Just think of it, you have a physical body that can be seen and touched. Fall down and you can crack, scrape and damage that body. We have no problem understanding this, because many of us have accidentally hurt our bodies during our lives.
Our mind is a brilliant device that we cannot touch or really see, but if it is not working or if it is not up to speed for us, we notice or at least others may notice. Over a lifetime, we humans can suffer from many injuries to the mind, either through internal disconnects or outside, environmental influences. Just like when the body is hurt, there are interventions that can assist the mind to becoming whole again.
Our spirit is that inner part of use that cannot be attributed to the current body you occupy or the current mind that you operate with. It's that part of us that peeks out in between the mind and body manifestations and it is the enduring energy being that has been you over multiple lifetimes - including the life you are in now.
I base these assertions on my own personal experience of connecting with my spirit as well as my professional experience with clients. I have had the unique opportunity to work with diverse clients with equally diverse beliefs. What I have learned over the years is that more often than not, when we have a problem that surfaces in life, that problem may not be sourced in our physical body. It can be a carry over from a past life, or a negative imprint on the mind from earlier in the current life. My role as a hypnotist coach is to help correct that imbalance regardless of where it is sourced from. Experience has taught me that mindful collaboration between client and practitioner can result in a strategy that helps resolve those concerns that have plagued a person for years.
This job is so wonderful because I learn so much from my clients. A few years ago, at the conclusion of her session, a client asked if it's okay for her to call on her guardian angels during her next session. To me, this brought me reflective pause, and I was impressed that she used these outside influences to help her in her life.
Since this client's question, I began to ask my clients if they had any guides, guardian angels etc., that they would like to integrate into the session. This has been a great strategy that has helped many clients take control of their lives and incorporate their personal beliefs.
For me, I am open minded and know for a fact that we all have guides that help us in our journey. Everyday, I call upon my guides and guardian angels to help me overcome obstacles, solve problems and also to bring out the best for my clients. It's part of my business plan.
Life can be very challenging, so I encourage you to connect with your guides and take advantage of this important resource.
When my cancer was active (I had a rarer form of non Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL) termed mantle cell lymphoma),I used hypnosis to manage my health and my body's response to chemotherapy. While the pain was marginal, the discomfort, depression and anxiety were at times very high. Hypnosis gave me an additional leg up to preparing my body for chemo and radiation therapy and also helped me to bring my mind and self to center.
There is no way I can say that hypnosis cured my cancer - but I am convinced it helped me significantly in coping with it the situation and preparing my body for recovery. What I learned during this time of healing for me is that our bodies are very strong, and when we come to that realization, we can leverage the power of our subconscious mind to have your internal systems start to work more for your benefit.
In no way I am saying that one should give up their medical team - they are amazing folks and I am so thankful for their dedication. In fact, the Johns Hopkins team that saved me I will be grateful to for the rest of my life. But if you are coping through cancer or any other life challenging health crisis, I encourage you to tap into your subconscious mind and start encouraging your body to heal from within.
It's just as effective as in person hypnosis but there are enormous advantages. The client can be remote - which is great when the client is restricted in place - maybe they are bed bound or in hospice care. It also allows for greater confidentiality - the client doesn't need to go to the 'hypnotist's' office. Transportation issues go away as well - all one needs is a phone line. The client can control their environment more - if they need more warmth, etc. And often the client feels safer because they are maintaining a lot of control by being in their own environment. Additionally, the cost is typically lower - or at least it is for my clients - since overhead costs are reduced.
Other points that I have noticed include a slightly stronger hypnotic effect, I think this is because the client is hearing me through earbuds or headphones. Messaging is going in directly and more effectively. Clients seem to be even more relaxed maybe because they are on their own turf.
Clients have recently used my telephone hypnosis sessions for assistance in managing anxiety, stress, pain, nail biting and smoking. If you are considering hypnosis but concerned about any of the issues mentioned above, consider remote hypnosis - it works just as effectively.
Hypnosis can produce amazing results. Below is an email excerpt from one of my clients that was experiencing stage fright and fear.
"I can tell you everything is WONDERFUL with me! My voice feels so solid. I am singing with ease and I just feel more grounded as a person. I just have to say that you are literally changing my life in these sessions. Fear has kept me stagnant for my entire life and it feels so good to be shedding that and living without restriction."
I love my work!
A dear client of mine called to let me know that he is doing great after my smoking cessation program helped to free him from over six decades of smoking.
The client reported that they were feeling better and breathing easier and that they were experiencing more energy. We met for smoking cessation hypnosis about five months ago.
