Judith Richards is a hypnotherapist and has an incredible story of her own. She not only practices hypnotherapy, she teaches others how to as well. She is passionate about sharing her mission to help others all over the world. She lives in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.
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Hi, my name’s Camille and I’m tired. I’ve been tired for a while. For almost exactly half of my life I’ve had an autoimmune condition that has had its role into shaping me into the young woman I am today – not of all it bad experiences. Yes, autoimmune conditions are characterised by physical pain but the lessons going through all of this have been invaluable. I’ve learnt compassion, empathy, determination and taking every moment in life and savouring it. The simple things from brushing your hair in the morning to being able to play the piano were all things I had taken for granted and having these ‘challenges’ forced me take a step back and really look at how much happiness can be found in those small moments that seem to pass us by so quickly.
I have come so far from the little girl who didn’t know what was happening to her. I was 12 when it all started. A hard time to go through such major changes at a time of life when just being the age 12 is a transition in itself – not a girl, not yet a woman. Are you humming Britney Spears like I am now? this is probably a fair indication of what generation I’m from. I turn 24 this year, and while I’m thankful for this experience, I know in my heart it’s time to move on to the next chapter of my life.
I’ve always been a pretty positive person on the surface, by ‘pretty positive’ meaning trying very hard to stay positive but feeling very out of control with my life because of health issues. It’s hard to ‘think of positive things’ when you’re not exactly conscious – partial seizures being a part of the symptoms of my autoimmune condition. However, I’m beginning to learn that the conscious part of our minds is only part of the belief systems we hold, but I’ll let Judith tell you more about that.
This is the story of how I met Judith Richards and maybe it will become yours too. Judith is a wonderful woman with a huge heart. I’d never really thought about hypnotherapy before. I’d heard bits and pieces about it but never had the inclination to explore it further. Then by a chance meeting, I met a beautiful couple who told me about Judith and their experiences with her unique set of skills. I admit, I was curious. I was at a point my life where trying something new was what I needed to do for myself.
As Einstein once said, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different outcome”. It was time to try something new. How could I expect change if I was doing the same thing over and over again?
The mind is a powerful thing, and whether you think you’re the smartest person around because you’re studying science or you’re just a writer like me with a capacity to memorise large chunks of information in a short period of time – this can be said as true, neither you or I, nor any ‘experts’ have all the knowledge of how the brain works or have harnessed it’s full potential.
I originally thought to hypnotise someone was like those stage shows where they called up the people, whom they recognized as the most susceptible to mentalist techniques, to perform weird and strange things like clucking like a chicken! Everyone has their assumptions when they hear about hypnotherapy. From it’s something fantastical and eerie to more negative assumptions like it’s all complete lunacy. It’s neither. Here’s my advice. Stop over-thinking and assuming for a second.
I’m not going to tell you what happened during my session with Judith because I know that everyone’s experience is going to be different. Like I told my husband, I want others to experience it the first time without my ideas swirling into theirs and helping to form their opinions or judgements on it. I encourage others to try as I do believe it’s pretty much changed my way of thinking but I’m not going to tell you how because I’m not entirely sure how either.
All I know is this. Yes, I still have an autoimmune condition. It’s not like some miraculous thing that will change all these issues I’ve had for more than a decade in an hour or two, and I didn’t expect it to. But – I will tell you this. I have changed and I continue changing. I can’t pinpoint what or where but I feel it. My husband notices it. My family notices it. There’s so much happiness, a feeling of liberation and of coming home when you truly “know” oneself.
Judith provides the means of how to get there. She’s a teacher and a guide. I’m not going to overhype what I look back on as life-changing. There are simply no words. It’s therapy as the name suggests. All I can say is, hypnotherapy is something you might want to look into if you have open mind and heart. As quoted on Judith’s website, Seneca said: “It is part of the cure to wish to be cured.”