I think it is fair to say that my somewhat sceptical opinion of hypnotism was fostered watching someone being hypnotised for entertainment purposes. Like most viewers I found it amusing that a completely rational person could be persuaded to behave like a ‘Newt’ and do some incredibly ridiculous things, triggered by a simple action or command by the hypnotist. Great fun but not a serious contender for sorting health problems I thought.
Indeed when my doctor suggested that I might consider trying hypnotherapy to address an on-going abdominal problem, I was more than a little pissed off that he wasn’t taking my problem seriously… “Jesus he thinks it all in my head” I thought.
As it turned out he was right.
A while back while in my research mode, I was introduced to a guy called Greg Ford, a highly acclaimed Norfolk based hypnotherapist who is achieving amazing results with his fast track dynamic hypnotherapy….in fact I was so taken by what he told me that I enrolled into a training programme that Greg runs for budding hypnotists…what an eye opener.
I was to learn that not only is hypnotherapy is a fascinating subject, but it bloody well works…I experienced that first hand.
For hypnotherapy to make sense, you have to understand how the subconscious mind works.
Articles after article on this platform will talk about the power of the subconscious mind, the engineer room for our beliefs and subsequent behaviours. By design, the subconscious will not eliminate programmes that cause you to struggle and therefore if you want to neutralise programmes that no longer support the person you want to be then you have to get right to the source of the problem…and this is what a good hypnotherapist will do.
Prior to attending his course Greg suggested that I read David Elman’s book. David is recognised as one of the most important pioneers of modern fast trade hypnotherapy. For most of his career Elman spent his time teaching hypnotherapy to the medical profession and his book contains some remarkable stories that left me wanting to experience this kind of therapy first-hand.
Hence why I found myself attending the course.
One of the stories that really resonated with me involved a female who having had a major operation continued to suffer from severe pains which the medical profession could not diagnose. Possibly out of sheer frustration, her doctor approached Elman who agreed to work with her and what he discovered, during the therapy, demonstrates just how attuned our subconscious is.
After the operation, while the patient was in the recovery room, the surgeon was speaking to the anaesthesist. Being extremely pleased with the way the operation had gone he said something attuned to “she won’t feel the same again”, which as it transpired, her subconscious took as a negative comment and thereafter created her phantom pains. Elman discovered this in his first session and the female left his premises painless. N.B. the medical profession subsequently introduced a policy of only speaking in positive terms when patients have been anaesthetised, because as this story shows, the subconscious never sleeps!!
Another story that further explains how out of kilter the sub-conscious can get involved a 40 year old male with a sick phobia about food. The problem had become so chronic that he had restricted his diet to very basic foods and as a result his social and home life were in tatters as his stress level became increasingly intolerable. He finally sought the help of a hypnotherapist and once again the source of his problem was identified and addressed.
As a child he used to play with their neighbour’s dog, Molly.
One evening when he went around to see Molly, the neighbour told him that the dog was sick so it couldn’t come out to play. The following evening when he came home from school he heard the neighbour telling his mother that Molly had eaten a fully meal before going to bed but had died in her sleep. And this is where his sub-conscious put 2 and 2 together and made 5.
Remember during our formative years the sub-conscious simply processes information without question to which it will attach a reaction…rational or otherwise. To this young boy food x sick = death so from that day onwards his dietary habit and life was controlled by this completely misplaced crazy belief. In one session the problem was addressed.
So how does hypnotherapy actually work? Jan Haley Brightwood explains here.
If you have had any good experiences with hypnotherapy please share your story.