The importance of this case study is that it's never too late to start. A few of my clients have expressed they felt things were hopeless for them. But many invested and believed in themselves and overcame the limiting behavior. YOU CAN TOO.
Give me a call and lets talk.
All you need is a telephone/ computer, earphones and a quiet place. Baltimore Maryland Hypnosis offers telephonic and video conference hypnosis for those that embrace this optional and effective form of hypnosis. This is a successful strategy that I was once skeptical of, but after seeing the great results, I am convinced this is a model of delivery that can significantly help many people that may have been hesitant for an in person session..
There is no doubt that in person hypnosis is really the best delivery model, but with technology becoming more and more capable and dependable this opens enormous opportunity for remote hypnosis.
This strategy may be a great option for those that are bed bound, have compromised immune systems, or maybe the location is just too far for reasonable travel.
If you are interested in this option, please do not hesitate to reach out and learn more through a free consultation.
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In 2015, a client requested that I use quartz crystals in our hypnosis session. She provided her own crystals, and I was completely open to the experience. Personally, I had been using crystals already for many years.
When the client arrived we discussed her objectives and what she wanted to work on and we designed a plan to best use the crystals in the session. We worked on two concerns - motivation and concentration. We completed our work together after six sessions and she felt she had made great progress especially with her motivation.
After that, I was sold. While I do not use crystals for every session or with every client, this is a technique that is open for those to request it and of course, if the circumstances dictate, I may recommend it to the client.
Crystals are not just amazingly beautiful to look at, they are artifacts of the earth that have been around forever soaking in powerful energy and vibrations. Many believe that they possess healing potential and their properties can help balance energy systems. While I am not an expert on crystals, I have studied and used them in my life and offer this additional resource to my clients.
Case study from 2016 on a client that had consistent pain in her neck and shoulders. There was no previous injury, the client stated she had had it for a long time, "For at least five years..." The client also stated that she had used many medical interventions to try and stop the pain but found they did not work for long or at times, not at all.
The client decided to try hypnosis and called me for a consultation. After her first session, the client noted a significant reduction in the pain - it had reduced from a 7-8 range to a 3-4 range and was much more tolerable. We moved forward with a change plan in place to eliminate or reduce the pain to a level of 1 -2. By the time of our fourth session there was no more pain and the client was very pleased with the results. The client has referred two other clients since our 2016 sessions.
If you have pain please consult your medical doctor right away, pain is the body's natural way to tell you something is wrong. But if you have not been able to gain relief despite seeing your doctor, consider alternative therapies such as acupuncture, massage, or hypnosis, While modern medicine is outstanding in solving many issues, often times centuries old, proven modalities can provide a great solution.
The holidays are that time of year when celebrate and give. Often people are stumped on what to give that special person. Baltimore Maryland Hypnosis offers gift certificates for any amount and would make a great gift for that person thats hard to buy for or that seems to have everything. How do you get one? - just call me at (410) 802-6730. We'll have a preliminary phone consultation where I can learn of your recipient's needs and of course answer your questions. If you feel a hypnosis gift certificate would be a good option, then you're all send, a sharp looking certificate will be sent right away.
This time of year, I spent more time in a state of gratitude. I am so thankful to be alive, thankful for my family - my husband and sons. Thank you to all my clients that trust me with helping them integrate change into their lives. Wishing you the very best Thanksgiving holiday!
On this Veteran's Day, I invite you to consider supporting veteran owned small businesses. What better way to recognize the service and dedication of our vets than by helping them thrive in the business world.
As a veteran, I salute those that serve and thank you for your service. Veterans coming to Baltimore Maryland Hypnosis are further honored with a 15% discount off the cost of services.
Many clients come to me saying they decided to move to vaping rather than smoking because they believe it's not as dangerous. While I am not an expert, I have had clients report that they have experienced an increase in wheezing and diminished lung capacity after vaping for a short period (less than three years).
What I do know is that the effects of cigarettes have been researched and studied for decades and the information is robust. The longterm effects of vaping is still being investigated and as the news comes in, it is not impressive.
My recommendation to you is to eliminate all tobacco or tobacco products from your life - only allow fresh clean air into your lungs. When will it be time for you to stop? So far in 2019, BMH helped four people stop vaping - one other person gave was not successful.
If you are vaping, I strongly recommend you do the research and learn all of the risks involved. There is too much at stake.
People often ask me what sets my hypnosis practice apart from others. There are a few answers to that question. One is, I don't use pre fabricated scripts purchased from another hypnotist or a hypnosis organization. Those that rely on scripts are short changing the parties involved in hypnosis and the process. Additionally, I am constantly learning new techniques, and practicing proven techniques that have stood the test of time. Continuing education is critical for the hypnotist to meet the needs of her diverse clients.
