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Myths of Hypnosis

Hypnosis – What is True Fact and What is Myth and Not True

Myth – Being hypnotized means losing control. If I give over control I will be forced to do things that I don’t want to do.

Fact – A person in a hypnotic state has full control and does not have to accept or act upon any suggestion that is contrary to their belief system. The Unconscious Mind will not allow you to accept any suggestions that are contrary to your values or different to anything that you wouldn’t normally agree to do in a normal waking state.  For instance if you were told under hypnosis to go out and rob a bank the chances of you following through with it are remote unless you had criminal intentions in the waking state and robbing banks was something you would be open to doing.  

Myth – Not everyone can be hypnotized. 

Fact – The state of hypnosis is a natural state similar to daydreaming or meditation and can be achieved by anyone interested in being hypnotized. There is no right or wrong way to feel while under hypnosis and the depth as well as the experience itself varies greatly.   Being hypnotized is simply the process of relaxing and following instructions that you are being given.  Whether you choose to follow those instructions is up to you.  People who say that they can’t be hypnotized are simply either not following instructions or they are choosing to prove that they can’t be hypnotized by not relaxing and maintaining control over their state and in the process missing out on the opportunity to experience a wonderful relaxing experience.

Myth – Hypnosis is dangerous.

Fact – Hypnosis is in no way dangerous or harmful either physically or psychologically as evidenced by its acceptance as a therapeutic technique and its widespread use by the medical and mental health professionals.   Everybody experiences hypnosis every single day through the media, advertising, learning at schools, universities, listening to the sermon on Sunday at your church – everyday naturally occuring events have elements of hypnosis to them.

Myth – Some people can’t come out of hypnosis.

Fact – There has never been a documented case of someone remaining under hypnosis. In fact coming out of hypnosis is refreshing and relaxing to most individuals who often compare this feeling to waking up from a deep or restful sleep.  People who have fallen into a deep hypnotic state simply fall into a deep sleep and eventually wake up when they are ready.

Myth – People who get hypnotized don’t remember anything that happened to them.

Fact – People who are hypnotized remember everything as if recalling a dream they just had. The reason that hypnosis is used therapeutically is that positive suggestions or experiences that occur while under hypnosis are processed in the subconscious yet remembered in the conscious unless you are given the instruction to forget.   If you are given an instruction to forget it is usually given in therapy and always with your prior consent to this being part of the specific therapy.   Hypnosis for smoking and weightloss are two areas where instructions to forget something are often given.


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Peter’s Journey to Success Through Life Coaching

How Life Coaching Sessions Gave Peter
The Tools to Change His Life

A few years ago, I met a guy with an amazing story. His story is actually no different to hundreds of other stories that I have heard but Peter (not his real name) came to a crossroad and the decision that he made at that point changed the direction of his life.

Peter grew up in a large family in the country. His Mother took in washing and ironing to keep food on the table for her family. His father was a gambler and an alcoholic who came home drunk every night. His Mother insisted on the children being in bed before he got home but it was difficult to ignore the abuse she endured night after night through the thin walls. At 15, Peter left home and went to Sydney where he got involved with a gang, experimented with drugs (thankfully he decided they weren’t for him) and made alcohol, crime and violence his way of life. He spent time in jail on several occasions and made some extremely dangerous and unsavoury friends.

When he was 25, Peter’s Mother died and this had a major effect on him. Within 2 years he moved away from Sydney to Melbourbne. He worked as a labourer on a building site. He left his life of crime behind but just like his father, he buried himself in the bottom of a glass every day. A good night out for him was to get drunk and get involved in a fight.

When he was 34, he met his wife and they had 2 children, built a home, moved to Qld and eventually he bought his own business. His life seem to be working fine for a number of years.

However, Peter was a very angry and unhappy man. He began drinking heavily again and his wife was frequently the target for emotional abuse. He began his drinking and fighting cycle again and his business began to decline. Unlike his father, he had a great relationship with his children and Peter and his wife went to great lengths to maintain the illusion of a happy family when they were around.

But eventually his life came to a crisis point and that’s when I met him. I have to admit I was more than a little reluctant to work him. But, when someone comes to you and says that they need to deal with their anger issues because they are afraid they are going to shoot their family and themselves if they don’t get help, you need to take action. I frequently use my astrology profiling skills before I begin working with someone. Peter was a very strong Scorpio. In fact he had several planets in Scorpio and they were all being activated in a big way. Scorpios have a reputation for being passionate and when that is mixed with alcohol it can be very nasty. If there was ever a time for him to take action in his life it was at that moment and mine was the door that he knocked on for help.

I opened the door to this angry Scorpio who was covered in black tattoos. I said a prayer to every god on the planet to assist me. I was certainly in foreign territory because the things that Peter told me about himself were enough to make my hair stand on end. For instance, he told me that he was carrying a cricket bat around in his car boot because he had seen someone in town from his old life in Sydney who’d hooked a former girlfriend of his on drugs. To use his words, when he found him he was going to beat the crap out of him until he was dead. He was deadly serious and didn’t care that he would go back to jail. As he talked about it, his whole neurology was lit up like a christmas tree. So at that point I asked him if he really wanted to let go of his anger and to my surprise he was adament that he had to.

So I took him through the anger intervention with Time Line TherapyTM which took about 10 minutes. At the end of the process, he was adament that his anger had gone, but part of me was extremely skeptical. So I said to him.. “that cricket bat you’re carrying around….” and he laughed a genuine laugh and said “that’s a pretty bloody stupid thing to do isn’t it?” “I’m not going to waste my life on some low life.” We then let go of sadness and a couple of other negative emotions and limiting decisions and he left. He looked totally different as he left.

