Mary Elizabeth (Leach) Raines

About our Director,
Mary Elizabeth Raines

Mary Elizabeth Raines is the founder of Laughing Cherub Unlimited and the director of the Academy for Professional Hypnosis Training. She teaches in southern California and Sedona, Arizona, where she also has a private hypnosis practice. 
She has been hypnotizing people for more than half a century. Featured on the Summer 2009 issue of the Journal of Hypnotism, Ms. Raines is a certified hypnotherapist, hypnosis instructor and adjunct faculty member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, the largest professional hypnosis organization in the world. In 2010 she was awarded the Order of the Braid in honor of a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication, and service in the field of hypnotism. She has been named a Fellow of the International Hypnosis Federation, and was been a Faculty Convention Presenter and Certified Instructor for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, as well as a speaker at the MidAmerica Hypnosis Convention, Chicago, Illinois.

She developed and teaches the guided imagery certification course for the Summer Institute of the National Guild of Hypnotists, and writes a column on guided imagery for The Journal of Hypnotism.

As someone who has trained many hundreds of hypnotists worldwide, Ms. Raines is expert in such applications of hypnosis as past-life regression, guided imagery, hypnotic inductions, telephone hypnosis, profound emotional healing techniques, regression to cause, enhancement of confidence and creativity, smoking cessation, stress reduction, hypnosis for golfers, weight reduction, working with actors, and others.

She teaches hypnosis certification classes, as well as offering certification courses in past-life regression counselor training. In the past, Ms. Raines has taught self-hypnosis, guided imagery and related classes for the Continuing Education Department of the University of Wisconsin, and at the famous Bodhi Tree in West Hollywood, CA. She is also the creator of the popular Laughing Cherub self-improvement CD series.

Mary Elizabeth Raines has achieved the highest degree of Reiki Mastery, and has had schooling in a wide variety of profound energy healing and intuitive techniques. Her academic background includes undergraduate work at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston as a piano performance major, and independent film studies at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh.
In addition to her private clinical practice and teaching, Mary Elizabeth Raines is a speaker and dynamic workshop leader. Whether she is presenting a seminar on self-hypnosis or leading a group in powerful personal exploration, sheer fun always plays an important role. That fun is magnified when Raines performs in stage hypnosis shows as LADY RAINEY.

A writer, playwright and former journalist who has won regional, state and national awards for her writing, Raines has an extensive body of published and produced work available on, and she has been the associate editor of a hypnosis magazine. She is currently a columnist for the Journal of Hypnotism. Her articles on hypnosis have been published in professional journals worldwide, as well as in respected Internet magazines such as OmPlace. In addition to her own books, she has contributed chapters to three published hypnosis books, including the National Guild of Hypnotists' "New Consumer's Guide to Hypnotism," and "Everyday Miracles of Hypnosis," edited by Stephanie Rothman. Ms. Raines is also an accomplished pianist and actor.



Healing comes both from within an individual and from a Higher Source. My role is simply that of being a vessel or a facilitator. My deepest intention in this role is to offer opportunities for individuals to experience their healing in the best way for them.
Sometimes this happens dramatically, when people in workshops or individual sessions find that they are transformed and empowered beyond their wildest dreams. Tears and laughter may accompany their desired release and shifting.
Other times healing happens more subtly, as clients experience deep relaxation and begin to feel happier than they've felt in a long time.
At Laughing Cherub Unlimited, I hope to honor the deep inner wisdom within each individual.


With warmth, light, joy and smilezzz,
Mary Elizabeth Raines


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