"See yourself in a whole new light."
Hypnosis can be a mysterious subject for many people. I suggest that my new clients think of it as a type of guided meditation process that results in deep relaxation or trance. In this trance state, the mind is more open and flexible, and people find it easier to remember things from long ago. Hypnosis can be the key that unlocks forgotten doorways to the past.
These doorways often lead clients to the source of negative beliefs that may be limiting their life experience. Common beliefs include "I'm not good enough," "I'm unloveble," "I was abandoned," and "I'm a victim." Oftentimes such beliefs can be traced back to early childhood experiences and messages we received from our parents or other adults. Hypnosis helps us remember how and when we formed a negative belief and allows us the flexibility to replace old mental and emotional programming with more empowering and expansive views of ourselves and the world. It's a little bit like writing an updated, healthier computer program for one's mind.
Of course, not all issues are rooted in the past, and hypnosis has been proven to be very effective in helping people manage present day concerns such as post operative pain, nausea from chemotherapy and anxiety related to upcoming medical/dental procedures. Many people also find hypnosis to be a great way to reduce stress that's related to a change in their life such as adjusting to college or perhaps the loss of their job, marriage or the death of a loved one.
Shamanism is the world's oldest spiritual practice. It's a vast topic, but for the purpose of this website, visitors can think of shamans as the medicine men and women of native tribes and cultures all over the world. Shamans are the bridge between what Carlos Castaneda called Ordinary and Non-Ordinary Reality. Following a vision I had in 2012, I experienced a calling to study Peruvian Shamanism and entered a two year program to study energy medicine with The Four Winds Society. I have found Shamanism to be a wonderful compliment to hypnotherapy as both healing practices empower clients to grow beyond their preconceived limitations.
Since graduating from The Four Winds, I've spent six months in Peru studying ancient healing techniques and participating in sacred ceremonies with tribes such as the Shipibo of the Amazon jungle and the Q'ero from the Sacred Valley. Many popular Western authors and teachers including Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra agree that most problems have a spiritual origin and solution. Albert Einstein said "We cannot solve our problems with the same level of mind that created them." So if things like talk therapy and prescription drugs aren't providing you with the relief you've been seeking, you need to be willing to travel beyond your comfort zone and explore alternative healing practices. Let me show you how to see your life from the broad perspective enjoyed by the eagles and condors!
For more information on Shamanism, I highly recommend reading books by Alberto Villoldo (especially Shaman, Healer, Sage) as well as Michael Harner and Sandra Ingerman.
Much of the energy healing work I do is related to clearing blockages from the chakra system. Our physical bodies are surrounded by an energy field. The seven main chakras are like spinning vortexes of energy that connect our energy body to our physical body. From top to bottom, the chakras are Crown, Third Eye, Throat, Heart, Solar Plexus, Sacral and Root.
Similar to how an acupuncturist uses needles to clear blockages in the bodies' acupuncture meridians, I use a variety of tools and techniques to clear energetic blockages in the chakra system. Problems with any given chakra will result in corresponding physical and/or emotional issues. For example, a person with a blocked throat chakra may have been raised to believe that her opinions don't matter and she may have trouble "speaking her truth" in a variety of ways. This energetic imprint might manifest in the physical body in the form of a chronic cough or even develop into throat cancer if left untreated long enough. People with unresolved grief or serious relationship issues will likely have (among other things) a heart chakra that's out of balance.
Just like taking our cars in for regular tuneups and cleaning our air conditioning vents and filters, our chakra systems requires regular maintenance in order to keep us feeling healthy and well balanced.
One aspect of my approach to wellness involves the process of Deep Listening, where the only objective is for the client to pour all of the heavy energy out of his/her heart and into the safety of the sacred space I am holding. Rather than acting as a healer, coach or adviser, sometimes the highest service I can provide for a client is that of a sacred witness. Many people have traumatic stories that need to be told and listened to (perhaps for the first time) outside the shadows of judgment, shame and self-criticism, and in the bright light of unconditional love and acceptance.