March 25, 2015

Aries - Pure Potential

I am the embryo cradled in the world,
The fresh seed flowering in June,
The very beginning spark of the match,
The skeleton key that unlocks every latch.

The fertilized egg, waiting to be born,
Pure potential, calm before the storm,
The killer whale diving deep in the sea,
The infinite cosmos, the divine mystery.

The midnight cat who runs feral and wild,
The softest bunny held by the child,
The initial thought that becomes an idea,
The manifestor who makes things real.

Unrealized energy waiting to be free,
The pure potential to grow into me,
The opportunity, the workings of chance,
I am the choreographer of my own dance.

March 18, 2015

How Many Sessions Will It Take?

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive as a hypnotherapist is: how many hypnotherapy sessions will it take for my issue to be resolved?

Most people start with three sessions. The initial consultation is 90 minutes long to allow for a thorough intake. This is "the getting to know you" session. Usually we record a short hypnosis technique to be used between sessions. 

The second session is usually 60 minutes and dedicated to building up resources. Insights from the initial session and affirmations are combined with hypnosis techniques designed to build up the willpower "muscle".

The third session varies on the nature of the problem. It can be used for release of past trauma, managing current stressors/triggers, and/or for reinforcing the positive changes occurring. From there, we make a plan on what would be the most beneficial, depending on whether the client feels complete, would like to continue to explore their inner landscape, or has a different issue to be addressed.

Some people have complete resolution in one session, others take longer. Most people experience a subtle shift right away, which brings a sense of relief and being back in control of your life and the ability to make healthier choices. Simply picking up the phone is the first step to success, just as joining a gym or signing up for a yoga class is the first step - after that, showing up, practicing, and following through on your intentions is what creates truly long term, successful solutions.

One of the problems with hypnosis is how it is portrayed in the media - I do not have a pocket watch that induces instant trance with instant results. I would love to have a magic hypno wand that makes everything better, but the truth is, your issue is worth dedicating some time and investing some energy into, so as to truly have deep understanding and develop wisdom.

Statistics show that hypnotherapy has a 93% success rate after 6 sessions, as compared to a 38% success rate after 600 sessions for psychoanalysis (that's once a week for 12 years)*. While hypnosis has a different scope of practice than traditional talk therapy, it is a great adjunct and can be a way to accelerate the healing process.

Please call or email for more information or for an appointment and experience insights for personal growth and transformation today.

* Study by Dr. Alfred Barrios, published in American Health Magazine, August 2007

March 11, 2015

Millionaire Mindsets

Tap into your inner Donald Trump or Bill Gates - what would you like to do as a millionaire, philanthropist or simply for a secure future? In this workshop we will examine poverty consciousness, blocks to abundance and develop an attitude of gratitude, self love, self respect and self worth. Learn how to build upon a firm foundation of success developing a millionaire mindset. Bring a journal and a pen. Private lessons also available.

WhenSaturday, March 14, 2015 10:00 AM to 12 noon

Where: The Rose Sanctuary
Price: $20.00 per person

RSVP limit: 10 "Yes" RSVPs

March 4, 2015

Past Life Regression

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart ... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." - Carl Jung

As a hypnotherapist, one of my ultimate favorite sessions is doing past life regressions. Whether one believes in last lives or not, these sessions are always  profound, insightful, and deeply healing. I have had clients come to do past life regressions in order to understand current life patterns, such as overspending and overeating; find forgiveness for their childhood abuser; and release feelings of karmic debt from failed relationships. I have guided over two dozen sessions, and some clients have experienced this process more than once. Personally, I have worked with other hypnotherapists and have experienced three past lives. Here is the most recent one.

 Intention: What would be beneficial for me now in my healing practice?
 Affirmation: I will say yes to giving my gift this lifetime

 The hypnotherapist had me get comfortable and warm on the massage table. We started with some deep breathing and a basic relaxation technique. Then she counted down from ten to one, with the instruction to discover in my minds eye a safe comfortable place to begin today's journey. I go into trance extremely easily and quickly, and always find it quite pleasant. I felt very curious and full of wonder of what I might discover today.

I found myself imagining being in my back yard on a warm spring day. The sun was shining, I could smell the jasmine, and both the cats were keeping me good company. I noticed the sounds of hummingbird wings and my neighbors off in the distance, I felt very safe and secure. I moved a statue of Kuan Yin over to the power corner of the garden (as according to fend shui), and took a moment to pay tribute to the goddess of healing and compassion. Kuan Yin is often depicted with her head tilted to one side, in order to hear the cries of suffering from humankind. I took a moment to reflect on all the deep listening I do for my clients, and prayed they always felt my office to be sanctuary to release their woes and find peace.

