Wednesday, October 04, 2006
What is the Mind?
So many times when it comes to describing the mind I find that people treat the mind as if it exists. Fact number one is that their is nothing tangible about the mind. The mind is not the brain and the brain is not the mind. The mind is a term used to describe a process of creating thoughts. These thoughts then create energy and that energy then becomes tangible. So the mind is really a process to create thoughts and not a physical thing. This would explain the confusion to what actually constitutes the mind itself. Does the process of creating thoughts exist outside of your body and would that be considered instinct? Here is where we start to develop our own special beliefs between people. Have you ever felt like something was going to happen and it made you a little uneasy to have it happen? Have you ever thought about someone and then they call you? Considering that the thought process created this thought or feeling for some reason would you agree that the possibility of the mind existing outside our body could be a fact? In many cultures and religions the teaching of we are all connected is common. Could this also be true in the process of the mind?
You will also hear descriptions of conscious versus subconscious and unconscious as well. What is meant by these descriptions?
The conscious mind is anything that you are consciously aware of and paying attention to. You consciously make one decision at a time and you examine the information to make a logical decision hopefully. The conscious mind is limited in that you can only pay attention to a limited number of things at one time. In hypnosis we overload the conscious mind with paying attention to 7 things plus or minus two depending on the person. This is a confusion technique which just tires the conscious mind until it just says lets pretend and use our imagination because I am overloaded at the minute.
The subconscious mind is the process that includes imagination and long term memory. All emotions and links to behaviour is stored in this subconscious process. Many people will use the term it is just who I am and I can not change. This is of course not true and you can change to become anything that you desire. The truth of the matter is that you were not always like this and you learned this behaviour or beliefs in the first place so now you just need to learn a different one.
The unconscious mind is the one that controls all automatic body functions. It pumps your heart, breaths when you are not paying attention to doing it yourself. Some people will combine the unconscious and the subconscious mind together to make it more powerful of a process.
The critical factor of the mind. When we were first born we did not have any critical factor or critical mind in our thought process. This meant that everything we seen and felt was stored as true. After a while we started to compare events to past events and started to label them. This process started to develop the critical mind. The purpose of the critical mind is to prevent bad information from going into our subsconscious mind. If what we are experiencing is in contradiction to our current beliefs we reject the information at our critical mind.
The purpose of hypnosis is to allow the critical mind to take a little break and to work with the limiting beliefs and decisions that our subconscious mind has stored. Effective hypnotists understand that we need to do this in a way that is still logical and makes sense to you in order for the programming to work. Many hypnotherapists still read scripts and use old fashioned trances to do this programming. Even these old techniques can provide a limited amount of success.
Magi Hypnosis uses no scripts. You develop what it is that will provide you with the success. The job of the hypnotherapist is not to come up with the answers but to guide you to do it. You already know what it is that you need. You just need to pay attention to it and then let us teach you how to do it. Success is different for everyone just like love is. My interpretation of love or success might not be the same as yours so lets allow you to experience your own success.
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 3:29:32 PM in Hypnosis (24) | Comments (0)
Thursday, September 07, 2006
You Are Getting Sleepy ... and Pain Relief
Hypnotherapy seems to relieve severe chest pain that is not caused by a heart condition, known as non-cardiac chest pain, suggests a small study.Around a third of patients investigated for chest pain thought to be caused by coronary artery disease have no identifiable cause for their pain.Nevertheless they often continue to be severely incapacitated by it, despite reassurances that there is nothing to worry about. Young women seem to be particularly prone to the condition.The cause of non-cardiac chest pain is unknown, although several factors have been implicated, including acid reflux and psychological problems. The condition is notoriously difficult to treat.Researchers randomly divided 28 patients with the condition into two groups. One group received 12 sessions of hypnotherapy over 17 weeks; the other group was given "supportive therapy" plus a placebo.Of the 15 people treated with hypnotherapy, 80 percent reported significant pain relief, although there was no change in frequency of bouts of pain, compared with just three of the 13 people treated with supportive therapy and placebo.Hypnotherapy also significantly improved the sense of overall well-being and reduced the use of painkillers and other drugs prescribed to control the condition. By contrast, the group treated with supportive therapy increased their drug intake.Hypnotherapy did not affect levels of anxiety or depression, however, which remained the same as before.Brain scans of patients treated with hypnotherapy for other conditions show that it directly affects a region of the brain, which processes the emotional content of a painful stimulus. And hypnotherapy can also cut levels of gastric acid produced by the stomach.The authors acknowledge that hypnotherapy is labor intensive and expensive, but so are the many investigations and drugs given to patients with non-cardiac chest pain, they say. And previous research carried out by the same authors on patients with irritable bowel syndrome shows that most of them remain well in the long term, requiring far less medication and far fewer visits to their physicians.
