Last weekend was a fantastic visit to Calgary and Edmonton with my stop smoking and weight loss hypnosis seminars. It was a lot of fun for both the audiences and me. It really is possible to lose weight and stop smoking while having fun! At the seminar intermissions and at the end of the seminars, many people came forward to tell me of their amazing successes, thanking me, shaking my hand and asking me to give them a big hug. Here are three of the many interesting stories they shared:
One lovely lady came on stage and encouraged everyone to lose weight like she did. She said: “I’m a huge fan of Romane. I went from 210 pounds to size 8 and running half marathons.”
Another man (who was a smoker) told me how he went for surgery, but while under anesthetic, the surgeon cupped his head in his hands and told him he would no longer smoke. It worked great for a couple of years, but he came to my seminar to stop smoking permanently. (Most physicians do not know that the mind is VERY SUGGESTIBLE while going under the influence of an anesthetic, but today more of them are at last learning about the power of the mind to heal).
Another lady told me of her challenge to stop smoking and as a last resort thought she should perhaps try a hypnotist, but she wondered who to see. At that moment, a radio announcer mentioned my upcoming seminar. This reminds me of an old saying: “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear!”
Health is your most important asset, more important than anything else in your life. Without health, it is difficult if not impossible to do anything else. Do not let anything distract you from taking action to better health. It never fails to surprise me when someone says I can’t attend your seminar (even though it may save their life) because of some event, often entertainment. They will likely have a lot longer and better quality life to attend many more events if my seminar is first on their calendar. If there is no seminar close by, you should use the recordings. For most people, the recordings are very effective without the live seminar Please tell all your friends that they can activate life changes with the recordings alone. Sometimes people fly long distances to attend my live seminars. They are smart because they realize that their life depends upon being there, or to use the recordings.
What if I can’t be hypnotized? I doubt it. Unlike most hypnotists, I take a lot of time to train people HOW to be hypnotized with many fun and interesting mind exercises involving concentration and visualization. I will motivate and excite you to become and to stay a non-smoker permanently. Stress is the number one reason people go back to smoking after stopping smoking. I will teach you a simple system for stress management and even build your confidence and self-esteem.
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What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis, also known as hypnotherapy, is a trance or dream-like state of deep relaxation to change unhealthy thoughts, feelings and behavior to healthy thoughts, feelings and behavior, guided by the voice of the hypnotist.
Hypnosis is a part of our everyday lives, similar to daydreaming, being absorbed in a fascinating book or an enjoyable movie, and forgetting about everything around you. Hypnosis is also related to the twilight state while falling asleep at night, when you feel half awake and half asleep.
A hypnotized person is relaxed, intensely focused on the voice of the hypnotist, and follows healthy instructions which give greater self-control. Thoughts, feelings, behavior and even chemicals manufactured by the body can be influenced by the hypnotist.
Who can be hypnotized?
Some people have a natural talent to be hypnotized rapidly. Their depth of hypnosis may be anywhere from light to deep hypnosis. Only light hypnosis is needed for weight loss or stopping smoking, but deeper hypnosis is needed for surgery. Recently, a man had brain surgery with hypnosis as the only pain control method. Even people who have had difficulty being hypnotized with others can learn the skill to be hypnotized by attending my live hypnosis seminars or by listening to my hypnosis recordings, such as my hypnosis conditioning recording.
Some people are hypnotized in seconds. However, even people who need a little more time to acquire the skill to be hypnotized can do so with patience and practice.
A variety of experiences can be practiced to develop relaxation, imagination, and concentration. While you are hypnotized, your body may seem asleep and you may forget about your body, but your subconscious mind is super alert and superaware of sounds, especially the hypnotist’s voice. Your conscious mind steps aside, while your subconscious mind becomes focused on the hypnotist’s voice. You are less critical, less analytical and more accepting of positive instructions resulting in greater self-control, as well as greater control over your own physical body.
Hypnosis in Stress Management
Hundreds of different events outside our body cause stress, but their effect on us largely depends upon how we interpret those events by our thinking. 75-90% of all physician visits are either caused by stress or made worse by stress. Chronic neglected stress can lead to heart attacks, hypertension, stroke, aches and pains in the body, a weakened immune system, psychiatric disorders and even death. Often overeating, smoking, alcohol and drug addiction are a result of stress. Many people say after being hypnotized: “I have never felt so relaxed”. Hypnosis, meditation, deep breathing and exercise are proven tools to melt away stress.
