We develop patterns to help us negotiate everyday life. Sometimes the patterns are good - maybe we read before bed, maybe it's daily meditation, a daily walk.
We get into trouble when the pattern is not benign or positive but rather negative and even destructive. Patterns such as using tobacco, eating the wrong things at the wrong time, gambling, harmful sexual behavior, grinding teeth, picking our skin, or pulling our hair out, just to name a few. These patterns start when we feel uneasy, stressed, anxious, or uncertain. These patterns can start when we are traumatized or hurt.
Hypnosis can help identify and interrupt negative patterns. Once you have identified the negative pattern, you are armed with powerful information that helps you regain control of your life. You can design new patterns that re constructive, helpful positive and support you. If you are tired of the same old destructive patterns in your life, taking back control is much easier than you think and hypnosis can help.
Next time you see yourself engaging in a bad pattern take these simple steps to create more awareness and control:
1. Notice the negative pattern (you going to the fridge well past dinner).
2. Stop yourself - go someplace other than the kitchen instead, try the living room, or your backyard and sit for a few minutes. Ask "Why am I wanting to eat now?". it may take a while to answer that question and if so thats okay. But ask it every time you go to reach for unnecessary food.
3. Set in motion a new, positive pattern. Instead of going to get unneeded food, instead go outside and take three deep breathes, go look at a pretty scene or picture and say a silent prayer, do some push-ups or stretch instead.
Sound easy - well it's not - at first that is. But once you have done it a couple of times, it get's easier
This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to explore regression and other hypnotic techniques taught by an esteemed colleague Racquel Knight of Hypnosis Columbia. It was an excellent and well attended event full of lively discussion and great instruction. I can't say enough good stuff about Racquel, not only an exceptional hypnotist, but a dear friend as well.
Learn more about Hypnosis Columbia and Racquel at:
If you haven't been to the Baltimore Maryland Hypnosis store in a while, please stop by. We have designed a variety of new multi-session packages and some that combine both hypnosis + professional coaching. Also included is a custom tailored audio that's designed to meet your individual needs.
The term mesmerism is attributed to Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer who was one of the early influencers of modern hypnosis. Dr. Mesmer believed there was a natural energy, a magnetic resonance between living and non-living objects. He termed this energy animal magnetism, and the theory gained popularity in the 18th century. While Mesmer was on the right track that there was an energy at play within living organisms (some theorize that his beliefs were in alignment with the Chinese practices of Qigong) he had unconventional methods that brought concern among his colleagues.
A botched attempt a treating a patient led Mesmer to leave Vienna for Paris. There, he continued to practice medicine and his theories of animal mesmerism. In 1784, King Louis XVI ordered a commission (that included American Benjamin Franklin) to investigate Mesmer's practices. The commission determined that there was little to support Mesmer's practices and that his findings could be attributed to the imagination of the patient. The investigation ultimately led to his exile to Germany.
Mesmer's work is important in that it created more awareness on the patient's imagination and that through autosuggestion, change could be influenced.
Parents often call me asking "Can my child be hypnotized?" The answer is YES! In my experience children are often very amenable to hypnosis. In fact, kids respond really well to hypnosis. Maybe it's a component of their lack of world experience or a more robust imagination but many children find it easy to go into hypnosis and benefit from the change work as well. Over the years, I have been able to help young people improve school & sports performance, increase confidence, stop nail biting, hair pulling and more.
Working with young people is great because of the energy they bring to the session - I sense an open-mindedness and awareness that is just not there with adults. It's also impressive when the child has asked to come see the hypnotist... this tells me the young person is ready for change and they have often done their research and are already committed to the process.
Recently a client came to me about hair pulling. She is a strong and independent woman that has battled hair pulling for more than three decades. After she put this embarrassing habit behind her, she said to me "I wish I had used hypnosis back when I was a young kid, when my hair pulling started... it would have saved me a lot of pain..." For those parents with a child that is suffering from a self-limiting behavior, I strongly encourage you to consider hypnosis now, while your child is young. I offer a free consultation to answer any of your questions.
Very excited about my 2016 advertising campaign and here is one element of it. A dear friend Marc Lussier designed this advertisement for display on a prominent LED billboard here in Baltimore (the largest LED billboard between Atlanta and NYC).
It can be seen near Baltimore's Penn Station. Tell me what you think.
Here we are well into the month of January, Many have made those fabled New Year's resolutions. Did you make one? If so, how's it coming? Are you still on track, and making progress? A New Year's resolution is pretty much just like any goal, it just coincides with the new year, heralding a new beginning... out with the old and in with the new.
When it comes to any goal here are some simple steps you can take to increase your success:
Decide & Intend you goal. Think about exactly what it is you want, how it will look, how you will feel when you achieve it, what it's execution will mean for you. Once you have a good grasp of what you want make a deliberate decision to take action on it.
