Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Free WHD Event is 5 Days Away!

Time is getting short and spaces are filling up (65 RSVP's at the moment) so I'll make this quick & to the point. Here's what's happening this Sunday, Jan. 3rd at the Hyatt Regency on WIndy Hill Rd.

-FREE Chair Massages!
-Giveaways: $350 hot stone massage package, $400 hypnotherapy program, $150 chiropractic/wellness program
-Speakers: including last year's attendee celebrating 1-year anniversary as a non-smoker!
-Deep Discounts on my hypnotherapy sessions and programs available only to those in attendance
-And of course, the Grande Finale: a group hypnosis exercise guaranteed to leave everyone calm, relaxed and focused on their goals

RSVP Now if you haven't already!

Friday, December 18, 2009

VIDEO: Info About Free Event on World Hypnotism Day

Hypnotist Offers $15,000 Stimulus Package to Atlanta's Middle Class to Kick Off 2010

Atlanta's Leading Hypnotist, Sean Wheeler provides $15,000 worth of services free of charge to Atlanta area residents in celebration of World Hypnotism Day - January 4th, 2010.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) December 18, 2009 -- Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Sean Wheeler is giving away health and happiness - free of charge - to 100 lucky residents of Metro Atlanta in celebration of the 6th Annual World Hypnotism Day. The climax of this free event is a group hypnosis exercise during which Wheeler will hypnotize those people to stop smoking, lose weight, stick to their resolutions and accomplish their goals.

"2009 was an extremely stressful year for many middle-class people in Atlanta," said Wheeler, a certified member of the National Guild of Hypnotists. "I'm offering my own stimulus package to give them a boost - and an opportunity to make 2010 much, much better."

A hypnotist can’t make people do anything against their will, whether it’s on a stage or in therapy. Otherwise, I’d take the first plane to D.C. and hypnotize Congress.
January 4th is the day when hypnosis professionals in more than 20 countries promote the benefits of hypnotism. This event will take place on Sunday, Jan. 3rd to give working people a chance to attend.

"One great thing about this stimulus package is that it's not going to the wealthy - it's going to the people who really need it," said Wheeler, "and the best part is that they'll never have to pay it back."

Hypnosis has a strange reputation, mostly due to movies and comedy shows that promote the myth of the all-powerful hypnotist, and that reputation causes some people to hesitate.

"Many thousands of people have used hypnosis to stop smoking, lose weight and eliminate stress," Wheeler explained, "The science and the studies back it up, and public perception is slowly changing."

Wheeler is also an accomplished Stage Hypnotist, offering shows as fundraisers for schools and charities, but don't expect anyone to start clucking like a chicken at this event.

"A hypnotist can't make people do anything against their will, whether it's on a stage or in therapy. Otherwise, I'd take the first plane to D.C. and hypnotize Congress," Wheeler laughed.

The free event will take place at the Hyatt Regency on Windy Hill Rd in Marietta from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010. Registration is required, and RSVP information is available at www.purehypnosis.com and www.pure-hypnosis.blogspot.com.

About Sean Wheeler

Sean Wheeler is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with the National Guild of Hypnotists and the founder of Pure Hypnosis. Wheeler has appeared on Q100's "The Bert Show" on 99.7 FM and "Change Your Mind, Change Your Life" on B98.5 FM, and he will soon be featured in Fitness Magazine. He has performed as master of ceremonies, entertainer and speaker at venues including Atlanta's Fox Theatre, as well as for academic and scientific organizations throughout Georgia and the Southeast.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

FREE Hypnosis Event on Jan 3rd - Start the New Year Off Right!

Jan 4th is the 6th Annual World Hypnotism Day, and this year I'm celebrating by hosting a FREE event in the Atlanta area... on January 3rd. Yeah, I know, I know... but I figured more people would be able to make it on a Sunday than a Monday, and what better way to start off 2010 than with a healthy dose of relaxation and positive focus.

So, whatever your desire - whether to stop smoking, lose some weight, make more money, reduce stress or just get happier - RSVP at the link below and I'll see you there!

What: FREE Hypnosis Seminar
Where: Hyatt Regency on Windy Hill Rd
When: Jan. 3rd, 2010
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sean Wheeler on Q-100's The Bert Show

Check out this clip from my appearance on The Bert Show... one of the most popular morning radio shows in Atlanta - on Q-100 (99.7FM). Thursday, November 19th was the 34th Annual Great American Smokeout... and they wanted me to hypnotize morning show personality Jenn Hobby to stop smoking. Good info & laughs included...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Public Speaking Confidence: Case Study

Just got a message from a client I worked with this past summer. When she first came in, she was terrified at the thought of speaking in front of her class. After a few sessions, and with the help of hypnosis CD recordings made during those sessions, this was the result:

"I just wanted to let you know that my presentation back in August went really well. I didn't look nervous at all, although I was but that is normal. Some people said that I was one of the best speakers in the class. After that I had another presentation, and it also went well.

