“At Cause” Your Life to be Wonderful

Seattle area's best NLP services and hypnosis.Hi, Hypno-Friends!

I’m often asked “What is hypnosis all about?” Here is another answer. It’s about moving yourself from “I can’t.” to “Yes, I can!” It’s empowerment. Here are some thoughts I’ve written up on the empowerment power of hypnosis!

There are unhappy people in the world who say: “I can’t!” and they make excuses. There are people in the world who let their lives be limited. They feel trapped or stuck. “My life sucks.”

On the flip side, there are powerful people in the world who say: “Yes, I can!” And they do. They say: “I’m going for it! I choose how I live.”

Which describes you? And, which would you rather be?

Empowerment. Hypnotherapy and particularly, NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, are about opening up the mind to new, more desired choices and new possibilities. And making them happen.

A problem is really a problem only if you believe it to be. Henry Ford, the famous automaker, had that wonderful saying: “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right!” Hypnotherapy is all about “Yes, I can.” The belief controls the actions and outcomes. Hypnotherapy empowers useful beliefs.

In my line of work there is a terminology to describe this empowered vs. unhappy state of mind. It’s called being “at cause” vs. being “at effect.” Being “at cause” means I cause my world to be what I choose it to be. Power. Choice. Control. Being “at effect” means I am a cork bobbing on the ocean, helpless to the seas and currents. “At effect” means no control, feeling like a victim.

An aside: Now, this is funny. My speech to text program heard “at effect” as “a defect.” “Being a defect means you are a cork…” And people actually do get this idea. They think of themselves as having a defect, something defective about them, their mind, their personally. I say no way! What we do and how we live, it’s all a choice. And what’s nice about choice is that we can always choose something new at any time.

It is my belief and also the premise of the work I do that people are infinitely resourceful. They do have choices. What I do is open up more choices for them. It’s so easy to do this. Fear is a choice. Calm is a different choice. Overeating is a choice. Healthy eating is a different choice. Smoking is a choice. Not smoking is a different choice. “At effect” people have no idea of their own ability to choose, they live their life in that victim mentality feeling trapped. It doesn’t have to be that way. While other therapies which activate conscious resourcing offer a very limited utility for change, hypnosis kicks “at effect” out the door.

Here’s an example from my work. I had a client who is a musician. She had a fear and anxiety around solo performances. She had been to other therapists for months who made her examine in infinite detail her life history, her relationship with her parents and the deep, deep, deep, psychological reasons for the existence of her problem. Guess what? That didn’t fix it. She came to me and one session of NLP/hypnotherapy later she is performing without anxiety. It’s a new choice that her mind has chosen. I want calm and confident! Okay let’s do that! (That’s where hypnosis and NLP come in, they can do that!) This change in a person’s thinking, that’s being “at cause.”

If only the world knew how easy it is to be powerful.

I believe everyone is capable of choice. Everyone is capable of making their life better. Everyone is capable of getting the life they want. These tools I use are so fast and fascinating. and they result in a life being “at cause”. That means we make choices that bring us happiness, joy, health, and success of all varieties.

Another benefit of all this, the bridge burns after you cross it. When you become a person “at cause,” the excuses for things not being the way you want them to be dry up. You’re not making excuses anymore, you’re taking action. And creating change and success. Once we see ourselves as powerful and in control of our choices and outcomes, there’s no going back. And that’s wonderful. With the right tools, flipping that switch, power ON, in the mind can happen faster than you think.

You can find out more info. of the successes to be had with these mind technologies of hypnotherapy and NLP here:  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net and
http://www.seattlenlptraining.com

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

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
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Half the Size: Weight Loss Success Demonstration Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

Successful weight loss via hypnosis & NLP.

Half the size!

Hi, Greater Seattle Hypnosis Friends!

It’s show and tell time!  I was cleaning out my closet the other day, and there were BAGS of things to donate.  That’s what happens when you lose weight, things don’t fit anymore.

I’m literally half the size I used to be.  That’s what skilled hypnosis & NLP can do–in this case self hypnosis.  I decided to try on one of my old coats for you all here in this iphone video. A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say.  Here is visual evidence that hypnosis works:

I did it myself, so I know the power of these tools! However, my passion is helping YOU do it.  And yes, you can.

The picture at the front of the video is me, from my heaviest weight.  In the year 2005.  I began using hypnosis in 2006, and have kept a lighter weight for 10 years now.  As I explain it to my clients, there are two goals.  Get that healthy weight.  And then, KEEP it. No yo-yo.  We’re talking long term success.

There’s so much hype and bull-oney and just downright bad ideas in the weight loss “industry.”  Fads, supplements, diets, surgeries and so on.  Here’s what works:  your mind.  Au naturel!  If you don’t know how to focus it yourself, that’s why you come to someone skilled and trained and EXPERIENCED in these matters.  Hypnosis kicks butt on overweight.  I know it’s true.  Look at how the coat doesn’t fit me anymore.

Learn more anytime!  I offer free, confidential in office consultations.

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

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
http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net
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Long Term Weight Loss with Skilled Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

Seattle's Mindworks Hypnosis - You'll Dance for JoyHi, Hypnosis Friends!

Here’s a musing on life, success, and hypnosis.

I like authentic people.  People who are true to themselves, and live life honestly.  Lies have a way of becoming found out.  People who are phony bull-oney, well, that comes out as well.  As they say:   “action talks and bull**** walks.”

There are some so-called expert weight loss therapists in our Seattle area who pretend they understand healthy lifestyles and how to manage weight. So, maybe they understand, or, maybe not.  But have they lived these challenges, and won?  Are they DOING it for themselves?  Living it?  Being authentic?

I choose authentic!  I am!  I’m living long term weight loss success.  Power and control of habits.  Choice in action.  It’s now ten years at a healthier weight through self hypnosis and my own NLP work on self development.  These are the same tools I use and mindset I help clients achieve at Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.  Hypnosis is a hugely successful tool for weight loss.  Check out the pictures of me, below

Hypnosis & NLP for effective long term weight loss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, hypnotists in Washington State are not required to have any specific credentialling or training.  Truth!  It’s a buyer beware world!  Some hypnotists are clueless and ineffective.  It’s not wholly their fault, they may have had weak and uninspired training. Those bad schools are out there.  Or, no training at all.

Other hypnotic change workers are the authentic ones.  The real deal.  The ones who care, and are skilled, creative and passionate about their work.  The ones well trained, who now train others.  We do exist!  Here’s how to find your great hypnotist:  I invite you to check out my article on this topic!  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net/hypnosis-nlp-articles-connie-brannan/best-seattle-hypnotherapist/

If weight loss is your goal, find someone who knows what the heck they’re doing.  Not craziness or fad diets, or traditional talk therapies to figure out WHY you’re stressed and overeat.  That’s not relevant.  We just stop that behavior, and develop new healthy behaviors.  Not skinny ninny hypnotists who have never experienced what this is all about.  Not unskilled obese hypnotists who can’t solve their own problems.  Find someone who is proven successful, who can guide you to success as well with a toolkit that works.

All the Best,
Connie

(Freshly Minted) Hypnotists Speak! Testimonials for the School Side of What We Do

Albert Einstein hypnotistHi, Hypnosis Friends!

Michael and I just finished teaching our 4 day live hypnosis training event, through the school side of our work, Mindworks NLP.   It was a fabulous experience, with lots of fresh minds opened up to the power of words, unconscious creativity and problem-solving ability.  We’ve unleashed newly minted “Certified Hypnotists” for the betterment of the world, and specifically, the Seattle area.

Two of our recent hypnosis students sent us testimonials to our teaching this week. Thought we’d share!  🙂

“Connie and Michael are the best!! They really teach all the important things about hypnosis in a concise and positive way, and give you the tools you need to succeed. They are a pleasure to learn from, and I feel very confident to start my own practice. I can’t thank them enough! Highly recommended!!” – Dawn F., Seattle, WA

“What a grand journey. A mere 4 days, and how very far I have traveled! Studying with Connie and Michael was such a pleasure. Both are fabulous instructors, making learning fun and exciting. And I became a hypnotist! Wow!

