Monthly Archives: September 2016
A group of researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine used brain imaging to discover what was happening to people while they were hypnotized. The images captured regions of the brain that were most active and most dormant while the participants were hypnotized. The team saw changes in three areas:
- Decreased activity in a region known as the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, a region known to be critical for evaluating ideas. Hypnotized people are able to suspend judgment and immerse themselves in something, without thinking of what else they could or should be attending. This is why hypnotists often start the process by asking someone to focus completely on a bright light, swinging watch, revolving spiral, breathing, 2 fingers above their eyes, etc. Focus of attention is crucial along with turning off the thinking, critical conscious mind and opening the door of the subconscious mind to programmed suggestions. When the critical (negative) conscious mind is set aside, the subconscious is free to receive and follow positive instructions to change thoughts, feelings and behavior in the new direction desired.
- The second change appeared in some of the parts of the brain that give people the ability to separate the thoughts in their heads from the feelings in their bodies. Hypnotized people may say “It felt like I was all mind, and that my body disappeared.” Hypnotized people are strongly focused on the voice of the hypnotist. They are superaware. Quieter sounds can seem louder. They accept instructions literally. If the hypnotist asks the person in hypnosis to raise their hand, only the hand moves upwards from the wrist, but the arm does not rise. This focus of attention heightens acceptance of instructions such as for pain control in an arm: “You have feelings of comfort in that arm. There may be slight pressure, but only pleasant comfort in that arm.” Or, “That is not your arm. That is someone else’s arm. For now, that arm is gone, and you find it most fascinating that arm has disappeared. That arm has gone on a wonderful vacation.” If the mind is focused on an arm that is gone, then the pain is gone.
- Stanford psychiatry professor David Spiegel said “People who are hypnotized tend not to be self-conscious, and so they will do (acceptable) things they wouldn’t normally do.” This is why shy people will do silly things on stage, such as believe they are a famous entertainer singing, or dancing with a broom as a living partner. On the therapeutic side, in hypnosis, people have a greater potential to be creative and to solve life’s challenges to become their personal best. Beliefs can be changed so that people can reach their maximum potential such that whatever they do, they will do it better with hypnotism. Spiegel said “It is a way of teaching people to enhance control over their brains and bodies…so, when you are thinking about something, you can better control how your body responds to that thought.” The ceiling potential we place on ourselves vanishes in hypnosis. We have ultimate and full confidence in whatever we are asked to do. (Source: published in the journal Cerebral Cortex)
Obesity is rapidly increasing in Canada and other countries. Many people have opted for gastric band surgery to reduce the size of their stomach. However, over 80% of the surgeries have minor or major complications. This can include slippage of the band, repeating the operation, bleeding, infection and more.
Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90% of all people with diabetes. Most people who have type 2 diabetes need lifestyle changes. With type 2 diabetes, glucose stays in the blood causing high sugar levels, instead of being taken up into the cells. The body has become resistant to the effects of the hormone insulin. The greater the weight, the more likely the body is resistant to the effects of insulin.
Patients who have had gastric band surgery have been known to defeat the purpose of the surgery by having more frequent small meals all day long, turning their food into a liquid, or often drinking high calorie soft drinks or alcohol. Healthy weight loss requires a lifestyle change.
Emotional problems may also need to be addressed. What is the motivational reason or reasons why people want to overeat or eat unhealthy foods? Is food a reward? Does the person now feel guilty about leaving food on their plate, because they were always told as a child to “think of the starving children”? Is the cause boredom? Is the excess weight a protection against “stepping out” on a partner? Is the excess weight replacing a baby that could not be conceived? Is the excess weight a subconscious solution to a fear of being raped again? New methods of coping with life stresses can help defeat excess eating, as well as hundreds of other emotional or behavioral problems.
Causes of excess weight can be discovered inside the subconscious mind and removed by professional hypnotists. This helps the client to be free of the past and to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
Hypnotists have had great success with a “virtual” gastric band. While the people are hypnotized, they experience an imaginary gastric band surgery. They are told that their stomach has been reduced to the size of a golf ball. In this way, they feel satisfied with small portions. Many new attitudes and a new lifestyle are locked into the subconscious mind such as: chewing food slowly, disliking fatty or sweet foods, enjoying body movement, and more. This hypnosis virtual gastric band system has had such great success that it is now practiced worldwide by hypnotists. For more information on the virtual gastric band, free tips on stress control and weight loss, and Romane’s hypnosis recordings and books, visit romane.ca
Paris, Aug. 15, 1925. A fakir, Tahra Bey, is now astonishing Paris with his amazing performances.
He inflicts himself with sword wounds, which heal in the short space of twenty minutes, and from which blood flows or does not flow according to his desires.
He can also bury himself alive for a lengthy period without any apparent ill results.
Before arriving in Paris he had penetrated the most exclusive Italian circles.
Mussolini watched him, the diplomatic corps watched, and King Victor Emmanuel expressed a desire to see him.
Tahra Bey, a handsome Egyptian, twenty-eight years of age, is the son of a fakir and philosopher.
As a boy he went to Constantinople to study medicine and native lore. He demonstrates his strange powers by lacerating his arms and legs with knives, broken glass, and pins, controlling the flow of blood.
His pulse accelerates or slows down as he pleases, and he can easily escape from the worries of life by relapsing into a cataleptic trance, from which he awakes at option.
The fakir can even go without air. The Italian police in Rome refused to let him make the experiment for longer than thirty minutes. He was placed in a zinc coffin, which was carefully sealed and immersed in water.
According to WebMD.com, Swiss researchers did a study on using hypnosis to help women who suffer from insomnia. The report concluded, “After listening to a sleep-promoting audio tape containing hypnotic suggestion, women who are suggestible to hypnosis spent two-thirds less time awake, and about 80 percent more time in deep sleep compared to those who slept without the hypnotic suggestion.”
Symptoms of insomnia may include difficulty falling asleep, waking up in the middle of the night and having trouble going back to sleep, waking up too early and feeling tired when you wake up. However, if you have long term insomnia, you should consult with your doctor to rule out any other causes (such as medication) that may be the cause of your insomnia.
Getting a good night’s sleep is very important for our health. Students get better grades with good sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to accidents. Lack of sleep also makes you look and behave as if you were older. You will lose weight easier with good sleep habits.
If you have trouble sleeping, make it a rule to avoid business after 6 or 7 pm. You need to have a quiet down time. Clear your mind before you fall asleep. Laugh more. Our bodies produce healthy chemicals when we laugh, which leads to healthy changes in the body, including more oxygen to the brain, a stronger immune system, endorphins, better sleep, lower blood pressure, less stress hormones, reduced need for medication, being less likely to have a heart attack, heart disease or illnesses, and a happy glow on your face with shining eyes.
Every night before you fall asleep, think about three good things that happened to you that day, and three things for which you are grateful.
Using hypnosis can make it possible for insomnia sufferers to have a normal sleep. Hypnosis relaxes the body, and that alone can help you to fall asleep. Hypnosis can be used to eliminate headaches, stress, and anxiety, all of which can prevent you from having a good night’s sleep.
When using a hypnosis recording to fall asleep you may fall asleep before the recording ends, and just drift off into a normal sleep and awaken alert, relaxed, and refreshed. After listening to the recording several times you should fall asleep on your own by simply applying the exercises on the recording, but without the recording.
Using a hypnosis CD is ideal because you can listen to the CD wherever and whenever you need it. I offer a single CD or MP3 download to help people fall asleep easily and banish worry. For more information, visit http://www.vanceromane.com/products.html.