Healing Through Hypnosis: A Workshop
May 2, 2010 by The Dove
Hypnotherapist and regular The Green Dove contributor, Cynthia Morgan, will be sharing powerful healing techniques at an upcoming workshop: Healing Through Hypnosis, to be held at the Mondrian Hotel, Sunset Boulevard on Saturday, May 22.
The Green Dove caught up with Cynthia to get the inside goss on what life-affirming tips people can expect to gain from the workshop experience and how the technique can change lives.
TGD: What can participants expect to learn at the workshop?
CM: The premise of the workshop is based on the idea that we really are our own worst enemy. No one holds us back, trips us up, or stops us from achieving a happier, healthier and more successful life than ourselves. And more specifically, its our thinking that limits us.
Most people attempt to use the power of will or positive thinking to overcome their limitations and improve their lives, and although those are worthy tools, they are limited because they are generated from the conscious mind. Whatever your problem is, its not in your conscious mind. If it were, you would have resolved it by now. The problem-relationship issues, finances, addiction, insomnia, illness-is tied to a deeper part of your mind, your subconscious.
The subconscious mind is like a hard drive. You cant have a different picture on the computer screen of your life without changing the hard drive. And this particular hard drive is programmed by thoughts. Our subconscious thoughts are running us.
So, based on that premise, using hypnosis techniques, which bypass the conscious mind and get to the core of the matter, you can discover the deleterious self-thoughts programmed in your mind and undo them. Freud basically said that the only way to heal was to make the unconscious conscious. Once you expose the negative beliefs that are holding you back, you can them heal them. In fact, just looking at them often heals them.
Through the techniques that I will teach them, participants will begin to uncover their “bad programming,” learn how those thoughts have been holding them back until now, and they will learn how to heal them. I expect miracles to happen in this workshop. Thats my goal with each participant-real internal transformation. Of course, well have lots of fun too.
It doesnt matter whether you know what those thoughts are, or if youve been working on healing them for years, or if you dont have a clue as to what those thoughts are. Wherever you are on your journey of self-discovery, my hope is to take you to that next level of healing.
TGD: What are some of the most common beliefs that hold people back from realizing their true potential?
CM: Having looked into the subsconscious mind of over a thousand people, I can assure you that we are all more alike than different (although that might not be reassuring to some!). A few of the more common beliefs are that we are not good enough, we are bad, we are unworthy, we are alone, we will never get what we want, and we are unlovable.
TGD: Are most of our beliefs cemented in childhood?
CM: This is a fascinating topic that I will discuss in more detail at the workshop, but generally, most of our beliefs are very, very old. I do not believe that we come into this world a tabula rasa. We come in already programmed with fears, ideas, and thoughts from the womb and beyond. And we continue to get programmed with specific ideas once we are here, particularly up until the ages of 9-11 years old. Before that age, we are an open subconscious mind. Thats why you can tell a child about the tooth fairy and he or she will believe you. You can also tell him that hes a loser and he will believe you. Or that she will always be fat, and she will believe you. Whoever we looked to as an authority figure had the potential to program our mind.
Its worthy of a more lengthy discussion, but there is no concept of time in the subconscious mind, everything occurs at once. So, though you accepted these ideas at six years old, theyre still affecting you at 35. The body ages, but the mind doesnt. It constantly projects out what is in it. Thats why changing the hard drive is necessary for a different result
We will be doing some childhood regression work in the workshop-looking at those events in which you accepted false ideas about yourself.
TGD: What advice would you offer to parents who are conscious of helping to shape positive beliefs in their kids?
CM: Well, the first thing I would say is that bad programming by authority figures is part of the deal here. We have all been programmed badly and we will program others badly. We are not healed human beings, and until then, theres going to be an awful lot of bad ideas passed around and down. As a parent, be gentle with yourself when you fall into that, but also know that one positive thought outweighs a hundred negative thoughts. Speak to children of their potential not their limitation.
Whatever your childs issue, you can come up with a couple of positive reprogramming statements for him or her to repeat to themselves (conscious mind repetition programs the subconscious). Also, get your child to visualize himself in the situation accomplishing their goal. If hes afraid of swimming, you could have him say, “I love to swim. Swimming is fun.” And tell him to shut his eyes and see himself swimming in a pool with other children, jumping off the diving board, and having a good time. Make a game out of it.
TGD: Who is your typical client?
CM: I have a very specific client base. I feel like I could be a great friend with any of my clients. They are all referrals so theyre all closely connected though theyd never know it. Generally, its pretty evenly divided between men and women. Theyre usually in their 30s and 40s-open, learned, interesting, cool people. But I also have a 6-year old client right now and 77-year old too.
