My own origin story begins a few years ago, the day I realized that I was riding the emotional roller coaster very often and I was increasingly becoming physically ill, that it was time for me to
make real changes in my life. After a lot of unnecessary self-inflicted pain, judgment and struggle I decided to make a stop and re-charge my life.
I went to a yoga training where I learned how to balance my mind and body and learned that yoga is a complete lifestyle rather than just a physical workout; one day during a headstand practice I had a flash coming to my mind about a hidden memory of when I was 5 years old at school, I was doing a handstand and accidentally fell down… needless to say my classmates were laughing heartlessly while I was lying on the floor feeling embarrassed and humiliated at the time… however the sense of understanding gave me relief in my present adult life, it was amazing and I was intrigued to know more about the depths of the subconscious mind.
When I started my hypnotherapy training I didn’t really know what to expect because -as we all know- there are many myths and misconceptions about the profession and unfortunately for the majority of us, we learn about the effectiveness of the therapy when we use it as the last alternative in our healing path.
Today I can tell you that I am so happy I embarked on a journey that has lead me to lots of satisfactions, that I finally discovered my call in life and thanks to the practice of hypnotherapy I can reach, educate and serve new people every day to make the world a better place.
Hypnosis -- or hypnotherapy -- uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. The person's
attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored. In this naturally occurring state, a person may focus his or her
attention -- with the help of a trained therapist -- on specific thoughts or tasks.
Believe it or not, hypnosis is the state you enter into every time you watch your favorite television show, see a movie you like, or when you are driving... and suddenly you are at your destination without even knowing! (That happened to you before, ah? – yes I know, it happened to me too…) so you know how hypnosis feels!
Now that you know what hypnosis is and how hypnosis feels, let’s go back to our Emotional Roller Coaster, where your feelings seem to be out of control and seem to have life of their own (pretty
scary). You wish you could feel calm when approaching strangers, but your voice quivers. You try to appear confident when talking to your boss, yet your eye twitches nervously… You seem to have
little control over your emotions and this has to do with your thinking in each case, it has to do with the interpretations you do of an event and is time to consider some possibilities that may
not fit into what you “think” is right.
Your thoughts are the result of the programming you received in your past, especially as a young child by your parents, siblings, friends, teachers, media, etc… When you were born you were taught how to think and live your life (based on your parents experiences) and this conditioning (good or bad) is running with you for the rest of your life –Unless you change it-
The three primary methods of mind conditioning are:
1. Verbal programming: What you heard since you were in the uterus
2. Modeling: What you saw when you were young
3. Specific incidents: Your experiences when you were young
Events and experiences lead to beliefs
Beliefs lead to emotions
Emotions lead to symptoms, behaviors and issues
- What is your life set for? Are you set for happiness, prosperity or failure? Are you programmed to struggle emotionally or being emotionally balanced
- Are you conditioned to repeat the same story of your parents? Perhaps money failures, divorce, loneliness and constant struggles?
- Depression, fear, anxiety, lack of sleep, addictions, you name it!
It may appear to you as the reasons for these drastic fluctuations (your emotional roller coaster) come from the outside world but in reality everything comes from the “inside”.
Unhappy life is nothing more than a conditioned program.
Fortunately or unfortunately your personal success will tend to stay with you for the rest of your life, unless you identify it and change it.
If you are sincerely interested in changing your life, as your Hypnotherapist I can help you recognize, accept and forgive your negative conditionings, helping you bypass all of your mental barriers and go straight to a proven formula that will improve your life forever!
What are some misconceptions about hypnosis?
My goal is to help you clarify the most common ones so you can make an informed decision and know that hypnosis is right for you!
Myth 1: A hypnotist will make you bark like a dog or quack like a duck?
A clinical hypnotherapist would never do this. This is confusing a stage hypnotist with a therapeutic or clinical hypnotherapist. A stage hypnotist will do this because that is what is expected of them. You agree to this by stepping on stage and joining the show. However you will easily return to your normal state at the end. In a clinical setting you only agree to the therapeutic goals for the session, so that is all that will occur.
It is important to remember that Stage and Clinical hypnosis are two very different disciplines, though both processes work because the subject / client is willing to support the hypnotist.
Myth 2: You must be weak minded if you can be hypnotized.
The truth is that everyone can be hypnotized. As a matter of fact, each one of us is using hypnosis in some form every single day of our lives either consciously or unconsciously.
We are experiencing some form of a trance-like hypnotic state each time we engage our imagination, each time we engage our emotions, each time our attention is focused upon our subjective experience.
Hypnosis helps a person gain greater control over both mind and body, it can help a person develop a stronger mind.
Myth 3: People sometimes become stuck in hypnosis.
This is simply not true, despite what the media occasionally claim. No one has remained indefinitely in a hypnotic state. The state can be terminated at will. It is as simple as opening the eyes. You cannot get stuck in hypnosis and not “wake up.”
Myth 4: You will become stuck in hypnosis if something happens to the hypnotist.
A person will eventually become bored and will just get up when they feel like it. The hypnotist holds no special power over the subject whatsoever. In fact a person can hypnotize themselves. This is called self-hypnosis, and they can wake themselves whenever they choose.
Myth 5: When hypnotized repressed memories of trauma always emerge.
Hypnosis can be used to uncover repressed memories, but the hypnotic state itself does not, by default, bring them to the surface. A client will never see something that he or she is not ready to see and such memories will only come up if the client and/or the hypnotist intend to bring them up.
Myth 6: You can be made to reveal your deepest secrets when in a hypnotic trance.
You can lie in hypnosis. You can edit and withhold information in hypnosis. You do not have to reveal secrets. When hypnotized, you will not do anything against your will. You can reject any suggestion that is given to you. A client will never divulge or do anything that he or she would not say or do in a regular waking state.
Myth 10: Hypnotherapists have special powers.
A hypnotist is a human being without unusual or mystical powers. A well-trained hypnotist understands that the person hypnotizes himself. He uses the effective delivery of suggestions to facilitate an altered state of mind and teaches his client to bring about or self-induce the hypnotic state.
A stage hypnotist may play on having ‘hypnotic powers’ in order to add excitement and drama to their shows, but they too will readily admit that they are simply using techniques that have been learned and developed with practice and experience.