current life.
  • Feeling more confident, relaxed and peaceful within

… and so much more, of course, depending upon who you are, where you are at and what you really want …

What is the LifeLine Technique?

The LifeLine Technique™ is both an advanced holistic complete system of transformation and wholeness that bridges gaps between the conscious and subconscious mind. At the root of every symptom, stress and disease is a subconscious emotional pattern of reaction. When activated this pattern of reaction will cause both behavioural and biological stressors. The cornerstone of the LifeLine Technique is our view of symptoms, stress and disease. Rather than something being wrong with a person; symptoms, stress and disease are the language your body and life use to awaken you to your authentic power of transformation and create change. The LifeLine Technique® enables a person to activate their subconscious mind and thus have a direct impact on genetic expressions affecting the health of your body and the relationships in your life. We focus on the Five Basics for Optimal Health-the quantity, quality, frequency of water, food, rest, exercise and owning your power.

What to expect during a LifeLine session:

The LifeLine Technique™ session is performed with the client standing in front of the practitioner. The practitioner, by using Applied Kinesiology takes the client through the 16-Step Flow Chart to navigate the journey to the subconscious mind. During this session all pain, fear and obstacles are interpreted and released from wherever the symptoms are in a safe and non-invasive way. The best part about The LifeLine Technique™ is that you don’t have to share your experience. You can keep the information private.

The results and each session are unique for each client. I have had clients inform me that after their first session they experienced immediate positive results, such as inner peace, more clarity or understanding in relationships, and/or improved health, while others experience a slower progression and are appreciating positive noticeable results.