Initially just the concept of learning trance induction was overwhelming but, with their combined years of experience and knowledge, technique and practical tips, the Brannans guided me through it all, filling me with confidence along the way. In fact, just one single technique alone made it worth the price of admission for me.

If you have any interest in learning hypnosis, trance induction and accessing the untapped resources of the human mind, Mindworks NLP is definitely the place to be.  Once again, many thanks!” – Jon Komatsu, Seattle, WA

Yay, for new hypnotherapists.  I say, the more the merrier, and yay for more success, joy, and helping in the world.  You might notice a common theme in the comments:  confidence.  We use hypnosis to teach hypnosis, and installing confidence in our students is always on our agenda.  Obviously, we were successful.

If you’re ever of a mind to learn these amazing methodologies of change, hypnosis & NLP, we offer that in addition to one-on-one private sessions of clinical Neuro-Lingustic Hypnotherapy.  Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP is located in Bellevue, WA.  Call us!

Spring is time for hypnosisAll the Best,
Connie

Teenage Empowerment – Client Testimonial for Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

Greater Seattle Clinical Hypnotherapy NLP ServicesHi, Greater Seattle Hypnosis Friends!

I like working with teenagers. Got a nice message from one young client today:

“I am so grateful for how much you helped me to change my life, decide my future, and grow as a person.” — A. R., Issaquah, WA.

That’s right!

A.R. was in a dark place in her life when she first came in for hypnosis & NLP services. She was making some unhealthy, self destructive choices.  That’s changed now.  New habits are in place.  She glows with life, confidence and positive energy.

I was thinking this morning about how Dr. Bandler’s work in developing Neuro Linguistic Programming (a high tech conversational hypnosis) has touched so many lives in powerful, wonderful ways. He’s the tree of NLP, I’m a branch from it as his Licensed Trainer of NLP ®, and I get to touch so many leaves (lives) through my teaching and client work.

Trees are a beautiful metaphor.  Life and growth and strength.  I think people, including young people, are incredibly powerful–if they only knew how to access and activate that power.  I know how to help do that.  It’s called NLP.  And it’s what I teach students at Mindworks NLP and do with clients at my Bellevue hypnotherapy clinic, Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.

Learn more anytime!

Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP (tm) Mindworks Hypnosis

Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP ™

All the Best,
Connie

Power Unleashed. Another 5-Star Review of Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP on Google.

Stop smoking now.

Hypnosis & NLP to quit smoking.

Hi, Hypnosis Friends.

Hypnosis works!  It really does.  I’ve been working repeatedly at explaining this power we have to control our life and outcomes, and I love it when other voices join in to corroborate.

I received another 5-star review of my hypnotherapy and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) services on my Google business listing.  This gentleman was a smoker for the bulk of his life, 50+ years as he described it, and he’s now a nonsmoker.  I say:  better late than never!

He found his power through our work:

“After trying every other known method to quit smoking, went to Connie six weeks ago and have been smoke free since. Highly recommend her.  I came out of her office a non-smoker.  I tried all the conventional methods to quit and nothing worked.  After 50 years of smoking, it’s almost unbelievable that I do not have any desire for a cigarette and know that I will never smoke again.  Thank you Connie, you’re a life saver.”  Robert B., Camano Island, WA

A life was saved, yes!  And he did it.  I show the way, and help facilitate change with my tools, and the person him or herself holds the power to make it happen.  We unleash YOUR power.  Collaboration.  That’s NLP.

Yay for Robert and a greater enjoyment of life and improved health for the rest of his life.

Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP (tm) Mindworks Hypnosis

Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP ™

All the Best,
Connie

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Another Quit Smoking Success Story – Testimonial for Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

No smoking

Skilled NLP & Hypnosis Works to Kick the Butt out of Your Smoking Habit.

Hi, Hypnosis & NLP Readers!

Another happy hypnotherapy stop smoking story.  I love to find these success gems in my email box.  It makes my day.  This Seattle area gentleman had a smoking habit that lasted over FIFTY YEARS!    Wow. Happily, it’s over now.

Yay!  Here’s what Robert B. of Camano Island has to say about our work.

“Hi Connie, Thank you so much for helping me with my 50+ year smoking habit. I have not had a cigarette in almost 6 weeks. Not only do I not have any desire to smoke, I know that I will never again allow cigarettes to control my life.

I tried to quit before. I know now that I was not ready to quit. I started smoking again and figured I was doomed to a life of smoke. When I came to see you just before Christmas of 2015, I was ready. And, as I mentioned, have not had a cigarette in 6 weeks. I can’t thank you enough.” Robert B. Camano Island, WA.

It just goes to show, when you’re ready for change, it happens.  And it’s easy.

When you’re ready, let’s get started!  I can help you quit smoking.  And so many more behavioral changes.  What is a longer life and a better quality of life worth to you?

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

Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP ™

All the Best,
Connie

Connie Brannan, CHt.
Licensed Trainer of NLP®
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Happy Holidays from Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

Hello, Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy Enthusiasts!

The holidays are upon us!  Happy Holidays to you!

Michael and I wish you all a 2016 filled with health, joy, and success. If those things do not spontaneously generate, create them!  NLP and hypnosis are amazing tools to make that happen.

All the Best,
Connie & Michael

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Grow Your Happiness, with Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

We invite you to experience this mind bending, eye spinning video.  Ready for an altered state of consciousness?  Write the word “happy” on a piece of paper, and hold it at the ready. Then, focus your attention deeply within the spiral.  And, notice what happens.  (This video is best viewed as full screen, high definition mode.)

Happy Holidays from Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP. We wish you all a wonderful, joy-filled holiday season and New Year!  Make it happy!

If your word “happy” appeared to be shrinking with this exercise, rather than growing, then it’s time for you to hi-tail it to Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP. We’ll turn that around for you. 🙂 We’re the best results-driven hypnotherapy & NLP services in the Pacific Northwest.  We specialize in making your all year’s resolutions reality.

Connie and Michael Brannan of Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

Connie and Michael Brannan of Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

All the Best,
Connie & Michael
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Goodbye to Fear of Failure and Fear of Rejection – Client Testimonial

Best Seattle Area Hypnotherapy, that's Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

Get happy, with hypnosis.

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

Some people are ready for change and success.  Are you one of them?  Kal, from Seattle, sure was. We had a few sessions, and now he sees himself and the world in a whole new way, a more resourceful way.

Goodbye, fear of failure and fear of rejection–that was ridiculous in the first place, and now it’s gone.  There is nothing standing in the way of his success now.  Yay, for Kal! He’s found more power through our NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and hypnosis change work.

Here’s what Kal reports about his experience with Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP:

“Working with Connie one-on-one is the best decision I’ve made to create breakthroughs and lasting change in my life and career.  Before engaging Connie, I was using the approach of rationalization to work around fear of rejection and failure with limited success. However, what made the difference with Connie is that she customizes the NLP techniques for individual goals and objectives, thereby transforming thought patterns to produce lasting change and effective results. Did I mention she is funny, excellent at what she does, and a delight to work with?” ~ Kal, Seattle

Change is easy, with the right tools.

If you’re ready for some new positive energy in your life, we can do that.  If you’re ready to let go of limiting beliefs, we can do that, as well.  The right tools, in the right hands, can work wonders.  Find out for yourself.  Call us and learn more about Neuro Linguistic Hypnotherapy:  425-564-8608.  www.mindworkshypnosis.net

Connie Brannan, Licensed Trainer of NLPAll the Best,
Connie

Hypnosis Solves the Problems of Daily Life

Connie Brannan, Licensed Trainer of NLPHi, Hypnosis Friends!

Hot off the presses!  Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP is taking part in a global education campaign to spread the good word on hypnosis.  (That’s what this blog itself has always been about, by the way).  This current campaign is through the NGH, National Guild of Hypnotists, of which I am a proud member.  I’m sharing our press release here.

