Can Hypnosis Help With…?

When you understand how the mind works,change is easy.

When you understand how the mind works, change is easy.

The answer is: “yes!” Michael and I have a saying: “If it involves the mind, hypnosis can help.”

I’m continuously asked whether I’ve worked successfully with clients on something very specific, like: Have you worked successfully with clients who pick at their face, have you worked with clients who play soccer, have you worked with teenagers who smoke, have you worked with diabetics with sugar “addictions,” have you worked with someone with a fear of dinosaurs, have you worked with a person wearing pink socks, on a Tuesday? At this point in my career, yes to all.

That’s like asking a painter: have you ever painted a portrait where the man has a mole on his left cheek? Has he? Maybe yes, maybe no. But could he? Absolutely yes. It’s like asking a master carpenter if he could build a birdhouse? Has he? Maybe yes, maybe no. But could he? Absolutely yes.

Once you understand the nuts and bolts of your craft, you can create anything. NLP and hypnosis are about changing the thinking, feeling, and responses in the moments and situations of your life, as it’s useful to do so. The details of those situations are irrelevant, once you understand how the mind works and how we create change in our minds and lives. I do have that understanding.

I can help anybody do anything. These mind tools that I use, primarily NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) are less about the content of a problem, and more about the structure of a person’s thinking. When you change the latter, the former dissolves. And fast!

This idea is so counter to what’s understood in our culture about the nature of personal change, and I understand that. I read a post on Facebook yesterday which I find repulsive (and wrong) on so many levels. Here’s what it said:

“Until you heal the wounds of your past, you are going to bleed. You can bandage the bleeding with food, with alcohol, with drugs, with work, with cigarettes, with sex; But eventually, it will all ooze through and stain your life. You must find the strength to open the wounds, stick your hands inside, and pull out the core of the pain that is holding you in your past, the memories and make peace with them.”

What if that idea is ugly ridiculousness? What if change were easier than that and pain free? In the work I do, we heal the life by re-arranging the structure of thinking, the internal mind strategies that create a problem, and we don’t even have to delve into content. So no, there’s no sticking your hands inside wounds and wallowing in misery. Not in my office!! No blood. I don’t want that on my carpet. Perhaps the above is what counselors or talk therapists do. That’s not what I do. Nor would I ever.

Skilled NLP is more powerful and successful for change than that. The proof is in the pudding. Feel free to visit my website and see all the pudding. Or, come to my office and have a taste yourself.

What is hypnosis and NLP good for? What can it help with? Anything and everything.

Warm Regards,
Connie
http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net
http://www.seattlenlptraining.com

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The Devil and James Bond

 

The other day Michael and I were driving, and I noticed the car ahead of me.  I said:  “There’s James Bond.”  (My sister had dated James Bond for awhile, but that’s another story.  🙂 )  The license plate number featured a familiar trio of numbers in it:  007.  Also, in the hot, red Ferrari next to me was the devil (or one of his henchmen) driving…that car featured 666.  Amusing?  Perhaps.  But WHY did those ideas pop into my mind…James Bond and the Devil?  I’ll tell you why!

Because our unconscious minds are amazing meaning-seeking devices.  Continuously looking for patterns!  And finding them.  You and me and each one of us, we are masters of pattern recognition.  It’s how we learn, and how we survive.  How we learn to recognize mom’s face as infants in the pixels of color dancing before our eyes, family, friends, a place of comfort, and how we learn to recognize danger as well.  THAT MEANS THIS.  That red and white octagon means lift my foot from the accelerator and move it to the de-accelerator.  Now!  So I don’t run into the tail end of James Bond.

The mind loves to take what might appear to be random chaos, and attach meaning.  Stars in the night sky, for instance.  Constellations.  To early astronomers, and to us, these are not just scattered blinking lights, these are mythological creatures with names and personalities, codified and recognized, parading across the sky.

I was in in Oregon giving a hypnosis talk a few weeks ago, and I saw my cousin Eddie’s face in the hotel bathroom wallpaper.  He was THERE, I tell you.  His exact profile.  His mouth, his nose, which is absolutely distinctive and recognizable!  Right next to the white rabbit.  Random shapes become patterns, with meaning.  We don’t struggle to make these associations happen, they just do! 

I invite you to read these sentences:

” Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteres are at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a tatol mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.”

Your mind is effortlessly unscrambling the scramble.  🙂  Because our unconscious minds make sense out of non-sense.  And that’s a good thing!  And a useful thing.

 When it comes to problem solving, it’s massively useful.  When we’re feeling stuck/trapped/locked into a box of limited options (none of which may be appealing), our conscious mind is not much help.  It scours the box.  The solution to the problem is not there, in the conscious box.  It’s out there.  Somewhere else.  When we tap into the unconscious part of our mind, we are looking in a far, far, far broader spectrum, outside that box.  Somewhere else.  Everywhere else.  At everything.   And answers (meaning) are there in the larger jumble.  Our unconscious minds can and do find it.  And this changes everything and dissolves the box.

That’s what hypnosis is about, and how it is useful.  It’s a doorway into tapping into the massive pattern recognition and problem solving abilities of the unconscious mind.

In the news recently, a lady on the television game show “Wheel of Fortune” solved a 27 letter puzzle with only one letter showing, and 26 letters hidden.  Her mind, her unconscious mind, took the information available (how many words in the puzzle phrase and how many letters per word and another letter she knew was NOT there) and scoured the universe for meaning.  What English common phrase fits that criteria?  And, she found it!  Instantly, it seemed!  “I’ve got a good feeling about this.”  Her unconscious mind fed it to her conscious mind.  To those of you who viewed the footage of this amazing problem-solving feat, it did seem miraculous, did it not?  It wasn’t a miracle, it was simply her mind being good at what we all do.  Make sense and attach meaning.  In this case it was useful–she won a $6,000 trip to the Caribbean.

Not just this lady, I think we all should give a great big “THANK YOU, UNCONSCIOUS MIND!” shout out to our unconscious minds.  They keep us alive and thriving, and do solve life’s dilemmas when we get our conscious, linear thinking out of the way long enough for the useful and helpful patterns to reveal themselves.

If you’re interested in learning more about hypnosis and how to tap and direct this power within your own minds, I encourage you to check out:  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.  One of the ways that Michael and I share our passion is through teaching hypnosis and NLP (which is a super duper high tech hypnosis). 

Warm Regards,

Connie

Connie Brannan, Master Hypnotist
Connie Brannan, Master Hypnotist
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