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.
A person can crave alcohol, sweet foods, or tobacco today and within minutes, his cravings may be gone with the correct hypnosis suggestions. Some respond successfully instantly with hypnosis, while others may need more time, or hypnosis conditioning. Those who can relax quickly and powerfully focus their mind on the voice of the hypnotist do very well. Those who have tension and constant fears, worries, and anxieties going through their mind may take more time to help.
Some people need to be dehypnotized from the negative thoughts they have placed in their own mind. Negative thoughts and worries can lock into the mind when we are emotional with embarrassment, fearful, angry, sexually aroused, or anytime our mind is focused in everyday life. This is accidental negative self-hypnosis. The consciously forgotten initial sensitizing cause of the problem can be discovered in the subconscious during hypnosis. This is similar to forgetting a name or phone number that comes back to you when you are more relaxed.
Knowing the cause of the problem is the hypnotist’s guide to creating the best curative hypnotic suggestions. Subsequent events in our life can intensify any established worry, fear, or anxiety. Just worrying about your problem can intensify the problem and keep it going. Hypnotic super concentration on the voice of a hypnotist and new positive instructions totally change the negative subconscious programming so that the person is now back in control, relaxed, confident and happier in everyday life.
People in love exhibit a form of hypnosis: “love is blind.” People may say: “What does she see in him?” We often imagine what we want to see and see what is not there. Reasoning with someone in love is usually unsuccessful. People can be obsessed with someone. Hypnosis can be a fast cure to forget someone after a broken relationship. The cause and the cure are both established by concentration and imagination.
Concentration is essential to a successful life. A focused mind is a strong mind. With a distracted scatterbrained mind, advice and suggestions do not register. With a focused mind, we can absorb hypnotic direction for maximum performance. The right hypnotic programming helps someone to be relaxed, to believe in himself, and motivates him to achieve success. The person becomes more creative and breaks through invisible barriers that were holding him back. Fearful visions of the future vanish, when replaced with positive mental imagery. We become the pictures we hold in our mind.
Will power to sleep does not work. Imagining yourself relaxed, sleeping soundly, deeply, and awakening in the morning refreshed, rested and happy does work when done with hypnosis. Fear, worry and anxiety attract that which is feared…”For what I fear comes upon me, And what I dread befalls me.” When the mind has negative thoughts, then the body has tension. Organs, glands, nerves, blood vessels and tiny cells are influenced in an unhealthy way. Every cell has a mind which is influenced by our thoughts. The vicious circle of tension, fear, worry and anxiety may be broken by hypnotic relaxation alone, thereby eliminating the problem. 70 to 90% of problems appearing in the physician’s office are either caused by stress, or made worse by stress.
It is important that we love our self as a miracle. You will always be beside yourself. People like to be around positive people who love themselves. Hypnosis is a tremendous tool to build self-acceptance and self-esteem. Hypnotic commands need to be positive, simple and to use imagination rather than will power. Many children and adults are held back by tension, nervousness, worry, and anxiety. Hypnosis can often rapidly achieve success where other methods have failed. We can become our personal best. Even physical strength is proven greater with instructions in hypnosis. Olympic champions perform better. People face their challenges as an adult instead of as a frightened child.
In the large burns unit of Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) in Switzerland, hypnosis is used on a daily basis. According to Dr. Pierre-Yves Rodondi at the University Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine and a scientific study carried out at the hospital (published in the journal Burns), it is concluded that hypnosis:
- reduces the time patients spend in intensive care by 5 days
- cuts the cost of therapy and saves $26,000 a patient
- should be in all of the other hospital departments at CHUV
- should be in all hospitals
- is effective in pain management
- helps patients with severe burns to recover faster
- reduces anxiety
- reduces the use of drugs
- reduces the overall need for anaesthetics
Lausanne University Hospital has 2 nurses in the intensive care unit who are full time hypnotherapists. One of the nurses, Maryse Davadant says “We offer it to everyone, some are aware of it and are interested, whereas others are more skeptical, but almost everyone tries it and is satisfied.” Patients are also taught self-hypnosis for pain control.
Romane’s Seminars and How to Maximize Your Mind Power (Part 3 of 3)
A few more thoughts:
Stop the struggle: “I have to stop smoking”; “I have to be hypnotized”; “I have to get rid of this pain.” Such intensity creates worry, stress, and other negative emotions. Do not “try hard”. People try hard to fall asleep, and can’t sleep. They try hard to remember something, but when they stop trying, the memory often comes back. People try hard for a sexual response, and it becomes less likely.
Change the audio and video: Change the words and pictures in your head. Never say anything negative about yourself. If someone says something negative about you, mentally say: “That’s ridiculous, I am (insert positive thoughts)”. Recognize the negative, reject it, reaffirm and reinforce the positive. For example, my stop smoking recordings tell your mind that you are already a nonsmoker, a clean fresh air breather. When you use hypnosis, affirm, visualize in detail, believe and know it works. Have the attitude that change is inevitable, a done deal as you think of your goal as already accomplished.
Example of Food Cravings Killer: Psychologists often utilize a visualization technique, but it is much more powerful if used with hypnosis. “It’s St. Patrick’s Day. I have a craving for a green milkshake as I drive closer to the restaurant. I want it. Stop, wait a minute, milkshake maker’s are known to have very high bad bacteria; the server never washed his hands when he left the bathroom; rat’s were licking the machine at night; the sweet syrup has a drop of nose mucus that fell from the server’s nose into the milkshake. All that sugar is gasoline for cancer and increases the chance of diabetes. The server brings it with his finger in the top of the milkshake. Poor sanitation, poor hygiene totally turns me off. (The more disgusting the imagery, the better it works). I don’t need it. I’m driving straight home past the restaurant to have a nice banana, orange, sweet apple, papaya or pineapple.”
Your health and happiness: Your health is your most important possession. Look after your health first above all else and you will have the energy to enjoy your own life, plus the energy to help others. True happiness and joy comes from helping others.
Love yourself: There is no perfect person. You will always be beside yourself, so you had best love yourself. When you love yourself, you have more love to give. People want to be around others who love themselves and have love to give. Love yourself and your body. You are a miracle. You are a unique, special person. There is no one just like you and there never will be anyone just like you. You have eyes that see and ears that can hear. You have your own fingerprints; your own signature; your own DNA; your own temperature control system; your own blood system; your own healing system that heals and mends cuts, scrapes, and bruises; a powerful imagination to create … I could go on and on. You really are fantastic. You are amazing!
Believe in yourself: If you do not, no one else will. We all have our own special talents and gifts. You become what you think the most about. Pay attention to your mind, your mouth, your thoughts and your words.
Be a hypnotist in your daily life: Motivate, encourage, praise and inspire others with your positive thoughts, words and actions. Do your best so that people leave you feeling better. People will remember you more by how you make them feel than by what you say or do. People want to be with people who make them feel good, feel well, feel happy.