With hypnotic relaxation, there is usually a decrease in hypertension, blood pressure, respiratory rate, heart rate and muscle tension, plus a great feeling of peace of mind. Hypnotherapy is used throughout the world by physicians, psychologists, and dentists, as well as many other healing professionals to help patients to gain self-control, learn to control their body and to live a better life.
You can even learn how to hypnotize yourself to give yourself positive instructions to enjoy a more joyous and fulfilling life. Affirmations, visualizations and symbols representing change can be locked into your subconscious mind for maximum health and a more successful, satisfying life. Many athletes and Olympic champions use hypnosis and self-hypnosis to develop “call on demand triggers” for maximum superior performance.
Understand and Control How Your Thoughts and Emotions Affect Your Mind and Body Health
Extreme emotional stress or “a broken heart” can cause death. When Debbie Reynolds passed away, her son said that the stress of his sister Carrie Fisher’s death the day before was too much for his mother to take as she planned the funeral for her daughter. Known medically as stress-induced cardiomyopathy, it can strike anyone, even those in good health with no previous heart problems. Debbie Reynolds had said, ‘I want to be with Carrie.”
Broken-heart syndrome occurs when stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol cause arteries to limit blood flow to the heart. The condition can cause heart arrhythmias and sudden death. Barbra Streisand, an advocate for women’s cardiovascular health, said “too many women die of heart disease and stroke like mother and child Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher.” One is even more likely to get a simple cold or flu if living with excessive stress. Stress weakens the entire immune system making us more susceptible to countless illnesses and addictions.
Your thoughts can make your heart pound, cause short, fast breaths and raise blood pressure fast. Your brain and body continually create thousands of different chemicals and hormones that affect your nervous system. This influences your feelings, behavior, immune system and health. 70 to 90% of all visits to physician’s offices are caused by, or made worse by STRESS.
Stress can cause and worsen mental and physical illness drastically. The risk of a heart attack increases about 2 ½ times as much following anger. People with high hostility are more likely to have severe atherosclerosis, hardening, narrowing of the coronary artery. Pessimism seems to increase the risk of illness. People often get cancer 6-18 months after serious multiple stressful events. Animals under stress have an enormously higher cancer rate.
Cancer patients are often called the “nicest people”. Too frequently, they put their own needs aside for others. We all thrive with a strong sense of self-esteem, with the ability to say “no” and with the willingness to satisfy our own needs. Assertiveness and optimism will make you happier and healthier.
Depression after a heart attack must be treated, or it can increase the possibility of an earlier death. I have a friend who has been a funeral director for over 30 years. He tells me that he commonly sees people retiring and shortly after dying. We all thrive on involvement with a purpose and/or people, preferably both. Thinking thoughts of appreciation and gratitude, especially before sleep, will protect your heart. Thoughts before sleep have a powerful effect upon your subconscious mind which communicates closely with your immune system.
A few examples of important actions that will assist your mind and body to release healthy chemicals:
- A happy marriage or close relationship.
- Close friends and family for emotional support.
- Church membership.
- Active group or club memberships.
- Prayer, meditation, guided imagery or hypnosis.
- Progressive relaxation, Yoga, deep breathing exercises.
- Daily physical exercise, stretching for release of endorphins, improved self-image.
- Having a pet for affection and companionship. Animals also have healthy changes in their cardiovascular system while being petted by people.
- Laughter. I enjoy comedians. Laughter has a stimulating effect, activating many muscles like an internal workout with a reduction of stress hormones, the release of “happy chemicals” and followed by a feeling of relaxation.
- Simple and inexpensive pleasures: Relaxing or soothing inspirational music; appreciation of nature, a walk in a forest, a sunset; appreciation of beautiful art; nostalgic moments; a good book, movie or a live play; physical contact with another person; sexual activity.
- Be giving, be a volunteer.
- Express yourself creatively with art.
Dr. Milton Erickson, a most respected psychiatrist and hypnotherapist, regardless of the problem, always sought a goal of happiness for his patient.
