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.
The cure for Alcoholism? A French cardiologist by the name of Olivier Ameisen is claimed to have discovered the cure for alcoholism. While running his successful practice he was severely stricken by an overwhelming feeling of inadequacy. He felt like imposter waiting to be unmasked and found relief in large quantities of whisky and gin.
Having spent years in clinics without success, he heard of an American man that used Baclofen for muscle spasms and found that it helped ease his addiction for cocaine. Baclofen is a powerful muscle relaxant. On further researching Baclofen, Dr Ameisen discovered this medicine had cut addiction to alcohol or cocaine in rats.
The curious Dr Ameisen began treating himself with daily doses of five milligrams of Baclofen and he found that "the first effects were a magical muscular relaxation and baby-like sleep". Almost immediately he also detected a lessening in his desire for drink. He increased his daily dosage gradually to a maximum of 270mg of Baclofen, and found that he was "cured". He continued to take 30 to 50mg a day. Dr Ameisen died in 2013 aged sixty.
A hypnotherapists Opinion
As a Clinical Hypnotherapist I haven’t studied medicine and I’m not giving any medical advice here. But I have made some observations as a hypnotherapist and here’s my opinion: Baclofen is not a cure for alcoholism, Dr Ameisen was not cured from alcoholism and it’s doubtful that any medicine can cure alcoholism. Let me explain:
Baclofen is not a cure for Alcoholism
Alcoholism is a form of self-medication. Alcoholics are just people that use alcohol to relax themselves. Swopping alcohol for Baclofen as such is not a cure; it’s just employing a different muscle relaxant. At best it’s a treatment for alcoholism and comes with side effects.
Dr Ameisen was not cured from Alcoholism
While I am pleased that Dr Ameisen found some relief from alcohol, he was still not free from it. Instead of being dependant on alcohol, Dr Ameisen became dependent on Baclofen as he continued to take 30 to 50mg a day. If he stopped taking Baclofen would he not still need alcohol? Would he have reverted back to alcohol or would he have found another substance in its place?
It’s doubtful that any medicine can cure Alcoholism
Dr Ameisen was treating the symptoms of alcoholism and not the cause of alcoholism. It’s clear that in his case at least that the cause was emotional and not physical. He felt inadequate. He felt like an imposter. These feelings caused him distress which in turn made him tense. He used alcohol or Baclofen to suppress the tension in his body. He merely suppressed the symptoms (effects) of the emotions and did not treat the emotional cause.
Dr Ameisen was a physician, and physicians are trained to treat the physical. I am sure that as long as he felt inadequate about himself he would need something to suppress the tension in his body. I don't know of any medicine that can deal with a person’s feelings of inadequacy.
Why is Analytical Hypnotherapy Different?
To outright cure alcoholism I propose two things need to be done. First, the cause of the alcoholism needs to be removed and second the habit of using alcohol has to be removed. Instead of treating the symptoms it would be far better to find the emotional cause and fix it. The emotional cause in this case was a feeling of inadequacy as described by Dr Ameisen himself. As Jung said “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” Emotions are generated in the subconscious mind.
As a hypnotherapist I would have helped Dr Ameisen find the reason for this feeling. I would have helped him to become conscious of whatever made him feel inadequate at an unconscious level. I would then have helped this doctor to change this incorrect opinion of himself permanently. I would help him to feel worthy. This can only be done at a subconscious level and would lead to a more relaxed mind and body. He would have been more at peace with himself.
With his self-confidence restored I would then have spend several sessions with him helping him to remove the habit portion of drinking problem. Habits are subconscious too.
I think this method of treating alcoholism is a more permanent and satisfactory method than using medication.
Relaxation is the single greatest contributor to remaining healthy. Relaxation is the cure for stress and its stress that’s responsible for most of our illnesses.
The benefits to relaxation are well known and the ability to become relaxed and to remain relaxed is a wonderful quality that’s becoming highly sought after in our busy lives. Below is a list of sixteen benefits to being relaxed:
1. Relaxation lowers the heart rate.
2. Relaxation reduces blood pressure.
3. Relaxation slows the rate of breathing.
4. Relaxation increases blood flow to the muscles.
5. Relaxation decreases muscle tension.
6. Relaxation decreases the metabolic rate.
7. Relaxation increases energy levels.
8. Relaxation enhances sleep.
9. Relaxation improves concentration.
10. Relaxation helps with problem-solving.
11. Relaxation leads to greater efficiency.
12. Relaxation results in calmer emotions.
13. Relaxation leads to less headaches and pain.
14. Relaxation promotes immunity.
15. Relaxation improves general health.
16. Relaxation promotes longevity.
In the Western World we aren't taught to relax. Some people even feel guilty if they catch themselves relaxing.
Our world is consumer driven and to consume one must have money. Money, we are taught, doesn't grow on trees and is earned through hard work. Instead of relaxation we get caffeine in the Western World! It’s almost as if we have lost our sense of balance.
