Help Women Create a Balanced Life

Here is an article recently published at ReadVelocity.com I hope you enjoy and please take a moment to reflect on the way that we can help others along their journey simply by sharing what we have learned. Happy Holidays and may 2010 be a year of many blessings and prosperity.

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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If you are interested in becoming a 7th Path Self-Hypnosis® Teacher check out my 2010 training schedule. The next 10 day training begins March 1st in Orlando, FL. Details at balancedsoulutions.com

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Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Is A Leading Edge Career

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Is A Leading Edge Career

Calvin D. Banyan, MA, BCH, CI

Hypnotherapis Cal BanyanWhat is hypnotherapy? When a professional uses hypnosis to help people make healthy changes in their lives, he or she is doing hypnotherapy. The Hypnotherapist takes on a role similar to the Physical Therapist or the Occupational Therapist, often working independently or with professionals from fields such as medicine and psychology.

 

Is Hypnotherapy A "Stand-Alone" Profession Or Only A Particular Kind of Therapy?
The use of hypnosis in medicine was first approved and recognized by the American Medical Association in 1958. Now it is becoming a leading edge profession that is helping people accomplish their goals for health, sports, business, and much more. Often hypnotherapy is found to be effective when more traditional therapies have had no significant affect.

At present, hypnotherapy can be considered a stand-alone profession where hypnotherapists work independently with their clients. It is also a profession that provides a service that is complementary to almost any other human endeavor (i.e., medicine, psychology, counseling, education and sports enhancement). Did you know that many Olympic teams use hypnotherapists? Did you know that some major league baseball teams use hypnotherapists to get their valued players out of a slump? Did you know that one of the fastest growing areas in hypnotherapy is in the area of natural childbirth?

Who Should and Perhaps Should Not Use Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy?
The Hypnotherapist is the only professional who is trained to work directly with the subconscious and unconscious levels of the mind. This allows for astonishing successes when conventional attempts have failed. Hypnotherapy can be highly effective in helping people overcome problems which cannot be helped directly through working with the conscious mind. Emotions originate in parts of the mind that are not under the control of the conscious mind. Hypnotherapy can be highly effective for issues that have an emotional component. Areas where this can be of vital importance are addiction, chronic illness, chronic pain, self-esteem, relationship issues, repressed memories, motivation, phobias, stress management and more. In all of these cases, reducing or removing painful emotions can be an important aspect in the successful treatment.

As you can see by the list, hypnotherapy is usually used by normal everyday people with normal everyday problems. Hypnosis is less commonly used by mental health professionals who work with people who have been diagnosed as suffering from a mental illness. The use of hypnotherapy in treating people who are mentally ill is still in the early stages. More research needs to be done in the area of working with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and sever mood disorders.

Hypnosis and Science
Significant research is occurring at universities around the world, demonstrating that hypnosis is real and that use of hypnosis can have real measurable affects on the brain and other tissues of the body as well as effecting behavior. Thanks to modern medical equipment and procedures such as Positron emission tomography (PET), scientists are showing that effects of hypnosis are different and more profound than the effects of mere imagination (The Truth and the Hype of Hypnosis, Scientific American, July, 2001). In addition to hypnotherapy done with a Hypnotherapist, universities are now mounting evidence that self-hypnosis can also be a powerful tool when learned from a qualified instructor (The Journal of Family Practice 2001; 50: 441-443).

Hypnosis Training
Hypnotherapy as a profession is not commonly taught in colleges and universities. Individuals who would like to learn more about the use of hypnotherapy or becoming trained in hypnotherapy need to look at schools which specialize in hypnosis training. When selecting a source for hypnosis training, we recommend that you contact reputatable organizations such as the National Guild of Hypnotists, or the state agency responsible for licensing schools.

Becoming a Hypnotherapist has been one of the most rewarding decisions I have ever made. The field of hypnotherapy has provided me with the ability to help people that I never could have helped by doing talk therapy. It has also provided me a way to help them more quickly than doing talk therapy would have. If you are already in a helping profession such as medicine, psychology, counseling or related a field, I would encourage you to look into hypnotherapy training. If you are not currently trained or licensed in professions such as these, and you are interested in training in a career that rapidly helps people make good positive changes their lives, I would also encourage you to look into this fast growing profession. Advanced degrees are not required to enter into training which leads to certification. Only certification courses that are of at least 100 hours in duration are recognized in all 50 states.

Information about the author: Calvin D. Banyan, MA, CI is a professional Hypnotherapist and Instructor. He speaks on the topic of hypnotherapy and trains Hypnotherapists internationally. He is the C.E.O. and supervising Hypnotherapist at The Hypnosis Center, Inc. in Tustin, California. For more information about hypnosis, hypnotherapy, and training call (714) 258-8380, (800) 965-3390, or visit www.hypnosiscenter.com.)

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Help Wanted! Hypnotherapists Needed To Fill Demand

Calvin D. Banyan, MA, BCH, CI

Hypnosis Training by Cal BanyanHelp wanted! Many more Hypnotherapists will be needed to fill the demand for this emerging profession and training is available in Orange County, California. Recent feedback from professionals about this hypnotherapy training goes like this…

Samadhi (Ph.D.) says, This is an incredibly well-thought out process.

Cory (Ph.D.) says, The skills I’ve learned can benefit, not only a clinical population, but are useful in everyday experience.

Hans (M.Ed.) said, Very useful and practical application of techniques of formal hypnosis.

Kinshasha (M.A.) said, …the most important class of my life! A My personal growth, thinking processes and outlook on life are changed.

