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Brainwashing vs. Hypnosis: “Get Out”, Got It All Wrong

Hollywood has sensationalized hypnosis for years. Most people think it’s magical mind control where the hypnotist snaps her fingers or like in the movie Get Out, stirs a tea cup, and Abracadabra, you are clucking like a chicken or “sinking into the floor” against your will. While incredibly thrilling, and entertaining for a movie plot, this is not the way a hypnotic induction happens.

What happened to the main character in Get Out was brainwashing, NOT hypnosis. Please check out the below video where I go into further detail about the plot of the movie.


Even though both techniques use altered states, there’s a big difference between the two. Brainwashing or mind control puts stress on the body and emotions to break down a person’s natural defenses. This trauma-induced stress opens the gateway for one’s subconscious to be conditioned with behaviors and beliefs that serve the benefit of another.

The process of brainwashing might use one or more of these unhealthy and inhumane methods:

  1. Starvation and sleep deprivation
  2. Separation from family and friends
  3. Triggering a traumatic experience in your life and playing on your insecurities
  4. Making you feel strong emotions of love and fear at the same time
  5. Feeding you negative suggestions that prime you for mind control
  6. Implanting the belief that your thoughts are not your own and you have no choice.

Numbers 2 through 6 is what you witnessed happening to the Black people in the movie Get Out. They had to be held captive, isolated, and repeatedly reconditioned for the brainwashing to have long lasting effects.

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What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is an ancient healing modality that our ancestors used for thousands of years to help people replace old behaviors, and get rid of physiological and psychological illness.

You cannot be hypnotized against your will. It just won’t work. You must be a willing participant for someone else to successfully get you into the hypnotic state.

Even while in hypnosis, you have control over your thoughts, you can speak, open your eyes, walk around the room, and you can choose at any time to bring yourself back to a waking state, which means you can’t ever get stuck in the hypnotic state.

Hypnosis is a completely natural state of being and the body and mind are used to going in and out of hypnosis throughout the day. You might be thinking to yourself, when in the world am I going into hypnosis?

What if I told you that you go into hypnosis when you are driving down the freeway and happen to cruise past your exit? Or when you are having a conversation with someone who loves to talk and you feel yourself zoning out? When you are listening to music, reading a book, or watching a movie you are in hypnosis because hypnosis is simply a state of focused awareness.

It’s what I like to call the learning state because the nervous system is deeply relaxed while the mind is active and receptive to learning a new healthy behavior to benefit positive changes.

How Does Hypnosis Work?

Hypnosis opens the gates of the Critical Mind, which filters new information entering the subconscious program, and gets the subconscious and conscious minds to communicate and get on board with each other.

Courtesy of HMI College of Hypnotherapy

This happens by overloading the client’s brain with message units like relaxing the body, drawing attention to sounds or objects in the environment, and getting the conscious and the subconscious mind to focus.

This opens the Critical Mind gate and creates a pathway for the hypnotherapist to access the subconscious mind, put in positive suggestions to break old patterns, and build up new healthy behaviors that will help the client make the positive changes they so desire.

Client participation is crucial!

For hypnosis to work, the client must be motivated and willing to work with the hypnotherapist. Together, client and therapist come up with an action plan, and the client does their part by showing up to sessions, doing their assigned work i.e. listening to hypnosis recordings, keeping a dream journal, as well as any other journals and practicing self-improvement techniques.

Repetition is a key factor in creating new behaviors. The more you do something, the more it becomes a part of your daily habits. The goal in hypnotherapy is to create new healthy habits to replace old ones that no longer serve the client.

In Hypnotherapy, the client works with the 12% conscious mind and the hypnotherapist works with the 88% subconscious mind, striving for 100% effectiveness!

How Can Hypnosis Help You?

There are over 146 ways hypnosis can help you. Since hypnotherapy focuses on the subconscious mind, you can apply hypnosis to pretty much anything. Research shows people seek hypnotherapy for the following top 5 reasons:

  1. Quitting smoking
  2. Weight management
  3. Fears/phobias
  4. Anxiety/Stress management
  5. Motivation

Here are some other issues for which you might seek the help of a hypnotherapist; time management, loss of memory, Tinnitus, finding your life’s purpose, performance enhancement, improving love relationships, test and exam taking, coping with loss, boost confidence and self-love, medical issues, emotional trauma, past life regression, life in between lives, and future life progression, and so much more.

