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Lee Betchley

In response to the use of hypnosis for "age regression"--recalling a memory from this life. Most professionals do not do age regression (completely different than past life regression) because false memories can occur.
Understand that your recall of the past is not actually as it "really happened". It is your perception. Which brings up a lot of other questions--both bad and good.

Lee Betchley

It is nice to see some of the myths about hypnosis being dispelled. As a hypnotherapist I constantly hear my clients say "Lee, more people should do this. Why don't people know about this?" And I am just as puzzled.
I also find it interesting that when people quit smoking or get their weight under control--their peers refuse to believe that it was the hypnosis. Or better still continue to have "reasons" not to seek hypnosis.
Once a woman who was extremely unhappy came to see me, she had years of traditional therapy. After a few months, her self esteem increased and she felt strong enough to leave an unhappy marriage and begin a new life. Her pastor told her to stop hypnosis because it was evil.
Another example is when my client (at 62 year old man) began a great work out program and became obsessed with health. His neighbors told him he was being "controlled"--that he needed to seek therapy to go over his recent focus on health
These are true stories. As a hypnotherapist and human being, I understand that we hang on to our present situations (even painful ones) but I am amazed at how hard we try to get others to hang on with us.
No one can control anyone. If I could control another human being--I would NOT be sitting at a desk in an office. My job is just to guide people. I would like to suggest "Psycho Cybernetics" by Maxwell Maltz, as a great read for a better understanding of the mind and how it works.

paul clinton

hypnosis is free on the british social security, while some people still have doubts and consider hypnotherapy as some kind of witchcraft. The idiot stage hypnotists and Hollywood has caused a lot of damage to such an amazing power.

Rakesh Kumar

Watching a hypnosis demonstration keenly help one's in learning hypnotic induction. I have been reported by my audiences that they successfully inducted hypnosis only after watching my hypnosis induction demonstrations. I advise my audiences not to venture in hypnotic induction without adequate knowledge base and guidance from an expert. But despite my advice they do and succeed.

Roger Moore, PhD

Thanks for the great post. You did a great job explaining hypnosis. I lost over 100 pounds and I have kept it off with hypnosis. Today my hypnosis practice is focused on health issues such as weight loss, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, recovery from cancer, impotence and stress reduction.

Smart Parenting

Great Post about hypnosis and the power of the subconscious mind!

I read a recent article that said that the sub consciousmind has more than a million times more 'processing' power than the conscious mind.

That every decision we make is made first by the subconscious mind and then sent to the conscious mind.

It is now believed that the conscious mind only really has the power of 'veto.' ie The power to disagree with the thought' the subconscious has given to the conscious mind.

Consider... You have a thought "I'm thirsty' - Your subconscious mind is telling you your hydration levels need increasing.

You have two choices.

Agree and have a drink, where the subconscious made the decision and you go along with it...

Or say "No." and veto the suggestion. And for some it is possible to say no long enough and die.. Think of Hunger Strikes..

OK.. another concept... How about someone 'pushing your buttons" and you reacting ... without 'thought', even before you get the option of the 'conscious veto'

What was it? Our subconscious reacting instantly to prior programming and our conscious mind bewildered by the reaction.

There is a lot to be said by taking a deep breath (it relaxes the system) and counting to ten... But whoever does! (BTW a yawn is a form of relaxation.. it is also thought that the Vagus nerve system counters adrenaline - relaxing the jaw and a deep breathe both help, as does wetting your lips and breathing in through the cool moist lips... ever noticed that when you're nervous (adrenaline) you yawn a lot??)

So.. who is really in control..

Our subconscious is programmed by everything around us. Frightening when you think that the subconsious is like a sponge absorbing almost everthing it encounters until the age of 6.

It is possible for parents to make a difference to the troubling message in the world to day that and instead place positive thoughts and affirmations in their child's mind? (Hypnosis is possible, but are there alternatives??)

No, it isn't hypnosis, and it isn't brainwashing (I have been told it is.. but then, what isn't? maybe it is - you judge) it's done while the child sleeps and the parent can acess the child's subconscious, bypassing the 'conscious critical factor' and then place positive thoughts in the childs mind, so that the positive affirmations displace negative thought - before they go from short term memory and into the long term memory to become a part of the child's programming - forever!

(One reason for sleep is to allow the subconscious to 'file away' the days thoughts into log term memory, and like a diligent beureacrat files it all - good.. and bad! - Also another reason why it is critical students get a good nights sleep!)

It wuld be so much easier if the things we desired were a part of out 'programming'..

So here is a Question...

What is the most important gift we can give our children?

Would you say unconditional love?

But it isn't just unconditional love, many kids are loved unconditionally by there parents and they still go off the rails. Destructive behaviour, drugs...

Why is youth suicide rising?? Because it isn't just unconditional love..

It is BELIEF... The BELIEF that the child is loved - completely and unconditionally.


Just some thoughts... :)

When people use 'meditation' (to reach an outcome, rather than to 'increase the gap' between thoughts) is it really any difference to 'self hypnosis'?

And when people are taken through a 'guided meditation', is there really any difference to 'hypnosis'?

