Most people are aware of hypnosis being used to help people to stop smoking, to lose weight, to manage stress and to improve sleep. However, hypnosis is used throughout the world by professionals in over 1000 areas. Here are some of them:
Internal Medicine: Arthritis, Rheumatism, Hyperthyroidism, Anorexia Nervosa, Allergy, Raynaud’s Disease, Bronchial Asthma, Coronary Disease, Psychosomatic Disorders (including gastrointestinal), Metabolic Diseases (including diabetes), Cardiovascular Disorders, Migraine Headaches
Surgery, Anesthesiology, Pain Control: Even brain and heart operations have taken place with hypnosis as the only anesthetic tool
Obstetrics: Childbirth, Management of Nausea and Vomiting, Control of Bleeding, relief of anxiety, pain, tension, heartburn, prevention of miscarriage, increasing flow of milk
Gynecology: Amenorrhea, Pseudocyesis (false pregnancy), Uterine Bleeding, Infertility, Frigidity, Vaginismus, Dyspareunia, Low Back and Pelvic Pain, Premenstrual Tension, Menopause, Bust Enlargement
Rehabilitation of Neuromuscular Disorders: Psychosomatic Factors, Physical Rehabilitation, Parkinsonism, Multiple Sclerosis, , Epilepsy, Phantom Limb Pain
Dermatology: “skin is a mirror of emotions”, 60-70% of warts respond to hypnosis as well as many other skin conditions
Ophthalmology: Glaucoma, Hysterical Blindness, Adjustment to Contact Lenses, Otology: Tinnitus, Tic Douloureux, Hysterical Deafness, Rhinology: Rhinitis
Genitourinary Conditions: Urinary Retention, Chronic Bladder Irritability, Premature Ejaculation, Impotence, Male and Female Infertility
Pediatrics: Nail-Biting, Tics and Spasms, Stuttering, Dyslexia, Thumb-Sucking, Behavior Disorders, Drug Abuse, Asthma, Bed-Wetting
Oncology: reduction of narcotic drugs, lessening discomfort after treatment, reducing anxiety, pain, improved mental attitudes, increasing relaxation, motivation, strengthening “will to live”, feeling of control, improvement of sleep
Orthopedics: Torticollis, Psychogenic Rheumatism
Habit Patterns: Alcoholism, Smoking, Insomnia, Narcotic Addiction
Dentistry (Hypnodontics): Elimination of Gag Reflex, Control of Salivation, Anxiety and Fear Elimination, Adjustment to Orthodontic and Prosthetic Appliances, Control of Bleeding, Analgesia, Bruxism
Miscellaneous Areas: Learning Ability, Exam Anxiety, Memory Recall (Forensic Hypnosis), Geriatrics, Sports Improvement, Adjustment to Space Travel, Sexual Deviance, Multiple Personality, Hiccups, etc.
Since many challenges people have are due to stress, hypnosis is very effective to help in an unlimited number of areas. 70 to 90% of the problems appearing in a physician’s office are either caused by stress or made worse by stress. Merely helping with stress, helping a client to believe in his own abilities (ego, confidence, self-esteem building) can go a long way to assisting healing and happiness.
In addition, hypnotists often work in key areas such as overcoming tension, worry, fear, anxiety, anger, guilt, help with forgiveness, self-acceptance and love for oneself. Hypnosis is a tremendous tool to strengthen the “will to live” and motivation to follow the physician’s instructions such as taking medication, exercise, diet control, etc. The mind influences the body and the body influences the mind. Whatever you want to do, you can do it better with hypnosis.
Today, there are thousands of physicians and clinical psychologists who use hypnosis as an additional tool in their profession. Some specialize in specific areas of application such as pediatric hypnosis, oncology, dermatology, etc. If you are seeking help with hypnosis in a medical, psychological or psychiatric area, you should consult with the appropriate professional who specializes in that area and who uses hypnosis as an additional tool to their profession.
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.
For a fuller understanding of hypnosis and what it can do for you, please read all my Blogs. To create and strengthen a positive mind set for hypnosis, find out what clients say at http://www.vanceromane.com/testimonials.html
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.
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.
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.
Hypnosis is super concentration of the mind. You are not distracted by everyday thoughts. The greater the focus of the mind, the “deeper” the hypnosis. However, even a “light” or “medium’ trance with positive instructions from the hypnotist can produce enormous changes in your life. If the hypnotic directions or commands are not agreeable to the client, they can be rejected by what I call the subconscious censor.
The mind and body constantly influence each other. Imagine your favorite food. Vividly remember what it looks like, smells like, tastes like, feels like in your mouth and sounds like when you enjoy it. If you take time to do this, you will notice the flow of saliva in your mouth. Merely suggesting that a hypnotized person is eating different foods will cause different specific gastric secretions to properly digest each of those different foods.
