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TRAINING: Transpersonal Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy/NLP Certification

THE BOOK: Finding True Magic: Transpersonal Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy/NLP

PRIVATE SESSIONS with Jack Elias, CHT

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Transpersonal Hypnotherapy/NLP Training with Jack Elias, CHT
Institute for Therapeutic Learning

“I took Jack’s Distance Learning Certification Course for professional reasons.
I had completed another training but didn’t feel prepared to practice as a hypnotherapist.
Jack’s course more than filled the bill. I am now confident to begin my career as a hypnotherapist.

What I wasn’t expecting was how my personal life was transformed in the process. Jack teaches with such unusual depth of insight that he  makes the instructions personally as well as professionally relevant. It was as if scales fell from my eyes, or I awoke from a deep sleep to see the truth of my own life.

I began the training as one person, and finished as another…thankful for the experience.”
—Lynn L., CHT, Distance Learning Graduate 2015

“When I took Jack’s class, I had about 400 hours of hypnosis and NLP training and 5 years of private practice experience. I was wondering if he could teach me anything new.
 After the course as I was going through my notes, I realized my notes were filled with insights from Jack that were like precious gems.

His dialogues with myself and the other students and his teachings brought me clarity and insight about how to live my life as well as how to practice hypnotherapy with great love and wisdom. I deeply appreciated how kindness, awareness, and humor were present every day and how each student received close attention for better understanding. 

I definitely recommend this training.You will learn far more than just hypnotherapy when you study with Jack. He takes you on a journey of self discovery!”
Ugo T., Clinical Hypnotherapist/NLP Practitioner, 2015 On-Site Live Graduate

“Six years of university training in psychology, twenty years as a counselor, and countless years of spiritual quest, culminating in the discovery of this course: a psychology firmly rooted in profound spiritual wisdom.”

Jeannie M., MA, Psychologist, On-Site Live Graduate

“I will continue to wholeheartedly recommend Jack’s course to colleagues, to anyone in the helping and health professions, and to anyone interested in deep healing, growth, or personal transformation for self and others. This is work that can change the world — both inner and outer.”
Julie Hurlocker, MD, Diplomate American Board of Family Practice

“Of the five nationally recognized hypnotherapy training programs I have been certified in, my time with Jack Elias has been the most valuable. His gift to you is so much more than just hypnotherapy, NLP, or psychoanalysis. Jack uplifts you and awakens clarity and confidence in his students with great heart, spirit, and humor.”
Putnam MacDaniel, Transpersonal Clinical Hypnotherapist, Former President, WA State Chapter, National Guild of Hypnotists

“I came to Jack’s Level One 150-hour training in Transpersonal Hypnotherapy/NLP with over 500 hours of hypnosis training and with a Practitioner-level certification in NLP. Plus, I learned lots of techniques in other hypnotherapy and NLP training. But I didn’t know what to do when my techniques “didn’t work” with one particular client or another. After reading Jack’s book and taking Jack’s course, I no longer have to rely on techniques. I can simply deal with whatever emerges.

What I learned from Jack went beyond techniques. I now understand why all the techniques I learned work in the first place. The greatest gift was discovering that being bound to “techniques” is the biggest TRANCE of all. Taking Jack’s course is like the opportunity to learn Kung Fu from Bruce Lee.

Get Jack’s book. Read it several times. Take a training with Jack Elias. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are or what you think you know.”
Paul Skavland, CHT, Master NLP Practitioner

“Jack Elias is a born teacher with a natural approach to class teaching. He is as much at home with Socratic dialogue and analysis as with a Zen paradoxical approach and intuitive approach. Jack is contributing to the further establishment of hypnotherapy as a total approach to healing rather than simply as a technique that may be applied in the context of psychotherapy.”
Ivor Morrish, DEd, Author of Disciplines of Education, and The Dark Twin: A Study of Good and Evil

“I took Jack’s course in 1993 and found that it transformed both my life and my career. I started doing hypnosis as a teenager. When I started his course (at 34 years old) I was an unhappy part-time hypnotist who knew how to do a lot of techniques.

