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.
A group of researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine used brain imaging to discover what was happening to people while they were hypnotized. The images captured regions of the brain that were most active and most dormant while the participants were hypnotized. The team saw changes in three areas:
- Decreased activity in a region known as the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, a region known to be critical for evaluating ideas. Hypnotized people are able to suspend judgment and immerse themselves in something, without thinking of what else they could or should be attending. This is why hypnotists often start the process by asking someone to focus completely on a bright light, swinging watch, revolving spiral, breathing, 2 fingers above their eyes, etc. Focus of attention is crucial along with turning off the thinking, critical conscious mind and opening the door of the subconscious mind to programmed suggestions. When the critical (negative) conscious mind is set aside, the subconscious is free to receive and follow positive instructions to change thoughts, feelings and behavior in the new direction desired.
- The second change appeared in some of the parts of the brain that give people the ability to separate the thoughts in their heads from the feelings in their bodies. Hypnotized people may say “It felt like I was all mind, and that my body disappeared.” Hypnotized people are strongly focused on the voice of the hypnotist. They are superaware. Quieter sounds can seem louder. They accept instructions literally. If the hypnotist asks the person in hypnosis to raise their hand, only the hand moves upwards from the wrist, but the arm does not rise. This focus of attention heightens acceptance of instructions such as for pain control in an arm: “You have feelings of comfort in that arm. There may be slight pressure, but only pleasant comfort in that arm.” Or, “That is not your arm. That is someone else’s arm. For now, that arm is gone, and you find it most fascinating that arm has disappeared. That arm has gone on a wonderful vacation.” If the mind is focused on an arm that is gone, then the pain is gone.
- Stanford psychiatry professor David Spiegel said “People who are hypnotized tend not to be self-conscious, and so they will do (acceptable) things they wouldn’t normally do.” This is why shy people will do silly things on stage, such as believe they are a famous entertainer singing, or dancing with a broom as a living partner. On the therapeutic side, in hypnosis, people have a greater potential to be creative and to solve life’s challenges to become their personal best. Beliefs can be changed so that people can reach their maximum potential such that whatever they do, they will do it better with hypnotism. Spiegel said “It is a way of teaching people to enhance control over their brains and bodies…so, when you are thinking about something, you can better control how your body responds to that thought.” The ceiling potential we place on ourselves vanishes in hypnosis. We have ultimate and full confidence in whatever we are asked to do. (Source: published in the journal Cerebral Cortex)
Paris, Aug. 15, 1925. A fakir, Tahra Bey, is now astonishing Paris with his amazing performances.
He inflicts himself with sword wounds, which heal in the short space of twenty minutes, and from which blood flows or does not flow according to his desires.
He can also bury himself alive for a lengthy period without any apparent ill results.
Before arriving in Paris he had penetrated the most exclusive Italian circles.
Mussolini watched him, the diplomatic corps watched, and King Victor Emmanuel expressed a desire to see him.
Tahra Bey, a handsome Egyptian, twenty-eight years of age, is the son of a fakir and philosopher.
As a boy he went to Constantinople to study medicine and native lore. He demonstrates his strange powers by lacerating his arms and legs with knives, broken glass, and pins, controlling the flow of blood.
His pulse accelerates or slows down as he pleases, and he can easily escape from the worries of life by relapsing into a cataleptic trance, from which he awakes at option.
The fakir can even go without air. The Italian police in Rome refused to let him make the experiment for longer than thirty minutes. He was placed in a zinc coffin, which was carefully sealed and immersed in water.
According to WebMD.com, Swiss researchers did a study on using hypnosis to help women who suffer from insomnia. The report concluded, “After listening to a sleep-promoting audio tape containing hypnotic suggestion, women who are suggestible to hypnosis spent two-thirds less time awake, and about 80 percent more time in deep sleep compared to those who slept without the hypnotic suggestion.”
Symptoms of insomnia may include difficulty falling asleep, waking up in the middle of the night and having trouble going back to sleep, waking up too early and feeling tired when you wake up. However, if you have long term insomnia, you should consult with your doctor to rule out any other causes (such as medication) that may be the cause of your insomnia.
Getting a good night’s sleep is very important for our health. Students get better grades with good sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to accidents. Lack of sleep also makes you look and behave as if you were older. You will lose weight easier with good sleep habits.
