the power of your mind can:
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-Using the Mind to Heal the Body
series of excerpts from Newsweek, September 27, 2004
Hypnosis is actually a way of enhancing people's control,
of teaching them how to control aspects of their body's function
and sensation that they thought they couldn't. - Dr. David
Spiegel, professor and associate chair of psychiatry, Stanford
University School of Medicine
Hypnosis is also known as visualization, creative visualization,
deep relaxation, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery,
and deep breathing. Meditation is self-hypnosis. Chinese Qigong
is also a form of hypnosis
Scientists are mapping the pathways that link emotion to health
By Herbert Benson, M.D., Julie Corliss and Geoffrey Cowley
States -rethinking hypnosis
Hypnosis can help with problems from anxiety to pain. How it works,
and what it does in the brain
By David Noonan
and Let live
Revenge is sweet, but letting go of anger at those who wronged
you is a smart route to good health
By Jordana Lewis and Jerry Adler
Mind-body techniques may not cure cancer, but they make living
with it a whole lot easier
By Peg Tyre
a Happy Heart
Depression, loneliness and anger all take a toll on your cardiac
health. New research shows what can help
By Anne Underwood
Addendum: Hypnosis for pain and anxiety
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Power of Your Mind
following is an excerpt from Patrick Wanis' book, "How to
Hypnotize Anyone!" -Copyright American Media 2002. This
excerpt helps to explain hypnosis, hypnotherapy, and how to use
it to make positive changes in your life. Please read all the
way through this excerpt to learn how to use hypnosis for lasting
change, and how to use it for love!
word hypnosis comes from the Greek word "hypnos" which
means to sleep. But hypnosis isn't sleep; it just looks like sleep.
is an altered state of consciousness in which the mind is open to
suggestion. In other words, when hypnotized, you are less inhibited.
It's a bit like being drunk, but your senses are actually heightened
- and there's no hangover involved!
- Are you in a trance now?
- The conscious and subconscious
- Mind over body
- The raw onion
- Imagination and thought
- Your inner voice
- Reprogramming the Inner
- A powerful tool
- Past life regression
- Hypnosis for lasting change:
- Hypnosis for love
you in a trance now?
We have all experienced various forms of trance. Have you ever been
so focused on one thing that you block out everything else around
you, even though you are somehow aware of what is going on?
good example is driving a car and reaching your destination without
remembering most of the journey, having lost track of time. Another
example is making love: We become totally engrossed in what we are
doing and block out everything else.
remember one friend who went into trance after seeing the movie
Rocky for the first time. He was so moved and energized by the movie,
he ran all the way home - seven miles - without even saying goodbye!
mind is an incredible machine. Learning about how it works is the
first step in learning how to use hypnosis.
conscious and subconscious
There are two parts of the human mind - the conscious and subconscious.
The conscious mind is your ability to evaluate and analyze, and
your subconscious mind is the seat of your emotions.
analyze things with your conscious mind, and how you feel about
those same things is determined by your subconscious.
subconscious mind directs your behavior, creativity, wisdom and
intelligence. It regulates body-maintenance, breathing, blood circulation,
digestion and tissue regeneration. The subconscious also controls
your nervous system, your breathing, heart rate, digestion and blood
Have you ever heard the term "mind over body?" It literally
means the ability to use the mind to control the body. But is that
possible? Can the mind make the body do things, amazing things,
things beyond the ordinary?
are documented stories of Tibetan monks who can make a frozen towel
placed over their body catch fire just by using their mind, and
voodoo witch doctors who can pierce their skin and bones with nails
without bleeding or feeling any pain.
has taught mind over body programs to its astronauts to slow down
and speed up their heart rate, and to warm up and cool down their
hands without moving them.
technique I teach is pain control, in which clients with chronic
pain can do a simple mental exercise that will dramatically lessen
or remove their pain.
Probably the best example of mind over body power comes from my
stage hypnosis show. I hypnotize a group of people and tell them,
"You are now on a deserted planet. Two weeks has passed and
you have had nothing to drink. It is so hot and dry.
are hot and thirsty. In a moment, you will open your eyes, and you
will be ten times more thirsty than you already are, and you will
come to me.
"In my hand will be a fresh, ripe, juicy peach. You will take
three big bites from it. You will chew it slowly, and it will quench
you have finished chewing and eating this wonderful fresh, ripe
juicy peach, you will go back to your seat, close your eyes and
Upon opening their eyes, it is quickly obvious that these hypnotized
people are hot and thirsty. You see them loosen their collars, pant
deeply, and call out for water.
approach me and sometimes even push each other out of the way to
get to the peach in my hand. They take three large bites and chew
it slowly. The feeling of joy and satisfaction from eating that
peach is all over their faces. They then return happily to their
seats and fall back asleep. Their thirst has obviously been quenched.
you ask, what is so special about that? I pass around to the audience
what is left of that fresh, ripe, juicy "peach." The audience
laughs and at the same time is in total shock as they see that what
these hypnotized people just ate was in fact not a fresh, ripe juicy
peach, but a raw onion. Yes, a raw onion!
what happened? How did these people eat a raw onion and not taste
it? Why did they not spit it out or frown horribly at the awful
taste? Why did not even one of them cry? And how were they able
to chew it so slowly for so long and not even flinch but instead
look as if they were actually enjoying it?
were so deeply hypnotized that they did not see, smell or taste
an onion. Their minds convinced their bodies that what they were
eating was a peach. Even if someone is allergic to onions, they
will not be affected, because the body does not recognize the onion
- it believes it is a peach.
the other truly amazing thing. Twenty to 30 minutes later, at the
end of the show, when they come out of trance, I approach my hypnotic
subjects and mention that their breath smells like onions. Although
they don't remember ever eating an onion, suddenly the foul taste
takes over, and sometimes tears well up in their eyes. Now that's
the power of the mind in action!
we know that there are two parts to the human mind - the conscious
and subconscious. You evaluate and analyze things with your conscious
mind, and how you feel about those same things is determined by
And despite all that we believe, we are in fact controlled entirely
by our emotions. That means every decision we make is an emotional
Even a so-called logical decision such as putting on sunblock to
prevent skin cancer is emotionally based. Why? Because we are fearful
of cancer, and therefore we try to avoid the pain of getting skin
cancer by putting on sunblock.
