Life on Hilton Head

It’s hard to believe I just have 3 more weeks before heading back to Vermont.  It has been wonderful here in Hilton Head which now feels like a second home, and I know both Bella, my little Maltese therapy dog, and I will have withdrawal pains.  It has been 3 months of new experiences, new friends as well as a continuation of experiences and friendships from last year.  I’m glad to be able to spend quality time with my brother who is in poor health, and my sister in law, who live here year round.

The workshop I gave on Hypnosis: Accessing Your Body’s Wisdom  included hypnotizing 25 people for Life Long Learning, something I had never done before.  But it went well and  has opened many doors – new clients,  interesting people – and  Living Your Purpose – On Purpose, a workshop that because of the Hypnosis experience, a class was created that had 14 people sign up with a waiting list for next year.

A word about hypnosis: what is great  is that you can do hypnosis in person or you can do it over the phone, just like Coaching.  My latest three are weight loss, alcohol addiction, both in person, and Accessing the Wisdom of Your Soul by phone, which was “profound” for the person long distance.  I love coaching and adding hypnosis adds a great deal of depth.

My chiropractor/kineseologist/nutritionist son, Chris, who  teaches nutrition classes with an emphasis on Isagenix, a fabulous fat loss, cleanse and detox program,  sent me an article on hypnosis from the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1996 that stated adding hypnosis to weight loss program  increases results by 97% and post treatment by 146%. 

 Hypnosis bypasses the Conscious mind, which has all the reasons why something won’t work,  to the Subconscious mind  which says “Yes” to any message we give it, and combining the Subconscious with the Superconscious mind, which always wants our highest good, gives very impressive results.

So the combination of  meaningful work,  social time with kindred spirits, daily beach walks is one that sure has worked for me this winter.

But the time is coming that my thoughts are heading towards home – family and friends and a continuation of meaningful work that I can do wherever I am.  I am realizing more and more that it’s not about outer circumstances as it is in appreciating what life has to offer in the moment – and giving gratitude.

What are you grateful for?

Announcing My Talk/Workshop On Hypnosis

On February 15th from 1:30 – 3:30, in Hilton Head, S.C., I’m giving a talk/workshop on Hypnosis- the history, what hypnosis is and what it is not.   I’ll share experiences and results, some of which are amazing to me.  And I’ll hypnotize the group on Reducing  Stress.  This session is part of their Life Long Learning series and I’m delighted for this opportunity.  I am loving hypnotherapy and the results people are having on such a deep level – and it can be done in person or on the phone or skype.   

For more information on hypnosis and hypnotherapy, visit my website

Gifts from the Heart that Make a Difference

My ears always perk up when I hear Tony Robbins – a renowned motivational speaker – who was recently interviewed on the Today Show.  Under his guidance, I did three  fire-walks (one of which, 40 feet,  made the Guinness Book of World Records for distance).  He also led my NLP Neurolinguistic Programing certification, so I’m always interested in the latest that Tony has to offer.  He surely made a difference for me – “If you can walk on hot coals, what can’t you do?  Get past your limiting beliefs!”

Tony’s theme that day was “Who can I serve?”  As he talked, he offered himself as an example of living that mantra.  Many years ago, he helped two families have a Thanksgiving dinner who otherwise wouldn’t have one; those two Thanksgiving dinners have now expanded into his world-wide foundation to feed the hungry.  (Click on The Secret to Living is Giving).  He has certainly made a difference for millions in many ways.

So what? you may ask.  Tony is a kazilion billionaire.  Easy for him to do.  Hard for me.

Yes, Tony is a billionaire now but in fact, he has gone bankrupt more than once.  During one of those episodes, the formidable, 6’6” Tony was homeless and living in his VW bug.   He spent his days in the library reading which has led to the wisdom he now shares worldwide.

This got me thinking – regardless of our life circumstances – what are the true gifts from our heart that we can offer others…those gifts that truly make a difference,  cost little or no money, and end up meaning more and lasting longer than material gifts? 

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The Four Gifts of Love – A Transformative Celebration

Jeffrey Douglass has called this your 7th Sense. It is the most important of all, yet, the least understood and used. Move beyond limitation, fear and struggle in the simple awareness of Love’s transformative power.

This retreat will stimulate and deepen your insight and experience of each Gift through presentations, experiential processes, sacred music, guided meditations, nature walk and silent times for reflection and integration.

Read more about this program here:

Hypnotherapy-Transformation for Body/Mind/Spirit

I recently became certified as a Hypnotherapist.  This is my way of deepening my spiritual path and helping others do the same, whether it’s quitting smoking, becoming healthy and losing weight, managing stress or listening to a higher calling. Hypnosis can do these things (see my Fall Schedule) – either in person or over the phone.

