It’s Not a Warning — It’s a Hypnotic Suggestion for Addiction

Smokeless Tobacco is addictive.Hi, Hypno-Friends!

I’m helping a client to quit chewing tobacco.  It’s a habit he’s been doing for 25+ years!  He informed me as we started:  “I’m addicted to tobacco.”  He took that idea on board and created a belief out of it.  He believed he could never quit against the power of ADDICTION, therefore he delayed seeking help to do so.

The good news:  skilled NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming makes short work of removing “addictions.”  The mind controls the body, and that includes chemical responses.  The antidote to addiction is choice.  We can find and install new and different unconscious choices, and voila, there is no addiction.  I know this is true because I remove “addictions” daily, and did so for myself as well:  no more sugar addiction for me.

So, this client had his first session to quit chewing tobacco, and it went amazingly well.  At the end of the session, he was so convinced of his power of choice and control over tobacco, that he tossed his tobacco can into my garbage can.  Yay!  The work we did together looks great and we’ll see how he does in the world.

Later, I fished the tobacco out of the garbage (I use it for testing future clients).  And I was struck by this “warning label.”  “Smokeless tobacco is addictive.”  Wow!  This is not a warning to create non-use of tobacco.  It’s the opposite!   It’s a suggestion.  A suggestion which, if accepted, creates addiction.

Conscious mind will look at the words and say:  “Oh, I shouldn’t be doing this, should I?”  And reach in for more tobacco.  Conscious mind does not control the habit.  UNconscious mind will look at the words and, as the obedient servant it is, create what is suggested.  UNconscious mind says:  “Ok, we can do that!” and creates addiction.  If this is meant to be a “warning label,” it is a miserable failure.  I suspect that tobacco manufacturers hope this idea will go into the mind, be accepted, and create an addiction.

Every time my client reached into that can to use chewing tobacco, a suggestion was being made to the UN-conscious mind:  Addiction!  Addiction!  So, the unconscious mind agreed.  And created addiction.

Words have power.Ideas are power.  Words are power.  What I do at my office is help work new ideas into the mind so that we get to choose what we create in our world.  I’m very, very attuned to words and how they impact the mind, both consciously and UNconsciously.  This so-called warning label is not helpful to quit tobacco, quite the opposite instruction is being given to the mind.  And that’s not good.

If you need help to stop tobacco, or other “addictions,” there really is help.  Addictions can be anything, sugar, alcohol, gambling, spending, even negative thinking.  I help pull you out of existing patterns and create new ones.  I’m a Licensed Trainer of NLP® and I have tools to help.  Find out more:

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

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


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Goodbye to Test Anxiety — Hypnosis & NLP Leads to Success

Find your resourceful thinking, with Seattle's best Hypnosis: Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

Find your resourcefulness, with Seattle’s best Hypnosis: Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

Another client sent me a happy report of positive changes in his life after our work.  Yay! This gentleman was facing some re-certification testing for his work.  Prior attempts to pass the test had been anxiety laden and unsuccessful.  Hypnosis gave him the confidence and focus he needed.  Here is John K’s report:

“I did the re-certification test and completed it fairly easily, had a couple of issues but didn’t get frustrated or angry because of the issues.  At that point I still didn’t connect our sessions with my improved ability or attitude. It wasn’t until the ride home when I was just thinking of how easy it seemed to be and what was different than the last few times I had to do it; then it hit me like a ton of bricks! My success is truly due to our sessions! So the progress on that level has been and is amazing!”  John K., Bellevue, WA

Life is full of testing situations, isn’t it?  If you need help to be all that you an be and thrive in those situations, here’s a place to improve yourself:  Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP, a Bellevue, Washington, hypnotherapy clinic.

Happy Holidays to all my “The Hypnotizer” Readers!

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

Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP ™

All the Best,

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Not That, This! An NLP Visualization Technique for Positive Change

Happy successful life with NLP and hypnotherapy.Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

How would you like to learn to minimize problems out of existence?  You can!  Here’s an easy and powerful NLP technique to “explain to the brain” the things you want and the things you don’t want.  Not that!  This!

I was working with a lady in my office one day recently, and in the course of our work, she complained to me: “You’re minimizing my problem!” Yes! Yes, I am. And so should you. That’s the whole point of this work: to minimize problem(s) out of existence. And yes, we can.

Would you like to minimize your problems to the point that they don’t exist? Here’s an NLP technique to do just that. Literally.  Read more…

A problem is only a problem if we define it as such in our own mind and life. Take “stuck in traffic” for an example. Some people caught in Seattle traffic listen to music and smile and dream happy thoughts. Others smack the wheel in rage and hurl obscenities and skyrocket their blood pressure. It’s the same situation, the response is different.

