I?ll be honest with you. If you?re interested in becoming a certified hypnotist the process is not a long or difficult one at this point in time, but? learning and testing out is one thing and doing the work is another, and doing it well is yet another! I purchased a home study course that was thirty-three hours of video. To become certified I had to pass a test, it wasn?t difficult. I actually went through the course four times, back-to-back, so that would be like one hundred and thirty two hours of training or so. I then began my practice immediately and I felt as though I was on an island all by myself. I cannot tell you how many things tripped me up (I owe my first eighty clients or so a free remedial session or two, tell no one). In class all the examples worked perfectly, everyone became hypnotized easily and all the therapies worked every single time. It?s much different in the real world when you start seeing stranger after stranger with all these different problems - wow. When I first started I would spend hours before each session, thinking through what I was supposed to do and making sure I had patter to read for whatever they were coming to me for. Things sure have changed since those beginning days, thank goodness.
My approach is now very simple and it?s the same for everyone and every problem. First I want to understand their problem and then I want to answer one question, and that question is ?Why.? I?m fat, well why is that? I?m depressed, why? I have Fibromyalgia, again? why? Once you find out the why and fix it you can then put the icing on the cake using direct suggestion. I rarely read patter to anyone except sometimes for smoking or doing multiple weight loss sessions. Actually I stopped reading altogether but found that I ended up omitting words or forgetting to go through certain parts, so I think it?s better to be thorough. I employ a three-phase system, which we will be going through and I also employ some NLP techniques.
The Word - ?Hypnosis?
After you?ve been out there a while as a practicing hypnotist and not making much money it hits you, or it should. The problem with hypnosis is not that it doesn?t work. The problem with hypnosis is the word ?Hypnosis.? Fears and misconceptions that a lot of people have, some people are so nervous before their first session they can barely even listen to what I?m saying to them. I find that I am a broken record, just saying the same thing over and over, looking at the face of one person after the next who really don?t believe they will be helped, but they have to try something because nothing else has worked for them. After they work with me, the one thing I hear over and over is, ?Why doesn?t everyone know about this??
The word hypnosis is probably keeping this profession in the dark ages more than anything. It?s kind of like when they use the last names of scientists who discover something as a cure or method. ?Joe Nazi has now cured all genetic diseases! Go to Nazi Genetics today and get healed!? Yea right! Even if the guy did have the cure, who would go see him with a name like that? I was discussing this with my mother on the phone a while back and she said I know what you mean, try telling people that you are a Mormon! That stigma has been applied to hypnosis as well largely due to the stage hypnotists who will make you cluck like a chicken and do other outrageous things. I also use Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), but when I tell people I use that they don?t seem to care because most of them have no idea what it is. I actually changed the name of my business to Renaissance New Beginnings from Renaissance Hypnosis because I helped this high ranking marketing executive with some problems and even though people at his work could notice the huge differences in him, he told me he didn?t tell anyone because he didn?t want people to know that he went to a hypnotist.
So how do we change this perception as to unleash this rapid healing to the masses? I think the only way to do this is through education. Books like this one, TV commercials, documentaries. This is a buried treasure of healing that needs to be discovered by the masses. At the conclusion of this book, if you enjoyed reading it and feel as though you got something out of it, pass it on! Tell everyone you know. Unfortunately hypnosis or hypnotherapy, at the time of this writing, is an unlicensed profession in the United States.