Imagination is More Powerful than Knowledge

Albert Einstein shares our Mindset about change and the Mind.

One Smart Cookie

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

Do you know who said that?  “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”  One smart cookie, Albert Einstein, that’s who!

He also said:  “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

Clearly, Albert had the mind of a hypnotist!  These ideas are the core and essence of hypnotherapy.

Change your thinking, and you change your life! Unconscious mind is our playground at Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP, because the unconscious mind is the seat of our habits and behaviors and beliefs.  And, in this realm, imagination is King.

When you think you cannot do or achieve something, that is what I call a “limiting belief.”  You know those little monsters that got chomped up in PacMan? Well, that’s how I approach limiting beliefs in my Neuro Linguistic Hypnotherapy work. They’ve got to go!

“I can’t do it.” “I’m not good enough.” “I’m not smart enough.” “I don’t deserve it.” What if all that was absolute baloney, and yes, you can, and yes, you do?  Another truism of my life, and my work: what you think, you become.

Hypnosis (when done right by creative people) helps you see beyond and imagine and believe in success. That change in thinking leads to change in doing and being. It works! Who are you not, that’s happy and successful? Let me help you become that person.  Call us at 425-564-8608 and arrange your free private in-office consultation.

Connie Brannan, Licensed Trainer of NLP (tm), Seattle's best hypnotherapistAll the Best,

Connie Brannan, CHt.
Clinical Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming®
Originator of Designer Feelings®
Originator of Designer Beliefs®
Design Human Engineer™
Persuasion Engineer™
Professional Conversational Hypnotherapist
Managing Partner, Mindworks Hypnosis





“I have no sugar cravings whatsoever! None at all!” Hypnosis Works!

hypnotherapy client shares her success

Taking control of food choices!

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

Shelli W., of the Greater Seattle area, worked with Connie recently at Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP. She reports here on her healthier choices, no sugar cravings, more water, less stress. Yay, Shelli. The power of mind in action. Here’s what she says:

“It was a VERY good experience! I was astonished how well it works. How you can get into the mind like that and change it around so easily. It’s just amazing to me. I would highly recommend Connie. I think she’s wonderful. She’s easy. She’s very happy, and that makes it an easy, easy session.

I have noticed, and so has my husband, that I am calmer! No heated discussions about anything.

Also, I have no sugar cravings, whatsoever. NONE AT ALL! Which I’m amazed at. I don’t want it!

I’m drinking more water, and I feel better with drinking more water. So, I have to thank Connie for that. It’s pretty amazing.” — Shelli W., Greater Seattle, WA.

Shelli is taking control of her life and habits, activating her healthy goals. You can, too! Contact us at Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP to learn more! We do offer a free in office consult. Are you ready for a healthier lifestyle?

Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP (tm)All the Best,

Connie Brannan, CHt.
Clinical Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™
Design Human Engineer ™
Persuasion Engineer ™
Professional Conversational Hypnotherapist
Managing Partner, Mindworks Hypnosis

Loving the Spin I’m In – Hypnosis for Seattle

Seattle hypnotherapy

Seattle is hypnotically beautiful.

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

Who loves Seattle? I do. As I have my entire life. I was born here! 🙂 I lived in other places for awhile, but they just didn’t cut it. Nowhere is as beautiful as Seattle, which is why I chose to come home to the Seattle area for my hypnosis business.  Take a look at this view (high definition option is best, under settings):

Here’s a view of the city one bright afternoon as seen from the Space Needle – another thing I love . A panoramic spin.  This puts me into trance!  Very hypnotic.

In our Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy work, we customize new feelings for clients such that good feelings take over and the negative or unwanted feelings leave.  We capture those feelings from life experience.  As I watch this video, I’ve got a great feeling:  gratitude.  I think I’ll capture it.  🙂 So lucky to live in the most gorgeous place on earth.

All the Best,

What does our Better Business Bureau Accreditation and A+ Rating Mean for You?

Mindworks Hypnosis is Accedited with the Better Business Bureau

Mindworks Hypnosis is Accedited with the Better Business Bureau

Michael and I are so pleased to have earned and maintained our accreditation with the Better Business Bureau of Western Washington.  We are proud of our A+ rating.  Let’s face it.  Some hypnotists approach this work as a “matchbook profession,” and are basically untrained and unskilled.  As in any business, some are unethical, as well.

