My Life, Experience and Philosophy
After 30 years of studying mysticism, psychology, hypnosis, therapy, healing, shamanism, altered states of consciousness, psychedelics, mythology, symbolism, philosophy and meditation I thought it was about time I pooled all my skills together. Human-spirit is the culmination of all those years of study and first hand experience, both on a personal and professional level.
You can listen to some of my ideas and the things that motivated me to become a therapist and find out how hypnosis cured my ten-year problem in this interview with Jennifer Lynch of Natural Co-Creators
In my mid-teens I bought my first pack of tarot cards. My mother was alarmed, saying it was the work of the devil. I was drawn to mysticism and the occult even then, orthodox religion having failed to convince me of anything. I guess my mission to find personal truth started way back then. I didn't want to be brainwashed but instead needed direct experience.
I studied Sociology and Psychology and soon ended up working for Suffolk Social Services, helping people with mental health problems and others with learning disabilities in their homes, the community and workplaces. After twelve years, when the work started involving more time filling in forms than it did with people I knew I had to move on.
The decision was made easier for me after a profound personal experience of hypnotherapy. After just two sessions a problem I'd had for over a decade (which doctors and specialists could not help) disappeared! This was the catalyst for my learning hypnotherapy.
I first trained with the Midlands Institute of Hypnotherapy then at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, gaining diplomas in Advanced Hypnotherapy, Hypnoanalysis, Past Life Regression and Integrative Psychotherapy. I have since continued my studies with the Human Givens Institute, where I am an associate member and am also qualified in Energy Psychology (Emotional Freedom Techniques).
Thus, now approaching the half-century mark I feel it is time to step into my truth and embrace life and all it has to offer. We need the highs and the lows, the joys and the sorrows, the happiness and sadness. We need the so-called 'bad' stuff to really appreciate the 'good' stuff when it happens.
I see my life now as an unfolding adventure and myself as the central character - the hero of my own journey. We can all choose to stay in the known world but life comes-a-calling and we are asked to grow, develop, to move on and into the unknown world. Joseph Campbell's idea of the mono-myth (below) has strongly influenced and helped me.
If we can view our issues and 'wounds' as opportunities for growth and spiritual unfoldment, we are enabled to experience our life more authentically; we can see the bigger picture and where our journey might lead us and the steps we can take - and also know that we have the inner strength to deal with the twists and turns along the way.
Thus, most of the work I do is in helping people wake-up, to de-hypnotize themselves from the trance of old-conditioning, beliefs, and ego defences; to step out of a limited model of reality and into a life rich in purpose and meaning.
Human-spirit is all about being the best we can be as human beings that, in turn, results in our spiritual/soul evolution. This is what we are here to do. To raise our consciousness from the dross of materialism to the higher levels. Yes, we need to experience the human stuff; the highs and lows, the 'wilderness', the despair, the loss, the existential issues of isolation, meaninglessness, and death, and take from this life what our Soul needs for its own evolution. Thus, in everything there is a lesson and I believe we should learn and experience all we can in the most authentic way possible, remaining true to ourselves.
Advanced Hypnotherapist, Integrative Psychotherapist, and Facilitator of Change
Associate Member of the Human Givens Institute
Member of the European Therapies Studies Institute
Tel: 0845 450 2326
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