One man’s misery is another man’s joy. My sister works in the field of accounting, and she loves it. It’s her passion. I did that work for awhile, and let me tell you, it was not my passion. It was mind dead boredom. I know a man who had his leg blown off in the war. He’s not vegetating in a wheelchair like others in his situation, he’s out and about helping design his own artificial running leg. He’s an athlete. And he runs.

Things stop us from achieving our goals only if we let them. The right mind set and the right set of driving emotions moves us forward. Here’s the great and relatively unknown aspect of all this. We control that mind set and set of driving emotions.

That control panel is called NLP. Neuro Linguistic Programming. We can control how we feel, think, and act. We can program (instruct) our minds to respond how it’s useful and appropriate to respond to move us forward towards our goals. Any goals. That’s NLP.

This control panel in our minds is sensory operated. It’s visual. It’s sound-based. It’s feeling based. And these things, pictures, sounds and feelings, lead us into behaviors and beliefs. People think of beliefs as solid things, tangible, like a rock. They’re not. They’re more fluid, like a flowing river. And we can change the direction of them at will. That’s NLP. It’s effective communication with our unconscious minds, that part of us which defines and determines our reality

This programming (instruct the mind) technique I’m sharing today is visual. I call it: Not that, This! It’s formal name is “The Visual Swish.” In this technique, we take the unconscious mind by the hand and show it clearly what we want. And what we don’t want.

When the unconscious mind understands what we want, it will take us there. A simple still image can convey an enormous amount of complex information and meaning. “A picture is worth a thousand words,” as they say. Looking at a picture, we absorb incredibly large amounts of data quickly.

Again, here’s the article:

Not that feeling, this one. Not that belief, this one. Not that habit, this one. Not that body, this one.

Play with this visual technique. It’s a five minute process which could change your thinking and your actions, your outlook and your life.

I hope you enjoy your “Not That, This!” outcomes. There’s so much more to this control panel in our minds. If you’d ever like to learn how to run your mind and optimize your life, take our Seattle NLP Training courses. Michael and I are Licensed Trainers of NLP ® through the originator of NLP, and we offer certification courses here in the Seattle area.

All the Best,

Connie Brannan, CHt.
Licensed Trainer of NLP ®
Neuro Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

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A New Mindset = New Eating Habits = Hypnosis Works!

Seattle Hypnotherapy NLP Success Weight Loss

Michelle Ganey, of Buckley, WA is loving her new found diet success secret:  it’s hypnosis!

Battling menopause and the weight gain at that time had been a struggle for Michelle.  No more.  She’s changed her eating habits, as quickly as flipping a light switch.  And the result is, she’s lost her first 7 pounds in about a week.  How did she do that?

Skilled hypnotherapy and NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Here’s what Michelle has to say about working with Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP, and this jump start to her success:

When you discover hypnosis for yourself and the awesome power it can unleash, you’ll be impressed, too.  Call anytime to learn more.  We do offer a free in office in person consultation.  That’s a wonderful opportunity for you to meet your Professional Hypnotherapist face-to-face and get an understanding of the tools and processes involved.  Call us!  425-564-8608.

All the Best,

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How to Find “The Real Deal?” — Always Check Credentials!

Don’t accept empty promises from scam artists – check credentials.

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

From the layman’s point of view, it must be bewildering to check out all the Seattle hypnosis services and Seattle hypnosis schools listed on the internet.  From personal changework sessions to hypnosis and NLP trainings, how do you know what’s real?

How do you know which hypnotists and institutes are legit (meaning registered or licensed with the state to do business) and beyond that, how do you know if they’re successful, if they have any real credentialing and expertise?

Will you be shelling out your hard-earned bucks on an unskilled person or even an outright flimflam artist who can’t help you achieve your goals, will take your money and waste your time, and quash your dreams of change?  You might.  Unfortunately, they’re out there!

To help you find quality, I’ve written an article.  You can find it HERE on my Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP website.  It’s called:  “How do I find the best hypnotherapist and Neuro Linguistic Programming professional to help me?”

This problem (of fakes doing business), is even bigger than I imagined.  Michael and I recently discovered that a Seattle area hypnosis and NLP training school instructor was mis-representing his credentialing.  He claimed to have achieved a prestigious training status, which he had not.  Lies are not O.K.

As a consumer in this world, you’ve got to CHECK.  There are listings of legitimate businesses and credentialing sources that keep up to date databases.  Check with the State Department of Health, to verify a person’s alleged registration as a hypnotist, and check with the Olympia Workforce Board to verify an alleged school’s licensing as a private vocational school.

The liars are using two main gambits:  claiming that their credentialling source is REAL and recognized, when in fact they’ve just awarded it to themselves, via their handy-dandy 4-in-1 printer in their basement.  Gambit two:  falsely claiming to have an affiliation with true respected training schools that set the standard for excellence.  These frauds claim to have earned prestigious credentialing, when in fact they have not attended those trainings schools and have not been awarded credentials through them.

