Should I go to Change Phenomena 2012?
The incredibly popular and successful hypnotism conference “Change Phenomena” is happening once again this year on the 19th May in London, UK.
I haven’t been before and it occurred to me, having largely stopped hypnotising people these days, that I may not be the only one’s trying to find an excuse to go but having thoughts and doubts about how I can justify the cost. [NOTE: The awesome guys running the conference have actually kept the early bird discount going, so if you're quick you can save 10% on the full ticket price!]
In the end I decided to write out some of the main questions that I thought people might be thinking about and then talk to Anthony Jacquin about them. Rather conveniently, there are five:
- Is it aimed at street/stage hypnotists or hypnotherapists?
- Is it for beginners?
- Is it for those with experience?
- Is it just another opportunity for them to sell me their next product or course?
- Is there anything new for those who’ve been before?
Before I dive into the questions, Anthony and I had a really great chat about Change Phenomena conferences past and present and I hope to be following up this post with another discussing some of the items that Anthony and I covered about the guys speaking and demonstrating this year that isn’t already on the Change Phenomena event details page. A kind of exclusive for me I guess! Exciting!
Is it aimed at street/stage hypnotists or hypnotherapists?
If you’ve seen my YouTube channel, you’ll be in no doubt that I (used to) do a fair amount of street hypnosis and while I’ve never done entertainment hypnosis for money, I have cured the odd phobia, overcome smoking addiction and with one particularly pleased client: overcome alcohol abuse through a combination of hypnotherapy and Integral Eye Movement Therapy.
Is Change Phenomena going to help me with my interest in the street/entertainment side of hypnosis or is it going to be more focussed for those in the therapy profession?
Anthony: The initial idea for Change Phenomena was that the vast majority of hypnotherapists do not use or exploit hypnotic phenomena. Now because I am a hypnotherapist that does, I know just how powerful an ideomotor movement can be in a therapy session. So the aim of Change Phenomena is that a) to give therapists an insight into the phenomena of hypnosis and how to use them and b) for people who got an interest – via performance or just intrigue or perhaps done some hypnosis training – Eventually, they get tired of sticking people’s hands to the table and they want to answer the question: “Can you help me with this?” with “Yes!”
So we wanted to pitch the conference right down the middle so that both parties can learn from each other. So, the weight of it leans ever so slightly towards therapeutic applications but we always have a performers slot and personally I would expect everyone to benefit from all of talks. I have no doubt that the therapists in the first year [Change Phenomena 2010] that the therapists benefitted from James Brown‘s talk even though he had the performers slot. Equally, I would expect that the performers like Mike Stoner or whoever’s got into it via impromptu hypnosis to benefit from listening to Jørgen Rasmussen because his thinking is just so original and out of the box.
This year, it’s kind of the same thing: Kev’s talk and Marcus’ talk is not about performance, it’s about hypnosis and how it works and what the experience is like, so I expect everyone to be able to benefit. Adam Eason’s talk is about personal application: self-hypnosis. So it could be that people take away some of his self-hypnosis tips and work on themselves, it could be that they can better communicate those ideas and techniques to their clients.
Here’s Jorgen Rasmussen in the DVD trainer from the 2010 event :
I’ve been hypnotising for years, so is it going to teach me something new?
I wouldn’t call myself a master by any means (I actually believe that “master” is a label that only other people – one’s peers in particular – can bestow upon you) and I know that there is both heaps to learn and even more experience to develop. Coupled with that, the technology (and I don’t mean IT) of hypnosis is constantly developing and evolving (e.g. Head Hacking’s “AI” model or James Tripp’s “Hypnosis Without Trance”), so there is undeniably a great deal for me to learn. That said, I don’t consider myself a beginner so I don’t really want to be spending lots of time and money going over old stuff (though from time to time a review of the basics is most beneficial).
And what about all those professional hypnotherapists out there, keen to learn something new to bring to their clients? Surely Change Phenomena isn’t going to provide them with these new therapy tools, is it?
Anthony: One of the things we ask the speakers to do is to talk about their contemporary ideas and applications. So I’m expecting everyone to demonstrate some of their techniques and do that in such a way that the audience can take away those techniques and use them. We specifically ask people to speak who we think are doing something in their own field that is kind of at the cutting edge in terms of application. There are not many hypnotherapists that work in the way that Barry Thain does. Very very few who use hypnotic phenomena in that fashion. Yes there are sports psychologists and hypnotherapists within sport, there are not many people using it in the way that Gary [Turner] does with post-hypnotic suggestions that are going to be triggered during fights.
So is it going to teach you something new? Yes. Because, you simply won’t have heard this material before for start.
Is it for experienced hypnotists and hypnotherapists or can anybody benefit?
