- Romane hypnosis programs have been presented throughout North America, from Hawaii to Newfoundland.
- Romane books and recordings have been distributed to 37 different countries.
- The Romane Stop Smoking Seminar has been held in almost every English speaking city and town in Canada with over 600 people.
- The Romane Stop Smoking Seminar has helped more people in Canada to stop smoking than any other seminar.
- Romane Hypnosis Programs have been presented to as many as 10,000 people in a single night.
- The first professional (paid) Romane hypnosis presentation was 53 years ago
- Romane Seminars likely presented the world’s largest stop smoking seminar. Approximately 1500 people attended the Romane Stop Smoking Seminar at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg.
- Unlike many other hypnosis seminars, the Romane Stop Smoking Seminar gives non-hypnosis stop smoking methods in addition to hypnosis. This is based upon “The Multiple Method Approach”, the most successful and the most recommended method by the U.S. Surgeon General following a study of over 700 stop smoking methods.
- Romane Seminars has helped hundreds of thousands of people to stop smoking including 3, 4, and 5 pack a day smokers.
- People have lost up to 200 pounds after attending a 2 1/2 hour seminar.
- Over 100 different hypnosis recordings have been created to help people to achieve better health, success and happiness.
- Up to 80% of audiences at a live seminar raise their hands to show that they know someone who has successfully stopped smoking with the Romane Seminar! See Video Proof Here: http://www.vanceromane.com/video-gallery/
- The Romane Stop Smoking System is NATURAL – no nicotine systems.
- Romane Seminars also helps to achieve maximum health, to be more relaxed and calm and even to control weight. Many attendees say they have a whole new lifestyle.
- The seminar fee is only the cost of a few packages of cigarettes, and you save not only your health, but thousands of dollars year after year.
- Romane Seminars are riveting, relaxing, friendly, sincere, inspiring, motivating, amusing, and deliver proven results. There are over 100 testimonials at vanceromane.com and more at www.romane.ca
- Romane Seminars harness the power of your subconscious mind, not conscious mind will power.
- The Romane System works regardless if you do or do not believe in hypnosis.
- Unlike most hypnosis seminars, Romane Seminars takes time to condition everyone for hypnosis before the main hypnosis session begins.
- Many people who stop smoking with Romane Seminars say: “I have tried everything, but nothing worked until I saw Romane”.
- The #1 reason why people go back to smoking is stress. Romane Seminars gives 35 methods to manage stress. No stone is left unturned.
- Many physicians and psychologists have recommended Romane Seminars to their patients.
- Romane Seminars are not a boring lecture or entertainment, but they are fun to attend and they have audience participation.
- Informative and educational Romane hypnosis presentations have been given in hundreds of schools and universities.
- At Romane Seminars, people have been hypnotized so rapidly that it may seem beyond belief.
- The Romane Seminar was the first hypnosis seminar to bring Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss to Canada.
- Romane Seminars have been featured in hundreds of newspapers and magazines.
- Romane Seminars have been featured on hundreds of radio and television shows.
- During the busiest touring year, Romane presentations appeared in as many as 29 different cities in a single month.
- Romane Seminars have had sold out public seminars with up to 1000 people turned away.
- Romane presentations have been “Held Over” in cities throughout North America.
- #1 Stop Smoking Hypnosis Seminar in Canada
Romane first became interested in helping people to stop smoking in 1964, the year that his father had part of his lip surgically removed due to pre-cancer from cigarette smoking. Romane is a certified Master Hypnotherapist and a graduate of The University of Manitoba, honoring in Psychology with a B.A.(Honors) degree. To complete his degree, he conducted a group stop smoking hypnosis seminar followed by a research paper on the project. In 1971, he worked as a psychological technician at The Psychiatric Institute in Winnipeg teaching stress reduction to patients and conducting psychological testing. He is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotherapists and has been a presenter at the National Guild of Hypnotherapists Convention. He is the author of two best-selling books: The Wellness Journey (A complete self-hypnosis training manual) and Fit and Firm Forever (How to lose weight with the power of your mind). He has written articles that have been published in Hypnosis Journals. Romane has invested thousands of hours and thousands of dollars researching over 1000 stop smoking programs. He also surveys many of his own clients to find out what really works. Romane is now semi-retired, but his love of helping people continues to bring him to many cities and smaller communities.
During my 2 ½ hour seminar, I deeply relax the audience through mass hypnosis, locking their concentration upon my voice. People often ask: “What if I can’t be hypnotized?” I believe that I can train most anyone to be hypnotized if they want to be hypnotized and if they follow my simple instructions.