One of the most important things I learned from Jack is that techniques alone don’t make someone a therapist. After his course, I was a hypnoTHERAPIST. Within a year, I became a full-time hypnotherapist and started teaching.

If I am a good therapist today, it’s a direct result of my having taken Jack’s course. Every week, for one reason or another, I refer back to his textbook, Finding True Magic, amazed at how much is there and how valuable it has been to me. Thank you, Jack!”
Michael Gershman RN, BCH, Former President, WA State Chapter, National Guild of Hypnotists, Certified NGH Hypnotherapy Instructor

“My practice is blooming. I see 4-5 clients per week. I no longer need to work an office job (THANK GOD!), and enjoy running my own business, I am facilitating great change in people’s lives.

The comment I hear the most after a session is, “I’ve learned more here today than in all my years of therapy put together.”

This is because of you and all you have taught me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. With love and gratitude,”
—Kira Lauren, CHT, Distance Learning Graduate 2009

“The biggest joy of all, Jack, is watching how all around me, the people I love and care for most are engaging and moving more and more into healing and growth. With some I have been directly working, with others I am just better, more in rapport, more naturally therapeutic. It is clearly a direct result of your [Finding True Magic Transpersonal Hypnotherapy/NLP Training] course and the work it enabled me to do on myself.”
Lynne P., Transpersonal Clinical Hypnotherapist, LUXEMBOURG

“I wanted to thank you for releasing many years of pain and agony. I have a sense of rebirth that is full of blessings, new experiences, and now I am truly living in the light of pure unconditional love and acceptance.

Thank you for learning your lessons well and sharing this gift which is truly your path. I must say, today for the first time, in each session, that I was able to experience vivid symbols. It is as if I have new eyes to see, a new heart to feel, and there is no longer confusion, shame, doubt, fear, or any poison attached to the thought. Again, thank you.”
L.D. Business Executive,  mid-way through the Live Training

“It seems like I can’t find any boundaries to the application of this material in my work with other people to assist their healing, as well as in my own personal and spiritual growth. I’m near bursting with enthusiasm and ideas around the medical practice as well as the bodywork I do, and with variations on group meditations for working with medical problems. All in all, a pretty good deal, Jack!”
Julie H., MD, Physician in Private Practice

“Since 1979 I have worked in residential treatment centers, mental health centers, and private practice with individuals, couples, groups and families. In all my experience, nothing has been as effective in promoting change in people’s lives as the hypnotherapy techniques I learned in [Jack Elias’ Finding True Magic] course.”
Patricia Ann Williams, MD, Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist

“This course helped me connect more deeply with my inner wisdom and compassion. It gave me easy-to-use techniques to assist patients and their families to draw on their own powerful inner resources to deal with illness and loss. It’s been 10 years since I took the course for the first time. What I learned continues to enrich all aspects of my life.”
Carol M., RN, CHT

“I have just completed the book and the entire hypnosis training and hypnotherapy certification course in Finding True Magic. I have found it one of the most, if not the most, inspirational and enlightened learning processes in my life to date.  As a hypnotherapist with a strong interest in the spiritual aspect of life and the combination of both, it was important that I find a course that could offer me in-depth learnings in spiritual philosophy coupled with sound common sense and practical application of psychotherapeutic practices. This I found with Jack Elias’s profound intelligence in the subjects of both Eastern and Western philosophy and hypnosis.

The book [Finding True Magic] is fascinating, inspiring, inspirational and informative from the Preface right up until the very end. Quite simply, it makes you stop and really think about how you live your life, how you process your thoughts, how you do whatever you do in everyday life. Not only do you learn as a hypnotherapist new approaches, and new perspectives, you fully take part in the process of spiritual enlightenment and development as you progress with the book and the course. It is impossible not to.

It explores the ego in great depth and Jack’s style, from the excellent certification course which accompanies this book, is entertaining, gripping, jaw-dropping and highly knowledgeable.
For the new hypnotherapist, there are some excellent scripts as guidelines which incorporate the transpersonal side of hypnosis, and for the experienced hypnotherapist, it is a chance to really enhance the transpersonal knowledge and improve your current practices by understanding more thoroughly the power of the egoic mind.

