World Hypnotism Day; 4th January, seems to be the perfect time for me to re-enter the world from my healing sabbatical*.
The day was created as a dedication to the delightful Dr Jack Gibson who died in 2005. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr Gibson and loved hearing the amazing stories of his career. He was a surgeon who used hypnosis as anaesthesia and he had many tales to share.
Hypnosis for pain management is my number one tool for day to day and pre/post surgery.
There are many myths surrounding the subject but all you really need to know is that it is a natural state that we all go into.
Self-hypnosis is the induction of a hypnotic trance during which you can decide to rest your conscious mind thereby bypassing to your subconscious mind.
The meditative state, while very similar, varies in that it creates an open-mind focus while the hypnotic state is focus with a narrowing of attention.
Meld them together and you get the blissful open-minded calm focus with the ability to put your attention where you want. All the while having access to your inner you.
I have used the description before as: meditation = flowing out and hypnosis = flowing in. When used together we can just flow.
Using hypnotic meditative states on and by yourself gives you access to your subconscious mind that is usually pretty much ignored while it just gets on with its job, which is to keep us alive and safe. It has no concept of right or wrong, good or bad. It acts automatically on instruction and will make us repeat whatever we practise doing. If we have fears or anxieties they will feed on themselves and become all-powerful.
The subconscious mind, in its endeavour to protect, may well remind us of these feelings if it has associated it with an action. Whenever I used to think about flying I would get butterflies. When I used to think about public speaking I would go through the whole scenario of escaping by swooning.
All this doesn't mean that you can be forced to do things - it does mean you can choose. If you have decided you no longer want to smoke, for example, as soon as the old smoking programmes in your subconscious mind are brought up to date with your present desire, you are then a non-smoker with ease.
This is the same with phobias. My fear of flying was created by me holding onto an experience as a child that had nothing to do with flying, but I had attached it to planes and as my imagination (and yours) is so brilliant I imagined myself into a state of terror.
For managing pain; a few moments of inner peace can calm your central nervous system. This, in turn, helps to gain some control while your inner chemical factory releases a cocktail of soothingness.
* I had a Nevro HF10 spinal cord stimulator implanted by the most amazing team at Southmead Hospital, Bristol. I will share all the details soon - ha - bet you can’t wait.
It wouldn’t be a proper celebration without a present so to mark the day I am gifting you my Mental Detox Hypnotic Meditation. This is a deep relaxation and can be used as often as you like. It is excellent training for power-napping.
You do not need a reason to listen ~ it can be purely for pleasure.
It is here https://www.barbschool.co.uk/courses/mental-detox-1
And your code is WHDgift
It will remain free until Monday 6th January 2020. Offer has ended.
A bit of info on the day https://happydays365.org/hypnotism-day/world-hypnotism-day-january-4/