If you have trouble sleeping, make it a rule to avoid business after 6 or 7 pm. You need to have a quiet down time. Clear your mind before you fall asleep. Laugh more. Our bodies produce healthy chemicals when we laugh, which leads to healthy changes in the body, including more oxygen to the brain, a stronger immune system, endorphins, better sleep, lower blood pressure, less stress hormones, reduced need for medication, being less likely to have a heart attack, heart disease or illnesses, and a happy glow on your face with shining eyes.
Every night before you fall asleep, think about three good things that happened to you that day, and three things for which you are grateful.
Using hypnosis can make it possible for insomnia sufferers to have a normal sleep. Hypnosis relaxes the body, and that alone can help you to fall asleep. Hypnosis can be used to eliminate headaches, stress, and anxiety, all of which can prevent you from having a good night’s sleep.
When using a hypnosis recording to fall asleep you may fall asleep before the recording ends, and just drift off into a normal sleep and awaken alert, relaxed, and refreshed. After listening to the recording several times you should fall asleep on your own by simply applying the exercises on the recording, but without the recording.
Using a hypnosis CD is ideal because you can listen to the CD wherever and whenever you need it. I offer a single CD or MP3 download to help people fall asleep easily and banish worry. For more information, visit http://www.vanceromane.com/products.html.
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.
The University of Miami and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center have published a breast cancer study showing that the combination of meditation, stress management and cognitive therapy (that includes changing beliefs with hypnosis) can lower the death rate from any disease by 79%…….75% lower the risk of dying from breast cancer and 55% lower the risk of recurrence.
Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought to not exist. That such vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on it’s own, but the true significance of the discovery lies in the effects it could have on the study and treatment of disease. From: Neuroscience News/June 2015
“Germany has the highest percentage of hypnosis dentists throughout Europe,” says Dr Albrecht Schmierer, founder of the German Society of Dental Hypnosis. He says around 20 percent of German dentists already offer hypnosis as an option to overcome fears, for pain control and faster healing.
Hypnosis is one of the most successful ways to kick the smoking habit. Hypnosis is routinely used in the health care industry as a valued tool, by athletes for performance improvement, by successful business professionals, celebrities, and other individuals for relaxation and stress management. A 2007 US study at North Shore Medical Centre in Massachusetts found that hospital patients who smoked were more likely to quit through hypnotherapy than those who tried any other methods.
Hypnosis can even be used to help alleviate the symptoms of gastrointestinal conditions like irritable bowel syndrome. A study of 204 IBS sufferers reported in a 2003 issue of the medical journal Gut found that 58 percent of men and 75 percent of women reported “significant symptom relief” immediately after finishing 12 weeks of hypnosis…people imagine that their intestines are working better, like a fluid, flowing river.
Like flipping a switch within yourself, you can learn to instantly achieve a state of relaxation, reduce excess stress or eliminate a bad habit. With self-hypnosis, you can change your focus from negative thoughts into positive healthy beliefs. Hypnosis helps to change thoughts, feelings, and behavior so you can reach your goals and become your personal best.
Self-hypnosis is a skill that anyone can learn and with some practice become very proficient. Setting aside just a few minutes each day, you can train yourself to enjoy a sense of self-control and learn to program your mind for relaxation, success, health and happiness. Self-hypnosis is easy to learn with my recorded Self-Hypnosis Seminar or my Mind Power Seminar.
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 2 of 3)
Selective perception: Stare at a candle or any spot that you can intently focus your attention. Notice how you can block out everything else around you. While daydreaming, it is possible to not notice people coming in and out of a room. Your vision can become tunnel-like and you can see only the candle. This is similar to crystal gazing. If I wave a match back and forth in front of the eyes of a hypnotized person, he continues to stare straight ahead. However, if I tell the person he will act wide awake, but remain hypnotized to my voice, his eyes and head will follow the movement of the match. This hypnotic focus of attention causes the unconscious mind to lock down on post hypnotic instructions to follow them later.
We have two minds, the conscious and unconscious. Like an iceberg, 90% below the surface of the water, you might say the conscious mind is 10% of the mind, and the unconscious is 90%. When we learn to ride a bike, to type quickly on a keyboard, to drive a car and a thousand other tasks, we first use our conscious mind. “Let’s see, the gas pedal is here, this is the brake, the key goes here, adjust the mirror, etc.” After we are experienced by practice, everything becomes automatic, without thinking about it. We can be driving, thinking of many activities, and not remember a thing we passed. We may even drive past the exit we wanted to take. Sometimes we cannot think of a name with our conscious mind, but maybe we are lying in bed, walking down the street, or in a shower, and the name pops back into our conscious awareness.
