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Future Pacing: Envisioning Our Future

Future Pacing: Envisioning Our Future

Throughout history, there have been those who have predicted the future. Though the list is long, amongst these brilliant souls were Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Nostradamus.  Nostradamus’s credit is foreseeing the coming of the Black Plague in Europe.

Our habits are not so dissimilar from the Neanderthals

When I observe the habits of my friends and fellow human beings daily, I’m aware of how much we cherish spending “down-time” in front of our tv, watching movies or shows, sometimes for hours…distancing ourselves from the pressures of life. I can’t help but think back on my Neanderthal ancestors who gathered in their cave at night with flames from the fire dancing on its walls. Despite the many thousands of years since those primitive times, our habits are not so dissimilar.

Solving highly complex problems benefit from patiently contemplating multiple theories

Yet, solving highly complex problems benefit from patiently contemplating multiple theories and exploring new facets of a conundrum. Solving highly complex problems might take years to discern a new avenue which might yield a new perspective. After all, Einstein dedicated his entire life to understanding the Theory of Relativity.

Future Pacing

You’ve probably heard me write previously about the hypnotic process called Future Pacing. In the same way, we can access vivid memories from our past in hypnosis, so are we capable of envisioning our future by bringing our beliefs into the Present Moment.future pacing

Future Pacing Example

Take the example of someone preparing to give a fifteen-minute speech in front of an audience of 300 people. While in hypnosis, they will project being able to see themselves on the stage, feeling comfortable in “their skin,” presenting a new approach towards creating a safer and healthy habitat for an endangered species of hawk.

In this state, they will be both in the present (i.e., observing themselves), while also introducing biological and environmental ideas for the future. Switching back and forth between being in the present and perceiving the future may feel slightly awkward at first, yet once you’re comfortable, your brain will make the transition back and forth seamlessly.

Future pacing can be amazingly effective

A teenager badly injured her right knee in an accident, yet she’s almost ready to get back in the gym. Hypnosis immediately heightens her confidence while helping her imagine she can slowly flex the knee forward and backward until she’s confident enough to put pressure on it safely.

Mindfulness Hypnosis

Note that Mindfulness Hypnosis is another modality that causes an increased density of gray matter to the Anterior Cingulate Cortex. Mindfulness Hypnosis helps to purposely direct one’s attention and focus on a particular subject, without any judgment or emotional bias.  Both future pacing and mindfulness hypnosis are methods I have used with great success with my clients.

Dr. Milton Erickson, PhD: A Man Very Much Ahead of His Time (Part 1)

Dr. Milton Erickson, PhD: A Man Very Much Ahead of His Time (Part 1)

Dr. Milton Erickson, PhD

Dr. Milton Erickson, PhD

As a practicing hypnotist myself, I have found there are few hypnotists endowed with a phenomenal mastery of the art and science of weaving metaphorical stories as Dr. Milton Erickson.  Erickson was one of those rare human beings whose innovative methods helped to break down psychological barriers while uncovering the emotional wounds of his clients.

In tribute to his unsurpassed skill, he was considered the most pre-eminent hypnotist in the world at the time of his death. All this despite his ability to be humble and unassuming with his patients.

A remarkable will to live

At the age of 17, Erickson contracted polio, which affected him for the rest of his life.  Yet he had a remarkable will to live. One night, the doctor told his mother he didn’t think Erickson would make it through the night. Having overheard the doctor’s pronouncement, Erickson stayed awake the entire night, holding to his promise he would see the sunrise the next morning.

Covert messages bind the stories together

Erickson loved to host “Teaching Seminars” attended by highly skilled psychiatrists and psychotherapists from the US and around the world. He would tell one story after another until finally, you discovered the covert message binding all the stories together.


One day Dr. Erickson wanted to demonstrate hypnosis before an audience. He chose a nurse named Betty to be his subject. As it turned out, Betty was suicidal. Everyone in her ward at the hospital knew this about her. Erickson hypnotized her and while she was in a deep trance, they “visited” the arboretum, the zoo and finally, the aviary. He described the various plants to her while in the arboretum, he explained how baby kangaroos grew inside their mother’s pouch for three months while at the zoo and spoke about how the Arctic Tern could fly 10,000 miles from the Arctic down to the tip of Argentina, using an inner guidance system which no scientist has yet understood.

To everyone’s shock and dismay, Betty did not show up at work the next day, nor the day after. Eventually, people blamed Erickson and another doctor, Dr. Alex, for her disappearance, claiming she had committed suicide.

Nope! A new life.

Sixteen years passed and one day, Erickson got a call. It was from Betty. After she met Erickson that afternoon, she left the hospital and immediately signed on as a nurse in the Nursing Corps of the Navy. Later, she moved to Florida and married an Air Force Officer. Together they had five children. As Erickson later described it: “I named all the things worthwhile living for. And nobody knew I was doing psychotherapy except me. They thought I was demonstrating hypnotic phenomena. They never realized I was intentionally doing psychotherapy.” He was, indeed, a very remarkable man.

NLP Generative Processes Create Magical Insights

NLP Generative Processes Create Magical Insights

NLP Generative ProcessesBy now, many of you have learned the unique role Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) has played in providing insights into the many ways our brain gathers information about the world around us.

I explore a more sophisticated process which addresses how you’ll be able to perceive your outcome from many perspectives. This is no ordinary A-B-C presentation.  Instead: Think Star Trek or NLP Generative Processes.

Ground yourself into space where creativity enters

Imagine a scenario where a highly skilled scriptwriter has been contracted to write a script for a film where the main character contacts a person from civilization in the distant future. Following the tradition of NLP, the scriptwriter might, for example, literally “stand” on a piece of paper marked “Gandalf the Wizard” to gather potential insights into this character as if they were viewing it from Gandalf’s perspective. Why stand on a piece of paper, you ask? Because in NLP Generative Processes, this grounds you into space where creativity enters. Here, you access the old wizard’s values and visions.

