By sharing the following stories I hope to provide a moment of inspiration to last a lifetime. As this page develops I will be including as many stories about inspiration and positive change as time permits. You may not agree with the message in all of them, and that is okay. Let’s celebrate the diversity of our individual needs and take comfort in knowing that each of the items here are about someone doing something positive which they are passionate about. Thank you.
I am a survivor. I grew up in a family not unlike many others. Parents divorced, we moved around a bit. Through it all I know my parents, whether together or apart did the best they could and did the best as per what they believed to be correct parenting for the time (as I have raised my children I did what I believed to be the best at the time and in looking back I know I could have don it better). This is something we, as parents all do. Time is a great reveler of truth in how good of a job we have done as parents.
For some reason, even from the time is was a child (6 or 7) I felt the urge or the need to be the center of attention. I had to be the one who knew all the answers or the one who was the best of something. My life become a journey of not fitting in but being in the spotlight. If I couldn’t be in the spotlight then I didn’t feel validated. This resulted in a lot of egocentric behaviours which also made me very good at what ever I was doing (you always believe you are good at what you when you are too narrow minded to know any difference). Flash forward to a career in radio, finishing off a university degree and becoming an entertainer (mobile DJ) and then a stage hypnotist before becoming a motivational speaker and therapist. As I turned 50 many realizations were coming to me. I needed to make changes happen in my life and I needed to get healthy (although this is very brief, I will expand on it later).
June 2017, I start a program to radically decrease the sugar I am taking in so I stop drinking alcohol. After 31 days I begin my ketogenic way of eating and my journey.
In the first 7 days I drop 7.5 pounds. I am looking better and feeling better. My Journey still continues. If you are interested in a detailed presentation on this please contact me…. firstname.lastname@example.org. More to come!
This is Jade. I am a single mother to a beautiful 6 year old girl. This comes with many struggles and triumphs, all of which are part of my story.
I am a Child and Youth Care graduate and am currently working towards my Bachelor of Professional Arts: Human Services Major. Within my educational experience I have found a passion for helping youth. Will you help me to help them? Here is my story:
I believe that empowering youth to reach their full potential despite hardships and obstacles that they are faced with can make all the difference. We are faced with the reality of many people not knowing the dynamics of the hardships and obstacles that many youth are faced with everyday. My mission is to raise awareness in a variety of different topics that I believe if were acknowledged and addressed within our society could change the future for upcoming generations.
A True Love Story
This is what the “Take Part of Me” Fundraiser was all about which I hosted back on Oct 2, 2015. Printed here with permission. Always so nice to here back from clients on how well things are going – especially in this case as I was preparing a young couple for surgery (Benji donated over half of his liver to his wife Lisa) with a combination of hypnotherapy and energy work. Truly an amazing story of love and healing.
“I wanted to thank you for everything James! Surgery went exceptionally well the Drs say! Lisa didn’t need a blood transfusion and was out of ICU in less than 24 hours. Benji could likely be out this weekend. I’m certain that your therapy contributed. I’m very grateful!”
I have spent over half of my life looking at the world from behind a microphone in a variety of different venues…some for entertainment, some for teaching but mostly for inspiration. From my vantage point I have seen how people can be influenced by simple words to accomplish amazing things. I have also seen how people can let other words stop them, hold them back and question their own purpose and abilities. It is my belief that if we can all learn to be our own masters and accomplish amazing things. Think of how much better life will be when you have the tools to be your own master.
Look at all that you have done in your life and all that you want to do. What’s holding you back? Excuses? Realize that you are amazing and have to ability to do amazing things… all you have to do is start… and then continue… and have a very clear goal in mind. Remember these words: Desire, Belief and Expectation.
The Story Behind “Out Of The Box”
Sometimes the best way to find a solution to a problem is to see what you have been doing and make adjustments from there. From the time we are born we are being guided or programmed about what to believe and how to act and how to think. Most of the time as children we are learning new and amazing things. At that same time we were also being told not to this or that. When those limitations (both for our protection and other reasons) then we see the BOX beginning to form. I didn’t realize how small of a box I had put myself in, or had allowed myself to be put until I started studying mindfulness in December of 2014. Only then did I begin to see these limitations.
I had spent a decade and a half studying and learning the art of creative visualization and healing through the hypnotic process. Building upon my degree in psychology with course after course regarding conscious and unconscious processes and the amazing creative powers of the mind brought me to a point where I could see how to help people heal if they were ready to. Using a combination of all the techniques I had learned I established a career that focused on the many uses of the mind state known as hypnosis. That’s where my box comes in and then starts limiting me on what I can do as a healer… or so I think. Now before I go on with this, let me share with you some insights that brought me to where I am today.
Many years ago, early in my career as a hypnotist, I had a very close friend who, unbeknownst to me had become an alcoholic. After numerous calls to about getting together we were never able to connect. We just seemed to keep missing each other. That was, until one morning one of my good friends called me to tell me that my friend, who I had been trying to connect with me, was dead. Apparently, a combination of alcohol and excessive speed had caused him to lose control on a winding road. He hit a tree and died on scene. The next time I saw him was at his funeral. It was only later that I found out that he was trying to get together with me to see if I could help him with his addiction. It was at this point that I began to wonder about the healing potential of hypnosis to help people like my friend.
You see, at this point in my career I had begun to see how the power of suggestion could help people to quit smoking, to be more confident and to sleep better. Through my suggestions for confidence I had helped an assistant bar manager in BC gain the strength to leave her abusive boyfriend and start a new career in another city. I had helped a world traveler to not get jet lag. I had even helped a young girl who suffered from night terrors to sleep and dream more peacefully. It was results like these that made me want to continue my training. So, after becoming an accomplished stage hypnotist and clinical hypnotherapist (March 2010) I also began studying and using Neuro-Linguistic Programming (early 2014), mindfulness (late 2014) and energy work (Quantum Touch, January 2015). This has had a huge impact on my approach to therapy and healing. Now I was drawing this wealth of experience to find the best fit for my clients. This is my new box to get out of.
It is an amazing thing to reach a point in ones career and training when you realize after more than 15 years and helping 1000`s to quit smoking, reduce anxiety, build confidence and so much more that you still face resistance in the area of hypnosis. There are still many misconceptions about what hypnosis is and is not. For those who don’t understand hypnosis, it can hold them back from getting the help they need. Fear prevents them from taking that first step. I hear this next one all the time: “I need to quit smoking but I’m afraid to get hypnotized – I don’t like to be out of control. Also, I’ve been to the shows and was never able to go under.” These people don’t understand that they were hypnotized to smoke in the first place. Hypnotherapy would give them back their control and undo the suggestions that keep them smoking. After all, hypnosis (loosely defined) is suggestion and influence and it was only through this suggestion that one starts smoking.
Once again, time to get Out Of The Box. The therapeutic techniques I use to help people quit smoking are so much more then the Box that is hypnosis and hypnotherapy. It is now time for me to define myself as an Empowerment Strategist. My passion is to help people to realize their infinite potential. Remember that new box I was talking about? Now I have found a way out. Let me show you… I can help.
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