Now you know what hypnosis is and how it differs from brainwashing. You also know that brainwashing for mind control has long-term effects when we are repeatedly exposed to stressful trauma induced conditioning.

This leads me to ask the question, are we being brainwashed by the media, and social constructs, ideas that people in society have deemed reality? If so, why do most of those constructs lead us to the belief that someone or something outside of us, can control our minds and behavior? What is the motive? Simmer on that for a while and stay tuned for the next video where I will be discussing this phenomenon.

Hypnosis and Law of Attraction – The Key to Manifesting Your Desires Instantly

Hypnotherapy can be used to increase the positive results of Law of Attraction and help you manifest your desires quickly. In the hypnotic state, you can learn how to raise your vibration by boosting positive emotion and thoughts which accelerate the delivery of your desired outcome. This is the key to manifesting your desires instantly.


The “Client Drought”: A Shift in Perspective Can Shift Your Experience

This past January I had my first experience of the dreaded “client drought” as a new hypnotherapist. Things had been going great until I returned from my holiday travels to Biloxi and D.C., where I was seeing clients in each city I visited.

After being back in Los Angeles for three weeks, I had seen a total of two clients. I started feeling a bit anxious, to say the least, and began the cycle of trying to “fix” the situation. We all know how that doesn’t work.

In efforts to supplement my income, I scoured the internet for random part-time jobs. I even seriously considered a full-time hypnotherapy position at a rehab facility in another county that required a four-hour commute Monday through Friday. Let me just say there is nothing wrong with looking for or having a part-time job while growing a business. However, taking any kind of action from a place of desperation and fear can be detrimental to the future and Spirit of the business and the business owner.

For example; if I had been offered and accepted that rehab position solely based on the idea of having financial security, I would have been sacrificing the time, energy and focus I needed to grow my own practice, which is my true desire. This would have led to burning out and possibly resentment toward the clients at the rehab facility. Not to mention I would have missed out on the great lesson in all of this and wouldn’t have these golden nuggets to share with you.

During this “drought”, I felt I was going into overload mode fast and I knew I needed to get myself back into a neutral space before I lost total control of my thoughts. I did several things to help me regain my focus, get grounded, and quickly attract new opportunities and clients. If you ever experience a “client drought”, here are some suggestions on how to move through it and quickly turn things around.

Reach out. I have several friends, mentors, and counselors in my field, who I look to for advice on personal and business issues. I think it is important to talk to people who have been in your situation before and have moved through it successfully. They can provide you with helpful advice, resources, insights and even assist you with work opportunities if it is available. You must ask for it. Remember the saying, “The squeaky wheel gets the oil.”

Putting it out into the Universe can yield some awesome results and rather quickly if you stay open and trust the process. One of my mentors told me this profound thing that has stuck with me and helped me through this process. She said, “Just be on the path. Don’t try to make anything happen. Observe what’s on the path.” Her words helped me to let go and take a step back.


Get still and silent. Take a few moments throughout the day and just be still and quiet. Ask for guidance on your path and for your next steps to be revealed. Then just listen and pay attention to the signs and answers that come to you. They come in many forms. Sometimes as an idea, a dream, through conversations, you have or overhear, you might even be inspired by something you see on t.v. or hear in a song.


Relax and get some rest. What I found to be helpful during this time was to simply relax and rest. I got the most sleep I’ve had in months and it really helped. As I rested and just let go, ideas started coming for new projects, I was asked to be featured in an online magazine, and I ran a promotion that got me five new clients in one week.Once I let go of trying to fix my situation, I could clear a channel for creativity and opportunities to flow. The creativity came once I got into a relaxed state where fear and doubt could not reside. This is when solutions show up.