Similarly, she may also stand on a sign marked “Benedict Cumberbatch,” to reflect on that actor’s potential in the role as Gandalf. Or, she may want to see herself through the eyes of someone with absolutely no association to the project whatsoever, as an observer, to assess her approach to the entire concept.

Resolve contradictions or conflicts with NLP Generative Processes

In our daily lives, sometimes we need access to different resources, whether creative or technical. At that moment, they appear to be beyond our reach. Accessing different resources is where someone steps into what is called The Future Marble, where you can locate resources from the future to help resolve contradictions or conflicts with the project in its current state.

There are many additional features to the NLP Generative Process, which aren’t included here when you approach how to work with unique ideas and concepts differently; many creative doors open to you.

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Want to learn more about NLP Generative Processes? Schedule a complimentary session with Katie Ramseur.

How Your DNA Shapes Your Physical Reality

How Your DNA Shapes Your Physical Reality

FULL Disclosure: To be in complete integrity, I should let you know that several paragraphs closely reflect information that has appeared in recent scientific publications. Nevertheless, I wish to disclose the fascinating results of the study below. Thank you for your understanding.

We believe our thoughts change how our reality unfolds daily. Up until now, this has undergone some speculation and consideration. We think we might have a cold, and within 24 hours we’re ill. We’re afraid our son’s team will lose the Friday night football game and the opposing team wins.How Your DNA Shapes Your Physical Reality

Your subconscious mind is aware of feelings and events before they reach your conscious awareness

On a subtle level, many of you have already learned that your subconscious mind is aware of feelings and events before they reach your conscious awareness. Unfortunately, this is what happened to me at the age of 16, when my subconscious showed me a vision of my older brother dying in a car accident.

DNA can be affected by the emotions of a human being standing nearby

Recently, I was astounded to learn that through testing, scientists have confirmed that living DNA can be affected by the emotions of a human being standing nearby.

Results of three rounds of DNA experiments

During the first round of tests, DNA was removed from one subject and placed in a vial, near the second subject. Scientists then performed tests on the DNA to stimulate various emotional responses. Surprisingly, the DNA responded to the stimulus exactly as it was applied.

It was also proven that positive stimulus caused the DNA to relax, while negative stimulus caused the DNA to tighten up. Consider, for example, that you woke up feeling grumpy and discovered a huge branch fell in the backyard. This might underscore that your DNA may be affected by some form of negativity (whether conscious or subconscious in origin).

Meanwhile, scientists performed a second round of tests, as they isolated white blood cells, so they could measure the electrical charges the DNA had received to remove the emotional stimulus. Once again, the peaks and valleys of the DNA stimulus exactly matched that of the subjects. The DNA was taken 50 miles away from the donors to confirm the accuracy of these results. The result? The DNA response still matched that of the original donor. When I had the vision of my brother Andy, he was 2,500 miles away.

The third experiment was even more striking. Scientists placed human DNA into a vacuum of light photons that were behaving randomly. However, when the human DNA was inserted, the photons stopped acting randomly but followed the geometry of the DNA.

What does this all mean?

We are all highly connected, and the more we reach out to work together, to tackle seriously large problems, the more successful we will be.


Past Life Regression

Past Life Regression

Being Alive is Not Always How You Perceive It

I know you are receptive to making a change in your life; otherwise, you would have never sought out my services. That being said, we all hold different religious or spiritual beliefs. If what I’m about to say offends you in any way, I would completely respect your right to quit reading this particular newsletter.

On the other hand, you might be very intrigued…

Many of us believe we’re born, we go through life, perhaps we get married, have children (or not), and then we die. That’s our one and only life. And if we’ve treated others well, we ascend to heaven.

Others amongst us believe we’ve incarnated on this earth before. It may have been in a completely different country and a very different period. Some authors have written of these experiences, mentioning how deeply they were affected by what they learned about themselves in that life. Some claimed that the knowledge they gained actually changed how they behaved in this life.

Although I rarely discuss Past Life Regression with my clients, I’d like to share a true story concerning a client who spontaneously, while in hypnosis, went into another dimension of existence.

This client was at a crossroads both personally and professionally, which was making her sad.

One day she mentioned feeling very sad when she stood by the side of a river near her home, at the age of 4. Her parents stood beside her, and she had a very strong feeling of wanting to die.

Spontaneously, I asked her to take that feeling deeper into herself. “Perhaps that feeling would lead you somewhere,” I suggested. Suddenly she had a vision in her mind of being a girl around age 7, in the midst of a European village around the late 14th Century. The bubonic plague had swept through the village, taking all her family members. She was crying – desperate and alone. By this time, she was completely connected to this unsolicited memory.

Suddenly, out of the woods walked a wolf. The wolf stood beside her and coaxed her to follow him. He appeared to want to help this orphaned child, leading her into a wolf den in the backwoods, where she would have food, shelter, and safety from the plague. Several years went by in her life with the wolves.

One day, people began returning to the village to work and cultivate food. The elder wolf who had been her friend now encouraged her to return to her people in the village. Her life after being with her wolf family was still hard, yet she persisted and eventually got married. The wolves had literally saved her life. Years later, she became so tired she lay down next to the river in the village. She was ready to die, and an elder wolf came to the edge of the forest to see her off onto her journey.

After experiencing this most unusual memory, my client felt a deep sense of relief from the depression she had previously been feeling. A pack of wolves, in fact, had restored her hope and her belief in human nature.

Have you ever felt like you may have lived a past life? I can help you experience it through past life regression. Set up a complimentary appointment and let’s see where you’ve lived in previous lives.

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