Thank you very much for all your help."

Auburn, AL

I want to draw your attention to one important phrase she wrote: "although I was but that is normal." This is really so beautiful, because it is absolutely natural to have some nervous feelings of excitement when speaking publicly.

Typically, only seasoned veterans with years of experience feel completely comfortable when doing so. At least, that's been my experience. After years of doing improv comedy, I felt as comfortable on stage as I did in my own living room. Same thing goes with being in a classroom environment, in front of a TV camera, or anywhere else.

What's important in the beginning, at least when you've had experiences speaking that are so uncomfortable and tense, is that you acknowledge those feelings and move forward confidently. Usually, the other people in the room can't tell you're a bit nervous on the inside... even if you have a few butterflies.

For this client of mine, her experience will continue to improve with the more opportunities she has to speak. The best part is that she now knows she can do it, and that she can do it well. How pleasant it will be for her when those feelings dissolve completely... and she can really start having fun.

It's a blast to feel comfortable in front of an audience... very empowering. I think it's something everyone should experience at least a few times, and I'm happy to help others like her get on the path to that destination.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Comedy Hypnosis Show 11-5-09

Here are a few clips from my recent comedy hypnosis show at Snead State Community College in Boaz, Alabama. To find out why people do these crazy things during hypnosis shows, check out the following video on my youtube channel: Stage Hypnosis Secrets Revealed

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

PODCAST: How To Know if You've Been Hypnotized

Here's Part 2 of an interview I did with another Atlanta-based hypnotherapist, Dr. Wesley Anderson. Here, we discuss some of the characteristics of the hypnotic state, so you can determine whether or not you've experienced it during a session.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Interview with Dr. Wesley Anderson of Trance-Formations - Part 1: Misconceptions

I've just done a series of podcasts with my good friend and fellow hypnotherapist - Dr. Wesley Anderson of Trance-Formations. In this first installment, we discuss some of the common misconceptions about hypnosis, and share some of our own experiences.

There will be at least three more installments from this interview, so be sure to check back here soon for updates.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Comedy Hypnosis Show Clip

Here's a brief montage from a recent comedy hypnosis show I performed for the National Youth Leadership Forum - a group of bright high school students from around the country who will be seniors this fall. I'll soon be doing more of these shows at high schools throughout Georgia as fund raisers, so if you know of a group or school that's looking for fund raising ideas, send them this video and give them my contact info.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

FAQ: "How Much Does it Cost?"

I've recently added this info to the Pure Hypnosis website, but thought I'd include it here as well... since it's probably the second most popular question I receive (after "Does hypnosis really work?").



My standard rate is $150/hour. I also offer multi-session programs starting at $397 for three sessions. There are set prices for programs for smoking cessation ($397) and weight loss ($397-$950).

If your issues are outside of those specific programs, I will give you an estimate for number of sessions and cost prior to beginning our work together... based on information I receive from you about your history and goals. The choice is always yours as to whether to take it one session at a time, or to choose one of the available programs.

When you're ready to move forward, please complete the client intake form and return it via fax (404-529-4291) or email. Feel free to call if you have any further questions. We can also set up a free consultation if you'd like to discuss things in more detail before making a decision to move forward.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Client Feedback: First Week After Hypnosis

Just got this email from a client I saw this week. As always, I received her permission before posting it here. This gives a good example of what you can expect during the first few days:

"I just wanted to give you an update, its been 96 hours and NO SMOKING!!!!!! I am so happy, I'm not going to say that I have not thought about smoking, but that's just it. When the thought comes into my mind, it goes out just as fast. I have had NO withdraws or thoughts of giving in. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.... YOU are Awesome!"
-Amy Whisnant

Monday, April 13, 2009

THIS Saturday: (almost) FREE Hypnosis Seminar

In case you hadn't heard, I'll be hosting a hypnosis seminar focused on dealing with economic stress... this Saturday, April 18th, at Serenity Lakes Wellness Center in Lawrenceville, GA.

This will include a bunch of tips for your conscious mind, as well as a complete group hypnosis experience to deliver the messages to your subconscious. Those who sign up will also receive an audio recording of the hypnotic induction FREE of charge.

