A ghost from the past. Posted on 26 Jan 15:15 , 0 comments
A few weeks ago
I had a Facebook request to connect with a person I last met some 47+ years ago. I was delighted to hear from her. Her parents were good friends of our parents and we all got on really well. I remember those days fondly. I remember hearing our parent laughing in the other room as we were playing some board game, or listing to the replay of the pop top 20, yes that is how life was back in the day.
Anyway, this reconnected friend reminded me of how we used to tell ghost stories, and stories of the unexplained, we of course tried to scare each other, dimming the lights and using torches or flashlights for my American friends, to help create a suitable atmosphere.
My friend reminded me how one particular story told by that young Mahoney, had made an impression on her, even to this day. I am not sure she remembers the story, but she certainly remembers the feelings the story created with her. I think Alfred Hitchcock would have been proud of me!
And that got me to thinking,
how powerful words are. How they can create emotion and feelings and memories which even after decades leave an impression.
Of course having been in professional hypnotherapy practice for more than 30 years, I am fully aware of the power of words. They can change behaviour, actions, and even the way the body functions. They can make us brave, or melt us to mush. They can inspire us or bring us down.
The power of words can of rouse crowds and governments to justify war, and they are used to bring peace. Words can change lives, save lives and bring romance to create life.
In all the years I have worked with people in my practice and all the self-help audio programs I have created, I have never lost sight of the importance of words, and the help, love and health they can bring to people who need encouragement to move on, determination to be resourceful and structure and guidance which we all need as we go through new learning in life.
So my friend from all those years ago, thank you for mentioning your memory of me, and I’m pleased to know, if you remember me for anything, it will be for my ability to use words to entertain, but I hope now we have reconnected you will see from my years of work that my early years of telling stories with you, have led me to be able to help hundreds of thousands of people, reclaim their health, lives and relationships, and for that, I thank you!