Hello again! I just got back from a wonderful visit to Singapore where I went to visit and conduct some hypnosis training. I always love going to Singapore. The country is so beautiful, the people are so kind, and the food is simply wonderful.
I suppose the things that I enjoy most though are all the new friends that I make when I conduct each course, and visiting with my old friends that I made during my previous visits.
One of my most delightful friends in Singapore is Sister Geraldine! She has gone through our NGH Approved Hypnotherapy Course two times, and is a great advocate of the use of hypnosis. She is also certified as a 7th Path Self-Hypnosis® Teacher. "Sister Gerry" as we call her, is very busy in her ministry, but managed to receive permission to also do some 5-PATH® hypnotherapy out of our office in Singapore. We are very happy to have her.
With her very busy schedule it was not easy for her to find time to do this interview with me, so I am grateful that we were able to do it, and to get some really nice socializing time in as well. With that introduction let's get started.
Cal Banyan: Sister Gerry thanks so much for doing this little interview on such short notice! I know that you are so busy. Why don't we start off by having you tell the readers about yourself and the kind of work that is currently involved in your ministry?
Sister Gerry: Hi Cal, it is very nice to have the time to do it and spend some time with you. Let me say then, I am Geraldine Lim, a religious sister. Currently, I am involved in the Prison ministry and the families of the inmates.
Cal: I think that the work you are doing is so wonderful, and I had a great time when I visited the convent a while back. And, I look forward to see the new place where you are working now. Tell us a little bit about how you became interested in hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
Sister Gerry: I was introduced to hypnotherapy by a friend who was a psychologist sometime in 2002 when I was the principal of a Special School. He is a graduate of your course Cal, and gave very good feedback. What interested me was his remark that I could use the skill effectively to help the children in school and also experience a change within myself.
Cal: Oh, that is really nice. I'm certainly glad that your friend mentioned the class. I know that you and some of the other Sisters have used some of what you learned in class to help students at the school. That is just so fulfilling for me when I hear things like that. And, I know that you told me in the past that you felt like you got a great deal out of the course personally, especially because of 7th Path™. I really feel honored to have been able to teach 7th Path™ to you and another Sister working at the school, as well as one or two others who work there.
Since then you have really studied 5-PATH® and you are using it with clients at our Center here in Singapore. What is it that you like about doing hypnosis the 5-PATH® way?
Sister Gerry: 5-PATH® is done in a very systematic and wholesome way. What I value most in 5-PATH® is the process of FORGIVENESS; as it is said: To Err is human and to forgive is Divine.
Cal: Yes, I've heard that you are really utilizing that part of the process, and really enjoying the results that you are getting. It really is about getting results that serve the clients we work with in the best possible way! Tell me what it is you like most about 7th Path Self-Hypnosis®?
Sister Gerry: 7th Path Self-Hypnosis continuously reminds me of the love of God and my mission to love and serve. And Cal, as you know, I do my practice with Linda Damara at the Center once a week. I just enjoy being there giving myself fully to help people.
Cal: That is so wonderful. What would like the readers to know about the process and what you are doing?
Sister Gerry: I think that it is so important to be able to integrate spirituality with hypnosis. When we get into the pain of a person's life in the Age-regression, we definitely need God to heal the pain and beg for the graces to forgive self and others. 5-PATH® and 7th Path™ help me to do that.
Cal: What kind of challenges do you come across?
Sister Gerry: Oh, that is a very good question. I find it challenging! I feel that I need to be sure that the client is deep in hypnosis when I do the work. Sometimes clients will want to emerge themselves and avoid doing the work of age regression hypnosis, which is also such and important part of the 5-PATH® Process.
Cal: You bet. I know just what you mean. But I hear from Linda that you are very good at it! And, you clients keep coming back until the work is done. It really is all about having a process that provides the kind of success our clients need to get their lives back on track and lead happier and more fulfilling lives.
What kind of tips would you give those who are new to hypnotherapy or have just been certified as 5-PATH® Hypnotherapists?
Sister Gerry: Hypnotherapists should follow the procedures and process (5-PATH®) closely! And, I advise those thinking of going to see a hypnotherapist to pray to be guided to the right one.
Oh, and when you are starting, remember that practice make perfect! You have to begin doing the work!
Cal: Of course I would agree with all of that! You are such a great advocate for the system. What are your plans for the future with regard to doing hypnotherapy?
Sister Gerry: Although I wish to continue another year at the Center with Linda, but my plans will be subjected to my Superior's need.
Cal: I know that our time to do this interview is limited and you have so many responsibilities. How would like to wrap this up?
Sister Gerry: I want to tell those reading the article that Cal Banyan will willingly and unselfishly share with you anything that he knows if you ask.
Cal: Yes! That is definitely true. You have heard me say it before, and I'll say it again, our success comes from your success. The only way that I can succeed is to help those I work with and teach to succeed.
Thanks so much Sister Gerry for taking the time to answer these questions and share your insights. It has been fun and interesting. I am looking forward to seeing you next year when I come to Singapore again. And, as always, I'm here for you if you need any help.
That is it for now. I hope everyone reading this interview will check back and read more from our grads who share their insights and tips about doing hypnotherapy successfully. Bye for now!