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” John Lennon
“Intelligence is in every cell of your body. The mind is not confined to the space above the neck.” Candace Pert, PhD.
Information like this should be taught to everyone who goes to school. I encourage you to read my similar blogs on this website.
My website is full of ideas and tips to help you to achieve health, peace of mind, happiness, joy and mental mastery for a fulfilling life. Tell your friends to visit the website too.
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.
Hypnosis is super concentration of the mind. You are not distracted by everyday thoughts. The greater the focus of the mind, the “deeper” the hypnosis. However, even a “light” or “medium’ trance with positive instructions from the hypnotist can produce enormous changes in your life. If the hypnotic directions or commands are not agreeable to the client, they can be rejected by what I call the subconscious censor.
The mind and body constantly influence each other. Imagine your favorite food. Vividly remember what it looks like, smells like, tastes like, feels like in your mouth and sounds like when you enjoy it. If you take time to do this, you will notice the flow of saliva in your mouth. Merely suggesting that a hypnotized person is eating different foods will cause different specific gastric secretions to properly digest each of those different foods.
Most nervous problems people have are caused by self-hypnosis. They have hypnotized themselves and they need to be dehypnotized. People will tell themselves over and over, “I can’t quit smoking”; “My family is all overweight, so I will be too”; “My parent died of this or that, so I fear that will happen to me too!” If you are going to keep repeating thoughts to yourself (hypnotic repetition), you had best make sure that they are positive thoughts, especially what you say to yourself before falling asleep.
The subconscious mind never sleeps, and will mull over, echo, and turn over your thoughts all night, especially the ones that you think about before sleep. Physicians often tell people to relax, but not how to relax. After being hypnotized, many people say “I have never felt so relaxed in my entire life.” Stress and tension influence the nervous system and can contribute to either causing or making worse almost any condition that is seen by a physician. Many skin conditions are a mirror of our emotions.
Mere words and thoughts have a magical power and can cause changes in organs and glands in our body. Our thoughts create chemicals, chemicals affect our feelings and feelings affect our behavior. For example, happy tears and sad tears have different chemicals. Thoughts can cause blushing with the rush of blood to the face. Thoughts can cause the heart to pound or to relax. Thoughts can cause someone to sweat. We have seen candidates perspire during the Presidential debates when they are under stress. Words create anger and feelings of love. Thoughts can heal or not. Professional hypnotists carefully select the words they use to focus a person’s attention and to stimulate their imagination for health, success and happiness.
A worst fear is thinking that something is wrong with you or your mind. This creates needless fear and anxiety. A new way of thinking must be instilled into the mind. Most any problem responds well to hypnosis. Hypnosis usually helps most any problem a little or completely. It is very unlikely that hypnosis cannot be of some help. Sometimes hypnosis requires more than one session. Recorded hypnosis sessions allow the client to repeat and reinforce the hypnosis at any time that is convenient.
Worry, anxiety and fear cause tension and symptoms. Once we have the symptoms, our worry and fear may increase. This increase in worry and fear causes more serious symptoms, so it becomes a vicious circle. For example, if you worry about not sleeping, your sleep habit will become worse. Many have stopped using sleep pills after being hypnotized or learning self-hypnosis. Most sexual disorders from impotence to frigidity respond favorably to hypnosis. “That which I hath feared hath come upon me.”
Worry can cause indigestion, headaches, high blood pressure and countless other conditions. Instructing the subconscious mind to look at challenges in a new way (reframing) can often be one simple solution. Often people have no disease at all, just anxiety, nervous tension and tightness in the body caused by fear. Sometimes words and ideas can do what medicine does not. Finding the cause and removing it can be better than suppression of the symptoms with drugs.
Hypnosis can break that vicious circle with total relaxation, confidence building and other specific instructions presented to the subconscious mind when attention is concentrated. The hypnotist does not “control” anyone. Hypnosis is “en rapport”, two minds working together, an instructor and a student. Hypnosis alone is a tremendous natural relaxant, but it is the specific hypnotic instructions that create the powerful specific changes desired.