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous and a real life changer!! 10 out of 5!! For anyone reading this — go do the [Finding True Magic Transpersonal Hypnotherapy/NLP training] course. The book is brilliant but it is a fraction of what the rest of the course can really guide you to discover.”
Caroline Cousins, CHT, UK

“I graduated from your course in 2002. It’s now 2008 and I still find your hypnosis training and hypnotherapy training to be the most comprehensive and stable system I have seen. I fall back on your book time and time again.”
S. Rayback, CHT

“The course is excellent. It contains a degree of depth and substance I could never have imagined when I first read about it. The time I’ve spent on this work has truly been transformative, and I feel very confident in my resulting ability to assist others in the healing process. I can’t say enough about this course and the quality of the teaching — I would recommend it to anyone who wants to change his/her own life and help others do the same.”
D. Hess, CHT, Graduate of the Finding True Magic Distance Learning Certification Course

“I’ve been loving my work as a hypnotherapist… when I took your Summer Intensive, I wasn’t sure if I’d apply it in a professional practice, but I opened my office in ’03 and with just a yellow page listing the clients keep coming! It’s been a fun, interesting, challenging journey. I recently received a call from an older gentleman, a retired hypnotherapist. He was preparing for a double knee surgery and wanted to minimize blood flow at the points of incision during surgery. He also wanted to prepare his body to accept the anesthesia (he has allergies) and to minimize swelling and control pain while resisting infection during his recovery.

I told him that I wasn’t experienced in pre-surgery hypnosis, that I’d never done that before. I felt a little intimidated… here he was, an older, experienced hypnotherapist and professor, coming to me, a newbie, for something so “serious.” But he decided he wanted to work with me anyway. His doctor and nurses kind of rolled their eyes when he told them he was preparing with hypnosis but they were totally amazed by his results! He used 85% less blood than the average patient during his surgery and he used about half the usual amount of pain medication during his recovery.

This man is healing faster and easier than most patients and doing much better than expected, and his doctors and nurses are believers now. They want me to give talks at the hospital and they’re thinking about opening a hypnosis unit there. They said, “We should be doing this for every patient.” And the new patient referrals have already started coming in. This client was such a delight, and I learned so much through the experience. I thought of you while I was preparing to work with him . . . how you always encouraged us to be spontaneous and imaginative and to allow ourselves to be surprised. So I just rolled with it, remembering it’s not really “me” doing any of this after all. I feel really blessed. “
M. Miles, CHT, Graduate of Finding True Magic Summer Intensive 2003

“The class atmosphere is ideal for learning: relaxed, informal, yet rigorous. The course material was presented lucidly and unfolded naturally. The text will continue to be a resource for me for a long time. Jack, you are a teacher in the truest sense of the word. The passion, integrity, and depth you bring to these teachings has moved me deeply.”
Jake L., CHT, Designer, Builder

“I received knowledge from your book, Finding True Magic, and understanding from listening to the audios. Thank you.”
Tim B., ND, Naturopathic Physician

“A really valuable thing about the audios is their process flow… your voice and presence have an energizing and healing effect. Hearing the conviction in your affirmations . . . has helped me move through a lot of ‘hallucinatory’ fears.”
Lee H., MSW, Social Worker

“Jack’s approach steps out beyond formula and limitation. Knocks down boundaries and provides the ground for moments of true insight, self-discovery, and awakeness. The first night, it became obvious that we were going to experience Hypnotherapy at its core. I’ve never been through something like this with a group of people . . .  real change occurred in everyone from the processes, group dynamic, and Jack’s delightfully open and humorous approach.”
Peter R., Black Belt Martial Artist, Musician

“The material and spiritual approach are very appropriate for the work I do with Native Peoples… but more importantly, the course has changed the way I interact within all relationships. Finally, tools to heal spiritually . . . this is the most CREATIVE thing I’ve ever learned or done. It blows traditional psychotherapy out of the water. I appreciate the camaraderie that seemed to ripple out from Day One.”
Jean Paul, MA, Mental Health Counselor

