I've asked my good friend, Russell Yarnell, to share his amazing hypnosis story with you. How he attended a basic hypnosis training course for the purpose of improving his guitar playing. How that experience changed his life resulting in helping thousands of people lose weight, stop smoking and improve their lives. Most importantly, he changed the public perception of hypnosis at the time from hocus-pocus, voodoo, witchcraft, to the respected social sciences tool it has become today.
It's a rags to riches story and Mr. Yarnell credits his four Emmy nominations, two Emmy Awards and two International Television Association Awards to his training and experience with hypnosis. I hope this story inspires you like it inspires me…
When Marge Perry asked me to share my hypnosis story with you, I was surprised and flattered. Marge said my story would inspire her readers.
I don't know if my experience with hypnosis will inspire you or not. That's up to you. But I guarantee it was an exciting adventure that transformed my life in too many ways to list.
I was a laborer at U.S. Steel in Gary, Indiana. I played guitar in a local band.
When I saw an article about basic hypnosis training being offered at the Leaning Tower YMCA in Skokie, Illinois, I called the director and asked if hypnosis could make me a better guitar player. Dr. Sidney Schneider (the director) said, "most assuredly." I was skeptical, but enrolled anyway.
I was hypnotized in my class. When I opened my eyes after the first time, the experience can only be described as a life changing epiphany.
The suggestions my hypnotist gave me had immediate impact. The world suddenly became less confused, everything slowed down and became more organized. The improvement in my guitar playing was instantaneous and real. Speed, dexterity and timing all improved dramatically.
Impressed with my results, I became interested in hypnosis. I completed advanced and certification classes and opened a 350 square foot office. My wife and I had found our calling. People helpers. Certified hypnotists.
Our small office grew. Soon my clients included the Chief of Police, Fire Captain, teachers and local folks from all walks of life.
We were successful because the hypnosis we provided got real life results. Everyday someone would say, "Thank you! You changed my life." Words cannot describe the feelings you get when someone stands before you and acknowledges your contribution to their personal victory.
In an effort to help as many people as possible, I expanded my business to include nine locations in five states, conducting more than 100 sessions per week in each location. We enjoyed a network of 200 referring physicians and a hypnosis school that trained hundreds of people in the art and science of hypnosis.
I started performing hypnosis seminars nationwide. Audiences of 500 people were not unusual. My hypnotic products were offered at Barnes & Nobles, Walden Books, Avenue of America's, Little Professor Books, plus 300 outlets including Canada's largest book store chain, university book stores including Rutgers and University of Texas.
My hypnotic career led me into uncharted territory. I started using hypnotic phrasing in TV commercials. I eventually created what's now referred to as psychological sales broadcasting. Resulting in the Trust Builder series of commercials. What is arguably the most viewed independently produced commercial series of all time.
All of this because it made me feel good to help people. All because I wanted to use hypnosis to play better guitar.
But the story doesn't end there. I have used various hypnotic strategies in video productions earning four Emmy Award nominations, two Emmy Awards and two International Television Association Telly Awards.
I've had the privilege to work with celebrities like Ray Charles, Mickey Gilley, Cindy Crawford, Grammy Award winning band Los Lobos and Texas music legend Joe Ely.
So how did i go from pushing a broom to sitting at the head of the table in the boardroom? Because once you influence positive change in a fellow human being, your life will change forever.
You can use hypnosis to improve yourself and family. Or you can operate your own practice and be your own boss and set your own hours. Or you can do what I did. Dedicate your life to helping others help themselves.
It's up to you. The possibilities are wide, varied and numerous. It's an exciting journey of discovery.
It all starts with the understanding of what hypnosis is and the valuable benefits it offers you personally and professionally.
MARGE'S NOTE: So what do I find inspiring about Russell's story? Thousands of people's lives improved because one man wanted to improve his guitar playing. Russell discovered the magic and true value of hypnosis and dedicated his life to sharing it with others. How good is that!