Let your “spirit” be your guide: hypnotherapy


Halloween weekend in Las Vegas was graced with crisp, 80-degree sunshine, not a cloud in the sky. But I didn’t need stormy weather to get in the “spirit” of things — I had an appointment for hypnotherapy with a doctor known for past-life regression. Happy Halloween to me!

Whether or not you believe in past lives, fragmented spirits, earthbound spirits or spirit guides, I promise you that ….

 what I experienced was the best therapy I’ve ever had in my life.

Lately, I’ve been feeling like I needed to open a new chapter in my life, so I’ve been open to all experiences, no matter how foreign. I was feeling a bit run-down, so whatever I was or wasn’t doing wasn’t working. It was time for a change. I’d been doing what I could to work out more, change my diet, make more time for myself and feel more grounded. But I knew I needed an energy shift, too.

No matter how hard I used my brain to tell myself to stop dating emotionally unavailable men, believe in myself and my dreams, and dismiss past heartaches at work, I knew I carried all of this weight around with me.

It was time to let go.

I had never been hypnotized before, and even after more than a decade of yoga, I’m all fidgety when I try to meditate. So it didn’t surprise me at all that I didn’t drop right into a meditative state, able to scratch the surface of the past lives that might be affecting my existence today.


But with the help of an assistant, I was able to talk to my spirit guide and get rid of a few things, including a spirit fragment of a distressed 8-year-old (third grade WAS my worst year) and a slightly depressed, single being named Rosemary who had followed me for “many lifetimes.”

Here’s the thing: this particular hypnotist came highly recommended (email me if you’re interested) by two very trusted sources. A friend who had done this before told me to relax during the sort of meditative part and then answer the questions with the first thing that came to me. So I tried.

 We began.

He asked me what name was coming to me, and deeply relaxed, my mind was like bullets: “super-feminine something, Claire, no, Angel, no, Lilly, maybe, Maria, close, Mary, no, Marie?

At that moment, the assistant called out, “Rosemary.”

My stomach went ka-chunk and sank even heavier into the chair. At the end of the session, she told me she almost said, “Lilly.”

What transpired took everything I know about my current life’s situation and gave it a perspective that blew my mind.

I walked out of there feeling like a beam of light.

I don’t know if the physical benefits of being so relaxed for an hour or two are what made me feel so light, or the joy I get out of being able to wrap my head around new concepts such as: I chose my parents for this lifetime because I have lessons to learn from them… and the reasons that some things in my life replay like Groundhog Day are because of vibrations I send out – and I can change that.

I am not a victim.

But do I believe? Do you?

We’ll never really know until we get to the other side, but today I know with absolute certainty one thing:

Sometimes, the best things happen to me when I stop over-thinking and just believe.

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  1. I have the same feeling of needing a new chapter in my life… maybe I should visit your hypnotist 🙂

  2. Wow, is she in Vegas?

  3. DM me for contact info!! He was amazing!

  4. I have never been hypnotized and it is something I’l like to dare, even if for a dare. I’m not sure I can be, but don’t most people think the same?

  5. Abby, what a wonderful experience. And great last line – that sometimes we have to stop the over-thinking and just let things be.

    I have never tried hypnotherapy, and I’m the same as you as I get fidgety when I meditate or my mind wanders too much. But I certainly want to give it a try.

  6. This particular guy was kind and amazing — but better for non-beginners. I didn’t know what was going on, and it took me two tries to even get what I did. But my friend had done it before and had an AMAZING experience! I, alas, cannot afford to try again. If only I could make it a hobby!

  7. I’ve never heard of this kind of hynotherapy, but it sounds amazing. I love your line “and the reasons that some things in my life replay like Groundhog Day are because of vibrations I send out” I’ve found the same thing until someone has pointed out what is obvious to everyone else, but me.

  8. What a cool experience. I would give it a go. (Don’t think there are too many hypnotherapists up here, though).

  9. Yes, sometimes I think the biggest things are the most obvious! Sort of embarrassing…

    Totally random that this world-renowned guy lives in Vegas!

  10. Never considered going to a hypnotherapist. I think I would also have a hard time just relaxing.

    Whatever for of therapy/ relaxation/ meditation works for a person is good, no matter what anyone else thinks or believes.

  11. hmmm…i’m so type A, i don’t think I’d go under well. I don’t like the feeling of losing control…but that sounds really interesting!!

  12. You actually don’t lose control at all — to my utter relief. It was nothing like the shows you see on TV!

  13. I would try this in a heartbeat! My brother was hypnotized by the man they call Raveen, but it was only to do foolish stuff on stage.