The event is "almost" free because the kind folks as Serenity Lakes ask for a $5 love donation at the door. Once you see the venue, you'll be happy to drop a five spot into the basket... it's a warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere that you'll want to visit again and again.

I'll be doing hypnosis seminars at Serenity Lakes on the 3rd Saturday of every month from now on... always focused on different topics designed to benefit those in attendance.

This one starts at 2:00pm and runs until around 4:00pm, and you'll leave feeling much more relaxed than you were when you arrived.

Here's the link where you can RSVP at Meetup.com.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

B98.5 Interview - Listen Now

Here is the interview I did with Suzi Marsh, host of "Change Your Mind, Change Your Life" on B98.5 in Atlanta. It's divided into 5 parts, due to YouTube's limit of 10 minutes per video.

It covers a wide array of topics, from smoking cessation, weight loss, fears & phobias... to comedy stage hypnosis, stories about clients I've worked with, my background and training, and a whole lot more.

Suzi had me on air for the entire hour, so I got to gab quite a bit.

Listen and enjoy-


Saturday, April 4, 2009

B98.5 Interview Airs Sunday 4/5 at 6:50am

Be sure to tune in to B98.5 FM in Atlanta tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 6:50am to hear me discuss all things hypnosis (and more) with host Suzi Marsh (picture, below). The program is called "Change Your Mind, Change Your Life," and I'll be appearing on air for a full hour.

Here's the link where you can listen live online: http://b985.com/

In case you miss it, I'll be recording the entire interview and posting it here on this blog via YouTube shortly after it airs.

Hope you can catch it. It came out great, and includes some highlights of my work with clients over the past six years.

New Video: Introduction to Pure Hypnosis

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Georgia Smokers to Shell Out an Extra 62 Cents Per Pack Starting Today

It's no April Fool's joke.

Starting today, Georgia smokers will have to pay an extra 62 cents per pack of cigarettes. That works out to an extra $6.20 per carton, or more than $200/year for the average smoker.

This is thanks to a new federal tax, which you can learn more about here: http://is.gd/q7EQ

So... it may be just the right time to think about quitting after all, huh?

Monday, March 30, 2009

B98.5 Radio Interview To Air Sunday, April 5th

I had a great time this morning recording an interview with Suzi Marsh (http://suzi-marsh.com/) for B98.5 FM. It runs a full hour, and will air in Atlanta this coming Sunday, April 5th at 7:00am.

This is great for you Early Birds, but for everyone else, worry not... I'll be recording the show and making it available online shortly thereafter.

Topics discussed include comedy hypnosis shows, fears & phobias, regression therapy, smoking cessation, weight gain, NLP, food cravings and much more.

You can listen online here: http://b985.com/

Friday, March 27, 2009

Success Story: Stop Smoking Seminar on Jan 4th, 2009

Just received more feedback from someone who attended my free Stop Smoking seminar on World Hypnotism Day. It's been almost 3 months now... and it appears that Andrew is doing quite well. Smoke-free and not looking back...

Here's his email (printed with permission):

Hey Sean,

Just a quick update from me. I am still smoke free from our first and only session on World Hypnotism Day on January 4, 2009 (about 12 weeks later!). Seriously, you have changed my life more than I can explain and I don’t even think about cigarettes in my life.

I have friends who are now using my story as inspiration and I have been telling them about how fantastic it feels and how simple it can be. Also, my friend [name withheld] has been working with you and I know she is enjoying her time and feels like your sessions are very beneficial. I have a few other folks who I have referred to you for smoking so I hope they can find the success that I have found.

Thank you again.

Andrew Rader

Radio Interview on B98.5

Just a quick note that I'll soon be on the airwaves talking about hypnosis - specifically B98.5 in Atlanta. Monday, March 30th, I'll be in the studio with Suzi Marsh, recording a 1/2 hour segment for her program "Change Your Mind, Change Your Life." It airs on Sunday mornings, and when I get the specific time & date I'll update this blog right away.

Here's a link where you can find more info about the show: http://www.suzi-marsh.com/

It also appears likely that I'll do another 1/2 hour spot in April, so keep on the lookout for that as well.

I'm looking forward to sharing good information about hypnosis to a wide audience.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Client: "I completely forgot about smoking"

Last week a client of mine (and 35-year, every day smoker) was kind enough to do a brief interview with me about her experience since using my Stop Smoking Hypnosis program a little more than four months ago. I have to admit, her feedback was impressive... even to me!

I'll have a full audio interview with her posted this week, but in the meantime, here are a few of her very own words in print:

"I was a die-hard smoker. I never really thought I could quit.

I was hoping and praying that this would work. I just didn't know how easy and effortless it was going to be... just completely effortless.