BBB Accreditation shows you, the consumer, that Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP is the real deal for professionalism and ethics.

Very much so!  Here is how we do business, and what we have promised the Better Business Bureau, and YOU!  We are sharing with you our BBB Code of Business Practices (BBB Accreditation Standards) that we have met for several years now.

1. Build Trust  —  Establish and maintain a positive track record in the marketplace.

2. Advertise Honestly  —  Adhere to established standards of advertising and selling.

3. Tell the Truth  —  Honestly represent products and services, including clear and adequate disclosures of all material terms.

4. Be Transparent  —  Openly identify the nature, location, and ownership of the business, and clearly disclose all policies, guarantees and procedures that bear on a customer’s decision to buy.

5. Honor Promises  —  Abide by all written agreements and verbal representations.

6. Be Responsive  —  Address marketplace disputes quickly, professionally, and in
good faith.

7. Safeguard Privacy  —  Protect any data collected against mishandling and fraud, collect personal information only as needed, and respect the preferences of customers regarding the use of their information.

8. Embody Integrity  —  Approach all business dealings, marketplace transactions and
commitments with integrity.

We have been in business since 2007, offering excellence and professionalism and will continue to do so.

Warm Regards,

Fall Into Change at Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP — Seattle Area’s Best Hypnotherapy

Hello, October! It’s the perfect time for positive life changes, with success-driven NLP and hypnosis. Fall into change with Seattle area’s Mindworks Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. We have the passion, the know-how and the proven results for your positive changes, whether it be quitting smoking, losing weight, ending phobias, or improved well-being in any number of ways… Find out more. 425-564-8608 The time is right.

All the Best,


Seattle Client Reports Hypnosis Success: No More Smoking!

Stop Smoking, Seattle!  Victor did!

Stop Smoking, Seattle!  Victor did!

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

I love my email box.  I get so much good news from current and previous clients.  Here is a report from Victor Rodriguez, of Seattle, Washington, who had one Hypnosis – NLP session to quit smoking last month.  That’s all it took.  He quit!   He says:  “Smoking is behind me.”

Yay, Victor!  🙂  Here is Victor’s report:

“Hi Connie, Thanks for following up with me about my stop smoking session with you.  Since that session I am happy to report that I no longer smoke.  It hasn’t quite been a month yet but smoking is behind me…  Since then I haven’t purchased any cigarettes.  It has been a success. I will definitely direct anyone interested to your practice.  Take care, Victor.” — Victor Rodriguez, Seattle, WA.

Now, some people quit smoking instantly.  One Neuro Linguistic Hypnotherapy ™ session! And some people ease into the change called “happy and healthy permanent nonsmoker” over approximately three to four sessions. Everyone is different and every session is different, and personalized.  We work it until you get what you want — to be done with cigarettes, or any other change.  That’s the bottom line.  Compared to other methods of changing habits and removing unwanted behaviors, these are super fast therapies.

If you’re ready for some personal change, we can do that!  I do offer a free in office consultation to explain the unique collaboration of minds which is my work.

All the Best,

Connie Brannan, CHt.
Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Licensed Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming®
Professional Conversational Hypnotherapist


You Can Do It, Seattle! – Hypnosis for the Success Mindset

Seattle's Best Hypnosis - Mindworks Hypnosis

Find what works: Seattle's Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

Hi, Seattle area hypnosis friends!

You know what the biggest challenge in my hypnotherapy work is? It’s not helping people with nicotine or alcohol or sex “addiction,” or “genetic obesity” or a prevailing sense of anxiety, or “chronic” insomnia, or twitching or nail biting, or any number of problems which SEEM insurmountable.

It’s DOUBT. It’s a mindset that keeps problems in place. It’s the “I can’t.”

What if you could?

Why do I slather this blog and my websites with client testimonials of success? It’s to challenge doubt.

However, doubt doesn’t have to be a negative thing. What if we could flip doubt on its head and begin to doubt the problem? Doubt the staying power of the problem. Doubt the potency of the problem. Doubt your own mental limitations on having the life you want. When you change your thinking in this way, you change everything.

Hypnosis helps you adopt useful beliefs. Like “I can! And it’s easy.”  Did you know that what you believe becomes true?

