Everyone has a Spiritual Belief System
It is an almost ridiculous prejudice to assume that existence can only be physical.
~ Carl Jung~
Significant to the empowerment model is accessing the "higher self," or "voice of spirit." It holds different titles in all cultures across time and space and includes many dimensions, one of which is the God/Goddess archetype. In current Eastern terminology, it might be known as Big Mind while in shamanic traditions it might manifest as an animal spirit or in one's inter-connectedness with nature. Still others might experience the higher self as a wise, loving presence, perhaps as a favorite teacher or grandparent, or simply as a deep inner knowing. For those who identify as atheists, this might be a part of you that is unconditionally caring, and observes without judgment. (Or perhaps you are a spiritual atheist!) In psychology, it might be known as the superconscious. Higher self is multi-faceted and its expressions are myriad.
Through hypnotherapy you will learn to identify and trust that higher self, however it presents itself to you. As your guide, my job is to respect and work within your spiritual belief system. During trance work it is also my role to help you stay connected to your subconscious and higher self rather than to your conscious ego state. The egoic mind has its place in waking consciousness and is necessary to navigate through life; however, it is not the only part, (though it might insist that it is). Outmoded ego states cling to old patterns, and may have once have been part of your survival system but they are now in the way of growth.
For differences between ego mind and higher self, please see FAQ.