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Happy Valentine’s to My Hypno Friends!

This is one of my favorite holidays…and really, what’s not to like?  It’s about LOVE.  Connection.  Hearts.  Chocolate (though I eat less of that nowadays).  Happy Valentine’s Day to my hypnosis friends.

I went to see Smokey Robinson perform live last night.  The man is ALL about love.  What a hypnotist.  🙂  I love Smokey Robinson.  If you want a taste of Smokey, there’s about 5000 performance videos of him on youtube.com.

If you want a taste of self-love, here’s something else for you to experience.  Self hypnosis.  Michael and I are offering an intensive, one-day self hypnosis workshop this Saturday, February 19th here in Bellevue, “Discover the Power of Hypnosis to Improve Your Life.”  If you’d like to read more about it, you can check out the details here:

http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net/whatsnew2.html

We’ve got a small group, which means “more hypnosis for you!”  We’d love it if you’d come and discover hypnosis for life success.  It really is truly amazing and powerful, and I run out of superlatives when I talk about it.  If hypnosis were a page on Facebook (it probably is), I’d click LIKE!!  More than like.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.  Which is why this day of love is a good time to talk about it.  If you love yourself enough to want more joy and success in your life, or would like to love yourself enough to want more joy and success in your life, here’s a tool for you.

In our workshop, you get to experience hypnosis, and we install an “instant trigger for trance” for you to return to that state when and where you want.  And that state is magic, where miracles happen, where you focus your mind on what you want and that part of your mind figures out how to get it!  We talk about goal formation, the language of unconscious influence, how to self-hypnotize, how to do a self-hypnosis session, and there will be hypnotic interludes aplenty.  FUN!!  LIVE.  HYPNOSIS!

Pre-registration is necessito, because space for this workshop is limited.  If you want in (the best Valentine’s gift you could ever give to anyone or yourself), call me right now, 425-564-8608.  Or you can sign up online with our handy dandy paypal button:

http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.

Hey, it’s Valentine’s and if you are still stumped for the unique and loving gift for your significant other, well, this is something different, isn’t it??  🙂  AND something cool.  It’s an experience you can share together.

Much love to you all on Valentine’s and every day,
Connie

 

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I Want the World to Know

Connie's New Ad for "Body & More"
Connie's New Ad for "Body & More"

Hi, Hypno-Friends,

I’ve got lots of decor in my office.  One of my favorite pieces is a wood block word:  “BELIEVE” silhouetted against the window.  Next to it is an accordian sign which reads: “You can change the world.”  I do believe!  Yes, one mind at a time.

One of my goals as a professional hypnotist is to battle the myths and misconceptions which abound out in the world about hypnosis.  That’s what “World Hypnotism Day” was all about.  Sharing the truth about hypnosis.  Every person I hypnotize gets a much clearer picture of what hypnosis is, what it does, how it works, how it feels, what’s it useful for.  And so on.

Because I believe so passionately in hypnosis as a force for good in the world–I want to share that message.  What a bum rap hypnosis gets from Hollyweird.  How underutilized and under-appreciated this magic is.  It’s the magic of your mind to create positive change.  And it’s MASSIVE magic.  It’s you.

One of the ways I get the word out about hypnosis is through advertising.  Here’s my latest ad which will appear next week in the Bellevue Reporter.  I think it’s GOOD!  I worked with the “creative staff” at the Bellevue Reporter to put this together.  I don’t look like the devil with horns or three eyes or bizarre or woo woo, do I?

I grew up around here (Seattle), born here.  And I’m actually quite pleased with the acceptance of hypnosis in this community.  There are many, many thriving hypnotists and hypnotherapists around about.  And that’s good.  However, I have friends around the country and world who also do this work, and it’s not the same acceptance everywhere.  Yay, Seattle!

To keep that good vibe around hypnosis flowing, I’m shouting about it from the rooftops.  The Bellevue Reporter’s Feb 18th publication “Body & More” is my next rooftop.  I also shout from Bellevue College, my own seminars, my groups, on the internet, to my friends, my family.  I want everyone to know.  Hypnosis works!  Soooo fantastically amazingly well.  For so much.  Check out my ad next week, and other suppliers of tools for healthier, happier lives.

Warm Regards,
Connie

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Testimonial of Success – Kim J. Seattle Non-Smoker 1/30/11

Hi, Guys!  The weight of evidence mounts.  Hypnosis works!!  Kim quit smoking in one Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy session!  Five weeks later, here’s what she says about the experience:

“Over the 20 + years of being a smoker, I have made several attempts and used a variety of methods to try and quit…. all unsustainable.  I was always thinking about smoking or not smoking which made the battle to quit miserable and in the end I’d go back and have ‘just one more’.

I was desperate for a solution to quit permanently as I was sick and tired of being a ‘prisoner’ to the habit.  I had heard that hypnosis had helped many people so I started to research my options in the area when I found Connie Brannan.  Connie is not only a hypnotherapist she is also certified in neuro-linguistic programming (N.L.P. – she is far better at explaining what this is).

 She is very professional and very good at what she does.  Connie is a warm, positive, and uplifting person.  She is also a success story of hypnosis herself.  Her office environment was also very comfortable and I felt very relaxed and trusted her immediately to ‘talk to my sub-conscious’.

I walked out of that office with absolutely zero desire to smoke.  I got in my car, which has always been my private smoking chamber, and drove myself home wondering when the urge would hit me.  It didn’t.  In fact after one session, it hasn’t.  Unbelievably, I have no desire to smoke at all and in addition, my association with being a smoker has changed.  It doesn’t even feel like I was ever a smoker.

I have so much energy!  It has been 5 weeks since that session and not a single cigarette or more importantly a desire for a cigarette.  I am amazed!! I wish I would have found Connie a long time ago!

If you are a smoker and have battled with trying to quit, see Connie.  She is awesome and has changed my life!  It was instant, it was painless, and it was successful!!”

Sincerely, Kim J., the Seattle non-smoker 1/30/11.

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Forever Young – With Hypnosis!

 

Are any of you on Facebook?  They’ve taken to “customizing” your profile page to show you ads they think are for YOU.  Yikes.  They think I need some kind of face peel.  Am I on the “geezer list?”
 
Here’s an advertisement/picture they stuck on my page.  SCARY!
 
Don’t need this crap! Hypnosis is the best anti-aging agent around…you’ll look younger and LIVE younger, because hypnosis is the best stress reliever ever–and stress is what ages you.
 
Warm Regards,
Connie
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Just in Time for Valentine’s: Feel the Love, or…Effective Relating

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

I want to share something personal, and wonderful.  A milestone.  Michael and I have been married 25 years this month!  To celebrate, we took an extended weekend getaway, to Las Vegas, just the two of us!  And we renewed our vows to each other–signing up for the NEXT 25 years of happy love!  🙂  I do!  We did!

Here are some pictures from our Vegas adventure.  I’ve always wanted a Las Vegas Wedding, so this trip, we did it.  We found a chapel, and we did it!  For fun, we dressed up glittery, me in sequins, and Michael in velvet, and we found an “Elvis” to sing and officiate.  It was SO MUCH FUN!!

25th Wedding Anniversary

Love is very much a reason to celebrate.  Committed, ongoing, growing love…even more so.  Everyone we met kept repeating “25 years!  Wow!!  That’s amazing!! What’s your secret?”

I’ll tell you!

Successful relationships are all about relating (an action verb, not a stagnant THING, but a continuing evolution), and communicating.  Effectively!  Communicating what you want in a way that moves you towards your outcomes.  And maintaining appropriate emotional states which support those communications and outcomes, as well.  (In a significant-other context, it’s remembering and re-connecting with why you’re together and in love.)  Lots of people have trouble in this area, apparently.

Well, guess what?  Hypnosis works, for this as well as for so many other things.  A good relationship, be it professional or personal, group-sized social interactions, or intimacy, it’s not luck.  It’s learning, and it’s choice.  I help people in their relating, all the time, helping with everything from sexual intimacy issues to anger to insecurity and more.   How do you want to be, how do you want to feel, how do you want to relate differently than what may be the present state of affairs?

I can help.  NLP and hypnosis are excellent tools for this.

This is kind of like my weight loss success story.  I walk the talk.  I know what makes a successful, fulfilling relationship.  I’m living it!  I wouldn’t trust a therapist or counselor who has been 2-times divorced and couldn’t develop or maintain a loving, long-term relationship to save their life.  You want THAT to guide you for healthy relating?  I wouldn’t.  Pick someone who is successful, and happy.  Someone who lives love and doesn’t secretly sneer at it as a pipe dream, and can help you craft yourself into effective relating states.  I know how.  Belief, and success, I’ve got both.  So can you.

If you’d like help with relating, call me  (425) 564-8608.  What a wonderful Valentine’s gift for you and your sweetie.

Warm Regards,
Connie

 

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Learn Self Hypnosis @ Bellevue College

 

Want to sleep with strangers?  Wellll…here’s an opportunity to do just that, in a way that’s both safe and sensible.  In fact, it’s a good thing, a terrific thing.  To be 100% accurate, it’s not sleep, it just looks like it from the outside–it’s HYPNOSIS.  Who wants to learn how to use their own mind to create success?   Me!  Me!  Me!  Me!  Maybe you, too?  🙂

I’m teaching a continuing education course at Bellevue College which begins one week from tonight.  It’s called “Building Confidence & Self Esteem Through Self Hypnosis.”  Here is a pretty inexpensive way to taste and learn hypnosis.  I guide you (the students) to trance, and we set an instant trigger to return to that state.  When YOU want, on YOUR terms, for YOUR purposes.  It’s powerful.  It’s pleasant.  It’s amazing.  Come and learn!  We also learn well-forming goals so that they make sense for your life, and are attainable, truly attainable, and how to talk to the unconscious part of your mind.  Persuasive talk.  So cool!!!