This is what Michael and I found last week in a Seattle area competitor’s NLP “school.”  He claimed to be what we legitimately are:  “Licensed Trainers of NLP” (registered trademark), through Dr. Richard Bandler.  To coin a phrase:  no way in hell has he achieved that.  Legitimate NLP trainers Licensed through Dr. Bandler (the co-originator of NLP) are listed HERE on the Society of Neuro Linguistic Programming ™ ‘s website.  Michael and I have worked hard for this credential and skill set, Mindworks NLP is real gold.  Don’t accept fool’s gold.

Legitimate credentiallng proves a level of committment, expense undergone and expertise and mastery attained.  You’ve got to evaluate the truth and legitimacy of any alleged credentials.   To verify, feel free to contact those credentialling boards and bodies directly and ask your questions about the hypnotist or school being considered.  Gullibility is what these flimflam artists hope for, don’t give it to them.  When you receive training from one of these dishonest “instructors” you run the risk of getting neither the skill set nor the legitimate credentialing you wanted.

And, as always, the proof of skill is in the pudding.  Who is actually doing the work, and how well?  Whose students are successful?  Proven success always wins out over fakes and fraud.  Please, protect yourself, and discover the REAL power of these modalities for life change by finding “the real deal.”  Unskilled therapists and trainers are not able to deliver successful results.  Michael and I are the real deal.  🙂

Fraud is out there.  Do your homework.  Verify, verify, verify.

Warm Regards,

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Claustrophobia Transformed into Freedom – With Neuro Linguistic Programming

Claustrophobia ended – With Mindworks Hypnosis

Claustrophobia is a fear of confined spaces.  It can happen in a variety of places, including airplanes, elevators, cars, etc.  I had a client with all of the above, plus one I had not heard before:  car washes.  Fear is such an unnecessary and easily fixable limitation on living.

Pam of Gig Harbor had a single session with me, and her follow up was immediate.  Yes, changes with hypnotherapy and NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming are immediate, when done right.  Pam felt comfortable enough to get inside that car inside a car wash the day after our session.  She says:

“Hi Connie, I am excited to share and say thank you.  🙂  I went through the car wash yesterday for the first time in ages! …once I entered I was fine and even wondered what was “the big deal?”  Thank you thank you, thank you.  Wishing you an outstanding day!”  — Pam Fox, Gig Harbor, WA.

That’s right.  Now Pam is free to comfortably do all the things she could not before, involving constricted spaces.  Way to go, Pam!

What are you afraid of? When you get tired of being and doing that, let me know. Skilled hypnosis works! Unfortunately, in Washington State there is no credentialing for hypnotherapy services, and any bozo can open up a shingle and “pretend” to do this work. It’s very much a buyer beware market. That’s one of the reasons I share real people with real success: Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP clients.

Warm Regards,

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Positive Transformations With Neuro Linguistic Hypnotherapy

Life is Good!

It’s February!  Yay!  And I’m of a musing mind.  Here’s a story:

Another client reports to me that she has said “adios” to her years upon years long counselor after working with me a few sessions. Now, I’m not saying that talk therapist counselors are inept, wrong-minded and wrap people deeper and deeper into their problems, with an endless quest for “why,”…obviously my client is feeling so much more empowered and happy in her life that she simply doesn’t feel the need to go sit and whine about problems anymore. She agreed with my plan: get rid of them instead!

Everything about this girl has changed, and it’s so beautiful to see. She came in hiding under a hood, so filled with anxiety and fear and paranoia in her life, face twitching and chewing her lip, insomnia, jealousy … She looks different now, her hair, her makeup, her clothes, her posture, her tonality (confident!!), her face is smooth and beautiful, she smiles, she reports that she is sleeping “better than she ever has,” she’s glowing, says this has impacted her kids, they’re laughing and smiling and enjoying life more, too. That’s what a little creative NLP/hypnosis will do for you. It’s been less than a month since I began working with her.

I often notice that the people with the quote unquote “biggest problems” are the ones to have the easiest, most dramatic transformation. They’ve hypnotized themselves into having problems, and we re-direct all that creative power in a new direction, one that feels better and leads to achieving their goals instead. I love what I do!!!!!!!!!!!!

A new client was paying me yesterday and made a semi-snarky comment about how getting the money must be my favorite part. No way. You’re mistaking me for some other Seattle area hypnotist(s). The above description of a positive transformation is my favorite part. That’s why I do this.

Warm Regards,

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Are you Ready?

Are you ready?

Another client testimonial.  Michael of Seattle says:  “I lost 4 pounds!  (the first week).  I’m loving it!  I’m eating less, and food tastes better.”

