10 Jun Erika Flint, Board Certified Hypnotist, Founder Cascade Hypnosis Center
Pete Moore: This is Pete Moore on HALO Talks NYC. I have the pleasure of welcoming from the Northern part of the state of Washington. My new doctor hypnotist, Erika Flint. Welcome to the show,
Erika Flint: Peter. So, so good to be here. Thank you so much for having me. I’m excited to tell you guys all about hypnosis and everything you want to know
Pete Moore: Feel hypnotized already. So why don’t you give us your background and we’ll go from there and then I’ll come out of my trance.
Erika Flint: Very good. Well, I got into hypnosis kind of out of a part of my life where I was really struggling and suffering. I come from software. So I was in Silicon Valley working for one of the largest organizations, computing organizations in the world. Great job, great benefits. You know, we were working on cool things, but ultimately I was just unsatisfied and I started reading books and I started doing things and, you know, there’s some destructive patterns along the way there too. We could talk about if you’d like, but I ended up in the emergency room and basically deciding if I wanted to live or not. I needed a new way to live. And so I, I eventually found hypnosis and it really saved my life. And now I turn around and I help other people learn to be hypnotist. And I helped them along the same path that I started along. And it’s been the most amazing experience I’ve been doing it for eight years.
Pete Moore: That’s amazing. What, what, what drew you to hypnosis or what were you considering, you know, was it acupuncture? Was it other solutions or,
Erika Flint: Yeah, I was really open. Yeah. I just knew that what I felt was I had followed a path that seems very common. You know, you get a job, you go to college, you get a job, you get married, you get the kids and the picket fence. And so I had kind of followed along that path because I was successful in my business and everything was working, but I had really denied the bigger part of me, which was what I’m calling the spiritual side of me, but we could call it, you know, diving into mountain climbing or, or running a race in whatever it is real. Right.
Erika Flint: And so when I had this kind of negative experience, I realized I can’t live my life according to somebody else. So I need that spirituality back. I need nature. I need God or source. I need music back in my life. I need all the things that really make me want to be alive. And so I did start searching for a lot of things. When I found it gnosis though it clicked because hypnosis is how we can reprogram our own operating system, our inner operating system. So as a software engineer and having all of this background in computing and pattern matching and modules and executions, when I realized that we could apply those same types of things to our brain and get different outcomes and behaviors and things that we want to do, I was just immediately fascinated.
Pete Moore: So when you think about the human brain technology, hasn’t gotten us there to fully appreciate how it works yet, but I mean, it’s gotta be software, right?
Erika Flint: Well, I think, you know, the, yeah, there’s, you know, there is definitely software running inside and we can call it limiting beliefs. We call it priming. We can call it, you know, and shifting that software, we can call it neuroplasticity. We can call it moments of insight. We can call it all sorts of different things. And most people have had these experiences before, but yeah, it’s how we change our brain. Hmm.
Pete Moore: When, you know, obviously the technology is advanced now where you could do cat scans. I was talking to someone the other day as an aside, but will make the point. They do this, these mind games escape rooms. And they, and it’s kind of like, instead of going bowling, or instead of going to top golf or see a movie, you go with your friends and you go in and you solve these puzzles and you get out. And I said to them, you know, it’d be really interesting if you could go to like the assisted living facilities or the 55 and over, because all those people want to continuously train their brains in order to keep working. And I was thinking, you know, you can probably do a commercial, whereas like, here’s like a older woman’s, you know, brain, while she’s watching television, here’s an older woman’s brain while she’s doing, you know, an escape puzzle or something. Is there the same type of science behind hypnosis now where you can actually scientifically see the difference of what happened before and after? I don’t
Erika Flint: Think the science is quite there yet. Most of it is, is labeled under neuroscience. So when I want to find cool stuff about hypnosis, I’ll go to scholar dot, google.com and search for neuroscience. Sir, I’m sorry. I will search for, for hypnosis there, but a lot of the cool stuff coming out really is related to how the brain operates. Like how does the brain keep track of time? Because one of the sensations that we experienced, one of the hypnotic phenomena is losing track of time. So what happens when, what happens in the brain? When we lose track of time, what happens in the brain when we’re not anticipating something? So everybody wants to be in the present moment and just notice everything around us and just be fully engaged. Right. but anticipation plays a role in that. And so if we’re not anticipating something, we theoretically become in the present moment.