Most people recognize that issues they cannot readily resolve by themselves can go back to childhood, but please know that you do not have to re-live something in order to heal it. And surprisingly often our challenges are anchored to beliefs and energy we brought with us from previous lifetimes. In shamanic work, I see this; with hypnosis, you see it for yourself. It seems to be more powerful when a person experiences this kind of information first-hand, to more deeply understand how it has played out in their life today. Either way, you can learn from it and put it permanently to rest.
A woman whose son had died came in for abject grief. I found that she had many babies in her energy field, likely children she'd lost in past lives. They had been inactive until the grief in this lifetime triggered the grief from theirs to become energized again, so now she had a mountain of heartache to overcome. I safely released them all back to spirit, so she could start healing. Within a few days she felt a difference that lasted and people around her even noticed the change. This shows how energetic imprints can be unfelt, just sitting there like unused icons on your desktop, until something sparks them.
I'm not even sure if I was hypnotized, but afterward I felt peaceful and light. My compulsive behavior was definitely better after just one session. That's something I've struggled with for years, so it was nice to finally get some relief. After three sessions, I feel it's to where I can think about it, but it doesn't overwhelm and manage me anymore - in fact, I can use that energy to my advantage, on my own terms. I've been able to turn what felt like an enemy into an ally. This may sound corny, but it's actually liberating!
With hypnosis, we are able to clearly see how to better manage the beliefs that run our thoughts and feelings.
A woman was in a professional group that disparaged her, even though they copied her work. I saw that she had been beheaded in the early 1600s as a member of the French court for reasons based on jealousy and lies, by some of the same people who were in this group today. Both then and now she knew she did not belong with them but hesitated to leave. I told her she would soon be forced out altogether, only this time not at the cost of her life, just her professional pride. Until she became willing to act more strongly on her own behalf and stand up for her values, she would continue to face this kind of situation.
Steve N. had loved acting and was convinced he could make it professionally in L.A. While it takes many people years to find their breakthrough, this did not happen for him, and it may have been the reason for his depression and subsequent suicide. I did find him stuck at a lower level, very shut down emotionally, covered with a mossy growth. He seemed surprised to be waking up, as if he was unaware of his surroundings and had simply been asleep. You may recall I always ask a person if they wish to leave where they are in order to rejoin people who care about them and most likely have been waiting for them. Once awake, Steve was quite willing to be reunited with friends and family.
Cindy C. had attempted suicide but not succeeded, instead being confined to a wheelchair with severe physical impairment for her remaining years, suffering even more deeply from the helpless circumstances she found herself in thereafter. I did not find her right away but had a sense that she was hiding and asked shamanic archetypes to help me locate her so that she would have the opportunity to more intentionally decide to leave or stay. When I did find Cindy, she said she realized that by hiding she was missing her chance and decided to not miss it after all. Having made that decision, she became happy, almost elated, and was optimistic perhaps for the first time in a long time.
A woman's family carried the energetic stigma of shunning for 7 or 8 generations. It was an enduring family identity from the late 1700s imprinted in her energetic body, which she inherited because no one before her had healed it. Back then they knew why they were looked down on in their community and understood it was actually an act of integrity that set them apart, yet without healing it remained. And here she was today feeling "less than" without even knowing why. I was able to extract it for good. Healing goes not only forward but also backward in time - how many ancestors are thanking her now? Really, to think you can help your whole bloodline - how cool is that!
A man wanted to deal with remorse that he'd carried for decades. Did you know that men can carry sorrow about abortions, too? Just as deeply, just as sincerely as women. Regret manifests problems in ways we would never expect because subconscious thinking is so pervasive. People who are ready to move through a past decision that is still holding them back say it's life-changing to have that burden lifted, realize they are able to see deeper lessons it has taught them, and become wiser from the experience for their greater growth and glory.
A woman came in to better understand why she wouldn't marry her fiancé. She saw many scenarios of past lives where they'd been together, always with a deep sadness that prevented him from fully engaging in life - and she saw the very first event that caused it. From understanding what was behind his rigid ideas, she no longer resented his stubbornness about the things that they disagreed on. For her, the bigger question than marriage became whether he would be willing to break out of his shell or live yet another lifetime in anxiety.
At my first session, my anxiety totally, virtually disappeared; it just went out the window. I was actually able to sleep through the whole night for the first time in a long time. Maybe by the second or third session, my heart opened; I could feel a change – I felt different than ever before, in the most loving and peaceful way. And I wake up every day that way, with my heart open, accepting everything. I let things go easier and life got easier. I began to feel more clear about myself, who I am, how I live my life, about what my path is supposed to be, and I have more confidence that no matter what happens, I’m going to be OK. Problems that occur now are not stumbling blocks; they’re more like opportunities. I don’t think, in fact I know, that I wouldn’t be where I’m at today without doing this work with Joanne. It’s been an incredible help to me.
A woman had a dream that she couldn't get off her mind - that she was driving and her car broke down out in the country so she left it in an abandoned garage knowing it would be safe. Although it made no sense logically, she also had brought a second car there with her. Then later she went back to get the first car. With light hypnosis, she was able to see the connections - that she had distanced herself from a friend (put the car in a garage), because the relationship wasn't going anywhere (in the middle of nowhere), and had another friend she could rely on (the second car), but that now was a good time to pick back up on the relationship (get the first car back). The "safe" aspect of the abandoned garage had meant that the friendship would be OK in the meantime.
Something has changed in me since I experienced a series of appointments with Joanne. Wow! I'm new now, I’m unstuck. I feel good all the way to the cellular level. I'm at ease, I'm open and eager, I've let go of old worn out, no longer useful, actually non-beneficial beliefs about myself and how I looked at life. I own my voice and speak up, and you know what? Kindness and compassion now dwell in my vocal cords, so that is what comes forth. I like very much the difference in me. Each phase builds forward toward the next step. Joanne is very approachable, listens so keenly and responds thoughtfully. She is a shaman alright, but looks ordinary, like you or me. I will continue to see her about every three months for further personal growth. I feel happy and healthy now, wearing a smile both in my heart and on my face!
A step-mother amid the challenges of helping raise a teenager saw herself in early Greece as her step-son’s older brother. She (he, at that time) felt the common frustration that older brothers often feel about pesky younger brothers. But when the younger boy died at an early age, s/he felt guilty not to have been more caring - especially because he'd been disabled. She now had the opportunity, as his step-mother, to resolve that regret.
A life-long nail biter wondered why he couldn't stop his habit. He saw himself betrayed in the Middle Ages, thrown unjustly into prison, and left to die. Knowing he was innocent and distraught that his family wouldn't know what happened to him, he desperately attempted to stay alive with only his nails and calloused skin to eat. Seeing this, he decided it didn't really matter if he bit his nails or not and let go of the concern.
A woman had given a man she barely knew a large sum of money to pursue his dream. Questioning if she had been foolish, she saw that he had once been her son and sacrificed himself by leading an army to defend her honor, both of them knowing with full certainty that this would save her life but he would die in the battle. The monetary gift in this life now allowed him to have the future she felt she had denied him in the past.