How many people do you know who have experienced high stress during the holidays this year? Have you been stressed out?
Stress could result from finances, family, incomplete grieving over deaths in the past year, marital stress, absent relatives.
I just finished reading The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle. The book has been recommended to me several times over the years, and three people recommended it in the past two weeks. So I purchased the e-book from Amazon and read it on Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day. Now I’ll re-read it, more slowly.
In addition to knowing that regression hypnotherapy is a great way to help people resolve problems, I am also a fan of Byron Katie and The Work. There are many examples of Katie’s work on her own website and on YouTube.
Last night I helped a friend on the phone, after she missed important family time this week due to continued grief over her brother’s passing earlier this year. She is struggling with being the last survivor in the family of her parents and siblings. The loss of her brother “grabbed” her yesterday on Christmas Day. “I used to talk to him for hours and started to call him today,” she said.
So I told her to call him. “Pick up your phone and call him.” Now she had excuses, like “His phone has been disconnected.” So what? “Call him. He doesn’t need a phone where he is.” She agreed that it was just his body that had died, and his soul had not died.
So call him! She called me back later to tell me she had been disconnected (by the electronic operator indicating the line was not working). “Don’t let a little thing like that stop you from talking with him. Call him back.”
Her brother still exists, just not in the same form. He finished using his body and cleared out. That doesn’t mean she can’t still talk with him. I told her to ask him how he is, where he is, what happened after his body died. (She says she doesn’t know what happens after death.)
Here is her chance to find out!
I will loan her my copy of How I Died and what I did next. This book was channeled by Toni Ann Winninger and a friend of almost 15 years, Peter Watson Jenkins. Peter finished the time in his body last month, and his daughter, who is a hypnotherapist in the U.K., wrote a touching message on Facebook that a chapter in the next edition of this book may be an interview with her father. Toni and Peter also produced these books, Talking with Leaders of the Past, Talking with Twentieth Century Women and Talking with Twentieth Century Men. These are all available on Amazon.com. Toni was a prosecuting attorney in the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney. The books were transcribed by Peter’s wife, Sonia Ness.
Several years ago I was flying from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to Atlanta. The plane loaded, the door closed … and the plane didn’t move.
The passenger seated next to me pointed to a man about three rows forward and on the opposite side of the aisle. She asked, “Do you think he’s having a problem?”
When I looked in the direction she was pointing, I saw the man and noticed he had his hand on the armrest like it was the last thing on earth he was going to touch. He was having a real “white knuckle” experience, and the plane hadn’t moved yet.
Then a flight attendant announced a delay due a mechanical reason, and the aircraft door was opened. Passengers were told they could deplane and expect to re-board in an hour. I followed the “white knuckle” flyer off the plane and, as we reach the terminal, I asked about his problem. He explained that he had a great fear of flying, and I asked if he’d like to enjoy the flight, instead of fearing it.
We sat down near a window and I asked him to close his eyes. I knew an airport lounge was not a place where he ought to display a highly-emotional experience, and I suggested to him that he could learn the reason for his fear of flying in a calm, quiet way. Then I suggested that he go back to a time that was connected to today’s fear of flying and just experience it in a calm way, letting go quietly of any emotion connected to that experience. He did, without explaining it aloud, and we were done.
Soon after, the flight was called for re-boarding. When he stood up, he exclaimed, “Let’s get on. I’m ready to fly to Atlanta!” He boarded with a big smile and was relaxed for the entire flight!
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This summer reminds me of 24 years ago, after I completed my training and work with Dr. Irene Hickman. In April 1993 Irene and I had gone to a conference in Edison, N.J., where I met Raymond Moody, M.D. and Dannion Brinkley, and then to Fort Lauderdale for the conference of the Association for Past-Life Therapies, where I had met Brian Weiss, M.D. Shortly after returning to Kirksville, Mo., it was time for my vagabonding life to resume, and I packed up and headed east.
For six months I traveled, trading hypnotherapy services for room-and-board. I stayed in a hotel only three nights, and that was at a conference in Detroit. I’d visit someone I had met during the previous months, conduct a few sessions for that person and friends, and then head on down the road. Stops included Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.