More info. is here:
http://www.campusce.net/BC/course/course.aspx?C=11562&pc=1066&mc=1387&sc=  It’s a total of 6 hours spread over two Monday evenings.  Monday, 1/31 and Monday, 2/7/11.  6:30 pm – 9:30 pm.

Right now, there are a few seats still available.  Bring a friend.  Bring a pillow.  Bring some goals.  This skill, self-hypnosis, can change your life.

Warm Regards,
Connie

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What You Didn’t Know About Stage Hypnosis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi, guys!  Connie here.  Learn more about this fun side of hypnosis here:  http://www.onstagehypnosis.com.

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

Warm Regards, Connie

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“Get to Know Hypnosis,” More about World Hypnotism Day events this Jan 22nd.

Hi, guys!

As this event nears, the details are becoming more clear.  And I want to share them with YOU!  Because the more you know about hypnosis the more you can begin to realize your own power to have the life you want.  And that’s terrific!!

Here’s the venue.  Bellevue Coast Hotel.  It’s right off of NE 8th Street in Bellevue and the 405 freeway.  EASY to find.  Free parking.  It’s on Saturday, Jan 22.  It’s pretty much an “all-day” event, with a free continental breakfast beginning at 9:30 am and lots of free talks to attend in 3 different rooms (and paid talks if you want to learn more and I mean REALLY learn) and culminating in a free comedy hypnosis show.  Come on down.  See the show or BE the show.  We’re having a professional stage hypnotist from the Portland area come and entertain.  Her name is Debby Taylor, and she’s good!

There will be several free talks, and not just talks.  EXPERIENCES.  A chance to trance.  Get hypnotized by professionals.  For free.  Begin to stimulate your unconscious mind in that way, that leads to positive changes.  In my talk, it’s about healthy suggestions for weight loss.  Hypnotist Cheryl Chamberlain’s free talk will focus on smoking cessation.  Hypnotist Keith Livingston will offer a free self hypnosis training experience.  Michael, my husband, and the President of the organization hosting this event, the NGHWA (National Guild of Hypnotists, Washington State Chapter), will present some cool things you can learn and do right now “The Magic of Instant Change.”  His talk is NLP focused, and NLP is a highly specialized VERY cool high tech hypnosis.  Michael is also presenting a trance experience.  And there are more speakers!  All the info is here:  http://www.nghwa.org/World-Hypnotism-Day-2011.html.

AND…if you register early (you can also just show up without registering) you get something else.  A free DVD to the first 50 registrants.  It’s jam-packed full of information about hypnosis, written information, audio information, and video.  The DVD includes amazing movie clips of Michael demonstrating hypnotic phenomenon.  He got a girl to “forget” the number 3 and how to count, and also to forget her own NAME!!!!   (Of course, he also returned those memories to her.)  This is real.  The power of the mind is amazing.  Just watch!

I do hope you’ll come and “Get to Know Hypnosis.”  Hypnosis is worth knowing.

Warmest  Regards,
Connie

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Free World Hypnotism Day Events – January 22nd @ the Coast Hotel in Bellevue

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Hi, Guys! I’m a member of the NGHWA, that’s the National Guild of Hypnotists, Washington State Chapter.  We’re the local chapter of the NGH, a national professional organization of hypnotists and hypno-therapists.  It’s the oldest and most prestigious hypnosis organization in the United States. We are dedicated to furthering the understanding and acceptance of hypnotism as a healing tool.  I’m all for that!!

The NGH has created a worldwide event, called World Hypnotism Day, which happens in January.  My chapter is a part of that, and I’m a part of it as well.  I’ll be giving two, possibly three talks at our local “doings.”  🙂  One is absolutely FREE to all, and it’s on the topic of HYPNOSIS FOR WEIGHT LOSS.  (You know I know whereof I speak on this topic, I’m living that success!)  I’m also giving a paid talk/training to area professional hypnotists as part of this event–to enhance their skill sets in this same area, helping people to let go of weight with hypnosis.  There are several speakers, and several talks and experiential workshops.  Who wants to come down, learn more, and get hypnotized?  There’s also a complimentary continental breakfast for attendees, prizes, and a free comedy hypnosis show.

Learn more about our group’s event and register for it here:   http://www.nghwa.org/World-Hypnotism-Day-2011.html

I do hope you’ll join us.  It will be masses of fun for those interested in learning more about hypnosis, experiencing some hypnosis, and hobnobbing with hypnotists.  It’s Saturday, January 22nd.  10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Stay for one talk, two, more, or stay the whole day.  Your choice!  We’d love to have you attend!

Warm Regards,
Connie

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Happy New Year CD SALE! 1/2 Price!

A Special Offer for my Hypno-Friends– 1/2 Price Sensory Enhanced Hypnosis CDs.  Info here, shopping basket here

       

What do people want to accomplish for their New Year’s Resolutions??  All manner of things.  Hypnosis jumpstarts your success!

The two biggies:  QUIT SMOKING and LOSE WEIGHT.  For the month of January, 2011, only, I’m offering a 1/2 price sale on those two hypnotic CD titles!!  Regularly $37 each, get them now for $18.50 each.  1/2 price!  So, you can afford to buy both.

Everyone knows someone who wants to kick the cigarette habit, and wants to shape up.  These amazing “hypnosis-in-a-box” sessions help focus your mind in a way that creates positive change.  HURRY!!  Offer expires 1/31/11.

Caveat:  these CD’s do take you to a highly relaxed state, so do not listen to them while driving or operating machinery!  Sit back and relax in a comfortable chair or lie down when you have time to focus on yourself and your own well-being, and unleash the power of your unconscious mind!

To your New Year and your New Success!
Connie

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New Year’s Resolve

Happy 2011 To You!

Happy New Year!   Are you making some wonderful New Year’s Resolutions for 2011 for your health and success and prosperity?  I am!

Yes, I’ve been thinking about New Year’s Resolutions.  And the word “resolve.”  What does it really mean?   If you’re sort of wanting something, thinking about it, but doing little or nothing to achieve it, that equals a lack of resolve.   “Gee, that would be nice someday, but…”  If you’re half-heartedly doing something towards a goal for only  a day or two or three and then the desire drifts away, that’s a wishy-washy resolve.  Like a slap with a wet noodle–not much power in it.   I believe that half-hearted  determination is what most people bring to their New Year’s Resolve.  And that’s sad.

However, it doesn’t have to be that way!!  🙂  If weak resolve is not good enough for you, read on!  Hypnosis helps you create something absolutely different.  Hypnosis reaches into your inner workings and finds, reinforces and activates true resolve.  True resolve is a whole-hearted affair.  Heart and mind and body affair–every nerve and fiber of your being saying:  “YES, I’m going for it!!!”   Resolve and determination…think Rocky preparing for his big fight, eating raw eggs, and working out, running up those monument steps, triumphant (in advance) and focusing all his attention and actions on achieving his goal.

That’s real resolve.   It’s power, because you KNOW you’re going to get what you want and nothing and no one can deter you.  You do everything within your power and energy and creativity, with passion and motivation, to achieve it, that worthy outcome you desire.

Resolve is also a visual term.  When things come into focus, they resolve.  The blur resolves into a clear image.  When you resolve to do something, your goal is FOCUSED.  Sharp, sharp, sharp.  Clear.  Unmistakable.  How would you like to be sharply focused and motivated and moving on your goals with true resolve?  Yes, me, too.

Hypnosis, baby!  If your New Year’s desires already have the force of a pure and clear RESOLUTION,  yay!   I applaud you!  Go for it.  However, if you find that clarity of desire unfocused, or the resolve is not there to give you that OOMPH, that go for it power of actual sustained movement forward, then hypnosis is a tool to help you do just that.

It doesn’t matter WHAT you are resolving to do, hypnosis can give you that directed focus and acceleration, like stepping on the gas pedal in your car.  You select the destination, hypnosis is both the GPS  (how to get there) and the thrust forward of stepping on the gas.  Resolve.  Rocky was hypnotized.  He hypnotized himself into power.  We are all capable of this, but it’s a heck of a lot easier to have a professional communicator help it to happen faster and more easily.

Personally, I think it would be a massively wonderful gift to give yourself for the new year: a super powerful  hypnotic dose of accelerant for your goals, whatever they may be.  Quitting tobacco once and for all, getting in shape, finishing that project, beginning that project, whatever you’re resolving within yourself to do and be for 2011 and beyond.  The difference:  with hypnosis, the resolve STICKS, long and strong enough to get what you want.  How cool is that?

Resolve to make 2011 your best year ever, and begin to realize the control you do have over your life.  Over your actions, your habits, your very thoughts.

Warmest  Regards,
Connie

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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

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Hypnosis Expands the Boundaries of Your Thinking

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

Michael and I had some fun today, filming what we call “magic moments.”  They’re not hypnosis, per se, but they’re entertaining and they do illustrate something about hypnosis.  Watch this video carefully, and follow the directions to see something totally amazing!  You really do grow your brain with hypnosis, grow your resourcefulness, grow your joy, grow your life success.

Warm Regards,
Connie

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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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Happy Holidays and Warm Wishes for 2011!

Make 2011 your best year ever!
Make 2011 your best year ever!