Once hypnotized, life changing instructions s are then impressed upon their subconscious mind. These hypnotic instructions include locking a very detailed and clear image of the new trim body into the subconscious mind as already slim; feeling full and satisfied with healthy, small portions; a dislike for greasy and sweet foods; chewing food slowly; water as a favorite beverage and directing the subconscious mind to develop an enthusiastic desire for daily, safe, healthy exercise. This is just a thumbnail sample of the many hypnotic instructions given to everyone while their mind is powerfully focused upon my voice.
Hypnosis works through the imagination. When people are hypnotized, mental images and positive instructions which have a strong influence upon behavior are given to the subconscious mind. Hypnosis does not rely upon will power. When people follow hypnotic instructions, the new ways of thinking and their new behaviors are automatic, feeling quite natural to the person. The hypnotic instructions are followed in the waking state after the hypnosis has ended. These are called post-hypnotic suggestions or post hypnotic instructions.
If you want to gain a slimmer and healthier body with the help of your subconscious mind, hypnosis is likely going to be a tremendous tool for you. You can be hypnotized by a hypnotist (hetero-hypnosis), but you can also learn self-hypnosis. Repeat hypnosis yields stronger life changes and results. So, hypnosis may be repeated or reinforced by having several live hypnosis sessions, working with hypnosis recordings, and/or learning how to hypnotize yourself with self-hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a normal, natural experience somewhat like daydreaming, but your mind is highly focused on the voice of the hypnotist. As you internalize the hypnotist’s words, and his purposeful inflections of his voice, your imagination and your emotions come into play. Accessing the subconscious mind is important since the conscious mind may be unable to change the behavior. As the subconscious does not distinguish between reality and imagination, the imagined successes programmed into the subconscious mind have a profound impact. Great confidence is felt by the hypnotized person, new positive thinking releases healthy chemicals and hormones in the body that propel him or her to success.
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)
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.
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.
Tips on How to Control Your Weight
- There are only two ways to lose weight: fewer calories / more exercise.
- Begin your day with exercise before breakfast and burn up the most calories with the least effort.
- Eat a hearty breakfast of varied foods. It will give you energy for the day and you can burn it off throughout the day.
- Eat from a varied selection of food at lunch and dinner and feel full with less food.
- Regularly review a card with your personal reasons to be trim, slim.
- Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily, unless you have a medical problem preventing this as part of your program.
- Review this program frequently for new ideas and reinforcement.
- Be very careful what you think about. You will probably get it.
- Learn what foods are high, medium and low calorie. Eat mostly low and medium calorie foods. For a balanced nutritious food management program, include variety, especially fruits and vegetables.
- There are 3,500 calories to the pound. Examples: 1 donut daily for a year adds 16 pounds of fat; a small piece of apple pie with no ice-cream daily for a year adds 43 pounds of fat. Little things do count. Develop a dislike for greasy, oily, fatty and sweet foods.
- Be careful how you cook foods, avoiding grease, high calorie oils.
- Taste a little and know what the rest tastes like.
- Enjoy the natural taste of potatoes, bread, vegetables, salads, etc. without butter, gravy, sour cream, salad dressings, oils, etc. You will get used to the new taste.
- Decide ahead! “I’ll be more relaxed; full with less; in control.”
- “Your life is a direct mirror of the thoughts and experiences stored in your subconscious. Be careful. Control the door to your subconscious and conscious mind.”
- Dissolve false and phantom mental barriers to weight loss.
- Be ready for positive ripples – changes in your eating habits will bring positive changes to many other areas in your life.
- Hunger may be interpreted as a good sign, the fat saying “good-bye”.
- Hunger may only be thirst, drink water first.
- If you lose only 1 pound a week, that’s over 50 pounds in a year. Be patient.
- To control the urge to eat, have carrots, cauliflower, celery, etc. cut in fridge and ready to eat; do deep breathing, and moderate exercises such as walking, swimming, etc.
- Alcohol has no nutritive value, but high calorie content.
- Nobody forces food into your mouth. You have control.
- Think thin, trim, slim, lean, fit, firm, slender, shapely, great body.
- Omit adding sugar, salt, butter, syrup, jam, sour cream, gravy, salad dressings, chocolate bars, potato chips, french fries, chicken skins, soft drinks. If you taste a little, know what the rest tastes like and stop right there. If you have children, teach them good eating habits. You want them to have easy access to jobs, dates, clothes, good health.
- Leave some food on the plate and lose weight. Occasional miseating is OK.
- It is a sign of self-respect to treat your body and your mind well.
- Eat to live. Do not live to eat. Develop other interests – no need to fight it.