Additionally, I use life coaching strategies with my clients so that they can use practices outside of the hypnosis office to help compound the hypnotic effect and achieve the results they want. Typically, clients will walk away from a hypnosis session with some life coaching structures and quite often homework to do before the next session. Yes, you read that right, homework. Now this is not a huge amount of work - often it's a small practice to put in place, or an article to read, or a task to complete. But being assigned homework further supports the life change clients are designing. And further, having an accountability partner to share that the homework is complete again helps to affirm efforts and solidify further progress.
It is easy to snicker and joke about the topic, but there is something worthy of exploration here. And in full disclosure, this is a subject I have studied my whole life - literally. For me the journey of learning about this activity began for me in second grade when I read a book about Barney and Betty Hill and their experience.
When I started as a professional hypnotist, despite being an avid researcher of the abduction phenomena and unidentified flying objects (UFOs), I did not mix the two areas of interest. My philosophy was to allow them to come together naturally if that was the case. Recently that has happened.
Several years back a fellow hypnotist friend of my spoke to me about this issue in a demeaning and off-putting manner. I didn't say anything about it, but just let him go on about how he thought the idea was crazy and that he refused to see a client reporting such an issue. I don't take the same position and believe the he was operating with a closed mind.
After years of study, I have come to the conclusion that people that claim such alarming encounters are experiencing something real. Look to the work of the late Dr. John E. Mack, a Harvard trained psychiatrist that studied and documented this phenomena as a great introduction.
Energy management and using sustainable practices is everyone's responsibility - especially for businesses. Since I started operations years ago, I've tried to maintain good sustainable practices to minimize my operation's environmental impact.
Here are just a few measures put in place:
1. Reusing, repurposing and recycling wood, paper and plastics,
2. Using energy efficient appliances such as HVAC units & printers, etc.,
3. Paperwork reduction & waste mitigation practices are in place,
4. Using LED lighting throughout + air conditioning & heat are zone controlled, and
5. Actively managing & mitigating energy usage.
I invite you to consider how you can help reduce your carbon footprint & environmental impact. Every little bit matters.
As 2018 comes to a close, I wanted to say thanks to all of my clients. Everyday, I cannot believe the exciting and fulfilling career I have helping others Individuals give me the privilege of working with them and trusting me to help them achieve objectives. Additionally, as an instructor, I'm continually humbled by the expertise of my students and I am so fortunate to cultivate knowledge from them and I offer my appreciation for a great year.
If you're reading this, I want to thank you for sharing your time with me and may you, my clients and students and your families have the absolute best holiday season and a prosperous new year.
When I consider all my blessings, one of the most important are the amazing clients that I work, This year had many challenges for me including recovering from cancer and successfully receiving a bone marrow transplant from my dear niece. Throughout this, at times very trying year, it was the face to face interaction with my clients and seeing their personal achievements that helped inspire me and gave me joy. Thank you to all my great clients! May this Thanksgiving and the coming holiday season be rich with love, warmth, and special times for you.
Just who is the ideal hypnosis client - probably you. But over the years I have spent working with clients, there are some characteristics that seem to delineate that ideal client.
They are open minded and tend to be curious about alternative strategies to overcoming problems in their life.
They are ready for change and want this change for themselves. Yes, they may realize their limiting behavior has an impact on others, but the primary purpose for the change is for themselves.
They are serious and realize that many of the good things in life require work and effort and they are willing to do the work. In other words, they are invested in themselves.
So there you have it - a few of the attributes of the ideal client.
Summer always seems to be a time when folks want to take action, especially when it comes to their health. Now that fall is here, I wanted to take a moment and comment on my seven clients that severed their relationship with smoking this past summer. These folks all took the bold step of deciding to take control of their health and life and to stop paying a giant corporation to slowly kill them. I am so proud to have helped them on the journey! Helping people change their lives in this way is truly a rewarding job!
If you smoke now, I don't have to tell you how dangerous it is or how bad it is for your health - you know already. But what I can tell you, is that there is HOPE. You can put it behind you and enjoy better health, stronger breathing, more energy. You can smell better, and not feel left out because you have to excuse yourself and walk to a 'smoking area'. You can reclaim your life!
When it's time for you to change this part of your life, contact me... it's never too late to start the change. You are never hopeless or too far gone to change. One of the above clients that stopped tobacco this summer did it through their smartphone - smoking cessation through Zoom! Regardless of where you are, you can leverage that most powerful part of your subconscious mind and start to live healthier. You absolutely deserve it!
