I’d like to extend a warm welcome and a gracious thank you to all the wonderful people I met at the New World Fair that expressed an interest in my newsletter/blog. The New World Fair was held this past Saturday and Sunday at the new exhibit hall in the Pasadena Convention Center. I’ve been doing these expos for five years now, and they take a lot of time and preparation as well as follow up. Not to mention the energy needed to be on your feet for two days greeting people and spreading the word about hypnotherapy. What makes it worth it is meeting and talking to some really fabulous and interesting people.
Being at these events allow me a glimpse into the perception the public has regarding hypnosis and hypnotherapy. As a woman walked by my booth today and looked my way, I greeted her with a smile and asked if she would like to enter our raffle for a free hypnotherapy session valued at $125 dollars. “I don’t think I would like that” she replied. “Why not?” I asked. “I don’t know” she said and kept walking.
I found this exchange quite telling. Remember, the reason I exhibit at these events is that I expect that the folks attending have some interest in either tarot, channeling, biofeedback, palm reading, incense, Ascended Masters, hemp, chiropractic and other therapies including hypnotherapy. Most of them, (including myself) are interested in ingesting various berries, juices, tonics, green tea, special salt, and various flavors of Clif Bars. In other words, the expectation is that there is some degree of exploration, curiosity and open mindedness among most if not all of the attendees. Obviously, this is not the case. My cursed idealism!
Seriously though, what we’re dealing with is fear of the unknown, perhaps the greatest fear. Mix that in with a little misinformation and you end up with people that can really be served by the hypnotherapeutic process but who are unwilling to even consider it because they fear being controlled, or that they will reveal their deepest darkest secrets, or will make fools of themselves.
That’s why I do these events: to spread the word, educate, inform, and dispel misconceptions. It’s also about connection, maybe getting a few people in the recliner chair we had set up in our booth for the purpose of letting people experience hypnosis. Which we did. And the best part of it is when you count them out of the trance and they open their eyes and look at you and smile and say “Thanks, that was great.” Like I said, that pretty much makes it all worth it.
It’s after midnight and I need to get to bed. (Tomorrow’s my stay home dad day, tougher than any expo.) Next week we’ll continue Hypnosis 101 with a discussion about the power of suggestion using hypnosis.
Until then, have a beautiful week.
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