Michael and I would like to extend warm, holiday wishes to everyone in the Mindworks Hypnosis extended family.  Our clients, our colleagues, interested parties, anyone who may be reading this.  EVERYONE deserves success and abundance and joy and fulfillment in their lives.  Here’s a wish that 2011 brings you more of that!

Love, Connie & Michael

PS:  I’m bringing this video out again, because it’s FUN!  🙂

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It’s Just My Imagination

“Imagination.”  The other day I was driving and musing on words.  Words are, and have always been, “my thing.”  I love them!  When I was very young I’d sit and read the dictionary for enjoyment.  And, words are also the lifeblood of my career as a professional communicator.

Hypnosis is communication, on the deepest levels of the heart and mind.  🙂  I was musing in particular on the word “imagination.”

I was remembering how that word was used disparagingly when I was growing up.  “Well, she has QUITE an imagination, that one.” (She’s lying.) “It’s only your imagination.” (You’re wrong.) “He’s imagining things again!” (How can we get him back on track?)  When someone says:  “It’s JUST your imagination!”, they’re using the word “just” as a minimizer.  Expressing a lessening of value.  Why minimize magnificence?  In my book, imagination is absolutely essential to life and success.  It is something to be nurtured and appreciated, not treated as a problem.

Dream Imagine RelaxEinstein had it right when he said:  “Imagination is more powerful than knowledge.”  I absolutely agree.

To any of you that have been in my office, perhaps you noticed the wood blocks on the wall:  dream, imagine, relax.  Of those 3, imagine is the most important!  Why?  In our world, what we imagine successfully is what we get. It’s integral to creation. Why would anyone want to stomp down on or minimize or belittle the ability to create?  Hypnosis helps that act of creation to flourish.

How strange that imagine-ary means unreal when in truth imagine-ation makes things real.

Warm Regards & Happy Holidays to all,
Connie

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A Touch of Calm!

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

I hope you’re having some happy holidays, and more to come!  Wishing you and yours a fun and glorious 2011.  Resolve to enjoy life more and more every day.  I’m about to share with you all a simple technique that is the backbone and my favorite “magic” of NLP–something which drives home like a jackhammer the idea that you control your own life, mind and body.   Specifically, I’m going to share with you a touch of calm, for the holidays! 

NLPLOGONLP is Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™, a term coined by my teacher, Dr. Richard Bandler.  It’s a way of understanding the world and how we create reality.  And can change it.  It’s about enhancing communication, inside ourselves and with others.  For more info on what it is and the myriad of powerful and wonderful uses of NLP, you can check out my primary NLP website:  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.

How would you like to communicate to your own mind:  “It’s time to relax!”  And have it actually happen in your body in an instant?  (Your wish is my command!)  Wouldn’t that be especially useful this time of year, with all the turbulence of wild weather, traffic, ice, work demands, family and extended family, parties, gift shopping, holidays, STRESS?

Here it is!  It’s called an “anchor” in NLP parlance.  It’s a stimulus-response mechanism, which we can capture and activate at will.  With intention.  So many times we are stimulated to a response (one we don’t particularly want or enjoy) by living and events.  Examples:  Your significant other starts using THAT critical tone of voice, and your body temperature rises.  You see a chocolate bar and the cravings kick in.  You smell popcorn, and you know you NEED a bucket.  How nice to create a stimulus-response in ourselves that we like.  And use it for…A Touch of Calm.  Apply as needed. 

Here’s a technique for you. 

Begin to remember a time in your life when you felt calm.  I mean REALLY calm.  Relaxed, with clarity of mind.  In that precise moment of time, nothing could ruffle your feathers.  Pick a memory from anywhere and anytime in your life, in any context, from childhood,  to adulthood.  In the hot tub, snuggled in bed, on the beach in Hawaii, in hypnotic trance, jogging, it doesn’t matter.  Let your mind remember CALM.  Now, put  yourself inside that memory, that experience.  Be there now!

Experience it.  What’s going on?  How do you feel?  What do you see?  What do you hear?  What do you smell?  Involve all your senses, fully and completely.  Let calm grow in you.  Feel  calm moving in your body.  Flow it, grow it.  Stronger.  When calm is just about at its peak, and you’re feeling really good, touch the tips of your thumb and ring finger of your left hand together and hold for one second.  Let go.  Think about something else for a moment or two, some neutral thing, and then imagine yourself again inside the calm memory.  Feel it.  Breathe it.  Once again, flow calm through every nerve and fiber of your body.  When you feel good and calm, touch the thumb and fingertip again.  Hold for a second, and let go.  This unique touch is now associated (anchored) with calm.  This touch will elicit calm!  In your body.  Forever.  Just that fast, you’ve trained your mind/body to do that!  How cool is that?  This is why Michael and I call NLP “The Magic of Instant Change.”

Now, whenever you want a dose of calm to flood your body, touch that same thumb and finger together and hold it (for a minute or so) in the way you’ve just anchored, and feel calm return.  Automatically!  Feeling stressed by Aunt Sue’s conversation at the party?  Touch and hold.  🙂  Stuck in mall traffic and beginning to grit your teeth?  Touch and hold.  Standing in an endless line at the supermarket and feeling irritated?  Touch and hold.  Joe at work pushing your buttons?  Push your own.  You now are armed with “a touch of calm” for the holidays.  And any time.  Enjoy!

Warm Regards,

Connie

Connie Brannan, Master Hypnotist
Connie Brannan, Master Hypnotist

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Positive Self-Talk in Action

Enjoy this short video.  It is VERY cute!  Here’s someone demonstrating confidence and positive self-talk and focusing on what’s good in her life (“what I like”).  What a terrific way to feel good and do good.  “I can do anything good!  Better than anyone.”  🙂

Warm Regards,
Connie

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Thank You, Unconscious Mind! Or…the story of The Lost Costco Rebate/Rewards Check

Are any of you Costco members?  Costco is a wonderful place and Michael and I have been members for years, back from when it used to be called “Price Club.”  It’s a wholesale club, where you can buy things in bulk and at great prices, like industrial sized cans of olives, or 10 pound bags of rice.  Or optical services, or clothing.  Or furniture, or electronics.  Or fine jewelry.

It’s a giant warehouse FULL of good things.  One nice thing about membership is the Reward Gift Certificate that you earn as an Executive Member, it’s 2% rebate on your year’s purchases.

Well, here’s the story.  I forgot about the rebate.  They come yearly attached to the renewal notice, in the mail.  We typically renew our annual membership at the store, so don’t pay undue attention to the paper renewal notices.  I got one a few months back, and tucked it away, figuring “we’ll renew at the store.”  Forgot about it.  Never saw the attached MONEY, the rebate check for our account.

Today, I was shredding a pile of old documents, old paid bills, credit card receipts, drafts of our tax returns, and etc.  I found the Costco bill from 2 years ago.  And the REWARD check was attached.  Yahoooo!  No expiration date, apparently.  Free money!  Free money!  THEN, I remembered that I had seen the current year’s renewal, and I knew that that reward check, also attached, would be even bigger.  We shop at Costco A LOT!!  However, I couldn’t find it.  I thought (using my conscious mind) of every place that envelope could be, and looked.  Nothing.  I wondered if I had shredded it before, or tossed it, without ever seeing the money certificate inside.  Bottom line, I couldn’t find it. 🙁

Then I went to work.  Did my thing.  Didn’t think about it again.  Came home.  And went RIGHT to the spot where I had tucked the Costco renewal notice envelope.    (On a ledge underneath the paper tray on my computer’s printer.)  There it was!  Another rebate check–so now we have two to spend.  You can guess where I’m going tonight: shopping at COSTCO.  We’re talking a few hundred dollars, which is worth remembering and finding.  Who wouldn’t like a few hundred unexpected bucks to spend for the holidays!?

My unconscious mind had percolated on the problem of the lost envelope today while I was doing other things, and then gave me the answer of where to find it this evening.  I didn’t THINK again about looking for it, all of a sudden my hand was reaching under the printer there saying:  “What is this?”   Pulled out the Costco envelope, and found the check.  Amazing.  Powerful.  COOL!  Thank you, Unconscious Mind. I APPRECIATE YOU!! X O

The unconscious mind is wonderful for helping locate lost objects, like this story illustrates.  But it locates so much more–when asked.  It will find resourceful solutions to life’s biggest dilemmas, as well.   All we have to do is ask it in the right way.  That right way is absolutely hypnosis.  Let me talk to your unconscious mind…I’m good at it!  I’ll help you find what you’re looking for.  Because, the knowledge and answer and ability to DO IT is already in you.  You’re amazing.  Powerful.  And cool.  Let me prove it to you.

Warm Regards,
Connie

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Boots & Chain-store Hypnosis

I was at the mall today, and I found it to be a red letter day to buy red leather boots.  Looking around the mall, I couldn’t help but notice boots upon boots upon boots–my reticular activating system was set on the boot channel, it seems.  In every store display window, and on the majority of feet marching past, old and young–EVERYONE in Seattle it seems was wearing boots today.  ‘Tis the season.  Shopping, and cold and wet.  BOOTS are the style.  Ankle boots, thigh high, and everything in between.  Fur, leather, rubber, knit.  Mostly black, but a few brights like my red out there.

Bombarded by the boots, I finally said:  “Ok, I’m in!”  The search was on, and I covered a lot of territory.  Shopping can take awhile, but when you find a real and valuable gem, you get to chortle with glee.  Now, the perfect new boots are in the bag.  My new red suede boots are very nice, and extremely well made.  Quality.  I think they’ll stand up to wear and last and look terrific long into the new year, and the next and the next.  It’s important to choose quality.   Cheapo and shoddy mass production don’t cut it. They tend to be ill fitting, cause blisters, and fall apart after walking in snow. You want fine crafted workmanship.  In footwear, and in hypnotists.