Source: British Medical Journal
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 2:37:44 PM in Hypnosis (24) | Comments (0)
Monday, August 28, 2006
Do You Walk Your Talk
How many of you are Hypnotherapists? How many of you practice Self-Hypnosis Daily? How many of you plan your day as if it has already happened?
We talk to our clients and teach them the power of hypnosis and I am finding that my peers might teach it but less than 25% of them actually practice it themselves. Now you might find this amazing if you are practicing Self Hypnosis. You might find this to be true if you are not because several times I have had peers tell me that they practice their own form of self-hypnosis that is a form of waking hypnosis. If our clients were to tell us that they just tell themself positive things during the day would we accept that as self-hypnosis or a desire to succeed? I would say from my end probably not.
If you want to become better at hypnosis and working with clients then get better with your own results. Every morning start off your morning with imagery of how your day is going to go and I love using a time-line to install things. Every night release your negative emotions and gain your learnings with self hypnosis.
In the end you have the tools to make great changes in your own life as well as others. The fool in my opinion is the one that does not practice what they preach in the end.
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 10:04:06 PM in Hypnosis (24) | Comments (0)
Thursday, August 10, 2006
I just finished presenting at the International Hypnosis Federation's annual conference and it was a great time. This year I was fortunate to receive two honors:
2006 IHF Award of Excellence in Communication
2006 IHF Angel Award
I enjoyed meeting peers from all over the world and sharing ideas, thoughts and phone numbers :-).
Alternative Healthcare is growing and I am excited about what the future will bring.
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 12:30:36 PM in Hypnosis (24) | Comments (0)
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
To Blog or Not to Blog
I am actually surprised that my peers have failed to take advantage of hypnoblog. I continue to see how many active bloggers there are and how many people sign up and do nothing with it. The fact that blogging allows people to communicate with several people at once easily should not be overlooked. I also do newsletters and other media but the blogs are the easiest.
I just got invited to blog for therapy times which is a lot more strict in your participation. Right now I maintain 4 blogs and to be completely honest 4 is a bit much.
For anyone reading this hypnoblog that is a hypnotist and does not blog I would recommend you start ASAP. Your clients will appreciate keeping in touch with you through your blog and it will allow people to stay connected with your business better.
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 1:55:44 PM in Hypnosis (24) | Comments (1)
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Sales Rapport Training
Earlier this month I had the pleasure of doing a 2 hour Sales Rapport training for a Health Insurance Company here in Los Angeles. Yesterday I received an email from the Manager that hired me informing me that the sales team had a record week that week after the training and that his people are doing great. He recommended me to other companies as well.
It is always nice to hear that people benefit from what you develop and this is no acception.
If you are looking for a great training program for your teams that fits all occassions then I have the perfect program for you.
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 4:21:25 PM in Neuro Linguistic Programming (10) | Comments (0)
Friday, June 23, 2006
Local Radio Programs
We just signed a deal with the local radio station KHTS AM1220 to run 3 separate programs:
Bring your Relationship to a new level using Hypnosis and NLP.
Children and Hypnosis.
Sports Enhancement with Hypnosis.
This is something new and we just finished our initial tapping of the relationship show. It is very different talking to a big ole microphone in your face. I learned a lot and I will be more prepaired for our next one.
The recordings will be downloadable on the website and I will give you more information as it becomes available.
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 5:51:18 PM in Hypnosis (24) | Comments (0)
Monday, June 19, 2006
Results of Seminars
Free is not the answer to seminars and attracting people. After doing 8 seminars we made a few friends but for the most part we did not get the turn out that we were hoping for.
1. Charge a price because it is not the price that draws the crowd.
2. Make your seminar titles catchy.
3. Make sure to plan well in advance to allow for proper promotion. A month was not enough promotion time in the end.
4. Small business' will be a great help. Vitamin shops and health food stores bring more advertisement than papers.
Last but not least make sure to have a lot of product to sell. Back of the room sales will help to make your seminar a big success. If you have questions about how to get more product just ask.
