This weekend, artists, healers, and teachers will be heading to the BUST School for Creative Living at the BUST Holiday Craftacular in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to lead workshops and lectures and teach you the basics of everything from reiki to rolling joints. One of these experts will be Shauna Cummins, a hypnotherapist who can help you learn how to manifest your own dreams through hypnosis, and through music. We chatted with Shauna about her inspirations, her goals, and—of course—what she’ll be doing December 8 and 9 at the Brooklyn Expo Center. Check it out!
Tell us a bit about what you do.
I'm a Hypnosis Artist, and have held a private hypnotherapy practice in New York City since 2012. I specialize in teaching people how to use self-hypnosis to increase confidence, creativity, and courage. I like to call hypnosis “the medicine of the imagination” and although it's not at all like it's portrayed in the movies, it still is pretty magical, and the best part of it is it's a natural ability and a practice that is available to everyone. As an artist, I've been fortunate to travel internationally, creating immersive hypnosis inspired sound experiences and performances. In January, I'll be performing with Danish artist Joachim Koester at The National Gallery of Denmark, interpreting altered states and ritual experiences through the performance of a hypnotic trance.
What inspired you to start a career in hypnosis?
I was feeling very burnt out by my life in the city and was in a process of transformation and healing. Hypnosis helped me almost immediately, and it became one of those before and after moments: my life before hypnosis and my life after. It resonated and helped me turn the voice in my head into a collaborator as opposed to a nemesis (for the most part) and that changed everything for me. At that point I dedicated myself to learning as much as I could about it, and became a hypnotist in the process.
What inspires your creative process?
My clients are the biggest inspiration to me – witnessing how much they grow and change and dedicate themselves inspires me to push my creative boundaries and potential.
What advice do you have for people who are pursuing a career in your field?
Look for a good mentor and follow your heart.
Tell us about what you’ll be doing at Craftacular.
On both Saturday and Sunday, I'll be leading a Hypnosis Sound Journey with the very talented musician and reiki practitioner Erika Spring. I'll also be teaching a lecture and workshop on The Divine Feminine School of Hypnosis and a Wishcraft workshop, teaching self-hypnosis for manifestation.
What else should our readers know about you and your business?
I just opened the Divine Feminine School of Hypnosis, which offers a comprehensive certification course in Hypnosis, education on the art and science of Hypnosis from its origins as an ancient matriarchal healing art, and the intersection of Hypnosis with modern neuroscience. The next course will begin in the Spring – if you're interested in learning more about hypnosis, reach out!
Learn more about Shauna’s work at shaunacummins.com.
Join us at the BUST Craftacular and the School For Creative Living 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 at Brooklyn Expo center. Admission is free; learn more and purchase class tickets here.
Top photo via Shauna's website
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