The unconscious is that which we do or what we experience which is beyond conscious awareness. When the conscious and unconscious minds are in harmony, all goes well. When they are in conflict, there are problems. “I want to stop smoking, but something inside tells me to have a smoke.” When someone is playing sports, you may hear the comment: “I am in the zone”; “playing well”, as though it happens by itself. We practice consciously, but often perform best unconsciously. Properly worded hypnotic instructions aim to have the conscious and unconscious minds “shake hands”, to be in harmony for what is best for the mind and body, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
As you notice hypnosis sensations, you can experiment enhancing them or reducing them. Typical sensations of hypnosis may include: focused attention; relaxation; feeling peace, calm; slower breathing; not feeling like moving; disassociation (example: “I felt like I was all mind with no body”); floating; numbness; heaviness; lightness; spinning; time distortion (“time passed quickly”), etc. Hypnosis is relaxing, refreshing and feels good. However, most people, unless experienced, are not aware they have actually been hypnotized.
When you hypnotize yourself, do it privately in a quiet room. Don’t decide what you are going to do. Just hypnotize yourself and let your unconscious do what needs to be done. Do not try to consciously control the process. Instead, lose yourself in the process by giving up control and allowing your unconscious to manifest itself to take control.
You need to have respect for and trust your unconscious mind to do the work. Dr. Milton Erickson often said: “Your unconscious mind knows a lot more about you than you do.” Simply go into hypnosis, give yourself a problem, and then let your unconscious mind take over. Just enter the trance with the thought “How do I become a clean fresh air breather”; “How do I become slim”; “How do I find this item” to communicate with your unconscious. All you do is ask the question, trust your unconscious mind to freely solve it and to choose when and how the solution will come.
Tell yourself what you want to do, then leave it to your unconscious mind. Do not continue to question when or how the answer will come. It is like you “deliver the envelope” request in the suggestion box only one time, knowing in your heart, mind, and gut that the solution is inevitable and will come when the time is right for the unconscious to reveal it to the conscious mind. Your unconscious has a lifetime of experience in the file cabinets of your mind to assist you without your help. Concern or doubts interfere with the process.
This is similar to going to sleep with a problem and waking up with the solution. The unconscious mind never sleeps. If you were to keep distrusting when, how and if the solution will manifest itself, you interrupt the coming of the solution. Dr. Erickson would often go into hypnosis and say: “Unconscious, do your stuff.” Have respect, trust and expect the best from your unconscious.
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.
Most people now-a-days are stressed out with work, children, family obligations, always being contacted by emails, phone calls, text messages, and an unlimited number of requests from others or ourselves to be busy. A recent study from China of 138,000 people reported that people with high stress jobs had a 22% greater risk of stroke over those with low stress positions, but that increased to 33% for women. Anger or stress release more adrenalin and increase the possibility of a heart attack.
Hypnosis can be your greatest tool for mind programming to manage stress. By just hypnotizing people, the great relaxation of hypnosis alone frequently erases headaches, physical pain, unhealthy habits, energizes, and people come out of hypnosis feeling like they have just come out of a long, deep relaxing sleep. Many physical complaints and emotional problems may automatically disappear after someone has been deeply hypnotized.
After hypnosis, people often say: “I have never felt so relaxed in my life before”. Dr. Jennifer Majersik, head of vascular neurology at the University Of Utah School Of Medicine, says “High stress jobs might lead to activation of an unhealthy physiologic stress – response system, including increased stress hormones.” This can easily lead to increased physical illness. An incredible number of physical and psychologial problems are caused by stress.
70 to 90% of people in a physician’s office are there because stress has totally or partially caused the complaint. Animals put under extreme high stress have a high probability of developing cancer due to a weakened immune system. Similarly, humans often develop cancer 6 to 18 months after major multiple stressors.
The most common problems seen by a hypnotist are smoking, overweight and stress. Hypnosis is a powerful tool to help with these and a thousand other problems. Everyone should set a daily appointment on their personal calendar, just like a doctor’s appointment, for stress management. I cannot overestimate the importance of controlling stress to regain self control in your life. Here are 35 ways to help you to manage stress. Practice one or more of them every day. You will be healthier, more joyful and more successful. You will be happier, the greatest determinant of a good life.