I successfully install the RIGHT doubt, the one that moves you to success. If you would like to stop doubting yourself and your capabilities and begin to doubt the problems in your life, and thus end them, creative hypnosis works!

Warm Regards,
Clinical Neuro Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Licensed Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming®

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Hypnotherapy, Seattle! Change Your Mind and Change Your Life

Hypnosis Ends Fear

Why not do that? Begin now! Here’s what happens when you  choose Mindworks Hypnosis, Seattle’s best hypnotherapy.  You change how you THINK (which hypnosis excels at helping you do), you change how you FEEL (into more positive, pleasant, resourceful feelings), and you change what you DO (live life more successfully and fully). Sounds good to me! This is the work I do every day, helping Seattle area folks refocus energies and change thinking. When you’re ready, come on in and we’ll do some fabulous work to improve your life!

Warm Regards,
(425) 564-8608


How to Improve Your Life – Seattle’s Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

Find A New Perspective – With Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer.

This is what hypnotherapy and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is all about.  It’s about seeing things in a new, more powerful, and resourceful way.  When you feel happier and stronger and more confident and motivated and so on, it changes how you see a situation, how you think.  And when you see a situation differently, what you are able to DO and ACHIEVE in that situation becomes different.  What was unreachable now becomes  “sure I can!”  What was fearful now becomes “what was the big deal?”  What was “I’m not good enough” becomes “eat my dust.”  What was “I can’t stop” (the behavior) becomes “I hardly remember that problem.”  Doubt becomes confidence.

And, as always, the proof of what I’m saying is in the pudding.  The physical real-world changes our Seattle area hypnosis clients and students enjoy.  Dr. Dyer’s quote is wonderful, but how do you “see things differently?”  That’s where we come in.  That’s the skilled work Michael and I do at Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.  Through hypnotherapy and NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming, we help you create new patterns of thought that serve your goals.

Society of NLP - Your Guarantee of Quality
Society of NLP – Your Guarantee of Quality

Michael and I are both Licensed Trainers of Neuro Linguistic Programming ™ and that’s truly a big deal, that’s the top of the heap when it comes to legitimate credentialing and skillset to help you.  There are only 30-some individuals in the US who have attained our status, as certified through the originator of NLP and the Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™.

This work is so much fun, and I love it when my clients succeed.  There’s a reason we are “The Best of Bellevue” two years running.  Join us any time when you feel like it’s time to become powerful.  We teach, and we help one on one.  Your mind is powerful and amazing.  Isn’t it time you used more of its full potential?

Warm Regards,


Hypnotherapy for Life Success – Another Testimonial for Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP of Seattle

Need a new life direction?  It’s easier than you think!  Here is another testimonial of success from the Seattle area for Connie Brannan’s work & Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.  Here’s what Brian Dawson reports after 3 sessions, just a few hours of hypnosis and neuro linguistic programming with Connie.

“Good morning Connie,

I thought I would give you a quick update. I feel great, refreshed, and full of life. I really want to thank you for the sessions, it was truly mind changing. You moved me back into my life’s direction. I really don’t get frustrated or angry at myself anymore mainly due to a positive direction in my own self talk. You are an artist of a person’s mind and soul. I am sure that I will utilize you in the future and won’t hesitate to call when the need arises.

Thank you!!!”

-Brian Dawson, Woodinville, WA

Woo hoo!  Yay, Brian.  If you live in the Seattle area or beyond, why not seek out the most skilled and successful helper you can find?  Don’t settle for maybe or mediocrity, go for quality.  Go for artistry.  That’s me and Michael.  We are Licensed Trainers of NLP (registered trademark), and we have a higher level of hypnotic success expertise than anyone else in the Pacific Northwest.  And…we love what we do.

Two More Successful Nonsmokers with Mindworks Hypnosis

Spring a time for fresh and healthy.

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

Happy Spring!  It’s here.  Time for fresh, healthy new life.  On the trees, in the gardens, and in us.  It’s time.

I got a short and sweet testimonial yesterday from two clients I helped with smoking cessation:  “Proud to say B. and I are still non-smokers!!! Next month makes 8 months.  Feels great!”  – D. A., Roslyn, WA

This is a terrific time of year.  I was born in Seattle and of course I love it.  The fresh green everywhere, the blues (sky and water) and the bright blossoms.  Everything is so FRESH and healthy-feeling right now.  Add yourself to the list anytime you want.

