At first, the idea of machines that could think like humans seemed like a far-flung dream of a beyond-high tech future. Then, slowly but surely, it has crept into our lives. Artificial Intelligence offers many conveniences. From fixing typographical errors and correcting our grammar to tracking our dysfunctional heart rates and insufficient movement, the number of tasks that get easier as computing power gets bigger and smarter continue to grow.
The effects this has on society come as a mixture of blessings, difficulties, and frightening possibilities. As more people plug into AI in order to get services once provided by human beings, at least two things happen.
The first one is that they expect instantaneous, perfect responses to their queries and complaints, and they may be frustrated by trying to communicate with machines. Even if they get what they want, there is another side effect that is less appealing. They lose the sense of connection they once had with the people who used to serve them.
Have you been to a bank branch lately? Now, when you arrive at some of them, you are asked to scan a QR code, thumb-type a barrage of answers to questions about your banking issue into your phone, and then are sent into a queue where you may or may not eventually be greeted by a bank officer.
In small communities, but also even in some less “down-home” urban neighborhoods, people get a sense of isolation, as friendly faces are being rapidly replaced by depersonalized systems. Human contact is becoming scarcer than ever, and that changes the way people behave.
Worse yet, the people who used to do things such as greet customers as they entered the branch, now have no use, and most likely, no job. Before long, the bank will be able to relieve several bank officers of their duties, as they are replaced by card-operated kiosks or other AI-based mechanisms for providing customer service.
The trend toward replacing human beings with machines isn’t new, but it is obviously accelerating. Grocery stores, big box warehouses, post offices, pharmacies, and many other of the places most of us encounter in our daily lives are slowly taking automation from the manual cash register to sophisticated Point of Sale systems one step further. Checkout lines with human cashiers are disappearing. Where does this leave the human beings who come to the therapist’s office for help?
Alienation is a very damaging force, and our society is rife with it today. Our clients may develop anxiety about losing their jobs, or depression over being replaced. Others might simply feel detached from the world around them. Those who resist technology suffer on yet another level. All of them, however, are looking for pretty much the same thing: a meaning for their lives and a context for their ability to be of use.
Fortunately, AI hasn’t found a way to provide psychotherapy—at least not yet. That means mental health professionals are still very much needed. The problem is, they have so many clients, it’s difficult to fit all of them into normal schedules. And, even if they do fit in, how can we offer clients relief in a relatively short amount of time?
For clients to find meaning, they often have to reclaim parts of themselves that were lost at earlier times of their lives. Self-esteem, trust, innocence, power, and a variety of other attributes that may be weak points for them come under additional strain when they experience the kind of alienation and disruption AI can cause them.
Regression therapy, particularly with the holistic approach of Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy®, can be a tremendous tool. In Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy®, the client is first placed into a relaxed state that facilitates communication between the conscious and subconscious areas of the mind.
The therapist then asks the client to describe a current situation, and then to identify the emotions that the situation evokes. After expressing the emotion, the client is guided back in time by the hypnotherapist, to visit a time when a same or similar feeling disturbed them. By visiting this previous experience, the client can express emotions that were repressed at the earlier time.
Once this is accomplished, the client identifies the faulty ideas they developed as a result of the experience, and the behavior that the belief inspired. The hypnotherapist may also ask the client what attribute(s) might have been left behind at that time, and invite the client to reclaim trust, power, self-love, joy, and whatever other parts that may have split off from their being at the time.
Working at this deep level with clients allows them to heal in ways they may have not thought possible. They make connections between the time they weren’t selected for the first string soccer team and being pushed out by a new system that makes their job redundant, and then cope more consciously with their emotions.
This leads to more productive reactions, such as reconceiving what kind of job is really ideal, and reconnecting with what really matters in life. When a person is re-introduced to who they were as a child, and then encouraged to love that child, they can begin to come whole.
Hypnotherapy, particularly when it is used in combination with talk therapy, can accelerate the client’s progress and lead them to find their sense of meaning much faster than conventional approaches do. That’s why so many people want to learn how to become certified in Hypnotherapy. Fortunately, it’s rather easy. In fact, you can be trained in less than a week, and get certification soon after the end of your training when you study at The Wellness Institute.
The Six Day Hypnotherapy Training and Certification Program at The Wellness Institute is taught online, but there’s no AI involved. All classes are taught by experienced teachers, live and in real time. You will be able to interact with your teachers and colleagues, and ask questions while you cover didactic material that covers using hypnotherapy for the treatment of issues such as
- sexual abuse
- mind-body interaction
- eating disorders
Possibly the most exciting part of the training is the hands-on sessions. You will have two chances to be therapist, observer, and client. This affords you the opportunity to see how the process works, and also to do some work of your own. You will be amazed at how the process permits you to reach parts of yourself that need healing, even in this short period of time. All sessions are coached by experienced Heart-Centered Hypnotherapists, who volunteer to assist the program.
The Six Day Hypnotherapy Training and Certification Program is the beginning of a journey that can take you to higher skill levels as well as deeper healing of your own. The Advanced Internship, Personal Transformation Intensive Leadership, and Mentorship programs provide further training in and experience with Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy®, as well as Heart-Centered Psychodrama and Heart-Centered Breathwork. Group processes increase your sense of safety and connection with a network of literally thousands of Wellness Graduates.
The Wellness Institute also offers the Introduction to Hypnosis course, which is a two-day program that provides instruction and experience in the basics of hypnosis. You’ll learn about induction, deepening, and hypnotic suggestions to help clients with stress, the management of physical discomfort, motivation, performance, and self-hypnosis.
The power of the communication between the subconscious and conscious parts of the mind is something that allows people to feel the power of being human. No matter how much AI might threaten their ways of life, the healing hypnotherapy provides will help them to envision and build a future that harmonizes with their purpose in live and clue them in on who they truly are.
You can register for our courses online, but if you want to get more information from an enrollment specialist, contact Desiree. She’ll be glad to set up a time to chat with you.
If you want to help your clients hold on to their humanity, hypnotherapy is a smart—and easy—way to do it.