All the Best, Connie

For Immediate Release

Hypnosis Solves the Problems of Daily Life

Bellevue, WA, 11/6/15 — Professional Clinical Hypnotherapist & Licensed Trainer of NLP ®, Connie Brannan, is taking part in a global education campaign to share the message that hypnosis is a simple, safe and highly effective way for people to address the problems of daily life. Routinely used in the health care industry as a valued tool, by athletes to improve focus and performance and by successful business professionals, celebrities and other high-profile individuals for relaxation and stress management, hypnosis also offers efficient applications for solving the types of problems people struggle with daily.

Presented by the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) (www.ngh.net), the nation’s oldest, largest and leading organization for professional hypnotists, the campaign is sharing in-depth information about the role of hypnotists in helping people of all ages and with a range of problems. Seattle, WA area resident, Connie Brannan, a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, is recognized for her services that help people break bad habits, establish healthy new routines and enhance their daily lives.

Among the many types of challenges that can be resolved or improved through hypnosis are: smoking cessation, overeating, emotional eating, cravings, exercise and activity levels, sports performance, stress reduction, sleep disorders, fear of speaking in public, test taking anxiety, increasing self-esteem, procrastination and other issues that hold people back from living their best life.

Connie Brannan has been a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists since 2006.   Connie runs a successful clinical hypnosis practice in Bellevue, WA.  She maintains an A+ rating as an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau.  She has 175+ client success stories on her website, Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.  With her husband, Michael Brannan, she also owns and operates a Washington State licensed private career school, Mindworks NLP, and teaches hypnosis and NLP.  NLP is Neuro Linguistic Programming, a high tech conversational hypnosis.  Connie knows the power of these methodologies first hand, as well as through her client work, having lost over 80 pounds herself, and erasing her decades long spider phobia and perfume allergy.  Michael Brannan is past President of the Washington State Chapter of the NGH.

Established in 1950, in Boston, Massachusetts, the National Guild of Hypnotists is the preeminent professional organization for professional hypnotists. Over the years, the NGH has led the profession, receiving recognition in the United States Congressional Record for its accomplishments.

The organization has established a strict universal code of ethics for the profession and has developed and maintains a rigorous certification program based on a standardized curriculum. Extensive and ongoing training is required of National Guild of Hypnotists members receiving NGH certification.

To learn more about Connie Brannan’s services and trainings in the Seattle, Washington area, contact her directly at http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net and http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.   Find out more about the National Guild of Hypnotists at www.ngh.net.

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Designer Beliefs ™

Mind Functions and HypnosisThought for the day:

“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ― Lewis Carroll

What you believe creates who you are and how you live.  We at Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP help you create new beliefs as well as implement those changes that flow from them. We ourselves have a very firmly held belief:  people are infinitely resourceful.  That means, yes, you can!

Whatever outcome it is.  If you believe you can, you will find a way.  Here’s another quotation:  “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”  Hypnosis pops you into your inner mind to facilitate “finding the way.”  If you need help with “the will” side of the equation, we can help there, too.  We call our process of belief alteration and implementation:  Designer Beliefs™.  Michael and I have developed a process whereby we help you believe what it’s useful and important to believe about yourself and the world.  Such as:

— I can do it!

— I deserve it!

— I’m good enough!

— I’m worthy!

— Change is easy!

— The time is now!

These things are all true about you.  Wouldn’t it be nice to believe them?  REALLY believe them.  And activate change based on them.

Learn more anytime at http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net/faq/ or give us a call at (425) 564-8608 and come on in for a free in person office consultation.

Connie Brannan, Neuro Linguistic Hypnotherapist

Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP ™

All the Best,
Connie

Stressed? Anxious? What if emotions could turn on a dime?

Seattle hypnotherapy clinic Mindworks Hypnosis

Change your thinking, change your mood.

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

With hypnosis and NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming, we can program in new responses in any given situation.   The boss is yelling, traffic is congested, your significant other is in a bad mood, the restaurant is out of just the thing you wanted. They call it “situational stress.”  What if, after hypnotherapy…that same situation became situational calm, or situaltional happy, or situational “I can handle it!”  We can do that!

I think this video is cute.  And it demonstrates an important fact.  We can change our emotions on a dime.  FAST!

Cute baby!  She’s crying, looking like a full-blown tantrum is going to ensue.  Then, suddenly, she hears her happy music.  And the dancing begins!  Instant change.  For those of you who think “change is slow and difficult,” watch her face.  We’re talking instant change!

With NLP, and Neuro Linguistic hypnosis therapy, we give  you control, to turn a negative emotion and response into a positive one.  When you choose to do it.  We can also program your mind and life for those responses to become automated in a particular context.  This little girl has been programmed in a natural manner, in a great way.  Music = dancing and happy.  It doesn’t matter what was going on before.

We can take control of these automatic responses.  Goodbye, fear, anxiety, phobic responses, distraction, procrastination, and so on.

Find out more anytime in an in person explanatory meeting.  Call us for a free consultation. No charge, no obligation.  Just an opportunity to learn more, and hear what a professional change worker says about your mind and your untapped abilities to feel more resourceful now.

All the Best,
Connie

http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net

Change is Easy!

Change your direction any time, with Mindworks Hypnosis.

Change your direction any time, with Mindworks Hypnosis.

Hi, Seattle Hypnosis Friends!

The power of your mind is so incredible!  Here’s a quick and easy demo proving change is easy.

I invite you to check out this brief video. Is the train moving to the left into the tunnel, or to the right, emerging from if? What do you see? Cool!  Now, simply imagine that it’s moving in the opposite direction. And it does!!

Some people call this “freaky.” I call it: “control.”  We control our perceptions of the world with our mind.  And yes, it really is that easy to alter direction.  When your mind makes the leap, you see things in a new way.  And new seeing leads to new thoughts, and new beliefs, and new behaviors.  That’s the purpose of skilled hypnotherapy–assisting you in the new seeing.

I love these type of visual demos.  People start to “get it.”  That what happens between their ears is the real deal, and the real power.  If you’d like to see yourself or life in a new way, and live those changes, we can do that.  My hypnosis clinic services all the Greater Seattle area.  Call me anytime at (425) 564-8608 and we’ll get started!

All the Best,
Connie

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Featured Testimonial – Goodbye Anxiety & Depression

Hi, Seattle Hypnosis Friends!

I’ve had a lot of clients over the years, and I’ve helped with every variety of context and situation of desired change from weight loss to anxiety release to help with addictions, to sports improvement, to quitting smoking, and more.  Some clients stick out as memorable, because of their willingness to “go for it” and cooperation, some for their incredible successes.  Karel was both of those things.

Karel shared her thoughts about our work on Google with a 5-star review of Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP:

“Connie Brannan has helped me change the way I think about myself and my life. I saw her primarily for help with weight loss, but I ended up realizing many other positive changes at the same time. I was surprised and so pleased with the lasting results of my sessions: ability to concentrate on the way I wanted to eat, improvement in my personal relationships, and a completely rejuvenated interest in life.

After 20+ years of severe depression, I was amazed to find that I was free of it after just a single session. I am so grateful that I had the good sense to see Connie, and I recommend her services to anyone who wants similar improvements in their life.”  – Karel Creason, Bellevue, WA.

And she wrote to me a few years later, offering this follow-up.

“Hello, Connie, I want to give you an update on the changes in my life since I saw you in February 2012.  I have continued to benefit from my freedom from depression…

I also have been able to handle a number of emotionally difficult situations which, in the past, would have had me reeling. What a great improvement. I no longer become paralyzed with grief, fear, or anger when I learn of family illness, marital problems, self-esteem issues, etc.

These changes are because you told my subconscious what to do to make me live the way I want to. I have always held to your phrase that if something I think or believe isn’t useful in my life, get rid of it. What a concept!

