I have been a licensed hypnotherapist for over 25 years, well before I learned the wonders of energy psychology. For most of my early life I was terrified of being hypnotized and thought it meant being in someone’s power. No way was I going to try it!
But when I attended a weekend psychology training many years ago, I met a delightful man named Dewey who was a professional hypnotherapist. He invited all of us who were wary about hypnosis to meet with him after the day’s classes were done so he could show us what hypnosis was all about. I was really impressed with his demonstration and his warm personality.
At that time I was suffering from an intense fear of flying that had persisted for many years. I was so terrified of getting on a plane that in my mid twenties I traveled from New York City to Los Angeles by train and stayed put. This fear definitely put a crimp in my life and kept me from vacationing in far off places and even from accepting offers to teach workshops in other states.
I tried every kind of therapy to overcome my terror including past life work. Although I discovered that in a past life I had been thrown off a tower in the middle ages, it did not lessen my fear. Finally I decided to try hypnosis and called Dewey for help.
I will never forget my first meeting with him. After some talk and relaxation, Dewey suggested that in a moment one hand would rise and not be able to fall back onto my lap. Since I was still not completely sure that I wanted to “go under,” I hoped it wouldn’t work. I thought of raising my hand but nothing happened. “My hand isn’t moving,” I said rebelliously. He replied, “OK, then just lift your hand up.” Of course I could do that easily. Once my arm was up he said, “Now try to put it down.” OMG, it wouldn’t’ budge! I laughed out loud and said, “I guess that I am hypnotized with my eyes open!!”
So you see, I never did have to “go under” or be in anyone’s power. I trusted Dewey and enjoyed our few sessions together. Then I tested the efficacy of hypnosis by flying from Los Angeles to San Francisco with my husband. It was only a little more than one hour so I felt safe. The flight went uneventfully and I was not scared at all. When we arrived in San Francisco I immediately phoned Dewey triumphantly.
After that experience I eagerly learned how to use hypnotherapy in my practice and helped many people overcome fears, stresses and cravings. I still bump into a man that I helped stop smoking over 10 years ago. He couldn’t believe that he could give up a 40 year habit in 2 sessions. Whenever we meet he reminds me that he is still stopped.
Even though I use EFT with most of my clients, I believe that at the root of most of the recent energy techniques like EMDR, EFT, TAT, AIT, REMAP and the Phoenix Effect Process, is the experience of single focused awareness. That is also what you experience in hypnotherapy. Best of all, you can learn self-hypnosis and treat yourself at will.