I kept thinking 'I'm forgetting something... I don't know what I'm forgetting, but I'm forgetting something.'

I didn't even think about smoking. It didn't even enter my mind. Within a week or so, I truly forgot about smoking. It was just amazing. It was a miracle.

It's been four months and I know I'm never going to smoke again. I don't even think about smoking... it's the last thing on my mind. It's just not a part of my life anymore."

Jan Madajewski
Flowery Branch, GA

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Hypnosis Seminar in Lawrenceville

Mark this date on your calendar: Saturday, April 18th at 2:00pm

At that date & time, I'll be making another appearance at Serenity Lakes Wellness Center in Lawrenceville. This seminar is about dealing with economic stress during these tough times. It's basically a free event, although my gracious hosts request a $5 "Love Donation" at the door.

So come out and give us a little love... it's really a beautiful and relaxing wellness center. You begin feeling more peaceful the moment you walk through the door.

Click here to RSVP at Meetup.com.

From now on, I'll be offering hypnosis seminars at Serenity Lakes on the 3rd Saturday of every month.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Success Story from WHD Stop Smoking Seminar

Here is some feedback from someone who attended my Stop Smoking Hypnosis Seminar on World Hypnotism Day - January 4th, 2009.

"Hi Sean! I wanted to give you a update on my experiences since your seminar. First and foremost I am smoke-FREE! I have been since the group seminar, and I've gone through some really challenging times in the last two months. I had tried every method to quit before, and with your help I have kicked this thing once and for all!

Thanks for all you do, it has really worked for me!"

Kristin Zimmermann
Atlanta, GA

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

How I Helped an Iraq War Vet

This is an email I received today from an Iraq War vet I worked with just before Christmas 2008. It's nice to be of service to someone who's been of service.

Take a look:

"Hey, Sean. I'm not too entirely sure you remember me, but I had a visit with you just before Christmas. I just want to thank you so very much for everything. I still listen to our session every night just prior to falling asleep, and it totally helps me get in the right frame of mind to leave all of the day's worries and anxieties behind me.

Just recently I made the decision to completely stop taking the meds prescribed to me for sleeping/anxiety/hypervigilance, and I'm not lying when I say that I haven't slept this well in what seems like forever.

Crowds aren't as much of a problem for me, and I actually give other drivers on the road the benefit of the doubt instead of losing my mind!

When I left your office that day, I felt a high and a peace that I believe helped me start a new chapter in my life.

Thank you so much for doing what you do, man."

Taylor Michel, US Army Soldier
Fort Belvoir, VA

Monday, February 23, 2009

Report from Hypnosis Seminar

Just wanted to take a moment and thank the fine people at Serenity Lakes Wellness Center in Lawrenceville for such a warm reception. I made my first (and certainly not last) appearance there as a speaker on Saturday, and found it to be a really great place to chat with an audience about the benefits of hypnosis.

The event wrapped up with a group hypnosis session, after which one woman proclaimed:

"My headache is gone!"

"You're welcome," I said with a smile.

Here's a brief breakdown of what was included on Saturday, Feb. 21st:

-Understanding stage hypnosis
-Ridiculous things I did while hypnotized on stage (!)
-My background and training
-How I became a hypnotherapist & comedy hypnotist
-How hypnosis works for weight loss, phobias & smoking cessation
-A group hypnosis demonstration
-A brief history of Milton H. Erickson and his unique approach
-How we are hypnotized by TV and media
-Deceptive advertising by pharmaceutical companies
-Giveaway of several of my hypnosis CD programs
-Q&A with audience

After talking with the folks at Serenity Lakes, it looks likely that I'll be speaking there on a regular basis (perhaps monthly), so be sure to check here on this blog, or sign up for the newsletter at purehypnosis.com to receive updates and details.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

5 Things You Didn't Know Hypnosis Can Do

Everyone knows hypnosis can help you quit smoking and lose weight, but what else can you do with it? Here are some ideas...

1. Get over a breakup

I've posted a couple articles about this recently. Really, it works like this... hypnosis can help you to quickly change your focus, while forgetting (more often) about unpleasant memories, thoughts or experiences. This isn't "erasing" your memory, just speeding up the natural emotional healing process so you can move on and live your life.

2. Lose your internet addiction

One of the more common complaints I receive from clients is their inability to stop surfing (or playing) on the web. This causes stress due to procrastinating on the important tasks (getting things done). Eliminate procrastination and stress as you build automatic reminders that allow you to unplug from the monitor from time to time.