In addition to letting you know how I’m doing myself, I wanted to let you know that I referred 2 of my friends to you, and they both have reported great happiness with what you did for them. ”  — Karel Creason , Bellevue, WA

Yay, Karel.  Keep living your life on your own terms, with joy and a sense of your own power to make life better.

This sentence of Karel’s sums up the power of creative, skilled NLP and hypnosis:  “After 20+ years of severe depression, I was amazed to find that I was free of it after just a single session.”  We ALL have this kind of transformational power residing in our unconscious minds–it’s merely a matter of effective and persuasive communications. That’s what skilled hypnosis is, opening up the door and engaging in effective communications with the unconscious mind, and offering up new choices, stimulating new habits and patterns of living.

Sky high five above the clouds

As I said to Karel and I often say to clients when I’m happy with the shifts happening:  “High five to the unconscious mind!”

All the Best,
Connie

Creative Hypnosis for Quitting Smoking!

Quit Smoking Seattle HypnosisHi, Hypnosis Friends!

Here’s a story to share with you, all about the hypnotic power of a half-eaten rotten banana.

I was working with a Seattle man the other day on quitting smoking. One of the elements of this work is our search for a useful feeling called “hell, no!” This gentleman, his “Hell, no!” was the thought of eating a rotten banana–he declared it the worst disgust feeling he could conjure. Coincidence, and propinquity! I had a half eaten well-past-its-prime squishy black banana in my trash can at the office at that very moment. I fished it out and we gave him several good whiffs, while I used my hypnotic tool kit to set that disgust equal to smoking. He’s done with cigarettes. Cravings are dead.

Long live the rotten banana!  And long live the happy and healthy nonsmoker.

At the same time, and on the flip side of the coin, we also customized some powerful, good Designer Feelings™ in place of smoking, and attached those to undo the habit.  Wonderful feelings that encourage healthy:  calm, contentment, in control, and so on.  Just as what generates disgust is unique person to person, so, too are the good feelings which can kick smoking desire to the curb.  We explore and generate both in our Greater Seattle hypnotherapy center.

There’s a science and methodology to Neuro Linguistic hypnotherapy blended with fun and creativity, and, guess what?  It works!  For quitting smoking, as well as a variety of other positive changes.  Are you ready to quit smoking?  Let’s do it!  Call me and let’s get started.

All the Best,
Connie
http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net
http://www.stopsmokingseattle.com

 

“Anxiety is totally gone!” Pam’s Success with Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

I’m always pleased when a client is so happy with my work that he/she agrees to comment publicly on the power of hypnotherapy and NLP done right.  Here’s a video testimonial of success from a recent client, Pam Parsons, of Issaquah, WA.  She reports that anxiety is “Totally gone.”  Yay!

Pam decided to feel differently, and move ahead in life.  She chose to feel:  “calm, confident, worthy, driven, and courageous.”  The tools and techniques I use helped her to do just that.  We create new Designer Feelings™, and replace the unwanted feelings, and automate that process for the future, which we call Designer Beliefs ™.  Powerful stuff! Fabulous stuff.  Life-changing stuff. Pam knows.

A man I met recently asked me a question.  He said, at the end of your life, are you going to be able to say with authority and truth that you lived the life you wanted?  That you mattered, that you made a positive difference in the world, that you loved fully, that you lived fully?  I know my answer is going to be:  YES!  I love helping people, and I’m doing it. I’m living my passion.  I’m also happy that I’m helping other people to have a more wonderful life and be able to answer that question themselves in the affirmative, too.

Connie Brannan, CHt & Licensed Trainer of NLPIf you’re ready for change, give me a call anytime to find out more.

All the Best,
Connie
Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

It’s Not What You’re Capable Of, It’s What You’re Doing.

I woke up this morning with a hypnosis thought running through my mind.  I thought I’d share it!  🙂

It’s not what you’re capable of, it’s what you’re doing.

Acorn Mode

Acorn Mode

There’s a world of difference between I want or even I can vs. I am doing it.  We help you make the leap from intention to action.  That’s the power of skilled hypnosis.

Tree in Bloom.

Tree in Bloom.

You know there’s a difference between who you are right now in the expressions of your life and who you desire to be.  There’s some magic in that acorn, a tiny thing dreaming of greatness, and making it happen.  Action, activation, that’s the difference.

There’s that same magic in you.  That difference for our success is really just a quality of mind.  Change yours any time, adopt a mindset customized for your success, and do the things you want to do for your life. We’ve all only got so many ticks of the clock in this world–make your life beautiful, successful, healthy, happy, and magical, starting now.

Call us and make it happen.  Connie (425) 564-8608

All the Best,
Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP ®
Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

It’s Time! Hypnosis for your New Year’s Resolutions!

Seattle's Best Hypnotherapy at Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

Time for Skilled Hypnosis & NLP!

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

Did you see the New Year’s fireworks celebration at the Seattle Space Needle?  I did!  It’s officially here, happy 2015!

“It’s time!”

Those are action activating words for me, and I hope for you as well. It’s time.

It’s the first week of January.  Time for assessing the new year ahead and taking stock of healthy goals. It’s time to lose that extra weight you’ve been carrying around.  It’s time to stop buying and smoking those ridiculously expensive and unhealthy cigarettes.

It’s time to dump the fear that’s been holding you back from truly experiencing and enjoying life and connecting with others:  fear of public speaking, fear of flying, fear of rejection…(you fill in the blank).  Fear is often unnecessary, and we can communicate that fact to the mind, on unconscious levels, and choose something different.

People tend to work those New Year’s Resolutions for a a day or two, a week or two, then give up.  You don’t have to go it alone when there is skilled help available.

I love what I do.  I help activate people’s desires and make them real.  My work (hypnosis and NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming® ) is a joy-maker and a success-maker.  This time of year, people are very in touch with those desires–we call them New Year’s Resolutions.  Let’s make them real.  Call me and I’ll set up a free in person consultation in my office in Bellevue to explain the work I do and how your dreams CAN become reality.  (425) 564-8608.

Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy is more powerful than “traditional” hypnotherapy alone. NLP is a conversational hypnosis that speaks directly to the mind beyond conscious thought, using the currency of life experience:  sights, sounds, smells, taste, emotion, and it’s an amazing success accelerant.  NLP is my prime work tool, as I am and Michael is also, a Licensed Trainer of NLP ® through the originator of NLP. There are only a few dozen of us at that skill & certification level working and teaching NLP in the United States.

Tick.  Tick.  Tick.  Time is moving.  And life is happening.  If you want yours to be different in positive ways that you have resolved, the time is now.

All the Best,
Connie

http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net
http://www.seattlenlptraining.com

“At Cause” Your Life to be Wonderful

Hypnosis is Empowerment

Hypnosis is Empowerment.

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

Happy November. Michael and I wish you and yours some fabulous holidays. 🙂

Speaking of fabulous, I’m often asked “What is hypnosis all about?” Here is another answer. It’s about moving yourself from “I can’t.” to “Yes, I can!” It’s empowerment. Here are some thoughts I’ve written up on the empowerment power of hypnosis!

There are unhappy people in the world who say: “I can’t!” and they make excuses. There are people in the world who let their lives be limited. They feel trapped or stuck. “My life sucks.”

On the flip side, there are powerful people in the world who say: “Yes, I can!” And they do. They say: “I’m going for it! I choose how I live.”

Which describes you? And, which would you rather be?

Empowerment. Hypnotherapy and particularly, NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, are about opening up the mind to new, more desired choices and new possibilities. And making them happen.

A problem is really a problem only if you believe it to be. Henry Ford, the famous automaker, had that wonderful saying: “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right!” Hypnotherapy is all about “Yes, I can.” The belief controls the actions and outcomes. Hypnotherapy empowers useful beliefs.

In my line of work there is a terminology to describe this empowered vs. unhappy state of mind. It’s called being “at cause” vs. being “at effect.” Being “at cause” means I cause my world to be what I choose it to be. Power. Choice. Control. Being “at effect” means I am a cork bobbing on the ocean, helpless to the seas and currents. “At effect” means no control, feeling like a victim.