Someone leaves you: Why would you ever want to be with someone who does not want to be with you. There are thousands of people who want to be with you. Choose someone with similar values, similar interests and whose actions match their words. Sometimes people leave due to mental illness. 20% of the world suffers mental illness sometime in their life. A 70 year old man was left by his wife. He joined a gym, and is now is a body builder who looks better than superman.
Someone dies: Many people tell me that they went back to smoking or some other temporary stress reliever. The person who dies doesn’t want you to start smoking, drinking or whatever. Doing that will give you a second problem, and you will be upset with yourself. Instead, be thankful and cherish the moments you had with that person. Think upon all the wonderful experiences you enjoyed with that person. However, keep in mind that we are all like leaves on the trees, here for a short while and then we are replaced. This is another reason to enjoy every moment of the present with awareness and gratitude. Short term sadness is normal, long term sadness needs professional medical or psychological help. Use safe, natural stress relief techniques such as hypnosis, meditation, deep breathing, exercise, a vacation.
Forgive yourself and forgive others: Do not hold a red hot coal in your hand waiting to throw it at someone while it burns you. Live in the present. The past is long past being past, best left in the dusty old past like a child’s tricycle, old hair styles and old styles of clothing. Live in the now, the present; get your life back; get your energy back; get your power back and get your spirit back. You are no longer a victim and you are really alive when you live in the present. There is no need for a “pity party” to waste your time complaining over coffee with your friends. Take responsibility and move on to your future. You have the freedom to make new choices. Dalai Lama was once asked: “When have you been most happy?” He said: “Right now.” You have free choice to choose to live in the present. Take responsibility and walk victoriously with your head held high. As you sit or stand in that spot, ask yourself several times: Where is (insert your first name) going now…
How to Maximize Your Mind Power (Part 1 of 3)
Hypnotherapy is beneficial for a wide range of issues encountered in general medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology, pediatrics, anesthesiology, obstetrics and gynecology, dentistry, psychology and psychiatry. The American Psychology Association (APA) website has stated that most clinicians now agree hypnotherapy can be a powerful and effective therapeutic technique for a wide variety of conditions.
Some of the areas of application are insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, anorexia nervosa, frigidity, epilepsy, allergy, drug abuse, tics, headaches and migraines, asthma, a variety of skin maladies (skin is a mirror of emotions), weight reduction, sports, stress, anxiety, pain control, psychosomatic illnesses and hundreds of other areas.
For the balance of this manuscript, the term unconscious and subconscious will have the same meaning. The subconscious/unconscious mind is responsible for up to 90 to 95 percent of our thoughts and actions. Hypnosis is a heightened focus of attention allowing access to the unconscious mind with increased suggestibility.
Hypnosis can provide lasting change by replacing negative thoughts with positive empowering thoughts. Hypnosis is a natural occurring state where the unconscious mind can readily accept and act on new instructions for change, health, self-improvement and success.
In a comparison survey of psychotherapy literature on the recovery rates of different therapeutic interventions (as published in American Health Magazine), it was noted that psychoanalysis had a 38% recovery after 600 sessions; behavior therapy had a recovery rate of 72% after 22 sessions, while hypnotherapy showed a 93% recovery rate after just 6 sessions. This indicates some psychological issues benefit more from hypnotherapy than psychoanalysis or behavior therapy. A German university meta-analysis of 444 studies supported this claim.
For a better understanding of how hypnosis works, read my testimonials page on my website where 100 people write about their experience and benefits using my seminars and/or hypnosis recordings. Today, hypnotherapy is rapidly advancing world-wide as a respected form of therapy in an unlimited number of areas. Whatever you do, you will do it better with hypnosis. The more you learn about hypnosis, the better you will use it.
When you see a hypnotist and he introduces experiences to you such as sticking your hands together, “gluing” your eyelids together, to imagine a balloon pulling your arm up, that your arm is stiff and cannot bend, etc., this is to test for your openness in using your imagination, to focus on his voice and to participate with your mind and his mind working together. It tests your ability to follow instructions, to cooperate, to imagine and to concentrate.
You can also do these types of experiences when practicing self-hypnosis. Success with the experiences increases your confidence that you are using hypnosis effectively, so you stop analyzing and self-questioning: “Is it working, I hope it’s working, it has to work.” Such experiences also help you to enhance your imagination, increase your ability in the retrieval of sensory memories, and improve your concentration abilities. All these skills are useful to maximize your benefits from hypnosis, whether self-hypnosis or hetero-hypnosis (hypnotized by another).
You can also deepen your hypnosis. For example, “as my arm rises, my body relaxes more…I feel more calm”; “As my arm rises, I feel satisfied, full, with small portions of food”; “As my arm rises, I feel more comfort (not I have less pain)”. Instruct yourself what you do want, not what you do not want. For example, when an arm rises in the air as you vividly imagine (what you see, hear, smell, taste, feel in detail) the balloon pulling it, it feels like there is another self or another mind pulling the balloon automatically. That other mind is your unconscious mind. The more details you imagine, the better. For example, if someone imagines the balloon a certain color, it is more real, and the arm will lift faster, automatically. You want to get lost in your imaginary dream.
With hypnosis, you can learn how to control your body and mind more than you ever thought possible. You can improve your daily life and feel more relaxed. This is good because most of life’s problems are caused by stress.
If you vividly imagine holding ice (and remember the sensory feelings of ice, the numbness) in one hand, your hand getting very cold and imagine the other hand is in hot water, you can make the one hand smaller, and the other slightly larger. Blood vessels shrink in the one hand and dilate in the other. If you vividly imagine walking up a steep hill, you can raise your pulse rate. If you imagine running up the hill, you can increase your pulse rate 20 points.
Hypnotic Pain Control, and the Power of Affirmations versus Mental Imagery
Our mouth is one of the most sensitive parts of the body, as there is a high concentration of nerve endings in the mouth.
Extracting a molar tooth from a person’s mouth without the use of local or general anesthesia is very painful for the average person. Removal of a person’s wisdom teeth is considered to be surgical, and sometimes requires general anesthesia (using sedatives to render the patient unconscious) as well as local anesthesia (numbing in the area of the tooth removal).
In 2013, the Journal of Cranio-maxillofacial Surgery published a study in which 24 volunteers had two wisdom teeth removed. All of the patients had one tooth removed with the help of hypnosis alone, and the second tooth was removed using standard local anesthesia, without hypnosis.
Here are the reported results: “Of the subjects who underwent hypnosis, only two subjects (8.3 percent) reported pain after induction of hypnosis. In the local anesthetic group, 8 subjects (33.3 percent) reported pain. The results of the study clearly showed that patients in the hypnosis group had less pain during the first few hours post-operatively.”
