Monday, November 20, 2017

Why Is Hypnosis So Effective?



(This blog was originally posted on November 2, 2016)


Photo by Rick Hustead






Hypnotherapy (hypnosis) is so effective because it enables direct access to the subconscious mind to change the client’s unwanted beliefs and behaviors, thus facilitating achievement of the stated vocational and avocational self-improvement goals. During hypnosis, your mind and physical body are completely relaxed. Hypnosis bypasses the critical area of the mind, which serves a sentinel role to effectively “protect” the subconscious mind’s interests: i.e., the subconscious life script that dictates so much of our behavior. No matter how much you consciously want to make that change—lose weight, stop smoking, overcome performance anxiety, let go of an unsuccessful relationship—the SCM is too invested in the current behavior to just let it go. 

It is the critical mind’s job to immediately reject any thought or behavior that threatens the current status quo. The critical mind is so good at this job that we often don’t realize this is going on. Even if we do, there is always a logical or convenient (conscious) reason not to make the change, anyway.

The most powerful aspect of hypnotherapy is that I (or another certified hypnotherapist) can talk directly to the client’s subconscious mind to motivate the desired behavior change. Since we are all most suggestible to ourselves, it makes sense that the subconscious mind will also be more amenable to making those desired behavior changes when your words/phrases are incorporated in the hypnotic script. The subconscious mind is much more likely to accept these suggestions that are presented in language (metaphor or direct instruction) it understands using phrases or terms (the client’s ow) it recognizes. 

Added benefits of hypnotherapy to help achieve these self-improvement goals are: hypnosis is natural, safe and drug-free. In addition, hypnosis cannot “make” a person say or do anything that he or she would not say or do in an alert state. For more information about hypnosis and how hypnotherapy can help you achieve your self-improvement goals, go to the Hypnosis Facts page on my website or call me at (661) 433-9430.






Sara R. Fogan, C.Ht. is a certified hypnotherapist based in Southern California. She graduated with honors from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in 2005. For more information about Calminsense Hypnotherapy® and to set up an appointment, please visit http://www.calminsensehypnotherapy.com/.
© 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thoughts of the Day

Photo by Sara Fogan






     Every now and then I like (and need) to take a few moments and remind myself about what is really important to me, in my life. If you follow me on my Calminsense Hypnotherapy Facebook page you may have seen some of these quotes before on this page, or will in the future. Many of these Quotes of the Day are beautiful examples and illustrations of the work I do as a hypnotherapist, so I will probably draw on them in future essays.


  • “No matter how far you run, the truth is always waiting when you get there.” – Bruce Van Horn

  • "The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move." – John Wooden

  • “Sometimes the most responsible thing to do with power is to resist the urge to use it.” – Brian Rathbone

  • “Every great success requires some type of worthy struggle to get there.” – Lolly Daskal

  • “You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you.” – Wayne Dyer

  • “Opportunity doesn’t make appointments; you have to be ready when it arrives.” – Tim Fargo

  • “A dream can be the answer to a question we have not yet learned to ask.” – Fox Mulder, The X Files

  • “You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

  • "Between the great things we cannot do and the small things we will not do, the danger is that we shall do nothing." – Adolphe Monod

  • “When the character of someone is not clear to you, look at their friends.” – Unknown




Sara R. Fogan, C.Ht. is a certified hypnotherapist based in Southern California. She graduated with honors from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in 2005. For more information about Calminsense Hypnotherapy® and to set up an appointment, please visit http://www.calminsensehypnotherapy.com/.
© 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Halloween Masks



(This blog was originally posted on October 31, 2016)








Every October 31, people have an opportunity to don costumes and assume temporary identities of someone or even something else. I am fascinated by the costume choices people make, whether they choose to embody Disney characters from the hit film, Frozen, favorite rock stars/musicians, monsters (werewolves or vampires), superheroes, princesses/princes, animals or even politicians. Halloween celebrations become a free-for-all of fantastical expression; even grown-ups can get in on the fun. My question is: What, or who, does that chosen alter-ego represent to the person behind the mask?
I have observed that the costume expression that Halloween celebrants embody range from fun and good-natured to genuinely frightening or even sinister. The subconscious motivation of those dressed as heroes/superheroes, Disney characters, royalty and other generally positive or benign identities might represent the person’s abilities or personality or project an aspect of wish-fulfillment. (Who hasn’t ever wanted to be a prince or princess, or to possess a super-human skill that could save the world? I certainly did.) Perhaps the costume is even a conscious projection of an intention to attract a skill or talent into the person’s life, which is represented what he or she is wearing.
At the other end of this spectrum are costumes that are designed to trigger anxiety or even a fear response. Apparently the zombies from The Walking Dead television series are popular costume choices in the scary/monster end of the dress-up spectrum. Unlike vampires—at least, the seductive incarnation of vampires in modern Young Adult novels and movies—zombies are the epitome of everything terrifying we imagine about death. Not only do zombies appear in various stages of decay and possess untold, albeit clumsy, strength, their very survival depends on killing and eating (brains) their victims. Could there be anything more frightening than seeing your dearly-departed relative wandering around, intent on doing you harm?
Another popular costume last year honored the 2016 Presidential candidates: Democratic Party nominee, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Party nominee, now President Donald J. Trump (R). Did the real candidates represent a real or perceived threat that the Halloween celebrants to metaphorically exorcise before the election on November 8? Or, did the costume enable the wearer to publicly express some secretly admired behaviors or traits that the person did not want to (publicly) own?
It’s something to think about.
Happy Halloween!



Sara R. Fogan, C.Ht. is a certified hypnotherapist based in Southern California. She graduated with honors from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in 2005. For more information about Calminsense Hypnotherapy® and to set up an appointment, please visit http://www.calminsensehypnotherapy.com/.
© 2017