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Can I Be Hypnotized?
What is Hypnosis?
What is NLP?

NLP Presuppositions
What is Time Line Therapy?
What is EFT?
What is Qigong

What is Huna?

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Refund & Cancellation
Speaking Event Terms & Conditions

Can I Be Hypnotized?

Hypnotic trance is a normal and natural state that we all enter into everyday. All hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis and the hypnotherapist acts as a valuable partner in the process to provide guidance and direction to lengthen and deepen the natural trance state.

Reports that seemed to indicate some people are unhypnotizable were based on research utilizing standardized approaches which did not take into account the individualistic nature of trance. We all have the capacity to enter into hypnotic trance in our own unique way. Various technologies have also been developed that can induce trance states rapidly and effectively.

Reaching a hypnotic trance state is a relatively simple process but fully utilizing the power of hypnotic trance, for desired change and therapy, generally requires the skill and training of a competent hypnotherapist.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is simply removing the critical faculty that separates the conscious and unconscious minds so that a person has access to their full mental capacity. There are many methods to achieve this outcome. Generally these methods are divided into the following categories (2):

The standardized approach emphasizes the subject. This approach assumes hypnotic response to be a lasting trait with the subject. The hypnotist is able to utilize this trait with standardized communications that do not change between subjects. This approach views subjects as either having the ability to be hypnotized or of not having the ability, independent of the hypnotist's technique. Experiments carried out with this approach led to the belief that hypnosis was a trait that some had and others did not. The problem encountered with this approach is in its use of standardized procedures that do not take into account human variation and individuality. Different individuals have different ways in which they most effectively enter trance. The standardized approach also measures hypnotic response based on external behaviors without taking into account the experiential nature of the phenomena. Another problem is that differences in individual susceptibility are alterable and unexplainable via the standardized approach. This approach inhibits being flexible and adaptable to changing situations and subject needs and convinces some individuals that they are unhypnotizable.

The Authoritarian Approach

The authoritarian approach emphasizes the hypnotist. This approach views the hypnotist as having special mental powers with which he is able to cause the subject to become vulnerable to the suggestions of the hypnotist to perform numerous behaviors. Stage hypnosis is a common example of the use of this approach. "By focusing on the power of the hypnotist, the authoritarian approach does not take into account the uniqueness of each subject in terms of his or her learnings, beliefs, capabilities, and so forth, nor does it recognize the client's ability to choose how (or whether) to participate in the hypnotic events" (1987 Gilligan 5). The result of this is that the authoritarian approach has little value for establishing lasting behavioral changes.

The Ericksonian Approach

The Ericksonian approach emphasizes the cooperative relationship between the subject and hypnotist. The Ericksonian view also emphasizes that each person is unique, trance potentiates resources, hypnosis is a system of communicating ideas, trance is a natural state, change is course corrective rather than error corrective, each individual's uniqueness can be appreciated on multiple levels, and the subconscious is able to operate autonomously and generatively. The Ericksonian operator utilizes the subject's patterns of self-expression as the foundation of trance development. The operator follows and then leads the behavior of the subject into a unique trance experience. Thus, the Ericksonian cooperative approach is based on utilization, cooperation, and flexibility. The Ericksonian approach emphasizes the following:

Each person is unique.
Therapeutic communications should be based on each client's actual patterns of self-expression, in their beliefs, motivations, symptoms, and behavior. This requires each therapy to begin from a position of experiential inexperience. This requires the therapist to learn and utilize the world-view reality of the client.

Hypnosis is an experiential process of communicating ideas.
Effective suggestions produce ideas and distinctions within a person's map of their reality. The therapist should identify and utilize the absorbing ideas of the client to develop their trance. This is experiential participation rather than conceptual understanding to absorb the client experientially and then guide their attention towards therapy.

Individuals have generative resources.
The assumption is made that individuals have all the resources they need and they have many more abilities than they are consciously aware of. The therapist helps the client to learn to use the abilities they already have within them. This realization occurs from the experiential explorations of the client that mobilize their resources.

Trance potentiates resources.
Trance allows the deframing of rigid beliefs and permits the reorganization of fixated systems. These rigid and fixated systems become endless loops that are demonstrated by repetitive behavior in several channels. Transformational change is accomplished by trance that potentiates resources by giving an unbiased state that allows for new ways of existing to become clear.

Trance is naturalistic.
Trance states are part of every individual's normal life processes. Trance intensifies and lengthens the usual experiential involvement of a client for a specific goal. The naturalistic nature of trance allows it to be an ideal method for a person to establish deep systemic changes by perceiving and modifying basic experiential relationships.

Orient to course-alignment rather than error-correction.
The therapy should focus on meeting the goals and needs of the present self and not examining and understanding the past. The client's present learnings and understandings are acknowledged as the foundation for additional developmental learnings. The client is oriented to their interests and goals and given opportunities to reach them.