I think hypnosis should be as popular as boots.  That would be a GOOD thing for the world, with happier, healthier people running around enjoying life more and more and accomplishing their goals more and more and faster and easier.  That’s the power of hypnosis.  A helping tool deluxe!  When shopping, whether it’s  for shoes or for a hypnotist, and you’re looking for high quality, you’ve got to be alert to avoid weak and inferior product.  Unfortunately, it’s out there, as well.   Impersonal, and unskilled product.

Beware of hypnosis stores, with an eye on the bottom line, not the heart.  In the realm of your mind, you want somebody GOOD, somebody who can really help, with real and extensive training.  Hypnosis is an art, not a “cookie cutter” formula.  You want somebody with creativity  as well as skill.  You want somebody with presence and passion and heart, who’s been around the block and back again, and CARES.  You won’t find all that at the “here, put on these goggles and listen to this tape,  maybe you’ll be hypnotized and maybe not, maybe these suggestions will apply to your situation and maybe not” chain hypnosis store.

When you’re choosing a hypnotist, here are a few things to consider.  How many live, in-person trainings have they completed, and how recently?  What are the certifications earned?  Ask, and verify.  Are they from recognized, reputable schools, or is it Joe in his basement printing out  certs for his 2 hour internet course?  Are they committed to continuing education?  Do they have an explicit code of ethics to share with you?   How many different helping tools have they learned and mastered?   What  professional hypnosis affiliations, national and local, do they belong to?  How long have they been in business as a hypnotherapist?  Are there testimonials of proven success for issues similar to yours?  Do they have a business license?  Are they registered with the State of Washington as a hypnotherapist?  Also very important, trust your own vibe, how do they come across, look and/or sound (on the phone or face to face)–is the emphasis on “squeeze the money” or “I want to help!”?

Mindworks Hypnosis (in other words, me and Michael), we’re the real deal.  Michael and I want to help.  We can and we do.  Call us if you’re serious about improving your life.  The answers to all those questions are on our website:  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net.  Our expertise.  Our trainings.  Our successes.  Our passion.  It’s like buying the best boots, the beautiful, well-formed ones that last and fit and bring joy and color to your life.

Warm Regards,
Connie

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s a good time to pause and reflect on all the wonderful and positive people and things and happy events in our lives.  Remember, what you focus on expands, so here’s to MORE of that (the good things) for you in the days and weeks and months to come!

Warm Regards,
Connie & Michael

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“Big Ass” Cookie

Ok, this question is to the myriad of you (and I’m one as well) who battle with weight.  What do you do when you slip up?  When you fall off the “being good” wagon?   When that holiday treat calls to you, and you listen?  Do you beat yourself up?  Do you say:  “Well, the day is shot, the week is shot, I might as well eat another brownie and/or piece of pizza and I’ll start again Monday!”?  Do you say:  “Well, I failed, best forget the whole idea of ever getting thin!!”  Or do you say:  “Well, I did that.  It was a choice.  I’d rather choose and do something different, starting NOW.”?

The topic is recovery strategies.  You’ve got to shift your perception from diets, which tend to be all or nothing mindsets (you’re ON the diet, or you’re OFF the diet) to a lifestyle change orientation.  Success does not equal perfection.  Hypnosis helps!   Even if you make a decision you don’t like, you get to make a new one, and continue from there.  This essay is about cutting yourself some slack when you “goof up” (as we all do) and then continue your long term success.  I’ve lost 80+ pounds in the past couple years.  Is that success?  Hell, yes!  Was I perfect in my eating choices every moment of every day of that time?  Hell, no.

I’m going to tell the story of my own recent slip-up.  And recovery!  I call this story:  “Big ass” cookie.  My teacher, Dr. Richard Bandler, encourages us to make large, rich, 3D, vibrant goal pictures in our minds to motivate us to move in those desired directions.  He calls those:  “big ass pictures.”  Somehow, that phrase has embedded itself into my mind.  So, I use it, too, even if it’s slightly vulgar.  I’m going to tell the story, now, of the “big ass cookie.”  It wasn’t just a picture.  It was a reality.

We all have triggers in us, unconscious or conscious imprinted motivators which propel us into action.  I have an “eat sweets” trigger:  it’s called “Halloween.”  I have another:  it’s called “I’m on vacation, and it’s time to indulge myself.”  I have another:  it’s called “I’ve been working really hard so I deserve it.”  I have another:  it’s called “I’m on sale, buy me.”   All of these converged a few weeks ago while I was in Chicago.

Our hotel room had a kitchenette, so we went to the store looking for some food to put in there.  It was within a day or two of Halloween, and every aisle end display was full of bags of candy.  I ignored those.  But then…a bakery table.  And on this table were Halloween decorated cupcakes, cakes, and cookies, all on sale!  I was riveted by the beautiful dinner-plate sized chocolate chip, decorator-iced cookies with witches and goblins and ghosts sugar-smeared on top, the kind that ideally you cut up into about 20 serving slices.  Big Ass Cookies!!  My triggers converged.  The cookie called to me.  I bought it.  Just the one.  Of course, it was bigger than godzilla’s head.

I bought it, but I didn’t eat it.  Yet.  Then it was time to go home.  I should  have tossed it.  I couldn’t.  I put it in my suitcase, at a risk of making my suitcase over the weight limit–because it was already close.  I figure this cookie weighed 2 pounds.  I crammed it, this giant, hurkin’ cookie into my suitcase.  And I brought it home.  And I opened it.  It had gotten squished.  I didn’t care.  I ate a piece.  A big piece.  Probably about two–three servings worth–THEN I tossed it.  Nowhere no how is eating sugar-iced chocolate chip cookies on my  low carb plan.

But, here’s the key to success.  I began again.  On my healthy lifestyle eating program.  I had gained a few pounds while on vacation in Chicago, that “indulgence” thing kicking in–the last gasp being that cookie.  Home again, I didn’t beat myself up, I recovered.  Back on track!  In the past two weeks I’ve lost 8 pounds.

Here’s the deal.  Hypnosis is FANTASTIC for installing in you, me, all of us these recovery strategies.  How to keep going, in spite of momentary temptations or lapses or “failings.”  To keep focus on the big ass picture of lean and healthy, the goals that drive us.  If you find yourself dieting, and giving up, dieting and giving up, hypnosis will help you reframe a new lifestyle and keep it going.  Long term success.  Which is not necessarily perfection!  I know whereof I speak!

I am 2 pounds right now off of my all-time low adult weight, and I know I’ll get there next week.  And even lower.   That’s right, during the holidays, while most others are packing on the weight, I’m slenderizing.  If you’re ready for long term success with your weight, I’ll help!  Now is the perfect time. Call me:  (425) 564-8608.

Happy Holidays & Warm Regards,
Connie

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Banish Holiday Stress – A Special Hypnotic Event Saturday, Dec. 4th, 2010

BANISH HOLIDAY STRESS:  A SPECIAL HYPNOTIC EVENT 
SATURDAY, DEC. 4TH, 2010, at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Michael and Connie Brannan, Clinical Hypnotherapists, Licensed Trainers, Design Human Engineers, and more.
Michael and Connie Brannan, Clinical Hypnotherapists, Licensed Trainers, Design Human Engineers, and more.

Hi, Hypno Friends!  Michael and I are offering something very special this holiday season.  It’s a chance to trance, and de-stress!  Read on:

Are you feeling stressed?  Tense?  Overwhelmed?  Ready to scream and pound on something?  The holidays are often ridiculously hectic, stress-filled times, with numerous family demands added to the “normal” tide of work and life demands.  Are you ready to deal with extended family gatherings (and family personalities), planning, parties, gift shopping, travel, inclement weather, and more, stressing you out on top of all the busy craziness of life in general this time of year?!

Relax!  Reeeeelaaaxx!   Here’s the best holiday gift you could ever give or receive.  It’s hypnosis!  A stress-busting event.  We’re offering hypnotic techniques to banish holiday stress.  Experience a few hours of deep hypnotic relaxation on Saturday, December 4th with Master Hypnotists C. Michael Brannan and Connie Brannan.  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.com

Michael will trance you into a deep state of hypnotic relaxation and teach your unconscious mind automated processes that will make you feel better and less stressed this holiday season.  He’ll teach you conscious stress buster techniques to use and feel better anytime anywhere in the days and weeks to come.  POWERFUL  stuff.  Change your life, one relaxed, calm breath at a time.  Ahhhhhhh!

In our 3 hour seminar, Michael will guide you into hypnosis (where stress does not exist) and craft and weave happy and calming anti-stress suggestions into the deepest recesses of your mind.  Your mind will lap it up like a kid with an ice cream cone.  He’ll teach you “The Circle of Relaxation” technique to take home as well.  Also, once you’ve experienced trance, you’ll want more.  We’re happy to oblige!   Connie is offering a FREE BONUS Hypnosis Session at the end of the seminar, on healthy eating during the holidays.  (Connie knows all about healthy eating, she’s lost 80+ pounds with hypnosis.)

Join us for this exciting event and have yourself a merry little stress-free holiday with hypnosis!  Space is limited, so sign up now.  Feel free to tell your friends or family.  De-Stress together!   

Here are the details:

WHAT:  BANISH HOLIDAY STRESS:  A SPECIAL HYPNOTIC EVENT presented by Mindworks Hypnosis

WHEN:  Saturday, December 4th, 2010.  10:00 am to 1:00 PM, followed by an additional FREE 45 minute BONUS SESSION.