Most nervous problems people have are caused by self-hypnosis. They have hypnotized themselves and they need to be dehypnotized. People will tell themselves over and over, “I can’t quit smoking”; “My family is all overweight, so I will be too”; “My parent died of this or that, so I fear that will happen to me too!” If you are going to keep repeating thoughts to yourself (hypnotic repetition), you had best make sure that they are positive thoughts, especially what you say to yourself before falling asleep.
The subconscious mind never sleeps, and will mull over, echo, and turn over your thoughts all night, especially the ones that you think about before sleep. Physicians often tell people to relax, but not how to relax. After being hypnotized, many people say “I have never felt so relaxed in my entire life.” Stress and tension influence the nervous system and can contribute to either causing or making worse almost any condition that is seen by a physician. Many skin conditions are a mirror of our emotions.
Mere words and thoughts have a magical power and can cause changes in organs and glands in our body. Our thoughts create chemicals, chemicals affect our feelings and feelings affect our behavior. For example, happy tears and sad tears have different chemicals. Thoughts can cause blushing with the rush of blood to the face. Thoughts can cause the heart to pound or to relax. Thoughts can cause someone to sweat. We have seen candidates perspire during the Presidential debates when they are under stress. Words create anger and feelings of love. Thoughts can heal or not. Professional hypnotists carefully select the words they use to focus a person’s attention and to stimulate their imagination for health, success and happiness.
A worst fear is thinking that something is wrong with you or your mind. This creates needless fear and anxiety. A new way of thinking must be instilled into the mind. Most any problem responds well to hypnosis. Hypnosis usually helps most any problem a little or completely. It is very unlikely that hypnosis cannot be of some help. Sometimes hypnosis requires more than one session. Recorded hypnosis sessions allow the client to repeat and reinforce the hypnosis at any time that is convenient.
Worry, anxiety and fear cause tension and symptoms. Once we have the symptoms, our worry and fear may increase. This increase in worry and fear causes more serious symptoms, so it becomes a vicious circle. For example, if you worry about not sleeping, your sleep habit will become worse. Many have stopped using sleep pills after being hypnotized or learning self-hypnosis. Most sexual disorders from impotence to frigidity respond favorably to hypnosis. “That which I hath feared hath come upon me.”
Worry can cause indigestion, headaches, high blood pressure and countless other conditions. Instructing the subconscious mind to look at challenges in a new way (reframing) can often be one simple solution. Often people have no disease at all, just anxiety, nervous tension and tightness in the body caused by fear. Sometimes words and ideas can do what medicine does not. Finding the cause and removing it can be better than suppression of the symptoms with drugs.
Hypnosis can break that vicious circle with total relaxation, confidence building and other specific instructions presented to the subconscious mind when attention is concentrated. The hypnotist does not “control” anyone. Hypnosis is “en rapport”, two minds working together, an instructor and a student. Hypnosis alone is a tremendous natural relaxant, but it is the specific hypnotic instructions that create the powerful specific changes desired.
Hypnotized people hear everything that the hypnotist says, otherwise they would be in an ordinary sleep. A hypnotised person is not unconscious. They are superaware and totally focused upon the hypnotist’s voice. If a hypnotist says “raise your hand”, the client raises only the hand from the wrist, not the entire arm. A hypnotic sleep is totally different from an ordinary sleep. If a boy runs fast, that is the opposite of the boy being tied fast to a chair. Words can have many different meanings. In addition, how the hypnotist says the word, in terms of pauses, volume level, repetition, and inflection can change the emotion that the word creates in the subconscious. Emotion always intensifies the hypnosis. Many will say to me, “Your voice is so empowering, makes me feel so confident, makes me feel more relaxed than ever before, makes me feel so good”, etc.
The subconscious cannot tell the difference between a real experience and an imaginary experience. People will wake up with a dream fearfully shouting or kicking under the covers. Their sleep partner will say: “Just relax, you are dreaming, everything is ok.” The person with the dream will say: “But it seemed so real.” That’s why people follow the instructions of the hypnotist. The healing words given by the hypnotist become concentrated in the mind of the client, and he follows them. He now believes he is a non smoker, wants to eat and exercise like a slim person, lets nails grow long, sleeps better, and stops drinking alcohol. This is simply because that is the clear picture of themselves that has been locked into their subconscious mind with hypnotic suggestion, imagery and repetition. I call it brain rinsing out the negative and replacing with the positive.
A nervous speaker or actor can be told under hypnosis in many different ways that he is confident, relaxed, poised, looking forward to his appearance; the audience is smiling, excited, applauding; he is speaking enthusiastically, full of energy, thoroughly enjoying his audience, etc. His mind is concentrated and his daydreams under hypnosis seem real to the subconscious mind. You become what you believe. Napoleon said “Imagination rules the world.” Be sure to read all my blogs and search my website to help you to understand and use hypnosis successfully for your best life.