Individuals uniqueness may be appreciated on many levels.
Four levels may be examined: the deep self, the unconscious mind, the conscious mind, and the contents of consciousness. This concept is also very similar to the Hawaiian Huna concept of the basic self, middle self, and high self. Each individual can be appreciated as being a unique deep self operating within the unique organizational system of the unconscious mind and using unique strategies in attempting to reach goals from the conscious mind and being absorbed at a specific time in the contents of their consciousness.

Unconscious processes can operate generatively and autonomously.
This makes a distinction between the unconscious and conscious minds. The two systems are seen as complimentary. The conscious mind is seen to be responsive to the more inclusive unconscious mind. Trance is seen to set the conscious process aside to allow the unconscious to produce meaningful transformational learning.

Some of the areas hypnosis is applied may be seen in the following: internal medicine, surgery and anesthesia, obstetrics, gynecology, dermatology, physical rehabilitation of neuromuscular disorders, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, rhinology, genito-urinary conditions, oncology, pediatric patients, and behavior modification in the treatment of alcoholism and narcotic addiction.

Common issues that respond well to hypnosis are the following:
Pain Control, Weight Control, Smoking Cessation, Self- Improvement, Relaxation, Memory Improvement, Improvement of Concentration, Confidence Enhancement, Improvement of Study Habits, Exam Preparation, Overcoming Exam Anxiety, Improving Sports Ability, Enhancing Creativity, Improving Salesmanship, Improving Public Speaking, and Regression.

What is NLP?

Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) is a model from cognitive and behavioral psychology which was created in 1975 by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, who began modeling and duplicating the "magical results" of a few top communicators and therapists. Among the first successful communicators to be studied included hypnotherapist Milton Erickson, gestalt therapist Fritz Perls, family therapist Virginia Satir, and anthropologist Gregory Bateson. NLP explores the relationship between how we think (neuro), how we communicate both verbally and non-verbally (linguistic) and our patterns of behaviour and emotion (programs). It is both an epistemology, in that it studies how we know what we know and a methodology for creating practical descriptions of how we function as human beings. The purpose of NLP is to study, describe and transfer models of human excellence. (Modelling). NLP recognizes that another person's behavior can be duplicated by studying what that person does inside their head (language, filters, programs, etc.) to produce results. NLP is using the language of the mind to consistently achieve our desired and specific outcomes. NLP is widely used in business to improve management, sales and achievement/performance, inter-personal skills; in education to better understand learning styles, develop rapport with students and parents and to aid in motivation; and of course, NLP is a profound set of tools for personal development.

NLP Presuppositions

1. Respect for other people's model of the world.

2. Behavior and change are to be evaluated in terms of context, and ecology.

3. Resistance in a person is a Sign of a lack of rapport. (There are no resistant people, only inflexible communicators. Effective communicators accept and utilize all communication presented to them.)

4. People are not their behaviors. (Accept the person, change the behavior.)

5. Everyone is doing the best they can with the resources they have available. (Behavior is geared for adaptation, and present behavior is the best choice available. Every behavior is motivated by positive intent.)

6. Calibrate on Behavior: the most important information about a person is that person's behavior.

7. The map is not the Territory. (The words we use are NOT the event or the item they represent.)

8. You are in charge of your mind, and therefore your results (and I am also in charge of my mind and therefore my results).

9. People have all the Resources they need to succeed and to achieve desired outcomes. (There are no unresourceful people, only unresourceful states.)

10. All procedure should increase Wholeness.

11. There is ONLY feedback! (There is no failure, only feedback.)

12. The meaning of communication is the Response to get.

13. The Law of Requisite Variety: (The system / person with the most flexibility of behavior will control the system.)

14. All procedures should be Designed to increase choice.

What is Time Line Therapy?

Time Line Therapy™ is a further development of the NLP model and was articulated in 1988 by Tad James and Wyatt Woodsmall (1), this technique can be used to change the basic elements of a person's personality. Time Line Therapy is used to influence the "Basis of Personality" as outlined by James and Woodsmall, which is based on the NLP model. The Time Line model is a key to understanding how our memories, decisions, and experiences are collected and stored over time. How these are stored affects how we experience our lives and how we relate to time.

What is EFT?

Emotional Freedom Techniques™ (EFT) developed by Dr. Roger J. Callahan, a psychologist, that combines tapping on Traditional Chinese Medicine energy meridians with eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) techniques and educational kinesiology principles. You can learn more here: www.emofree.com

What is Qigong?