Fortunately, relaxation is natural. Like breathing, we are able to regulate our levels of relaxation. As we are easily able to increase our rate of breathing and decrease our rate of breathing at will, so we can control our levels of relaxation once we have been taught.
Relaxing is far easier done than said. Any good hypnotherapist will be able to teach you how to relax your mind and body in minutes.
Bottling up Emotions - It’s becoming increasingly obvious that emotions play a far greater role in our health, or lack of health, than originally realized by mainstream science as recently announced by Harvard and the University of Rochester which was published in the Daily Mail.
It’s not the actual emotions that do the harm; it’s the suppressing of the emotions that do the harm. All of my mentors have repeatedly drummed into me over many years:
THERE IS ONLY ONE PLACE NEGATIVE EMOTIONS CAN HARM YOU AND THAT’S WHEN THEY’RE TRAPPED INSIDE YOU!
We all intuitively know this too. Painful emotions that are not dealt with are trapped inside. At some point they will spill from the mind into the body in the form of chronic illness. There is no denying that there is a body-mind connection. The longer the emotions manifest as chronic illness in the body, the more difficult and time consuming (expensive) it is to correct the condition.
In the UK this is a far greater problem than other parts of the world. I have an Italian that will never, never, ever get cancer! When he’s feeling unhappy the whole world knows all about. I find him incredibly entertaining and his fiery purging of negativity is contagious and always ends with a good laugh. He keeps nothing bottled up and this is a good thing! Some people would argue that it’s not a good thing, perhaps, because they have to listen to someone else’s complaints. This is a very shallow argument usually offered by intolerant (scared) people that have not considered the immense cost of chronic illness to a country.
Of course in the UK it’s all about keeping your pose. Appearances are everything; “stiff upper lip” and that sort of thing. This is why the NHS is groaning under the weight of so many “complex” chronic illness cases. Of course there is nothing complex about it at all. It’s all about the non- expression of emotion. Maintaining a stiff upper lip will get you killed, but not before it’s caused you a lot of pain and suffering first.
Of course, this is all academic. Once the emotions are bottled up inside, they ARE bottled up inside. The question has to be asked, how do we fix the problem? How do we release the genie from the bottle?
I have two points to make on this:
1. See an analytical hypnotherapist. There is no effect without cause. A good analytical hypnotherapist will pin point the cause and help to nullify the offending emotion. This will stop feeding the chronic illness and allow the natural immune function to do its work and heal the body. Of course, a good physician can help immensely with the situation once the emotion has been dealt with.
2. Seek the help of an analytical hypnotherapist as soon as the problem becomes apparent! Delaying will just cause the chronic illness greater chance to take hold in the body. Have the courage to deal with the problem immediately.
Worrying does nothing for you. In fact it causes you harm and damage.
Take the day off from worrying. Fill in exactly what worries you in the section provided below and hit "Submit". Your specific worry will vanish into cyber space. In seconds it will arrive on our desk and because we're professionals we'll worry for you for a full 24 hours, and we'll do it properly! You'll feel so much better!
Of course, at some stage you WILL have to face what you're worried about yourself. When you're ready, consider booking a Free Preliminary Consultation to find out how hypnotherapy can help you to take back your control.
It looks like June is the month of celebrity hypnotherapy. We have Kim Kardashian, Kate Middleton and Linda Robson all ready to relax into hypnotherapy.
Kim Kardashian was a little anxious about giving birth and as everyone knows, hypnotherapy sorts anxiety out very quickly.
Read more here: http://www.anxiety
Linda Robson sorted out her phobia for rats using hypnotherapy before she took part in "I'm a Celebrity" Good thing or it probably wouldn't have happened!
Read here: http://www.mirror.co.uk
Kate Middleton, after her early pregnancy bout with the severe morning sickness used to hypnotherapy to regain her appetite.
And then it looks as though Kate Middleton is all set for Hypno-Birth at St Mary's in London.
Read here; http://www.ibtimes.co.uk
British actor Stephen Fry underwent hypnosis to help him keep time during a musical performance with his long-time collaborator Hugh Laurie.
Read here: http://www.contactmusic.com
No newcomer to hypnotherapy, Kim Kardashian has used hypnosis again, this time to help her to get down to her goal weight.
Read more here: http://uk.omg.yahoo.com
Obviously Simon Cowell knows a thing or two about success. He hired a hypnotherapist to help Tamera Foster remember her lines while singing. I didn't know she kept forgetting her lines, but why would someone do such a thing? Well, nerves of course. When we're scared we go into "fight, flight (or freeze) mode. It's a natural thing to do and if you're physically threatened it's a good response. But it's not helpful when you're on stage in front of the world!
How does hypnotherapy help? By removing the fear. Once the fear of performing has been removed, there's no need to freeze up and get mental blocks. This allows the performer to really get into the routine and enjoy it! To come from the heart!
Read more here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk
Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Oxford & Witney, Oxfordshire in the UK.