Keep a journal. I have a few journals I use for different reasons. One for working through my emotions and thoughts, another for creative ideas and projects, and my Mental Bank Ledger to help rewrite my life script and track my personal and career goals.Personally, writing things down help me to get out any frustrations, work through issues, and plan strategically. I strongly advise journaling and to check out the Mental Bank Program, it has made a significant change in my life.
Awareness and perspective. I now realize my body and mind needed to be nurtured, rejuvenated, and re-energized from all the work I have been doing the past year and a half. I was having so much fun learning and building my business, I forgot to just rest. On a subconscious level, I knew I needed this down time and therefore created this “client drought” so I could rest.The tricky thing about the subconscious is it will create a situation and find a way to also associate the situation with an emotion. In this case, that emotion was fear and anxt because I tend to associate downtime in business with dried up resources or a “drought”. Once I became aware of the cycle, I could change my perspective.
Gratitude and appreciation. The most powerful process during this time was replacing the fear and anxt with gratitude and appreciation for the down time and space to rest. I started seeing the “drought” as a gift instead of a stressful situation.  This simple change in perspective has shifted things tremendously and quickly.
The lesson I took away from this is sometimes I must let go to receive, and everything, no matter what it looks like, is a blessing. The moment I see it as a blessing is when things start to shift. The nature of business is up and down. The key is to stay up vibrationally even when the numbers are down. Going through this experience made me fall in love even more with what I do as an energy based practitioner because each personal challenge turns into another tried and true tool to offer my clients.

Recovery in the Wake of Tragedy: 7 ways to restore balance physically, mentally, and emotionally

We are living in uncertain times. We see images of violence, pain, and sadness plastered all over social media, the television and newspapers. It either desensitizes us to the horrors or keeps us stuck in a highly suggestible state invoking feelings of fear, anger, sadness and hopelessness.

It is because of this I was inspired to share some very important tips for coping  and taking care of yourself during stressful times and tragic events. Events such as the ones we all witnessed last week with gun violence against African American citizens and Law Enforcement. This type of violence has been happening for many years and is not new, however, these recent incidents carried a different kind of energy and a definite shift in consciousness could be felt around the World.

It seems as though these events were felt by the masses on a deeper and more profound level. I personally experienced an intense emotional reaction accompanied by stomach aches, insomnia and fatigue, which is out of the ordinary for me. Then, it dawned on me that I was experiencing body syndromes which, as described by Dr. John Kappas founder of HMI College of Hypnotherapy, is a physical manifestation of emotions. I’ll do a separate blog post and video on Body Syndromes later.

I thought to myself “If I am feeling this way surely others are having similar reactions to these tragedies.” So, I wanted to share 7 ways to restore balance physically, mentally, and emotionally in the wake of tragedy.

Tip # 1: Make sure you’re eating enough food. Eat healthy meals four to six times throughout the day. That means breakfast, lunch, and dinner with small snacks in between. Be sure to include plenty of good protein and whole fruits and vegetables. We call this grazing in the hypnotherapy community and we encourage our clients to do this in order to help  stabilize blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels drop it can cause you to become moody, easy to anger and easily agitated. You might also get headaches, nausea, and dizziness. In order for you to stay the happy, healthy, loving, caring, and sharing person that you are and maintain your health throughout the day, fuel your body up with good healthy foods.

Tip #2: Drink lots and lots of water. This is very important because when you experience a stressful situation or tragedy, it triggers the  flight or fight response. This response stirs emotions such as anger, fear, lack, worry, or frustration. The stress causes the body to pump toxins into the bloodstream. Drinking plenty of water helps flush toxins out of the body. It’s also Summertime in many places around the world and it is hot outside so, hot external temperatures mixed with hot internal tempers can be a recipe for disaster. It is important for you to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to help you keep cool, calm, and collected.

Tip #3: Get plenty of sleep. Sleep helps you maintain a sound mind which helps with making healthy, smart, life saving decisions. Throughout the day you are inundated with information from the outside world, from your own thoughts and feelings and from the media. The brain was not made to hold every bit of information received so it must vent out the overload of information during your sleeping time through dreams. Dreaming allows the mind to get rid of all the information that you do not need and retain the information that is helpful and beneficial to you. Therefore, if you do not sleep, your mind becomes overloaded with all of the information that was not allowed to be filtered out during dream time. This can put you in environmental hypnosis, or in overload, which makes you feel like you are “zoned out”or not present. When you do not get enough sleep you might do things like run a red light or forget to pay an important bill or find yourself in a situation where you are not making the best decision for you and other people around you.

