Discovering the work
“I could learn to do that,” I thought. Or maybe it was, “Heather, you could learn to do that,” a message from spirit guides or my Higher Self.
“That” was that work of Alba Weinman, a hypnotherapist who posts some of her sessions on YouTube (with the client’s permission, of course). I’d been binge-watching, fascinated with the process, the information that comes forth, the release of old pain and trauma, the insight that clients get into their lives, and the outright healing that takes place: physical, emotional and spiritual. What’s more, the healing is done by the client’s own Higher Self, with Weinman serving as a guide and facilitator. Her gifts include knowledge, integrity, fearlessness, patience, gentleness, love. The process honours the client’s unique journey and empowers them in a life-changing way. It pierces the artificial and thinning veil between the human and the spirit worlds, calling the two sides to work together in a beneficial way to improve the lives of people living on this difficult plane of existence.
From Alba Weinman’s website, I learned that although she has studied hypnotherapy more extensively since, she started her hypnosis career doing QHHT®, the Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique℠ developed by Dolores Cannon. Over her decades of developing, practicing and teaching her method, Dolores Cannon wrote many books describing what she had learned about life on earth, reincarnation, the experience of death and life between lives, and where our beloved Gaia/Earth is heading, all based on what she learned in her work with thousands of clients.
Apprenticeship in Life
I was already awake to my “indwelling spirit” as a child, and engaged in internal inquiry that I now recognize as meditation.1 In my late teens, seeking further understanding about reality beyond the physical world, I learned to feel “the still, small voice within” which told me if a book I was reading rang of truth for me. Thus I discovered reincarnation and the evolution of the soul. Thanks to my mother, with whom I shared many of those books over the years, I learned to communicate with my spirit guides in my early 20s.
I did a lot of Re-evaluation Counselling (Co-Counselling) in my 20s, for years meeting weekly with partners for an hour as counsellor and an hour as client. We worked to clear stuck emotional patterns from our childhoods. Although it lacked the spiritual component found in the work I do now, we were using a self-hypnotic trance state, using stuck emotions to create a bridge to their source in the past, and cathartically release them. It was often tedious, but it worked. In both roles, as counsellor and client, I learned much which continues to serve me daily. It gave me much insight into how people tick. I even used it on myself to access past lives.
In the decades since, I’ve practiced yoga and meditation, lived alone in the woods, explored natural childbirth, palliative care and channelling, kept a garden every chance I had, learned about permaculture, worked and travelled in many countries, made lots of jewellery and built many websites, dabbled as an amateur in herbal medicine and massage, run small businesses, played in bands, and written a Masters thesis on Alternative Community. I have also accompanied my parents and most recently my sister, in their last days, led family and friends through mourning them, and raised a child.
However, there was one experience that demanded the most of me as a human and spiritual being: every bit of love, knowledge, strength, patience, courage and resourcefulness I could muster. It was helping my husband withdraw and recover from 14 years of overprescribed and totally unnecessary benzodiazepines and anti-depressants.
The rewards have been great, as the man I fell in love with has returned to himself and to me. In turn, I have discovered who I am. Now we are moving forward together on our spiritual journey, side by side.
It was my initiation into a vocation of working deeply with others to help them connect with their own inner wisdom, growth and healing.
If you feel called to do so, come and play in this field of consciousness with me!
1. Particularly the Advaita Vedanta direct path method of spiritual self enquiry expounded by Rupert Spira