3. Change your career path

If you find yourself unhappy with your current job or career, but lack the confidence or creativity to change direction, hypnosis may be just what the doctor ordered. Taking a step back, evaluating your strengths and interests, and looking at things from a new perspective are only the beginning of what hypnosis can help you to do.

4. Don't sweat the small stuff (seriously)

You always hear people say "Don't sweat the small stuff," but they fail to teach you how, exactly, not to get upset when someone cuts you off in traffic. Hypnosis actually gives you the tools and the mindset to focus on what's important and let the little things go.

5. Have more fun

When you're feeling better, more comfortable in your own skin, and focusing on what's important, you don't need pills, drugs, food or booze to enjoy life. You're more comfortable being yourself, and thus more free to simply be. This lack of self-consciousness in social and intimate situations leads to a greater enjoyment of the moment, and greater satisfaction in life.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

FREE Stop Smoking Event on Feb 28th

That's right... I'm hosting a follow-up event to the free stop smoking hypnosis seminar on January 4th. This time it's a smaller gathering - limited to 10 people - that will take place at my home office in Marietta.

Here are the details:

What: FREE Stop Smoking Hypnosis Event
Where: Pure Hypnosis, LLC
When: Feb 28th, 2009
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Register: Stop Smoking Solution Meetup Group

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Hypnosis CD's: The Value of Reinforcement

This clip is from a my stop smoking hypnosis seminar on World Hypnotism Day. Here, I talk about why it's important to practice self-hypnosis (via the use of cd's) on a daily basis in order to enjoy the highest degree of success.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Cure for Heartbreak or Valentine's Day Blues

For some people, Valentine's Day means love, romance and companionship. For many, many others... it's a time to recall depressing memories of love lost, to feel jealous of couples in public, and construct a shield of protection against all the feelings of hurt that relationships can bring.

A client recently asked me if hypnosis can help you get over a painful break-up. My reply was this: "Notice how a break-up hurts less and less over time? Hypnosis can make that happen MUCH quicker."

This is possible because it has to do with how you think. When your thoughts about the break-up change, your feelings and experience change.

I know this personally, because I experienced it myself. Years ago, I was suffering tremendous feelings of jealousy after an ex became involved with a new boyfriend. After a visit with a hypnotherapist, the painful thoughts that I had been obsessing over had been changed. I just couldn't focus on them in the same way, tended to forget about them more often, and as a result, I felt a lot better.

Help is Closer Than You Think

Last year, I had a client who was so depressed about a break-up, that by the time he arrived for his appointment, he literally hadn't slept in 4 days. He also wasn't eating, and had lost a great deal of weight. This guy was rail thin, with circles around his eyes, and his ex-girlfriend was already in a new relationship. Even worse, she was touting the new boyfriend as being "the One"... eliminating any hope my client had for getting back together.

I saw this client for one session, and after a few months had passed I heard from him again. He was contacting me in regard to a friend who was in the same dire straits. Apparently, that initial session had been so helpful that he had since returned to a healthy weight, gotten his life back together, and he was now contacting me to find out if I could help his buddy.

A Speedy Recovery

Really, it's like fast-forwarding the natural healing process. You know that expression - Time Heals All Wounds? Well, they never tell you how much time... and that's because it varies from person to person depending on how they choose to think about the painful experience.

So, in honor of Valentine's Day, I'm making a special offer for the month of February. If you'd like to get over the pain of a break-up, or gain back the confidence or motivation to get back out there and date again (and have a little fun) without worrying about getting hurt, now's the time.

I'll give you $100 off the cost of any program.

For more info, call 678.488.7362 and I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Top 3 Hypnosis Myths

Pretty much everyone who's never been hypnotized has at least one of these worries on the mind. So, without further ado... let's destroy some myths!

1. You Lose Control When Hypnotized

This one comes mostly from watching comedy hypnosis shows. People in the audience see people on the stage doing such ridiculous things (like my rendition of Britney Spears' "Hit Me Baby, One More Time" while hypnotized on stage in Las Vegas in '07)... they think "Well, they would NEVER act like that if they knew what was going on!"

Hypnotized high school students during one of my shows

Well, well... let's hold on there just a minute.

Yes, it's true that, while hypnotized, people do things they wouldn't otherwise do. However, they will only do what they feel is appropriate given the situation. For example, you behave differently when you're around your best friend than you behave in an elevator, right? Most people do. Being hypnotized makes you feel very comfortable and relaxed, which allows you to goof around and take things less seriously. It also allows you to focus on what the hypnotist says, while forgetting about problems or distractions.

Sounds terrible, right? Ask me again why I do this for a living...