- Play my stress control seminar recordings, and read my book “The Wellness Journey”.
- Use deep breathing exercises.
- Make an appointment for deep muscle massage.
- Tense up all parts of your body one at a time and let go and relax.
- Exercise with a brisk walk, hike, swim, bicycle, go to a gym or buy or rent your own equipment.
- Use self hypnosis. Lie down and relax your body step by step. Remember a peaceful place in detail, using all your senses. Really be there in your imagination.
- Meditate: sit quietly, eyes closed. Slowly focus over and over on one word such as “calm”, or “peace”, or “relax”.
- Talk to a friend, counsellor, minister, or physician. Follow your physician’s advice!
- Change your diet: less salt, less sugar, less alcohol, less fat, less meat, less coffee; more fluids, fruits, vegetables, whole grain cereals, and fish. Enjoy a balanced meal plan for proper nutrition.
- Listen to relaxing nature sound recordings, New Age or Classical music which induces slower, deeper breathing.
- Drive to a peaceful park, forest, beach, mountain or meadow.
- Take the day off or go on vacation.
- Phone your local hospital to find out when the next stress reduction class will be held.
- Start a new hobby such as painting, ceramics, sailing, tennis, yoga, etc.
- Be assertive, not aggressive. Take a self assertion course at a school or university.
- Have a warm bath at 92 degrees F. with pleasant bath oil.
- Drink chamomile tea.
- See a foot reflexologist for better circulation.
- Listen to a comedy recording; watch a live comedy show or video. Some of the best lessons are learned in the Bible: “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones”. Do not live in the past, or you are a victim. Forgive others and yourself, and move on in life. As the song says: “Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think”.
- Volunteer to help others for diversion; new activities; new friends. What will you have given during your lifetime?
- Change your daily routine, dress, route to work, furniture arrangement, etc.
- Set up a regular time to relax, a “relaxation break” instead of a coffee break.
- Change your attitude. Why does the same event bother some people, but not others? You don’t always have to be right. You have a choice.
- Avoid over scheduling yourself for too many tasks.
- Avoid “keeping up with the Joneses”. Sam Walton owned Wal-Mart, and drove a rusty old truck. Live a simple life. No need to impress yourself or others.
- Make a daily “to do” list to tackle items in order of priority.
- Don’t spend $100 worth of energy for a 10 cent problem.
- Break down a major task into several small tasks.
- Delegate work to others.
- Set realistic goals.
- Give compliments and enjoy taking compliments.
- Never say, “I can’t do this or that”. You get what you think about.
- Make a list of tension reducers and things to do “to get outside of yourself”.
- Make your personal and family life a priority over other demands.
- Balance work with play, proper diet, sleep, exercise and relaxation.
- Be thankful for your comfortable bed, friends, food, water, a chance to work, freedom, and many other blessings!
- Above all, when you look in the mirror, say “I love myself. I am a good person.” You had best love yourself because you will be beside yourself the rest of your life. Others want to be with you if you love yourself. You have more love to give to others when you love yourself. Look after your health first so you have the energy to help others. Great happiness and joy comes from helping others to fulfillment.
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.
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.
You can imagine you are an actor playing a role. To make it real, imagine what you see, hear, feel, taste and smell. Really immerse yourself into the fantasy as you are guided by Romane’s relaxing voice. The important principle is that the subconscious accepts imaginary experiences as if they are real experiences. That is why a dream can seem like a vivid experience of real life.
Here is how you can vary the visual: Make it color or black and white; vivid or washed out, fading; bright or dark; sharp details or fuzzy; close or far; moving or still; fast or slow; you can be in the image, or watching from afar; see yourself from the right, left, front and back; 3 dimensional or flat; other people larger or smaller. For example, you could imagine foods you should not eat with cockroaches, worms, snakes, etc. Use all your senses to make the fantasy seem as real as possible. Create the image, and then let it mull over in your mind as you focus upon it in a dreamy way. To eliminate habits, you imagine them as far away, tiny, faded. To establish goals, you bring them close, make them large, vivid and clear.
Here is how to vary the auditory: sound from inside or outside; rich, clear or full/nasal or grating; loud or whisper; fast or slow; constant or intermittent; stereo or mono.
Here is how to vary the kinesthetic: tingling; warm relaxed/cold tense; where is it felt in your body; is the sensation moving or still; steady/continuous or waves; starts where; fast/slow.