Today was day 2 of the first weekend of my Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy. as you know, yesterday was a fab day.
This is a truly brilliant course.
Already I have come away with 2 techniques not only that I *can* use but that I must use to practice. Both have a physical element to them so I will need to practice on my hubby and friends (watch out people) but both have the potential to help them for the better.
In addition I have learnt a lot of practical stuff about how to read people that will allow me to establish a better rapport with clients and ensure that the work I do has the most chance of success. I also need to practice this but that can be done by watching the Xfactor or Jeremy Kyle!
I guess my biggest concern was always the practical aspects of the course. Where we practice on each other. The practical stuff that we have done this weekend involved getting into either pairs or groups for 3 and trying what we had learned out.
On the one hand it's really great stuff. I love getting a chance to practice and knowing that all you can do is good. A number of people will have come away from the weekend with their lives improved. Trevor also has assistants helping and he demo's things on them first. They are also are getting free therapy out of it!
On the other hand i feel like a total muppet. I have made a pact with myself that I will give this course my all. I will not resist being involved in anything. Besides, my groupwork partner also needs to practice and it's not fair on them if I am a pain in the bum.
So the first exercise today was about reading the clues we get from body language, particularly facial features. We had to study our partner thinking of a thing or person they like and then a thing or person they disliked. After a few times, they did it 3 times without telling us which they were thinking and we had to guess. I guessed my partner easily, mainly because she smiled when she was thinking the good thing!
As part of my commitment to myself to fully participate, I made sure I chose strong likes and dislikes. Bad bad choice. Firstly it was decided by my partner and the assistant we called over to help, that I have a perfect poker face. They just couldn't tell! Secondly I now had a pretty horrible image in my head for the rest of the morning. doh!
Later we did a technique called anchoring which allows you to recall a happy or positive frame of mind by, in effect, programming a pressure point. Again I was a muppet. It depends on having that state in our head to create the anchor. I struggled to find the state I wanted to anchor but struggled even more to recall an occasion where I felt like that. In the end we just chose a particular feeling - how excited I get when I'm learning - and anchored that. It didn't work very well.
Finally we did a technique that allows you to reprogramme someone to stop a particular behaviour they don't want to do any more - like eating crisps - and replace it with something else that you would like to do. I couldn't think of anything. I am sure I have bad habits galore but this afternoon I couldn't think of anything. So unfortunately we had to call an assistant over for my poor partner to practice on again.
oh we also learnt the headache cure which is inadvertently the same as the pain cure I used on my husband when he had a cramp pain in his leg. Result. I know already how well it works on pain. In month 4 we learn even more healing stuff which I'm really excited about.
At the end, Trevor put all 40+ of us in a light hypnotic trance to help us absorb what we'd learnt over the weekend. Bizarre but very successful :)
So I guess on paper today has been equally brilliant and I am excited to try out this stuff soon. However I am feeling particularly flat and useless right now.
I am now sitting in London City airport waiting for a flight home. I have tomorrow afternoon off to give the hubby a break. i will take the little one to school but won't be able to pick her up due to my numpty boss scheduling a horrible call at 11. Ah well, after the call I will take the little one to McDonalds for lunch and then for a swim to make up for not being around this weekend.