- Willpower strengthens with use. Set your weight goal. Be victorious! Hypnosis changes attitudes!
- To control weight, use my NEW hypnotic weight loss recordings, and read “Fit And Firm Forever”. The CDs and book are available here: http://www.vanceromane.com/products.html
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.
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.
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”.
Listen to Romane’s interview on The Hawk Radio Station in Port Hawkesbury, NS. Learn about hypnosis and how to stop smoking. Be hypnotized with the hands locking experience:
If you participate in a stage hypnosis comedy show for entertainment purposes, you may not be hypnotized. The method of hypnosis used at a hypnosis show is designed to work rapidly, to be entertaining. Because of the speed of the hypnotizing method, some of the volunteers may not be hypnotized. Also, some people may not be able to focus their attention, as they believe they will be asked to do embarrassing acts.
Many people experience hypnosis everyday without realizing it. I call them “naturals”. These “naturals” get lost in the book they are reading. They drive for miles and forget much of what they have passed. They often daydream and forget about the world around them.
Even if you are not a “natural” for hypnosis, you can learn how to be hypnotized. If you attend my seminar, I will take time to condition you for hypnosis and teach you how to go into hypnosis. Some people need to be trained to follow the simple instructions to be hypnotized. I also have a hypnosis conditioning recording that trains people to be hypnotized in their own home. A person who is hypnotized has magnified concentration on the voice of the hypnotist.
When I want to be hypnotized, I simply pay close attention to the hypnotist’s voice. Whatever his instructions, I imagine and visualize the hypnotist’s instructions as clearly as possible. I imagine whatever he says by using as many senses as possible. I ask myself: what do I see, hear, feel, smell, and taste, to create an image and feeling so that what the hypnotist says seems very real. I really BE there. I stop analyzing. I stop wondering, caring, or questioning if I am really hypnotized. I just enjoy imagining and following the instructions. I tell myself to believe that what he says is true.
Then, I let my subconscious take over, to go with the flow, to imagine as if I am dreaming, to allow everything the hypnotist says to be true and real. I really BE there. At this point, the hypnosis is deeper and more effective. The more you allow yourself to be focused on the hypnotist’s voice, and the more real the hypnotist’s instructions seem to be, the deeper you are in hypnosis. After I absorb the instructions while I am hypnotized, I will follow them as post hypnotic instructions when I come out of hypnosis.
Most people should reinforce any hypnosis instructions (for stopping smoking, weight management, etc.) with hypnosis recordings. By reinforcing the instructions, the changes will remain a permanent life change with virtually anyone. When people do not take the time to reinforce the hypnosis a few times with a recording, the problem may return.
Being hypnotized is a skill. With practice, you can enter hypnosis faster. With practice, and deepening methods, you can go into a deeper level of hypnosis.
Around one in three Ikarians live into their 90s, have much lower rates of cancer and heart disease, less depression and dementia, maintain a sex life into old age and remain physically active deep into their 90s.
Dr Christina Chrysohoou, a university medical school cardiologist discovered that the Ikarian diet featured a lot of beans, not much meat nor refined sugar, and that Ikarians eat locally garden grown vegetables with high antioxidants. Their exercise is digging the earth.
Ikarians regularly enjoy homemade red wine, potatoes, goat’s milk, herb tea (mint and sage), consume only small quantities of coffee, have a low daily calorie consumption, are largely unaffected by the westernized way of living with low tourism, often have afternoon naps, and sleep well with the window open for fresh air.
Ikarians are warm, friendly people, but not wealthy, as about 40% are unemployed. They are readily generous and share as if everyone is family. Family is a vital part of Ikarian culture with children, grandchildren and older people actively involved in their lives. There is a senior’s home, but it is more for those who have lost all their family.
Studies indicate that the same things that yield this healthy longevity also yield happiness. Happiness comes from a sense of belonging to something greater than oneself, and of helping others to happiness.
Gross National Happiness:
Bhutan, officially The Kingdom of Bhutan is in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas bordered by China and India. In spite of economic struggles, Bhutan is often said to be one of the happiest countries in the world.
The government of Bhutan uses a Gross National Happiness index to measure happiness among its people. Happiness in Bhutan is a major goal, guided by a culture that is rich in spiritual practice and community, a sense of connectedness, and less focus on material possessions. It is the goal of many psychiatrists and psychologists that their patients achieve a state of happiness.
Emotions and beliefs are stored in our subconscious mind, but also in our cells. Strange as it may seem, patients who received a new heart transplant, who had no information about their donor, in several documented cases, experienced changes in their tastes, preferences, behaviors, emotions and habits. The new traits turned out to be those of their organ donor. Those traits were remembered by the cells of the transplanted heart.
