Do you realise that a huge and growing number of medical practioners believe that 90 per cent of all illness begins in the mind?

With this view fast becoming the norm in medicine it isn’t suprising that psychological treatments for illness are becoming more popular and readily available. In fact. hypnosis and self hypnosisMichael Emery
Michael J. Emery

have such a high success rate and proven track record that doctors readily suggest it to their patients.

One of the most popular and successful psychological methods for the treatment of physical illness is hypnosis. How the hypnotic process actually works is, surprisingly, still a mystery to modern science. However, its effects are well documented.

Although many people consider hypnosis to be some form of mind control that is influenced upon you by another person this could not be further from the truth. Because we give the hypnotist permission to guide us into trance all hypnosis is actually self hypnosis. During a hypnotic session you are not being controlled or manipulated. You are still in control and could never do anything that you thought was inappropriate or dangerous.

During a hypnotic state you merely feel the desire to please the hypnotist and, because you have already agreed to the process, you tend to accept his instructions and believe what he is telling you.

So, how can this self hypnosis state be used to promote better states of physical well-being and even eliminate some illnesses?

Well, research has shown that our thoughts have a dramatic effect on our health and general well-being. Our thoughts themselves are merely reflections of the bleifs we hold and these beliefs are themselves slaves to our emotions. Our emotions, in turn, are greatly influenced by our past experiences and how we view them in the present. Being able to alter all of these is one of the most powerful benefits of using self hypnosis.

Through self hypnosis it is possible to alter how we view our past experiences and remove or change the emotional charges we hold against them. Similarly we can also create visions of our future, with self hypnosis, and infuse these visualizations with positive, affirming emotions. The visions produced under self hypnosis are stored in the mind for latter access. When the mind calls up information from its subconscious storehouse it then reads from these visions and uses them as a blueprint for how it views the world.

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