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Hypnotic Stories with James Hazlerig
30 minutes | Jan 14, 2018
HS 2.5 That Was Easy!
James gives the backstory on the background music, relates a popular parable about being in hot water, and tells of the role an Easy Button played in his brother's near-death and recovery.
39 minutes | Sep 30, 2017
HS 2.4 Cut from Whole Cloth
In this interview, your host James Hazlerig talks with Guest Storyteller Mercedes Herman about how she collects and crafts stories for change. Responding to a challenge, Mercedes creates a metaphorical story for James on the spot.
18 minutes | Sep 23, 2017
HS 2.3: Life is a Yoga Class
When a client is struggling with life's difficulties and asking "Why me? Why now?" Master Storyteller James Hazlerig steps in with a set of custom reframes. This "story" gives a good example of stacked metaphors, proving that plot is not always necessary in changework stories.
41 minutes | Sep 16, 2017
HS 2.2 Smoking Freedom
Smoking cessation is one of the bread-and-butter niches for hypnotic practitioners everywhere. In this episode, Master Storyteller James Hazlerig explores some of the metaphors and stories he's used to help his clients free themselves from tobacco.
19 minutes | Sep 10, 2017
HS 2.1 Funhouse Mirrors
Someone wise once said, "If you do not find what you seek within, you will never find it without." This episode launches season two with a set of nested loop stories about self-identity and whether it's better to look within or without.
20 minutes | Sep 3, 2017
1.1 I Read and I Know Things
Storytellers are collectors--but are they collectors of lore, trivia, or useless knowledge? In this episode, I tell a nested loop story that reveals how Erickson impressed professors and farmers, how I used knowledge from Dungeons and Dragons to shine in biology lab, and why my family was visited by the Phantom Junkman.
45 minutes | Sep 2, 2017
1.7 Legos, Jesters, and the Great Wall of China
In this episode, James Hazlerig sits down with Scott Sandland to discuss hypnotic storytelling, along the way connecting hypnotists, court jesters, plastic bricks, the Great Wall of China, and how to not get killed for telling the truth.
33 minutes | Sep 2, 2017
1.6 What Ships Are For
"Ships are safe in the harbor, but that's not what ships are for." In this episode, James Hazlerig shares an actual recording he made for a client coping with a fear of success--or at least with many of the situations success would bring with it, including public speaking opportunities. This example shows how to combine storytelling and metaphor with more conventional hypnosis techniques, such as direct suggestion and future pacing. The client is a fan of The Secret and the Law of Attraction, so James utilizes that information to build the hypnotic work.
18 minutes | Sep 2, 2017
1.5 Why I Love Ziplines
As one of "The Flying Jameses," Master Storyteller Hazlerig is known for loving zip lines. In this episode, he reaches into the archives for a story about what zip lines mean to him and how he overcame his fear of heights.
30 minutes | Sep 2, 2017
1.4 I Guess You Didn't Know It, But I'm a Fiddle Player, Too
Fiddlin' Johnny may have bested the Devil when the latter went down to Georgia, but true artists co-opt their inner demons and make them sing back-up. In this episode, James Hazlerig tells a nested loop collection of stories about playing the fiddle, and indirectly what that means about being an artist and living life with passion. Also included are announcements about upcoming events.
21 minutes | Sep 2, 2017
1.3 Off to See the Wizard
When a fellow hypnotist wants to keep her perspective while hearing medical news, James draws on a familiar story and his own introduction to it. This story is an excerpt from James's class at the 2017 ACHE virtual conference, recorded live for the North Texas NGH Chapter.
19 minutes | Sep 2, 2017
1.2 More Flies with Honey
This week, I offer up two stories about win-win negotiation: One from Aesop, and one from Erickson, though I put the good doctor in a Biblical disguise. The stories were recorded during a class I taught called "How to Teach Anger Management in Recovery." It is a live recording, so I hope you'll overlook a few pops. Also, I answer a question from the mail bag: "How do I know when my story is being effective for change?"
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