Cancer is considered a "dread disease". The perception that cancer should be dreaded is often more harmful than the actual disease itself. The fear of having cancer not only has the potential to get in the way of healing can actually hasten the onset of the disease. Stress isn't helpful for beating cancer and many doctors recognise the link between stress and chronic illness.
When it comes to facing cancer there are other emotional factors to be considered and dealt with. There is the added fear of financial due to treatment and loss of work that add to the stress load and don't help.
The greatest of emotional loads to deal with when it comes to cancer are the bottled up emotions that contributed to the formation of cancer in the first place. The two video's below touch on this and stress it's importance. It seems that many more doctors are stepping forward and highlighting this often overlooked opportunity in the treatment of cancer. Detoxing the mind of old hurts and resentments is an important part of treating chronic illness.
Hypnotherapy is a very effective and rapid way to identify and deal with the offending emotions that inhibit healing which is our speciality at Oxford Hypnotherapy Clinic.
Here's a huge effort in eight parts on cancer. I am certain that cancer will be destroyed in my life time. It's a business that feeds off fear and I once the fear is gone, tackling cancer is much easier. This effort does a great job of informing us on what cancer really is, how to prevent it and even how to beat it. Knowledge is strength and we need all the strength and encouragement we can get.
Here's a life changing video on how to change your life. Thought leads to action, which leads to results. If you want to change your life, the results, you have to change your actions. It's impossible to change your actions without changing your thoughts. There isn't a more effective way to change your thoughts than through hypnotherapy.
Kristen has been working with Certified Hypnotherapist Cynthia Chauvin on her Multiple Sclerosis symptoms. After three months of sessions with Cynthia, her symptoms are gone and her MRI has come back with amazing news.
If you’re having trouble keeping to your new year’s resolutions the second thing you need to consider before you’ll succeed at changing your habits is consumer science.
Consumer scientists are only afraid of one thing; satisfied customers. There is nothing on earth more frightening, more horrifying to a consumer scientist than a satisfied consumer. Satisfied customers are satisfied and satisfied customers don’t want anything. Satisfied customers stop consuming. Satisfied consumers stop spending money and consumer scientists are paid to get you to part with your money. How have consumer scientists turned prying your money from your hands into a science?
Consumer scientists have learned how to prevent you from feeling satisfied for very long by creating a sense of dissatisfaction inside of you. This perpetual feeling of dissatisfaction is created by having you compare yourself with standards presented to us in the media that are impossible to achieve for long in the real world.
Consumer scientists want you to feel “not good enough” in the hope that they can convince you that once you have their product (and they have your money) you will finally be good enough. You’ll be acceptable. This is an open secret in the advertising industry and I way Seinfeld openly ridicules the industry when he receives a Clio award in the short video below.
Consumer scientists strive to make you feel inadequate so that they can sell you their products. This means that many people are not setting goals that are really important to them, but are important to consumer scientists. Staying focussed on something that isn’t really important to you doesn’t work.
Most people don’t really know what they want for themselves. Most people haven’t sat down and thought about what they really want as opposed to what they should want thanks to consumer science. Most people never consider that feeling empty inside can’t be filled with food or a faster car. Most people are chasing the dream they see on TV or on the covers of glossy magazines without ever considering that the people posing on the magazine covers could never look that good in real life.
In part three we’ll cover some ways to make permanent changes in your life.
If you’re having trouble keeping to your new year’s resolutions there are two things you need to consider before you’ll succeed at changing your habits:
First of all, habits are subconscious. Changing habits consciously is hard work. The conscious mind is tiny in comparison to the subconscious mind and so when there is a struggle between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind, the subconscious mind ALWAYS wins.Why is it that the conscious mind always loses to the subconscious mind?
The conscious mind can only focus on ONE thing at a time, unlike the subconscious mind which can do MANY things at the same time. The powerful subconscious mind keeps your heart beating, your lungs breathing, your temperature regulated, and many other things all at the same time while you’re fast asleep (unconscious)! It works for you (or against you) twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty five days a year.
To change habits, you need to have your subconscious mind working for you and not against you. If you don’t, you’ll fail. Changing habits with your conscious mind fails because you can only consciously focus on one thing at time. While you’re consciously focussing on something with your conscious mind it works wonderfully well, but the instant you become consciously distracted, the subconscious mind takes over and the old habit continues. To your subconscious mind, it’s business as usual.
In part two we’ll discuss the second major reason people don’t stick to their new year's resolutions.
If you disagree with me about the conscious mind being the weaker mind of the two, watch the video above for a minute. It’s impossible to see the inside of the mask as concave because you are in the habit of seeing faces as convex. Try it! Try hard!
When parents worry about the children in their lives, they signal to their children that they are unsafe and that they doubt the ability of their children to remain safe. Children that think they are unsafe feel afraid and helpless.
For this reason reason some children grow up feeling weak, vulnerable and anxious. This becomes their attitude in life and an attitude is nothing more than a habit of thought. These childhood habits are still habits when these children grow up. These habits of thought are then unconsciously passed on to their children.
It would be a wonderful thing if we could be shown these harmful habits of thought as soon as we are mature enough to deal with them and while we are still young enough to make the mental adjustments easily. Sadly this isn't the case yet and so many of my clients arrive at my office feeling anxious and fearful and not knowing why or how to fix it.
Fortunately it is possible to help with these childhood fears and anxieties. In the video clip below, Robert Elias Najemy does a wonderful job of explaining these fears and offers some very helpful insights into healing them.