WHERE:  The Bellefield Office Park, Bellevue, WA.

WHO:  Master Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapists & Licensed Trainers of NLP ™ C. Michael Brannan and Connie Brannan, of Mindworks Hypnosis and Mindworks NLP.  More about their magic and expertise:  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.com and http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.  Michael is President of the National Guild of Hypnotists, Washington State Chapter.

HOW MUCH:  Three hours plus the bonus session for a ridiculously low price of $69.  Snap it up!!  For your convenience, we accept paypal.

BONUS:  Connie is offering a FREE BONUS hypno-session for attendees at the end of the seminar.  It’s on healthy eating.  But wait, there’s more.  (No, it’s not ginsu knives.  It’s better than that.)  If you enroll by Thanksgiving, November 25th, you’ll receive at no charge Connie’s sensory enhanced hypnosis CD entitled:  The Stress Management Program.  It’s a guided mini hypnosis session in a box.  For later enrollees, it will be available for purchase at the seminar for $20.  Regular price is $37.  Receive this $37 value now as our gift to ensure you some happy de-stressed holidays.

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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.”)  https://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

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The Devil and James Bond

 

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

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

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

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

I invite you to read these sentences:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warm Regards,

Connie

Connie Brannan, Master Hypnotist
Connie Brannan, Master Hypnotist
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The box is ripped and the goods are damaged, give me my money back!

I was riding a shuttle yesterday from my Chicago hotel to the airport, and overheard this bit of conversation.  A man was discussing his 13 year old daughter and used this phrase about her:  more than once:  “She’s damaged goods.”

Without even knowing the back story, I find that thought as expressed very limiting in a number of ways.

Number one, when you speak of a person as an object, as a static thing, like “goods,” that limits action, possibility.  A thing is a thing.   A cardboard box is a cardboard box.  A person is alive, breathing, shifting, infinitely creative.  We, with the creativity of our imaginations, can take things, even in damaged or broken condition, and make something new and  beautiful.  Take a “broken glass.”  Perhaps it’s got a chip missing from the lip.  No longer a useful item for drinking.  Throw it in the trash, right?  But wait, we can take that glass and make it into a vase for flowers, and it’s still useful and beautiful.  Or we can break it up into chunks of glass and put it together differently,  give it new, beautiful life as an artwork, a mosaic.  We can smooth out the rough edge and/or fill in the chip with another even stronger material and it will be useful for drinking again.  Choices for change.

Number two, and even more important:  people are not “damaged.”  They aren’t broken.  A person always does the best they can, which is always VERY resourceful, given the current state of their life.  And they have within themselves infinite choices.  To be something different when they want to be, and how they want to be.

In hypnotherapy, we don’t “fix people.”  We guide them to new choices.  I’m always impressed with the virtuosity of creativity that comes into my office, how people have developed behaviors and ideas, which once upon a time were useful, but no longer are.  They can be just as powerfully creative in changing.  And to me, “change” is a wonderful word, a positive word, worthy of cheerleaders jumping in the air or throwing confetti .  Yay!!

I don’t believe that when a thing (or person) is “damaged,” it’s “game over.”  This father’s tone and attitude were stuffed full of an obvious negative conviction of “and that’s the way it is.”  Au contraire!  I believe in change, an ever shifting and moving energy.  Infinite possibility!  Whatever this 13 year old girl has been through, she can be through it differently–in ways that are useful to her, her growth, and her life.

Warm Regards,
Connie

Posted in: Hypnosis

“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)

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“And I don’t want YAMS!”

I had a crazy dream last night. My husband, Michael, and I were sitting in a restaurant, going out for dinner. There was a party of several people at a table next to us, engaged in a project, making quite a bit of noise. So we watched.

It was a project of intense thought and concentrated effort. The waitress was waiting to take their order. Instead of ordering, they had a large whiteboard standing on a frame and a person standing beside it writing on it. She was making a list, and checking it more than twice. The items on the list? What each person didn’t want for dinner that night. They would shout it out, randomly, as it occurred to them, and it got added to the communal list. The whiteboard person would write it all down. One girl shouted: “And I don’t want YAMS!” “yams” would appear on the board. The list was getting quite long. “I don’t want scrambled eggs with peanut butter on top.”

It occurred to me (in my dream) that this project was quite stupid. You walk into a restaurant. Rather than order what you do want from the menu, you’re creating your own menu, of what you DON’T want. How useful is that, if your goal is to eat something for dinner right now? I think the waitress wandered away, probably bored.

Crazy, right? Never happen in a million years, right? But this is precisely how so many people’s minds operate in the wide awake, day-to-day, “real world.” They focus on what they don’t want. That’s not going to move you forward. A shift of focus is called for, a shift to the postive. What DO you want? How would you rather feel? What would you rather do?

I had a client come in last night with a plethora of fears. A litany of fears. Being alone, the dark, airplanes, and more, creating panic attacks. I asked her how she would rather feel. She couldn’t answer that, she was so mired in what she currently feels and doesn’t want. Calm is not on the menu. Only fear. We’ve got to put calm and safe and happy on the menu. Then she can order it, and enjoy it!

What hypnosis does is focus your mind on positive change, and a desired outcome, in a way which stirs the magic of the universe (how’s that for technical jargon?) to actually creating that positive change. It IS magic. But you’ve got to know what you DO want in order to get there. I’ll help you make those shifts.

Warm Regards,
Connie

Posted in: Hypnosis, Musings, NLP

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.  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.  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,
Connie

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A Chance to Trance – Quit Smoking @ Bellevue College

Bellevue College offers adult continuing education.
Bellevue College offers adult continuing education.

Hi, Guys!

It’s interesting.  I’m offering a couple courses at Bellevue College this autumn.  One is Healthy Hypnosis:  Let Go of Weight and it’s filling up like gangbusters.  The other is Quit Smoking With Self Hypnosis, and there’s less interest in it, apparently.  I find that surprising!   This (self hypnosis) is SUCH a powerful tool for habit change, and the number one habit in the universe which should and can be changed easily is smoking.  As in, don’t do it.  Ever.   And so many people profess to want that!  I can help.  These tools offer massive help, which I share in my class.  The how-to!

All hypnosis is self hypnosis, even the guided work I do in my office with clients.  This course is even bigger than that.  It’s like the old saying.  Give a guy a fish, and he’s got a fish.  For dinner tonight.  That’s nice.   TEACH a guy to fish, and he’s got fish forever.  Bring on the tartar sauce!  🙂  That’s wonderful.  I want to teach you how to fish for change.  The course title is about one particular habit:  Smoking!  But it can be used for so much more than that.  And I want my students to use it for so much more than that.  Hypnosis is a life-changer, a life-enhancer, beyond quantification, really.

Here’s a chance.  Your chance. LEARN.  Grow.  Thrive.  It’s what I want for you, and I know it’s what you want for yourself.  It’s a chance to trance.  I wrote this in an earlier blog entry and you know, it’s so true that it bears repeating.  I said:  “The unconscious mind is the good guy—for all of us. The part of us that keeps us alive, breathing, blood flowing, healing, storehouses our learning, wants us to grow and thrive and be happy and healthy and successful.”  Yes!   In hypnosis, that’s what we do, converse with this part of ourselves, and improve the quality of our lives through these conversations.  Wouldn’t that ability be worth something to you?  To anyone?

There are still seats available in my self hypnosis courses at Bellevue College this autumn, where I share these tools of “mindwork.”  Here are the direct sign up links.

Quit Smoking With Self Hypnosis.  This takes you to Bellevue College’s webpage, course description, and shopping cart.  As always, if you want more information, you can contact me directly via the info. on my main webpage.  🙂
http://www.campusce.net/BC/course/course.aspx?C=12481&pc=1066&mc=1387&sc=

Healthy Hypnosis, Let Go of Weight. 
http://www.campusce.net/BC/course/course.aspx?C=11559&pc=1066&mc=1387&sc=

Quit Smoking With Self Hypnosis begins this month, September 27 and continues the following week on October 4th.  Do you have something better to do on a couple Monday nights than improve your life dramatically?

If I do say so myself the course is a lot of fun.  It spans the course of one week, and two evenings.  Six hours total.  VERY hands on.  Your mind grows.  Visually, and on the inside, too!  🙂  You will be hypnotized.  Repeatedly.  And learn to do it for yourself.  And learn what to do and how to communicate to yourself in that state of mind which makes the difference in your habits and your life.  You learn about language of influence.  You learn about how the mind works.  You learn the truth about hypnosis.  It’s all good, and it’s all useful.  I do hope some more of you will join me.

Warm Regards,
Connie

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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.
Posted in: Hypnosis, Musings

The Cobbler’s Wife

In my early days of learning hypnosis, I loved to have conversations with professional hypnotherapists.  Professional hypnotists.  Lucky for me, I found several very open and sharing professionals on a hypnosis forum.  They answered my questions.  Here’s one question I asked, and was answered.

I asked if hypnotists (and NLP people–those using that very specific brand of conversational hypnosis for positive change) were all supermen.  And superwomen.  Having worked on themselves to the point of perfect specimens of precision and excellence.  No limiting beliefs, no bad habits, perfect bodies, perfect lives.  These new tools seemed so miraculous to me (and they are) that I was “just askin’!”  I was beginning to experience success with hypnosis for weight loss, and I wondered how far these professionals were able to use these tools in their own lives, to improve their own lives.  The answer surprised me!

