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The Cup of Many Handles – or, Change is Easy

Connie Brannan, Seattle's best hypnosis.
Connie Brannan, Licensed Trainer of NLP (tm)

A lot of people have questions about NLP.  “What’s THAT?”  They come to me for hypnosis, but rarely have heard of NLP.  Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™.  It’s a “high tech hypnosis,” according to my teacher and the inventor of those three letters, Dr. Richard Bandler.  Michael and I are both Licensed Trainers of NLP, and it’s a part of everything I do hypnotically with clients in the same way  that green is a part of grass.  I don’t offer a brown, dried lawn, with some patches of green, maybe.  My lawn is LUSH and alive and vibrant green.

NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™ is a way of looking at the world.  A very useful, empowering way.  It’s about how people think, how the mind works, and how change happens.  About the very experience of life.  How we create our personal worlds.   And how we can easily create new worlds for ourselves, to be more the way we want them and less the way we don’t want them to be–mentally, physically, behaviorally, emotionally, spiritually.  I love NLP more than anything else I’ve ever learned in my life.

NLP is based on our sensory experience of the world.  We see through our eyes, and we also create pictures in our mind’s eye.  We hear through our ears, and we create sound bites and audio loops and talk to ourselves in our mind’s ear.  We physically touch things with our fingers and bodies, a table, a piece of fabric, and experience smooth, rough, texture, warmth, and so on.  And we create feelings inside ourselves.  Love, joy, fear.  We can stick something in our mouth and taste it, and we can remember and relive tastes in our memory.  We can smell something under our nose, and we can re-create smells in our mind’s nose.

My Nana made the BEST chocolate cake.  I can taste it right now–in my imagination.  🙂  And smell it.  And see Nana’s kitchen, and her face and her voice while offering it to me, and get a warm feeling of love from it.  All at the same time.  Memories are multi-sensual.

Here’s the secret of life and what NLP has discovered:  those representations that we create in our minds, the pictures, sounds we play, etc. ARE our experience of life.  They drive us.  They are us.  If we change the pictures and sounds, etc, we are changing our experience of life itself.  We are changing our lives!  Changing habits, thoughts, behaviors, bodies.  And more!  This idea creates an absolutely magical control that you can take over your life to get the life you want.  NLP does that!

Regarding the multi-sensual nature of memory and experience, here’s how I describe some of my NLP work to clients.  I say:  imagine a cup filled with coffee.  A nice ceramic Starbucks coffee cup.  (I show them the very one sitting on my desk for ease of illustration.)  It’s got a handle.  Yes, it does.  You pick it up by the handle.  You’re holding the cup.  Now, imagine that cup has several handles, protruding in different directions all around the sides of the cup.  You could grab any of those handles.  And you’ve still got a hold of the cup.  You can raise it in the air.  You can wave it around.  You can drink from it.  (Yay!)  🙂

It doesn’t matter which handle as they all are attached.  Those handles are pieces of our representations of experience.   One handle is images in the mind.  One handle is sound bites.  One handle is feelings.  We have extra handles there for stuff we don’t even understand, yet.  Like the 6th sense.   Or energy.  There’s an awful lot going on in a moment of life and in a memory, some things we perceive, some we don’t, but we are grabbing ahold of IT by any handle.  Grabbing ahold of life!

If you come into my office wanting help with an irrational fear of spiders, for example, I may help you via helping you adjust pictures, sounds, feelings, tastes, smells.  I’ll grab a handle of the problem.  Maybe it’s a picture.  And we’ve got the fear.  And we can tweak it out of existence by tweaking the picture.  Maybe in your mind’s eye a spider is 10 feet tall, and 3 inches from your face.  (That would frighten anyone!)  If we take that picture and shrink it down to tiny, and push it off into the distance, the fear shrinks, too.  We tweak the pictures you make in your own brain, the sounds, the smells, and so on to help you re-create your experience of life.  Cool, huh?  It works!!  You can change your world.  Absolutely, positively magic.  NLP.

If you want to experience some of this magic, you know how.  Call me and come on into my office.  If you want to LEARN this magic, I can help you there, too.  Michael and I are damn good at this stuff, because we love it.   And have trained with the best.  Now, with all this talk of coffee cups, I need to go drink some!  🙂  Bye for now.