Is hypnosis real? Absolutely yes! Hypnosis has been studied for thousands of years and it is very definitely a very real phenomenon.
In 1892, a team from the British Medical Association commissioned to research hypnosis reported that they were satisfied as to “the genuineness of the hypnotic state”.
This team of researchers also said “ the committee is of the opinion that, as a therapeutic agent, hypnotism is frequently effective in relieving pain, procuring sleep, and alleviating many functional ailments (i.e., psycho-somatic complaints and anxiety disorders)." (British Medical Journal, 1892)
Then in 1955, the Psychological Medicine Group of the BMA commissioned a study, led by Prof. T. Ferguson Rodger, to deliver a second more comprehensive report on hypnosis. They found "The Subcommittee is satisfied after consideration of the available evidence, that hypnotism is of value and may be the treatment of choice in some cases of so-called psychosomatic disorder and psychoneurosis. It may also be of value for revealing unrecognized motives and conflicts in such conditions. As a treatment, in the opinion of the Subcommittee, it has proved its ability to remove symptoms and to alter morbid habits of thought and behavior. In addition to the treatment of psychiatric disabilities, there is a place for hypnotism in the production of anesthesia or analgesia for surgical and dental operations, and in suitable subjects it is an effective method of relieving pain in childbirth without altering the normal course of labour."
In 1958, the American Medical Association similarly conducted a report on hypnotherapy and likewise approved hypnosis as a legitimate therapeutic tool in the treatment of certain illnesses.
Hypnosis is not all in the mind. Research has found it creates real, measurable, changes in the brain. Using MRI scans a modern Israeli study showed reduced activity in some brain regions during memory suppression, and increased activity in others while hypnosis was induced.
Some researchers have dismissed hypnosis as mere social compliance. This view doesn't explain how hypnosis can allow for patients to undergo surgery without pain. I'm quite sure the Queen of Belgium was not merely complying with society while her surgeons sliced her open, without chemical anaesthetic, during her thyroid surgery.
Everyone understands pain and so there’s no better way to demonstrate the power of hypnosis by showing how well it manages pain. If you have any doubt at all about how real hypnosis is, and how powerful it is, watch the short video below. This remarkable video shows a Dentist only using hypnosis to extract teeth.
If the above video doesn't convince you that hypnosis is real, perhaps the following short video will. It shows a hypnotherapist using self hypnosis to bypass pain in surgery. It's well worth the watch.
Is hypnotherapy ever a one-session "quick fix" for a problem? Surprisingly, yes, although not everyone is always this fortunate.
Having conducted thousands of hypnotherapy sessions now, I have to admit that watching rapid change occur for my clients never gets old. I’m often astounded at how fast people can change using hypnotherapy if they’re ready for change. I’m also amazed that some people can have their problem sorted out in a single session while others can take quite a few sessions. Some clients never achieve their goals.
The difference between a single session “quick fix” client and a client that requires many sessions is usually just a matter of their readiness for change. One of the harder (by harder I actually mean lengthier) things to help a client with is an addiction to alcohol. The reason for this is that the alcohol is usually used as a crutch to the client. Most people using alcohol as a crutch are reluctant to part with it. For this reason, the first part of the hypnotherapy is dedicated to helping the client get to the point where the crutch isn’t needed or wanted anymore. Once this is achieved the magic really starts. I have had a number of clients that reversed this trend.
I have treated a number of businessmen that considered themselves to be alcoholics and had a different attitude to most people needing the help. These men displayed a fierce determination to stop drinking. I have the members of this group will always say something along the lines of “I don’t care what it takes, I don’t care how many sessions it takes, but I’m telling you now that I’m going to stop drinking at any cost”. Well, this shows a readiness for change that can’t be faked and these people almost always stop drinking, permanently, within a session or two of hypnotherapy!
It’s the same with clients wanting to stop smoking. Those that can look at a cigarette and honestly say to the cigarette “I hate you and I want you out of my life” almost always stop smoking in a single session. They were ready for change and because they were ready for change, change came quickly! This rule of thumb can be applied to most conditions treated using hypnotherapy.
I've also come across a number of clients that want their whole lives fixed in a single session. I call these clients “chancers”. They put themselves under tremendous pressure to achieve everything in a single session. Some of them do this because they’re struggling with finances and some don’t believe they’re worth the investment. They’re taking a chance. Regardless of their situation, this attitude generally isn't helpful to the achievement of their goals. They often end up “trying” too hard and that unfortunately just doesn't work with hypnotherapy most of the time.
Some people are in two minds about change. Some people will want to have a lovely slim, trim, healthy body, but at the same time want to continue eating a dozen chocolate eclairs a day washed down with their favourite soft drink. Hypnotherapy is a truly wonderful and powerful change agent, but you can’t normally change the rules of the physical universe with it! It would take a few sessions more of hypnotherapy to get the client to the point that a slim body is a greater priority than wolfing down pastries! Once this is achieved I have found that work progresses swiftly. Of course, the opposite is also true. Those that are ready to lose the weight do so very quickly with hypnotherapy.
Some people just aren't ready for change and never will be. There is no helping them. We each really do have free will and there isn't enough hypnosis on this planet to change this. Clients sent by their spouse or parent often fall into this category if they don’t want the change for themselves.
In a nutshell, commitment to change and readiness for change seem to be the catalysts that drive rapid change. Having the attitude ends up saving my clients time and money. It can’t be faked. The subconscious mind knows. Some clients need the change that they’re not ready for. This takes more work.
Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Oxford & Witney, Oxfordshire in the UK.