“Oh what a night!” Last night I had the honor of going to the National Guild of Hypnotist’s main office in Merrimack, New Hampshire. First off I got to visit with Dr. Dwight Damon, and we talked about some of the recent history of hypnosis, the time since around 1950 until now. It is interesting how the different hypnosis organizations have come and gone. Some of them had just disappeared and others have joined with the NGH. I’m looking forward to a future publication from the NGH that will shed some light on that recent history.
Afterward I got the grand tour. The first thing that I noticed was all of the different awards, plaques and framed documents on the walls of the office that go back many years. Few people really realize the contribution that Dr. Damon and the NGH has consistently made of these last few decades! I was completely impressed with what I saw.
The next thing that caught my eye was the display of all of the recent NGH, Journal of Hypnotism covers which were framed and on display. It was a photographic whos-who of hypnosis, many of which had either made contributions to the journal, or have give an talk at the NGH Convention, or both.
However, I have to admit that the one thing that most impressed me was the audio-video library, about twenty years worth of all of the audio and video recordings of all of the classes, workshops and seminars given at each convention over the years! What an incredible amount of knowledge, probably more than any one individual could absorb in one lifetime. (I hope that backup copies are safely stored somewhere just for safe keeping, because the breadth and depth of the knowledge contained in the library is just incredible, and should be kept safe for ever.)
My best wishes and gratitude go out to Dr. Damon and his family. My hat is off to him, and what the NGH has done for us. I cannot even begin to estimate how many people have benefited from that body of work. Imagine how many people have sat in all of those workshops or listened to tapes, or viewed videos and then gone out and used that knowledge to help countless other people around the world! Thank you!
I am proud to be a member of the NGH, and if you are a hypnotist, hypnotherapist or are considering becoming one, consider joining what is in my opinion, the best hypnosis organization in the world. To learn more about the National Guild of Hypnotists go to their website at www.ngh.net.