Need motivation to try hypnosis? (Link to Hypnosis: does anyone know how it works?)
My students and clients often asked for hypnosis with interesting, and sometimes difficult issues. I helped many folks with a single session. Here are some interesting issues to show you the power of a motivated subject. They also believed hypnosis would work or they wouldn’t have asked for help.
- Chemotherapy for nausea. A 55-year-old woman developed cancer and suffered severe nausea from the chemo. I did not know which type cancer she had, but the result was nausea for 15 days which is longer than normal for most cancers. Not only that, but she had anticipatory nausea three days before each treatment.
She was planning to stop the chemo and die, since she said, “I’m a believer and ready to go. There’s no sense in suffering this much.” Her family pleaded with her to continue treatment, so she called me and asked if hypnosis could stop nausea. I said, “Yes,” the correct answer. Telling her “it might work” could have sabotaged the effect. The hypnotist should never put doubt in the client’s mind because it can affect the outcome. Hypnosis is strange that way.
I hypnotized her one time in a 30-minute session. She called me two weeks later and said she had no anticipatory nausea and no post-chemo nausea. I didn’t hear from her again until three years later when I ran into her at a grocery store. She said she continued chemo treatments and was now in remission. “My family thanks you,” she added.
Hypnosis is powerful. If you check out the information below, you’ll learn more about chemo-induced nausea and how effective hypnosis is. I’m surprised cancer centers don’t use hypnosis; however, they may, and I don’t know about it.
You can get a summary of hypnosis for anticipatory and post-chemo nausea here https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0024573/
You can learn more and get a script for avoiding or lessening chemo effects from https://www.hypnosisdownloads.com/cancer-treatment/anti-nausea If you can’t afford the download, I believe they offer it free. I have no connection with this organization and get no money from it (phooey!).
Here are two spots with good results.
And, you can Google for more info.
- “I hate science.” A 16-year-old came for a grieving issue (death of a parent). Since she was an excellent subject, she asked me if I could help her with tomorrow’s science test. She said she hated science (so boring) and was getting D’s. I said, “Of course.” I put her back into a trance and told her she would find science exciting, and her brain would be like a sponge soaking up the information. “When you take the test tomorrow, you’ll find the information flooding back and you’ll do well.”
She attended the same school as my son whom I was lunching with the next day (he was a 3rd grader). When she saw me, she said she got an 89. She informed me that “science was fascinating” and couldn’t stop studying until, at ll:00 PM, her mother told her she had to go to bed. The 89 (a B) was fine with her; a 90 (an A) would have made me happier. Oh, well.
- Soft Drink addiction. A college student wanted to lose weight, but she was not happy when I told her she needed to cut back on her 12 soft drinks a day. But, with the high motivation to lose weight, the hypnosis helped her reduce soft drinks to zero and lose weight. She also lost her desire for soft drinks.
- A single mother and college student asked me if hypnosis would stop her yelling at her three, disobedient children. She would ask them to get ready for bed while she did the dishes only to find them still playing in the living room. That would tick her off, and she’d “lose it” and yell. “I know I shouldn’t be yelling at them because I’m a bad model for anger.” I told her “no problem.” She came up with ways carry out discipline in a mild manner, e.g., require they go to bed half an hour early the next night, etc. I used her suggestions during the session.
When she came to class the next week, she said she was a changed mother. A year later said she was slipping up again and asked for a booster. I did, and she was back to “nice mother.”
- Softball player turns from a weak hitter to a great hitter. A college student came by my office about noon dressed in the school’s softball outfit. I asked her if she was coming from or going to the game.
“I’m going to a game, but I don’t want to.” When I asked her why, she said she was playing horribly. “I played for a larger, more competitive school last year and batted .375; with this little school I’m only hitting .250 and striking out more than I ever have.”
Based on last year’s average, I knew she could bat. I put her in a trance and had her imagine she was at the plate, picture the ball coming in, and hitting it. At first, she pictured a 55MPH pitch (not fast) and watched it all the way to the bat. She could clearly see the ball’s flight. I had her speed the pitch up to 60MPH, then 65, and then 70 (faster than she’d be facing in a small college). She had no problem watching the ball and hitting it. Remember: this was all in her imagination.
