I would like first to thank God for allowing me to find the amazing gift of Hypnotism. I also would like to thank my friend and awesome mentor, William Mitchell, who took
to bless me with his many years of experience and knowledge.
I have to say that when I use the term “Divine hand” I really mean it! Let me tell you about my experience on how I met Rev. William Mitchell.
I remember getting on my knees and praying to God that he would allow me to find something that would help me. The morning after my prayer I woke up with the word hypnosis in my mind. Hypnosis! I thought, what is that? When I arrived at my office, I jumped on Youtube and started to look for what was hypnosis. I quickly learned that this was a profession and not what I thought hypnosis was as a kid. I researched what hypnosis was for three days, then I came to the conclusion that this was what I needed to help me. I then typed on Youtube “ hypnosis school”. This is when I saw Rev. William Mitchell’s invitation for the St Louis Heartland Hypnosis Conference combined with the Hypnosis Certification Class and Stage Hypnosis Training.
I quickly called the phone number provided and left a voice mail. I was very surprised when I found out on the voicemail that William was also the Pastor of a church as well as a hypnosis instructor. I was really happy due to the fact that I am also a minister. William Mitchell then called me three minutes after I had called him. Before he returned my call, I asked the Lord that if it was His will for me to learn Hypnosis, that William would use the words I asked the Lord to put in William’s heart. As our conversation started on the phone, William began to use the words that I had asked the Lord to give to William. I could feel the “Divine hand!”
William never sounded like a salesman to me on the phone. I was convinced that the Lord placed William in my life for a reason. When I arrived in St Louis, I remembered praying in my hotel room asking the Lord to bless me through William Mitchell. When I was finally able to shake William’s hand for the first time, I felt peace at that moment and felt that the “Divine hand” had guided me to this time, place and person.
As the week went by and we studied in the classroom, I was pleased to see how much knowledge and skill Rev. William Mitchell had acquired over the years of his practice as a Hypnotist. As William explained all the procedures in detail, not one time did I feel lost in the class. I was able to learn a lot of important details about hypnosis, things that are very important in the practice of Hypnotism. William also demonstrated the ethical ways to practice Hypnotism. In class in a demonstration, I was blessed to have a one on one hypnosis session with William. Let me tell you, this session changed my life! I was very happy that I got to experience Hypnosis with such an experienced and skilled Hypnotherapist.
After our Certification class was over, I then had the privilege of attending the Heartland Hypnosis Conference. I was able to meet and learn from so many great Hypnotists from all over the world! Let me tell you this was an unforgettable experience. I learned so many skills and ways to be able to practice Hypnotism. I also made a lot of new friends and happy memories.
The most unforgettable experience was when William asked me to accompany him to two high school after-prom hypnosis stage shows that he had scheduled for that weekend of the Conference. I did not know why William was so certain I should go with him, because I had already made plans to go out that night to another hypnosis stage show with another hypnotist I had met at the conference. I was confused. I remember going in to my hotel room and praying once again asking the Lord what He wanted me to do. This was again the “Divine hand!” Because on the way to the shows, I was able to open up my heart and speak to William about what I was going through personally. William listened to me and spoke to me from his heart and I heard what I needed.
After a long drive, we finally arrived at the first show, where I got to observe William in action. I was blown away, it was a great show! I was surprised that William then asked me to participate with him on his second show that night. When we arrived at the second show, I was terrified, but then all the training and the skills William had modeled for me rushed into my mind. It was AMAZING! Suddenly, I was in the “zone”. I was able to hypnotize several high school students in the crowd. Then in the show, I was coordinating hypnosis skits in the crowd with the skits William was suggesting to his volunteers on stage. We had two shows going at the same time! It was amazing, both for me and the audience!
This opportunity filled me up with positive confidence!!! I then understood why the Lord put it in William’s heart to take me to his shows. The Lord knew what he was doing, the “Divine hand!” This experience allowed me to return to Florida and immediately begin working with clients and doing clean comedy hypnosis stage shows.
I don’t have enough words to describe how thankful I am for the guidance of William Mitchell. I consider him a spiritual father, mentor, teacher and now my good friend.
I wholeheartedly recommend Rev. William Mitchell’s Institute of Professional Hypnosis to anyone that wants to be a professional Hypnotist. There is no question in my mind that this is the best practical training out there both for clinical and stage hypnosis!
~ Freddy Echevarria Jr.