Tuesday, May 30, 2006

High School?

I got an email from a friend letting me know she also has started a blog. I suppose eventually everyone will have one. At least everyone who feels they want other people to hear their views on life.

I have an interesting thing going on in my life right now. Seems my childhood has come back to haunt me. It all started a few weeks ago when I found a website dedicated to keeping up on my old high school and old high school graduates. I got my email address added to their list. Since then, I have been contacted by two acquaintances from my childhood - one from elementary school, and one from jr. high. Hence, I find myself thinking about those old formative years. They say that our basic personality gets formed by the time we're eight or so. Both of these people have created successful lives for themselves, and I'm quite proud of them. One is a psychology professor, and the other owns a construction company.

I guess it's weird for me because even though I was someone who did very well in school, and was even on my high school newspaper, which I loved, I was so happy to not be in school that I refused to attend extracurricular activities. With the exception of a few basketball games, and the racquetball tournament - which I won first place in, my time was MY time, and I didn't want to spend it at school. I didn't even go to my high school graduation. (Nor college graduation for that matter.)

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE learning. I am the eternal student. I just didn't care for the boundaries high school life perpetuates. The "box" other students try to put you in. Popular, reject, retarded, nerd, beauty queen, jock, brainiac. I refused to put a mere label on myself, and I wasn't about to hang around enough to let others put theirs on me. Label-s perhaps, but not one big, fat, all-purpose label. I'm still like that. I guess I don't believe life is black-and-white. We are an infinite combination of characteristics.  So darned if I was going to live six hours a day, monday thru friday inside someone elses limited perception of who I was. I guess I did to some extent, but it's like the saying goes, keep your mouth shut and you keep em guessing as to whether you're a fool, or a genius. Also, I'm into nonconformity. There's another saying in the world of writers, English professors make the most boring writers, unless they can learn to write outside of the rules. 

Schools tend to stifle unique thinking. Here's an example. I have a cousin about to graduate with her four-year degree. She was prone to colds and flus. For awhile she was guzzling green tea by the gallon, which she swore stimulated her immune system. "I haven't had a cold since drinking green tea," she told me last Christmas. At Easter I asked her if she was still drinking green tea. "Nah," she grimaced. "The latest research shows that there is no evidence green tea is useful to the immune system." I was like, WHAT???? You're going to believe the "latest research" when in your own life experience green tea was obviously beneficial??? Even if it was just placebo-effect - it was working for her. I say, whatever works, works! Well, I didn't say this stuff to her because the university has taught her that people like me are vegetarian, non-scientific, tree-hugging, new agers...what could we non-scientific believers possibly know?  Nevermind that they teach HYPNOTHERAPY at Yale and Harvard. She's still young. I HATE being labeled so narrowly. I hope someday she learns to think for herself.

 Well, it's not scientifically proven, but they say everything happens for a reason, in it's perfect timing. Funny thing is, it's actually in high school when I decided I was going to work in the realm of psychology. That was when I took my first psych class with Dr. Graff - an excellent teacher. Interesting that I started my blog, which is a reflection of my career, and the ghost of my career choice has come around to haunt me...Life is fascinating, isn't it! Till later...Gina


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Friday, May 26, 2006

Web Site

Just in case anyone cares to visit my web site, you can at:



Thanks! Till next time!

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Learning Hypnosis

I have to say studying about the subconscious mind was one of the best things I ever did for myself.  Knowing about how amazing the human mind is paves the way for increased self-confidence and greater self-expectation. Speaking of self-confidence, I want to share my little insight. In class, as we watched films of some of the great hypnotists and their techniques: Gil Boyne, Richard Bandler, Gerry Kein, etc., I was always astounded at how "bigger-than-life" they seemed. These men exuded so much confidence I thought they were borderline egomaniacs. Then I realized, as a matter of fact, most hypnotists - even Jim - did seem rather full of themselves. And then I realized, duh! You see,  sometimes it's hard for us to admit that me thinking I'm awesome, and you thinking you're awesome is a positive thing. We have been conditioned to label that as conceit, or worse, delusion. But seriously, when you know what human beings are capable of, how can you NOT live inside unlimited feelings of self worth. We were made in the image of God, and it does God no honor when we shrivel up and think small. That's what hypnotists know, so not only do they see their own greatness, but they know that EVERYONE is great - or capable of being so. And that's our job as hypnotists, to make our clients aware of their vast potential for meeting their loftiest goals. It's a good thing.

Till later! Gina

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

My Training

Like I was saying, after my dad passed on...I was devastated. As a family, we were so close. Four people that were as one. Like a square, I sometimes thought of us. My parents taught us that family was everything. We could always rely on one another for unconditional love.  In this world we live in, it was reassuring to have that kind of cohesion. Anyway, my sorrow gave me cause to take inventory of my life thus far, and I decided to move it onward more intentionally.  I was working in the social services field at the time, and even though life was pretty reliable - a steady paycheck, nine to five hours, nice company to work for, stuff like that - there were so many problems with "the system" that I knew I didn't want to do that work forever.  I got to the point that I said to myself  - self, either change the system, or do something that turns you on. I was so burned out in that field, I knew I didn't have the calling to change it.

 I enrolled in the hypnosis training my girlfriend had taken, Transformational Hypnotherapy, with Jim Smith.  The class was awesome. I was in the perfect place to acquire the emotional healing I was seeking. Everyone in the class seemed to be at a crossroads in their lives - on a quest to find the key to unlock answers that they knew existed within themselves. I have to say, the people I met in that class became some of my deepest comrades. Of course, you can't be in a training like that and not bond with the other students. It was like belonging to a church congregation - the fellowship of the power of the human mind. We hammered each other on a daily basis - that is, we did all our practice on one another. We went into and outof hypnosis dozens of times daily. We were becoming hypno-junkies. Ahhh - the good old days! TO BE CONTINUED...

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006


First off, I'll give a little background on me. I began my studies in hypnosis back in 1994. I attended the San Diego Institute of Hypnotherapy. It was an excellent foundation for learning what would eventually become my career. My instructor was James Eric Smith, and I must say this amazing man is walking/talking hypnosis. Of course, he only had the grandest, most influential mentor in the field, the famous, Gil Boyne. So, I was formally trained in Gil's mind-altering Transformational Hypnotherapy.

The reason I studied hypnosis is classic. Many people turn to this study when at a crossroads or facing a crisis of some type. I did. I already had a degree in psychology, and was going to continue my college education until reaching doctorate. However, a friend of mine had enrolled in Smith's class, and used me as a guinea pig, so to speak, to practice hypnosis techniques on. I was utterly amazed. She was learning to do in a few weeks what it was taking me years to accomplish - that is, getting to the root of human behavior. Shortly thereafter, my beloved father passed away. That was my turning point. I decided time waits for no man - or woman - and I didn't want to spend another several years and thousands of dollars on learning to practice what my friend was already doing. I enrolled in the hypnosis class, and...TO BE CONTINUED.

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