Warm Regards,

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Amazing 1-Day Seminar June 5th! “NLP for Sales & Business Success”

connie Purple HoodieHi, Guys!

I talk a lot about NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™.  It’s super cool stuff, in my book, the most powerful tool I use.  It’s the primary thing that’s helped me re-shape my life!  And I use it with clients every day.  It IS hypnosis.  A very, very powerful, effective type of conversational hypnosis.

If you’d like to learn more, Michael and I have an exciting opportunity for you.  We’re offering a set of 3 1-day seminars which explore some of the magic of NLP, and hypnosis.  The first one is happening in one week, and there are still seats available.  It’s NLP for Sales and Business Success.  Saturday, June 5th.

Thing is, even though the “focus” is sales and business, these tools are FANTASTIC for every aspect of life.  It’s about people connections, rapport, communications, influence, and an understanding of how we all represent our worlds, and the power to change our worlds easily.  Amazingly easily.  It’s all very, very, very cool.  In my opinion!  And, since this is my blog, I’m sharing MY opinion!  🙂  It’s a strong one.  NLP is good stuff.  And as it says on one of the video testimonials on my other site,, the world would be a much better and happier place if more people understood NLP.

Well, here’s your chance.  For an amazing low fee of $97 you can spend the ENTIRE day, 9 am to 5 pm with me and Michael and learn hands-on some NLP ideas and processes.  Expect transformations.  In your ability to understand and “read” others and communicate effectively.  What an asset in any aspect of life, but certainly a necessity in business!!  You can sign up now (while there’s still room) on our Mindworks NLP website.  We’ve got a “buy now” button, upper left column.  Here’s more details:

1 Day Seminar NLP for Business Success
June 5th, 2010, Bellevue, WA, 9 am to 5 pm

NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is an amazingly powerful set of tools that will enhance your rapport with clients and sales prospects, and employees, increase your persuasive abilities and influence, and skyrocket your bottom line. We’re talking SALES, we’re talking about positive influence, and motivation. This powerful seminar/workshop will focus on the language of influence, both verbal, and nonverbal, gestures, body language, tonality, physical space, and how language connects with behavior. You’ll learn quick techniques you can use right now, this minute, to enhance your business–and, indeed, your positive persuasive abilities in all aspects of your life.

Now is the time to build your wealth!! You’ll learn incredible subconscious communication tools for business (and personal) success–simple techniques you can use immediately to increase rapport, influence and power. Close those deals, so easily, and develop business relationships that will endure. Taught by Licensed Trainers of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Connie & Michael Brannan.

Our price for this seminar is $97, to enjoy the FULL day’s experience.  Free parking.  Refreshments provided.  Tell your friends.

This is a wonderful introduction to the magic of NLP! I hope to see you there!  Because I love sharing what I love–and this is very much it!

Warm Regards,
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Super Secret NLP Habit-Busting Technique

Hello, Hypnotic Friends!

The topic today is habits — habitual behaviors that we engage in almost without thinking.  Learned behaviors which now flow.  Too easily, sometimes.  Sometimes habits are good.  Like bathing.  Like using deodorant.  Like brushing your teeth.

Like looking both ways before crossing the street.  Sometimes habits are bad.  Say, smoking.  Or a “cookie addiction.”  Or any other kind of addiction, sex, alcohol, spending, gambling, and so on.  Or any number of other unhealthy or unwanted or self destructive behaviors, which lead to an outcome we’d rather not come out to.  🙂
Actually, those words, bad and good habits, are misleading.  There are NO good habits and there are no bad habits.  I use those words for convenience and understanding because they’re out there in the vernacular, out there in common usage.  The truth is, there are only useful habits and non-useful habits.
Cool thing is, we get to decide what that is.  If a habit is useful, go with it.  Enjoy.  Live.  Love.  Be happy.  If a habit, however, is not useful, or no longer useful, we can identify that, know that, and change it!  Here’s another one of those self-empowering ideas.  We can change our habits.  Yes, we can.  We are not victims in this life–we make the rules.  You and me.  We can get into the habit of breaking habits, when it’s useful to do so.  And I’m going to lead you through a simple process in this essay to do just that!
We’ll take a “simple” unwanted behavior.  How about something from my own life.  Sugar?  Bakery goods?  Brownies?  Hmmm, I know–candy.  Chocolate.  Hershey bars.

