Embark on a journey of profound healing and self-discovery with Linda Baker, a seasoned hypnotherapist and master alchemist. Through her innovative approach to spiritual hypnotherapy, crystal healing, and inner-child work, Linda offers a unique blend of science and spirituality to guide individuals towards lasting transformation and empowerment. Learn more in her exclusive MysticMag interview below.
How did you get into hypnotherapy what sparked your interest in it?
I entered the nursing profession and specialized in psychiatric nursing because I wanted to help those suffering from emotional trauma. While I thought this avenue would provide me with what I was looking for, I came to realize that treatment of psychiatric patients mainly focused on medication instead of getting to the core cause of distress. In 1984 a friend invited the founder of Alchemical Hypnotherapy to Seattle for a workshop and invited me to join. Until that time, I had no interest in, or experience with, hypnotherapy.
That four-day workshop changed my life. I experienced an inner trauma healing as well as my first past life memory. I was hooked! I invited friends over so I could practice on them, and even after such a short workshop, it was incredible how powerful the sessions were. I went on to study and eventually became a Master Alchemist and trainer, co-founded two hypnotherapy schools, have taught domestically and Internationally, and have seen clients ever since. I have been doing this work for nearly four decades now, and because it is so individual and creative, I continue to love it and be inspired by the emotional/spiritual/physical healing that clients receive.
How is spiritual hypnotherapy different from other forms of hypnotherapy?
Most hypnosis or hypnotherapy depends upon scripts. The client is placed in a state of deep trance and the script is read to them. While this may work, it has three downfalls. The first is that people are different, so no script fits all. The second being, that while this new programming may work, a triggering situation may cause a return to the unwanted behavior. For example, If one has stuffed emotions due to the critical parenting they received in childhood, a look from a co-worker or manager that is perceived to be critical may instantly transport the person to back to that childhood time and cause them to return to their overeating behavior. The third is related to the triggering effect.
Scripts do not heal the root of the problem and so leave the client vulnerable to triggers. With Spiritual Hypnotherapy the client goes to the very root of the issue. A medium trance state is used for this process so the client can verbally communicate and remember the session. I say this is spiritual hypnotherapy because we utilize the Higher-Self, spirit guides, and other etheric plane resources. It is not religious and it doesn’t matter if one is atheist, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Pagan, or of any other background. The process connects one with the Higher-Self, or subconscious mind, where all the information from this life and past ones is stored. When the root of the issue is found, the programming can be changed and true healing can happen. Thesis empowering as the client finds and uses their inner resources, and can access these at any future time. During the process sound, scent and movement may be used.
What is the Crystal Healing Room?
Many years ago I met a man whom I call the “crystal guy.” Through him and his work, I became interested in working with crystals, sound, and movement. The room has many crystals, with most being under a massage table that is gridded with copper wire that connects with the energy of the crystals. Crystals have been long used for transmitting energy in radios and computers. I tell clients that lying on the crystal grid bed insulates them from outside energies. It allows you to be fully in tune with your energy. An example would be to sense of how you feel in a crowded shopping mall as opposed to how you feel in a forest. Most people can easily feel the difference. In this crystal energy room, the body can relax and release energies that are causing distress and allow the true spirit or essence to return.
What can you tell me about your inner child work?
Inner child work is possibly the most important work that a person can do. I tell students that we “sell our souls to our parents.” By this I mean, as a child we do not have the cognitive ability to discern between good or bad parenting. We need our parents for food, clothing, a home, and emotional care. We will do whatever it takes to make our parents happy. A mature parent gives to the child and supports the child in fully being who they are, but an immature parent can harm the child.
This may come in the form of the parent wanting the child to meet their needs, or with addicted parents it may mean a volatile childhood where the child has to “walk on eggshells.” Children of immature parents, those with low self-esteem have internal beliefs and programs that lead to addiction, living an unauthentic life, harboring anger resentment, self-hatred, co-dependency, suicidal ideation, depression, physical ailments or any number of distressing conditions. Through spiritual hypnotherapy the client can go back in time, rescue the child, re-program, and adopt a new, healthy belief system, Until we rescue the inner-child, that child lives in the past. In this process, we bring the child into the present time where the true, authentic self can be claimed.
What other services do you offer?
I offer spiritual hypnotherapy, but it has many facets. People come to me for many reasons. It could be for inner-chid healing, past life work, physical challenges of all types, communicating with loved ones who have passed, relationship issues, or for any issue where a person feels blocked in their life. I tell clients: “You are like an amazing computer. If a computer has a problem, you don’t blame the computer, you update the software or find the virus so the computer can function properly again. If there is something that is not working in your life, it is because you are running a bad program. It is not because you are a bad or broken person”
Is there anything else about your work that you’d like to share that we haven’t covered?
My website is www.InnerSourceSeattle.com and I offer classes through www.bridges.academy. I am an author and have written several books including: Soul Contracts: How They Affect Your Life and Your Relationships – Past Life Therapy to Change Your Present Life, The Bridge Between Worlds: The Miracle of Following the Heart, and a new one that is soon to be out: Getting Off the Karmic Wheel. All can be found at Bridges Academy and on Amazon. I am also in the process of putting together a new hypnotherapy training: Transformative Hypnotherapy