2. You Forget Everything You Do Under Hypnosis

Sometimes in the comedy shows, the hypnotist will suggest people forget what they did on stage. Pay special attention to the word "suggest." It's not a command. If the person chooses to accept the suggestion, they can forget most of what happened. Basically, it can be like a dream... that while vivid, disappears from awareness upon awakening.

This hypnotized subject remembered everything, and he wasn't a bit upset!

However, most of the time, you'll remember every detail. I know I do... and I've been hypnotized on stage many times. I've also spoken with people who volunteered during my own comedy shows, and they are usually surprised at how much they remember.

Hypnosis isn't like going to sleep at night. It's more like daydreaming. So yes, you can forget things... but it's not required.

3. Some People Can't Be Hypnotized

A Stanford Psychologist named Ernest R. Hilgard did some studies on hypnosis in the 1950's, and one of the conclusions he came up with was that certain people were "unhypnotizable." Not that his studies were ill-intentioned, but the findings ended up being a statement about the hypnotist, not the subjects being hypnotized.

Stanford psychologist Ernest Hilgard (left)

There's a famous story about psychiatrist and hypnosis pioneer Milton H. Erickson, in which he takes three subjects described as "unhypnotizable" by Hilgard and very quickly puts them into a trance.

Psychiatrist Milton H. Erickson

The induction used by Hilgard in his experiments on "hypnotizability" was a slow, monotone voice on a tape recorder. Naturally, some people responded to it, while others did not. This is why some people don't get hypnotized during comedy shows. This is also why, with a trained hypnotherapist, anyone can be hypnotized very easily.

The trick is to have enough flexibility as a hypnotist to notice how the individual is responding and alter the induction accordingly. When that's the case, anyone can do it... but only if you want to!

The key thing to remember about hypnosis is that it takes place though cooperation, not control. You don't "give up" anything and no one can "make you" do anything.

Now go watch The Manchurian Candidate (the original version) and have yourself a good laugh...

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hypnobirthing: It's for Real

After a lifetime of programming and reinforcement that childbirth MUST be an excruciating, terrifying experience, some women have a hard time accepting this as a possibility. Well, that's why we're here...

Take a look at this article, do a bit of research and see for yourself. Hypnobirthing isn't new... and yes, it works.

By Vicky Eckenrode | Staff Writer

When Gina Policari had her baby last year, she came to the hospital at 8 centimeters dilated, spent the morning in labor and had a healthy, baby girl after 15 minutes of pushing.

Her doctors were amazed, the Wilmington resident said.

There wasn't much remarkable about the delivery, except that Policari smiled through most of it – without drugs.

'I had the epidural without having the epidural. I didn't feel the pain,' she said. 'People say it's mind over matter, and I think that's what hypnosis ends up being.'

Click here for the full article.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Fear of Flying

In today's world, having a fear of flying is not only inconvenient, it's debilitating. It can cause you to lose a business deal, a job, a friend, or precious time that is wasted driving on interstates. If you'd like to visit other countries and see the world, having a fear of flying will bring your plans to a halt.

The Experts All Agree... and They're Wrong

If you enter "fear of flying" into Google, you'll find more than two million results on the subject, including countless articles in USA Today, The New York Times and other respected publications. These articles include the opinions of doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, and even some people who run "fear of flying" workshops.

Sometimes they'll mention hypnosis as a footnote, but it's never really given the time of day. They either try to force these poor people to buy tickets for flights and "conquer" their fears with will power and rationalizations, or they ask them to talk about their fears week after week with the hope that if they discover the origin or "cause" of the fear, it will magically disappear.

While I believe these people to be honest and well-intentioned, I have to say "Where have they been the past few decades?" The techniques I use (a combination of hypnosis and NLP) aren't new, and they work so well and so quickly that I am often stunned that these intelligent people haven't heard about them. I didn't invent these techniques, but I've used them to help my clients to get over their fears quite literally in less than an hour. That's not an exception - it's the rule.

100% Success Rate

I've been practicing hypnotherapy since 2003, and I have worked with people who had been suffering from a fear of flying for 10, 20 or 30 years (see testimonials below). I can honestly say that every single one of them has since shed that fear completely. If I someday experience a failure, I will immediately update this with the correct figures.

The fact is, when it comes to fears and phobias, hypnosis works. It works quickly and painlessly, and it works better than anything else out there.

There's no obligation to buy a plane ticket and no need to rationalize your way out of your fear. When you leave my office, you'll be thinking differently about flying. We'll change your automatic thoughts about flying, and change your automatic response. It's that simple.