TGD: Your upcoming book is titled “You’re Already Hypnotized: A Guide to Waking Up”. Are most of us asleep?
CM: The book title comes from something I say to each new client on a first session. Often they come in excited to do hypnotherapy but perhaps with a bit of trepidation lurking from all the myths surrounding hypnosis. So I tell them that I am a really a de-hypnotherapist. Because its true. Theyre already hypnotized. Meaning, by the time they walk into my office their minds are already filled with false beliefs. Its my job to help them identify what those thoughts are and relinquish them. The way I see it, we are all asleep to our true nature, to our potential, to love, to meaning, and to the truth that all minds are joined and theres really only one of us here. My mission is help people wake-up to reality. Once you glimpse your true nature, you become happier, healthier, more peaceful and more successful in the world.
TGD: What are the typical characteristics of a) someone who is awake and b) someone who is asleep?
CM: Very simply, someone who is awake is not run by fear. He or she no longer buys what the world is selling. Awakened ones have undone their old programming and taken back control of their minds. Ultimately, with every hypnosis session I perform, whether its a regression session of a past trauma or a reprogramming session for smoking, my goal is help people wake-up. Sometimes the best place to begin to awaken is by stopping smoking, or losing ten pounds, or forgiving your father. Awakening can begin anywhere, anytime, with any issue. In fact, every issue is just trying to get you to wake-up. I dont believe in hierarchies of healing.
TGD: The greatest misconceptions about hypnotherapy?
CM: Oh, how much time do we have? There are so many! Keeping it short, I think the greatest misconception is that I have control over a client. I dont. The client is always in control. I can only guide him or her. Along with that is the idea that I have the power to adversely program someones subconscious. The truth is, the subsconscious mind will not accept any thought that the conscious mind would be in disagreement with. So, I cant program you to rob a bank unless you think thats a really good idea.
TGD: How do you see the future of hypnotherapy?
CM: I get excited when I think of the future of hypnotherapy. As more people begin to recognize that the problem, whatever it is, individually in our own lives and collectively on this planet, is ultimately a problem in our mind and that subsequently the solution is there too, hypnotherapy will flourish. Ive been doing this work almost every day for the last eight years, and Ive watched hypnotherapy become more mainstream. Its now frequently in newspapers, magazines and on television. I can hardly keep up with the demand, which is one reason I wanted to do this workshop.
The potential use of hypnosis is limitless. As Ive mentioned, its beneficial for resolving personal issues and healing illnesses and addictions and phobias, but beyond that it can be used as a means to achieve enlightenment and even for exploring the nature of reality. The more you do this work, the more you awaken to the truth that everything begins in the mind.
Traditional talk therapy is antiquated. Interestingly, the use of hypnosis predates not only chemical anesthesia but psychotherapy as well. Hypnosis was hugely popular at the turn of the 20th century, and even though it has taken a quiet back seat to traditional therapy since then, there have been tremendous advancements and discoveries in the art of hypnotherapy, making it, in my opinion, not only the future of therapy, but the future of healing. Whats old is new again.
To find out more and sign up for Cynthia’s Healing Through Hypnosis workshop click here.
ABOUT CYNTHIA MORGAN
Cynthia Morgan is a board certified hypnotherapist, but her extensive clientele consider her to be much more than that. Her unique approach to the art of hypnotherapy has redefined its practice as a powerful form of spiritual teaching, emotional healing, and behavior modification. Incorporating her highly creative hypnosis techniques Cynthia provides an experience for her clientele that continues to transcend expectations.
Cynthia is an on-going contributing writer to The Green Dove and her articles have been published in a variety of online magazines. She has been interviewed for magazines as well as numerous newspapers.
Cynthia’s spiritual journey began very early when she was initiated into Transcendental Meditation at the age of seven. Her formative years were spent learning from some of the most celebrated spiritual teachers of our time. In 2002, Cynthia graduated from the prestigious Hypnotherapy Academy of America, and earned her professional certification into the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners.
Since that time, Cynthia has practiced hypnotherapy full-time, incorporating her considerable background in hypnosis, meditation, spirituality, healing, mind/body exploration, and 25 years of experience working with A Course in Miracles.
Her philosophy that we don’t need to do anything to heal ourselves, but rather we must undo the thoughts that stand in the way of healing applies to addictions, illness, phobias, pain, depression, and any other issues faced by her clients. Cynthia’s techniques have proven to be highly successful in transforming the lives of thousands, establishing her as one of the most innovative and respected practitioners in her field.
She lives in Los Angeles.