Posted in: Musings, NLP

“At Cause” Your Life to be Wonderful

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ™
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Posted in: Hypnosis, NLP

The Hypnotic Spread — Success, that is!

Walt Disney was a hypnotist?

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

“Life has improved drastically.”  One of the interesting things about hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming is their power to “generalize” success into several areas of life simultaneously.  This often happens.  A positive change does not happen inside a vacuum, it happens inside a life, and life is movement and connections, with fingers which reach and intertwine and grow.

One healthy change leads to more healthy changes.  🙂  Once your mind gets rolling in that way (the purpose of what I do–focusing your mind on success), well, the desired changes happen quickly.  And spread more success.  The testimonial below is from a woman who got more than she bargained for when she came in for hypnosis.

Here is Kelli Zielinksi’s report of the dramatic changes she’s noticing in her life after a few sessions of Neuro Linguistic Hypnotherapy:

“Hi Connie, I’m doing fabulously! Working with you has absolutely changed my life, here’s some things I’ve noticed:

-Much more relaxed and focused; I’m able to deal with situations better than before when I get stressed, and am able to get into a state of calm when I need to.  My working life has improved drastically

-I’m sleeping properly!  I love that I sleep so much better; not only am I off the medication I used to have to take almost  nightly to help me sleep, I also find that the sleep I get is a lot deeper.

-Dropped two pant sizes

-Eating appropriate portions

-Drinking more water

-Increased motivation to exercise

I’ve lost weight, but the best part is not worrying so much about the weight. Instead, I’m focusing on healthy habits, and the rest is just working itself out. I feel like I’m in control and have the right priorities, rather than worrying so much about comparing myself to others. It’s a great feeling!


Way to go, Kelli!  Thank you for sharing your success and allowing me to share it with the world here on my blog and website.  Yes, hypnosis works.  It has an effect.  It changes lives for the better.  It’s amazing.  It’s power.  Not the hypnotist’s power, it’s the client’s mind that has the power.  Kelli did this, amazingly well.  Yay, Kelli!

With the right tools, success is easy.  Find yours.

Warm Regards,

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Posted in: NLP

The School Side of Mindworks – Learn NLP ®

Michael and I are in a mini video making orgy!  Having fun with it.  Here’s another video, this one about the school side of what we do – Mindworks NLP, our Seattle NLP Training.  We teach the methodologies of success that I use to help people in my office.  Here is your “take life by the horns yourself” version of success – by learning and creating a better life experience for yourself.

We’re selling power.  Get yours anytime.  Here’s the NLP website:

We are Licensed through Dr. Richard Bandler to teach these methodologies of success.  He created NLP.  He’s the guy!!!  I call him “The King.”  It’s not some watered-down, wannabe version calling it self NLP, it’s NLP®.  Registered Trademark.  We sell the real deal.  We are the real deal, two of Dr. Bandler’s Licensed Trainers of NLP®.

It’s the not so secret secret of my success helping clients.

We offer taster seminars to full-blown certification training programs.  Learn more here:  It really is amazing!  It’s the study of successful thinking, and it’s also a “high tech hypnosis.”

If you’ve been following my blog, you know this is my passion.  I’d love to share it with you.

Warm Regards,

Posted in: Hypnosis

Hypnosis Works for Weight Loss!

Hypnotherapy makes happy.

I love to share happy client reports.  Here’s another.  Woman came in for weight management–in two weeks she’s lost 5 pounds.  She’s happy with that beginning.  But what she’s found to be true was something unexpected (to her) that I see all the time.  Positive changes roll like a snowball.  They intertwine and touch so many aspects of our lives.

She is focusing on healthy and feeling better about herself, and that is manifesting in a number of noticeable ways beyond food and exercise.  Her attitude on life has changed, which is improving her work, and improving her relationships.  Here’s what K.C. of Bellevue, Washington said to me yesterday:

“It’s an astonishing transformation!  I’m so happy!  I’m so grateful.”

Yes, hypnosis works for weight loss.  And so much more.

I sell professional services.  It’s not like a can of peas.  Well, they sell it at this store and they sell it at that store and it doesn’t matter where I buy it.  At this one place I’ll save 10 cents.  These are professional, personalized services, and the difference is the skill set, passion, intelligence, and creativity of the practitioner.  We hypnotists and hypnotherapists, we’re not all selling the same thing.  Not at all.

I’m selling success and transformation.  Ask K. C.  of Bellevue.  Or call me and I’ll be happy to tell you more about Neuro Linguistic Hypnotherapy:  (425) 564-8608.

Warm Regards,

Posted in: Hypnosis

“I Feel Like I Can Do Anything”

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

I love it when my clients have success, and I also love to hear about it.  A successful weight loss client talked with me yesterday, months after we began our work.  Here’s what she says:

“It’s amazing.  I’m such a different person from who I was.  I’m happy, confident, very positive.  People around me are noticing and commenting.  Best of all, I’m not so hard on myself, I’ve learned to say nice things to myself.  I’m so much happier.  I feel like I can do anything.”  K.J., Renton, WA.