He came back the next week and he said he felt like he had no life. His whole life had been based on anger and violence and now it was gone. We spent a couple of hours cleaning up some issues using NLP, Hypnosis and Time Line TherapyTM including his desire to drink alcohol and we created a new future for him.

I was to see him again in two weeks. But I received a call from his wife prior to the next session cancelling his appointment. Now this didn’t please me because up until then he had been completing the tasks I set for him, so I told her to tell him to call me. She told me that she is living with a completely new man who she is enjoying getting to know. She told me that I had saved her husband and her family but I assured her that it was Peter who had done that because without his strong desire to change his life, nothing would have changed.

A few hours later, Peter called me and I told him that we had an agreement that he would complete the therapy sessions but he said to me.. “Rhonnda, I’m sorry but I really can’t make it. I do have a very good reason. In the last two weeks I have won 2 multi million dollar contracts, I’m up to my neck in hiring more staff and for the first time in my life, I feel like I am truly alive. I don’t need to see you.” I felt a great rush of pleasure run through me and I knew he was telling me the truth. So I said to him… “Peter that is great news. Telling me that you don’t need me anymore is the greatest compliment you can give me particularly with what I hear in your voice.”

I hear from him from time to time and he’s doing just fine. It’s never too late to create a successful life. All it takes is a desire to do so.

Do you want to make a change in your life? Contact me today.
Until next time… keep dreaming your dreams


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What is Your Idea of Success?

How You Define the Word Success Determines How You Create and Achieve Success in Your Life

Success is a word that has a million and one meanings.  Here at The Coaching Muse we are totally absorbed with  the idea of being successful and eliminating any of the blocks that stand in the way of creating a successful life.  We are passionate about assisting our clients and students to be the very best that they can possibly be and to live the life that they really want to live and more importantly to live it on their own terms.  But how do you define success?   What does success mean to you?

Success can be having all the wealth and abundance you can handle in your life, or it can be as simple as being alive and enjoying a magnificent sunrise and any number of things in  between.   Before you can be successful you need to define the  word success and what it means to you.  It is the way that you define  success that creates the success in your life.   You can create whatever you want in your life – in fact you do it on an ongoing basis every second of every day.   Imagine what you could create in your life if you applied conscious thought to the process and created your ideal version of success and actually had that come to fruition in your life?

Success is Remembering Your Childhood Dreams of Success

Success is Remembering Your Childhood Dreams of Success

So what is your  idea of success?  What does being successful mean to you? What did you  want for yourself when you were still young enough to believe in the tooth fairy  and in Santa Claus?   What is it that you want for yourself now – you know those secret things that you keep to yourself and don’t share with others for fear that your dreams will be trampled on or even worse you don’t believe in enough to make them into a reality or even far worse, that you are afraid to make happen because you don’t believe at a deep unconscious level that you deserve to be highly successful in your life at everything that you do.   It may seem odd to read that but sadly this is the fate of so many people out there who give up on the dreams that they had as a child for their grownup self.

Success begins with an idea and the idea always comes  from you….  Why don’t you right now make a list of everything that you can think of that reminds you of being successful and from that you will begin to form an image of what being successful really means to you – not someone else’s idea of success but you own.


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Time LIne Therapy – What is it and How Does it Work to Change Your Life


Time Line Therapy™ was developed in 1985 by Dr Tad James one of the world’s leading Master Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP) Trainers. Time Line Therapy™  was in part developed by using the modelling tools from NLP and Hypnosis.

Your Time Line is how your unconscious mind encodes and stores your memories.  It’s how you know the difference between a past memory, and a future dream? Your Time Line is largely an unconscious process, and like remembering your home phone number, you may be more or less aware of it from time to time. Behavioral change in an individual takes place at an unconscious level. People don’t change consciously. The Time Line Therapy™ process allows you to work at the unconscious level and release the effects of past negative experiences and change “inappropriate” programming in minutes rather than days, months or years as happens with traditional therapy practices.

Time Line Therapy™ is an excellent form of therapy for quickly and effectively releasing negative emotions like anger, sadness, fear, hurt, guilt and grief and for eliminating limiting decisions like for example “I can’t make  enough money”, “I’m not happy”, I can’t have a satisfying and loving relationship”, “I can’t be successful”. Healing and clearing the past – in short getting rid of all the “baggage” that prevents you from having exactly the kind of successful life you want – is the key to perfect health, wealth, happiness and  longevity.

Once you have cleared away the “baggage” of the past, Time Line Therapy™ also  is used to create the future. Thousands of people all over the world now lead healthy, happy and fulfilling lives and are in charge of their future health, wealth and happiness as a result of either being trained in Time Line Therapy ™ techniques or from breakthrough sessions that they have had with Time Line Therapy™ Practitioners, Master Practitioners and Trainers.

While many people take NLP and Time Line Therapy(R) trainings for their own personal growth and development, they are also of the utmost value to the professional. Among the many trained Time Line Therapy™ practitioners and trainers around the world, there are Medical Practitioners, Nurses, people working in the field of Psychiatry, Hypnotherapists, Priests and Ministers of Religion, Law Enforcement Officials and Emergency Service Workers as well as people working in Government, Teachers, Trainers and Educators, Business Executives and Owners, Managers, Salespeople, Athletes, Entertainers and Performers and the list goes on.

Time Line Therapy (TM) is a highly successful tool for giving you the freedom to live your life on your own terms simply by eliminating all negative emotion that has been stored at the Unconscious level for a very long time.