I received an email from a client that I saw years ago. She came in for a hypnosis session for emotional trauma. She had been raped by her step dad when she was 13 years old. As you can imagine, this caused some issues for her. We did what is referred to as a “regression” session. As you may or may not know, every time you remember something, the structure of the memory in your brain changes. And, using knowledge of NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) you can make changes not only to the memory, but your emotional associations to it. (As a side note, I am not certified in NLP but have studied it enough to be able to use some basic concepts in hypnosis). So here is the note she sent me: (I am withholding her full name due to the sensitive nature of the issue)
"November 2012 changed my life in a way I never thought possible. I had struggled for many, many years with baggage I carried with me from early in life. This baggage destroyed me, as well as taking its toll on my relationships. The more time that passed the heavier the baggage became. My days were filled with a dark sadness that I could not shake. After becoming totally debilitated with sadness and grief, I met with Ben to discuss neurolinguistic programming to see if he could help me. I was a bit skeptical since I had tried multiple forms of therapy to try to move past my experiences from early childhood. I scheduled an appointment for a therapy session. I went into the session feeling as though I was being weighted down with cinder blocks tied around my neck. I emerged a weightless, peaceful individual. Peaceful, a feeling I never thought it was possible, and after only one session! I feel “sunny” and “light”! I wish I had known about neurolinguistic programming many years earlier. Since that session in November I have had several experiences that I feel certain would have completely finished me off. However, I was able to handle each event and not collapse under the sadness. I can talk about abuse without breaking down. I can deal with issues that arise without being sucked back in time. Today I am free of yesterday’s sadness. I am stronger than ever and look forward to the next day and where it might take me! THANK YOU, BEN!!"- K.L., Owensboro KY
Pretty amazing stuff. It reminds me of the old Eagle’s song “so often times it happens, we live our lives in chains and never even know we hold the key.” I am so happy for KL that I don’t even know how to put it into words. The look on her face when the session was over was priceless. She was absolutely beaming and glowing. I would have to say that is probably my favorite session so far.