Learning about alternative techniques for physical or emotional healing can be magic for us because drugs and those little extra pills are not part of the process. Donna Kannard, instructor, will teach Self-Hypnosis for Relaxation, Self Improvement and Fun and use some of these techniques. Her work involves hypnotherapy, and no, you will not be in any kind of trance. Hypnotherapy hypnosis has been called “a powerful tool for change.” Some of these changes can be increased assertiveness, fear reduction, depression reduction, guilt elimination, pain control, or overcoming questionable habits.
Donna Kannard is a member of the International Association of Clinical Hypnotherapy. She has a PhD in this subject and started working in the field in 1987. She has a private practice in Santa Ana and is the author of Trance Magic. After speaking at several hypnotherapy conventions, she is delighted to return to OLLI, where she has previously taught. She hopes to have more guided imagery along with her lectures this time and also wants to interview the class in order to determine what they would like to know about this intriguing subject that encompasses “energy psychology.”
In the 1920s Einstein said, “Everything (including our bodies) is composed of energy.” One of the techniques used in hypnotherapy is Thought Field Therapy. Negative emotions cause energy blockage, but if the energy is unblocked, fears will disappear. Kinetic energy is the energy produced by motion, via our muscles. There are different techniques of kinesiology. Emotional Freedom Techniques emphasize healing the emotions along with the body.
Acquired skills have resulted in successful healing for many people. In the past, learned men separated the mind from the body. Now it is known that they are inseparable for maintaining a healthy balance and to promote healing.
by Susan Pack
Watercolor instructor Ladd Terry begins with the basics. “The first thing I tell my students is the hairy end of the brush touches the
paper,” he says. And while he welcomes advanced students, he devotes much of his attention to beginners. “The idea of the Watercolor Painting class isn’t to train famous artists,” he explains, “but to give students the chance to learn different techniques.”
For example, they learn how to do graded
washes for skies and use a dry brush for grass. They learn to limit the number of colors in a painting to avoid a chaotic clash. And they learn nifty tricks. Want to create snow? Throw salt on wet paint, then flick it off, leaving behind little white spots.
Students may work from their favorite photos, or paint objects such as fruits and vegetables that Ladd brings to class. “Basically, watercolor is liquid drawing,” he says.
Ladd earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art at California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Fine Arts at Claremont Graduate University. He began teaching art at Long Beach City College in 1974 and has since taught at ten colleges and universities.
His advice to his students? “Get in there, slop it on, and have a good time,” he says. “Don’t make it a task.” By the end of the class, he hopes they’re brave enough to go it alone. “Like a quiver full of arrows, they should have a collection of techniques that will enable them to make art on their own.”