I used to have a habit.  It was called “eat candy bars.”  Anytime, all the time, just about every day or so.  Primarily, Hershey’s with almonds.  I’d get the little bars, and I’d also get those giant sized bars, 8 oz, which I think nowadays cost more and are 4 oz.  Still called “giant” sized, however.  I guess it’s all in your perspective.  And I’d eat the whole thing–eventually.  In a day or two.  And then I’d buy more.  Bad habit, right?  Maybe, maybe not.  I’m sure the Hershey company, and the Nestle company, and the M&M Mars company, thought it was a GREAT habit, and loved me for it.  But for ME, I decided that it was not useful.  I decided to shift that habit, as it became a non-useful habit when I decided to get healthy and consume less calories and less sugar and transform my body.
I decided!  Eating candy bars:  non useful habit.  Let’s change it!
Here’s a simple NLP process to do just that.  NLP, again, is Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™ which is a “high tech hypnosis.”  It’s also been called, aptly, “hypnosis on steroids.”  I love my NLP, as taught to me by the Master of Masters, the creator, Dr. Richard Bandler.  He taught me, and I’m teaching you.  Here and now.  Behold!  A habit-busting technique that is so simple and straightforward, perhaps it will become a new habit of yours to use it.  And bust any non utilitarian habits.  Until they invent a Bad-habit-be-gone-spray-in-a-can, this is the next best thing.  Psssssst.
But, before I get into the process, one more story.  I went to a “weight loss hypnosis” talk the other day and it involved imagining bugs/maggots/disgusting vermin crawling on my donut to get me to change my behavior as regards donuts.  This is NOTHING like that.  I find THAT suggestion disgusting, the idea that we need to get uncomfortable about things in order to change.  False!  That’s ill-formed and wrong-directional.  You don’t need to do that.  Thing is, you may want to enjoy a donut or piece of donut sometime in your life.  I don’t believe in taking that opportunity away, or making people feel sick!!  We’re not attaching negativity to the thing, which decreases or limits your choices, we’re enlarging your choices so that it’s easier to choose healthy and useful habits.
Ok.  The chocolate bar.  I used to be able to put myself into a state of desire.  Wanting it.  Which then led to buying and eating it.  Create a picture in your mind that represents a negative habit and your wanting to do it.
We all have desires all the time that we don’t act on.  I had a co-worker once who would have benefited by a slap upside the head.  I wanted to do that, on occasion.  Did I?  No.  Never.
Sometimes I have a desire to stay in bed beyond an appropriate time.  Do I?  No.  I get up.  Sometimes, a scene in a movie is so absurd I want to shout something derogatory out at the screen in the theater.  Do I?  No.  Sometimes, I see a good looking stranger at the gym, and I feel like running up and squeezing his bicep…do I?  No.  We all have desires which we know perfectly well we will not act on.  Create a picture in your mind that represents a temptation or desired behavior that you KNOW you will not act on.
Notice everything about that picture–the thing you will not do, the line in the sand as it were.  You won’t cross it.  You know you won’t do this thing, even though you’d like to.  As you study the picture, notice it’s size, shape, location, color or black and white, movement, focus, brightness, clarity, everything.  Memorize those qualities of the picture.  Qualities of the picture are like the options in a photo editing software.  You’re not looking at the content in any way, you’re noticing the qualities such as focus and color.
Now, take the picture of the unwanted behavior, and match it to those qualities of the “won’t do it” picture.  Every one!  Size, color, focus, etc.  And stick this picture right in the space of the “won’t do it” picture, like two pieces of music on a music stand.  Imagine yourself not doing this thing, and the positive outcomes flowing from that change.  In my case, not eating the candy leads to a smaller body, more energy, more money in my pocket, and feeling good!  Lock in the picture of the unwanted behavior into the “won’t do it” position.  Click your teeth, or snap your fingers, or say “that’s right” and tell your mind to keep it there.  Sometimes I imagine splashing a bucket of shellac over the top of the picture as a sealant for the new qualities.
Top secret NLP insight:  When you change how you represent a situation or problem in your mind, the situation changes!  Read that sentence again.  Let it seep in.
Now, step back and think of yourself and the unwanted behavior.  In this case, you may notice that the temptation to do the thing that USED to be a bad habit has shifted, into something you simply won’t do.  Not a struggle.  Simply a sense of No!  I won’t do that.  Freedom!  You speak the holy word (for Star Trek officiandos, name that episode!).
Play with this and let me know how you do!  And, as always, if you’d like to learn more cool NLP techniques and processes, here’s how:  In fact, Michael and I have three 1-day seminars next month, which is a fabulous introduction to the power of NLP.  One seminar focuses on life change, one on sales and business success, and one on self hypnosis.  C’mon down and learn more.  You know you want to!
Warm Regards,
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“The Magic of Instant Change.”

