I have found Hypnotism to be useful in areas big and small. Because I know the power of the subconscious mind, I’m aware of the multitude of issues for which I could hypnotize myself and honestly, there seems to be no end to the applications. I tend to prioritize urgent matters but I also try to regularly chip away at the older, bigger issues.
These are the small areas to which I’ve applied hypnosis to evoke change in my life. It only took me one session to experience dramatic results, but that’s because I was able to stay completely focused on addressing the issue at hand rather than trying to solve everything at once.
These are some of the larger issues for which I’ve been practicing self-hypnosis. The gains are obvious, but the issues themselves run so deeply (and I’m working on myself) so I have to take things one step at a time.
My current therapist is Carolyn Doyle, and she specializes in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Carolyn is a very talented facilitator of awareness and I wish everyone would drop everything and read the book about EFT, Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson. I found the process of reading the book to be personally transformative.
Neale Donald Walsh’s Conversations with God (not religious or prescriptive but rather philosophical) helped me to set the stage for years of spiritual rebuilding.
Boaz Freeman (firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-929-9225) coached me for over a year about how to use the Alexander Technique to modify my posture. I continually deepen his teachings with my own self hypnosis for posture. I highly recommend his approach of doing less work to free the body of its struggle with gravity. Boaz offers a free lesson to all who are interested.
My favourite Yoga classes EVER are with PK at the West-end Y (I believe he also teaches at the Y on Wellesley) and Dee Dussault and Atia Marie at Follow Your Bliss. PK knows many postures and allows lots of time for holding. Dee and Atia are eloquent and insightful teachers of yoga as well as having incredible aptitude for guiding the meditative component of yoga. In my opinion, they are hypnotists! I think the sacred sexuality workshops are really about healing the whole self by honouring our reactions and needs.
I used to stress about the state of the planet, government, air quality, water, etc. Then I discovered www.streetsareforpeople.org. This gang puts their opinions and knowledge into all kinds of thought-provoking action. The results are powerful, fun, and inspiring. Kensington Pedestrian Sundays are just one of the many events they produce. They post the dates of upcoming events on their website and I post some of them here because I offer free hypnosis sessions and consultations at some of their events. Follow this link for an in-depth Torontoist interview with Shamez Amlani about the founding of Streets are for People! what Pedestrian Sundays are all about, and reclaiming our city form cars: http://torontoist.com/2008/05/tall_poppy_inte_56.php.