In 1999, Acta Chirurgica Belgica, the official journal of the Royal Belgian Society for Surgery, published a study regarding hypnosis and its effects on thyroidectomy (thyroid removal) and cervicotomy (incision into the cervix of the uterus) in place of general anesthesia (complete sedation).
The reported results of the study were: “All surgeons reported better operating conditions for cervicotomy using hypnosis. All patients having hypnosis reported a very pleasant experience and had significantly less postoperative pain while analgesic use was significantly reduced in this group.”
Many other studies have shown similar positive effects when hypnosis is used in place of anesthesia.
Many years ago, my dentist told me that I had too many teeth for the size of my jaw. As a result, the dentist extracted a perfectly good tooth from my mouth and I decided to use self-hypnosis, instead of novocaine freezing. At the time, I experienced no discomfort and I was unaware of exactly when the tooth was actually pulled. After the dentist showed me my tooth on the dish, I recalled that I had experienced a slight tingle a moment earlier, but that was all.
My method was simply to stare at the bright light above my head; allow my eyelids to feel heavy and close; imagine that my right hand was numb like wood, leather, wax, like ice was applied; tell my right hand that it was getting light with a red helium balloon attached to the wrist; that the hand would float up to brush my jaw, and my jaw would become cold and numb as the numbness transferred from my hand to my jaw.
I increased the voltage of the subconscious command (instruction/direction/suggestion) by focusing upon remembering in detail what a cold snowball felt like in my hand; what it was like to inject my hand into ice water; what it was like when my hand “went numb, asleep”; what it was like when I had novocaine in my jaw on a past visit to the dentist. Such visual imagery has much more mind power than simply affirming or mentally saying “my hand is numb.”
This is true because the subconscious mind responds better to imagery than to words, unless the words already have a strong emotionally conditioned feeling that is attached to them. In that case, there is an automatic stimulus – response connection such that when the word is said to someone, that person automatically feels emotion, or a change in their thoughts, feelings or behaviour. Such changes are easily possible when the subconscious mind is willingly focused powerfully on the voice of the hypnotist, with their conscious critical mind put aside for a while. It is at that time that the subconscious mind readily accepts the hypnotist’s instructions. The guards (conscious mind) have left the gate open, gone for a walk and now at last, healthy, effortless changes are possible.
I believe I can hypnotize almost anyone, if they want to be hypnotized, and if they pay attention to my instructions. The instructions are so simple that a child can follow them. Some people can be hypnotized in seconds, while others need to be trained in the skill, or conditioned for hypnosis. The first step is to eliminate any irrational fears or misconceptions so the client feels comfortable with hypnosis. The second step is to help the client to trust the hypnotist as someone who is there to help them in one way or another to have a better life, to find a lost object that has been misplaced, to reduce pain, to be more successful in sports, or a thousand other applications.
The client has to understand that he or she gains control and does not lose control with hypnosis, to understand that no one stays in hypnosis, or “gets stuck” in hypnosis, and that they will not be revealing personal information.
So, can a hypnotist quickly identify people who have a natural talent to be hypnotized easily and rapidly, or those who have been previously hypnotized. In many cases, the answer is yes. The ability to be hypnotized fast requires people who want to be hypnotized and who have a desire and ability to follow simple instructions; who are able to focus and pay attention to something such as a flickering candle flame, a hypnotic spiral, a swinging watch, or simply the hypnotist’s voice.
Some hypnotists claim that East Indians; Iranian women; Asians (more so than Europeans) are easier to hypnotize. I always found that French people in Canada were easier to hypnotize than others. When I presented entertainment hypnosis in the 1960’s and 1970’s, I noticed French people were more emotional, more enthusiastic, and more involved in the hypnosis and the show. Audience members would sit on the edge of their seats, fascinated with the mystery and humor in the show. Country people seemed less cynical and less analytical than city people, and often more relaxed as well.
Sometimes a hypnotist will place his hands on a client’s shoulders and move him back and forth, to determine the degree of relaxation. The hypnotist may shake the client’s hand to find out if the hand is warm, and if the arm is loose and relaxed. Facial muscles will often show greater relaxation as the person is going into hypnosis.
People interested in spiritual and New Age areas such as yoga, meditation, massage, Reiki, psychic phenomena, past life regression, are employed in monotonous work, daydream frequently, are creative with a good imagination such as musicians, artists and writers usually have a natural ability for hypnosis.
Some hypnotists claim that the military are more easily hypnotized because they are used to following instructions. People who have used chemically altering drugs in the past tend to be responsive due to their experience with altered mental states. Some alcohol relaxes to speed up hypnosis, but too much prevents paying attention to following instructions. When I was about 13, I had trouble hypnotizing a school friend. After he had one beer, he became hypnotized very rapidly.
If someone has been hypnotized before, they are more likely to be hypnotized easily and quickly again. If someone shows large pupils, it may indicate that they like you, are interested in the activity and thus able to focus attention very well. When a horrific accident or incident is described, does the person’s imagination kick in causing their face to grimace? Do they become emotionally involved in a movie in a theatre or duck when they see a knife thrown on the movie screen, or do they shed some tears in a sad scene? This shows a vivid imagination, which is helpful to be hypnotized in order to utilize hypnosis for the person’s benefit. People who are eager to be hypnotized are more suited to hypnosis than people who do not wish to be hypnotized.
People who sit close to a hypnotist in an audience, especially the front row, smile, are engaged with the speaker, laugh with the speaker, vocalize, (they are not bored); have a pen in their mouth; or nod after hearing “a lot of people love being hypnotized, it feels so good, they want to do it again and again” are showing strong receptivity for hypnosis. The more signals shown with such positive responses, the easier and faster they will go into hypnosis.
On the other hand, for people whose attention is easily diverted away from the voice of the hypnotist, who do not focus on what the hypnotist is doing, who may sit with arms crossed (may be disagreeing with the idea of hypnosis), they are likely to take more time, or need a specialized method to be hypnotized. For people who find too many “monkeys in their mind with constant mind wandering”, a faster confusion rapid hypnosis method would likely prove more suitable. A client may be told to take a long, slow, deep breath, yet he may take a short, fast, shallow breath. The client may have to learn to pay attention and to follow instructions.
In summary, people are generally very easy to hypnotize if the misconceptions are gone, there is a feeling of trust, they follow simple instructions, are willing to focus attention, willing to learn relax and melt away tensions, and willing to learn how to effectively use their imagination, they will be hypnotized easily, rapidly and deeply. As a result, whatever the client wants to accomplish, he will do it better with maximum success.
Understand how your mind works
If you attend any of my live seminars or use any of my hypnosis recordings, you should pat yourself on the back for loving yourself enough to look after your own health and well being. When I ask an audience of hundreds of people “Do you know anyone who has successfully lost weight or stopped smoking using my hypnosis seminars or recordings?” up to 80% of the hands go up in the air.