Want to learn something incredibly cool?  Want to hobnob with hypnotists?  Want to expand the horizons of what you thought possible in your life?  You can.  Come hear Michael speak on April 9th in Edmonds.  What would it be like to easily manipulate the structure of your reality, the pictures in your mind, the sound bites in your mind, the feelings in your body, your representations of the world, in such a way as to ALTER your reality?  Imagine that!  Alter your reality for the better.  We’re talking about “The Magic of Instant Change.”  Michael’s giving a talk in Edmonds on April 9th, 7:00 pm to the NGH-WA on just that!  Check out for details.

National Guild of Hypnotists
National Guild of Hypnotists

Michael is President of the NGH-WA, National Guild of Hypnotists, Washington State Chapter, again this year!  (I’m on the Board of Directors, too.)  🙂  We’re the local chapter of a national non-profit organization, the NGH, a professional organization dedicated to the futherance of hypnosis as a healing art, and the promotion of stage hypnosis as a profession as well.  It’s the oldest, largest, and most respected professional organization for hypnotists in the United States!  And Michael runs the show here in Washington!

We meet every month in Edmonds, and we typically have a professional give a talk on relevant hypnosis and NLP topics and April features the famously talented Michael Brannan, Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™, and Design Human Engineer ™.   These meetings are open to the public.  Come and visit us–there is a visitor fee of only $10 to attend, which is a bargain!

So, consider this your official invite!  I want you to come.  I want you to know about this stuff.  You’ll learn some things so mind-blowing, so easy, you’ll be amazed, awed, and delighted.  You can change your life.  You can get the life you want.  SO FAST!!  This is a taste, an example of the magic of NLP, “The Magic of Instant Change.”

And, if this taste becomes an addiction (a positive addiction), that would be a lucky, life-enriching thing for you, as there’s more learning available of course.  Michael and I have a teaching “wing” of our business, which offers NLP trainings and certifications.  It’s Mindworks NLP, and you can read all about it here:

It’s a little known fact that Michael’s a former university professor–he taught Philosophy at several universities.  Teaching has always been his bent, his passion.  He’s damn good at it!  He brings this expertise to his presentations, along with all the communication skills that NLP teaches as well.  Suffice it to say, he’s a lively, empassioned, entertaining speaker.  Give yourself a springtime treat, come hear Michael talk.  Some of that “Magic” might just rub off on you.

Hope to see you there.  It’s held at the PUD, rhymes with mud, on Aurora Avenue No.  Address, maps, details are here:  I’m excited!  🙂

Warm Regards,

Connie Brannan, CHt. Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Connie Brannan, CHt. Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist
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Design Human Engineering

Connie and Michael with Dr. Richard Bandler, the KING!
Connie and Michael with Dr. Richard Bandler, the KING, in March of 2008!

Michael and I are off to Orlando, Florida to learn more TOOLS for change from the renowned co-originator of NLP — Dr. Richard Bandler. Strategies for personal change. And for helping our clients and students change. I’m so excited, been waiting for this training for 2 years! And now, it’s 2 days away. Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin into the fu-ture! That’s right. And it’s a good thing.

Learning is a never-ending process, and I’m so grateful for another opportunity to learn. From the best of the best. 🙂   We’re learning “Persuasion Engineering” and “Design Human Engineering.”  We studied with Dr. Bandler before, in his “Charisma Enhancement” (yes, it worked) and Licensed Trainer’s Training.

For more about NLP and Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™ and how amazing it is for life change, feel free to check out the training side of what Michael and I do:  We’re offering another Licensed Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™ training in April and May, 2010. 

I’ll be in touch, updating my blog and site(s) from the road and from the trainings.

Warmest Regards from warm and sunny Florida! (soon)

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Fear not to end fearHi, guys!