This also explains why we eat food that we know is bad for us or
continue to engage in self-destructive habits.
you were asked to walk a thick, sturdy plank that was placed on
two bricks, you would find that easy. Now what if that same plank
was placed 15 feet in the air, could you walk it easily? Probably
not. Why not? Because fear would take over.
The fear comes from your imagination and the thought, "I might
fall and hurt myself." You immediately imagine falling, and
the pain that follows. Logic may tell you, "There's no wind,
and the plank is thick and strong," but still you are scared.
Your emotions and imagination are much stronger than your logic.
The same applies to all of our habits and patterns of behavior.
Take overeating, for example. You say to yourself, "Now I know
that eating this tub of ice cream is bad for me, but it tastes great."
think about it a for a moment, and then you imagine the wonderful
taste of your favorite flavor of ice cream melting in your mouth,
cooling you down, and boom - you go ahead and eat the ice cream.
Our logic tells us one thing but our emotions determine what action
we take. In other words, we believe there is more pleasure from
eating the ice cream than not eating it.
under hypnosis, you were convinced that eating ice cream and cake
would hurt you more than it would give you pleasure, you would stop
eating them. Now your emotions would work in your favor.
example is public speaking. Research shows that people's greatest
fear is not death - it's public speaking.
are we more scared of speaking than dying? Because we imagine getting
up in front of the audience and making a total idiot of ourselves.
As human beings, one of our deepest fears is embarrassment and shame
of these fearful imaginings, most of us won't even attempt to speak
in public. For most of us, the fear stops us from even trying!
Willpower is not stronger than imagination or emotions. And our
imagination and emotions come from thoughts we create.
We say that only mad people talk to themselves, but the truth is
that we all talk to ourselves all day long, without even knowing
it. In fact, we have around 60,000 thoughts a day. What are we thinking?
What are we telling ourselves, and where does this inner voice come
Self-talk is what we repeat to ourselves - our mental background
music. Most of us are not even aware of our self-talk, yet it has
a powerful influence on behavior, our stress, motivation and actions.
inner voice is often referred to as the chatterbox, because it practically
never ceases talking. This inner chatterbox is the voice inside
your head that says, " I can't do it
I am a loser
I am fat
" or "You can't afford
You will never be rich
those thoughts that make up the chatterbox are the result of everything
you have ever been told and that you accepted as true. These thoughts
and messages are the things you were told during your childhood
by your parents, family, peers and the media. They can also be the
result of events that occurred in your life or your personal thoughts
may find that many of the things your parents told you as a child
are the very things you repeat to yourself all day long - often
without even knowing it.
Some of these things you accepted as true because you experienced
them as a child, and children learn by imitating. For example, if
your parents worked hard to make their money, you probably believe
that only hard work leads to money, yet others around you may seem
to come into money easily.
the Inner Voice
One of the keys to happiness, peace of mind and getting what we
want is being able to change the messages we continually repeat
to ourselves all day long.
If you consistently and permanently change your self-talk and start
saying, "I am thin and attractive" instead of "I
am fat and ugly," your mind would direct you toward activity
to make you thinner. Your imagination starts to create images and
pictures of you as a thin person. You start to exercise or eat less,
and you become thinner.
works the same way by changing permanently your thoughts, beliefs,
self-talk and imagination - and thus, your reality.
Today, the science of hypnosis is being used to treat and cure a
variety of physical and mental conditions, including:
" Addictions like smoking and overeating
" Obsessions and phobias
" Bed wetting
" Teeth grinding and nail biting
can also improve:
" Sexual performance
" Sports performance
" School grades
" Phobias, panic attacks and anxiety
" Self-confidence and self-esteem
doctors and dentists use hypnosis in place of anesthesia, particularly
for those who may be allergic to anesthetics.
One current popular use for hypnosis is past life regression. A
person is deeply hypnotized and taken back in time to recall or
relive a former life or lives in an attempt to learn more about
him- or herself, heal past hurts and help change behavior in the
for lasting change: Hypnotherapy
In hypnosis, it's important to realize that the person hypnotized
will only perform suggestions while he or she is hypnotized, and
then for about two minutes after they come out of trance. Permanent
behavioral change only comes from hypnotherapy. In other words,
you cannot command a hypnotized person to do something after they
come out of hypnosis.
a suggestion to work after the person has come out of trance, an
entirely different process must be used
hypnotherapy, the subject is given new understanding that leads
to permanent change. For example, hypnotizing someone to lose weight
and commanding him or her to exercise and quit eating junk and fatty
foods will most likely be totally ineffective. The key is to help
the hypnotized person understand at a deep level why it is better
for him or her to change that behavior and how he or she will gain
so much more pleasure from the new habit.
Now, for those who want to know if they can use hypnosis to attract
a lover - yes, you can. But hypnosis is actually more effective
once you are already in a relationship.
can be used to improve your love life by helping you both to release
inhibitions, and improve all aspects of romance.
remember - for any of this to work, the gal or guy must be willing
to be hypnotized. You should both discuss prior to the hypnotic
induction what you plan to do once your partner is hypnotized.
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