S E E K I N G T R A N C E - F O R M AT I O N S A T AWA K E N E D H Y P N O S I S
PIONEERING THE CONCEPT
Q: Hypnotherapy is still considered new
as a therapy. Can you tell us what types
of issues it can address?
A: Hypnotherapy is a behavioral
therapy, so its focus is on changing our
behaviors in the most beneficial and
efficient way. We briefly identify the
reasons and causes of behaviors just to
know what needs to be cleared, but we
do not dwell on the hurts of the past.
Instead we focus on the way a person
chooses to be now, and help make
Q: But doesn’t that sound almost too
easy? After all, a lot of stuff might
have happened in the past to bring
us “here,” and it sounds like you are
almost dismissing its importance.
A: For most of us, the present is
definitely dictated by our past. In fact,
about 90 per cent of our behaviors are
simply subconscious programs formed
in the past that are running without our
ongoing input. Just think about how
you would react if your in-laws criticized
you, or if a car cut you off on a highway.
You are likely to react to these situations
in your usual manner (whatever that is)
which was formed sometime in the past.
Our reactions are so well defined by
our past that you could say we are
sleepwalking through our present.
Hypnotherapists help people rewrite
their subconscious programming toward
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Q: Is that why you called your company
Awakened Hypnosis, because you want
to bring people to that reality?
A: Yes, ultimately. I use hypnosis simply
as a tool; it is just one of the tools I
use, but the goal is to help awaken
people to whatever level of reality they
are ready to experience. Some people
are only ready to make minor editorial
changes and are not ready to rewrite
their destiny, and that is completely fine.
I know that everyone who comes to me
is a powerful creator whether they know
it or not, and I treat them as such.
However, I believe that people have a
divine right of a free choice, and I work
with my clients on whatever level they
are comfortable. I do not force anyone
to believe a certain reality, but instead
adjust what and how I say to what the
client is able to accept.
DR. NATALIE CANDELA,
CERTIFIED HYPNOTHERAPIST, TRANSFORMATION
COACH, QHHT PRACTITIONER
something that serves them better. I
can compare it to shifting from regular
dreaming to lucid dreaming: In regular
dreaming, we don’t know that we are in
a dream and have no control over the
outcome of the dream. In a lucid dream,
we are aware that we are in a dream and
can choose its direction.
People who choose hypnotherapy
might become aware that they have
been following a “life script” without
any control over it, and want to begin to
rewrite their script.
Q: So if lucid dreaming (or knowing that
you are asleep) is the second step, is
there something that comes after that?
A: Awakening, I think; awakening to the
true reality. To me, it is the realization
that not only can we be the editors of
our previously written script, but that we
are its original and only authors. And
that makes us incredibly powerful.