“What a great investment I have made, and what a wonderful gift you have to offer! As I have listened to the audios I have laughed, cried, become angry and experienced every possible emotion. I have learned more in these past seven months than I have learned in my entire lifetime. Your no-nonsense heartfelt approach is wonderful. I am looking forward to taking the live [Finding True Magic Hypnotherapy/NLP Training] to learn to apply these simple, delicate techniques and skills more intently.”
L.D., Transpersonal Hypnotherapist

“Course contents were excellent. My interest stayed high throughout. The format was also very good; I never was taken to a place of not understanding due to incomplete foundation work. It was important to me that the [Finding True Magic Transpersonal Hypnotherapy/NLP Training] course covered a broad scope of what it means to be human, and approached the human condition not as a pathological state (as so many healing modalities do) but as a movement in ongoing unfoldment of the purity lost along the way of life. I appreciate the love with which the course was prepared and offered.”
Billie Jo S., Hypnotherapist

“I have made important and necessary changes in my life as a result of your course—in my relationships, diet, daily schedule, therapeutic skill, and self esteem. I feel like I’m coming alive to my life in a way not experienced before.”
Adrian B., Addictions Counselor

“When I took Jack Elias’ [distance learning Hypnotherapy/NLP course] I was not really expecting all that I received. I assumed I would learn some techniques and could utilize them in a way that would suit my needs at the time. It was through Jack’s knowledge and method of teaching that I learned not only the basics of hypnotherapy, but a whole new way of thinking.

In a few years I have become a successful and sought-after therapist in my part of town. When I say “sought-after,” I mean that I do literally no advertising and still keep busy most of the time. Jack’s strengths are his ability to explain complex concepts without getting caught up in technical lingo. He works through the material in a way that is easy to digest. If you are planning on taking Jack’s class, I recommend him highly. When you leave, you will have a complete set of tools and techniques that will guide you through even the most complicated cases.”
S.S., Transpersonal Hypnotherapist

“I’m learning more about my trances and more about staying present than I ever imagined I would from a course about hypnosis. This stuff blows my mind. You were right when you said that this course has a transformative power. This is what I was looking for.”
J.S., Student of Finding True Magic Distance Learning Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis Training

“Listening to the audios [since taking the live Finding True Magic hypnosis training] has been wonderful. Everything makes so much more sense now, and it seems so much more connected and simple—not the struggle I once imagined. Now I’m going to start listening to them all again! There are so many things I really want to incorporate into my way of thinking, my way of being. It’s like being in class again—crying, laughing, working through “stuff.” I even had a series of dreams where you invited Milton Erickson to be a guest speaker! I would highly recommend that everyone taking your class buys the audios as well.”
C.D., CHT, Graduate of Finding True Magic Hypnotherapy/NLP and hypnosis training

“I received knowledge from the Finding True Magic book and understanding from listening to the audios. Thank you.”
Tim B., ND, Naturopathic Physician

“I recommend the audios without reservation to both graduates and new students of the [Finding True Magic course]. Listening to the audios has deepened my personal understanding of self as well as my knowledge of the techniques of hypnotherapy. The audios offer an ongoing opportunity to reevaluate ourselves to awaken to the richness and power of who we are, and to share that richness with others.”
Christine M., CHT, Graduate of Finding True Magic Hypnotherapy/NLP and hypnosis training

“I have worked my way through the [Finding True Magic Hypnotherapy/NLP and hypnosis training] audios yet again—that’s up to five times now for some of them—and I still find things that mean something more to me than on earlier passes. As my learning advances, concepts that were vague before become meaningful, so the audios still seem relevant. I would consider buying a new batch if you did another group of them! I’m definitely a fan of the spiritual approach. It is so much more powerful for people than mere clinical scripts. I have found it easy to work inside the person’s spiritual model [whatever it may be] and help the client ignite that appreciation for their living humanity and presence. People are stunned! It’s so incredible to be a part of it. Sometimes I get a lump in my throat because I see it is happening for them and I am so glad.”
Marie Rhodes, RN, Registered Nurse

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THE  BOOK: Testimonials

 

