A TRIBUTE TO JANET MACY (2007)
JANET MACY IACT (2007) WAS A WIFE, MOTHER, TEACHER AND FRIEND: SHE WILL BE MISSED: SCOTT SANDLAND: UNLIMITED HUMAN:
Last night, Janet Macy succumbed to her battle with cancer and passed away. She was a talented hypnotist, a patient teacher, and a caring friend. Janet has been an active member in the hypnosis community for the entire eight years that I have known her. Her free talks to hypnosis groups and her formal classes were well attended and received. Many hypnotists and hypnosis students have had the great fortune of receiving her kind words of encouragement and her quiet words of advice, an often subtle push that required one's own desire to execute.
I was fortunate enough to be her first student as she mentored under the late Rev. Jeanne Neher-Schurz, Ph.D. at the school that was to become Janet's, the California Professional Hypnosis Institute. Both of these wonderful women helped guide me as I entered what would become my passion and profession with a remarkable casualty that instilled great peace and confidence in me. It was such a unique experience to study under two teachers at once while simultaneously seeing the next step, learning how to teach.
Janet and I shared a bond because of this time. I sort of embodied a bridge between Jeanne's teaching and hers, and I think she liked that. Our relationship shifted from mentor to colleague to friend as I continued to learn and grow in my skills as a hypnotherapist.
I remember Janet teaching me the hand drop induction. I remember being nervous and my palm sweating as I performed it for my first time. I remember listening so intently to the feedback she gave me at lunch at a horrible Peruvian restaurant nearby. I remember trusting her.
And that trust continued in the years since. Janet, like Jeanne, wasn't one to boast or try and be the center of attention. We had numerous conversations in more recent years when I encouraged her to share more of her insights and wisdom. She saw herself, I think, as a facilitator of hypnosis to more than just her clients, but as a facilitator to the modality itself. In spite of this humility, people quickly caught on to the depth of Janet's knowledge and
caring. She was truly respected by her peers.
Janet lit up whenever she spoke of her children, and more recently, her grandchildren. She showed pictures of them all with such exuberance it sometimes seemed as if the photos were spring loaded into her purse. She had an endearing pride and joy for her family, anchored soundly in her marriage to her husband.
Janet's presence will be missed by those who knew her. Her gentle influence will be missed by many more.