Addressing Our Well Being Through Hypnotherapy
By Brandon Cristiano
The New Oxford American Dictionary defines fear as ‘an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.’Fear is capable of striking a direct chord in our hearts. Its origins can be found within our
instinctual, reptilian brain, where it was installed with great intent of purpose as a survival mechanism, extracting us from danger and propelling us to fight, flee, or freeze. With the passage of time we have witnessed fear harnessed as a tool of persuasion,
compelling people to harm others deemed a competitive threat. Fear has been used to arouse suspicion, create discontent, bring about discord with chaos, and to decimate entire cultures through war, death, and destruction. Disseminated from the leadership and the current scholastic system, fear has become entrenched within societies once perceived as safe, leading parents to coddle their children in the hopes of protecting
them from the very world they once applauded. As the great Carl Sagan simply said, “An organism at war with itself is doomed”.
This manifestation of fear teaches people to toe the line of paranoia and choose brawn over brain, viciousness over discourse. Their fear begets anger and sows the seeds of insecurity, anxiety, envy, jealousy, frustration, despair, and hostility, ultimately spreading its misery by breeding illness, disease, and pain. Whether the pain is psychological or physical, it can be found in a number of forms, such as digestive discomfort, headaches, insomnia, depression, anxiety, phobias, and much more.
As conscious beings struggling with the stress of modern life, it becomes apparent that identifying the source of our pain is paramount to discovering its cure. Unfortunately, the treatments and remedies available through typical modern medicine too often focus on
the symptoms with no regard for finding a cure to the cause. Wouldn’t it be a magnificent rediscovery of pain relief and healing if a proven, therapeutic, holistic remedy used throughout the world for centuries was more readily available?
Hypnosis offers an empowering option to those in pain by teaching them how to disengage the mind, ego, and reinforced belief systems, thus allowing the location and nature of the pain to be addressed. Although hypnosis still attracts its share of skeptics and criticism, there is undeniable evidence of its effectiveness for treating a broad spectrum of psychological problems and psychosomatic symptoms. Hypnotherapist
Rev. Rupert: Raikes employs simple techniques aimed at relieving his clients of their pain and suffering by empowering them with the tools needed to enter a deep state of relaxation while maintaining a heightened state of awareness.
Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with Rupert to openly discuss and promote the benefits of hypnotherapy as applied to changing the demands of negative habits so many of us find in our lives. It was immediately apparent he is more than a gifted conversationalist, but a person of intellectual and spiritual capacities, as well as a genuine healer. As an accredited graduate of the Motivation Institute in the United
Kingdom, his studies and experience as a certified hypnotherapist have seen him leave his native England to practice solution-focused hypnosis therapy in India, Nepal, Italy, Switzerland, and Thailand, where he presently resides.
I asked Rupert how we begin the process of healing. How do we identify the source of our pain and stop the cycle of negative thought and behavior? His response prompted me to realize it is not the existence of something that brings harm to ourselves, rather it is the abuse of anything that causes damage. He emphasizes the problematic focus on ‘doing’ rather than ‘being’ and how it creates a competitive tension within ourselves and the collective consciousness. “This absence of comfort leads to stress and as our pain becomes too much to bear, it bonds us as the underlying commonality and ultimate motivator to seek help. There comes a time in our lives when we need to break away
from vicious cycles, making a conscious decision on what we choose to focus our attention and positive energies upon.”
It is the patient that heals; the therapist is not the healer, but rather a facilitator who generates self-empowerment by gaining the clients’ trust and cooperation via collaboration of the conscious mind and powerful sub-conscious resourcefulness.
Rupert states, “It is important to remember, the objective of the therapist is not to eliminate pain, but rather to assist the client in creating lasting feelings of comfort, pleasure, health, and happiness in their lives; as a consequence, the pain and its manifestations disappear of their own accord.” Rupert narrows down the process of hypnotherapy into three steps: “First, we must stop the excess activity of the mind. Second, we must calm our emotions and relax in order to halt the fixations that have been created. And last, we respond by focusing our
attention on future activities and behaviors while in a state of deep relaxation.” Rupert offers counseling in both one-on-one settings and introductory group seminars.
His tried-and-tested introductory training techniques provide a maximum of eight participants with essential information regarding hypnosis and its applications for curing stress-related illnesses. Seminars include live examples of trance induction, learning methods for self-diagnosis, as well as rehearsing therapeutic strategies for post-course adoption as related to issues such as (but not limited to) shedding weight, overcoming phobias, and addressing addictions. Rupert emphasizes “trust, cooperation, and having fun are the essential ingredients for a successful and gratifying outcome.”
Seminars are conducted at the splendid Phangan Beach Resort on the island of Phangan, Thailand (www.phanganbeachresort.com). The cost for the two day seminar is 6,500 Baht, which includes the training, individual accommodation for two nights in a comfortable, beach-side bungalow, a hearty breakfast, recreation facilities, and transportation upon arrival and departure. Although there are no certificates to be
attained from this introductory course, this foundation is ideal for anyone interested in becoming a qualified practitioner of hypnosis and neurolinguistic programming.
For individuals seeking private rehabilitation therapy, Rupert uses hypnosis coupled with the game of golf to teach the power of concentration in order to promote physical relaxation and induce a state of mental focus, thus helping the patient take control of
their condition and affect change in their lives. Those interested in receiving more information regarding private counseling and
enrollment can contact Rupert directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at +66-87-417-5594.
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