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September 2023, Quarterly Message

Joni Brewer, Speaker, June 24 OHA Presentation

Joni Brewer, OHA President

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– September 2023 OHA Journal

“Did you evacuate? Are you ready to go?”

That was the message that I received from my daughter when a wildfire broke out just a mile from our home.

Thankfully the wind was moving the fire away from us. At last report, no houses have been lost. A friend who lives in the mandatory evacuation area had already left.

After living in this house for 37 years, we’ve now been in the get-ready-to-go zone twice in the last 2 years and I’m reminded just how flexible we’ve all had to become. We’re fortunate that, as hypnotists, we have the tools to stay adaptable and the colleagues to help us when we need it.

I don’t know if it’s the years that we’ve recently lived through or the years that I’ve lived through myself, but things seem to be more on a continuum now. Less black and white – much more color. Less absolute right or wrong – much more maybe, perhaps, yes, and…

Science shows that learning new things, debating new ideas, and leaning in to change, helps our minds stay clear and active throughout our years. We’ve been given lots of opportunities for that.

Oregon Hypnotherapy Association has changed too. Going from in-person meetings to Zoom and now to hybrid. This has opened doors for presenters from around the world. It also allows us to have members from around the world. And still, we get to meet in person – to have that personal connection if we want.

We can bring in new ideas – like brain plasticity and the quantum field of infinite possibilities, how to work with people who have dementia, and how to grow our businesses with social media, email, and videos.

We have the opportunity to see a new perspective on an old problem as Drake Eastburn brings his knowledge and background to obesity this month.

Sex. How it looks and what the experience is for people. This is something that’s been around for as long as there have been people – the difference is that we’re talking about it now. Dr. Amy Marsh will help broaden our understanding of this complex subject.

So what else would you like to see from your OHA? How else can we change? Adapt? Grow our numbers? I would love to hear your ideas. Please drop me a line at

I hope that you have a calm, pleasant, and fun – however that looks to you – rest of your summer and I’ll see you at our September 23rd meeting.

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