The President Speaks

“The National Guild of Hypnotists provides an open forum for a free exchange of ideas concerning hypnotism.”

As I just sat down to write my column I had a brief spontaneous regression, which went back to my start with this publication. While attending Emerson College in Boston, I decided to pursue my show business interests by quitting college to work full time at the Hypnotism Center. I still feel grateful to Dr. Rexford L. North (The Amazing Stone-Deaf Hypnotist – ISBN #1-885846-09-6). I had studied hypnotism several years before taking his course in Boston, but I learned so much more by working as his assistant. When we launched the Journal of Hypnotism in May of 1951, My official title was Associate Editor
and when I left in 1952 for service during the Korean Campaign my designation became Roving Reporter.

Following my service I was fortunate to have the assistance of the GI Bill and enrolled in Palmer College to pursue my Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Thanks to my experience, I organized local hypnotism classes and performed in the area as a stage hypnotist.

During my years in the Quad-Cities, The NGH organization and publications suddenly ceased operations with the unexplained disappearance of Dr. North. This was before e-mail, Facebook, Internet, etc., and, since Dr. North couldn’t hear, we couldn’t communicate by phone!

Members either lost interest or joined other groups until a small group of us who had maintained contact decided to reorganize. We launched the new Journal of Hypnotism in March of 1986 and I started my editorial stint. This column is my 129th editorial, and I have always attempted to provide a positive
message for our members. I truly feel that the work we do as consulting hypnotists should always be of a positive nature.

We help ordinary, everyday people with ordinary, everyday problems using hypnotic methods.

So, here is a question for you—
How much more positive could we be in our professional activities?
I feel that we have worked hard to create a profession (def: any type of work that needs special training or a particular skill, often one that is respected because it involves a high level of education). We certainly meet that criteria and most other definitions of a “profession.”

Do I think our oldest and largest annual convention fits the bill in providing a higher level of education than most? I don’t just think so, I know so!

Do I think our continuing education seminars provide a higher education than most? I don’t just think so, I know so!

And, do I think that all our hard work to build a “separate and distinct profession” has been worth it?

I don’t just think so, I know so!

Do I think we have gathered an international group of dedicated professionals in the field of hypnotism … a group who will stay positive and dedicated for the next 66 years and more? I don’t just think so, I know so!

Dr.Dwight Damon