Finding True Magic . . . provides a great amount of practical information and creative guidance on the knowledge of mind/body derived from various disciplines of the Eastern and Western world. It is a great pleasure to have your book.”
Tulku Thondup, Tibetan Meditation Master, Author of Quiet Mind, Enlightened Living and The Healing Power of Mind

“A rare blend of sacred wisdom and practical tools to find your most loving and successful self.”
Dr. John Gray, Author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

 

Finding True Magic is a superb book . . . truly comprehensive and eclectic in its intelligent presentation of transpersonal work. It explores philosophy, metaphysics, Eastern wisdom and their relationships to hypnotherapeutic healing. If you do healing work, you must have this book. If you teach, you and your students must have this book!”
Marilyn Gordon, CHT, Author of Transformational Healing and Hypnotherapy and Extraordinary Healing

“East meets West in TRUE MAGIC. Finding True Magic is a remarkable textbook on Transpersonal Hypnotherapy. Recommended for deep study.”
Ormand McGill, PhD, “Dean of American Hypnotists,” Author of Hypnotism and Mysticism of India

“This uncommonly wise book raises the whole idea of therapy to new levels of application and consideration. Jack Elias knows and understands the realm of the Transpersonal. No mere “bag of tools” for the therapeutic technician, Finding True Magic is a palette for the therapeutic artist, and like all genuinely elegant things, it is simple to comprehend and yet full of real information and eminently practical direction.”
Alexander M. Docker, DCH, PhD
Dean of Academic Studies, American Pacific University, President, American Board of Hypnotherapy

“Jack Elias’ perspectives on hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic processing transformed my understanding of their usefulness in my personal life and in my clinical counseling practice.”
Robert A. Carlson, MDiv, MSW
Cofounder Seattle MEN & Seattle Men’s Wisdom Council

Finding True Magic is my staff’s bible! As for how I heard about you? You’re pretty well known here in the psychological community throughout Ireland!”
Paul Goldin, MD, Goldin Clinic, Dublin, IRELAND

“I have just completed the book and the entire hypnosis training and hypnotherapy certification course in Finding True Magic. I have found it one of the most, if not the most, inspirational and enlightened learning processes in my life to date.  As a hypnotherapist with a strong interest in the spiritual aspect of life and the combination of both, it was important that I find a course that could offer me in-depth learnings in spiritual philosophy coupled with sound common sense and practical application of psychotherapeutic practices. This I found with Jack Elias’s profound intelligence in the subjects of both Eastern and Western philosophy and hypnosis.

The book [Finding True Magic] is fascinating, inspiring, inspirational and informative from the Preface right up until the very end. Quite simply, it makes you stop and really think about how you live your life, how you process your thoughts, how you do whatever you do in everyday life. Not only do you learn as a hypnotherapist new approaches, and new perspectives, you fully take part in the process of spiritual enlightenment and development as you progress with the book and the course. It is impossible not to.

It explores the ego in great depth and Jack’s style, from the excellent certification course which accompanies this book, is entertaining, gripping, jaw-dropping and highly knowledgeable.
For the new hypnotherapist, there are some excellent scripts as guidelines which incorporate the transpersonal side of hypnosis, and for the experienced hypnotherapist, it is a chance to really enhance the transpersonal knowledge and improve your current practices by understanding more thoroughly the power of the egoic mind.

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous and a real life changer!! 10 out of 5!! For anyone reading this — go do the [Finding True Magic Transpersonal Hypnotherapy/NLP training] course. The book is brilliant but it is a fraction of what the rest of the course can really guide you to discover.”
Caroline Cousins, CHT, UK

Finding True Magic is a unique and thorough text. However, it is much more than a book of techniques. Jack Elias integrates hypnosis and NLP with spiritual perspectives and principles from Eastern thought, and forms an approach which transcends both, and can take you to the core of your identity: you can find your True Self, and the magic that this brings.

This book can be used for personal development and also by therapists and healers in their work with individuals and groups.