An aside: Now, this is funny. My speech to text program heard “at effect” as “a defect.” “Being a defect means you are a cork…” And people actually do get this idea. They think of themselves as having a defect, something defective about them, their mind, their personally. I say no way! What we do and how we live, it’s all a choice. And what’s nice about choice is that we can always choose something new at any time.

It is my belief and also the premise of the work I do that people are infinitely resourceful. They do have choices. What I do is open up more choices for them. It’s so easy to do this. Fear is a choice. Calm is a different choice. Overeating is a choice. Healthy eating is a different choice. Smoking is a choice. Not smoking is a different choice. “At effect” people have no idea of their own ability to choose, they live their life in that victim mentality feeling trapped. It doesn’t have to be that way. While other therapies which activate conscious resourcing offer a very limited utility for change, hypnosis kicks “at effect” out the door.

Here’s an example from my work. I had a client who is a musician. She had a fear and anxiety around solo performances. She had been to other therapists for months who made her examine in infinite detail her life history, her relationship with her parents and the deep, deep, deep, psychological reasons for the existence of her problem. Guess what? That didn’t fix it. She came to me and one session of NLP/hypnotherapy later she is performing without anxiety. It’s a new choice that her mind has chosen. I want calm and confident! Okay let’s do that! (That’s where hypnosis and NLP come in, they can do that!) This change in a person’s thinking, that’s being “at cause.”

If only the world knew how easy it is to be powerful.

I believe everyone is capable of choice. Everyone is capable of making their life better. Everyone is capable of getting the life they want. These tools I use are so fast and fascinating. and they result in a life being “at cause”. That means we make choices that bring us happiness, joy, health, and success of all varieties.

Another benefit of all this, the bridge burns after you cross it. When you become a person “at cause,” the excuses for things not being the way you want them to be dry up. You’re not making excuses anymore, you’re taking action. And creating change and success. Once we see ourselves as powerful and in control of our choices and outcomes, there’s no going back. And that’s wonderful. With the right tools, flipping that switch, power ON, in the mind can happen faster than you think.

Warm Regards,
Connie

You can find out more info. of the successes to be had with these mind technologies of hypnotherapy and NLP, here:

http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net
http://www.seattlenlptraining.com

Why Halloween is a very Hypnotic Holiday

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

When I was little, this was my favorite holiday.  Perhaps it still is.  However, the appeal is not the sugar rush, nowadays.  It’s something more wonderful, and more useful, called imagination. Tonight I’ll be handing out candy to the neighborhood hobgoblins, and I get to see imagination in action.

I was in a coffee shop awhile ago, and a little boy and girl came up to me and informed me that they were, respectively, a princess and SUPERMAN!!!  He told me that with passion and intense conviction, and although he wasn’t wearing his costume at the moment, I could see it.  Yes, he was superman.

Knowing that you’re superman is a good thing.

Imagination is power.  To an unimaginative adult, a chair may be just a chair–something to sit on.  To a child, a chair may be so much more, a car, a pony, a fort to climb on, a spaceship.  What I love about Halloween is that it allows adults to reconnect to this essential and playful imagination that we all had as children.  I was at the costume store the other day, and saw imagination in full play.  Adult imagination.  Adults looking at, trying on, playing with Halloween costumes, and props–faces alive with “let’s pretend.”  Yes, I AM a pirate!   There was a magic in that store, and a life and energy that you don’t find in everyday life.  Simply:  it’s imagination.  One of the “rules of the mind” I teach in my Bellevue College courses is that “imagination is more powerful than knowledge.”  Yes, it is!

I love imagination.  It’s the stock in trade of what I do.  Helping people change, in ways they want to.  But, before they can do that, they have to have the imagination to see life could be different.  They must be able to imagine themselves cigarette-free, thinner, more successful, etc.

That’s part of what I help them do–because I can see it for them.  Clearly!  A person can come into my office with 50 pounds to lose, and I can fully imagine them thinner and healthier and living life with full passion.  It’s who they really are.  I can “see” their face thinner.  Their body slimmer.  I can see twitching turn to calm.  I can see happiness instead of depression.  Hypnosis helps me communicate what I know is true for them.  When people are feeling “stuck” in their lives, partly it’s because they’ve stomped down this innate childlike ability to see the world as full of possibility and potential.  I help people reconnect with that ability, and change is streamlined.

Halloween is something wonderful in that it allows us to play and imagine.  That’s a muscle worth stretching.

All the Best to you and yours this holiday,
Connie

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Discover the Magic of Skilled NLP and Hypnotherapy.

I love this video.  It demonstrates SKILL:

When a person is passionate about what they do, it shows. It shines.  Because they learn and practice and get good at it.  They take joy and pride in it.  They don’t settle for “just ok.” They want more.  This man has practiced with his cards.  🙂

This is a mindset I like, because it’s also mine.  It shows in the work I do as  Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.

In one of my earliest hypnosis trainings, the instructor referred to hypnotherapy as a “Matchbook Profession.”  That’s not a compliment.  It means you learn it for a buck and it’s a by the numbers affair, involving reading purchased scripts at people.  No way, Jose.  Perhaps some hypnotherapists are of that mindset and modus operandi, not me. This is an art, and endlessly creative, and there’s always more to learn, which is why I’m drawn to it.

Skilled hypnosis is Mindworks Hypnosis.My goal is and always has been, client successes.  When a client “wins” (successfully gets his goal), I win.  And I’m passionate about winning.

If you’ve tried some other therapies and even some other hypnotherapist or purported NLP practitioner and were not impressed with the results, go for someone  more creative, skilled and passionate.  You may be awesomely surprised at how quickly life improves for you.

All the best,
Connie

 

Away Go Troubles Down the Drain

running clear

Away go troubles down the drain with hypnosis!

Here’s another musing on hypnosis and the nature of personal changes.

I was thinking about my dad this morning.  He was very handy around the house, and could fix anything.  He was a Lowes kind of guy–loved going in those home improvement and hardware type stores.  As I was brushing my teeth this morning and staring at the water running in the sink, a vision from my childhood popped into my brain.

I could see my dad, lying on the bathroom floor with a “snake” type cable doing things to clear obstructions in the drain and pipes in the bathtub and sink.  He fixed it!  My dad was a wonderful problem solver.

Last week I had poured Draino in my own bathroom sink, and today I noticed that yes, the drain is running faster.  And that reminded me of hypnosis.

Everything is a hypnotic metaphor.  Everything.

My clients always want to know this:  how fast?  How long will it take to achieve x change with hypnosis?  It absolutely varies.  Sometimes it’s instant!  Like my dad and his Roto-Rooter type pipe snake clearing a clog instantly.   The brain says:  “Oh, that blockage is unnecessary!  Goodbye!”

Sometimes change needs to work it’s way through the mind and body and habits, like Draino’s chemical reactions through pipes.  You pour it in and you let it sit, and yet it’s working.  Dissolving those clogs over time.  Hypnotic suggestions keep “workin’ it” over time, as well.

Brain and drain.  Very similar words.  Mere coincidence?  🙂  Bottom line, hypnosis is absolutely wonderful to flush troubles out of your life.  The evidence is here:  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net.

Warm Regards,
Connie

The Hypnotic Seahawks – How Hypnosis Won the SuperBowl

Go Seahawks!

We are the Champions!

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

Like many, many of you I watched the SuperBowl yesterday.  And, as the world knows by now, our Seattle Seahawks won.  Crushed them!  Happy dance time!

It’s a wonderful achievement!  How do you win a SuperBowl?  Well, there’s conscious knowledge of the game and strategies for play needed.  There’s a power state of body, a strength and physicality needed.  I believe even more importantly, there’s a power state of mind needed.  A winning state of mind.

I just discovered that the Seahawks preparations for success included regular meditation, designed to put them into “a mindset of greatness.”  It worked!  🙂  I found an interesting article on this:  http://abcnews.go.com/Health/seattle-seahawks-ohm-team-advantage/story?id=21614481.