In contrast to those who have been learning and practicing hypnosis for years, it is equally important to acknowledge and include those who are just starting out on the voyage of discovery that is the human mind. Those studying psychology, or those looking to become hypnotherapists and change workers or even those looking to make a career as a stage or show hypnotist. Or perhaps those, like myself, who have an interest in it and want to find out a bit more.
Is Change Phenomena 2012 going to be too advanced for them?
Anthony: [Change Phenomena] doesn’t presume you have a huge amount of knowledge. People who are less experienced: I think it will give them a good starting point into the realities of being a practitioner of hypnosis. So they’re less likely follow some of the false leads and paths that perhaps don’t have that much utility when you actually come to practicing this stuff. I’m expecting everything to be easily understood and of practical value.
It’s not about “advanced” hypnosis. I’m not a big believer in “basic” or “advanced” when it comes to hypnosis. I’ve been on this journey myself and performance stuff has helped me in a sense that communicating in clear language that a child could understand is more effective than some of the more complex language and technique we use. So even if someone was a beginner, I would still expect them to benefit from this conference.
On a personal note, having discussed the line up and expectations of the day with Anthony, I would strongly recommend anyone who has some basic learning and hypnotised a couple of people to come. If you’re just starting out on the hypnosis journey and you’re looking for some training and education to get you started then of course you’ll get value and learn stuff, but it might make more sense to you once you’ve had some training and a bit of experience of being a/the hypnotist.
Is it just another opportunity to sell me on the latest course/product/coaching?
This is born of the fact that there are so many “me-to” people out there and hearing horror stories of horribly expensive (relatively speaking) seminars with all sorts of “special” or “celebrity” speakers where they take your money and then proceed to spend the next two days (or two hours or however long the seminar is) trying to sell you onto their even more expensive “mentoring” course or getting you to buy their £5000 “guaranteed success” hypnosis product…
Call me suspicious, burnt or just cheap, I have no interest in, or respect for, people who go about making a living that way, so just how much selling is going to be happening at Change Phenomena?
Anthony: No. Because selling from the stage is banned at Change Phenomena.
The speakers will have a stand, they can sell their products during the breaks or at lunch at discounted prices, but there is no effort [to be] made to sell from the stage.
So there you go. No selling from the stage and if you’ve been toying with the idea of investing some of their products, this event might be the perfect opportunity to meet them in person AND get their stuff at a discount!
I’ve been before so is there going to be anything I’ve not heard before?
Quite a straight forward question: It’s an annual event and this is the third years Change Phenomena has run in London.
I’ve been before (well actually I haven’t because it’s clashed with other stuff, but I would have if I could have), so has the content changed? Is there going to be new and interesting learning worth £100? [BTW, if you're quick, they're still running the 10% discount even though it's past the "early bird" discount period]
Anthony: Yes. We’ve got five new speakers speaking on topics that have never been covered before from across the spectrum of practical applications. So it will definitely be worth returning.
Barry is the only “clinical” hypnotist in the country Adam has the best selling self-hypnosis products in the country, Gary is a 13 times world champion who uses this by himself and others and Harry is a very successful performer!
Seems like a whole lot of interesting people and perspectives and I’d be very interested to see what they all have to say and demonstrate!
So, am I going to Change Phenomena 2012?
So after all that: Yes, I’m certainly going.
Despite having given up hypnosis, I’m still interested in how and why it works and I actually think that this event is precisely what I want: It’ll give me new ideas and insights into hypnosis and how our minds work in and around hypnosis and it’ll be interesting to see some of the hypnosis world’s masters talking about and demonstrating their techniques. It’ll also give me a good opportunity to catch up with some old friends and make new connections with some of the leading hypnotists in the UK!
If I’m honest, it seems that a year off hypnosis (has it really been a year!?) is a long time in the industry these days and there have been loads of major advances and idea progression in the industry. Maybe I’ll have to start sticking stuff on my Hypnosis YouTube channel again…
When is Change Phenomena Happening?
Change Phenomena is happening on the 19th May 2012
Where is Change Phenomena Happening?
Lecture Theatre 1,
New Hunts House
St Thomas Street
Please note the lecture theatre has changed to Lecture Theatre 1 rather than Theatre 2.
Doors open at 9am. The welcome begins at 9.30am sharp. The event finishes at 6.45pm. Refreshments and a finger buffet lunch are provided throughout the day.
I am told to expect to head to a nearby pub afterwards with the speakers for a bit of refreshments and fun.
Book you place now and please remember to let them know that you heard about Change Phenomena here at benwhite.me because then I know that you actually find this stuff interesting and useful and I’ll keep doing it. I don’t get paid for this you know!