National Guild of Hypnotists members use the code of ethics to help guide them in practicing hypnosis. One important principle the code speaks to is that hypnotists need to work within the confines of their competence and the law.
Practice Limits: Members shall use hypnotism strictly within the limits of their training and competence and in conformity to the laws of their state.
Its hard to say no to someone wanting your services, but if a client asks you to work with them on age regression and you do not have any training on age regression, your best bet is to pass on the client, explain why and the offer a referral to a practitioner that you know has the appropriate training.
When you do this, the client is honored because you are placing their needs first - they want a service, and you can't provide it. And as a practicing hypnotist, we all want our clients to have the best chance of achieving their outcomes. The profession is being honored because you are recognizing you are not competent in a certain practice area, and referring the client to someone else that can help them. This action reflects well on the profession and reinforces the principle of Client Welfare from our code of ethics. And finally, it reflects well on you the hypnotist. Admitting that you cannot help a client because you lack the specific training is not at all a failing on the part of the practitioner, rather it's an exercise of professional responsibility. In the event that you cannot help a client with a particular issue, it's important to refer them on to another that can.
We'll cover being in conformity with state laws in another bog post..
This blog post is not legal advice, rather a commentary for licensed and unlicensed hypnotists to incorporate NGH Best Practices and advance the hypnosis profession and further maximize outcomes for our clients.
Not everyone that visits a hypnotist has a concern they are wanting to resolve. A number of clients are looking to enhance the current level of success or achievement they're already enjoying in life.
One of my clients is an executive that ran a successful regional business. He had designed the perfect life - very good health, a great family, a strong spiritual life, a thriving business and all of this was balanced. He made time for travel, exercise, family, rest, etc. His objective in working with hypnosis was to use positive suggestions to help him maximize his life even more.
We consulted and worked together and designed a series of sessions where he would connect even more to his intellect. He believed that while he was intelligent and bright, he could draw even more resources from his mind, his inner self.
The client chose to meet weekly a total of ten sessions and in each session he presented a theme that was aligned with his overall agenda. Successive sessions would also compound previous suggestions so that the messaging was congruent and consistent. He was an impressive client that took his hypnosis strategy serious and committed to investing in him.
The strategy we put in place worked well and the client realized more forward thought and complex thinking. He also noticed that his meditation practice became more productive. In the end, he was quite pleased with the outcome and he was proud of himself in how he designed the process. As an aside, this is my favorite type of client!
Not only do I love working with clients, but I also love discussing ethics in our profession. Here's another installment on issues that can arise in hypnosis practice.
Client Safety: Members shall not engage in verbal, physical or sexual abuse of any client. A principle from the NGH Code of Ethics.
When it comes to this code of ethics principle while it may appear cut and dried, there is room for confusion. Let's examine a fact pattern:
A hypnotist and her client have had three sessions so far and both client and practitioner are happy with the professional relationship – client achieving their stated agenda and the practitioner happy to have this committed and invested client. It becomes clear to both of them though, that there is a mutual attraction between them. After the third session, the client suggests they should go out for a drink sometime. The practitioner accepts and a ‘date’ is set. The date comes and goes and the experience was enjoyable for both and only confirmed the mutual romantic interest. The two continue to work together in a professional relationship for a few more sessions but also date and ultimately become more serious and intimate. Lets stop the scenario here.
What are the implications?
What could go wrong?
What is at risk?
The NGH code states that a hypnotist “shall not engage in … sexual abuse of any client” – would or could this be considered sexual abuse?
As we can see, these ethical issues can get tricky. Here, it appears we have two consenting adults, authentically attracted to each other and both mature enough to manage an intimate relationship while in a professional relationship. And in many circumstances this scenario could easily unfold without a hitch. But when it goes bad and fails, it can really do some damage.
So what is one to do? Here's a possible solution:
Assuming both want to pursue a personal relationship, they should agree to terminate the professional relationship. The hypnotist should refer the client to another hypnotist so that the client continues to get the change work they desire and the hypnotist keeps business as business. While both get the benefit of enjoying each other’s company in a lot less awkward way.
What would you do?
This blog post is not legal advice, rather a commentary for licensed and unlicensed hypnotists to incorporate NGH Best Practices and advance the hypnosis profession and further maximize outcomes for our clients.
Scott Howard is an NGH certified consulting hypnotist and the President of the Baltimore City Chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists. Scott is dedicated to helping everyday people with everyday problems through hypnosis and life coaching.