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When I first started speaking before women’s groups, I was invited to teach 7th Path Self-Hypnosis® to a group of women in a substance abuse support program. I’ve never admitted this before, but I confess I was surprised to find myself an outsider in a room full of NORMAL women! I entered that room amazed to find it filled with women from all walks of life. Each found a way to distract herself from her life’s problems. Each had used what was available to her: legal prescription medication, alcohol, illegal street drugs, and even food! Every woman brought to the circle a unique problem, and all had a common goal of being well. And they were all independent, intelligent, problem solvers. Just like most women! They had successfully found a way to cope with an underlying problem. Unfortunately, they had trapped themselves with a coping skill that was interfering with the rest of their daily lives!

I explained The Secret Language of Feelings® and I got Goosebumps watching them, as I always do with each class, when the “aha” moments start coming and they begin to realize and understand they aren’t to blame. Coping is what we do as humans! We aren’t taught how to deal with our emotions, nor even learn what our emotions are for. Some of us get lucky, learn quickly, and sail through life. Others of us get caught up in the cycle of destructive distraction. Oh, I myself know the distract cycle very well. I’ve ridden through destructive cycles with alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and food. Once I understood my emotions and used 7th Path® to uncover and correct my erroneous beliefs, I was able to delve much deeper into understanding who I am, accepting myself exactly as I am, and even loving myself. Learning 7th Path Self-Hypnosis® and The Secret Language of Feelings® changed my life forever.

I was humbled to witness the melting pot of connected women in that 7th Path® class as they shared their stories, intimately and emotionally. For five weeks I watched them heal themselves with self-esteem, love, compassion, and the power of knowing who they were and had always been. Every week we added more glue to strengthen the building blocks they already possessed, allowing them to seek out the answers they needed inside of themselves instead of using destructive distracting cycles. Those women taught me so much. First, that substance abuse has no culture or class boundaries. Secondly, that the healing power of a group of women is so amazingly strong. Each of them came into that group alone, seeking help, the only common bond, a woman in trouble; and over a course of five weeks they nurtured, supported, and bonded with each other while they each found themselves. My continual learning never ceases to amaze me and it always excites me when I start a new class; because I know along the journey we walk together, that the students shall become my teacher and I too will learn.


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My Hypnosis Career Journey

By Tina L. Shafer CH, CPHI

When I first started out as a hypnotist in 1999, I wasn’t really trying to have a business; I was just looking for the answer to weight loss! After all, I had my hands full with being a mom and a wife and getting to know a new community. In 1998 my family relocated to Michigan, where I met a very nice woman hypnotist at a local festival. She was offering free relaxations at her booth and I was working a booth nearby. My husband saw me watching the crowd around her and after a while whispered to me, “She’s a hypnotist; you should go talk to her.” I quirked my eyebrows at him with that look, “Yeah …Right!”

I had never met a hypnotist before, had no idea really what a hypnotist even did, but I was curious and she looked friendly and harmless. So I kept my eye on her and in between visitors, we struck up a conversation. Of course I asked the usual questions, “Does that hypnosis stuff really work?” and “You won’t make me quack like a duck, will you?”  She invited me into her chair for a sample relaxation and all I could think afterward was, “Wow!” I had no idea how important that pivotal moment would become in my life.

I had uncovered the solution to my own weight loss issue with hypnosis, and I was hooked! I started realizing how much everyone could use this process to make changes in their lives, and began looking for the best trainers and programs. I received my first hypnosis certification in 1999. It was good training but I really didn’t have the confidence I needed to comfortably see clients and help others.

In 2003 I took a 7th Path Self-Hypnosis® Workshop given at The Hypnosis Center near St. Paul Minnesota. Wow again! What a life changing process that workshop was for me, another pivotal moment. All I could talk about on the way home was how I wanted to get certified to teach what I had just learned. As a natural born leader with a passion for teaching I wanted to spread the word and share the solution with others.

After training with Cal Banyan to become a 5PATH® Consulting Hypnotist and a 7th Path Self-Hypnosis® Teacher (in 2004), I knew this was the stuff I had been looking for. I was truly advancing my own personal growth while at the same time developing a successful career. In 2006 I made the decision to become a Certified Professional Hypnosis Instructor (CPHI) and again trained with Cal.

The Hypnosis Success Center (HSC) officially opened in 2006, I love that the programs I teach are approved and recognized by the National Guild of Hypnotists, the oldest, long standing hypnosis organization in the world, and I know it gives my students confidence as well. In 2008, HSC received the first year permit to become a Michigan State Licensed Private Trade School and in 2009 it became official! HSC was licensed through the State of Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth – Proprietary Unit as a Hypnosis Career Training School.

Now…looking back to 1999, before that day of meeting the hypnotist at the festival, if anyone would have said “Tina, you are going to become a hypnotist, and own a state licensed school where you train professionals in the art of hypnotism…” I would have quirked my eyebrows and said, “Yeah …Right!” But hey, you just never know what the Universe has in store for you! So now you know my hypnotism journey so far. If you are interested in adding hypnotism to a current profession or changing careers, here are the first steps to your journey!

  1. Seek out professional training!  The 5PATH® System is perfect for building confidence in beginners and teaches advance techniques that even seasoned hypnotists certified in other modalities seek out. PLUS, you get to learn 7th Path Self-Hypnosis® which will tremendously advance your personal growth and development.
  2. Make sure your certification training program is approved by a reputable organization such as the National Guild of Hypnotists.
  3. Check that the training school you chose is state licensed and/or adhering to local laws. If they are not, your certification will not be valid.
  4. Does the instructor have experience with seeing clients and teaching students? You want a well versed instructor that is seeing clients and practicing what they teach.
  5. Interview your instructor and their past students. You want to know that your instructor is going to be there to answer your questions after your training is complete and you begin seeing your first clients.

For more information and training course dateslocations being offered through the Hypnosis Success Center check out or call me any time at (517) 266-8700.

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