I remember one woman who identified four-five issues she wanted to work on – big issues. Some therapists would have been licking their chops at the billable hours ahead. When she asked me how many sessions I thought it would take, my answer was, “Is it supposed to take more than one?”
It’s seldom that I see a client more than once. Occasionally, someone will want to set up weekly appointments. I discourage that. It would be great for me (financially), but it’s not the right thing for them. This kind of work (regression hypnotherapy) gets to the heart of the matter, quickly, and frequent sessions are not necessary.
I do recall one nurse who wanted additional sessions. In the first session, she was looking for the reason she was always cold. Her experience was in a past life, when she was about four years old and waiting at the entrance to the lane for her father to come back from town in a horse-drawn sleigh. She was wearing a light velvet coat and was very cold.
A month later she wanted to know more about that coat, because it hadn’t fit the environment. She regressed to Age 2, in another city, and with her mother, who was dying. Her mother had made the coat a little too large, so that the girl would have the coat and remember her later on. She was comforting her mother, telling her that everything would be all right. (In this lifetime, she had just started a grassroots hospice organization.)
A month after that, she wanted to know more about that family home, which she said was in England. She could describe the house and the interior, as if she were standing in the rooms right then. In her experience, she was! After she described the first floor, she went up the narrow staircase to the rooms on the second floor. After she had gone into the bedrooms, I said, “Go down the hall to the bathroom.”
She said, “There’s no bathroom! There’s a pot under each bed that Father has to empty.”
She taught me a lesson that day! One I’ve long remembered.
Popular TV-show host Dr. Phil had an interesting show on January 5, 2017, about an Ohio lawyer, Michael Fine, who mis-used hypnosis to sexually abuse a number of women clients. Two women appeared on Dr. Phil’s show, along with the lawyer for one of them, and a judge whom Fine had attempted to influence with subtle hypnosis.
Can this happen? Certainly, and it did. Should it have happened? Absolutely not. Could it have been prevented? Absolutely!
All the women had to do was smarten up and cease contact with Fine. Dr. Phil had his own opinion about the “power” of Michael Fine, but what Fine had found were a few women who were highly susceptible to suggestion and he took advantage of that.
One of the women on the show said Fine had called her at home in the middle of the night. Yet she continued as his client. There were solid warning signs that any woman should have recognized.
What Dr. Phil failed to inform his studio audience and his world-wide television audience of is the proper, ethical, responsible use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. As a result of that Dr. Phil Show, thousands of women will fear hypnosis and hypnotherapy – and unnecessarily so.
The two women guests were still in obvious emotional pain over something that happened two-three years ago; perhaps longer ago. What Dr. Phil did not tell them is that they might find incredible relief after just one regression hypnotherapy session.
Now, I fully realize the possible unreasonableness of my suggestion. But, if those women, or any women, are suspicious or skeptical of the power of responsible use of hypnosis or hypnotherapy, all they have to do is bring along a trusted friend and a video-camera. They will “wake up” after the session and exclaim, “Wow! I feel so much better. It’s like a great weight has been lifted from me.” One session! (The term “wake up” is really a misnomer, because you aren’t asleep during hypnosis or hypnotherapy.)
Dr. Phil very kindly is sending both guests to expensive treatment centers.
I don’t do “hypnosis”. Hypnosis would be my doing all the talking; you do all the listening. Either you accept my suggestions or you don’t. When the session is over, open your eyes, stand up, pay me and leave. I don’t do it that way.
Here’s how I do hypnotherapy: Hypnosis helps you relaxed. Then we have a conversation. Regression means you go back to the cause of your scheduling the session in the first place. When we are done, open your eyes, stand up, pay me what it’s worth to you (I don’t have a “set” fee; you can pay just as much as you want to), and leave. I provide a digital recording of the entire session. Bring your own recorder or video-camera, if you want. Bring a friend. No problem.
Read Many Lives, Many Masters, by Brian Weiss, MD, who is a psychiatrist.