Glossary of Hypnotic (and non-hypnotic) terms
There are a lot of terms used throughout the hypnosis and the therapy world that may or may not make sense to you. On this page, I have listed a few of the most common with descriptions.
Below are some general terms that I’ve not been able to group.
Integral Eye Movement Therapy is a brief change work process that generates rapid change in the area of undesired emotional and identity imprints. The process and algorithms of the technique answers the question, “How did the client learn to feel this way, about that thing?” and applies specific change at the right place within the client’s model of the world. Andrew Austin, Creator of IEMT. I am a licensed practitioner of IEMT.
Neuro-linguistic programming is a controversial approach to psychotherapy and organisational change based on “a model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship between successful patterns of behaviour and the subjective experiences (esp. patterns of thought) underlying them” and “a system of alternative therapy based on this which seeks to educate people in self-awareness and effective communication, and to change their patterns of mental and emotional behaviour”. OED
An emotional (and possibly physical) response experienced as a result of some subconscious trigger. Abreactions take many forms from spontaneous regression to a past event to apparently fighting the therapy being given.
The process by which a state of hypnosis is formally achieved with the subject.
Once hypnotised, it is easy to re-orient a subject and then re-induce hypnosis for further work.
The process by which a hypnotist will intensify a state of hypnosis
A process of intensifying a state of hypnosis by repeatedly waking and then re-inducing hypnosis in a subject.
A state of hypnosis where suggestions given by the hypnotist are freely and clearly acted upon. Additionally, approximately 20% of people are able to achieve a somnambulistic state quickly and easily. These people are often described as “somnambulists”. It is also a term used to describe someone who suffers from “sleep walking”.
The process of re-building and intensifying a past memory. This flexible tool can be used to induce, deepen or even as part of a treatment.
Ideodynamic (and ideomotor) Therapy
A method of working originally created as a result of the indirect and subtle approaches of the legendary Milton Erickson. Milton’s student Ernest Rossi developed the therapeutic use of ideomotor and non-conscious movements in new and powerful ways. Having studied with Norman D. Vaughton (one of Rossi’s own students), I use the techniques of dissociating the client from the physical movements caused by conscious processes. This then facilitates access directly to the unconscious mind leading to profound and often dramatic (seen to be believed) change.
A term used to describe specific observable occurrences as a direct result of hypnosis either suggested or self-evident.
Post Hypnotic Suggestion (PHS)
An automatic response that a hypnosis subject will have no conscious control over carried out at some point after a hypnosis session while they are not formally hypnotised.
Complete rigidity of one or more sets of muscles in the hypnotic subject’s body.
The process by an idea “Ideo” causes muscular movement “motor” without consciously creating the movement.
There are many different forms of hypnotic therapy available, so I have listed a couple of terms that are fairly common throughout.
The process of allowing a hypnosis subject to re-experience a past event.
Artificial creation of an intense dislike of something in order to affect a change in behaviour. Often used in therapy for things like gambling, nail biting and occasionally smoking.
A therapy that involves identifying the conflicting elements of a subjects personality and aligning them in order to affect change. This is a personal favourite of mine.
For a thorough description of the mind model that I use for hypnosis, please see http://practitioneroftrance.com/Hypnosis_Mind_Model.php
The conscious mind
The element of the human mind that deals with short term memory, rationalisation and will power. This is often considered the “analytical mind”.
The subconscious mind
The element of the human mind that deals with long term memory, emotions, habits and addictions and self-preservation. It is these functions and area that we aim to deal with for most hypnotic interventions.
The unconscious mind
The element of all animals minds that deals with the automatic processes of living. This includes the immune system and other essential functions.
The critical faculty
The analytical element of a human brain that sits on the border between conscious and unconscious and normally acts to prevent us accepting and reacting to every suggestion given to us on a day-to-day basis. This faculty needs to be by-passed or otherwise appeased in order to effect hypnosis.
This week I had the honour of being invited as a guest of my friend Alan Whitton to a party at the BBC bar in White City, London. I thought it might be interesting to post a description of the evening here.
Not to appear too eager, we arrived at around 21.00 and then proceeded to do the awkward introductions to the people that Alan knew while I attempted to look suitably hypnotic.
After a while I found myself free of the small talk and took a moment to adjust myself into a more “street hypnosis” state. What I mean by this is that for most of us, meeting and talking to people is usually for the end purpose of making friends and connections. From a street hypnosis point of view, where I may have to approach several people in order to find someone who would actively like to experience trance, I need to get myself into a state of mind where if the first people I talk to aren’t interested, I can simply dismiss them (it sounds harsh to my mind which is why I have to adjust my state to do this) and head off in search of people who are interested. Once in this state, it is relatively easy to maintain. Anyway, I digress….