“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”
― Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
This is the quote that I open up with in this video. This is a subject close to my heart and so I wanted to record a clip about it.
In this video, I explain why hypnotherapists in particular need to adopt a beginner’s mind. When we refer to a “beginner’s mind” it refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, you become just as a beginner in that subject would. When you allow yourself to be a true beginner, your mind is empty and open. This is incredibly important if you wish to learn more in the hypnotherapy field – when people are so invested in what they have already learned, when they are so loyal to the way they already do things, when they are so entrenched in existing dogma – that all needs to be left at the door in order to truly learn new things.
With a beginner’s mind you’re willing to learn and consider all pieces of information, like a child discovering something for the first time. As you develop knowledge and expertise, however, your mind naturally becomes more closed. You tend to think, “I already know how to do this” and you become less open to new information. My experience has been that the field of hypnotherapy is particularly filled with experts unwilling to open their mind to alternatives or that they have anything more to learn. Many a hypnotherapist equipped with a diploma, believes that diploma has taught them the Gospel of what hypnotherapy is and how to best use it with hypnotherapy clients. Watch the video and I’ll explain in full….
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