Hypnotized people hear everything that the hypnotist says, otherwise they would be in an ordinary sleep. A hypnotised person is not unconscious. They are superaware and totally focused upon the hypnotist’s voice. If a hypnotist says “raise your hand”, the client raises only the hand from the wrist, not the entire arm. A hypnotic sleep is totally different from an ordinary sleep. If a boy runs fast, that is the opposite of the boy being tied fast to a chair. Words can have many different meanings. In addition, how the hypnotist says the word, in terms of pauses, volume level, repetition, and inflection can change the emotion that the word creates in the subconscious. Emotion always intensifies the hypnosis. Many will say to me, “Your voice is so empowering, makes me feel so confident, makes me feel more relaxed than ever before, makes me feel so good”, etc.
The subconscious cannot tell the difference between a real experience and an imaginary experience. People will wake up with a dream fearfully shouting or kicking under the covers. Their sleep partner will say: “Just relax, you are dreaming, everything is ok.” The person with the dream will say: “But it seemed so real.” That’s why people follow the instructions of the hypnotist. The healing words given by the hypnotist become concentrated in the mind of the client, and he follows them. He now believes he is a non smoker, wants to eat and exercise like a slim person, lets nails grow long, sleeps better, and stops drinking alcohol. This is simply because that is the clear picture of themselves that has been locked into their subconscious mind with hypnotic suggestion, imagery and repetition. I call it brain rinsing out the negative and replacing with the positive.
A nervous speaker or actor can be told under hypnosis in many different ways that he is confident, relaxed, poised, looking forward to his appearance; the audience is smiling, excited, applauding; he is speaking enthusiastically, full of energy, thoroughly enjoying his audience, etc. His mind is concentrated and his daydreams under hypnosis seem real to the subconscious mind. You become what you believe. Napoleon said “Imagination rules the world.” Be sure to read all my blogs and search my website to help you to understand and use hypnosis successfully for your best life.
Around one in three Ikarians live into their 90s, have much lower rates of cancer and heart disease, less depression and dementia, maintain a sex life into old age and remain physically active deep into their 90s.
Dr Christina Chrysohoou, a university medical school cardiologist discovered that the Ikarian diet featured a lot of beans, not much meat nor refined sugar, and that Ikarians eat locally garden grown vegetables with high antioxidants. Their exercise is digging the earth.
Ikarians regularly enjoy homemade red wine, potatoes, goat’s milk, herb tea (mint and sage), consume only small quantities of coffee, have a low daily calorie consumption, are largely unaffected by the westernized way of living with low tourism, often have afternoon naps, and sleep well with the window open for fresh air.
Ikarians are warm, friendly people, but not wealthy, as about 40% are unemployed. They are readily generous and share as if everyone is family. Family is a vital part of Ikarian culture with children, grandchildren and older people actively involved in their lives. There is a senior’s home, but it is more for those who have lost all their family.
Studies indicate that the same things that yield this healthy longevity also yield happiness. Happiness comes from a sense of belonging to something greater than oneself, and of helping others to happiness.
Gross National Happiness:
Bhutan, officially The Kingdom of Bhutan is in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas bordered by China and India. In spite of economic struggles, Bhutan is often said to be one of the happiest countries in the world.
The government of Bhutan uses a Gross National Happiness index to measure happiness among its people. Happiness in Bhutan is a major goal, guided by a culture that is rich in spiritual practice and community, a sense of connectedness, and less focus on material possessions. It is the goal of many psychiatrists and psychologists that their patients achieve a state of happiness.
Common Tension Symptoms and Reactions
- Tight Feelings
- Shaking, Trembling
- High Blood Pressure
- Excessive Smoking
- Menstrual, Bladder, Bowel, & Sexual Disorders.
Hypnosis is a tremendous tool to break the circle of stress and tension. 70% to 90% of problems appearing in a doctor’s office are either caused by stress or made worse by stress. Stress activates toxic chemicals in the body. Stress is the number one reason why people go back to smoking. Animals subjected to extreme stress have a high probability of developing cancer. People often develop cancer 6-18 months after serious multiple stresses.
Hypnosis is such a powerful technique that Dr. Jack Gibson, a surgeon in Ireland, performed over 4000 major and minor surgeries with hypnosis alone, no anesthetic. I have even heard of two heart operations performed with hypnosis alone. Whatever you do, you will do it better with hypnosis.