It's the Thought that Counts

If you suffer from a fear of flying, you know that you can experience the feelings of anxiety just by thinking about flying. Most people I've met even feel the anxiety while packing for a trip, or while driving to the airport. When you leave my office, you'll know your fear is gone, because thinking or talking about flying will no longer trigger those feelings. Additionally, each of my clients walks away with a hypnosis CD they can listen to for reinforcement... before a flight, on the plane, in bed at night... anytime.

Sure, I'd love to park a 747 outside my office and watch you board it with a big bright smile on your face and all the confidence in the world... but it's really not necessary. After all, the fear doesn't take place on an airplane, it takes place in your mind.

Remember, hypnosis is relaxation... the exact opposite of stress, anxiety and fear. You can't feel stressed and relaxed at the same time.

Case Studies

25-Year Fear of Flying

"I had a fear of flying. No, scratch that. Actually it was a phobia of flying. Just the thought of going to an airport made me sick to my stomach. I was told I needed to travel to L.A. on a business trip and I needed to travel alone. I knew I wouldn't be able to go. A friend gave me Sean's information and told me to call him. I did.

I arrived at Sean's office and he told me he may be able to "cure" my disease in an hour. 'Yeah right,' I thought. That's impossible. I had been dealing with this paralyzing phobia for 25 years.

At the end of the session, one hour later, my mind was relaxed and at ease. My trip to L.A. was scheduled for the next day and not only was the fear gone, but excitement took its place. He told me that the more I flew the more fun I would have each trip. He was right.

I now fly all over the country on trips by myself... trips that I make for myself! I have fun and feel safe. Turbulence doesn't even bother me. It's amazing how liberated and strong I feel now as a result of my therapy session with Sean. I recommend his services to everyone I know. It's the right choice. And best of all, it's an alternative to medication that's everlasting.

Thank you, Sean! You've changed my life."

Atlanta, GA


20-Year Fear of Flying

"I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your help. I didn't really believe it until I took that flight, but I can honestly say that I really enjoyed it more than I ever thought I would. It's unbelievable to realize that it's really gone for good, but I can't even make the fear come back if I try, which is kinda weird, but good!

Thanks again,

Atlanta, GA


(This testimonial is from a client who never set foot in my office. Communication with the client was made solely through email. After gathering sufficient information, I created and recorded a CD which Kathy used in preparation for her trip.)

"Hi Sean,

I've just returned from my trip to Myrtle Beach and I have to tell you that it was a great trip! After listening to your CD several times, I must say that I wasn't as apprehensive as I've been in the past about getting on the plane. The flights were very smooth and quick and it was so nice to get there quickly for a change!

Your CD was very soothing and reassuring and I really believe that it made a difference. At this time, I would not hesitate to go on another flight again in the near future.


Brighton, MI

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Panic Attacks: How to Stop Them

When people have panic attacks, they don't come from out of nowhere. There is a specific process by which people take themselves from one state to another. That process has to do with what they're thinking about, and how, specifically, they are thinking about it.

For example, in order to go from a state of complete comfort and relaxation to a state of panic, something has to happen. For most people, it's something they actually see or experience that tells them "Hey! Get ready to fight! Something bad is about to happen!" A wonderful example of this would be witnessing an elephant running through your living room.

Real or Imagined? What's the Difference?

What's different in people who experience panic attacks is that they can go from relaxation to panic without any external stimuli whatsoever. The change is a result of a progression of thoughts, which can be just as powerful as the "real thing."

The subconscious mind can't distinguish between "real" and imagined sounds and images, which is why you can simply imagine a frightening situation and actually feel the fear response in your body. If you disagree, just recall a time when you heard a noise late at night and wondered if someone was breaking into your home. Now ask yourself, was that fear "real?"

From Calm to Panic - One Man's Journey

Here's an example of how a person might experience a panic attack:

Let's say a man is spending a nice, quiet evening at home while his wife is out with a friend. She said she'd be home by 11:00, and it's now 11:30. The man says to himself: "My wife is never late... not unless she calls. She has a cell phone, so why wouldn't she call?" Then he creates an image of his wife stranded by the side of the road, or perhaps in an accident. If he's really good at having panic attacks, he might even create a vivid image of his wife - injured, unconscious, thrown from her vehicle.

For him, these images have the same power and impact as if they had actually happened. The longer he waits, and the more he thinks about it, the feelings become stronger. He replays those graphic images over and over again in his mind until he can barely breathe. Eventually, his experience is the same as if the imagined events had actually occurred. As for his wife... well, she was out having fun and simply lost track of the time. It happens.

Change the Path, Change the Experience

The way to deal with panic attacks is to interrupt or modify this internal thought process. There are several ways to do this. One way is by learning to manipulate those internal thoughts and images to lessen their impact.