Roseanne (R.N.) said, I believe that the information given and techniques in this course are the most valuable tools I have ever received to use to assist people in their healing process.

Rebecca (B.A.) This is so much more than I ever expected.

Tracy, a teacher (B.S.) reported, I found this training to be life changing.

What all of these professionals have in common is their new understanding of hypnosis and hypnotherapy, a powerful way to help people make long lasting positive changes in their lives. (Client and student comments and letters are on file at The Hypnosis Center, Inc. office.)

As an experienced Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist and Instructor, leaving conventional "talk" therapy behind, and focusing exclusively on hypnotherapy has simply been one of the best moves I have ever made professionally. I now get right to the root of the problem (the subconscious issues) and my clients rapidly overcome the old issues that have been holding them back from being successful. And, it is much more satisfying to get results in so few sessions!

Hypnotherapy is astoundingly effective. Last year while teaching a NGH certification course, I was showing a training video that showed me working with a client, and an astonished Clinical Psychologist proclaimed from the back row, I can’t believe what I just saw! You just accomplished in about 20 minutes what I have been trying to accomplish for seven years! After the class she asked to be taken on as a client!

Hypnotherapy done right, using some of the most powerful techniques, applied in a systematic approach (such as in the 5-PATH® system) literally leaves other psychotherapies in the dust (i.e., cognitive, analytic, and behavioral). Talk therapies often take months or years, with the first two to six sessions usually accomplishing little beyond being "get acquainted" or "goal-setting" sessions. When working with a Hypnotherapist, for the vast majority of issues, for the majority of people, the process will be completed in about that many sessions! This kind of efficacy and efficiency is very attractive to clients, which will most likely make it the first choice among self-improvement technologies in the future.

Hypnotherapy is a stand-alone profession or it may be a part of other professions such as psychology, psychiatry, counseling, teaching, coaching or even the ministry. Generally, a Hypnotherapist works independently or alongside such professionals by referral. The areas in which a Hypnotherapist can practice is almost unlimited. Clients at The Hypnosis Center, Inc. come to us for help for issues like habit control, addiction, weight loss, overcoming fears, anxiety and trauma, as well as improving mood, self-esteem, personal performance and family issues. Medical issues commonly include pain management including Hypno-Birthing. This list goes on. A well trained and experienced Hypnotherapist can help clients either as the primary helping professional or in a complementary role to another professional working on any problem (psychological, mental, even physiological as in the case of physical illnesses with a psychosomatic component).

Unfortunately, colleges and universities are not turning out hypnotherapists! Established educational institutions rarely offer courses in hypnosis or hypnotherapy that lead to certification. And, those that do are generally out of date when it comes to teaching modern hypnotherapeutic techniques. For modern practical hypnotherapy training and certification (certification is required to practice in Minnesota) you must turn to one of the national hypnosis organizations. I recommend the oldest and largest, the NGH (certification does not require a degree but does require a minimum of 100 hours training).

When selecting an instructor, I recommend that you make sure that the instructor is certified as a Hypnotherapist and Instructor by such an organization. He or she should be in practice (not just instructing) and have client and student testimonials ready for you to see, as well as have professionals that you can contact to ask about the quality of training.

Hypnosis has been recognized and approved by the American Medical Association since 1958. Hypnotist and Hypnotherapist are professional titles recognized by the State of Minnesota and the United States Government and are listed in The Dictionary of Occupational Titles, published by the United States Department of Labor.

Information about the author: Calvin D. Banyan, MA, CI is a professional Hypnotherapist and Instructor. He speaks on the topic of hypnotherapy and trains Hypnotherapists internationally. He is the C.E.O. and supervising Hypnotherapist at The Hypnosis Center, Inc. in Tustin, California. For more information about hypnosis, hypnotherapy, and training call (714) 258-8380, (800) 965-3390, or visit www.hypnosiscenter.com.)

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Hypnosis Research for Burn Patients

Hi, I’m Celeste Hackett, Certified Professional Hypnosis Instructor and Board Certified Hypnotist. I just love teaching hypnosis training classes in Dallas and I am constantly amazed at the creative ways hypnosis can be utilized to help people overcome a variety of problems. Recently researchers from the Université de Lyon in Villeurbanne Cedex, France, studied guided imagery (something hypnotists do with most every client) to see if it could improve motor performance in the rehabilitation of burn patients.

The study looked at the effects of a 2-week Motor Imagery training program, combined with conventional rehabilitation, on the recovery of motor functions in patients specifically with hand burns. Fourteen patients at the Medical Burn Center took part in the study and were randomly assigned to either the guided imagery or the control group. Behavioral data related to the ability to perform each successive step of three manual motor sequences were collected at five intervals. The results showed evidence that Motor Imagery training may facilitate motor recovery, and noted that the belief in the effectiveness of Motor Imagery was strong in all patients. Motor Imagery may substantially contribute to improve the efficacy of conventional rehabilitation programs. Therefore, this technique should be considered as a reliable alternative method to help burn patients to recover motor functions.

Hypnotists routinely do guided imagery and have for years. Guided imagery is just one of many tools a hypnotist uses for working with pain, physical ailments as well as stress and many other things.

Here is where you can find the article:Citation: Guillot A, Lebon F, Vernay M, Girbon JP, Doyon J, Collet C. Effect of motor imagery in the rehabilitation of burn patients. Journal of Burn Care Research. 2009 Jul-Aug; 30 (4): pages 686-93.

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