Tip #4: Make sure you give yourself a break from the news. Turn the TV off and stay away from social media if only for one day. Recent studies have shown that over exposure to violent images or even just hearing or reading about tragedies can wreak havoc on our psyche and trigger symptoms of PTSD.

Tip #5: Reach out to your loved ones and talk to people who have a positive outlook on the world. It is okay and perfectly natural to be angry and frustrated about what is going on, but you do not want to carry on conversations with people who are spewing words of hatred anger or fear. You want to have high vibration conversations during times like these in order to maintain a sense of hope.

Tip #6: If you are open to it, meditate, meditate, and then meditate some more. Studies have shown that meditation can help lower high blood pressure and increase health and vitality. It can also bring a sense of peace and well-being to the entire mind, body, and spirit. If you do not know how to meditate there are many YouTube videos for guided meditations. Just do a search and you’d be surprised at the thousands of videos that are out there. These meditations run anywhere from 1 minute to 9 hours.

Tip #7: Final tip. If you have tried all of the tips from 1 through 6 and you notice that you are still having trouble letting go of frustration and anger, or maybe having feelings of fear and anxiety, or experiencing bouts of sadness, I strongly recommend that you seek outside counsel. Hypnotherapy is a very effective and powerful tool to help improve your sleep, relieve anger,  anxiety and fears, and help with Stress Management. Hypnosis is simply a focused state of awareness where the body is completely and totally relaxed, the mind is open and allows access to the subconscious where true long-term positive changes can take place.

If you have any questions about anything that I’ve talked about in this blog or in the video, or you would like to know more about how hypnotherapy can benefit you or a loved one, please feel free to email me at

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Keys to Life... You have the answers to every question!

Keys to Life – You have the answers

Today’s key to life is knowing that you already hold the answers to every question you will have in this physical experience. When you were born you were encoded with an inner GPS system so to speak, an inner guidance that was put inside of you to help you navigate through this lifetime during your physical experience on planet Earth.

Now whether you believe in a higher power or not that’s your prerogative, but if you do believe in a higher power then,  a part of you knows that your Creator, Source, God or whatever you want to call it is always sending you messages, intuitively showing you the way to your Divine Destiny and in essence taking you from the question to the answer.

So today I give you a few examples that support my statement that you do in fact know the answer to every single question that you will ever have. Sometimes this comes in the form of just knowing something before it happens or knowing something without any prior education, information, or knowledge.

Sometimes it shows up as knowing where to go to find the answer because if you didn’t already have the answer somewhere inside of you, how would you know where to find it?

How do you know to ask a specific question to get the perfect answer?  If that answer wasn’t already somewhere encoded in you, how would you even know how to word the question so that you could get the answer?

It’s simple, you had to search somewhere within you in order to reach the conclusion that you have to ask the question in a certain way in order for you to get the exact answer that you’re looking for. The reason why the answers are not always right in our face is because we simply do not remember them.

Sometimes we have to reach out to other people and get outside counsel or reference books, videos or Google it to help jog our memories and help us remember the answers we already hold.

We can access this part of ourselves when we trust and know that we were given everything that we could possibly need to navigate through this lifetime before coming into this physical existence.

I know for some of you this may be a little airy fairy and on the metaphysical tip, but it’s absolutely true if you believe it and if you think about it deeply, it makes absolute sense.

Either way, I hope you enjoy this audio recording today and find some sort of inspiration from it. I do my very best to prove my point but I would also love to get your feedback. So feel free to leave some comments below and I look forward to seeing you in the next edition of Open Door Hypnosis’ Keys to Life.

Hypnosis is Key

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I love how the mind works and how we as humans hold the key to unlocking our inner power.  This is why I became a Master Hypnotist.

I have been using hypnosis for my own weightloss and stress management with great success and excellent results, losing 40 lbs in 5 months and reducing my stress levels tremendously.

In my private practice, I focus on hypnosis for stress management, weightloss, quit smoking, finding your purpose, and unblocking. I believe these things play a big role in overall health and wellness. This newsletter contains information on how hypnosis can benefit all areas of your life and increase vitality, health, wealth, and well being. Enjoy and prosper!

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