When people use hypnosis, they often do not know they were hypnotized. Being hypnotized is simply having a powerful focus upon the voice of the hypnotist, accepting uncritically everything the hypnotist says is true, and turning off your critical conscious thinking brain. I guide people into hypnosis with methods so easy to follow that a child can learn to do this. You do not have to know you are hypnotized, or to even to believe it will work. People are often surprised at their positive results.
People often use the nicotine patch to stop smoking, but searching the internet shows that the patch only has a 7-12% success rate. There’s no need to be disappointed if it did not work for you, for nicotine patches do not help most people. At least you gave it a try and I applaud people who do not give up. Persistence will help you to find success in whatever you want to accomplish.
Mark Twain said “It is easy to stop smoking for I have done it 1000 times.” People go back to smoking because of stress, drinking, or cockiness (“I’ll just have one”). I help people to gain control over their hands and their life with hypnosis.
Stress is the most common reason that people go back to smoking. They will say someone left me, or someone died, “and now I have 2 problems instead of one, for I am back smoking.” A large number of people in my audience will say that someone left them (wife, husband, boyfriend, girl friend) sometime in their life, and that created enough stress to go back to smoking. There are many other healthy ways to handle stress. So, why would you want to be with someone who does not want to be with you? When someone close to us dies, a short period of grief is normal. One has to be thankful for the time together, and cherish those memories, but move on with the present, and life.
When events in our lives go the wrong way, we have to stop living in the past, and live in the present to get back our life, our power, our energy, and our spirit. When you live in the present, you are truly alive. If you are always living in the past, you are not alive. “The past is long past being past, best left in the dusty old past. When unfortunate events happen, we have to say “My name is (fill in the blank), where am I going now?”
Going to sleep at night, have you ever told yourself to wake up at a certain time in the morning, and you did? That is a form of self-hypnosis. Your self-suggestion went into your subconscious mind as you fell asleep. The conscious mind sleeps at night. The subconscious mind never sleeps. That’s why mothers wake up when the children cry. Dreams can seem so real that people can believe and feel like they are flying, in danger, or getting something they always wanted. The imagination is powerful. This is why hypnosis works.
The inner mind cannot tell the difference between reality and fantasy. So, hypnosis helps to convince people to BELIEVE that they are already non smokers, a slim person with new eating habits, a person who enjoys long nails and would never even think of biting them, or a person who is calm, relaxed, and happy, with peace of mind in all situations. You get the idea.
We have two minds. That’s why when you are asleep, you pull the covers up when you are cold or down when you are hot, or change position when you are uncomfortable, without having to wake up. Hypnosis helps you to communicate to your subconscious mind to change your beliefs, to instill confidence, to build love for yourself, and to achieve your maximum personal best.
If you cry tears from sadness, or cry tears from joy and happiness, sad tears and happy tears have different chemicals. Your brain and body produce thousands of different chemicals, according to your thinking, positive or negative, healthy or unhealthy thoughts. Your thoughts influence the chemical production, whether they are healthy or toxic chemicals. Those chemicals influence your feelings. Your feelings affect your actions, and your behavior. More different chemicals are produced in your brain and body than are on the shelves of the largest pharmacy in the world. The mind influences the body and the body influences the mind.
When you are hypnotized, your body may feel like it is asleep. You may hear sounds around you, but the hypnotist will tell you: “Every sound around you helps you to melt deeper into relaxation, and helps you to focus even more powerfully upon my voice.” When you are hypnotized, your mind is super alert, super aware, and uncritically enjoying a mental ride with the hypnotist. The hypnotist drives, and you lay back and enjoy the story as his voice persuades you to feel and do things that help you to be healthy, successful and happy.
When you are hypnotized, your mind is not a blank. You are not asleep. Hypnosis is not a truth serum. Everyone comes out of hypnosis. Medical hypnosis is so powerful that heart operations have taken place with no anesthetic, only hypnotism. In Ireland, Dr. Jack Gibson performed over 4000 minor and major operations with hypnotism as the only anesthetic.
Physicians, psychologists, dentists, and other professionals throughout the world use hypnosis to help others to improve their life. I have even had people at live seminars tell me that while they were hypnotized by me, they gave themselves their own suggestions for dropping cocaine, weight loss, nail biting and more, and they were successful.
In the 1940’s, doctors recommended smoking to relieve stress. In the 1950’s, doctors used hypnosis with patients secretly, for fear of losing their medical license. In the 1960’s, when I was an undergraduate student, I was told by a psychology professor that I would never be allowed into graduate school if I practiced hypnosis. Today, thousands of psychologists practice hypnosis, and a few often do their best to change laws to restrict the practice to their own profession, to eliminate any competition.
I was one of the first hypnotists in the world to create a stop smoking with hypnosis cassette recording. I was told in the 1960’s by psychologists that no one can be helped with recordings, that a face to face meeting with a psychologist is needed. Today, there are thousands of self-help recordings distributed by psychologists, doctors and psychiatrists. Everything in the world is always changing. Hypnosis, with a live seminar or recordings, can help you to gain control of your subconscious mind to change your life.
Being able to go into hypnosis is a skill. The more you use this skill, the better your ability becomes, and the greater the results you achieve. Practice makes perfect. Hypnosis is a great meditation technique as well. You can focus on your breathing and go to a special peaceful place in your mind, real or imaginary, detailing what you see, hear, feel, smell and taste.
My hypnosis recordings are even more effective if you use headphones and an eye mask to block out distractions. I wish you great happiness and fulfillment in your life.
Top resolutions by people include a desire to lose weight, stop smoking, exercise more, improve health and looks, improve relationships, and to make or save more money. Here are 10 helpful instructions to reach any goal:
- Create a written plan with a specific, measureable, realistic goal. If more exercise is the goal, be gradual in increasing intensity and duration of exercise. Being over ambitious leads to disappointment, or even injury. Make the goal simple, such as resolving to lose 10 pounds (just ‘lose weight’ is too vague); to eliminate soft drinks, candy and chocolate; to walk Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Have your deodorant only available at the gym? To control spending, cut up credit cards and have monthly automated savings? Improve a relationship by setting aside specific times to be with a loved one?
- Be accountable by making a verbal commitment to a few people.
- Enlist support from a family member, friend, mentor, professional, a class, a good book or self-help recording.
- Be positive, and think “I know I can do this.” Have an intense focused mind set on what you should do, not what you should not do. For example, instead of thinking of not smoking, focus on deep breathing, or drinking more water.
- Consider setbacks as learning experiences and do better next time.
- Talk to people who have done what you want to do and model them.
- Realize you have a choice, and going in the right direction reinforces your will power.
- Reward yourself for small steps to success with perhaps a movie, a small gift, a new outfit, a visit to a friend, etc.