The consensus was, yes, we use them, but only a little, and only when there’s time.  Which, apparently, there wasn’t.  One friend told the story of the cobbler’s wife.  He, the cobbler, the shoe-maker, was so busy making shoes for other people his own family was running around without.  His wife had old, old tattered shoes.  He was wearing old shoes, himself.  Now, that’s sad.  🙁  🙂  I think it would have been of benefit to his business to make his wife some new, damn fine shoes.  For her to wear, love, show off, dance in.  People would notice.  Her shoes would attract attention, and get him MORE business.  “Wow, look at those beautiful shoes, where’d you get them?”  “My husband makes these shoes!”  “Wow, I’m coming in, I want shoes like that!”  🙂

I’ve decided to flaunt my shoes.  Only they aren’t shoes.  My personal success with hypnosis is manyfold, but the easily visible part is the weight loss.  I want people to notice that hypnosis works!  For weight loss and weight management.

Now, a cigarette-smoking hypnotist can probably help you with smoking cessation and an obese hypnotist can probably help you with weight loss–the tools are the same.  But wouldn’t you rather work with someone who truly KNOWS and lives this success day by day, month by month, year by year?  I would!  Look at my shoes!!  They sparkle!! I’ll make you a pair.

Warm Regards,
Connie

Connie on Dinner Cruise (2)

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Fall into Change

I drove past the Bravern (upscale shopping plaza) the other day and they had a GIANT banner splashed across the top of the building:  “Fall into Fashion.”  Indeed.  Those words are what’s known as “a multi level communication.”  There’s more meaning there than meets the eye, or lights up the thinking part of your mind.  There’s more communication happening, below the surface.  Fall into Fashion.  It’s a time, (fall, as in autumn, as in now!) it’s an activity (falling into), it implies a sense of ease (it’s as easy as falling off a log) it’s a state of being (fashionable), and more.  I also like:  Falling into Fall, which I came across the other day on a magazine cover.  Michael came up with another cool, similar communication appropriate to our business:  Fall into Change.

Fall into change.  Yes!  What if falling into a new lifestyle or new habits was as easy and natural as the changing of the seasons?  As a green leaf turning gold?  As a tree letting go of leaves?   Of the air becoming crisp and clean?   What if change was a natural, and easy process?  Big secret.  It is!

In addition to all my other tools, I use something called “indirect hypnosis.”  Storytelling.  It’s a shortcut to learning, and many cultures keep it alive as a way of keeping the learnings of lifetimes alive.  In hypnosis, I create and weave seemingly unrelated-to-your-issue stories, metaphors, images, sounds, and more which create new understandings in your mind, which helps you learn and change quickly.   And I do an assortment of word play, featuring multi level unconscious communications.  Your mind loves to learn, and does it exquisitely well.  It will take a word, and process every single possible meaning, literal and otherwise.   Multilevel communication.

I was watching a movie on the boob tube last night.  At one point a character is having a life crisis, and runs to her  psychotherapist for direction.  She says:  I know I’ve been coming here 2 times a week for 8 years, but now I need some real help.  Not surprisingly, he does not deliver it, and she ends up solving her own problem.

That is, and is not the hypnotic way.  Solving your own problems, yes.  Taking forever, IF ever, no!  These (hypnosis and NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming) are known as brief therapies, we’re talking minutes to hours, not years–and you do solve your own problems.  The premise of my work is that YOU have inside yourself everything you need to change your life for the better, whether it be changing your weight or changing your habits, or improving yourself in any number of ways.  I use hypnosis to help you tap into the power of YOU!  Fall into your own power.  Fall into change.  I  guide you to the positive resources within and attach them where needed.  When that happens, everything changes!  And it’s as natural as a leaf changing color and falling off a tree.  And as fast.  Hypnosis is not something external to you, it’s a doorway into your own power.

It seems that overnight the trees change, and the ground is covered with crispy piles of leaves.  The air grows cooler.  Autumn has always been my favorite season, long before I began my career as a “changeworker.”  I like change.  Natural, healthy change.  And now is the perfect time, where it’s visible all around us to stimulate our unconscious minds into saying:  “Me, too!  I’m ready, too.  It’s time!”  Fall.  Fall into change.  It’s easy to do, you start by picking up the phone and dialing (425) 564-8608 and asking for me, Connie.  I’ll guide you as you Fall into Change.  Positive changes, healthy changes, fun changes, happy changes.  The time is now.  Let’s do it!

Warm Regards,
Connie

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It’s About Time

It’s Time for Hypnosis!

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

My car has her own personality. She’s playful. Yet reliable. Michael and I both LOVE this car. We call her “Midnight.” She’s black , which is the number two color for a car in the US, as I read today. 🙂 Anyway, Midnight has a new game she’s playing with us. It involves time. The clock. We have a digital clock readout in our car on the dashboard, and sometimes it’s brightly illuminated and sometimes it’s dim, and sometimes it’s not there at all. Midnight’s whim.

Now, you might just think this is a malfunction or defect of the clock. The time never used to vanish. But I imagine something else might be going on. Something with intentionality—Midnight has a purpose.

Let’s step back and talk about time. In NLP (that’s high-tech conversational hypnosis) we learn to experience time in different ways. There are (at least) two ways to experience time. In time. And through time. When a person is “in time,” they are living the moment, fully present in the here and now, enjoying the richness of life, immersed in experience. This is a good state for being on vacation. Or intimate moments. When a person is “through time,” they are separate from the heartbeat by heartbeat experience of time and life, and look at it from a slight distance. This is a good state for scheduling and planning. I do a lot of that! Probably too much of that!

Midnight wants me to experience time in a new way, to be more in time! “Stop worrying about the minutia of ‘what time is it?’ and enjoy life.” Because, I am a clock watcher. Always. I ALWAYS want to know what time it is. So I can know how much time I have to get to where I’m going. Midnight says: “Don’t worry about it!! You’re going to get there on time. Have I ever let you down?” No. 🙂 Midnight is teaching me flexibility. Flexibility is good!

Here’s a fun and easy process to shift your own internal perceptions of time to suit your current activities, which can be a very useful game.

How to flex your time sense: Imagine your past as a point in physical space around you. It may be to your left or right, or behind you, above, beyond, somewhere. Imagine yesterday, dinner yesterday, and point at it. There it is! 🙂 Now, think about the future, tomorrow morning, and point in that general direction. You’ve got two points sitting in space. Now, connect those two points. Remember those dot-to-dot games? This is like that, and you’ve now created a line between, through them and past them. This is your life. Your “timeline.”

So, now the question: does this line intersect your body? If yes, you are “in time.” If no, you are “through time.” Which is it? Just for fun, imagine this line differently. If it doesn’t touch you, move it so that it does cross through your body. You are now in the moment. If it does intersect your body, step back from it a step or two so that you can see your whole life separate from you. How does that feel? If the change is comfortable, try it on for awhile. You can always reset to current state of time/mind anytime you want.

Next time you have a project which demands a bigger picture of dates, interim and ultimate deadlines, cutoffs, drop dead completion, and etc, step away from your timeline and do your planning from that perspective. It helps!! You can see more. Next time you’re enjoying a day out with a loved one, step into your timeline, and relish every moment, feel and experience that richness, that joy, heartbeat by heartbeat.

Your choice! Midnight is one smart cookie.

Warm Regards,
Connie

Connie Brannan, Master Hypnotist
Connie Brannan, Master Hypnotist
Posted in: Hypnosis

More Office Photos!

Inside Mindworks Hypnosis
Inside Mindworks Hypnosis

We’re getting settled into the new office, and it’s lookin’ good!  There’s more to do, of course.  The reception area is incomplete, awaiting delivery of a new leather couch.  The “I Love Me” Wall is incomplete, more certificates need framing and hanging.  More mom-art to put up on display (my mother was a professional artist and I have more wall space calling out for color).

The trance chair is in place, however.  So, clients are welcome at this time!  Call me!  The more the merrier.  Here are some more pics, to give the flavor of my space.  So far, I LOVE IT!!!  x o Connie

Fresh and green!
Fresh and green!
Posted in: Hypnosis

New Office!

Hi, Hypno Friends.

Some people like new and exciting adventures, and some people like familiarity in events–lucky for me, I like both.  I’m getting both.

Heavy on the “new” actually.  I got some new trainings under my belt.  Florida.  July.  FANTASTIC experience.    The sameness was experiencing again my favorite teacher, Dr. Richard Bandler.  And also new but not so exciting, my primary/business computer crashed a week or two ago.  Died.  At least it was quick, no suffering.  Dead as a doornail.  I’m still reconstructing the missing data since my last system backup in June.  So, I have a new computer.  Which is a good new!  🙂 Fancy.  A TERRABYTE of space.  I remember 65 megabyte computer hard drives.  This is better.

I also have a new office.  Best “new” of all.   Like my computer, it’s also more space than before!  It’s a beautiful, larger, quieter, more private space.  Absolutely perfect.  I’m going to plaster pics and announcements of the “new digs” on the website proper when I get my programs back re-installed to do so.  It’s not quite all set up yet, or “dolled up” as my grandmother would say, but it’s lookin’ good!

Here are a few pics:

Office

I'm in Alderwood #103
I'm in Alderwood #103

It’s in the Bellefield Office Park right off of I405 on exit 12.  It’s a giant wetlands/greenbelt area, with 15 buildings or so on the property.  WOODSY.  I’m in the Alderwood Building.  #103.

I’m so excited!  The clients who’ve been in within the past couple days since we’ve been re-open for business all say:  VERY NICE!  It is.  🙂

The sameness here is a lot of my same touches:  my art, my desk, my books, my trance chair, my certificates on the wall, my plant.  I bought a plant at my last other world job before I had this joy filled career, and it was a tiny thing.  Now it’s huge, and has been repotted several times.  Just like me, it’s growing–in a good way.