    This post also reminded me of Michael Crichton’s book “Travels”. It’s a travel memoir, but the last few chapters are about his inner travels — astral projection, sweat lodges, all that stuff. I think it’s natural once you’ve seen a lot on the outside world to so some “inward sightseeing” as well.

  14. That is my number one favorite comment ever! It’s so true to want personal reflection after seeing so much out there in the world.

  15. Anything that helps you live from the inside out (and NOT the outside in) is awesome.

    A few years ago I went to a psychic and was blown away. Before the session, she had told me to bring a list of questions for the end. I was so stunned by what she said (actually, by what she KNEW) that I did not get around to asking any questions.

    Amazing what you can learn about yourself and how you can grow if you put yourself out there.

  16. So well put! From the inside out… It’s so true.

  17. Wow I’d love to do something like this! Not sure how I feel about the whole past-life thing – that was always my biggest trouble with Buddhism even though that’s probably the religious/philosophy I feel closest too (I’m not religious at all but it has some really good principles), but I’d be willing to keep an open mind and see what the hypnotherapist had to say. We can all use help dropping old baggage, I think!

  18. You and I are so similar! I was so open but didn’t know what to believe. I loved learning about all of these new ideas! I have a lot to mull over.

  19. I have a feeling I am way to high stress for this to work….

  20. Ooh…this is so not my thing!! But it’s good to read about though 😉

  21. I believe in things like that because I have a fear of not believing them if that makes any sense haha 🙂

  22. I’ve been in a similar state, Abby, and have also been to alternative therapies and treatments. I haven’t tried hypnosis yet, but I recently did Body Talk and Reiki and both were so helpful and strengthening. I’m delighted you had such a good experience. 🙂

  23. Yes, Cailin, it does!

    Abi, I totally get it…

  24. Krista, I am dying to try Reiki!!

  25. I’m not sure about past lives, but I know being hypnotized often helps the most difficult situations. It must be done by experts and it certainly is a great experience. I would love to be hypnotized, although I think the expert would have a bit of a hard time with me 😛

  26. This is totally something I would try, but I’m not sure I’m a good candidate for hypnosis (I think it would be hard for me to go under). I’d love to try Reiki, though, and I have quite an open mind about a lot of the “alternative” practices and medicines.

  27. Good for you! I’ve been a skeptic about hypnotherapy, but maybe I’m just a little afraid of it. So glad that it was such a positive experience for you. You’ve got me thinking…..

  28. I think I would scare the hypnotist with what I have following me around. 😛

  29. What a cool experience!

  30. Have you read Many Lives, Many Masters? If not, get that book and read it ASAP. That book changed the way I think about a lot of things.

    I have always wanted to do a past life hypnotherapy session. Your experience sounds amazing!

  31. I’m pretty skeptical about psychics and past lives and all that, but at the same time I’m open to alternative therapies like acupuncture, so I’m not sure where I come down on hypnotism overall, but I can imagine trying it if it seemed right for my situation. I’m glad it was such a positive experience for you!

  32. Kyle, I AM going to go buy it!! Emily, I like to try everything once. Although I admit, if I were rich, I might try hypno a few more times … just to see…

  33. Honestly, this sounds a little creepy to me, but I’m game for giving anything a try at least once (except maybe bungee jumping). I’ve always wondered what it’s like to be hypnotized, and now I kind of want to give it a go even though I’m a little weirded out.

  34. I went to a hypnotist when I was little and it didn´t work at all. The guy was so sure he could help me he gave me free sessions but it never worked.

    However, that doesn´t mean I discredit the benefits for others. As someone who can empathize with the inability to meditate, I am very happy you were able to find some peace!

  35. I really want to go to hynotherapy to cleanse my fear of sharks and small, tight spaces. Glad to know you’d recommend it, as I’ve been seriously considering it at some point when I’m back in the US.

  36. Whoa, that sounds intense! I don’t believe in past lives, but I might if I had an experience like that! I’ll have to try that sometime.

  37. Abby, this sounds like such a great experience! I’m so glad you feel like you got a lot out of it. I love this, “I am not a victim.” Those are words to live by.

  38. Oh wow. This sounds amazing. I’ve been feeling exactly the same way you have lately & I can’t help but wonder if there is more at play here (I too feel like some things play out like Groundhog day in my life). I’m really tempted to visit this person when I am in town next time!!

  39. I did guided meditation once and it is a strange feeling. It was good but strange.

  40. I want to do it again — I feel like you go deeper with practice!

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