Warm Regards,

Find Your Power

Learn from the best.
We learned from the best.

Hi, Hypno-Friends!  I’m sharing a “musing” today.

My teacher, Dr. Richard Bandler, in addition to being mega-uber famous, is a nice guy.  Very nice guy.  After conducting intensive seminars, he also makes time to make himself available for his students.  He’ll answer questions people are too reticent to ask in class, he’ll pose for photographs, and he’ll autograph any of his dozens of published books.  I did all of those things with him, including asking him to sign a copy of one of his books for me, “Frogs Into Princes.”

He kindly did.  He wrote in my book, “Connie, find your power.”

I was and am thrilled.  “Find your power.”  Dr. Bandler gave me a direct suggestion.  Yay!  I’m doing it.  I made a photocopy of that page, cut out that sentence in Dr. Bandler’s distinctive writing and stuck it under my acrylic desk blotter at Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.  I look at it every day, and I remember to continue to find my power more and more.

Dr. Bandler IS NLP, he is co-inventor of it, and named it.   What is NLP?  Neuro Linguistic Programming is the study of successful thinking, it is a type of conversational hypnosis that creates positive changes fast faster fastest.  It’s been called “hypnosis on steroids.”  I live it.  I love it!  I use it.  I teach it.   It’s the basis of my personal success, as well as all the positive changes my clients have enjoyed, and the clients of my students as well.

“Find your power.”

I use social media, primarily FaceBook, not as a search engine optimization gimmick (as some local hypnotists do) but because I think it’s fun and a wonderful way to share and connect.   I mentioned on FaceBook about Dr. Bandler’s directive sitting under my desk blotter.   Someone posted in reply criticizing Dr. Bandler–thinking it was a negative comment about me.  “Why?   Is it lost?  That implies you don’t have power.”

If someone says to you “find your keys,” does that imply you don’t have keys?  No, it means you have them and you want to get them in your hand so you can use them to turn on the car and get going!  I think “find your power” means connect with your power, grow your power, and the premise there is, you have power.  I know I do.  I know we all do.

One of the presuppositions of NLP is that we, every one of us, do indeed have infinite resourcefulness and power.  Everything we need is already inside us to create change in ways that we find useful.  NLP, it’s a methodology of continued empowerment.  If you don’t like where you’re at, you choose and do something else!

Thank you, Dr. Bandler.  “Find your power.”  It’s an ongoing joy-filled process, and I’m working on it!

Warm Regards,

The Magic of Positive Energy

Fresh, healthy, new life!

Fresh, healthy, new life!

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

I invite you to check out this tree!  I took this photo today, it’s of the tree right outside my office window.  I look at it every day and I admire it’s lush, fresh, new and unfurling green leaves.  New life!  Spring time to get blooming!  It’s beautiful.

These trees outside my window are my visual aides to story-telling as I engage in what is known as Ericksonian Hypnosis.  Part of the hypnosis work I do:  I tell stories, use metaphors, imagery, indirect language to suggest direct change.  I love nature imagery.  As I work with hypnosis clients, I often talk about trees–this tree outside my window in particular.  I emphasize how natural change is for trees, how easy it is to let go of that which is no longer needed, how easy to embrace fresh new healthy life, the long-haul surviver and thriver qualities of trees.  They grow more beautiful and stronger every day.  As I tell these stories to my clients in trance, I am also focusing energy on the trees outside my window, and lavishing them as well with this “grow healthy” patter.

Guess what!?  It works!  This tree is evidence of thriving!  This tree is amazingly greener, more alive and blooming than any of the other trees (of the same kind) that surround my office building.

Here is precisely what those other trees look like.  More like winter trees.  Spring has not sprung inside this tree yet.

Same day, same kind of tree, same area.

Same day, same kind of tree, same area.

That’s right!  Kind of gray, kind of barren.  What do you think?  Could the focused waves of positive and healing energy emanating from my office and directed at the nearest tree time and time again really be affecting it and causing it to grow and bloom more powerfully than the other nearby trees?  It looks that way to me.  🙂  And it reminds me of a study I read, about the power of emotion to affect water and crystals.  It’s called “The Hidden Messages in Water” by Masaru Emoto.

