You are not alone. Many people wrongly associate the gentle and powerful state of hypnosis with something bizarre and completely unknown. Actually, trance is merely a state of being focused and relaxed at the same time. If you want to think of being awake as being focused, and being asleep as being relaxed, in trance you get the best of both worlds. We actually spend much of our lives in a light state of trance. Anything you do by habit – brushing your teeth, walking down stairs, even driving your car – you do in a light state of trance. After all, do you vividly remember every time your feet touched the accelerator or brake pedals the last time you drove? Of course not – if you did, you would have run off the road. Part of the job of the subconscious mind is to take care of the routine aspects of our lives, so our conscious minds can focus on other things.
In this pleasant state of easy awareness, you have access to much of who you are – aspects of yourself that are difficult to reach in normal, wakeful consciousness. For example, have you ever tried to talk yourself out of an emotion? I'm not really angry, you say to yourself through clenched teeth. Your anger may not be "logical" – but it does exist. Your conscious mind is great at analyzing your emotions, but it's not too good at changing them. Emotions live in your subconscious mind – so if you want to relieve yourself of troubling, persistant, unpleasant emotions - like anxiety, fear, anger, depression, etc - it is very helpful to connect with your subconscious mind.
Our memories, our intuition, our motivations – even much of how our bodies are managed – all live in our subconscious mind, not our conscious mind. This is why the simple tool of hypnosis can be so effective for so many different problems. For example: Do you want to quit smoking? Wouldn't it be helpful to know why you haven't succeeded before now? What's your deeper motivation? Wouldn't it be helpful to know you can manage your body to minimize or eliminate withdrawal symptoms? How about connecting with your own deepest intuition to discover what you need to do to reach your goals?
Or do you want to live with less pain in your life? Then imagine how effective it would be to release all the negative emotions (fear, stress, shame, etc) that have built up around your pain, learn how to manage your brain to change how your body interprets pain signals and then connect with your body's built-in self-knowledge on how to maximize healing.
The possibilities are endless. Hypnosis helps you learn how to take control of your life. Please let me know how you want your life to improve.
Most people will tell you NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. However, I believe it stands for Now Let’s Play!
NLP is a scientific, systematic way of examining human experience and patterning. One of the most important insights I find in NLP, is that instead of studying why we do the things we do, we study how we do the things we do. Have you ever asked yourself – “Why do I keep doing the same things over and over? Why can’t I change?” Let’s shift that – How exactly are you doing what you do now? What works for you? What doesn’t? We are all unique, idiosyncratic individuals. Any two people sitting right next to each other will still sense the world in a different way. Each person will put his or her own set of meanings on what has been experienced. Each person will believe different things about what is possible or impossible – what is right or wrong – and so on.
Once you learn how you make sense of the world – how you create thought within your head – how you organize meaning and importance – then you’re in charge. You can run your mind, instead of letting your mind run you. NLP is about creating rapid, long-lasting change. NLP is about blasting through your blocks and living life fully and effectively.
Words have power. Through the precise use of words, people can experience profound change. Therefore, sometimes NLP seems just like talking. Other times, there are formal processes that are helpful. If I am working with someone who would benefit from a formal process, I would lead that person through the process step by step.
Susan Bishop RN, BSN, CCHT, NLP
Susan Bishop is a Registered Nurse, Hypnotherapist and Master NLP Practitioner. She has been working in healing for over 25 years. For the first 20 years of her career, she worked as a nurse, in a variety of Intensive Care settings. In 1998, Susan decided to help in another way. For the last 11 years, in her full-time private practice, she has helped over 400 people achieve their goals and regain control over their lives and wellness.
Among Susan’s experiences, she has taught self-hypnosis through small workshops and through the College of San Mateo and has offered low-cost hypnotherapy to people living with HIV and AIDS at the Immune Enhancement Center in San Francisco. She has a BA in General Science, a BSN in Nursing, and is certified as a Clinical Certified Practitioner of Hypnotherapy and a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. She also holds special certifications in Medical Hypnotherapy, treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Emotional Freedom Technique.
Susan offers a unique and powerful blend of Western and Complementary medicine. She specializes in creating an individualized plan that captures the strengths and supports the challenges of the particular client. Susan specializes and succeeds in creating in rapid, effective and long-lasting change.
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