In the large burns unit of Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) in Switzerland, hypnosis is used on a daily basis. According to Dr. Pierre-Yves Rodondi at the University Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine and a scientific study carried out at the hospital (published in the journal Burns), it is concluded that hypnosis:
- reduces the time patients spend in intensive care by 5 days
- cuts the cost of therapy and saves $26,000 a patient
- should be in all of the other hospital departments at CHUV
- should be in all hospitals
- is effective in pain management
- helps patients with severe burns to recover faster
- reduces anxiety
- reduces the use of drugs
- reduces the overall need for anaesthetics
Lausanne University Hospital has 2 nurses in the intensive care unit who are full time hypnotherapists. One of the nurses, Maryse Davadant says “We offer it to everyone, some are aware of it and are interested, whereas others are more skeptical, but almost everyone tries it and is satisfied.” Patients are also taught self-hypnosis for pain control.
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.
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.
Top resolutions by people include a desire to lose weight, stop smoking, exercise more, improve health and looks, improve relationships, and to make or save more money. Here are 10 helpful instructions to reach any goal:
- Create a written plan with a specific, measureable, realistic goal. If more exercise is the goal, be gradual in increasing intensity and duration of exercise. Being over ambitious leads to disappointment, or even injury. Make the goal simple, such as resolving to lose 10 pounds (just ‘lose weight’ is too vague); to eliminate soft drinks, candy and chocolate; to walk Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Have your deodorant only available at the gym? To control spending, cut up credit cards and have monthly automated savings? Improve a relationship by setting aside specific times to be with a loved one?
- Be accountable by making a verbal commitment to a few people.
- Enlist support from a family member, friend, mentor, professional, a class, a good book or self-help recording.
- Be positive, and think “I know I can do this.” Have an intense focused mind set on what you should do, not what you should not do. For example, instead of thinking of not smoking, focus on deep breathing, or drinking more water.
- Consider setbacks as learning experiences and do better next time.
- Talk to people who have done what you want to do and model them.
- Realize you have a choice, and going in the right direction reinforces your will power.
- Reward yourself for small steps to success with perhaps a movie, a small gift, a new outfit, a visit to a friend, etc.
- Several times a day, read a card with motivational reasons and benefits to stick to your plan: Have one on your mirror, and carry one in your wallet to read when waiting somewhere. Reading this just before you fall asleep strongly influences your subconscious mind.
- Keep a Daily Progress Journal to evaluate and improve your plan for success. People wanting to lose weight often say “I blew my program” when they did well on 20 meals out of 21 during the week. That’s over 95% success!
Many success coaches instruct others to start with easier goals to feel a sense of accomplishment. This gives confidence to achieve bigger goals. Sometimes it is best to focus all your mental energy on one major goal at a time, focusing on small steps. One brick at a time creates a building. Patience and calm persistence leads to success. Plan how you will deal with any obstacles that may arise.
The key to my motivating methods is the use of hypnosis with people to intensely focus their mental powers on what they want; to boost their belief in themselves; to increase their self-love so they are totally dedicated to success; to instill positive self-talk, and to program mental success images into their subconscious mind so they imagine and feel that they have already succeeded.
“Men are not prisoners of fate, only prisoners of their own minds.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
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!
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.”
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.
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”.
Have you ever noticed that you start to feel better when you are on your way to your doctor’s office? This is very common. Many people feel better as soon as they take medication, even though there has not been enough time for the medication to take effect. Experiments have been done where someone was told by several co-workers that they do not look well. The person subjected to the negative programming would often begin to feel ill, checking themselves in the mirror several times to see how they look.
An event may happen that can trigger anger or embarrassment in one person, but the same event may not have any effect on another person. Hypnosis allows us to control our thoughts, feelings, and behavior. The body and mind are one. What affects the mind also affects the body and what affects the body affects the mind.
It is just as important to train and condition our mind as well as our body. We need to learn to control the power of our subconscious mind with hypnosis in order to control our thoughts, feelings and behavior. Learning this self-control brings maximum health, happiness and success.
In hypnosis, your mind has maximum concentration on positive and life-changing instructions. With hypnotic meditation, the mind may be changed to enjoy higher self-confidence, self-esteem, love of self, self-discipline and peace of mind.
For a happy and successful life, we need to ensure that we have good air, good water, and healthy food. We need a good sleep, love, exercise, sunshine, goals, laughter and play, friends (at least one best friend), satisfying work, appreciation of art, music and humor. We also need a philosophy of life and positive thinking that supports and sustains us through tough times. You can ask yourself if any of these areas need help and you can make a plan to create a better brand new life. You will feel empowered, in control of your life.
I encourage you to use hypnosis daily, and if you have children, to teach them how to use the power of their own mind. Mind power methods can be mastered easily by using my hypnosis books, recordings and self-hypnosis. Another huge benefit of daily hypnosis and self-hypnosis is a reduction of tension and stress. This alone results in many mental and physical problems vanishing spontaneously.
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.