Write it down. Capture exactly what you want on paper. If you journal, write out a short headline in the journal of the goal along with 2 -3 sentences about the specifics of it. Then compound the effect by writing the goal's short title again on note cards (or even better) sticky notes and post them where you can see them. If you do not journal, just write the goal itself out on the sticky notes.
Publish it. Thats a fancy way of saying tell someone. Tell your friend, a family member, a coworker, a peer, Tell one person or a bunch of people, make a blog post or put it on Facebook. Just make it known to others.
All of these steps send out the signal of how serious you are and only help to affirm your outcomes. Of course, if you need an additional boost, your local hypnotist can help maximize the power of your intent by helping you harness your subconscious mind. What to learn more, call me today for a free consultation.
Mark your calendar - January 4th is recognized throughout the world as the day we give our attention and appreciation to the art of hypnosis.
As I review 2015, I am so happy for and proud of my clients and the changes they have brought about through hypnosis. During the past year I have had the pleasure of helping clients: lose weight, stop smoking, stop nail biting, stop hair pulling, increase confidence, improve academic performance, and more.
I'm looking forward to 2016 and helping even more clients bring out their best, helping other hypnotists through our new NHG Chapter build community and expertise, and conducting new small group workshops that allow customers to explore hypnosis.
The new year will be here before you know it. Are you looking forward to bringing old habits into the new year? Are you wanting to continue with the same story line, the same behaviors that don't serve you? Does the thought of continuing to let your weight, smoking, or stress control you in the new year sound appealing?
Why not start the new year off right - make a commitment for change.
Just now putting the finishing touches on my plan of events for a new series of small group weight loss and smoking cessation workshops that will start up in the new year.
These groups will give folks that are new to hypnosis a way to check it out, at a lower cost, and with a small group of people that have the same interests.
There will a weight loss group with a morning session and an afternoon session on one day of the weekend, and a smoking cessation group, again with a morning and afternoon session on the other weekend day.
These workshops are two hours long and packed with lots of great information including, of course, hypnosis.
Check the baltimoremarylandhypnosis.com website often for updates, details, and special offers.
Baltimore Maryland Hypnosis is excited to announce that the National Guild of Hypnotists has authorized BMH to stand up the Baltimore City Chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists.
In order to get information out to folks in a timely fashion, a new "NGH CHAPTER" page has been added to our website. You can also opt in to our email list and be notified of future events.
Please email me suggestions or topics you would like to see covered in future meetings.
Do you really want to bring cigarettes into 2016?
Isn't it time to stop?
When you are ready to stop smoking, your life will start to improve right away. Your physiology will be free of hundreds of killer chemicals introduced by cigarette smoke. Your cells, tissues, organs, and your whole body will start to heal.
Heres what you'll notice when you start your new life without cigarettes:
Start 2016 with a new YOU, open new doors of opportunity, and get on track to better health. You deserve this.
Support yourself. Get started now with New Year's resolutions. Don't wait until it's too late. Resolutions can be so much more powerful when they are supported by all your resources... including hypnosis. Why not use your subconscious mind to reach your goals?
Enlist the power of hypnosis to reach those objectives that re important to you! Call me - and lets get started on your resolution NOW!
I want you to succeed.
As a certified consulting hypnotist, I continually educate people on the benefits of hypnosis and how it can change unwanted behaviors. In every conversation, it seems like we always stray over to the power of hypnosis and we talk about how hypnosis can be used in many different applications... for example in dental hypnosis.
Now, lets be clear here, I am not a dentist, nor do I practice dental hypnosis, but I have talked to and interviewed patients that have undergone dental hypnosis and quite simply... it works. Hypnosis has helped dental patients overcome dental phobias and tolerate procedures without anesthesia. If you or someone you love could benefit from dental hypnosis, I would recommend looking into - it is a viable alternative.
I wanted to share this information with you - so here is a link to a great YouTube video. Please post your thoughts and comments.
There is so much to be thankful for. I cannot even begin to count all the blessings... especially my clients! And I especially appreciate all that emails I get from you and all the comments you send. Thank You!
What a great community!
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving holiday!
Are you ready for the holidays? Are you dreading all that excess food? Are you dreading feeling like you have ended 2015 not in control of your weight?
Why not get ahead of holiday eating with Sheila Granger's Virtual Gastric Band process. Ms. Granger's proven VGB has helped thousand of people in the United Kingdom and the United States loose over 100,000 pounds. This is the only virtual gastric band process using hypnosis where a study was used to track it's effectiveness and results. Speaking of results, 95% of those that have used the VGB have seen weight loss. This process is not a diet, rather hypnosis is used to impart a powerful suggestion to change your relationship with food.
The holidays are a tough time - act now and call in the reinforcements to help you stay on track well into the new year. This program is four sessions in length, includes support audios, a workbook and coaching.
Be your own Santa, think of yourself this season - treat YOU!
Take advantage of special holiday pricing - call me to learn more about the Virtual Gastric Band - now!