- Several times a day, read a card with motivational reasons and benefits to stick to your plan: Have one on your mirror, and carry one in your wallet to read when waiting somewhere. Reading this just before you fall asleep strongly influences your subconscious mind.
- Keep a Daily Progress Journal to evaluate and improve your plan for success. People wanting to lose weight often say “I blew my program” when they did well on 20 meals out of 21 during the week. That’s over 95% success!
Many success coaches instruct others to start with easier goals to feel a sense of accomplishment. This gives confidence to achieve bigger goals. Sometimes it is best to focus all your mental energy on one major goal at a time, focusing on small steps. One brick at a time creates a building. Patience and calm persistence leads to success. Plan how you will deal with any obstacles that may arise.
The key to my motivating methods is the use of hypnosis with people to intensely focus their mental powers on what they want; to boost their belief in themselves; to increase their self-love so they are totally dedicated to success; to instill positive self-talk, and to program mental success images into their subconscious mind so they imagine and feel that they have already succeeded.
“Men are not prisoners of fate, only prisoners of their own minds.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Stress, tension, fear, worry, and anxiety increase your chances of illness. 70% to 90% of all illnesses seen by physicians are either caused by stress, or made worse by stress. Which of these stressful events have you experienced in the past year? (Check the ones that apply)
Millions of people become seriously ill, need medications, or even surgery because of illnesses which could have been healed years earlier, if they had used stress management techniques.
WHICH OF THESE REACTIONS TO STRESS HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED?
STRESS CONTROL IS THE KEY
It is a lot easier to say “no” when you are relaxed. To become more conscious and aware of the powerful effects of your self-relaxation sessions, just do a before and after relaxation rating test. Zero can be total relaxation and ten can be extreme tension. Rate yourself before and after your hypnosis session, and notice the benefits. Learn to be relaxed alone, or with others.
I can help you to control your own stress with my Stress Control four CD set. A related stress management CD is the Overcome Panic and Anxiety CD. You can order any of my recordings, books and health items by calling 1-800-665-4656, or you can save the shipping charges by ordering online here.
Imagine the fading of reality around you and your absorption in the voice of the hypnotist. That is called hetero-hypnosis. Take away the hypnotist; fade away the reality again while you are absorbed in your own pre-planned positive thoughts. That is self-hypnosis.
Beginners experiencing hetero-hypnosis or self-hypnosis often worry that they are not hypnotized, or that the suggestions (instructions) for health, happiness, success, or self-control will not work. This self-doubt eats up mind power energy, the ability to focus and concentrate on the positive life change instructions.
As the person stops questioning their level of success, feels more comfortable and confident in their hypnotic ability to enter trance easily and quickly, their concentrated absorption becomes stronger. The general reality around them fades and the trance depth increases with the possibility of more dramatic results.
The goal is not just relaxation or meditation, but a powerful ability to hold attention steady, to concentrate confidently and effortlessly. Depth of trance and absorption improve with the use of the imagination, what you imagine seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling and tasting-using many senses with your imagination. Some people may imagine a hypnotist speaking to them. To reduce thinking in the trance, and thereby increase the power of the motivational instructions, it is best to go into self-hypnosis with a clear idea of what you want to suggest to yourself by writing a list of self-suggestions, before hypnosis. You want to basically turn off your thinking mind in hypnosis. While self-hypnotized, some people simply focus on just one image, word, or phrase that reminds them of all the intended self-suggestions.
Some people start self-hypnosis by gazing at one spot, above eye level, letting their eyes begin to feel heavy, tired, and then allow the eyes to close as they “go inside themselves”, relaxing deeper with each breath, melting down with each descending floor of an imaginary escalator or elevator, etc.
The more someone struggles to achieve or control self-hypnosis, the less the success that is experienced. With practice, you can create a trigger thought, word, phrase, or action that rapidly returns you to the self-hypnotic trance, at will. It is a pleasant and enjoyable feeling like a big daydream, and you can come out whenever you decide to do so.
Before you begin self-hypnosis, you need to have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish by having a closer connection to your subconscious mind. As you feel deeply absorbed in your inner experience, depth of trance may vary over time in the same session. A daily practice of self-hypnosis increases your ability, depth and success with the technique. Self-hypnosis begins to feel more normal, more natural, deeper and more focused.
Often the fastest way to learn self-hypnosis is to be hypnotized by a hypnotist or recordings, and then be given instructions that you can re-hypnotize yourself anywhere, anytime at will.
Hetero-hypnosis and self-hypnosis are similar to relaxation techniques and are also associated with lowered blood pressure, respiratory rate, and heart rate. There is a shift to an “internal world” inside yourself. Hetero-hypnosis is often called guided self-hypnosis.
During daydreaming, eyes become fixed, go out of focus, or shift to the left. The experienced daydreamer learns to control their thought stream, intensify their personal imagery and to take pleasure with the process.
Again, doubts or anxiety about being successful with the state must be eliminated. Trusting yourself, your abilities, and believing you are doing well goes a long way here. After giving your subconscious the instructions to reach your goals, it is best to let it go, thus totally trusting your unconscious mind to do whatever needs to be done. Any doubts here will interfere with success. As Dr. Milton Erickson described it: “OK, unconscious, do your stuff.”
Like being guided to ride a bicycle, and then you ride on your own, hetero-hypnosis is often the best way to learn self-hypnosis, then you can later do it on your own without a hypnotist or recording. As greater trance depth in self-hypnosis is achieved, you have to keep yourself from drifting off to sleep, unless that is what you desire.
You can even imagine that a balloon is pulling your right arm up, floating in the air, then the strings are cut, and your arm drops to your lap, touches your leg, and you go deeper into trance. As you do that, consider the color of the balloons, many balloons, reflections of light on the balloons, drifting, floating, lifting, rising. To make the experience more real, also focus on the smell of the balloons, the large size of the balloons, and the feeling of the strings on your wrist. Forget about your arm, let it have a mind of its own, but focus on imagining the balloon pulling your wrist higher and higher. The floating and falling of your arm can be outward, visual proof that you have entered hypnosis.
Self-hypnosis can be used in emergencies such as an accident, or everyday experiences such as before a meal to reduce calories. For example, in self-hypnosis, you can give yourself instructions (using many senses) that your favourite soft drink has 15 teaspoons of sugar in the bottom of the bottle, along with the visualization of spiders, cockroaches and rat droppings. Strong visual images, especially if repeated, can work remarkably well. With experience, a self-instruction like this can be completed in seconds.
In fact, self-hypnosis should be taught to anyone losing weight and every student in school, even children. Psychological research shows children have used self-hypnosis to treat anxiety, asthma, body cast immobilization, burns, enuresis, hair pulling, insomnia, learning difficulties, nausea, pain, poor self-esteem, stuttering, tension and increased self-control. Like any skill, proper instruction and practice result in the mastering of self-hypnosis. Realize that you are responsible for your own practice and praise yourself for your successes. Adults can share the experience together with children as a relaxation, stress management tool.
