I often hear 2 main concerns after a client’s first hypnosis session. Interestingly enough, these concerns are completely opposite from one another.
Sometimes a client will say, “I feel really relaxed and peaceful, but I’m not sure the hypnosis worked because I could hear everything you said during the trance.”
Other times a client will say, “I feel really relaxed and peaceful, but I’m not sure the hypnosis worked because I don’t remember anything you said during the trance.”
Curious, right? So which client was hypnotized?
Don’t be misled by theses 2 signs. Read on to find out more, and to discover what kinds of things hypnosis can help you with.
What is Hypnosis?
First, what is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of focus, and quieting or softening, of the analytical or conscious mind. (Does hypnosis work? Yes, and you can read more about how it works here.)
So which client was hypnotized?
When you’re in a state of hypnosis and you hear every word the practitioner says, it means your conscious mind is paying close attention.
Alternately, when you don’t remember anything the practitioner said during the trance, it means your conscious mind drifted off.
Either way is best because with hypnosis I’m not speaking to the conscious mind anyway, I’m speaking to your unconscious mind.
The unconscious mind is 95% of the brain, and it’s where your deeply held beliefs, patterns, and behaviors are stored. Hypnosis helps you access this part of the mind to connect to your intuition and make positive changes.
What are some issues hypnosis can help with? Just this past week, I used hypnosis to help clients with confidence, sleep issues, chronic procrastination, anxiety, and public speaking.
Here’s what clients say about their experience with hypnosis:
I know a lot of people out there are skeptical about hypnosis or hypnotherapy. I was one of them too before I met Deborah. (By the way, I did a lot of research before making the final decision to see her.) I’ve had three sessions with Deborah so far. First two sessions, hypnosis helped me feel relaxed and calm emotionally. I could never imagine myself being so relaxed and peaceful, especially in the middle of Manhattan. No way! —Tom P.
A terrific session with Deborah, who’s friendly, powerful, generous. I am dealing with issues of grief, but also a touch of writer’s block…something I consider part of the process, but I figured hypnosis might push through my hesitancy. The next day I zoomed through the problematic part of what I was writing and am rolling on! Unbelievable, except I’ve had incredible results with Deborah before. –Katherine V.
I cannot express how amazing Deborah is and how drastically my life & outlook has changed for the better since my first hypnosis session. Seven months ago, I went to see her while I was in a horrible state of depression as I was re-adjusting back to my hometown of NYC after leaving a draining job but much more comfortable lifestyle in the Middle East, and rekindling a negative past relationship at the same time. Within 45 minutes of my first hypnosis session, I let go of lots of negative feelings from my past & present and felt so much happiness! –Sarah C.
Many people think hypnosis is an odd thing to do. That it won’t work for them. I encourage you to try it and have an open mind. It just might be more amazing in Session 1 than you imagine. My nutritionist recommended Deborah and so far I’ve lost 40 pounds. I’m very pleased and am down a size. I’m throwing my old clothes away because I’m convinced the changes are permanent.
I also actually enjoy our sessions a lot. I go into deep relaxation in a minute or two. Deborah has given me self-hypnosis exercises I do at home that help me relax, resist eating, and give me peace of mind. Before I tried hypnosis I thought I wouldn’t be a good subject. But I was wrong and would encourage you to give it a shot, whatever you are trying to achieve. –Jerry S.
I’d never been to a hypnotist before, but had struggled with anxiety disorder for at least a decade. I had tried a lot to improve it — diet, exercise, meditation, lowering stressors in my life — but was unwilling to turn to medication as a full-time answer. A friend had visited Deborah for her anxiety, so I decided it was worth a try.
The session felt very relaxing and enjoyable. Deborah taught me how to continue with self-hypnosis as needed. I felt much more relaxed after my session, and the anxiety symptoms didn’t return until a week later. I did the self-hypnosis and they were gone almost right away. They returned less intensely a few times after that, and each time I did the self-hypnosis. Now it’s been almost a year and those symptoms are (knock on wood) entirely gone. I had no idea it would work so quickly and efficiently!
Deborah said I was teaching my brain to channel anxiety in a different way, and even that visual helped me to re-imagine my experiences of fear and worry. I 100% recommend a session with Deborah, and suggest being completely open and trusting of what she’s saying. I don’t think it would work as well without trust in yourself and in her method. –Peggy K.
Have something you want to change or work through, and you’re not sure if hypnosis can help? Let me know and we can discuss it. I’m here to help! Or go ahead and book a session here.
I just finished a great class this past weekend with the amazing trainer John Overdurf.
We talked a lot about how the brain works when we’re trying to make a decision, and ways to optimize this process so we can make better ones.
I always love John’s classes–he’s always finding new techniques to facilitate peak performance. In fact, he trains top CEOs (e.g. the head of Toyota).
Read on to discover how to make better decisions with hypnosis. I’ll show you an easy question you can ask yourself when you’re in the process of making a decision, as well as how hypnosis can put you in the right state of mind to have an Ah-ha moment.
Decision-Making Gone Wrong
We often forget a couple of key things when we make decisions.
1. We think that we can accurately predict the future, when actually variables are always changing (including us!). I know I’m guilty of often trying to live in the future–can you relate?