We often find ourselves overeating during the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, simply because it has become a habit. We did it last year and the year before, and we survived, and here we are now, going into Thanksgiving 2015 - and we know we'll do the same thing.
So I have come up with a strategy for you that may help reduce the food and alcohol intake we all can often abuse on this important occasion.
Water is your friend. So use it throughout the day to try and keep your stomach filled. Imm not talking about drinking so much that you are uncomfortable, but drinking a good 8 - 10 large (16 ounce) glasses of water throughout the day will help keep you hydrated and also keep some volume in your stomach.
Do you have any holiday strategies that you use to help control overeating? Tell us. Please share your thoughts here in the comments below.
It's that time of year again... it actually starts with Halloween. Thats when everyone starts putting out treats around the office, places like Starbucks and grocery stores start making lovely and enticing cookies and treats. People want to show goodwill by baking and gifting treats to those they care about.
It's a hard time of year if you are trying to stay in shape.
Hypnosis can help you stay in control by changing your mindset, and reducing your craving for all the holiday excess.
You can get through the holidays - but you need a strategy. And it starts now. Give yourself the advantage this year by starting a preemptive holiday effort to keep you in control.
Do you already have a strategy in place for managing your holiday meals? If so please share it here, in the comments area below, I'd love to hear what works for you.
James Esdaile (1808 - 1859) was a Scottish medical doctor that was stationed in Hoogly, India with the British East India Company during the 19th Century. While there, he performed over 300 major surgical operations including amputations using hypnotic techniques. Not only was he renown for painless surgeries, but his post-operative work helped reduced shock among his patients and improved recovery rates. His work came to the attention of British-Indian authorities that convened a panel of seven officials to investigate the wide-spread claims of Esdaile's painless surgeries. The investigators validated the claims and Esdaile went on to practice his form of hypnotic medical arts at a hospital in Calcutta.
Esdaile's work is critical to modern hypnosis as it laid the ground work for hypnotic processes in contemporary medical procedures. Today, thousands of patients that cannot tolerate anesthesia and many mothers who prefer to deliver their children naturally are able to take advantage of medical hypnosis as an alternative to narcotics.
You can learn more about Dr. Esdaile's interesting career here:
Trichotillomania or hair pulling is an impulse control disorder characterized by the compulsive urge to pull out one's hair. The results usually include embarrassing patches or bald spots that create social anxiety and may even lead to depression.
You can learn more about this condition by visiting the Trichotillomania Learning Center at: http://www.trich.org.
Baltimore Maryland Hypnosis has successfully helped clients with hair pulling and while individual results vary per client, it's worth the free consultation to learn how hypnotic techniques may help you overcome this habit.
Recently I had the honor to train with my mentor Jason Linett of VirginaHypnosis.com and Larry & Cheryl Elman of the Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute in Henderson, North Carolina. The course was a special Master Hypnotist course designed to emphasize the best practices of the legendary Dave Elman. Special consideration was given to his famous Elman Induction. The course was well attended by many professional hypnotists, clinicians and psychologists from around the country. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to train with top-shelf experts in hypnosis profession and I was grateful to be a part of it.
What does a person look like as they start to enter a state of hypnosis? What are the signs of hypnosis? The indicators of a hypnotic state? While it's different for everyone, generally one will notice the client take on an overall relaxed and pleasant state. The following are some of the most common symptoms of hypnosis.
Head & Facial Indicators
Photo sourced from themindlounge.com.
There is no legal definition of hypnosis. Webster's dictionary describes it incorrectly as an artificially induced sleep, but is actually a natural state of mind and induced normally in everyday living much more often than it is induced artificially. Every time we become engrossed in a novel or a motion picture, we are in a natural hypnotic trance.
From Charles Tebbetts' Miracles on Demand. pp. 211 - 212
One of the biggest complaints of my clients is night time eating, especially sweets. Its easy to understand why we get into the habit int he first place. Our society incorporates a sweets at the end of a meal. Plus many of us work really hard, and only at the end of the day do we have time to relax. It's then that we reward ourselves. From there, it becomes easier and easier to snack a little more. Before you know it, you are eating two, three, or four sweet things in one sitting. All of this sugar is going into your system at the worst time of day when you are the least active and close to going to sleep. It will not take long for your body to start showing signs of too much sweets.
If you want to overcome this habit, you 'll need to set in place pattern disrupters, use something to replace the sweets, and be absolutely committed to change. Hypnosis can be used to help defeat this unhealthy behavior as well. Over the years, I have helped many clients reset their sweet tooth. Are you ready to take back control of your life - if so email me today and lets talk about how hypnosis can help you.
This is important so I want to say this first when it comes to hypnosis. Make sure the hypnotist you are working with is certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). The world's largest and most prestigious organization for the art of hypnosis. The NGH embraces a robust 'client-centered' code of ethics and endorses the latest and most effective techniques for helping clients change. Always look for the NGH seal, and ask your hypnotist about their training and qualifications.
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.