Warm Regards,
Connie

Posted in: Musings

Honing Skills on my Birthday Month

I like words. I like learning them, hearing them, using them. Words are “my thing” (which is terrific for a hypnotist). And they always have been my thing. Soon, I’ll be “honing.” My skills in hypnosis & NLP.  My tools, my abililty to HELP.  My FUN.  Honing. Sharpening. Making better. I also like dictionary.com. 🙂 “To make more acute, intense or effective; improve; perfect: to hone one’s skills.” Absolutely!  🙂  It also means “To move or advance toward a target or goal.” Hone in.

I’m doing both!

Because here’s what I’m honing towards, here’s what I want. To be the absolute best changeworker and hypnotist/hypnotherapist possible. I already am the best in the Pacific Northwest, but the world’s a big place. I want to be one of the absolute best in the universe. So, I’m continuing my education, and studying with and learning from the best of the best. Modeling genius. It’s time intensive, it’s money intensive, it takes committment. But I’m doing it! Michael and I both!

We’re off for a couple weeks of more hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming trainings. In Orlando, Florida, with the co-originator of NLP, and in my opinion, the best hypnotist living, Dr. Richard Bandler. We go where the geniuses perform/teach and it’s not always nearby. We’re doing it! It’s my joy, my passion, as well as my comittment to honing!  It’s also my birthday present to myself!  (I’m a July baby!)

A committment to excellence.  That’s a good thing!  🙂  I’m on Facebook (you can be my friend), and recently noticed an example of a differing attitude.  A fellow hypnotist and NLP-er posted on one of my teachers’ pages whining (or so it appeared to me) that her training certification, the actual certificate she earned from him had an expiration date on it.  Why, she asked.  The answer is simple.  Hypnosis and NLP is not something you learn once, and wham, done.  I guess some people do approach a profession this way.  “I know how to cut that piece of brick.  I’m done.”  Not me.  No way, Jose.  That certificate is only the beginning.

For me, learning is a never-ending unfolding process, and I’m ALWAYS desirous of improving my skills.   One can ALWAYS be better.  Sharper.  More inspired.  In the realm of the mind, there’s no hard and fast, “this is it.”  There are more things to LEARN!  When you bring in native intelligence and a passion for and committment to what you’re doing, and add the continued exposure to excellence, the continued honing (of something absolutely worth honing), you get someone who knows what they’re doing.

I know what I’m doing.  And that means I can help you better, faster, more efficiently, more creatively than other people can.  If you really want change, I certainly think you should seek out the best for that.  Aren’t you worth it? Another wonderful mentor/teacher of mine said to me once:  “It ain’t bragging, if it’s true.”  I’m not bragging.  I am extremely talented at this work, this art, and getting better all the time.

I hope to post here from Orlando and the trainings!   Michael and I send warm (upper 90’s) greetings!

Warm Regards,
Connie

Posted in: Hypnosis, Musings

Happy Fourth of July!

Now is the time to declare YOUR independence…from undesired habits, negative feelings, and limiting beliefs. Hypnosis is “the big guns” of change. If you’re ready, so am I. 🙂

Regards, Rappin’ Connie

Celebrate your independence from tobacco, and more, with Seattle's best hypnotherapy.
Celebrate your independence from tobacco, and more, with Seattle's best hypnotherapy.
Posted in: Musings

Limiting beliefs – Pop Them Like Bubble Wrap

Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP
Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP

Well, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about sequins.  About the girl I saw the other day.  She was a barista, a coffee-maker.  And she was working in a little kiosk-type coffee stand smack dab in the middle of a whole foods market.  Kind of a drab setting.  And she was wearing the most flashy, beautiful, black sequinned sweater.  We’re talkin’ Vegas-style evening-out-on-the-town sequins.  Elegant.  Fancy.  Fun.  And playful.  I looked at her and thought:  She knows how to have fun, how to live and squeeze enjoyment out of life.  Making coffee in sequins is more fun than making coffee in a cotton apron, I’ll bet.  I could see that, in her face and in her movements!

And then, a quick mental morph/segue to my own closet.  I have sequins, too.  Silk jackets and shirts massively decorated and sequinned.  Red with roses and trellises, black with textured clusters.  Royal blue.  I love them!  But I wear them SO RARELY.  Once in a blue moon.  I’m “saving them for special.”  They’re sitting there, gathering dust, as I wait for an “occasion” suitable for them.  Always waiting.  That has been (past tense) one of my limiting beliefs.  “You need a special occasion to justify wearing sequins.”  I just popped it–that belief.  It just hit me.  I could wear one of my sequinned jackets today!  Why not?  I could walk into that hotel, into that seminar room (I’m attending a training this weekend) wearing one of my flashy jackets.  And that would be FUN.

Limiting beliefs.  Those things that hold us back, make us catch our breath and feel LESS, less alive, less powerful, less fun.  The “I can’ts.”  Oh, I can’t do that!  Pop them.  Why not?  What would happen if you could and did do this “I can’t do” thing??  Hmmm?  Think about it.  Imagine beyond the boundaries.  That coffee-girl sure can!  I wonder what unexpected coffee combinations/flavors she comes up with?  I can tell, her life is rich and full-bodied.

Life should be fun.  Massively fun.  And it is.  Make it more so.  What’s holding you back?   How much joy can you stand?  It all comes down to running your own mind, and feeling what you want to feel.  Hypnosis and NLP teach us how to do that.  I’ve decided to feel good today.  I’m wearing my sequins.  🙂

Warm Regards,
Connie

Posted in: Events, Hypnosis

Serendipity

What is the secret of successful people?  Well, there’re many internal qualities that assist:  passion, creativity, drive, stick-to-it-tiveness, confidence, and so on…but what really comes to my mind:  it’s the ability to notice and act on opportunities.  Carpe diem.  Seize the day.  Or night.  Or moment.  That’s what makes a winner, in business, and in life.

We’ve all heard the Nike credo.  “Just do it!”  But before you can do it, you need to know that there is an “it,” a thing you might do.  And there are.  The opportunities are out there.  An infinity of them.  The winner sees them.  The winner seizes them.  What does this have to do with hypnosis?  Everything.

Hypnosis is a useful way to tune your mind to notice opportunities.  When a mind is set, programmed to notice opportunities—we call that “serendipity.”  There are people who find things.  Lucky things, and those things turn out to be beneficial to them.  Only, it is not luck.  Simply stated:  success is the result of the mind, and the mind’s fine tuning.  Successful people are attuned to opportunities, and to moving forward on opportunities.  You can do this, too.

Hypnosis is a way to fine tune your mind to noticing opportunities, to receiving the messages which drive you towards success, to creative solutions to dilemmas, and to answers to questions, to movement, to success itself.  How cool is that?  Would you like to be tuned into that channel?  Me, too!   Actually, I already am—and here’s an example.

This just happened to me!  The lease on my current office is ending soon, and one of my shared-space-mates just moved out, and another is retiring, so the question arose about finding a new space.  I didn’t want to.  I love my office.   LOVE it!  But in no way did I want to lease the empty spaces myself (and pay for) 3 offices, and then have to try to rent them out, and all the rigmarole that that entails.  So, I set my mind to pondering “the space question.”   Move out?  Don’t move out?

I decided to directly and specifically ask my unconscious mind the question:  should I find a new office?  The answer came back instantly.  YES.  I trust my unconscious, because, in a Western movie of your mind, the unconscious would be the guy sitting on the white horse wearing a white hat.  The unconscious mind is the good guy—for all of us.  The part of us that keeps us alive, breathing, blood flowing, healing, storehouses our learning, wants us to grow and thrive and be happy and healthy and successful.  I call my unconscious mind “the superhero” and he (yes, it’s a he) wears a superhero outfit, including red tights and a red cape, but that’s a different movie.

When there’s a direction to choose, there’s usually several pointers or signposts pointing to success, congruent, aligning, converging in unmistakable terms.  I got back to my office next day and I tore off the page on my little desk calendar for Tuesday, June 8th.   It’s got different words of wisdom for each day.  As I tore off the page, these words revealed themselves and jumped out at me:  “move out.”  The entire message:  “Today I am willing to move out of my comfort zone and experience life in a new way.”  I started laughing out loud.  Here’s my serendipity.  The universe is absolutely saying YES, find a new office.  So, I did.

Within 2 days, I had found the perfect office space, which is decidedly an upgrade over my current situation.  A 2-room private office with more than double the square footage, and access to a training facility, with new carpet (I get to choose it) and fresh paint (I get to choose it) with an even larger wall of windows overlooking trees and greenery, which is closer to my home, still in Bellevue, and costs LESS than I am currently paying for my much smaller office space.  You’ve heard of a win-win situation?  Well, this is a win-win-win-win-win.  🙂

How did this happen so fast?  I opened my eyes and mind to opportunities.  Hypnosis is a way to do that!  A simple way:  self hypnosis.

Anyone who thinks programming their own mind to notice opportunities and strike! while the iron is hot would be a good thing in their lives, propelling them towards success, well, here’s another example of amazing serendipity:  I’m offering a seminar to teach you just that in about a week.  Self Hypnosis.  A chance to trance!

Join me (and my Master Hypnotist hubby, Michael) on Saturday, June 26th for a full-day seminar to learn the ins and outs, the what, why, and wherefores of self hypnosis.  To experience hypnosis!   Details are here:  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.   I’ll tell you this much:   In this experiential workshop, you’ll learn to effect powerful and positive personal change, to tune your mind into “the success channel” where serendipity flows.

