I fell in love with hypnotherapy because it is a skill that incorporates my 30+ years of studying mind-body medicine and gave me a potent, transformational tool to help clients create powerful shifts by capitalizing on the power of their mind.
I believe that when we tap into the deepest levels of our mind, and open the channels to our higher-self, we’re able to connect to the divine healing wisdom of the universe. This is where we access our highest wisdom and can find all the answers to those burning meaning of life questions, along with our healing potentials and possibilities. These potentials for personal growth, mind expansion and spiritual enlightenment are miraculous and limitless.
Hypnosis is described as a natural and yet altered state of mind or a natural state of being. It’s best known as a process to enhance goal achievement, to enhance motivation or change, personal or spiritual growth, and/or to assist clients to release problems and their causes… the hypnotherapist knows how to solicit the subconscious mind to reveal the causes in order to facilitate release and relearning… and resolution. (Roy Hunter’s modified definition of hypnotherapy). I describe Hypnotherapy as a solution or goal-oriented process in which we by-pass the conscious mind so it fades into the background to enhance communication with our subconscious and superconscious minds that hold the keys for transformation.
As a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Soul Coach, I consider it a privilege to be the master facilitator, where I guide clients to discover their own answers from their higher-self wisdom. The true self or Soulful self can be found by looking inward rather than trying to find all the answers from outward sources. One’s potential can then be maximized by amending and reframing maladaptive beliefs and behaviors to assist in transforming one’s life. A client simply brings a willingness to engage in the hypnotherapeutic process, and a strong desire to reach and successfully achieve their goals for general mind-body-emotional-spiritual wellness and for their desired healthy behaviors.
Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”) is an ancient form of hands on healing. Reiki means “Universal Life Force.” The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy." This is considered to be an imperfect translation due to the subtle meanings and complexities that don’t translate well from Japanese to English. Regardless, it is considered to be a valuable, holistic therapy that works on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual planes as well as karmic and etheric levels.
There is actually fascinating folklore regarding the Reiki traditions and the Masters that are credited with continuing this healing system which you can discover on The International Center for Reiki Training website. The traditional story says Reiki emerged in Japan in the late 1800’s with Mikao Usui, a Christian minister. He postulates that this was the sacred healing method Jesus used for his healing ministry. His successor was Chujiro Hayashi, and then was passed to Hawayo Takata who continued the legacy of the Reiki traditions which then spread globally.
Reiki is administered by the “laying on of hands” in key areas of the body. It is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through the practitioner and into the client to balance one’s “life force energy” which enhances the energy field on all levels. Reiki is often described as a universal, divine healing energy that is guided by the Higher Intelligence, or spiritually guided life force energy. Reiki energy seems to have an intelligence of its own, flowing where it is needed in the client and creating the healing conditions necessary for whatever the individual’s needs are.
The Foundational understanding in Reiki practice is that the source of health comes from the Ki that flows through and around the individual rather than from the functional condition of the physical organs and tissues. It is Ki that animates the physical organs and tissues as it flows through them and therefore is responsible for creating health. Ki responds to one’s thoughts and feelings and can therefore also be weakened by the quality of one’s negative thoughts and feelings. Illness is considered to be a disruption in the flow of Ki or one’s vital force energy. Current science recognizes that the mind along with the nervous system, exists not only in the brain, but also through-out the body and into the auric field which radiates quite a distance from the physical field. So, these subtle energies are directly affected by the Reiki flow of healing energy.
Holding the Space
My love of Reiki is honoring and holding the space for clients to receive the universal flow of healing energy, guided by the Higher Intelligence, which knows exactly where flow and how to respond to restrictions in the flow of Ki. This universal, divine healing energy works directly in the unconscious parts of the mind/body which contain negative Ki-inhibiting thoughts and feelings and returns the person to a balanced, healthy state. It’s a divine healing system.