I KNOW that with my clients healing happens in my office daily, and new fresh possibilities are installed as I tell stories about and I focus positive energy on my trees.  I just never suspected that the trees themselves would benefit.

What do you think?  Why is “my” tree thriving more than any other at the Alderwood Building?  Look at these pics, taken today, and decide for yourself!  🙂

Warm Regards,

What You Didn’t Know About Stage Hypnosis

Michael Brannan, Master Hypnotist & Licensed Trainer of NLP (tm)

Michael Brannan, Master Hypnotist & Licensed Trainer of NLP (tm)

by Guest Blogger, C. Michael Brannan, Master Hypnotist & Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™.

Stage hypnosis shows have always been an important way to introduce hypnosis to the general public. Many hypnotherapists, if not most, received their first introduction to hypnosis through a stage hypnosis show. Connie herself was first introduced to hypnosis through a stage hypnosis show.

Connie’s initial reaction, like that of many, was “this can’t be real,” and “they’re all plants.”  That reaction is common because most of us are truly unaware of the power and role our unconscious minds play in each and every thing we do. In some cases, stage hypnotism evokes fear!

What’s really going on in a stage hypnosis show? How does what we see in a show relate to hypnotherapy? How does it relate to what we experience in ordinary life? Most people, including most hypnotherapists, haven’t realized yet that every phenomena experienced in hypnosis is experienced by everyone in their ordinary “waking” state!

I went to a hypnosis show yesterday presented as part of World Hypnotism Day (an event sponsored by the National Guild of Hypnotists, Washington State chapter). The response of most of the audience who were not hypnotherapists was one of fascination and interest. And the hypnotic phenomena are truly that.

The hypnotist performed a lot of skits, all displaying the power of the unconscious mind to control our bodies, to enter imaginative realms of fantasy and to access our minds in ways we perhaps didn’t know we could. Stage hypnosis shows are a powerful presentation of the power of the unconscious mind!

In one skit, the hypnotist created amnesia for the number 7, and had the participant then count the number of his fingers. The participant counted..1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,11….have you always had 11 fingers? No, I only have 10 fingers. Anmesia can often be important. What if each time you wanted a cigarette, you simply forgot that you wanted one and continued with whatever you were doing? What if you simply forgot to eat all those unhealthy things that are keeping on those unwanted pounds?

And this experience is something we have in our ordinary life. You know that “tip of the tongue” phenomena? We know something, we know it perfectly, but just can’t get access to it at the moment. Students who study for tests and then “forget” what they learn during the test is common. They haven’t “forgotten” at all; they are just too nervous, anxious or something else to get access to the information. It’s easy to deal with: just give yourself a suggestion to remember, relax, and let your unconscious mind do its work.

xrayglassessmallThe unconscious mind is extraordinarily powerful. It can give or withhold conscious access to information at a mere suggestion. Suggest the number 7 is gone, and, boom, it’s gone. Suggest it’s back, and, boom, it’s back.

The flip side is that the unconscious mind can give access to much more information as well. Suggest to yourself that you will remember more, remember more clearly and you will.  In trance, people can recall vivid details and details thought long forgotten. With hypnosis, you can create states where that vivid recollection comes more quickly and more easily than you ever thought possible. And that can carry into your everyday life, allowing you to learn more, learn faster and remember what you’ve learned here. 

When we say to ourselves things like “I can’t learn,” “I can’t remember” we are sabotaging ourselves. We are giving ourselves a suggestion, we are telling our unconscious minds to fail at learning, and to “forget.” And those suggestions can be just as effective as the hypnostist’s suggestion to “forget” the number 7. The unconscious is a humble servant–it will do what it is asked to do, so ask it to do things you want it to do.


Hi, guys!  Connie here.  Learn more about this fun side of hypnosis here:

As always, we’d love it if you’d sign up for our FREE e-newsletter, “The Monthly Trance.”  Form below!  It comes out (approximately) monthly, and lets you know what’s going on, hypnotically speaking.  For instance, yesterday was our free World Hypnotism Day Event in Bellevue.  The Seattle Times NW weekender publication declared it a “best bet” for the weekend, and yes, it was.  Thank you to all who came out and participated.  We’re so glad you’re getting to know hypnosis.

Warm Regards, Connie

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