All you need to do to bring yourself out of self-hypnosis is to count silently to yourself from 1 to 5. Tell yourself that at 5, you will be wide awake, fully alert, feeling great. Again, the highest level of skill with self-hypnosis will come from starting your training with a live hypnotist or self-hypnosis training recordings. With practice, you will soon be able to do self-hypnosis without any external aid from a hypnotist or recordings. You will also learn how to deepen hypnosis on your own. Then, you can use self-hypnosis alone, anywhere, anytime, whenever needed. A man from Northern BC told me at my seminar that he had found the self-hypnosis he learned from me to be useful when a bear attacked and mauled him.
Whatever you do, you can do it better with self-hypnosis and enjoy a feeling of self-mastery. For example, a change in your feelings, in your beliefs, in your ability to cope with chronic pain can give rise to a dramatic change in self-image and enjoyment of life. Self-hypnosis allows an extension of treatment by a hypnotist. That is, whether weight loss, smoking, stress or something else, the client now has a tool in his own head that he can use whenever needed.
In both hetero-hypnosis and self-hypnosis, people experience a high degree of focused mental absorption on new ideas and beliefs, together with a fading of the external environment. Self-hypnosis, with vivid mental imagery is excellent for all personal growth, enhancement and the development of creative potential. Your confidence in using self-hypnosis will increase with practice.
You will gain control over many aspects of your life hypnotizing yourself and giving yourself positive suggestions in seconds, even with your eyes open. I often do this standing in a grocery store line.
If you want to learn more about self-hypnosis, read my book: The Wellness Journey. This is a complete self-hypnosis manual. Also, my two recorded CD sets, Self-Hypnosis and Mind Power have excellent instruction, plus many hypnosis sessions to condition you for self-hypnosis. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Wishing you fulfillment!
A German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer once said: “All truth passes through three stages: first it is ridiculed; next it is violently opposed; third it is accepted as being self-evident.”
When people do not understand something, they often fail to investigate further. In fact, often they fear the unknown so much that they would never dare to investigate further. Hypnosis is used globally as a tool by thousands of physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, dentists, ministers, counsellors, social workers, etc. because it is a useful tool. More professionals are using hypnosis every day for faster healing and for overcoming problems in people’s lives, often in areas where nothing else worked.
Heart operations have taken place under hypnosis, with no anesthetic whatsoever. A surgeon in Ireland, Dr. Jack Gibson performed over 4000 major and minor surgeries with hypnosis as the sole anesthetic. Athletes all over the world use hypnosis and self-hypnosis to achieve maximum performance. Whatever you do, you will do it better with hypnosis and/or self-hypnosis. Hypnosis has proven useful with adults and children. Here are some interesting reports from clients I have helped with hypnosis:
- A client told me she was addicted to drinking several family size Cokes every single day. I hypnotized her and told her that when she looked at a Coke bottle she would see various disgusting things floating inside the bottle, that she had chosen. It could be cockroaches, worms, spit, hair, urine, feces, rats, snakes, etc. We constructed the hypnotic visual image to include drinking the Coke with this concoction of disgusting things, including the taste, the feel, and the smell for a stronger emotional imagery. We added her imagining drinking this mixture and her feeling nauseous, vomiting, and her friends running away disgusted. When she returned for a second reinforcement session a week later, she reported no longer drinking any Coke whatsoever.
- A client came into my office with a note from his psychiatrist which simply said: “Please relax this patient.” After handing me the note, the client leaped into my large, soft, plush armchair and shouted: “Hurry up and relax me.” By using hypnosis and teaching him to practice progressive stress reduction techniques, he was able to enjoy life more, and the little things of life that used to upset him no longer troubled him.
- Another client told me that he would feel furious when he was in a traffic jam. He would take his glasses off, hold them in his hand and squeeze them in anger. That angry adrenalin rush was affecting his happiness, and his health. I hypnotized him to be more relaxed by simply thinking the words “calm and relaxed”, and taught him self-hypnosis. This became an instant trigger for him to calm down.
- I have had clients who led such stressful lives (an accountant at tax deadline time, a taxi driver, and others) that they smoked 4-5 packages of cigarettes a day, yes a day, yet they stopped smoking with hypnosis.
- Self-hypnosis, hypnotizing yourself in the daytime, or before sleep is a valuable tool. I have taught self-hypnosis to people for use in pain control, sports, and especially overeating, or wherever people needed to reinforce hypnosis for a period of time.
- For many more interesting reports direct from clients who enjoyed the benefits of my hypnosis sessions, see these two links:
As you go to sleep tonight, think about all the things for which you are grateful. You’ll have a much better sleep.
How many times have you thought something was impossible, but you did it? How many times have parents, employers, friends, and even physicians have said you will never do this or that, but they were dead-wrong. Many times I have heard physicians say “this is going to hurt, you’ll never walk again, there is no cure”, and if the person accepted the belief, that is exactly what would happen. Our beliefs rule our lives, unless we learn to examine and control them.
In one case, a physician came to see his patient after surgery. The patient was unable to walk, yet the surgery had nothing to do with the ability to walk. When the patient was hypnotized, he was able to recall hearing a conversation between two doctors in the hallway outside his room. The doctors in the hallway said “he’ll never walk again”, however, they were talking about someone else. Because the patient had just come out of surgery, his mind was groggy, focused and very suggestible. The hypnotist removed the negative belief and the patient was again able to walk. The hypnotist merely said to the hypnotized patient “they were talking about a different patient, you can easily walk”.
As you can understand, the mind is very open to following positive or negative instructions when the mind is concentrated. Fortunately, hypnosis can change beliefs and these new beliefs can bring health to the body as well as success and happiness. Of the greatest importance is that negative instructions are not given, and secondly, that the instructions are positive, planned, and powerful whenever the mind is focused and concentrated on the instructions.
You can use hypnosis to change your life with either live sessions with a hypnotist or even hypnosis recordings. Next time you think something is impossible, challenge your beliefs. Here are some examples of wrong thinking:
- 1902: Astronomer Simon Newcomb said “flight by machine heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible”.
- 1913: The American Road Congress stated “it is an idle dream to imagine that… automobiles will take the place of railways in the long distance movement of … passengers”.
- 1927: Harry Warner of Warner Brother’s Studios said “who the hell wants to hear actors talk”.
- 1943: Thomas J. Watson, chairman of IBM said “I think there is a world market for about five computers”.
- 1977: Ken Olsen, president of Digital Equipment Corporation said “there is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.”