By the way, meditation IS hypnosis.  It’s a kind of self hypnosis.  This state of slower brainwaves, this state of quiet mind, with a narrowing of focus, and an inner sense of well-being, that’s absolutely hypnosis.  When this state is created and the mind directed to specific goals, creative problem solving comes alive.  Success happens!  That sounds very much like what the Seahawks did and that’s what I do with my clients, sports clients and otherwise.  It’s all hypnosis.

Po-tay-to, po-tah-to.  Perhaps “meditation” is a more socially acceptable word for some than “hypnosis.”  I’ve noticed that lots of very successful programs and modalities for change actually utilize hypnosis but don’t want to call it hypnosis.  Perhaps that’s due to pejorative weirdness and misconceptions still floating around left over from crazy Hollywood movies and popular culture.  They’re scared of the word.

Hypnosis is something wonderful.  Hypnotherapy is a guided use of this inner-focused state of mind for very specific goal achievement.  As the Seahawks have shown us, using your mind in this way leads to success.

Discover more about this power of mind for yourself.  Anytime.  My office is in Bellevue, WA, and I’m happy to show you.  I love working with athletes, and I’m so happy for our Hawks!  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net

Warm Regards,
Connie

Albert Einstein Was One Smart Cookie!

Albert Einstein said:  “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”  This idea is the core and essence of hypnotherapy.

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life!

When you think you cannot do or achieve something, that is what I call a LIMITING BELIEF.  You know those little monsters that get 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 success.  That change in thinking, leads to change in doing and being.  Trust me!  It works!  Who are you not, that’s happy and successful?  Let me help you become that person.

Warm Regards,
Connie

Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP®
Professional Conversational Hypnotherapist
Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP
Accredited Member of the Better Business Bureau
“Best of Bellevue” 2011 and 2012

A Little Boy Had Fear – And Now He Doesn’t

Erase fear with NLP.

It’s not been frequent, but I do work with children as well as adults.  Children are VERY responsive to Neuro Linguistic Programming and hypnosis.  I’ve worked with as young as six years old.

What’s needed is an ability to focus/engage/play through the processes with me.  I had a wonderful little 8-year old boy like that the other day.  He came in with a terror of elevators.  Not just a fear.  A wide-eyed terror.  He had learned it.  We proceeded to unlearn it.

I did my thing with him, Neuro Linguistic Programming, primarily.  We created new feelings and new pictures and new sounds in his mind around elevators.  Better ones.  We did some hypnosis as well, with imagery to create security and a sense of well being.

Success!

I like to test my work, always.  Immediately in the real world, when possible.  My office building has a small elevator.  (And smaller elevators had been even more terrifying to my client.)  The boy, his mom, and I rode the elevator that day.  Suddenly, an elevator was an amusement ride, something FUN to do.  He wanted to push the buttons.  He rode down, he rode up.  Feeling happy.  Feeling good.  “Mom, let’s do it again!”  We rode down and up again.

As they left my office I heard him saying to his mother, “I want to ride the elevator!!  Can I push the buttons?”  Fear is gone.

A side personal note:  I have relatives that are very very successful in the realm of retail stores.  They sell pretty things to people who have a lot of money.  That’s nice.  By anyone’s standards looking at them, they are success and wealth personified.  One of those relatives made a comment yesterday suggesting that the work I do is insignificant.

I think what I do is infinitely more important and more valuable.  A little boy had fear.  And now he doesn’t.  I believe that transformation is worth more than all the tea in China.

Warm Regards,
Connie

http://www.seattlehypnosisforphobias.com/

 

World Hypnotism Day 1/28 – Thank You to Attendees!

Hi, Guys!

Michael and I attended the festivities today in Bellevue around our state’s National Guild of Hypnotists’ chapter’s World Hypnotism Day events.  Michael and I were financial sponsors of the event as well as participants.  Michael gave free public talks on getting over PTSD, and another on the Magic of Instant Change, and a class for professional hypnotists on hypnotic “inductions.”  (Bringing someone into hypnosis.)  He also manned a Q&A panel to answer questions re:  hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

I gave a free talk on Smoking Cessation, as well as a paid course for professionals on how to bring a resource state into a problem state and dissolve the problem state — Advanced techniques of NLP Anchoring.

It was a long day, but FUN!  Thank you to all who attended, and we hope you learned more about the power of your own minds.

World Hypnotism Day is an event to promote the understanding of hypnosis as a healing art–I think that we met that challenge today.  🙂  For more local events, keep your eyes on my “events page” at the top of this blog.  Hypnosis is something to be celebrated all year long, not just one day.

Warm Regards,
Connie

Hello, Success and Achievement!

I worked with the gentleman below for anxious feelings which were inhibiting his success and helped him reconnect to his own positive energy.  It was always there, in abundance.

“Hello Connie,  I just wanted to let you know, so far everything is going great! I’m very happy I had the opportunity to meet someone like yourself in my life. You’ve helped me so much…you have a tremendous amount of positive energy and that’s what I’m naturally all about! : )  Thanks again!   Best regards,  Wasiem Hamadeh, Renton, WA”

Yay, Wasiem!  You go, boy!  🙂

For the record, I’m not medical.  I never “treat” anxiety or any medical conditions.  I simply help people feel better, choose different behaviors, and life improves and goals are met.

Doctors subscribe to the one-size-fits-all methodology of change.  Categorization.  Labeling. And then medicine’s idea of the grand fix–here, take this drug.  Or these drugs.  You have “depression.”  Here’s a drug for that.  You have “anxiety.”  Here’s a drug for that.  You have “insomnia.”  Here’s a drug for that.  Problem is, that often doesn’t work in creating solutions and a better life.  Client-centered NLP and hypnosis does work.

Everyone is different, and what they need is different.  I figure out how (not why) my specific client is choosing (yes, it’s a choice) to feel anxious, or sad, or stuck, or what
have you.  All these “medical conditions” which really devolve down into feelings and behaviors flowing from having those feelings can be easily changed with NLP and hypnotherapy.  We choose a better feeling or blend of feelings instead.  Take two of these (better feelings, how about happy and joy-filled) and and you won’t need to call me or anyone else in the morning.

Warm Regards,
Connie

It’s Time for Change!

Hi, Guys!

I found this pic today, and it’s so perfect. As a metaphor, and an idea. Yes, it’s now. And it’s now again. Wait. Wait for it…tick, tick, tick, tick…now it’s now again. Grab ahold of NOW. It’s time for change.

Smokey Robinson is one of my favorite singers and songwriters. He wrote a song I really like called “More Love.” (Good title, good idea.) Some of the lyric goes: “Let it be soon. Don’t hesitate. Make it now. Don’t wait. Open your heart and let my love come in, I want the moment to start when I can fill your heart with more love, and more joy than age or time could ever destroy….” Smokey knows what’s important.

This could be a hypnosis song. Let the joy come in is right. Joy attached to positive and long-lasting change. Hypnosis opens a life to joy and a myriad of other good feelings. Good stuff. Do it now.

Wishing you a joy-filled now.
Warm Regards,
Connie

Connie & Michael

Connie & Michael

How Would You Rather Feel?

Dad and the fish

Dad and the Fish!

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

I have a photograph of my dad on my desk.  Here it is!  I’m sharing it.  This is my dad the day he caught a fish–and what a fish!– and won a salmon derby in Canada.  That’s a 70+ pound salmon!!  In my mind, it was the happiest moment of his life!

Now, of course I didn’t know my dad his ENTIRE life, I showed up when he was around 30.  But in my mind, it captures the essence of happy.  What do you think?  And, thanks to Kodak, it’s captured forever.  This moment in time.  Framed.  On my desk.  When I see it, I feel happy, too.

