Lance Baker - Hypnosis in Australia
Branches of Healing is my way of giving back. I came to be a healer by accident after a painfully long personal healing process. For as long as I can remember, I would get really painful migraines every couple of months or so. I not knowing better, thought that this was just what people called a ‘headache’ so I would take some aspirin, deal with the pain and got on with it.
In 2001 things started to get worse; I started getting vertigo, my left ear felt constantly like it needed to pop and the migraines became more frequent. Many doctor visits later where I was being told “There is nothing wrong”, took me to 2005, when I was sent to get an MRI scan of my ear and head. The ear doctor that referred for it said (while pointing at the scans) “I don’t know what this is, but that is definitely not meant to be there”. He was pointing to a large dark oval taking up close to 1/4 of the space where my brain should have been, and the rest of the brain was being squished into the lesser space it now had available. It turns out that I had a rather large arachnoid cyst on my brain, and I was referred to some neurosurgeons. My neurosurgeon had promised me that he could fix all my problems easily and I’d be back to normal in a couple of months after surgery. So I trusted him and followed through with it and had the brain surgery on August 5th 2005; it turns out that this was a bad idea and the operation was somehow botched.
The moment I awoke from the surgery, I had a migraine… and it never left for close to ten years! This migraine was sometimes not all that painful, but would fluctuate to intense levels of pain I’d never felt before, or would wish upon anyone. There was not a second of relief in that whole time, no matter what or how many drugs I took to combat it. I went to specialist after specialist trying to find an answer and tried everything modern medicine had to offer of a way of either healing me or giving me relief.
I had been told about Reiki from a friend and thought maybe I could give that a try one day. So I booked a session expecting nothing, and presuming I was throwing away my money but held a tiny sliver of hope that it would give me some relief. I’d tried everything else, why not see if these hippies are on to something.
The next week I found myself laying there on the massage table with my eyes closed while this nice lady was doing God knows what, I couldn’t see, maybe she was reading a book for all I knew. My mind wandered thinking of all the better things I could be doing with my time and money… until.. I felt something move within my head! I could always feel exactly where the cyst was in my skull, and I felt it move! “WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE!” I screamed inside my mind, Not at all expecting this reaction. The next day I felt better than I had in years! I was so excited, could this possibly work? The next few weeks I went back weekly and felt better and better.
The next few weeks I found a massive change within myself, and I have remained pretty much pain free since then. I love that I am no longer bound to chronic pain!
Occasionally I will overwork or stress myself and a migraine will creep back in, but now I have the drug free, operation free solution, I just give myself Reiki, or go see another Reiki healer! Reiki essentially gave me my life back. I initially had no desire to share Reiki with others, but I was told that in order to lock in the ability I had to practice it on myself and others daily for a few weeks. I was diligent and did this, and realised that I’m actually pretty good at it, so I continued to learn.
Now I’m a Reiki Master teacher and I trained hypnosis for the Australian Academy of Hypnosis, across Australia and overseas. I’m living a pain free life, and instead of working a corporate job and just making money, I get the chance to help make people’s lives better, through Branches Of Healing. I constantly find it rewarding to see the grin from ear to ear on someone when they get up from the massage table and realise they are not in pain anymore. My life took an unexpected turn and continues to surprise me, but now – I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Branches Of Healing is here to help heal on multiple levels; mind, body and spirit.
To help heal the sick and injured. To calm the stressed, depressed and anxious. To eliminate unwanted habits and to help redirect people back to their rightful, fun loving, successful life paths.
All this is achieved through healing modalities such as Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Counselling and Meditation.
Some hypnotists work directly in an authoritative approach and just demand the subconscious what to do. Sometimes I will do this and it can work. However asking questions and talking WITH the subconscious works much better most of the time for myself. With this approach you can assist the subconscious to get a result, find out what it can do and will do, it also helps to find out where its getting stuck. The other advantage of this approach is building rapport with that part inside the person. The subconscious has only had the ability to talk to your client in the past, and often they have not paid attention. So it’s begging to be heard, responded to and thanked or forgiven for what’s happened in the past.
This all changed in August 2016 when I heard about Bob Burns and the Swan Protocol. It’s all about questioning and feedback. When I first learnt this process I did it on everyone who would let me, often just for five or ten minutes of questioning. Until I took it into the therapy room and had deep chats for thirty to sixty minutes with the subconscious. This really amplified my questioning skills, finding how to ask the right closed questions to get a result, and when to use open questions when you have direct voice or automatic writing.
In classes that I have taught hypnosis the main thing students have wanted more of was the questioning skills to get change. The common thing I hear is “I’ve got the swan working… now what do I say?” I aim to deliver what I know and use in this book, as I feel it is one of the most useful skills a hypnotist can have, but unfortunately for some can be the most difficult.
Third Season Episodes
Episode 1 - Tom Nicoli
Episode 2 - Rafael Baltresca
Episode 3 - Tim Horn
Episode 4 - Sheila Granger and Jo-Anne Eadie
Episode 5- The new Inventiveness of today's Hypnotists
Episode 6-Patient Whisperers
Episode 7- Lisa Halpin - Coaching and Hypnosis
Episode 8 - Lance Baker
Episode 10 - Sara Herring