Brainwave activity changes with hypnosis. When you are hypnotized, you move from the wide awake brainwave beta state to slower theta waves. You experience changes such as fluttering eyelids, slower, smoother, more regular and deeper breathing. Your body relaxes, and time is distorted as your mind focuses more and more on the voice of the hypnotist, following his instructions. Time passes quickly as you drift, dream, and float with the hypnotic instructions.
Good feelings are felt in hypnosis because the body releases the pleasure chemical, dopamine. When you are hypnotized, instructions given by the hypnotist can change your beliefs. For example, you can be hypnotized to believe you are a nonsmoker; to believe you love exercise, to dislike biting your nails, to believe you have powerful concentration, to block out pain, to be more relaxed in all situations, etc.
Hypnotic instructions given before and after surgery reduce the need for excessive anesthesia and medication. Recovery is faster, and hospital stays are shorter. There is less bleeding, less pain, and the person’s bodily functions all return to normal faster. To a great extent, what we truly believe, we become: healthy or unhealthy, happy or sad, even rich or poor.
Quantum physics suggests that we are the creator of our own realities. Our expectations and intentions, our ability to focus our mind power creates our future.
Every cell in our body has a mind, a consciousness. Hypnosis allows us to influence and change our health, our mood, and what we can achieve by changing our beliefs. A magnifying glass can focus the rays of the sun to start a fire that can destroy a city. Hypnosis helps us to focus our mind power for health, happiness, and success.
You do not even need a hypnotist. You can use a specific hypnosis recording to change your thoughts, feelings and beliefs. The greatest misconception I have heard from people in the last 50 years is the false belief that they need to see a hypnotist in person to be helped. Thousands of people have used my hypnosis recordings in their own home. Virtually anyone using my hypnosis recordings will enjoy a better life.
Two secrets of going into hypnosis are: First, do not care if you know you are hypnotized. Most people don’t know anyway. Assume you are hypnotized, and keep focusing effortlessly on my voice. Don’t care if you are hypnotized because you won’t know anyway. Just go with the flow, and let all the instructions sink into every cell of your brain and body for you to become the way you want to be.
Secondly, really be there with the instructions, as if everything you are told is really true, right now, the moment it is being said. Use all your senses with your imagination: see, hear, feel, smell, taste. Really be there. When I hear hypnotic instructions from a hypnosis recording, I accept it all as true. I do not evaluate, judge, or criticize. I open my mind, trust, and the instructions work FAST. Yes, I use my own hypnosis recordings too, and have done so for over 50 years. The season is changing, and you can too, if that is what you strongly desire. There is an old saying: “A tree unbending will soon break.”
The first step to changing is action with the new knowledge. Knowledge alone is not power. Action is the real power. Another important principle of neurolinguistic programming is “If what you are doing is not working, do something different.” That is, stop banging your head against a wall.
Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions. I enjoy your letters!
Women approaching or in menopause can now get rid of hot flashes associated with menopause by using hypnosis. This new and proven method has saved many women a lot of pain and discomfort caused by the symptoms of menopause.
I now offer a hypnosis recording for women experiencing menopause symptoms, including hot flashes and other associated symptoms. The hypnosis session is on a CD audio recording, or an easily downloadable mp3 file.
Hypnosis can be used to reduce hot flashes by up to 80% according to recent research carried out by Baylor University’s Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory. Women who use hypnotherapy may overcome menopause symptoms, especially in cases where hot flashes are dominant. Many experience a better quality life by using hypnosis because hypnosis may also relieve anxiety, sadness and stress as well.
Hot flashes is one of the most common symptoms of menopause. Over two thirds of women in North America experience hot flashes during perimenopause (pre-menopause) and menopause according to WebMD.
The best thing about using hypnosis to cool hot flashes is that this method is natural, easy to use and safe. Other solutions for hot flashes include hormone replacement, antidepressant paroxetine, anti-seizure medication like gabapentin and clonidine, and blood-pressure medication. These may be effective, but they all have noticeable, and even serious side effects and risks such as stroke, dementia and breast cancer. Hypnosis, being a non-drug solution, is safe for all women. Tests show that using hypnosis methods, similar to my recording ‘Cool Those Hot Flashes’ hypnotic session for menopause, reduces hot flashes by up to 47% within three weeks and 61% at six weeks.
Headaches can be caused by stress, anxiety, poor diet, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, medications, food sensitivity, caffeine, overwork, tension, allergies, etc. If you have a lot of headaches, it is important to talk to your doctor to make sure that the headache is not a symptom of something else. Using hypnosis to eliminate a headache has no side effects, and none of the dangers of stomach upset, heart attack, or stroke often associated with pain killers.
Make sure you are taking good care of yourself. Eat right, get plenty of exercise, drink lots of water and get plenty of rest. Stress, anxiety and tension should be avoided, but this is not always possible. You can use hypnosis to help control stress, anxiety and tension. By just being hypnotized, headaches often simply disappear due to the deep relaxation.
Negative thoughts make you more susceptible to headaches and other problems. So, staying positive and happy will certainly help. Be around people who are upbeat and happy. Get out and do things with people. Go for a walk, see a movie, go to the mall or go out for dinner with friends. These will all help you be, and stay, positive.
Never say to yourself, “He gives me a headache”. You could be unwittingly causing a headache by negative self-hypnosis.
There are many hypnosis techniques that can be used to cure a headache. You can close your eyes and put yourself into a light daydream state and imagine the headache is drifting and floating away, getting smaller and smaller, until it is gone.
Here is another technique that I have used to help many people get rid of headaches (and other discomforts). You can try it yourself next time you have a headache. Sit or lie down comfortably. Close your eyes and relax. Take three deep breathes slowly, in and out. With your index finger of one hand actually draw a picture in mid-air of the pain. You want to draw the perimeter, the outside border of the headache. Make the “drawing” as exact as possible. Draw every nook and cranny. The picture should be done very slowly and it should be very large (about 2 ½ feet high). You might have someone watch you to tell you to slow down or to make it bigger. If your headache is not completely gone, repeat the method.
You will be surprised how often this works. If you need more help with stress, tension, anxiety and stopping negative thoughts, many hypnosis CDs are available here.
One way to understand this is to imagine yourself in a rowboat, rowing hard to the middle of a calm lake. Now that you are in the middle of the lake, put the oars down and lie down on your nice soft down filled mattress in the boat. Simply close your eyes, relax, and pay close attention to the sounds around you. There is nothing you have to do. All you have to do is relax and listen to the sounds around you.
When you are being hypnotized, you simply follow the hypnotist’s instructions. The hypnotist will probably ask you to take several deep breaths, to focus on imagining parts of your body relaxing, to imagine yourself melting down, as if all the bones in your body have left you. The hypnotist guides you on this journey with your attention, and your imagination. You relax more and more and focus your attention more and more on the voice of the hypnotist. You start to forget about everything around you, except the voice of the hypnotist.