That’s right.  You’ll eat less and enjoy it more.  No “deprivation,” you’ll just be doing what feels right, naturally.

With hypnosis, we install the same unconscious strategies that “naturally slender” people use.  A strategy inside our mind determines our habits, our responses, our behaviors.  Let’s make it a healthy one.

It’s February.  Have your healthy New Year’s Resolutions faltered with sheer “will power.”  Let’s use all of your mind power, and make change easy and accessible.

Call me and I’ll explain more about how it all works.  And work it does!  Magnificently well.  Mindworks Hypnosis– voted Best of Bellevue 2011 for “Weight Loss and Control Program.”  BEST.  That means most effective.  More so than other diet programs out there, other diet clinics, other hypnotists.

Personally, I want the best.  You deserve the best.  Call me.  Connie Brannan @ (425) 564-8608.

Warm Regards,

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NLP for Personal Change & Success 1Day Workshop

Your Trainers
Connie and Michael Brannan

Hello, hypnotic interested parties!

Who wants more personal satisfaction in life?  More confidence?  More influence?  More joy?  Who wants to control their habits?  NLP is a super-streamlined avenue to personal change.  It’s been called “hypnosis on steroids.”  Who wants in on our 1-day workshop this Saturday? For an investment of only $97, it may just change your life.

1 Day Seminar NLP for Personal Change & Success – Registration Closed.  Future dates to be announced.

NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) can be defined as:  the study of human excellence.  If it weren’t already taken, the slogan for NLP could be:  “Be all that you can be.”  Yes, you can.  We’ll help you get there, with the transformational secrets you’ll learn in this amazing 1-day event.

Now is the time to improve your life!! Learn and experience incredible subconscious communication tools for personal (& business) success, and pumping up your joy and fulfillment.  It’s all about crafting your own experience of life, “driving your own bus,” as co-creator of NLP, Richard Bandler, says.

Learn simple techniques you can use immediately to increase personal satisfaction, self confidence, influence and power.  Eliminate undesirable habits!  Program in more useful ones.  Control your emotional states and more!

This seminar/workshop is hands on, with class demonstrations and exercises as well as lecture.  So you can expect a very interactive and experiential training event.  You will learn with not one, but TWO Licensed Trainers of Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™, Connie & Michael Brannan.

Our price for this seminar is $97 to enjoy the FULL day’s experience.  Ample free parking available.   We’ll be providing coffee, decaf, tea, and pastries in the training room.  There’s a restaurant on site as well as numerous other choices nearby for lunch.

Space is limited, so sign up now to guarantee yours!
Location: Bellevue, Washington 98004

Call me, Connie, at (425) 564-8608 for any info or questions or sign up now.  Or, if you’re ready to rock and roll, here’s the “buy now” button.  Sometimes you’ve just got to take action in your life and GO FOR IT.  🙂  Sorry, registration is now closed for this event.  There’s still time to get in our our 2/11/12 event:  NLP for Sales & Business Success!  More here:

Warm Regards,

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New Years Resolution Giveaway! Enter to Win 3 Free Hypnosis CDs!

Lose Weight with Bellevue hypnotherapy, for your positive changes through hypnosis.
You could win this!

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

New Years is a marker, a time for fresh beginnings.  A time for looking and moving forward.  A time for your healthy New Years Resolutions.  Michael and I want to help you succeed in that!  Right now, we are offering a giveaway for our newsletter subscribers.

A free drawing.  A chance to win.  Win what?  Three titles (of your choosing) from my Sensory Enhanced Hypnosis audio CDs.  I have 7 titles to choose from including Lose Weight and Feel Great, Stop Smoking, the Stress Management Program.  More information about my products is here:  AMAZING HYPNOSIS CDS.

These are essentially “hypnosis sessions in a box.”  Nothing is a as powerful as individual one-on-one Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy, but these CDs are a tool for your success as well.

How to enter?  Simply join our mailing list to “The Monthly Trance.”  It’s free to join.  All that is required is your email address.  Here’s the link.

Get Tranced!

It’s also on the home page of Mindworks Hypnosis  on the upper left.  On January 1st, we’ll pick a name at random from our current US subscribers, and one will win their choice of the CDs.  The lucky winner will be notified by email.

The Monthly Trance archives are here.  They’re articles, tips, processes, events and more about the doings of Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.  Stay in the loop!  🙂

Yes, New Years is looming, which for me personally is a wonderful thing.  My wedding anniversary, 26 years now, happens in a few weeks.  I like fresh, I like new.  We’re moving to a new home in January as well.  (My office stays in Bellevue!)  All this is good.  I’m resolving that 2012 should be my best year ever!  Do you likewise!

Warm Regards,
Connie & Michael

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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,


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