Warm Regards,
Connie

Posted in: Events, Hypnosis

Bellevue College – Building Confidence through Self Hypnosis! starts 6/7/10 (Bring a pillow!)

Learn Hypnosis at Bellevue College
Learn Hypnosis at Bellevue College

Hi, Hypnotic Enthusiasts!

Watch this! 🙂

This brief, and I mean BRIEF video gives you an overview of everything you need to know if you’d like to come on over to Bellevue and learn something life changing.  That, plus this sign up link, of course!  :

http://www.campusce.net/BC/course/course.aspx?C=11562&pc=1066&mc=1387&sc=

I’m offering a “taster course” in the power of your mind.  2 evenings, for 3 hours each.  To learn self hypnosis from me, to experience hypnosis, to learn how to craft well-formed outcomes, to empower you to change your mind and change your life.  The focus of this course is Confidence, but these tools can truly be used for so many things, habit change, weight management, stress release, and more!

Warm Regards,
Connie

Posted in: Events, Hypnosis, NLP

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,  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com, 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.  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com

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,
Connie
Posted in: Hypnosis, NLP

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:  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.  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,
Connie
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Magnify Your Influence: “The Art of Hypno-Speak”

Hi, guys!

I’m presenting a talk to the National Guild of Hypnotists this coming Friday, May 14th at 7:00 pm.  We’re a group of professional hypnotists and also interested parties, looking to enhance our skills and also further the good word on hypnosis.  If you qualify as an interested party, c’mon down and be a part of this!  I enjoy sharing what I know and love!

I’ll be talking about hypnotic language, simple ways to increase your influence through the words you use, and how you use them.  Now, who wouldn’t want that, to be more influential?  More details of the group and May meeting are here:  http://www.nghwa.org.  I’m on the Board of Directors for the Washington State Chapter of this national org., and this Friday, I’m the presenter as well.  🙂

Here’s the advertising spiel, and if you’re so moved, share this with your friends who may be interested:

Who wants to be more hypnotically influential in their language? Yes, me, too! Here’s an amazing opportunity for the general public to learn an insider’s secrets of hypnotic language and influence. This simple to learn and understand pattern of “hypno-speak” will magnify your influence, whatever the context–with friends, with family, at work, at play. You can communicate in powerful ways. Learn how from a Master Hypnotist at the NGHWA meeting this Friday, May 14th, in Edmonds, WA. A mere $10 entrance fee swings wide the doors of persuasive power. What a deal! Details are here: http://www.nghwa.org.

National Guild of Hypnotists - oldest & most prestigious hypnosis org in the US.
National Guild of Hypnotists - oldest & most prestigious hypnosis org in the US.

Learn to speak hypnotically in patterns that are effective and pack a wallop—EASILY! Learn how to weave simple hypnotic language around any topic and specific details of your interaction, the situation and motivations. Create powerful suggestions for change to inspire and excite your friends’ unconscious minds.

This simple method makes it so easy! And flowing with this method is just that, flowing, natural, simple, and persuasive. Join Connie Brannan, CHt, Master Hypnotist and Licensed Trainer of NLP ™ as she presents this simple hypno-speak method, with examples, demonstrations and hands-on audience participation to the National Guild of Hypnotists this Friday, May 14th.

Connie Brannan, CHt, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist and Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™, is a Seattle native, and is co-creator of Mindworks Hypnosis and NLP. Connie utilizes a unique blend of NLP and hypnosis, timeline work, parts therapy, reiki and other healing tools to help clients achieve the life changes they desire. She conducts NLP trainings with her husband, Michael Brannan, also a Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™ trained by Dr. Richard Bandler.

In addition, Connie is a published author. She teaches hypnosis at Bellevue College. She is a member in good standing of professional organizations including the NGH, National Guild of Hypnotists, is on the board of the NGHWA, Washington Chapter of the NGH, the IHA, the International Hypnosis Association, the Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™, and the IAPCH, International Association of Professional Conversational Hypnotherapists. Connie’s additional certifications include: Design Human Engineer ™, Persuasion Engineer ™, Certified Stage Hypnotist, Professional Conversational Hypnotherapist, Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, Matrix Energetics Level 1 & 2   http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net

Warm Regards,
Connie

Connie Brannan, CHt., Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Connie Brannan, CHt., Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Posted in: Hypnosis

Chicago-Land’s Hypnotic Allure – Shifting Perceptions

Hypnotic trance-inducing metal bean.
Hypnotic trance-inducing sculpture - Cloud Gate.

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

Michael and I sure can “sniff out” the hypnotic. We were just in Chicago and found this sculpture, called CLOUD GATE smack dab in the heart of the city, in a park. Extremely mesmerizing.

I’m in love. With Chicago. And with this hunk of metal which looks for all the world like a big drop of liquid mercury. Locals call it “the bean.” Thought I’d share some fun photos of “the bean.”  In Seattle, we have our own attraction to “the bean,” only it’s a bean of a different color – COFFEE beans.  Chicago-ans love those beans as well.  🙂

Perhaps we can sniff out the hypnotic, or perhaps everything is hypnotic, when you look at the world through our mindset. We see things not only as they are but as they can be.

Chicago adventure stories, and hypnotic insights to follow!

Warm Regards, Connie

Reflection
Reflection
The Bean and the City - Unexpected Shine
The Bean and the City - Unexpected Shine
Bean-scape, or Shifting Perceptions
Shifting Perceptions
Inside the hypnotic bean.
Inside the hypnotic bean.
Posted in: Hypnosis

Google Videos – or…more about what I do!

Hi, Guys!

There are only 4 seats left for my self hypnosis training beginning next Monday, April 19th at Bellevue College! Who wants in? This course is amazing and FUN, two evenings, a total of 6 hours. C’mon down and get HYPNOTIZED. You know you want to! 🙂 Bring your pillows!

I made some more vids, too. I’m a video making MACHINE! 🙂

If you’re looking for more information on Michael and my services, trainings, office location, and more, here’s some of what google pulls up for you!

This was FUN to make, I like this jazzy music which is entitled “trance.” 🙂

Here’s another:

 

This one focuses on the topic of hypnosis for quick and powerful smoking cessation success. Check out another of my websites http://www.stopsmokingseattle.com for the facts.

Warm Regards,
Connie

Posted in: Hypnosis

So, what does “trance” feel like?

The hypnotic trance chair awaits you!
The hypnotic trance chair awaits you!

Hi, again, Hypno Friends!

I found this pillow at Ross, and you know, I HAD to have it!  It’s got that spiral design I like, which you may have noticed on my website as well.  It’s an “old-time hypnosis” symbol.  To me, it’s fun.  I call it:  Hypno-wheel.

So, this is the Hypno-wheel Pillow, sitting on the Trance Chair, my leather recliner, in my office in Bellevue.  It’s waiting for you!  You don’t actually sit ON the pillow, I move it when we get down to business, it’s really for “ambiance!”  🙂  The symbol also means “infinity.”

And that makes great sense to me…as hypnosis is an ancient art.  In the time of the Egytians, they had healing “sleep temples” where hypnosis was practiced.  Hypnosis and healing, that connection has long been known.   Hypnosis has been written about by well-known psychologists of the 1800’s, including William James.  In India in the 19th century, hypnosis was used on the battlefield to help with necessary amputations–without anesthesia, without pain.

Hypnosis is not new.  But, there’s a growing awareness and acceptance in the world for hypnosis as a mainstream healing art and science, which I find wonderful.   Holly-weird has done it’s best to create fear and a negative mystique surrounding hypnosis, but the truth has a way of coming out.   And the truth about hypnosis is wonderful.  What it can do for a person, and the pleasant nature of the experience itself.

Here are some actual quotations from my clients upon emerging from trance and commenting on the experience:  “That was delightful.”  (Gene, Mercer Island)  “Wow!!”  (Monica, Bellevue, and dozens and dozens of others–this is the most common response)  “Better than sex.”  (Andy, Seattle)   “I loved it!”  (Michael, Bellevue)  “That was amazing!”  (Jennifer, Kirkland)…   Some people are speechless, but the grateful smiles on their faces speak volumes.

When you’re in trance, in hypnosis, you are connecting to the best part of yourself.  That part of you that wants success and fulfillment and thriving and good feelings!  The part of you that can make those things reality. 

So, what does trance feel like?  In general, and for me personally, a  sense of well-being permeates trance, and stress packs its bags.  People do experience it differently.  To some, it’s very very similar to their natural waking state.  To some, it’s “otherworldly” and beyond words.  Some people find their limbs turning so heavy, heavy relaxed, so comfortable that they don’t want to move.  Some people feel light and floating, as though disconnected to their physical bodies.  Some people feel warmth and tinglings.  Some people get cold.  (I also offer “the dream blanket” during trancework.)  It has also been likened to those transitional moments before sleep. 

We experience trance every day of our lives, doing everyday, just-living-our-lives things.  Reading a book, playing on the computer, driving a car, daydreaming, watching television.   It’s nothing “woo-woo,” and it’s nothing bizarre.  It’s just us, activating our minds in a specific, natural way.  What’s cool, what’s magical, is how we can use this “hypnosis state of mind” to create change in ourselves and in our lives.  When you apply hypnosis, for a desired outcome, guided by a professional, that’s what is called hypnotherapy.  That’s what I do.

So, if you’re still wondering:  “What does trance feel like?  And what can it do for me?”  I’d like to show you.

Warm Regards,
Connie