I became interested in hypnosis when a friend was diagnosed with prostate cancer at 39, which is rare in such a young man. It had spread to his lungs and bones. At the City of Hope, a cancer research center in California they used traditional treatments, but they also taught him to use hypnosis to manage his pain and his disease. As a former Green Beret, he played “war games” in his body seeing healthy cells destroying the tumors. His condition was determined to be terminal, but he lived another 27 years, and died of a heart attack, cancer-free.  

Hypnosis is a daydream-like state of mind we experience while reading an interesting book or watching a captivating movie. Someone calls your name, and you aren’t aware because you are engrossed in the book or movie. It’s an innate ability humans have to create a trance state. 

LDS Apostle Bruce R McConkie in “Mormon Doctrine” suggested that hypnotism is to be avoided since it seemed to take away agency. Stage hypnosis gives that illusion, but it is just that: an illusion. When therapeutic hypnosis was explained to him, he wrote, “I can find no fault with hypnosis as you describe it.” LDS bishops and other clergy refer clients to me, and often pay for their sessions. It’s a plus that it takes only 4-6 sessions to reach success.  

Hypnosis is an effective tool for modifying behaviors like smoking, weight loss, pornography problems, sleeplessness, athletic performance, fears of tests, dating, public speaking, and much more.  

Working with hypnosis has been a rewarding career as I see client after client reach their goals and march to a swifter, stronger beat. I was initially certified by the American Council of Hypnotists; currently I am a board certified instructor for the National Guild of Hypnotists. 

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Written by Matha Prof