Hypnosis and NLP–which has been called “hypnosis on streroids”–they work!

Warm Regards,

Connie Brannan, CHt.
Connie Brannan, CHt.


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Posted in: Events, Hypnosis

A Chance to Trance – My New Offering at Bellevue College

Hi, Hypnosis Enthusiasts & Interested Parties!

You never stop learning!  Not ever.  That’s one of my core beliefs, and as such it leads to the possibility of creating continuously a life more in alignment with pleasure, joy, success, power, and so on.  Learning gives you the ability to rudder your own ship.  Learning is power.  Learning is magic.  Learning keeps your mind sharp and young.

Who wants an easy and FUN one-evening learning experience, which just happens to be amazingly useful as well?  (And inexpensive.)  I’m offering something new at Bellevue College, as part of the Personal Development Continuing Education program.  Info:

A Chance to Trance: Discover Hypnosis for Goal Achievement

Everyone can be hypnotized and learn to focus their own unconscious minds in powerful ways to achieve their goals. If you’ve ever wondered what trance is like, here’s your chance to experience it. A Chance to Trance. Experience hypnosis first hand and be guided through an ingenious process of goal manifestation by Master Hypnotist & Licensed Trainer of NLP, Connie Brannan. Bring a pillow, if you like, and bring a goal for your life success!

A Chance to Trance: Discover Hypnosis for Goal Achievement

Item: R8970 Connie Brannan
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM North Campus   Room: V1104
Sessions: 1 W Address: 14673 NE 29th Place Bellevue, WA 98007
8/3/2011 – 8/3/2011 Fee: $39.00

If you’re in the Seattle area, you’re close enough to get in on this!  It’s not just information, it’s DOING.  I guide the whole group into a wonderful trance and lead them through a change process of goal setting and manifestation.  It’s cool.  It’s ingenious.  It’s something I’ve created that I use one-on-one with my clients for their life goals, and it’s POWERFUL.  It works!

And, notice the amazingly low, low cost of just $39 for the evening’s trance experience.  Bellevue College set that price, not me.  I think what I’m offering is beyond price.  Judge for yourself.  Join me.  The sign up link (you must sign up through Bellevue College) is here:

Come one and come all (class size limit 20) for this unique experience.  It just may change your life.

Warm Regards,

Connie Brannan, CHt.
Connie Brannan, CHt.
Posted in: Hypnosis, Musings


My mother often had moments she called “Aha!” moments–when some insight was gleaned and something suddenly made sense to her, or shifted her thinking.  She turned these moments into poetry.  She was a poet, as well as an artist!  🙂

I just had an “Aha!” moment.   My “Aha!” moments turn into stories for my hypnosis clients, and blog entries!  Here it is.

I was on Facebook, which I enjoy, when I encountered an unexpected difficulty, an undesired “shift.” I was typing away, and out of the blue my computer keyboard screwed up, and began typing symbols instead of letters. I couldn’t “undo” that weirdness, the shift functionality was ON and I couldn’t figure out how to turn it off, and couldn’t finish and “publish” my thought for Facebook. What’s going on? I wondered, what strange combination of function keys did I accidentally touch and activate??

I tried hitting several varieties of keys to undo the problem, alt/caps lock, function number keys, etc. Nothing. It kept with the goofy symbols instead of writing. Then I noticed, there was a crumb, a hardened crumb, somehow wedged in the side of the “shift” key, holding it down.

I brushed it off, and everything worked perfectly again.  Sometimes the best solutions are the easiest, straightforward, and overlooked.

That’s right!  🙂

Warm Regards,

Posted in: Hypnosis

The best time of your life is now.

The best time of your life is now.

We all have “plans.”  Plans for the future.  Grand schemes.  And that’s terrific.  We all have a past.  Yesterday, last week, last year.  Five years old.  And that’s terrific, too.  People think about those things, sometimes too much.  To the neglect of today.  Right now.

What are you doing right now?  Besides reading my blog…  What is the state of your mind and body?   Is there joy, is there fun, is there passion?  Is there motivation?  Is there happy?  Are you smelling the spring roses?   Are you LIVING, or are you waiting?  Are you living, or are you remembering?

Don’t wait to remember that right now is an important time of your life, too.  Right now, this instant.  If you’re not enjoying fully the state of your mind and body and experience of life at this moment, know this:  you can change it.  Easier and quicker than you think.

And, as I explain to every client who enters my office door, when you change how you feel, you change how you think, and you change what you DO.   It’s seamless.   If you want to feel something different, right now, not ten years down the road, if you want to see life differently, if you’re ready to hear new  and improved thoughts in your own head, and DO life differently in a way that makes more good feelings flow, hypnosis and NLP is a tool for you.  Experience it.  The best time of your life is right now.

I know that’s true.  Do you?

Warm Regards,

Posted in: Hypnosis

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

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.

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:


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: and  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.

Banish Holiday Stress Event