Kodak is cool.  Photography, allowing us to capture a moment in time visually, terrific.  Well, we have something inside us that does even more than that.  We have a wonderful ability to not just capture but recreate a moment in time as well.  It’s called “memory.”  And it’s not just visual.  Not just a picture.  It’s got the vibrancy of full-sensory LIFE.  Re-LIVING.  Our memories capture all of it, sensory rich full-bodied experiences, with movement, scent, taste, breath, energy, sound, emotion, thought, etc.  It’s all in there.  Captured in our minds and in our memories.

Guess what?  This is useful!!

Thoughts are attached to feelings.  Memory is attached to all of it.  If my dad were still alive, and I asked him to remember that moment,  that day he caught “the fish” (as it’s known in family lore), he would re-experience all that emotion you see in the picture in his body now.  Just as vividly and richly.  He would “get happy.”  Guess what?  This is useful!  🙂

 Our unconscious minds (accessible more than we know) have stored the experience.  We can capture it again via memory and use it NOW.

One of the things I do for clients is create good feelings and capture them for specific contexts.  In a problem situation, I ask them:  “How would you rather feel?”  We can do that.  Capture and bring those good feelings to where they are useful.  If it’s fear, bring calm.  You can’t have both, fear and calm operating in your body at the same time.  If it’s tension, bring relaxed.  You can’t have both, tense and relaxed at the same time.  If it’s sad, bring some happy.  You can’t be both, sad and happy at the same time.  As the old song goes:  something’s gotta give!  It’s the negative, unwanted feeling which goes.  And the positive, desired feeling which stays.

That’s NLP.  Simple processes which make that happen.  So fast!

And when you change how you feel, you change how you think, and you change what you do.

 Have you ever made soup “from scratch?”  Adding  and blending spices and seasonings, salt, pepper, oregano, what have you, and tasting, adding a little more of this, and tasting, a little more of that, and tasting, until it’s JUST RIGHT.  Alchemy happens, the flavors meld and merge in the pot into something brand new, something perfectly delicious.  Well, we can do the same thing with feelings.  Create new ones.  Good ones.

 I do this with clients!  I’m a master chef and my spices are feelings, and I custom blend new, useful feelings for clients, feelings that advance them in new directions.  We even give these new feelings new names.  I’m often amused with the names my clients create for them.  Two recent examples:  girl’s resourceful new feeling a few days ago was called “Yay, me!” and man’s yesterday was “Quiet confidence with a smile.” I like both of those!!

What’s really useful is bringing these designer, resourceful feelings into life to change things.  That’s NLP.

It’s a simple process and enormously powerful.  To feel good, I mean.

Finding out how to feel good in ways and places you want to feel good is really, really easy.  Call me.

http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net

Warm Regards,
Connie

Connie Brannan, CHt., Master Hypnotist

Connie Brannan, CHt., Master Hypnotist

It’s Self-Reinforcing

There are a lot of myths and misunderstandings about hypnosis out there, there being the minds of people.  It’s my job as a professional to set straight what I can.  The truth about hypnosis.  Yesterday I realized a new originating source of those misunderstandings – another local hypnosis provider.  They’re giving out misinformation to their clients.

They’re selling the idea that hypnosis is WORK, something the client has to do involving their thinking/conscious mind.  And do again, and do again.  They’re telling them they have to consciously remember, and plan and make time to DO something on a continuing basis for the hypnosis to be effective.  No!  Absolutely no.  A good hypnotist makes the change-work self-reinforcing.  I sure do.

I had a spider phobia for 30 years.  A phobia IS a type of hypnosis.  In a single experience, I hypnotized myself into believing that that tiny little insect was immediately life-threatening.  And my body would react.  I didn’t have to DO anything to keep that pattern running inside me for 30 years.  I didn’t have to remember to listen to a recorded tape every evening reminding me to remember to be afraid.   How unnecessary would that be?  VERY.

Patterns run in us until they are replaced by a new pattern.  Hypnosis/NLP installs a new pattern.  The new pattern runs.  And runs.  And runs.

Hypnosis changes the way you ARE in the world.  The way you live and breathe.  These changes are positive, healthy, and seamless.  They are inside of a person.  When done well, the change work feels natural and it fits with a person’s entire life.  The less your conscious, thinking mind gets involved in this process, the better.  You just find yourself thinking differently, feeling different, and doing different behaviors–all these congruent with your goals.

I’m not going to give you conscious-mind busy work to do and pretend that that makes the hypnosis “stick” better.  That idea does hypnosis a terrible disservice.

Warm Regards,
Connie

Seattle Hypnosis for Confidence

We have added a new website:
http://www.seattlehypnosisforconfidence.com.
Check it out! 🙂

I’ve been a website and video makin’ machine!!
We’ve added this week:
http://www.seattlehypnosisforstress.com
http://www.seattlehypnosisforphobias.com
http://www.seattlehypnosisforconfidence.com

I’ve purchased some more great web domain names (helps people find my biz) and I intend to use all of them. 🙂

Warm Regards,
Connie

Put a New Frame on it!

A problem is simply a frame of mind, a way of looking at things.  If it’s not a problem to YOU, it’s not a problem.  Think about flying on an airplane.  After all the hustle/bustle of travel arrangements, packing, airports, and etc. when I get on a plane, I settle into the seat and go:  “ahhhhhhhhh.”  Now it’s time to relax.  No worries.   All I have to do is sit here and enjoy myself.  Perhaps for someone else sitting down a few rows,  it’s churning turmoil inside, it’s white-knuckle time.  It’s visions of disaster.  It doesn’t have to be.  You can change your mind.  And experience life differently.  Yes, about flying, and pretty much about ANYTHING!  That’s what hypnosis can do!  It’s called “reframing.”

Perhaps you’re skeptical about those statements.   Here’s a few recent examples of reframing from my life, for further illustration.

I got caught up in the shopping frenzy last week.  My husband and I were at the mall, and I found a shirt I loved.  The color in particular was appealing to me.  Hypnotists have an “inside joke” about the color purple being hypnotic, because one of the most famous and successful hypnotists in the world, Milton Erickson, was fond of wearing bright purple jumpsuits.  Color analysis books describe purple as the dreamer color.

I found a purple shirt.  Not just any old purple, this was a rich, deep royal purple, a magically hypnotic jewel-tone purple.  I was excited to find it, and on sale!  🙂  As I was checking out at the department store, the clerk commented on the “grape” shirt.  Grape?  Yikes.  I almost put it back.  I don’t want a grape shirt, as that sounds utterly unappealing.  Purple, yes.  Grape, forget about it!  One word flipped my state of mind about the shirt, and not in a good way.  She reframed my shirt (negatively) and almost lost the sale.  This is something we teach in our NLP for Sales courses, how to reframe in a way that sells, not creates aversion.

Here’s another example of reframing.  This is a sign.

Crosswalk Sign

Perhaps you’re familiar with it.  It indicates a pedestrian crosswalk.  It’s a stylized guy crossing the street.  You can see that.

Here is a sign I saw today in a parking garage.

Pedestrian Crossing

They’ve shifted the sign slightly, and the meaning massively.  What it thinks it’s saying is “pedestrian crossing,” but what I see is a pedestrian falling, and flying through the air, obviously after being struck by a moving vehicle.  Yikes, again!  A different angle on the picture, and the whole meaning changes.  That’s reframing.

Here’s a classic example of reframing.  Imagine a roaring fire in a fireplace.  That elicits positive feelings, right?  Cozy, nice, warm.  Now, expand the picture’s parameter, and you see the house is on fire as well.  Oh, no, run for your lives!  Negative feelings.  Now expand the picture further and you see it’s all a movie set and they’re only filming a controlled reproduction of a house fire.  Positive feelings, again.  A shift of frame changes everything.

What makes this “reframing” process cool of course is changing things that are problems in your life to non-problems.  Like the fear of flying.  What if your experience of planes and flight became a frame of relaxation, like lounging on a tropical beach or sitting in your easy chair at home?  Hypnosis can do that.