To try this out for yourself, create a big bright image of something real or imagined which you find particularly frightening, and notice the how your body feels in response to that image. Now make the image black and white, and shrink it down so that you can barely see it in your mind. Now make it dark and blurry. Does that have any impact on the feeling in your body? For most people, the response is a fraction of what it used to be.

This is just one way you can use your mind and your imagination to your advantage. There are many others. With a little practice, you will learn to gain control of your experience and take it in a new direction.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Lose Weight, Not Sleep

I wanted to share an eye-opening story with you that could help jump-start your weight loss.

A recent client of mine responded extremely well to hypnosis. Immediately following her first session, her eating habits improved. She began eating smaller amounts of healthier foods... even planning her meals in advance due to her intense travel schedule and the amount of time she spent on the road in hotels.

Week after week we worked together on various aspects of healthy eating and exercise, and each time she reported feeling better and overall, excellent results.

There was just one problem... she wasn't losing any weight.

To her credit, she maintained a positive attitude. After all, she did realize that she was feeling better, and that her choices were completely different than before.

Once in a while, I'll run into a client like this. What I've learned is that there are often other aspects of one's lifestyle that can have an affect.

I asked her about her workload, and she replied that during the past couple months, she was working 14-16 hour days. Furthermore, she was only sleeping 2-5 hours per night.

Having read many articles and scientific studies that demonstrate a link between sleep deprivation and weight gain or obesity, I suggested that she begin sleeping at least 7-8 hours per night. Now, this wasn't easy, but she did it.

One month later, I saw her again. At first, she spoke about how her last week had been a bit more stressful, and that she could have done a bit better with her food choices. Then she calmly mentioned that, during the previous month, she had lost 11 pounds!

Here are just a few recent articles about sleep and weight loss:

Snooze and You'll Lose: Rest Can Be a Secret Weapon
Sleep May Be the Critical Factor for Weight Loss and Health
Sleep Loss Contributes to Weight Gain

Being healthier is about more than just taking in fewer calories. Your body needs nutritious foods, plenty of water, sunshine, fresh air, rest and sleep. Make these key changes in your life and your body will heal itself... in addition to shedding any excess weight.

You've got nothing to lose but... well, you know.

Got ADHD? Here's an Rx for Bugs, Worms and Snakes!

I've long been an opponent of giving psychoactive drugs to adults, let alone children. Here's yet another reason to find a better solution...

Click the picture below for the full story at WebMD.

ADHD Drugs: Hallucinations Not Uncommon

Fewer Calories, Better Memory?

By "fewer calories," the study in the story below is referring to "an appropriate amount of calories." The subjects were overweight people, and those who cut calories significantly noticed memory improvement.

This is filed as yet another entry in the category of "Eat Healthy and Your Body Will Heal Itself."

Click on the image below for the full story.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Stage Hypnosis Secrets Revealed... or, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Hypnosis"

It's time to put to rest all those worries about losing control while hypnotized. Check out the podcast below where I talk in detail about how stage hypnosis works and why you don't have to worry about clucking like a chicken if you're there to stop smoking.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hypnosis FAQ: "Will I Lose Awareness While Hypnotized?"

This video is taken from my stop smoking hypnosis seminar on World Hypnotism Day - January 4th, 2009. Here, I talk briefly about the state of hypnosis and what it's like... and how you remain aware of what is happening throughout the process.

Check Out the New Website!

For the first time in nearly six years, the Pure Hypnosis Website has received a complete makeover. The new features include a newsletter, YouTube videos and social networking links (Facebook, Twitter).

Check it out by clicking the image below!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Podcast: What's a Session Like?

In this short podcast, I talk about what you should (and shouldn't) expect during a typical hypnotherapy session.


Sunday, January 4, 2009

FREE Stop Smoking Event - How To Sign Up!

There are THREE WAYS to Sign Up for this Event:
  1. Phone: (678) 488-7362 (leave name, phone number & mention the FREE event)
  2. Email: purehypnosis@mac.com
  3. Meetup.com (click this link for the sign-up page)
Here are the full details:

Who: 88 Future Non-Smokers
What: Stop Smoking Group Hypnosis Seminar
Where: Doubletree Hotel on Windy Hill Rd (Cabernet Room)
When: January 4th, 2009 @ 4:00pm
Why: World Hypnotism Day
Cost: FREE
Parking: FREE

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity... so register NOW to secure your spot!

Any questions? Email purehypnosis@mac.com and I'll respond personally within 24 hours.

See you there!

-Sean Wheeler