Positive Thinking and Your Destiny:
According to psychologist Dr. Lewis Losoncy, you can control your own destiny by how you think. Positive high self-esteem leads to success and happiness. We can also motivate others to find achievement by encouraging them, instead of knocking them down.
Those with a strong positive attitude in stressful situations and life are usually happier, generally healthier, have more social connections, and are more likely to be successful in work and life. A positive attitude makes you more open to solutions, creativity and thinking outside the box.
Professor Barbara Fredrickson writes and speaks on the science of positivity, and suggests that as we need to keep bathing, and brushing our teeth more than once, it is important to continue with a consistent planned program to keep us positive. Looking at situations in new ways, and turning lemons into lemonade is helpful. Doing interesting and inspiring activities that bring you joy, gratitude, peace of mind, hope, humour, and love help us to stay positive. Before sleep, think about 3 events in your day that make you feel happy. Share smiles and jokes with others, even strangers.
Abraham Lincoln said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” For example, we can “reframe” events in our mind, looking at them in a new way. We can be thankful for what we have, rather than what we do not have.
Being positive in our thinking is a habit that can be developed with practice, and especially with the right planned positive instructions programmed into the subconscious mind with hypnosis. Doing something different or something new can revitalize your energy and your whole life. Mind-body practices provide a way to train our minds to attain inner peace, happiness, a kind heart, and a break from a fast-paced society.
According to a study published in the journal Sleep, a better night’s sleep may be achieved after listening to a hypnosis recording. With a good sleep, thinking ability increases, there is a boosting of the immune system, and healing of the body. You can use my Fall Asleep Easily (CD#10) hypnosis recording or here is a technique I developed without it:
First of all, never try to go to sleep, just let it happen. Assume a comfortable sleeping position in your bed. Then take 3 to 5 long, slow, deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth. Now, do this exercise in a slow, relaxed manner, with pauses.
Start with your feet, and say to yourself something like this, mentally, “Toes, you have helped me all these years to walk to so many places. You must be tired. Allow yourself to fall asleep and awaken refreshed in the morning. You deserve this rest.” Pause for a moment to imagine and let your toes relax. You can have some fun with this and imagine all your toes are relaxing, even snoring and sound asleep.
Then move on to your feet and do the same thing, then on to your ankles, your calves, your knees, your hips and thighs, etc. Constantly think thoughts of thanks and gratitude for each part of your body, and how they have served you well. When I do this slowly, I am usually asleep before I finish with my legs. The key is to do this all in a very slow unhurried
Remember to imagine yourself awakening at the time you wish to awaken, well rested, full of energy, with a healthy body and a healthy mind. This is a post hypnotic instruction for your subconscious mind. What you think about before sleep sinks down deep into your subconscious mind, ready to influence your conscious life.
Enjoy this, benefit from this, and let me know how much it helped you!
M. Vance Romane
It was not until the 19th century that Dr. Sigmund Freud was able to prove the existence of a “second mind”. This “second mind”, the subconscious, holds absolute control over our life. The subconscious controls our habits, our likes, our dislikes, thoughts, feelings, behaviour, health, our success, and our failure. You may temporarily forget a name, a word, a number, or some fact, but then it comes back to you. This proves the existence of a second mind. The subconscious does not distinguish between real and imaginary experiences. Sometimes real life seems like a dream and when you awaken from a dream, the dream may seem so real, that if feels like it really happened.
When your subconscious programming is positive, you are more successful, happier and healthier. For your best life, you want to fill your mind with positive, peaceful, joyful and loving thoughts. The ideal time to program your mind with hypnosis recordings or self-hypnosis is before sleep. The positive instructions turn over and echo in your subconscious while you sleep. The instructions are easily locked into your subconscious mind, as the subconscious does not evaluate them. The subconscious simply accepts without evaluation. Another good time to play hypnosis recordings is when you first wake up, as your mind is generally more relaxed, uncritical and able to absorb the positive instructions to guide you throughout the day.
For hypnosis to be the most successful, you should want the change to take place. You can set aside a few moments, and write down all the benefits that will happen when the change that you desire has taken place. The subconscious is powerfully influenced by what we clearly visualize. Your visualization skills, your ability to see pictures in your mind becomes stronger with practice. When you visualize, really be there, feeling totally successful. You can increase the emotional voltage of the hypnotic instructions by imagining with all your senses what you see, hear, smell, taste and feel. The goal is to visualize, as real as possible, an image of your self looking, acting and feeling the exact way you wish to be, as if the change has already taken place.