Humourous side of going under fails to go over

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by admin on December 8, 2010

The Editor,

I write with all due respect to your intrepid reporter, Trevor Greenway, whose numerous articles I appreciate reading every week. As a client of hypnotherapist Johanna Lynn, I wish to comment on some of what he wrote in the article, “Instances of going under in hypnosis only transitory,” about her practice (Low Down, Dec. 1 edition).

Trevor, I concur with some of what you wrote. These statements include the mention, since your first hypnotherapy session, of being “more aware of what (you) put in your mouth” and how you now “think twice about what (you) eat.” It is true that our awareness is enhanced with hypnosis; I believe that the choices we each make about our lifestyle, however, remain our own responsibility.

I enjoyed the description of your experience while “sprinting” the last 200 metres of a long-distance race and your detailing how Johanna helps with those wanting to conceive and birth a child.

However, I take exception to the tone of parts of your article. I am disappointed that some of your comments appeal to the “gimmicky,” generalized perception of hypnosis, including not seeing “maggots or spiders crawling from the Styrofoam container.”

I apologize for not seeing the humour that was likely your intent.

Also, being “under,” to me, is more than simply not being able to open one’s eyes. You do say that Johanna explained that, “while some people go under right away, others need to open up and trust.” I agree with your conclusion that “a second or third visit would help,” and encourage you to do so!

The work of a professional hypnotherapist differs greatly from the hypnotists entertaining on makeshift stages at summer fairs, and you do infer this fact. As with any kind of therapy work, whether physical, psychological, emotional or spiritual, healing begins when we take responsibility for our own well-being and engage the services of a practitioner to enable that process.

I was fascinated to learn that our conscious mind, the one we use daily for our interactions, thoughts, written work, conversations, etc., is less than five per cent of our mind. So, to engage the help of our subconscious, when dealing with the challenges we choose to confront, is more powerful than I’d have thought possible.

Thank you, Trevor, for considering these thoughts.

Marilee Rhody

Wakefield, Quebec