Anyone who works systematically through the book will find that any concerns over the ethics and morality of hypnosis or NLP vanish. As NLP practitioners, we especially value Jack’s transpersonal insights into making the healing process a deep and far reaching one. His processes not only lead to healing, but also growth; verdant and lush growth, far beyond our own limiting beliefs about ourselves. His work is challenging, without a doubt. Allow yourself to wonder just how many of your beliefs about yourself and the world are truly limiting your potential and you will be sure to get the most from this magical book.

We’ll use this book and Jack Elias’ Finding True Magic course to enrich our NLP practice with the high level of transpersonal skills we’re sure he will offer.”
Linda & George, NLP Practitioners, Gloucester, UK

“We found this a delightful book for several reasons. First, the text is very succinctly written, with almost an outline format in many sections to aid the reader’s comprehension. Secondly, the author blends a mixture of Eastern and Western philosophical perspectives that promote a growing realization that healing can be quicker, less expensive, and more personal than a more traditional medical system has projected. Thirdly, we also feel that reading Jack’s book makes us better prepared to work with a wider variety of clientele, which certainly will be to their and our benefit. In addition, a wide breadth of topics are covered here — lots of information requiring more than one reading, leading to the desire to discuss same with others in discussion groups if not attend a formal training program with Mr. Elias. Finding True Magic brings together many perspectives into a coherent and usable approach. It aims to find a person’s healing, not just fix one’s symptoms.”
—Steven Dykstra, Palmer, MA

“‘Finding True Magic’ has impressed me as the result of the experience and insight of a master of technique who besides very deep insight has great sensitivity and compassion and is an excellent teacher. It also has been, in my experience, astonishingly powerful practically (I mean in terms of applying to specific situations with surprising effect).

One of the situations had to do with pain that was so severe it had become seriously disruptive to my ability to apply ideas or techniques that had helped me immensely in the past – part of the problem was very deep fatigue from what had become a long lasting inability to sleep because of the nature and intensity of the pain which added to the pain itself seemed to overwhelm my concentration with static … attempting to induce a trance state in which to slip out of this entrapment has had remarkable, even astonishing, beneficial effect. [It is a treasure to once again be able to sleep deeply and with the joy of a baby, so to speak]. There have been other experiences where I feel Jack Elias’ book has been immensely helpful.

[I do not have anything that would be considered a practical background in hypnotherapy and while I have been able to deeply relax parts of my body in the past, I had not been able to do this under the circumstances I mention above until reading ‘True Magic’ nor do I think I would have been able to help another who was in pain relax so deeply as I feel this book helped me do on at least one occasion.]”
–Nohm, excerpt, Amazon reader review

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PRIVATE SESSIONS  with Jack Elias: TestimonialsJack Elias,CHT-demonstrates-transpersonal-hypnosis-hypnotherapy-nlp

“I would have paid $10,000 for what I got from you in just one 90-minute session!”—David R., Corporate Executive


“I can recommend Jack Elias as an excellent therapist. Jack’s work is not only efficient but full of heart. With his outstanding clarity, he has helped me correct fundamental flaws in my thinking process, resulting in an increase in overall energy and awareness. His effect on many patients I know has empowered them to change limiting beliefs that had handicapped them in their growth and expression.”
Daniel Lewis, D.C., Chiropractor

“I got immediate results with my eating disorder from my first session [with Jack Elias]. In later sessions, Jack reached issues from my childhood that no other therapy had been able to touch. He is clearly gifted, and the doors he opened for me will change my life forever, leading me to a new self.”
S.L, Mother, Householder

“PMS took up 1/3 of my life. It grew from cramps to [causing my husband to] threaten divorce if I didn’t do something. I’ve done everything! Doing hypnotherapy with Jack has not taken away PMS—I still have hormones that go up and down—but it has taken away the rage, so that I am now able to cope and function.”
—L.J., RN, Registered Nurse

“Jack Elias is an outstanding teacher and practitioner of “leading edge” therapies. He draws upon a wide range of therapeutic modalities including Ericksonian and Transpersonal Hypnotherapy and Neuro-linguistic Programming. I have seen him to be a very warm, compassionate and resourceful therapist and recommend him most highly.”
James Maynard, Founder, Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Institute

“I have learned more about Love in this course than in the rest of my life.”
—Carol W., Home Care Specialist

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