She dropped by after the game. “How did you do?” I asked. “I went 5 for 6 and didn’t strike out. After the season, she showed me her ‘Most Valuable Player’ trophy reporting she batted .685 for the year and did not strike out ONCE in her last thirteen games.
She was a great subject because she wanted to play well and she had a good imagination. Many softball and baseball players could improve their games with hypnosis. The batters must have good form; if not, the hypnotic suggestion I gave her wouldn’t help much. But, hypnosis could help them practice good form as a step to great batting. I wanted to work with my local pro team, but I doubt they would believe hypnosis could work. There was one excellent pro baseball player, who won several batting titles and made the Baseball Hall of Fame, and, in his biography said hypnosis helped him. It’s worth a try.
I won’t recommend any websites although there are many. You can Google “batting and hypnosis” and view a few. Some offer scripts for batting and many other sports-related scripts.
- Meniere’s disease. Meniere’s causes dizziness, balance problems, tinnitus, and sometimes hearing loss in the affected ear (it’s an inner ear problem). An excellent hypnotic patient of mine had a Meniere’s attack when we were at a party. A loud noise set it off; she stumbled, and her husband caught her and guided her to a chair. I didn’t know what Meniere’s was; she explained it. Her Meniere’s was so severe she might have to give up her driver’s license if the symptoms didn’t improve. How’s that for motivation when you’re 20 years old?
As she recovered, she said, “Since I’m such a good subject, can’t you hypnotize me and stop it?” I didn’t think I could since I thought it was a medical a problem not appropriate for hypnosis, but I said, “Of course” not knowing if it would work. I would say nothing negative like, “We can try.”
It worked. She didn’t have another attack for six months despite having two to three attacks a week. One doctor at the University of Wisconsin had heard of hypnosis working, but they didn’t try it; perhaps they didn’t know how to hypnotize. Unfortunately, I left for Florida and she needed a booster. It wouldn’t take much to continue her success and avoid medication which she did for six months. She had a strong motivation and was an excellent subject who would go into a trance as I counted from three to one.
You can Google hypnosis and Meniere’s disease. Here’s one that offers a script.
If you have Meniere’s, check https://www.mindovermenieres.com/
He offers advice on Meniere’s and wrote two books on the subject. I don’t know if he’s ever mentioned hypnosis, but Glenn is passionate for helping others with Meniere’s.
- Math anxiety. I was at a party talking about hypnosis. A young woman asked me to hypnotize her to see how it would feel. After the induction, I was more hypnotized than she was as it did not affect her. She wasn’t motivated except to see what it was like—not much motivation.
A year later she called me for help on math which was a requirement for graduation. I said, “You didn’t go under hypnosis when we tried, so I don’t know if it will work.” That went against my avoiding negatives philosophy, but, she said, “That was then; now I’m motivated.”
What a difference. She went deep into hypnosis, and couldn’t believe how much she remembered from chapters one and two; she was up to chapter five when I hypnotized her. I quizzed her, and she passed with flying colors including the course much to her amazement. She didn’t need math tutoring since anxiety was her problem.
- Giving a speech. The same math student contacted me again. She had to present a paper in summer school and was nervous because the class included three teachers (one doctoral and two masters) getting their CEU’s (continuing education units). “I’m a senior, and they know so much—I’m scared.” She also feared someone would ask a question she couldn’t answer.
By this time, I knew she was a good subject and told her she would be calm as she shared what she’d learned. The anxiety would appear as perspiration but only in her left palm. I added if she didn’t know the answer to a question, she’d say, “We have graduates here today; let’s ask them.” No one asked a question.
It worked, but she wondered if I suggested her left palm would sweat. I said, “Yes. Did it?” She smiled and said, “I had to keep rubbing my left hand on my slacks—it was gushing.”
Is hypnosis powerful? No sweat except in the left palm? Amazing. She presented with no mental anxiety.
I’ve worked with many other problems; these are striking examples to encourage you to consider hypnosis.
If you have success, let me know, and I’ll share with others on the website.