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Occasionally I get asked if I can help recover lost or repressed memories. The short answer is no. 

Memories aren't "recovered", they are reconstructed, and don't necessarily depict events as they truly happened. Our perception of an event can heavily influence what we remember and how we remember it. If there isn't a lot to go on, our brains are happy to fill in the gaps. Sometimes outside influences can even cause us to "remember" something that never happened, creating false memories. For these reasons I think it's irresponsible to use regression for memory recall. 

Having said that, there is absolutely a place for regression therapy if the goal is to overcome trauma or reframe the past. In this framework we're using the subjectivity of memory to create a more empowered perception of past events. When done properly, the process can be extremely powerful and even life-changing. 

So there you have it. Memory isn't a video recording that can be played back from start to finish. It's much more subjective and fluid-- which for the purpose of emotional healing, can actually be a good thing.

So yes, it's been a couple of years since my last blog post. Truth be told I've been pretty busy as a full time teacher and part time hypnotist. Most of the thoughts I've take time to write have been posted on my Facebook page.

I'm taking time to blog again for a couple of reasons. First, because I enjoy writing. A blog is good for loosening up and writing in a non-restrictive format. I need more practice with that. Perfectionism is a writer's worst enemy as the say, or at least I do. 

The second reason is because I am in transition from a part time practice to a full time practice. Hypnosis is what I do now. For the past couple of years I've been content to see clients here and there in the relatively small town I live in. It's time to expand my horizons! I'm doing so in part by creating a bigger web presence, which includes offering sessions online and providing education and commentary on hypnosis in general. Let's face it: there are still plenty of misconceptions about what we hypnotists do. For every person I can give a better understanding of this empowering practice, the better world it will be. 

I'll be posting at least once a week, so be sure to check in. Some entries will be short and concise. Others will be longer and rambling, sort of like this post. I won't restrict my thoughts to hypnosis exclusively, but I will stay within the general theme of the mind. Since, like consciousness, there is no universal definition of where hypnosis ends or begins, I don't see any reason to be overly-narrow. 
Until the next time!

 

Why Complaining Rewires Your Brain to be Negative 

I've never considered that complaining "feels good" and can therefore become addictive, but it kind of makes sense, doesn't it?

 

Following a consultation this evening, a new client left my office voicing certainty of her success and excited for the changes to come. Now that's the way to approach hypnosis! Expentancy in large part determines an outcome, and this is especially true when working with the mind. That's the beauty of hypnosis: it works, as much as anything, because we decide it does. Because we decide to take charge!

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Here's a great article from thechangeblog.com on how to approach exercise in a different light, thereby setting yourself up for success instead of failure. The same basic principle applies to about anything you want to accomplish.

Though the author probably doesn't know it, this is what's known in hypnotherapy as "reframing"!

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I was really pleased with Thursday's Invision Hypnotherapy piece in the local paper. Making the front page was certainly a surprise. Slow news cycle, I guess. Still, as an obscure business owner trying to get the word out, I can hardly complain.

A few random thoughts:

The title initially caught me off guard. I've tried to keep hypnosis and and my teaching career in two separate worlds. Seeing the two appear in a single headline jolted me for some reason, like my secret identity had been revealed. A teacher practicing hypnosis? Why would they focus on that? Then I thought: meh. The cat's officially out of the bag, and that's okay. I'm sure there are plenty of elementary teachers who practice part-time hypnotherapy on the side.

Emma Penrod did a great job on the story. I'm glad she put a lot of focus on the myths and misconceptions of hypnosis. For certain, the biggest obstacle to opening a hypnotherapy practice in Tooele is that few people in the area have any direct experience with it. That hypnosis is a viable option for your average Joe or Jill isn't even in the collective consciousness out here. What I feel I have to get across more than anything is that hypnotism is a practical, scientifically-proven method for self improvement. It isn't weird or mystical. The article does a great job of getting that across.

That clear dangling ball I'm holding up in the picture? It's a pendulum, for the record. I pulled it out to explain how stereotypical trinkets like the swinging pendulum or swirling disk don't have inherent hypnotic powers, but merely give the eyes a focal point. I should have known the moment I dangled it in front of my face that the photographer had her money shot. And that's how I managed to reinforce the swinging pendulum stereotype I was trying to debunk.

Which brings me to my only real complaint about the article. The photograph. It looks like I'm demonstrating proper hand posture at a tea party.

Other than that, I couldn't be happier.