Read The Healing Power of Hypnotherapy. Brian’s book is good; mine is better. I wrote it. Get it on Amazon as a Kindle-only edition. It’s lower-priced, too.
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When you are experiencing a problem, what avenues do you have for solving it?
They are many, and I would urge you to consider that perhaps hypnotherapy should not be last on your list. I was recently asked why more people don’t explore or use hypnosis or hypnotherapy as a possibility for resolving a problem in life.
There is some mystery or caution or suspicion that seems to cause some people to hesitate when it comes to this tool. For one, it is an unknown. And like many unknowns, some people may not be open to it or may even be afraid of it.
For another reason, some will say that their religion doesn’t approve of hypnosis or hypnotherapy. They may not know just why and might rely on “just because”.
Another reason may be that they have seen a stage hypnotist perform and “make” people from the audience “quack like ducks.” Or at least that’s what it looks like to them.
What is most likely happening on stage is the result of the hypnotist’s conditioning the subjects off-stage, and they are ready and willing to follow the suggestions of the hypnotist. And they are having fun doing it. An ethical stage hypnotist will not ask any subject to do something which would cause them embarrassment.
I love introducing people to hypnosis and hypnotherapy in a way that they learn that they can trust the process. I suggest that they will be in control and that they will be free to accept any suggestions I give – or not. The “or not” is very important. And once a person new to the hypnosis experience learns that he can allow as much of the experience as he wishes, then he can learn just how much help hypnosis and hypnotherapy can really be.
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Regression hypnotherapy is an incredibly powerful tool through which a person can make major breakthroughs in solving problems. When it is properly conducted, the person (client) re-lives experiences that are generally unknown to him or her in the fully-conscious state.
It’s not “thinking” about it and trying to figure it out. Basically, it is quite simple, even easy. But people make it complicated. And not only the people wanting help, but often others, such as therapists, doctors, psychologists, preachers. They get “in the way” because they often assume that they already know how to “fix” the person.
Hypnosis is a state of relaxation. Hypnotherapy is similar, but different. Hypnotherapy is a conversation that takes place while the person is hypnotized.
People see stage shows and think that is what hypnosis is. It’s not. They think the hypnotist has “taken over” the person’s mind; he hasn’t.
Dr. Brian Weiss tells a fascinating story about his first client who experienced a past life during treatment. In his talks and in his book (Many Lives, Many Masters) he reveals how his patient reached a past life and quickly began to improve from her state of depression. I’m not going to spoil his story; read his book. I heard him tell the story in 1993 at a conference of the Association of Past-life Regression Therapies in Fort Lauderdale.
Use care in selecting a hypnotherapist. And don’t let a session turn your retirement plan into his retirement plan or his kids’ college funds.
Spirit-releasement work is a natural component to past-life regression hypnotherapy. If you can’t get past a “block”, it could be one or spirits in the way, and they must be cleared out first. Again, it doesn’t take long.
I recall a client in New Jersey who told me she wanted to work on four issues. Then she asked how many sessions it would take? I asked, “Is it supposed to take more than one?” (It didn’t.)
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South Carolina seems to have a peculiar prohibition against “hypnotherapy”, having challenged at least one practitioner on the use of the word “hypnotherapy” on his website. The State may have accused him of the unlicensed practice of psychology.
The Code defines the “Practice of professional counseling” as the “functioning as a psychotherapist and may include, but is not limited to, providing … hypnotherapy.”.
The Code could certainly be challenged as overly broad and vague, as this same definition includes “school counseling”. Could a parent who admonishes his child to study harder conceivably be charged by the State with the unlicensed practice of psychology?
I’m confident that my practice does not violate South Carolina law. At the same time, I do not wish to incur the wrath of the Great State of South Carolina, so I shall conduct hypnosis sessions, including past-life regressions and spirit releasement work. I have always explained to clients and potential clients that I am not a therapist, psychotherapist, counselor, social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist. “Hypnotherapy” will be conducted only in locations where it is not prohibited by law.
Dr. Hickman said she did therapy on dead folks and demons. I wonder how South Carolina would have controlled that.