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Kay Fahlstrom adds: While there are more recent articles on the effectiveness of Hypnotherapy, and what it is, this is an especially clear overview article. So, I wanted to include it in my Articles for you. K.F.

Hypnosis and The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

Never say, “I wish I had done that.” DO IT!

Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI), By Hank Hamilton, Certified Hypnotherapist, 6/4/07

You can, you know, through the power of your own subconscious mind. All you have to do is re-program it. Where you are in life, right now, is the perfect place for you. Your subconscious mind has followed your plans and desires to a tee. Whether you are rich, or poor, extremely successful, or struggling (you have never “failed” as long as you’re alive), happy, or dissatisfied and miserable, THAT is where you directed your subconscious mind to take you.

Your subconscious has the power and knowledge of the universe, but it has no imagination, no direction of its own. It is like a magnificent ship capable of taking you anywhere in life’s ocean. It even has its own, built-in navigator, but YOU are the MASTER. You have to plot your course, and it will follow your every command.

You may take exception to the first paragraph, particularly if your life is among the more negative of the examples. There lies the point in question. The universe is in perfect balance, made up of “positive” and “negative” vibrations. If you seek, or even accept, the negative vibrations, that is what your subconscious projects, and what you, in turn, receive. Those who can only feel positive thoughts and project positive vibes, summon in powerful, positive strength to achieve anything.

Mind you, if you have suffered from “poor-me-itus” for any length of time, or issued a great deal of negative vibes to yourself or others, this is hard to cure. The moment you try to put yourself on a “positive” course, you will find you have awakened a sleeping beast. Mr. Negative is a grasping, clinging monster who never wants to lose a slave. As you first begin feeling the results and rewards of a positive stance in all walks of your life, don’t be surprised, or alarmed, by a series of negative occurrences. Just hang in there and, if you laugh at each weak attempt to discourage you, you will find your positive vibrations will always win out.

Everyone has a subconscious mind with the ability to do wonderful things for them. It is while developing in life, from childhood on, that so many negative messages can stunt its growth. From “don’t touch that, you’ll burn yourself,” “get back or you’ll fall,” “look out, don’t break that,” to “you won’t amount to much,” “you’ll never make it in that business,” “you want to be a what?” – it’s a wonder we ever make it to adulthood.

What your battered being has been most exposed to, or whatever compromises you have made in your development, can convince your subconscious mind that you want to be in a dull, unrewarding job, content to squeak by, at or near minimum wage.

Who do you really want to be? Where do you want to be? How wealthy do you want to be? Your birthright is to have health, wealth and happy relationships. Your subconscious mind can draw an abundance of each from your own treasure trove in the universe if you just go about it the right way. How do you get the attention of your subconscious mind and make it accomplish these things for you?

It is possible through deep study, concentration, and trial and error to make contact yourself. It is much easier with the help and guidance of an extremely well-trained Certified Hypnotherapist.

Your author was first introduced to Hypnosis at age 14. Using the techniques of positive mind, through self-hypnosis, he was able to become a television performer, vice-president of major advertising agencies, staff producer at ABC-TV, co-star/feature actor in major movies, and Seventh Dan Karate Master, before realizing that what he really wanted to do was to guide others to their dreams. To learn how to apply this ability to others he enrolled in, and graduated (with Honors) from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Tarzana, California – the first accredited hypnosis college in the U.S.

Having been in private practice for a little over a year, he has gained great pleasure in helping clients who were feeling bogged down in their careers, relationships, and lives in general, find new enthusiasm and, in many cases, great success.

One, who was feeling hopeless trying to make it in movies, discovered in our offices that her real talent was creative writing. After a few sessions, she finished the first draft of an exciting, terrifying novel, with plans for its sequel.

Another, who had a paralyzing phobia of taking tests, had to take two demanding tests to improve his ranking in his job. A few sessions prior to test time he passed them both with ease.

Yet another, a successful, self-made owner in a fast paced, very competitive business was suffering from excessive stress. He spent most of his time on the sites of his projects, rarely relaxed, and became quick-tempered over little, as well as big, things. His weekly sessions have guided him to relax, enjoy his life, and empower his entire being with positive reactions to everything. He delegates daily work to his foremen and their crews, who now give him complete respect and loyalty, while he spends a lot of time enjoying his newly purchased luxury cruiser.

Your mind can make miracles happen for you, too. You want to reach the top, enjoy life to the max? Don’t ever say, “I wish I had done that.” DO IT! It’s easier than you think, through Hypnotherapy.

About Hypnosis

Hypnosis continues to show promise in reducing pain and soothing anxiety

(excerpts from this article below…the entire article can be found on the APA website)
By Brendan L. Smith Vol. 42, No. 1, 1/11

The first task for many psychologists* who use hypnosis is telling patients what hypnosis is and what it isn’t.

Even though stage hypnotists and TV shows have damaged the public image of hypnosis, a growing body of scientific research supports its benefits in treating a wide range of conditions, including pain, depression, anxiety and phobias.

“Hypnosis works and the empirical support is unequivocal in that regard. It really does help people,” says Michael Yapko, PhD, a psychologist and fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. “But hypnosis isn’t a therapy in and of itself. Most people wouldn’t regard it that way.”

Hypnosis can create a highly relaxed state of inner concentration and focused attention for patients, and the technique can be tailored to different treatment methods, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. Patients also can become more empowered by learning to hypnotize themselves at home to reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, or alleviate some symptoms of depression or anxiety.

Hypnosis has been used for centuries for pain control, including during the Civil War when Army surgeons hypnotized injured soldiers before amputations. Recent studies have confirmed its effectiveness as a tool to reduce pain. Among the leading researchers in the field is Guy H. Montgomery, PhD, a psychologist who has conducted extensive research on hypnosis and pain management at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he is director of the Integrative Behavioral Medicine Program.

In one study, Montgomery and colleagues tested the effectiveness of a 15-minute pre-surgery hypnosis session versus an empathic listening session in a clinical trial with 200 breast cancer patients. In a 2007 article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (Vol. 99, No. 17), the team reported that patients who received hypnosis reported less post-surgical pain, nausea, fatigue and discomfort. The study also found that the hospital saved $772 per patient in the hypnosis group, mainly due to reduced surgical time. Patients who were hypnotized required less of the analgesic lidocaine and the sedative propofol during surgery.

“Hypnosis helps patients to reduce their distress and have positive expectations about the outcomes of surgery,” Montgomery says. “I don’t think there is any magic or mind control.”
In a 2009 article in Health Psychology (Vol. 28, No. 3), Montgomery and colleagues reported on another study, which found that a combination of hypnosis and cognitive-behavioral therapy could reduce fatigue for breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.

Research has also shown the benefits of hypnosis for burn victims. In a 2007 report in Rehabilitation Psychology (Vol. 52, No. 3), Shelley Wiechman Askay, PhD, David R. Patterson, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Washington Medical School found that hypnosis before wound debridements significantly reduced pain reported by patients on one pain rating questionnaire. (article excerpt, the full article can be found on the APA website)

* Kay Fahlstrom adds here that Certified Hypnotherapists may practice Hypnotherapy, and it need not be administered by only a psychologist.