Qigong is at the root of all Traditional Chinese Culture and it is one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine along with acupuncture, massage, herbology, and nutrition. There are Qigongs designed for health, longevity and martial arts. Health or Medical Qigong is a powerful health maintenance and healing system that uses the body's natural energetic system to to heal itself. Medical Qigong is practiced by the individual as a preventative medicine system, for self-healing, and increasing awareness. Medical Qigong healers use their skill to project energy at patients for healing and balancing the body's energetic system. Longevity Qigong is used to slow the metabolic processes of the body to extend life. Martial Art Qigong applications were noticed as side effects of the other types and further refined to achieve legendary abilities in those that practice the sometimes extreme and difficult training that is required. All Qigong forms share very similar features and research has been accumulating for many years that document the health benefits of practicing this discipline. Similar mental and physical training systems have been found in many cultures that all seek to cultivate and build the energetic life force of the individual and to use that energetic force to treat others. Click here to learn more.

What is Huna?

Huna is a term that has come to be associated with the native shamanistic psychological science of Hawaii which the natives originally called Ho'omanamana. In the Hawaiian language, powerful healers are known as Kahuna, "Keepers of the Secret," and they are seen to absorb their power from places in nature, dancing, and practicing deep breathing exercises. This Hawaiian practice, utilizes the vital life energy it calls mana in its healing rituals. The term "Huna" (the Hawaiian word for "secret") came into use when Max Freedom Long in the 1930's used it to describe the psychological/religious methods he had studied and saw used by the Kahuna in Hawaii. Max was able to get some of the secret concepts and from that point he back-engineered parts he was not initiated into and modified other metaphysical approaches to develop a workable system he called "Huna" which was based on concepts taken from Ho'omanamana. The Hawaiian system sees the conscious mind which the kahuna called "uhane," or the middle self, to be the part of man that is conscious of his own existence and has the ability to reason. The subconscious mind was known as the "unihipili," or the basic self. The superconscious or high self-- called by the kahuna the name "Au- makua." The High Self is seen as the "older, utterly trustworthy, parental spirit." The High Self may, in religious terms, be called a sort of guardian angel who helps us when requested to do so, but does not necessarily interfere unless asked to help. The Au-makua parental spirit had both male and female elements to it. The Au-Makua were seen to live in a community of other parental spirits or Pa-Au-makua which they might call upon to have greater strength and which might be invoked by community ceremony. The Hawaiian system believes that we should learn from disease, act as if each symptom is a teacher. Another Hawaiian concept is that we keep "black bags" in our bodies, with the bags representing unresolved emotions from some past traumatic experience. In the "black bag" are the emotions from a previous experience, and a previous version of ourselves - as if some part of ourselves is still experiencing the traumatic experience. The location of this "black bag" in the body might be a focus for disease. "Opening the bag" can be very emotional, and also opens the possibility of accepting and integrating a previously rejected younger version of oneself.

1. James, T. & Woodsmall, W. (1988). Time Line Therapy and The Basis of Personality. Capitola, CA: Meta Publications.
2. Adapted from Gilligan, S.G. (1987). Therapeutic Trances: The cooperation Principle in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy. New York: Brunner/Mazel, Inc.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

If you believe it necessary to cancel your regular price registration (or specially priced package of multiple seminars prior to attending), we will issue a full refund minus a $100 administration fee for cancellations received in writing at least 10 business days prior to the event.

The individual seminar fee is non-refundable for cancellations made less than 10 days prior to the event. In those cases, you may transfer your registration fee to another training course at no additional cost (for similarly priced seminars) or arrange for a substitute person to attend.

In the case of special package promotion pricing or discounted pricing that includes multiple seminars in which there has been partial attendance the cancellation must be received in writing at least 10 days prior to the next event and the prior attended seminar will be billed at the full regular rate and deducted from the refund plus a $100 adminstration fee. In those cases, you may transfer your registration fee to another training course at no additional cost (for similarly priced seminars).

Those who do not cancel and do not attend are responsible for the full registration fee.

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Speaking Events Terms & Conditions

Public Speaking Events, Keynote Speech etc.
(up to 90 Minutes) in USA $ 5,500

Full Day Program in USA $ 10,000

Deposits: 50% of Speaking Fee is required at booking. Remaining 50% Payment is due no later than 48 hours prior to speech. 5% discount if full payment is received at time of booking.

Travel Expenses: Travel Expenses will be additional to speaking fee. For all events booked in the contiguous United States, and unrestricted round trip coach airfare is acceptable. For all international, and non-contiguous U.S. events, business class travel is required. Ground
transportation and meals will all be reimbursed to speaker within 30 days of speech. Hotels should be guaranteed for late arrival and billed directly to your organization.

Cancellation Policy: If the program is cancelled for any reason more than sixty (60) days prior to the agreed date, it's Industry Policy to reschedule (within 12 months) for the same fee. Should you be forced to cancel the program sixty days or less before the date of the program the full speaking fee is due and payable by the date of the original program.

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