Hypnosis and self hypnosis are wonderful tools, and can make a huge difference to someones life.

Hypnosis & "self hypnosis" recordings are very useful too.


I really don't think you're knowledge is "all knowing" after a few beginner classes in hypnosis to make some of the statements you do and some of your 'instructions' are a beginners reasoning. Hypnosis can cause all kinds of conditions in people; if it can remove phobias it can also add phobias. Hypnosis can be psychologically damaging in the wrong hands.

Alan B. Densky, CH

Wonderful article. It's nice to see that you are helping to spread some truth about a sadly misunderstood modality.

Here are some videos that can help others gain some additional understanding:


This is a great detailed description of hypnosis! It's such an amazing topic that unfortunately sometimes falls to they wayside in today's culture. I bought myself a really good hypnosis product and reviewed it to try and spread the word about this great and lost art!

Psychologist Jerry Solfanelli

This site is an AWESOME resource! In order to complement the positive effects of stress management and meditative hypnosis, I highly recommend this psychologist's unique FREEWARE program (the “Virtual Light & Sound Machine” Meditation Software) that effortlessly induces DEEP MEDITATIVE states, via your computer monitor and the phenomenon of audio-visual stimulation...FREE DOWWLOAD!


I am too into practicing hypnosis and hope to make this popular through the web. I am sure if this is used to heal problems people will accept it.

jimmy s

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check out the url i provided and find out the secrets of the hypnotists.

jimmy s

check out the url i provided you guys will find some interesting facts about hypnosis


Very good and interesting post.
I came across it doing a search on Hypnosis.
I am a Hypnotist and love it. You explained a few things in a slightly different manner which I found to be good.
And BTW, Dilbert is cool. I thought it was much like the cubical job I had for 7 years before I became a hypnotist.


Very good and interesting post.
I came across it doing a search on Hypnosis.
I am a Hypnotist and love it. You explained a few things in a slightly different manner which I found to be good.
And BTW, Dilbert is cool. I thought it was much like the cubical job I had for 7 years before I became a hypnotist.


Damn, this is a huge post. Does anyone remember what it was originally about?

well writen Scott.

Wery often hypnosis is discribed in away, that the non-skilled, sees it in a hase. Mystified, beliving tha the hypnotist is a wisard, that controls others mind.
Your discription clears the understanding. It´s needed ´cause it´s the new understanding of the mind and the individuals right to develope it.


I used to be shy. Thanks to hypnosis I can now talk to thousands at a time and can approach anybody calmly and confidently.
I used to have poor concentration and procrastinate; thanks to hypnosis I can instantly motivate myself.
I used to find physical work outs and exercise exhausting but because of hypnosis I am now in the best shape of my life.
Incidentally I also stopped myself blushing with hypnosis. Now if ever I have a difficult call or conversation coming up, something I may naturally feel reluctant to do (you know the kind of thing) I spontaneously self hypnotise and rehearse the upcoming situation feeling good, with myself remaining calm. In this way I habitually set my own emotional ‘blue prints’ for up coming situations. Having said that it’s naturally that some people have concerns or half digested ‘hand me down’ ideas regarding hypnosis. A common one is the one about ‘mind control.’ This course has helped me tremendously. Its very educational and answers these concerns.
Hypnosis is easy to learn and every body can benefit. Hypnosis is a safe environment to ‘try out’ new behaviours and emotional patterns before you experience them for real. So the young man can ask a woman out for a date many times in calm relaxed hypnosis so that by the time he does it for real it feels real and natural and relaxed. Sports people who use hypnosis learn new quicker and more accurately. So hypnosis gives you more control of yourself and your life, it’s natural and gives you instant benefits and it’s a way of ‘trying on’ and establishing new patterns of emotional response and behaviour, Hypnosis enables you to develop yourself as a human being.

learn to Hypnotize

Great article! (but after all the other comments i'm not saying anything new here, am I?)

The post is interesting, captivating, and brings out many often overlooked aspects of hypnosis.


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Hypnosis Reviews

This is a fantastic post. One of the interesting points made is that hypnosis - if considered or used in an evil manner - doesn't even come close to the power of religion.

That is really scary since it seems the majority of people wouldn't make that connection and assume all religious-based thoughts to be good.

Rusty Z

It's a sad state of affairs when a misfit stage hypnotist has to suggest that people have sex with chairs to fulfill his voyeuristic desires.

Jon Rhodes

Good unique take on hypnosis. It is very important to discuss stage hypnosis, as this erroniously forms most of what people perceive hypnotherapy to be. I once asked a health food shop owner if I could leave some leaflets about my hypnotherapy practice. He refused as he didn't think it was safe!

Offbeat News

hypnosis is very real and powerfull. I got my info from if anyone else is interested in learning more.

Dave Sabat

Great post full of interesting ideas. I would disagree with your views about memory recall because hypnosis can allow someone to recall details or information that they previously found difficult to do, but of course someone can lie when in hypnosis just as they could when not in hypnosis.

Really enjoy your blog.

Dave Sabat DCH DHP

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