Now the hypnotherapist led me through a second countdown, and I felt as if I was traveling through time. I saw Eskimo faces, Romany gypsies, African tribes, all flashing before my eyes in quick succession. At zero she had me simply look at my feet, then my clothes, then the surroundings, taking in the sights, the sounds,the smells, all the colors and textures, even the tastes. I knew the time of day, the season, even the year in incredible detail.... I was in China, in the year 500 a.d.

I looked down at my tiny feet, aware I was wearing white silk pants and a blue silk shirt. At first I felt genderless, then noticed I was a 13 year old girl. My feet were hurting, as we're my shoulders, and I noticed the way the smooth wooden yoke fit across my neck, the way my hands balanced the buckets, which were filled not with water but an assortment of herbs and mushrooms. I walked back to the compound, aware of the dust and the smell of my sweat, stopping at a small hut to gather up supplies.

Then I went from room to room doing my honorable task for each of my aunties - taking off the tight bindings and bathing their feet with fresh spring water and herbs. The smell is incredible, the twisted toes forced into tiny shoes, and again and again the admonishment to keep this secret. I am not royal nor a peasant, so my feet are not as tightly bound, my role is to perpetuate tradition, to find sacred in the mundane. I cleanse and purify, applying herbs as salves and poultices, massaging calves to encourage blood flow before reapplying the restrictive bindings.

The hypnotherapist has me fast forward into this life. I have a husband, who I recognize as my brother in this lifetime. Their are bunches of herbs drying in the rafters, hanging in pouches along the wall. I am well versed in herbs for infertility as well as for inducing menses, the only contraceptive of the time. I myself am infertile, and I feel cursed, yet blessed that my husband remains by my side.

I see myself stirring up salves, unguents, lotions. I continue to tend to the ladies, and see babies birthing between my hands. Sometimes they are still born, And I take their tiny bodies down to a special burial place at Kuan Yin's temple. These are my spirit children, and I know my task is to guide their spirits in the most sacred of ways. and always, keep it secret, secret, secret.

Now the hypnotherapist gently guides me to the moment of my death. I am forty years old, surrounded by nieces and nephews, always a favorite auntie. I pass quite peacefully, my devoted husband by my side, surrounded by clay jars sealed with beeswax with flowers pressed into them.

The hypnotherapist counts me back to my safe space. Back in the garden, i realize this is where my cats are buried in the yard. I have intense memories of reading Chinese Folktales as a kid, which i was fascinating by, and Mary Daly in college, her descriptions of Chinese foot binding being both horrifying and fascinating. More images flash before my eyes, including washing both Jesus and Marys feet with my hair during reiki I and ii. Then i see my paternal grandmother, Nona Thersa, her gnarled feet and discolored toenails. I briefly experience the double foot surgery I went through when I was in sixth grade, my feet being bound by ice skates. My mom had the same surgery at the same time, her feet messed up by wearing shoes much too small due to the extreme poverty she lived in as a child in postwar Sweden. Here was the aha moment of seeing an ancestral pattern.

The hypnotherapist counted me up to this dimension. We spent some time processing the session, then said our goodbyes. The session was so rich and qualitatively different from other hypnosis sessions, the amount of detail and deep knowing feeling is like nothing else I have ever experienced. I hope this sparked your own sense of curiosity and wonder... Please feel free to contact me with any questions or to set up a session to experience a past life regression of your own.

February 25, 2015

Pisces The Mermaid

I am she who goes with the flow,
I know when to surface as well as the depths below,
I'm familiar with the tides both high and low,
I play in the sunshine and bask in the the moon's glow.

I have many stories, yes I know many tales,
I'm friends with the wind and all who set sails.
I swim with the dolphins, otters and great whales,
I ride out the storm and laugh in the gales.

I know where sunken treasure lies in the deep.
I know many secrets, all of them I keep.
Some fill me with joy, some make me weep.
All acts of faith start with a leap.

My beauty is a legendary, over time it does not fade.
I adorn myself with coral, pearls and Jade.
Come out to the ocean, in the shallows where I wade.
I'm here for you - Pisces, The Mermaid.