Lately, I’ve been thinking about fear.  And how unneccessary it is.  To feel it.  I had a spider phobia for a LONG time, long long long time.  Decades.  (I don’t really want to advertise how old I am, but I know precisely when and where I learned to be afraid of spiders–I was grade school age, probably around 7, at the bus stop on Mercer Island, off of 72nd street–while talking to a girl named Paige.)  It was a one-shot learning.  And, as I discovered a few years ago,  it can be unlearned just as quickly.

I was telling a story to Paige.  Not a nice story.  It was about spiders.  I was trying to scare HER.  With words.  And somehow, I scared myself so thoroughly and horrifically, that it STUCK.  I suppose that’s justice!  I was terrified of spiders for more than 30 years.  Seeing a spider would set me OFF–body recoiling, heart pounding, adrenalin pumping, an involuntary gasp or scream or two, and so on.  But not only that–I lived “on alert” for spiders.  Anytime I would enter a room, any room, but primarily bathrooms, I’d scan, the floor, the walls, the crevices, looking for danger.  Looking for spiders.   Any spider, regardless of size, would set off the same phobic response in me, even microscopic spiders.  If I’d see a speck or dot across the room on the wall, I’d have to wonder and worry:  “Is that a spider?”

I had what my hubby came to call “bug radar.”  If a spider was anywhere near, I’d know it.  And, freak out!

To lessen the tension of this horrific story about how I was tortured for decades with fear–let me tell a more pleasant spider anecdote!  When I first started dating my future hubby, I had an apartment.  He had an apartment.  Neither of us had cars.  One night, I was getting ready for bed, and found–horrors!!–a spider in my bathtub.  What to do?  I could not, no way, no how, just go to bed knowing a spider was around.  Nor could I touch it, or go near it.  I was distraught.  I called Michael.  That sweet man took a city bus across town (probably more than 1 bus) to come save me that night.  When he did that, I knew it was LOVE!   Then and there I decided to keep him, forever, and I am.  29 years and counting!!  🙂

So, anyway, everyone knew about my spider “thing” and some people laughed at me about it.  Like my mother.  We went camping and a spider was crawling up her leg at one point in one of those open-air-bathrooms in the woods.  She laughed, thinking how I would scream.  Yes, I would have.  I didn’t see or know any way out of this FEAR.  Yes, I knew it was unreasonable, spiders are tiny, I wasn’t, and yes, I could stomp the living daylights out of them, but that did not lessen the FEAR.  The panic response in my body.  The conscious mind wasn’t in charge of this thing.

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Until 4 years ago.  I learned NLP.  And NLP can crush the daylights out of fear.  Quicker than you can imagine.  See, when you learn something, you’ve got a pattern running in you.  Mine was spider:  shriek!  spider:  recoil!  spider:  fear!  All three of those things together.  Well, NLP broke the pattern.  In about 15 minutes, conversationally, I learned something new, a new pattern.  A pattern called:  spider:  feel calm!  spider:  feel neutral!  spider:  feel clear-minded!  And that new pattern has been running for 4 years in me.  I’m not afraid anymore.

Of course, I was super skeptical—how could something that’s been such a terror to me just vanish?  Well, it did, and how I KNEW, how I came to believe was the next time I came face to face with a spider.  Nothing.  No reaction in my body.  I felt so amazingly free.  Calm gives me the clarity to see if the spider is actually a threat or not.  Some spiders ARE dangerous.  It’s miraculous, actually.  That’s what NLP is and does:  miracles on demand.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™.  Neuro meaning the neurology in your body, how you feel and function.  Linguistic meaning communications, spoken, unspoken, language, etc.  Programming to me means change.  Changing how you feel in your body via communication.  My spider fear was changed to my spider calm.  Neutral.  An absense of any negative feelings.  How wonderful.

NLP is miraculous on phobias.  Every kind.  It’s all just unconscious associations, stimulus response patterns which  get learned/installed.  I can help you learn something better, and more resourceful.  Because I’ve learned NLP.

I’ve worked with a wide variety of fears and anxieties with my clients, from claustrophobia, to fear of flying, to fear of public speaking, to fear of records stores, to fear of deep water, to fear of the wind, fear of heights, fear of spiders, and so on… with GREAT success.  NLP works!  Hypnosis works.  Together, they really, really work.