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 2:13:18 AM in Hypnosis (24) | Comments (0)
Thursday, June 01, 2006
June 3rd Free Seminars
In Santa Clarita the Magi Institute of Hypnosis will be conducting a full day of free seminars. This is to allow the residents the opportunity to learn more about alternative healthcare as well as get our name out there as a local resource for residents. This will be the first time we have agreed to give it away and the first time that I have ever seen a company provide a full day of seminars on different subjects to the public. I have seen two hours seminars or short lectures from fellow hypnotists but never a full day. I will let you all know how it turns out.
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 12:55:59 PM in Hypnosis (24) | Comments (1)
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Organizations are only as good as the people running them. If you want to really look at an organization look at its leaders. I was curious about the ABNLP because I have heard the stories about the leadership and the way that they run their organization. Tad James is a well known name among NLP circles and holds the trademark on Time-Line Therapy, I checked to make sure when I was doing research on my service mark submission. Talking to people Tad used to be a great instructor and was considered to be very effective as well as a smart marketer. Look at what he accomplished with the American Board of Hypnotherapy, American Board of NLP and the American Pacific University. I have heard and I do not know for certain that Matthew James had Tad and his wife escorted off the premises of the company that he built. Again this is just rumor but it appears that Matthew is now running the APU and Tad's old companies according to the websites.
If you have not heard of the American Pacific University it is based in HI and this is what it offers according to Doctor Matthew James:
Graduates receive a Bachelor of Clinical Hypnotherapy (BCH), a Doctorate of Clinical Hypnotherapy (DCH), a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) of Clinical Hypnotherapy, a Doctor of Esoteric Studies (DES), or a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) of Esoteric Studies. Each program is different and designed to fill the needs particular to your chosen field.
From my understanding not one of these degrees is accredited and the titles are not recognized by any state that I am aware of. For the right amount of money maybe you can get your doctorate like some of these people without having to leave your house because these are distant learning programs. Maybe you can have your friends do the courses and you get a Doctorate of Clinical Hypnotherapy.
For fun I went to apply to the ABNLP to see what it would be like. I received my training from a Master Trainer that Tad personally certified. A master trainer is someone that is allowed to train people to be trainers themselves. My instructor used to work for Tad for several years and travel around certifying his trainers. The ABNLP informed me that they do not recognize my instructor anymore as an instructor so I could not join the organization. This is another example of how organizations are subject to the leaders and their traits. Disputes between people hurt the organization and its creditability.
The good news is that there are so many organizations these days that you can find one that meets your needs and personality. Each organization has its own personality and beliefs so check them all out. I am a member of a few of them and next year that will change. Lately I have experienced the truth that some organizations are only interested in your dues and other than that precious name you don't get anything else.
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 3:00:46 PM in Hypnosis (24) | Comments (0)
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Scripts and Hypnosis
Scripts are great for learning some phrases to making suggestions but scripts are not as effective as you might believe. What does a script provide a Hypnotist? Does a script provide success to the client? What is it that the client really needs?
These are the questions you might want to ask yourself in your profession. They are really quite simple to answer in the end. Scripts provide a person a canned approach to hypnotherapy. It provides the client with a canned approach to their problem or positive suggestions to listen to. Every problem is not the same in the end and success is different for every client.
Take your prewritten scripts and throw them out the window unless you are just taking a couple sentences or ideas from them. If you want to really know what script is successful ask your client some great questions.
How will you feel when this has been resolved? How will you know you are successful? What will change in your life now that you have this resolved?
There are many more questions a good hypnotherapist should be asking each client. If the Hypnotist just asks what is wrong and then starts to read a script to you or starts to open up some script book then sit back and listen to the story or find someone that understands that success is not the same for everyone. Find yourself a Hypnotist that takes the time to find out what it is for you and then reap the benefits of great sessions.
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 9:26:02 PM in Hypnosis (24) | Comments (0)
Friday, March 31, 2006
Reframing is an art form in linguistics. The first secret to proper reframing is that you can not lie. It is not that you ignore the bad that happens or the feelings that you feel. It is a way to accept things that happen without having them harm you with a lot of negative energy. Reframing also allows state changes to take effect in the client. A state change is simply a change in the emotional state of the individual. So the secret to good reframing is to be able to reframe a negative emotion into a true positive fact or emotion. Now that you know ______ you are able to ________ which will lead you to ______. The easiest way I teach someone to reframe is to ask them to repeat it in a positive way any time I hear a negative. With practice you will notice that you are not having to reframe your thoughts as much and that you are looking for the positive in your life always. There are of course other ways of reframing but this is the one that I have found my students appreciate the most.
