This article appeared in “Capital Region Living” Magazine:
February 2006

“Hypnosis plus EFT:
Experience Positive, Powerful, Permanent Change
By Jeanne Meyer Caverly, M.Ed., CH

Jeanne Meyer Caverly, M.Ed., CH, is a Reiki Master, EFT
Practitioner and Certified Hypnotist through the National
Guild of Hypnotists and can be contacted at A Peaceful
Place for Massage and Wellness, Route 9, Clifton Park NY,
518-371-2225 or 518-573-7453. Email:  

As the new year progresses, are you finding it more and
more difficult to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions? Is the
stress of everyday living getting you down? Are there
roadblocks that just seem to keep cropping up, blocking your
way to success – in your relationships, in your work? If so,
we have good news! There is a way to make it easier to
reach your goals and achieve your dreams. Whether you
want to attain and maintain your ideal weight, stop smoking,
improve your golf or tennis scores, increase memory and
concentration, deal with other nagging issues, or become the
world’s best public speaker – a unique blend of Hypnosis and
EFT just may be the answer!

Based on the ancient principles of acupuncture, EFT is a
simple tapping procedure that gently realigns the body’s
energy system, without the needles. EFT (Emotional
Freedom Technique) was introduced in 1995 by Gary Craig,
a Stanford Engineering graduate in lifelong pursuit of
personal well-being.

Simply stated, negative emotional experiences disrupt the
body’s energy system.  The physical changes we feel from
those disruptions, like nausea, anger, or “butterflies” in the
stomach, become attached to the memory of that experience
and affect the way we see the world and interfere with our
thinking – until we heal that disruption. Properly applied, EFT
quickly realigns and balances the body’s energy system with
respect to a specific negative memory, disconnects the
physical discomfort attached to it, and quite often removes
the resulting symptoms. EFT often works where nothing else
will. Once negative emotions have been cleared away using
EFT, hypnosis can then be used even more effectively to  
implant positive suggestions in the subconscious to assist in
reaching specific goals.

Hypnosis is very similar to the state of mind we experience
every day just prior to going to sleep at night and getting up
in the  morning – the “twilight zone” between being awake
and being asleep. It is a natural state of mind we go into
when we daydream or “zone out” while watching TV or
attending a boring meeting. Induced under the guidance of a
hypnotist or by yourself in self-hypnosis, hypnosis is a state
of deep relaxation which quiets the body and the conscious
mind so that the subconscious mind can be reached through
suggestion and visualization to effect change.

Your conscious mind is the part of your brain that looks,
listens and learns. It reasons and judges, analyzes and
criticizes, accepts and rejects, and makes decisions. Your
willpower is a function of your conscious mind.

Your subconscious mind is the part of your brain that runs all
your bodily functions, like breathing your lungs and beating
your heart. Like a computer hard-drive, the subconscious
also stores your permanent memory – all the ideas,
experiences, and emotions you have ever seen, heard or
experienced. Your subconscious mind also acts out any
image, idea or concept you allow to be implanted in it,
especially for 30 consecutive days or more. Your imagination
is a function of your subconscious mind.

If you think of your mind as a computer, the only document
you can work on is the one in the foreground, which, most of
the time, is your conscious mind. Right now, your conscious
mind is actively reading and interpreting this information.

Your subconscious mind is in the background most of the
time. However, stored data in your subconscious may be
sabotaging or interfering with your success in a particular
area of your life (see sidebar). In order to re-program data in
your subconscious mind so that it supports your rational
conscious decisions, you need to send your conscious mind
to the background and bring your subconscious to the
foreground. This is exactly what hypnosis does!

Let’s say you decide to eat a “good-carb only diet” in order to
lose that last fifteen pounds and keep it off. Even though you’
ve been unsuccessful in past attempts, this time you’re
determined to use your willpower and make it work! That’s
your conscious mind making that decision.

Meanwhile, your subconscious mind is saying: “Right! Like
that’s going to work! You love pasta, you love bread, and you
love chocolate. And you’ve been eating that way for 50 years!
You really think you’re going to give all that up? I don’t think
so! That’s not ever going to work.” And it doesn’t.

We all have programming in our subconscious minds from a
lifetime of experiences from childhood through adulthood that
has the potential to sabotage our wellness and success.
Hypnosis can turn that around by replacing that negative
programming with positive suggestions so that your
conscious willpower and your subconscious imagination are
“in sync” – working together to achieve your goals.

¨        You cannot be hypnotized if you don’t want to be.
¨        You are not going to blurt out any deep, dark secrets
under hypnosis.
¨        You are always in control and cannot be made to do
things you don’t want to do.
¨        You always have the choice to accept or reject any
¨        You cannot get stuck in hypnosis – you can stop it or
leave it at any time.
¨        You are not asleep – you are very aware of yourself
and your surroundings at all times.
¨        You will remember everything you choose to remember
about the session.
¨        Most people with IQ’s of 70 or higher can easily be
guided into hypnosis as long as they want to be hypnotized,
trust the hypnotist, and are willing to follow his or her
¨        Typically, hypnosis is not recommended for persons
with severe mental illness.

Although hypnosis and EFT often eliminate or minimize pain,
you should not ignore the body's warning mechanisms. Pain
is a symptom of a problem and you should first check with
your doctor before using hypnosis or EFT for pain
management. Prior to teaching you how to use hypnosis or
EFT for pain management, a Certified Hypnotist will ask you
to sign a release to obtain your physician's approval. In 1958,
hypnosis was recognized by the American Medical
Association and the American Psychiatric Association as a
healing modality. Since then hypnotism has become a
valuable addition to conventional medical and mental health
treatment programs.

By bridging the body-mind-spirit gap, Hypnosis and EFT
work hand-in-hand to empower you, the client, to take charge
of your life – physically, mentally, and spiritually – to rally
your subconscious troops to support your conscious
decisions. Change your mind, change your life! Program
yourself for wellness and success in 2006!

Hypnosis and EFT are extremely effective self-help tools for
promoting powerful, positive, permanent change in all areas
of your life. You may wish to:

o        Attain & Maintain Your Ideal Weight
o        Decrease Stress – Increase Relaxation
o        Eliminate Excessive Fears / Worrying / Anxiousness
o        Eliminate Public Speaking “jitters”
o        Facilitate Physical or Emotional Healing
o        Gain Confidence and Charisma
o        Improve Athletic Performance / Golf Scores
o        Improve Sales Skills
o        Increase Creativity & Concentration
o        Increase Memory & Learning Ability
o        Sleep Better
o        Stop Nail-biting, Hair-pulling, Nervous Habits
o        Stop Smoking
o        Strengthen Self-Esteem

Jeanne Meyer Caverly, M.Ed., CH, is a Reiki Master, EFT
Practitioner and Certified Hypnotist through the National
Guild of Hypnotists and can be contacted at A Peaceful
Place for Massage and Wellness, Route 9, Clifton Park NY,
518-371-2225 or 518-573-7453. Email:  

The National Guild of Hypnotists, Inc., founded in 1951, has
8800 members worldwide. Membership signifies that a
Certified Hypnotist possesses specific qualifications, agrees
to abide by a strict code of ethics, and will pursue continuing
education studies for annual recertification. Medical or
psychological referrals may be required of some clients for
certain conditions. To find a certified hypnotist in your area:
Hypnosis - Albany New York area Hypnotists