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Persuasive Healing and The Power of Suggestion – EP 137

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The Brave Files Podcast. Persuasive Healing and The Power of Suggestion Erin McRaith. Heather Vickery.

ADDICTION • HEALING • HELPING

Erin McRaith

Top Takeaways From This Episode:

  • The way we see the world shapes our reality. If we change the way we see the world, our reality changes, too.
  • Our brains are ultra-susceptible to suggestion. We can convince ourselves of anything given enough time and effort.    
  • Healing begins when you want it to begin. 
  • Many event-based anxieties (like testing or public speaking) stem from our unfamiliarity with the process. Erin helps ease these types of anxieties by guiding her clients through all the motions of that day. Practice may not make perfect, but it can definitely make us less anxious.
  • Anxiety, when unaddressed, can manifest into other mental and physical ailments.

Show Notes:

A Professional 180°

Before she turned to hypnotherapy, Erin McRaith was a financial planner. Almost twenty years later, Erin approaches hypnotherapy with the same measured, self-assured, straightforward energy expected of someone in her former profession. 

At first, hypnosis was a side-gig. One of Erin’s loved ones struggled with alcohol abuse, and she wanted to know if hypnosis could help. “I got every single book I could find out of the library on hypnosis and learned it on my own,” she explains. 

She realized her knack for it after she successfully hypnotized her older sister. “She had a really bad backache,” she says. “When she got up, she had no backache at all.” 

Power of Suggestion

Erin’s work addresses the part of our brains that’s most vulnerable to suggestion, or our “subconscious.” To access the subconscious, she facilitates a deep state of relaxation in her clients. The sensation is different for everyone — Some describe it as a physical heaviness, others as a lightness.

Self-Confidence Helps Others

After six months of self-learning, Erin decided to get certified. The hardest thing about hypnotherapy school, she says, “was you don’t have that self-confidence about what you’re doing until you’ve really done it for a while.” The catch-22, however, is that the more confident she became, the better she became. Confidence comes from experience, and experience comes from confidence.

Marathon of Healing

Erin usually sees clients weekly (Nowadays, most sessions are held over the phone). From these sessions, she develops and records her hypnotherapy sessions into audio tracks that her clients listen to every day. These tracks are typically less than twenty minutes in length. She helps clients work through anything from anxiety and stress to various phobias. Once, she even helped a police officer locate a gun he misplaced. 

Erin’s most frustrated by her job when clients don’t listen to their tracks daily. “It’s hard for me to see that they want help, but they won’t do the work,” she says. “But if they listen for thirty days, they pick up all those habits that I’ve put in their audio.”

Windows to the Soul

Some people are more easily hypnotized than others. Most of us can enter a hypnosis state called “theta,” where we know what’s going on around us; Still, our subconscious mind submits to the hypnotist’s suggestion. Less than 10% access a state of hypnosis so deep that they lose awareness of the world around them. The way to tell between these two types of people, Erin says, is to check your eyes. If you have more white in your eyes when you look up, you’re in the minority. Still, some people can’t be hypnotized at all. You can’t reach that theta state if you don’t want to be hypnotized. Some people don’t want to relinquish their autonomy. Those who do, however, see a radical positive change in their lives afterward.

Connect with Erin and learn more

After exploring hypnotherapy recreationally, Erin McRaith decided to change her career from a Certified Financial Planner to a Certified Hypnotherapist. Now, she has nearly 20 years of experience in the hypnotherapy field. Erin helps her clients kick bad habits, overcome their fears, and manage both physical and mental illnesses. Her favorite quote about hypnotherapy comes from her inspiration, Ernest Holmes, who says “I believe in the healing of the sick through the power of the mind.” You can check out her website (as well as how to remotely order a custom hypnotherapy audio) here.

Giving is Good:

Erin supports Boys Hope, Girls Hope. This group houses academically-inclined high school students from impoverished backgrounds. They aim to provide structure and support for young people from high school into college. The organization has affiliates in sixteen cities across the United States, Guatemala, and Mexico. Erin supports the chapter in Evanston, Illinois. You can check to see if you have a local chapter here. You can also donate to them here.

The Brave Files Podcast. Persuasive Healing and The Power of Suggestion Erin McRaith. Heather Vickery.
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Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner and global leader with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment by helping them leverage their fear into intentional bravery. Heather says “When we choose bravely, on purpose, we choose bigger, have bigger successes and it’s contagious” A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, mindfulness, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. She’s the author of Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus and Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.
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