World Hypnotism Day: Pearlan's Interview

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Thursday, February 22, 2007


Hypnotized on Main Street
By Lydia Crafts/Staff Writer/Winchester Star/Winchester,MA
Thursday, February 22, 2007 - Updated: 11:03 AM EST

Driving along Main Street, shops selling mass-produced coffee, automobile oil-lube joints and ubiquitous stoplights can overshadow the little red house on the edge of the road. But once inside The Self Center, it’s the world outside the windows that falls into the background.

To merely walk inside The Self Center is almost enough to alter your state of mind. Low hanging horsehair ceilings, scented candles, ivory walls, curtains and carpets and exotic rocks from tropical locales create an environment that is both homey and imbued with possibility.

“It’s the energy in this place that does it,” said Pearlan Feeney-Grater, the owner of the Self Center, as she moves through the rooms pointing to where the kitchen table and master bedroom would have lain during the 1860s. She knows every nook in the 19th Century building, as it used to be her childhood home.

“My father always told me you have to have a business in here, Pearlan,” she said.

Practices that some regard with skepticism and apprehension, such as hypnotism, Reiki and handwriting analysis, are right at home inside The Self Center.

When some think of hypnosis, they imagine seemingly normal people being transformed, until before you know it they’re clucking like a chicken in front of a room full of strangers. The effect can seem odd and frightening, and perhaps that’s one of the reasons hypnotism is left largely unexplored.

But the reality is that hypnotism is for much more than entertainment purposes. Feeney-Grater said companies realized its benefits long ago and integrated hypnotic techniques into their commercials. There’s also trance-inducing music and hypnotic writing. “We are getting hypnotized all the time,” she said.

While sometimes used a manipulation tool, hypnotism can also be harnessed for your own purposes — to boost self-esteem, quit smoking, cure a phobia, perform better in a soccer match, release creative energy or to be better at simple, everyday tasks. This is what Feeney-Grater uses hypnotism for.

“We can make conscious decisions to stop smoking or not be stressed but the subconscious always wins over,” she said. “The subconscious is where persistent behaviors reside and through hypnotism we can redirect the course.”

Hypnosis takes place on the second floor, up The Self Center’s tall, narrow steps to a room in the back of a house with a slanted ceiling and floor. The space is small and the setup is simple; a table and chair and warmth emanating from a few candles on the walls.

Feeney-Grater has no one way to lure her subjects into a trance-like state. Through just the rhythm and use of her words and tone of voice, she can help people to retreat into their subconscious mind.

Sometimes she decides the technique to use by first decoding her patient’s personality through handwriting analysis. She said there are 300 characters in handwriting that reveals a person’s intelligence, intuition and creativity, the type of partner he or she needs, among other things. “Handwriting is a neuro-muscular response,” said Feeney-Grater. “It’s brain-writing.”

She also has subjects fill out a questionnaire asking them for their favorite colors, their goals, areas that need improvement in their lives. Once the hypnotic state has been achieved, Feeney-Grater makes suggestions that help her patients imagine their world differently and ultimately achieve their goals.

“I often quote psychologist Emile Coue who said a person’s free will always yield to the imagination,” said Feeney-Grater. “The imagination resides in the subconscious and with certain techniques we can quiet it. What you think is your reality.”

Feeney-Grater began her career as a speech and language pathologist. Needing to learn more about the mind, she was browsing the “holistic” section of the bookstore when a book on handwriting analysis dropped to the floor. It was a sign, she thought, and she later found out that an ancestor of hers had worked as a handwriting analyst years ago.

Then about 10 years ago, she signed up for a course on neuro-linguistics, which actually turned out to be a course on hypnotism. Feeney-Grater soon fell in love with it. “It was very serendipitous,” she said.

Now she said all the pieces of her life have coalesced into her business on Main Street. “It is my way of life to be and do and have whatever you want,” said Feeney-Grater. “To just be who you are and to value how powerful your mind is and use it respectfully and wisely — that’s what I do for myself and aspire for my clients.”

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

What's THE SECRET amongst friends?

Pearlan asks "What was I thinking?"

For those of you who know me, every August, I attend the National Guild of Hypnotists Convention. My gift to me! Imagine being in a major hotel for days or weeks with hypnotists, NLP'ers and the like! WHEW! Take a breath! Ongoing positive energy beyond what you have ever experienced.

So back to "What was I thinking?"

Last spring, I set a goal to learn from the masterminds about hypnotic marketing. I thought about it morning, noon and night and even imagined the best of the best in my presence. So, when the convention packet arrived in the spring, I was not a bit surprised to learn that the course of my dreams was being offered by a mastermind. Yes. That's right! The exact course I had dreamt about, thought about, visualized and no doubt knew would be available to me ... WAS. Here's the clincher, the course was offered by none other than Dr. Joe Vitale. Now if this name is of no meaning to you ... Think again (or be joining me soon ... more on that later ...) Did you see OPRAH recently as she revealed "The Secret"? If you did, you may have seen excerpts from the movie. Featured in this movie were the star teachers of The Secret including, Dr. Joe Vitale, Mike Dooley, Jack Campbell, Bill Harris, Bob Proctor, Bob Doyle, John Gray, Marie Diamond, Dr. John F. DeMartini, David Schirmer, John Assaraf and more .... Not to forget the mastermind Rhonda Byrne-Producer.

So back to “What was I thinking?"

Last spring what I relentlessly thought about ...came about in August. "What was I thinking?"... Was exactly what I attracted. I attracted the masterminds I was seeking. Even more, the days to follow were filled with “close encounters” of the best kind.

So, “What was I thinking?” Indeed!

Could it be that all along, that my thoughts were in line with The Law of Attraction as portrayed in The Secret? WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT ... COMES ABOUT. How fortunate can one be? As fortunate as you want to be!

So , “What was I thinking?”

I was thinking, it is time for me to share "like thoughts" with those of you who are ready. First, you are cordially invited to see The Secret, compliments of The Self Center.

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2007
Place: The Self Center
805 Main Street, Winchester, MA
Show time: 6:00-8:00
Hors d'oeuvres will be served during this viewing.

Now ... in doing this, you will secure your attendance at The Self Center for 3 classes on The Law of Attraction - Thursdays, March 29, April 5, April 12, Time: 6:00-8:00, Fee: $81.00

In this 3 week course you will:

.Understand and apply the principles of The Secret to your life
.Learn about The Law of Attraction and the power of your thoughts
.Set your Intention for what you want to be, do or have
.Create your own "Attraction cards"
.Learn to use your mind like the masterminds
.Learn of the role of the subconscious mind: Watch your thinking
.Experience a group meditation session for that which you are attracting
.Experience a group hypnosis session to attract exactly what you intend

A last thought ... As the masterminds say: Human Beings are like magnets ... Whatever thoughts you focus on for better or worse is what you will pull into yourself. A penny for your thoughts ... Make them positive ones. Learn how ... Join us. Please respond ASAP … this course will fill quickly. Deadline: Registration and fee due by March 15, 2007. Call or email Pearlan at 781-721-7299