Big secret:   How we feel and how we respond to things and the thoughts/frames we create around them:  it’s all moveable furniture.  Within our control.  If you want to rearrange your mental furniture in a way that creates more beauty and ease  and success in your life, I can help.  That is my gig.  My passion.  My joy.  Come see me and we’ll reframe those problems out of existence.

Warm Regards,
Connie

 

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Say Goodbye to Phobias

I’ve created a new web page highlighting my work with phobia-fixes and fear release!  It’s one of my NLP areas of expertise, and a pleasure to help people with this.  Fear sucks.  Let’s change it.

Seattle Hypnosis For Phobias.
http://www.seattlehypnosisforphobias.com/ Check it out, let me know what you think! 🙂

Warm Regards,
Connie


 

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Rewire the Brain Through Hypnosis

RewireHi, Hypno Friends!

Well, Michael and I attended another hypnosis training event this past weekend, because it’s always a good idea to learn more and increase skills.  It was fantastic!  As you may have noticed from my conversations here (and that’s what this blog is, me thinking out loud), I CARE about hypnosis.   And being good at it.  I LOVE hypnosis.  I live hypnosis.  I want to share the good word on hypnosis.  It is so positive and so powerful, so healing, and so mis-understood and underappreciated it the world.  (You may enjoy my blog entry on “Hollyweird.”)  http://mindworkshypnosis.net/hypnotizer/?p=202.  People are influenced by movies, TV, popular culture–and those media do not always portray the reality of hypnosis.

So, I have two stories I want to share in this blog entry.  1.  My recent efforts to combat “Hollyweird” by giving my professional input into a performance involving hypnosis and 2.  More about my hypnosis training and the cool and valuable things I learned there–how to help rewire the brain, specifically for stroke survivors.  However, rewiring is also applicable for so much more than that.  We also enhanced our knowledge on how to alleviate pain with hypnosis, and “emergency hypnosis” for those life and death situations such as car crashes or dealing with burn victims.

Story 1.  I had a fun new gig.  I consulted for a theater company.  They’re putting on a play in the Seattle area and it involves a scene of hypnosis.  They wanted to get it right, be authentic, so they contacted me.  I was happy to help.  I met with the director and several actors and explained the truth about hypnosis, what it is, how it feels, what it can do.  They acted out the scene for me and I critiqued.  (So much fun!)  More than just describing, I also hypnotized them to experience it live and first hand.  Because, experiencing is believing.  They’re believers now.  In the positive power and magic of hypnosis.  Yay!!  Take that, Hollyweird!  🙂  And Hollyweird’s continuing saga of evil, thieving, murdering, insane hypnotists with their armies of hypno-zombie slaves.

Here’s an entertainment source putting a more accurate depiction out there.  I approve!  Here’s the play, by the way, if you’re interested.  It opens this Friday:  http://thatgtheatre.com/now.html.  The play is “Shoreditch Madonna.”

Story 2.  Don Mottin 001 Cropped EnhancedMore about the training.  It was two days of continuing education, put on by the NGH (National Guild of Hypnotists, which is the oldest, largest and most respected professional organization of hypnotists in the US) and Michael and I both attended.  Yay!  We now have more tools to help with pain management, emergency hypnosis, and helping stroke survivors.  We learned to rewire the brain through hypnosis–which is something we do on a daily basis anyway, but now specifically targeted for helping stroke survivors.  After a stroke, there may be a loss of movement, vision, cognitive function, and so on.  These tools help stroke survivors to be more functional and regain capabilities!  A worthy goal, and wonderful hypnosis tools.

Here’s a picture of me and the instructor, Don Mottin.  Besides being a stroke survivor himself, He’s Vice President of the NGH.  That’s the national group, and we were darn lucky to have him travel to Seattle to offer this training.  It’s all in the family as Michael, my Michael, is President of our state’s local chapter of the NGH, the NGHWA.  http://www.nghwa.org.  One of the facets of the guild is to have a committment to continuing hypnosis education.  This is some of that!  Yes!  Learning, in my model of the world, is ongoing and forever.  That’s what I want and that’s what I do.  Learn and utilize.  My intention, of course, is to be the best and most helpful hypnotist I can be.  More tools is good tools.

If you know someone who has suffered a stroke, please do consider hypnosis and hypnotherapy as a tool to help them rewire their brain.  I know this works, and I’d be happy to work in conjuction with their medical MDs to enhance the healing process and regain their lives!

Warm Regards,
Connie

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

“I’m Sick and Tired”

My niece is on Facebook.  So am I.  I noticed her post today:  “I am so sick and tired of being sick and tired.”  I gave my Auntie Hypnotist unsolicited advice.  STOP IT!  Stop telling yourself TO be sick.  And that’s exactly what she is doing.  I told her:  “Hypno Hint: stop telling yourself that you’re sick and tired. Your brain hears you focusing on that (sick and tired) and says, “OK, I can do that!” It thinks that’s what you want, and your unconscious mind is VERY accommodating. How would you rather feel? Healthy? Energetic? Focus on that.”

 

It’s called “organ language.”  When you give your body instructions as to how to feel, your unconscious mind is listening attentively.  And does what you suggest.  Creates what you want.  Or, what it thinks you want.  Your unconscious mind is super literal.  What you focus on expands, or, expressed differently, you get what you think about.

“That makes me sick!”   You’re focusing on sick.  You’re telling yourself to get sick.  Direct language:  “make me sick.”  Don’t do that!!  “He gives me a pain in the neck, he’s a pain in the behind.”  You are telling yourself to have pain.  Don’t do that!!  “She makes me so mad I can’t see straight.”  You’re telling yourself to have vision problems.  “He makes my blood boil.”  You’re asking for high blood pressure.  Your mind/body can do that.   And will!  When you focus on illness “I’m sick and tired” your mind/body says, well, OK, if that’s what you want…I’ll get it for you!  Apparently, my niece is a very persuasive hypnotist inside herself.  It’s just time to change the hypnotic suggestion.

Hypno tip of the day:  Focus on the flip side of illness and physical distress in your language to self.  My first hypnosis teacher joked about upsetting situations:  “Well, that just UPS my metabolism.”  Could be useful!  🙂  What do you want?  Focus on healthy.  DO NOT tell yourself “it’s cold and flu season.”  That’s a suggestion to get ill.  “It’s healthy time!  I feel so good.  I always stay healthy.  That’s right!”  Listen to yourself and notice if/when you give yourself negative suggestions of pain and discomfort and illness which instructs your body to focus on and manifest more of that.  And then stop it, and think of what you’d rather feel.  Something good, I mean!

It couldn’t hurt.  Just do it!

Warm Regards,
Connie (who has only had one cold in 5 years)

Hypnotic Power Speak in Oregon

Connie's giving a talk to the OHA.

Connie's giving a talk to the OHA.

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

I’m giving a presentation this month to the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association, a next-state-over organization of hypnosis professionals.  I’m very excited that I’ve been invited to do so.  It’s terrific when we can share our knowledge, and further the professionalism of hypnosis.

Some people out there still think hypnosis is about barking like dogs and dancing like chickens.  Uh…no.  It’s about positive life change, it’s about programming your mind for success (which you get to define).  It’s a tool for change.  And I love it with a passion, as you know if you’ve been reading my bloggings, and now…I get to share some of my passion in Oregon with like-minded professionals.  Good stuff!

I was just in Oregon a few days ago, at the ocean.  Oregon is so beautiful, green, and fresh, much like home!  It’s a pleasure and a privilege to go share some of my hypno-know-how with other professionals.  🙂

In case any of my readers are in Oregon or will be on September 25th and are interested, here is more info:  http://www.hypnosis-oregon.com/news.   The language of influence.  I talk about effective communications with my favorite chat-partner:  the unconscious mind.

It’s another kudo for my “I love me wall,” and another opportunity to share and visit one of my favorite states.  States in geography, and states of mind.  Both!  Oregon and hypnosis, two great things that go great together.  Wish me luck, and join me if you’re so inclined!

Warm Regards,
Connie

Connie Brannan, CHt.

Connie Brannan, CHt.