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 8:33:16 PM in Neuro Linguistic Programming (10) | Comments (0)
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Emotional Freedom Techniques
We have been doing a lot of experimenting with Emotional Freedom Techiques or EFT for the past month now. At first sceptic would be an understatement to watching and reading the DVD's and manual. Then we did our first test which was a good one. Mardee suffers from extreme migraines so just out of fun she was just about ready to get sick from a migraine coming on and she tested it. The migraine did not appear and just seemed to vanish. Now take in mind that these are not headaches nor are they something that only happens every once in a while. These are medical diagnosed migraines in which she has to take a special medication that is put under her tongue in order to increase blood vessels and allow her to releave the migraine in an hour. Lately she has been having these every day for some time and they were getting worse so when this took away the pain and suffering we paid attention. We have also tested it on several different negative emotions and and PMS. The end result is that it works and you do not have to believe it. I have heard several people badmouth EFT and make fun of it but in the end any tool that can relieve a client of migraines or distress is a positive tool for me and my practice.
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 4:04:35 PM in Hypnosis (24) | Comments (0)
Saturday, February 25, 2006
So many times the simple truth is that a simple anchor of states can assist a person in releasing a negative emotion. So what is an anchor and how can we use it? An anchor is an external stimulant that triggers an internal response like a feeling. Have you ever heard a song that made you feel a certain way? Of course you have and we have other external events that trigger internal responses as well.
So how do we do this? Set the negative anchor first by having the person remember or experience the negative emotion or feeling while pressing on the first nuckle of the left hand.
Next set an opposite emotion on the little nuckle on the same hand. Note you should set the positive emotion or feeling a couple times.
Make sure you break state in between and test the anchors prior to do the mixup.
Then fire both anchors at the same time crosswiring them and have them attempt to recall the emotion that they used to have.
If you have never set anchors or done anchor work then I suggest you read more about it prior to messing with them. For professionals that have worked with anchoring then this should be enough detail to give you ideas on how to use them more.
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 3:59:34 PM in Neuro Linguistic Programming (10) | Comments (0)
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Success as a Hypnotherapist
When it comes to being a successful hypnotist what would you consider to be the most important thing to learn? I have watched several good hypnotist make it through fantastic training and they get good results but they do not make it as a Hypnotherapist or in business. If you are able to get 100% success with your clients will you make it? A big part of being a successful hypnotist is being able to market your product. Asking for referrals from successful clients is something I have noticed that a lot of hypnotist are not doing. Word of mouth is the best advertising but for some reason a lot of people are not taking advantage of it. Make sure to ask you clients for advertising and referals. Make sure to be able to discuss hypnotism at any time and wear things that lead people to ask about hypnosis. Buttons, name badges or anything that might start a conversation on hypnosis is a good idea. Advertising is expensive so look for alternative ways to advertise yourself and your product. Press Releases are free and an easy thing to do. Write articles for newspapers and get out and let people know what you are doing. Do not be timid from the medical field because they like what you are doing as well.
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 2:46:17 PM in Hypnosis (24) | Comments (0)
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Change your Attitude
A friend named Ormand McGill had told me a story (several times) about a group of monks a long time ago. He said that the monks were sitting around in a state of confusion because their leader was going to pass away. They wanted him to share the secret to his wisdom and enlightenment. They sat around and asked him and he said that it was actually quite simple. Just change your attitude. When dealing with issues and situations during your day remember this wise man and his advice. Sometimes the simplest solution is just to change your attitude and the problem resolves itself. Sometimes it is our own attitude that prevents us from seeing the solution or gaining the wisdom to seeing past the challenge. Laugh at your problems and watch them dissappear right in front of your eyes like they are no longer there.
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 10:38:45 PM in Neuro Linguistic Programming (10) | Comments (0)
Saturday, December 24, 2005
As the 25th is just a day away I would like to take the time to thank each and every one of you for being part of the magic. I hope that tomorrow brings you and your family happiness and hope for a wonderful New Year.
I hope you do not mind that I include a poem from MOM.
This is my first letter,
to anyone like you.
N' Mommy says to write;
but printing is all I do.
Her says that you're busyn'
I should sit right down,
n' explain what I'd like;
before Christmas comes around.
Mommy says that you're aware,
if I'm good or not;
So ain't no sense to remind ya
in case that you forgot.
Mommy says, "Only ask
for just one special thing.:
But I know that I'll be happy,
with anything you bring.
I know that you're not rich,
from what I'm told here.
Maybe you should find a job
where you work more days a year.
My Daddy is always telling me
when he was just a boy,
that he was very lucky
if he just got one toy.
Now you won't want me to tell
my kids that.... someday;
that you're too tired to work
n' save all your pay.
