Have you ever known someone who went to therapy for years and years, processed their past, could tell you why they do what they do, and yet haven’t changed that pattern or tendency they went to therapy to begin with? When I first began my journey as a therapist, I wanted to know everything there was to know about psychology. Why do people do what they do? Why do some people love themselves, where others do not? Why are some people happier than others? Why do people get sucked into patterns in their lives that they can’t seem to change? I learned all I could from what are considered by western standards the great psychology pioneers and was excited to practice all that I had learned.
For the first couple of years, I stuck with what I now consider the western-style psychotherapy, which tends to focus a bit more heavily on symptom management and self-awareness. After a while, I came to realize that there were many people who, despite understanding themselves on a conscious level, could not seem to change what they desperately wanted to change. There seemed to be a missing piece, something better to hope for than “symptom management”.
This led me into hypnotherapy, wary as I was in the beginning. I always had associated hypnosis with sideshows, false memory syndrome, and mind control. In reality, it was quite the opposite. That training was one of the most profound experiences of my life. I learned that hypnotherapy is actually a sort of self-directed healing process. Deeply respectful of the will of each individual, it is not about controlling people’s minds, it is about giving them the opportunity to see their past for what it is, to release beliefs that no longer serve them, so that they can heal and truly move on. It cannot change someone against their will, nor is it supposed to. But for those who are ready to really look inside themselves, I have seen results in my clients quickly, effectively and permanently.
Picture a tree. The leaves are like our conscious mind, the roots represent our subconscious. In standard therapy settings, you may examine the leaves, pick the leaves or try to grow them in a different direction. Unfortunately, if there is something hindering the growth of the roots, the tree remains impaired. When someone goes through something that is traumatic in one form or another, often unresolved emotions and even body memories are a result. In addition, in order to avoid this experience again, the person will make certain contracts (such as “I will never love again”) with themselves in this highly charged state. They may also take on certain beliefs about themselves (such as “I am no good”). These types of beliefs, contracts and emotion/body memories are stored on a subconscious level, sometimes as implicit memories (the person is unable to remember the details of the situation consciously).
One could say that when you are in a highly charged or disturbing situation, you are already in a state of hypnosis. So if you decide that the world is an evil place and you will stay in your house for the rest of your life when you are in the middle of a highly charged situation, chances are you will feel very compelled to stay in your house and isolate from the world after that point. One of the reasons that hypnosis is so powerful is that it accesses the same hypnotic state that the unhelpful belief or contract was taken on. Instead of picking the leaves to get the root system healthy, going straight to the root. This is where standard therapy fails. It tries to address subconscious material on a conscious level. That’s like trying to make a tree produce different leaves by picking the leaves off.
People have asked me, “How do you get to the root?” The short answer is, your emotions. They are like the superhighway, pointing to the source of just about any hang up you may have. Have you ever noticed that in certain situations, feelings come up? They could be feelings that remind you of negative past experiences? Have you ever found yourself disliking someone who reminded you of someone who hurt you in your past? Our subconscious mind has a brilliant way of bringing these old feelings up over and over and over again. Though most people don’t appreciate those old feelings all that much, they are there to help you to see that there is an old wound that would like tending to.
FAQ about my hypnosis albums
1. Can I sleep through hypnosis and still get the results I am after?
That depends upon you and the album you are listening to. Of course, I include suggestions related to achieving the goal of the album, so if someone falls asleep, they are still getting the positive reinforcement they are after, especially if they listen repeatedly. On the other hand, I do include guided self-reflection on many of my albums so that people can take a second look at their own beliefs and contracts and see what they are ready to release or reframe for themselves. This is really important for people who are serious about letting go of unhelpful beliefs or patterns they have. If someone has made a contract or decided to believe something at some point in their lives, they have to be willing to let that belief or contract go. I cannot and would not even want to try to do that for them as it would be violating their sense of choice.
2. Are you taking on any clients?
Not at this time.
3. Why is the purpose of splitting up tracks?
Everyone is a little different and so they can pick and choose tracks that resonate best with them. People can shorten or lengthen the playlist if they have less or more time to work with. Most of my albums have tracks that build upon each other, so you may want to listen through the album entirely a few times before you do this. If you would like to create your custom playlist, just put them in this order…
3, 4, 5…(whatever tracks benefit you most)
4. How often should I listen to an album to get the results that I want?
Again, everyone is a little different, depending on their history, severity of the issue, and ability to achieve deep trance states. I can’t give a definite answer, but I can say that it takes a repetition of doing something 21 times in order to form a habit. You could take this principal with the albums as a rule of thumb, but of course you could achieve your results much sooner than that.
5. Does it feel weird to be hypnotized?
You are in and out of hypnosis all day long: While falling asleep, driving, bored and daydreaming and watching television.