Transformation for Body/Mind/Spirit

Balance Weight Loss (Isagenix optional tool)
Overcome Addictions

Manage Stress through Change & Transition

Access the Wisdom of Your Soul

I look forward to sharing this new direction in my life.  Whether you’re interested in a workshop or a Hypnotherapy session, give me a call, arrange a visit or send me an email.  I’m happy to hear from you.

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Creative Communications New Fall Schedule Is Up!

I have several workshops that I am offering this fall:

1. Living Your Purpose – On Purpose Workshop

2. The Four Gifts of Love, A Transformative Celebration with Jeffrey Douglass

3. The Essentials of Coaching Institute: Become a Certified Holistic Life Coach

You can read all about them here:


Hypnotherapy Session

I gave my first Hypnotherapy session this week since getting my certification. Awesome!

The power of the mind is amazing, isn’t it! This is totally in harmony with me and my desire to go deeper both within myself and in helping others.

You Make A Difference!


Susan Hastings Attends Worldwide Super-Conference For Professional Hypnotists

Leading Edge Program Focused on Value of Hypnosis in Improving Everyday Life for Millions of People
Marlborough, MA.   From helping people overcome their fears in honing personal development skills and goal achievement to assisting with pain management, hypnosis has long been a valid tool for millions of people.  With a theme of Anchoring Your Future, the National Guild of Hypnotists ( held its 23rd annual educational conference and convention at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts.  Attending this year’s event was Susan Hastings of Creative Communications Center in Norwich, Vermont.  Leading experts from around the globe shared the latest insights and techniques to help professional consulting hypnotists and hypnotherapists bring the value of hypnosis to several areas of health and wellness fields.
Susan became a Certified Hypnotherapist by attending additional intensive training that preceded the convention.  “This was a fantastic experience”,  Susan said.  ” In addition to getting my Hypnotherapist Certification, the networking with peers around the world was tremendous, and the workshops presented a wealth of insight and skill building that I know will give great value to my clients.”
“This is the world’s super conference for professional hypnotists.  All told there were about 1400 hypnotists in town for the plethora of intensive educational workshops,” said Dr. Dwight Damon, President and Founder of the National Guild of Hypnotists.  Our annual convention ..had multiple tracks for any number of disciplines in the profession.”  As Dr. Damon explains, “Our training programs are conducted by award winning speakers, published authors, and other professional hypnotists from around the world.  Many of the speakers were from outside the United States.  We may be the National Guild of Hypnotists, but this is truly an international event.”
While the attendees represent many countries, varied hypnosis skill levels, and a diversity of occupations, they were united in their goal of using hypnosis as a valuable tool for helping others.  Some of the course topics included certifications in: stress management; pain management; hypno-oncology; sleep improvement; new answers for diabetics; and helping people help themselves with hypnosis. 
Dr. Dwight Damon continued, “Even though the NGH Convention is a time for intensive study and skill development, we like to remind people that the event is frequently described as ‘the world’s largest and friendliest professional hypnotism conference.’  The three days at NGH …are an incredible time for networking for the world’s top hypnotists.  People leave the NGH Convention with new professional relationships, new mentors and most importantly, new friends.”
Hypnotism is an accepted and recognized treatment option regularly utilized by many health care workers, counselors and other mental healtho professionals.  Hypnosis provides a valuable tool for enhancing an individual’s ability to deal with pain or stress, or to assist in diminishing undesirable behavior patterns.  As the use of hypnotism increases, so does the demand for those who are trained to provide it.
Celebrating 60 years of service worldwide, the Guild is also celebrating its 23rd Convention Anniversary.  The largest and oldest organization of its kind, the National Guild of Hypnotists provides a wide range of support and professional development services for hypnotists and also to continue its leadership role in expanding the profession of a certified consulting hypnotists.

A Special Evening – Meeting My Namesake

My buddy, Paul Rothe, set up an extraordinary evening for me to meet my namesake, Suzi Hastings, singing with her partner, Terry, Second Wind at the Quechee Inn. They were fantastic! Afterwards, she told me she knew of a Susie Hastings who had a son, Jeff, who was an Olympic Ski Jumper/Announcer. Turns out we share relatives in Grantham. What ARE the odds??

You Make A Difference!


A Special Achievement – I Am Now A Certified Hypnotherapist

I am now a certified Hypnotherapist, which is a significant milestone for me – to go deeper within myself and be a catalyst for others to do the same to get desired results whatever they are. I’m amazed at the changes that hypnosis can accomplish!

I’m looking forward to helping people. It’s amazing what we can do with our minds!

You Make A Difference!


Susan Hastings


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