My Daddy gets some days off;
n' you will get some too.
No boss would make Santa work
when Christmas Time is Due.
Have a very merry holiday
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 12:53:21 PM in Poetry (20) | Comments (0)
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Become a Certified Hypnotist
International Hypnosis Federation
Have you ever wanted to learn Hypnosis?
We offer the following Certification Programs:
Certified Master Hypnotist*
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist*
*50 hours approved for CE's by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Registered Nursing Association, Acupuncture Board and Hypnosis Organizations. Home study hours are required for certification in some cases.
Certification programs are structured for Therapists, Life Coaches, Hypnotherapists, Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Healers, Spiritual Counselors and for personal research; anyone wanting to learn Hypnosis and Body, Mind, Spirit Integration.
Course 1: Hypnotism Training:
Certified Hypnotist (CH)
Learn the fundamentals of hypnosis. What hypnosis is and how you can use it for yourself, and others. Includes how to run a successful hypnosis practice. Hands-on-practice. How to hypnotize anyone. Prerequisite: None
Course 2: Professional Hypnotism:
Certified Master Hypnotist (CMH)
Fine tune inductions and catatonic trance states. Healing hypnosis, energy balancing, dominant sense hypnotherapy, NLP, hypnosis with children. Prerequisite: Course 1
Course 3: Professional Hypnotherapist:
Certified Hypnotherapist (CHt)
Rapid and non-verbal inductions, reframing and reprogramming techniques. Deal with limiting habits and behavior including fears, compulsions, co-dependency. Hypnosis for athletes.
Prerequisite: Course 2
Course 4: Clinical Hypnotherapist:
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (CCHt)
Improve your skills. Reprogramming, sexual issues, eating disorders. Advanced ideomotor techniques, gestalt, NLP, comprehensive regression strategies, holotropic and rebirthing breath work, pain control and Ericksonian techniques. Trace issues to their source, reframe emotions and actualize full potentials.
Prerequisite: Course 3
All programs include 1 year membership into the International Hypnosis Federation to include:
Diploma Issued by the IHF
Free Referrals with listing on the IHF Website
Ability to network and continue your education at monthly meetings
Online Forum for Networking w/Professionals
Opportunity for Liability Insurance through Lloyds of London
Opportunity for discounted Credit Card Processing w/Free Machine
Class Schedules for Valencia, California
Courses are $700.00 per 50 hour Certification Class
Jan 30th to Feb 4th (Monday-Friday) - ($600.00 if paid by Jan 5th)
Mar 6th to 10th (Monday-Friday) - ($600.00 if paid by Feb 10th)
Apr 10th - 14th (Monday-Friday) - ($600.00 if paid by March 20th)
May 8th to 12th (Monday-Friday) - ($600.00 if paid by April 20th)
June 12th to 16th (Monday-Friday) - ($600.00 if paid by May 20th)
July 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th (4 Sat) - ($600.00 if paid by June 20th)
Sep 11th to 15th (Monday-Friday) - ($600.00 if paid by August 20th)
Oct 9th to 13th (Monday-Friday) - ($600.00 if paid by Sep 20th)
Nov 13th to 17th (Monday-Friday) - ($600.00 if paid by Oct 20th)
Hypnosis is a non-licensed alternative healthcare in CA. Doc Magi Productions, Inc with Michael Holt CCHt, CHtI is a Fully Certified Alternative Healthcare Provider/IHF Certified Training School but not licensed by the state of CA.
NGH Clinical Hypnotherapist
IHF Certified Hypnosis Instructor/School
Academy for Professional Hypnosis Training CCHt
Spiral Visions, Inc Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 3:24:31 PM in Hypnosis (24) | Comments (0)
Monday, November 28, 2005
IHF Certifed School
We have received our certification as an IHF Certified School offering courses in Basic Hypnosis up to becoming a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. We also offer CE credits of 50 hours for each course to medical personnel. I am very excited about this new step for our company.
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 10:41:28 PM in Hypnosis (24) | Comments (0)
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Success versus Failure
So many times I have clients as me if there is a guarentee with my hypnosis. I have thought about this long and hard and I have tried it with both. What I have found is that a guarantee actually works against the client in the end. A guarentee can actually provide the client with a reason to not be sucessful because they can get their money back or start all over again. For this reason their is no guarentee with hypnosis. The other factor is that the majority of the success is in the clients hands and not the hypnotist no matter what some may tell you.
Posted by Michael G. Holt at 10:11:50 PM in Hypnosis (24) | Comments (1)