I declare 2010 the “free from fear” year.  I want to help people release fear.  Sometimes fear makes sense and is appropriate, but when it isn’t–let me help!  I’d love to.  And I know it works.  Every time I come face to face with a spider–a rare thing now–I know it.

I saw a spider on the floor of my bathroom about a month ago, sitting by the edge of some pants that I had thrown on the floor (don’t tell anybody), and it didn’t bother me at all.  Before, it would have been a FREAK OUT DELUXE that a spider might get into my clothes…here it was live and let live.  I didn’t care enough about the spider to even DO anything about it.  It was there for several days, sitting in the corner, and I noticed it calmly and ignored it. That’s freedom.

If you’ve got an irrational fear, think about this: How would you rather feel?  The tools I know can get you there, into that new feeling.  Rapido!

Warm Regards,

Connie Brannan, CHt., Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Connie Brannan, CHt., Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist
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Confidence Booster – Michael’s Tirade

Connie Brannan, CHt., Master Hypnotist
Connie Brannan, CHt., Master Hypnotist

Hi, again!  The other day my husband and fellow hypnotist, Michael, was reading the Sunday paper. He likes to do that! 🙂 In particular, he was reading Parade Magazine, one of the little inserts next to the grocery ads, coupons, and TV schedule. Under “Healthystyle Cheat Sheet” they had a little article called: “Two-Second Confidence Booster.” Basically, it was about a study and “growing research” that “found” that your body position affects your mood. Specifically, that sitting up straight can affect confidence.

Well, duh!

Michael was irritated that this was being presented as something new and groundbreaking. It’s not! This is something NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, has known and advanced upon a hundred-thousand-fold over the past several DECADES, how the mind and body are linked and processes to change how you feel, how you think, how you act. I said: wow, talk about just the tip of the iceberg, that this little article shows just a tiny, tiny, miniscule understanding of our power for change and presents it as something so exciting and “new!” Michael said: it’s NOT even the tip of the iceberg. It’s less than that!

Our conclusion: more people need to know about NLP!!!

In the 70’s, NLP founder (and our teacher!) Dr. Richard Bandler developed an entire methodology that allows people to control their own lives, in his words: “get through it, get over it, get to it!” Motivation. Healing past hurts, letting go of fears and limiting beliefs, changing your current state of mind and life, and so much more, through such easy yet powerful techniques. As Richard also says: With NLP you are learning to “Drive your own bus.” I love me some Richard Bandler. He’s the KING! He’s licensed us to teach these materials, which we do through our school in the Seattle area: Mindworks NLP. If you’d like to know more about that, call me or look here:

NLP is hypnosis on steroids!

Connie and Michael with the KING, Dr. Richard Bandler.
Connie and Michael with the KING, Dr. Richard Bandler.

Michael and I are going to go study further with Dr. Bandler in Orlando, Florida in a few months! Yay!!

I use a blend of NLP and hypnosis in my therapy practice. Like chocolate and peanut butter! Two great things that go great together! I think it’s super powerful this blend of hypnosis and NLP, and my initial certification is as a “Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist.” I love these tools for change. And there’s a hell of a lot more power to it than “sit up straight!”

Learn more about NLP here:  We also offer 1 and 2-day seminars on NLP topics such as NLP for Sales and Business Success, NLP for Personal Development, NLP for Therapists.  It’s good stuff, and benefits anyone and EVERYONE who wants to live well.

Warm Regards,

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Mirror Box

I was watching TV the other night–I don’t watch much at all anymore–but I still like “House,” that medical drama.  Melodrama, really.  Quite a bizarre, yet entertaining show!  The episode the other night featured a “Mirror Box.”
A Mirror Box is a real thing.  It’s very cool, and it’s something I was trained in the use of just a couple months ago.  See the pic.  I was at an Advanced Mastery NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) training.
The box is used to help people with phantom limb pain.  Through accident or disease or what have you, the person has lost a limb.  Yet it still hurts.  Sometimes incapacitatingly. This technique relieves that pain.  It also helps restore mobility in limbs to stroke patients.
Now, “House” is a strange show as I said, and as a character, he shows a very eccentric and non-nurturing approach to medicine.  On the show, House kidnaps and basically tortures someone to “help” him with the mirror box and phantom limb pain.
In spite of this, I’m pleased that the “mirror box” got featured on the show.  Shows how change takes no time at all–with an understanding of how the mind works!

Warm Regards,