2. We often try to make important decisions when we’re stressed. When we’re in a negative state, such as feeling stressed, we’re only using half our brain (the dominant hemisphere). This severely limits our options.
So how to make better decisions with hypnosis?
Hypnosis helps us use both parts of our brain, activating the sub-dominant hemisphere. This helps us access our intuition and creativity, feeling relaxed and connected to ourselves.
Hypnosis also helps us reinterpret problems, noticing what is new and different. This is when the Ah-ha moments happen, and we can come up with solutions we never even considered before.
One Simple Question
Here’s a simple question you can ask yourself when you’re getting ready to make a decision. Hypnosis greatly facilitates this process, but you can do this on your own as well. Before you ask this question, do something to get yourself in a relaxed state of mind: maybe closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths.
Then ask yourself:
What’s the smallest next step I need to take involving this decision?
So often we think too big picture, and we become overwhelmed and stressed. I’ve learned to ask myself this question whenever I’m working on a big project and find it really helps. It’s such a simple question, and yet it’s such a powerful way to retrain your brain (which is what hypnosis is all about).
Asking yourself this simple question makes it more manageable, and will give you more information to go on once you’ve completed this next smallest step as you engage in the process of making decisions.
Then you can repeat the question, step by step, working toward figuring out what you want to do and making better decisions throughout.
Need some additional help? Schedule a hypnosis session and we’ll work through the process together. I’ll also show you the Necker Cube technique to help further facilitate the A-Ha moment!
Last week, one of my Reiki students sent me an email asking about the affirmation/oracle cards we used at the beginning of class. She wanted to get a set of her own to use in conjunction with giving Reiki sessions to friends and family.
It got me thinking about how these kind of cards are such an easy, yet powerful way, to connect with your intuition.
My sister gave me a set by Louise Hay, called Power Thought Cards, and I use them almost every day. It’s a quick way to tap into my intuition.
Read on to hear how you can use the cards, my favorite card deck recommendations, and a bonus way Reiki and hypnosis can help you connect with your intuition.
How To Use Affirmation/Oracle Cards
Here’s one way you can use the cards:
- Shuffle the deck, and while you do so, take a deep breath to give yourself a moment to relax: a moment of meditation.
- Ask yourself: “What do I most need to know in this moment?”
- Or ask yourself a question where you need guidance and insight.
- Pick a card and read it, without judgment, being open to receive whatever guidance you need.
- You can leave the card out to reflect on throughout the day.
Using cards can be a concrete way to bypass your critical mind and tune into a deeper part of yourself, your intuition.
Receiving sessions or taking a Reiki class enhances your access to yourself, and the healing unfolds from this inner connectedness, helping you trust yourself more.
What Cards Do I Recommend?
In addition to Louise Hay’s Power Thought Cards, I love Sonia Choquette’s Ask Your Guides and the Voyager Tarot card sets. There are so many options out there–explore and find ones that speak to you.
What are other ways you can build your connection with your intuition? Start paying attention to your intuition this week and see what you notice.
Want additional support? Book a session.
(And let me know if you want to pick a card at the beginning of your next session.)
Clients often ask me how they will be able to tell if they are in a trance. (I use the words trance and hypnosis interchangeably.)
This is a great question, as hypnosis does feel somewhat different from the relaxation of a Reiki or reflexology session. The closest comparison would be the experience of meditation.
But first, if you’re not familiar with hypnosis, I describe it in detail here.
This varies from person to person, but here are 10 ways to tell you’re in a trance:
1. You feel a change in your body. Again, everyone is different, but this might include tingling, numbness, heaviness or lightness, floating, or an absence of feeling in your body.
2. You feel a change in your mind. This might include a slowing down or quieting of that internal chatter, or inner critic. It’s an inward focus without the restrictions of the critical mind.
3. You’re not sure if you fell asleep. You may not remember everything from the session, which is a good thing. Your conscious mind may have drifted off, but I always ensure you’re still awake while your unconscious mind pays close attention to what I’m saying.
4. You can’t do math. Ha! This is one of my favorites. A client was trying to count out the bills to pay me after his session and it took him over 10 minutes. That’s what really convinced him he had been in a trance.
5. You’re more focused. Your mind is able to quiet and settle down and pay attention to what is most important.
6. You see visual imagery. Sometimes in technicolor! Some people are more visual than others, but it’s not uncommon to have a rich visual experience during a trance.
7. You’re not unconscious. Clients sometimes think they will be unconscious. It gets confusing using the words conscious mind and unconscious mind–but that doesn’t mean you’ll be unconscious during your session!
8. You’re more intuitive. I’ve had several clients tell me they knew what I was going to say right before I said it, numerous times during the hypnosis session. Clients often gain clarity and feel more connected to their intuition either during the session or after.
9. You lose track of time. The passage of time feels distorted: you may feel time moves very quickly, or feel like time is drawn out.
10. You feel deeply relaxed. This is an important one (although you don’t have to be relaxed to be in a trance). You feel peaceful and connected to yourself.
You can book here if you’re ready to experience hypnosis for the first time, or need a refresher or have another issue you want to change.