You turn off your thinking, and turn off your critical, analyzing mind. You simply enjoy the experience and let yourself to accept, to believe that all the hypnotist’s positive words and affirmations are absolutely true. You begin to change your thoughts, feelings and behavior in the direction you wish … nonsmoking, change in eating habits, more exercise, better sleep, maximum performance in sports, and so on. Whatever you do, you will do it better with hypnosis. You learn to gain control over your mind, body and life.
So, in the beginning you are actively participating with the hypnotist, following his instructions to pay attention to his voice, and to relax deeply. After a while, you no longer have to do anything. You simply let go, go with the flow, enjoy the experience, and follow all his instructions effortlessly. While hypnotized, you can begin to believe in yourself, feel higher self-esteem and more confidence. At last, most anything seems possible. You can become your best you and achieve your best for health, happiness, and success.
Going even further in this adventure, you may want to learn self-hypnosis. With self-hypnosis, you can program your own mind with planned, powerful, positive suggestions, instructions, directions, commands, anywhere, anytime, without a hypnotist.
In the early 1960’s, my friends and I went to see the hypnotist Reveen, when he was beginning his concert tours in Canada. This was about 50 years ago at the Winnipeg Arena which had 4400 seats. We would go up on the stage to participate in the hypnosis show. Reveen had filled every seat for eight shows in seven days. When the show ended, I had been on stage for about three hours performing all the acts that he instructed me to follow. I felt that I had remembered everything I had done, and as a young boy, just beginning my study of hypnotism, I still felt that I had not been hypnotized.
The next day I went back to my high school and I told my teacher that I had been on the stage for three hours. I further told him that I knew exactly what I was doing on the stage, and I did not think I was hypnotized at all. The teacher then said to me: “So you were on the stage for three hours, you did everything Reveen told you to do, and you don’t think you were hypnotized. Then why did you do everything he told you to do?” I said “I felt like it.”
In fact, that is how hypnotism works. You feel like following the instructions of the hypnotist. Most people do not know if they are hypnotized. At every live seminar I do, I ask the audience to raise their hands if they know anyone who lost weight or stopped smoking after my seminars, yet they thought they were not hypnotized at all. Hands go up every night!
So, it is extremely common for people to think they were not hypnotized, when in fact they were hypnotized. People often need convincers, or what professionals call “trance ratification” to help them to believe and know that they were hypnotized. Sometimes this can be as simple as a hypnotist proving to the client that his arm has become stiff upon instruction, or his hands have locked together, or to look at the clock and notice that the time in hypnosis was actually much longer than the client believed. Generally time passes quickly in hypnosis. It feels good, and you let yourself become “lost” in the “imaginary dreams” presented by the hypnotist.
Other hypnotists sometime stick sterilized needles into the skin of the client to prove that they feel nothing at the instruction of the hypnotist. If someone strongly believes that they have not been hypnotized, even though they have been hypnotized, their doubts and negative thinking can sometimes cause them to talk themselves out of the benefits of their sessions. Such pessimistic thinking can cause people to hypnotize themselves to go back to smoking, to go back to overeating, or whatever else they overcame.
The more times someone is hypnotized, the more clearly they understand that they really have been hypnotized. Being hypnotized is a skill and the more someone practices this skill, the better their ability. I always recommend either repeat hypnosis sessions for reinforcement, or using my recordings for reinforcement.
Perhaps the most common misconception about hypnosis is that people believe they need to see me live and in person. Thousands of people all over the world have been helped with my hypnosis recordings alone in areas such as stopping smoking, weight loss, stuttering, stress control, self-esteem building and many, many other areas.
If you have the opportunity to come to a live seminar and then use the recordings after the seminar, that is the best approach. However, many people cannot attend my seminars because of distance or time pressures. If you feel you can use hypnosis, take action and use my hypnosis recordings to get started to a brand new life right away. So many clients say to me, “I wish I had done this years ago”.
It is important to understand that you will not be in an ordinary sleep. You will not be unconscious. Instead, you are super aware. Your attention is powerfully focused upon Romane’s voice. Do not try hard to be hypnotized. Instead treat the experience as play. Do not care if you are hypnotized, for you probably won’t know anyway, unless you have been hypnotized several times.
Do not waste your mental energy and concentration thinking over and over: “Is it working. I hope it is working. When will it work? This is my last resort. It better work.” Such fear of failure divides concentration. You attract what you think about. The best attitude is “who cares if I am hypnotized. I am just going to follow the instructions and enjoy the experience. This will work great!” Simply assume you are hypnotized.
Hypnosis is a normal, natural state similar to being totally focused on a good book, or a good movie in a theatre. Imagine that there is an empty box in the top of your head, and Romane is going to fill that box with over 100 very positive hypnotic instructions to create the belief in your mind that you are already a non smoker, relaxed without tobacco.
When your eyes are closed, your attention is more focused upon Romane’s voice. Some people like to put something over their eyes, such as a blindfold or eye shades. If using hypnotic recordings, headphones will again further focus your attention. Also, chewing gum is a distraction. Having a comfortable bed, chair or couch helps. Loosen tight clothing.
As you hear Romane’s voice, imagine that your mind is a vacuum cleaner sucking up every hypnotic instruction; a tunnel between your mind and Romane’s words filling up the box in the top of your head.
You can increase the power of the hypnotic instructions by turning off your analyzing, turning off your critical thinking mind, and accepting everything that is being told to you while your attention is focused upon his voice. Forget about other people in the audience. Think of the session as between you and Romane alone.
You can further increase the emotional voltage of the hypnotic instructions by imagining what Romane is saying in detail. Imagine what you see, hear, smell, taste, and feel on your skin, and in your mind. Imagine you are an actor or actress in Hollywood. For example, if you are imagining yourself in situations as a non smoker, you can add color, make it vivid, bright, sharp, add details, bring it in close to you, give it movement, see it from the right, left, front, back, make it 3D. Add imaginary sounds such as compliments of others, make them clear, constant and loud such as cheering. Make it stereo.
In short, the key is to focus your attention in an uncritical, open, accepting way. Imagine what is being said to you as if it is already true, for we become what we think the most about. Many people say over and over to themselves: “I can’t quit smoking”. In this case, the person needs to be DEHYPNOTIZED, or UNHYPNOTIZED. They have already hypnotized themselves by repetition of the self-suggestion.
If your life is a mess, your mind is mess. You need to change your mind, your mouth, your thoughts and your words.
You can also mentally repeat hypnotic instructions as Romane says them to you, while imagining as if they are true already.
Repetition of hypnotic instructions makes them stronger. If using hypnosis recordings, you should have one session, once a day, until you are absolutely confident you will never smoke again. With some people hypnosis has fast results, and with others (especially those who have excessive life stress), permanent success may require more repetitions of the hypnotic instructions. Persistence is the key to all success.