What Would A Coma Be Like?

Have you ever thought about that? I have. My mother’s oldest sister died a terrible death. She had worked in a plastics factory where she was exposed to some pretty awful chemicals. It was one of those things that would be hell to prove in court, but the family always figured that those chemicals contributed to her health problems. The doctors did not have a clue what had happened to her.

Her body just got rigid. She could not move anything except her eyes. Couldn’t talk. Couldn’t clean herself. Couldn’t feed herself. Not so much as even lifting a finger. But her eyes moved. She would look at you. It was obvious she knew everything that was going on around her. She was a prisoner in a body that just refused to function. To me, that would be a total Hell. If there was anything good about it, she did not last long.

I suppose that would not really count as a coma. But, now, it turns out that some “vegetative state” victims may be experiencing something far closer to what my aunt experienced than the medical community would have supposed.

Somebody got the idea to hook up some sophisticated brain monitors to a bunch of these patients. Then, the researchers began to talk to the patients and tell them to think about different activities. In a “normal” brain, different parts of the brain “lights up” depending on what the person thinks about: For instance, playing tennis versus listening to a concert.

For most of the patients, asking them to think about different activities did nothing to the brain waves. But for a few (20-30%), the reaction was the same as for a “normal” brain. And in at least one case, the researchers were able to set up signals for yes and no. They asked detailed questions about his life before his head injury. He answered every question accurately. Sounds awfully close to what went on with my aunt.

The study was published in a recent New England Journal of Medicine. There is a fairly detailed article about it on the Washington Post web site. Here is the link for the article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/03/AR2010020302887.html?wpisrc=nl_headline

It will be interesting to see where this research leads in the next few months. There could be huge breakthroughs in the treatment of these cases.

Hypnotists have been using “finger signals” for years to get yes/no answers from the subconscious and bypass the conscious mind. In fact, hypnosis is so effective largely because we communicate directly with the subconscious. At that level, it is easy to change things.

What about your life would you like to change?


When Do We Change?

I was watching new version of “The Day The Earth Stood Still.” One of the themes advanced in the movie is that humans only change when on the brink of destruction. That is similar to some of the ideas associated with 12-step programs–“you have to hit rock bottom”, etc.

Maybe that is true for addicts. Maybe it is true in the political arena–look at the insanity surrounding the efforts at health care reform. Some small improvements may come out of it, but for the time being the US will continue its descent into health care oblivion.

But what about at the individual level? Can we change? Do we have to wait until we are at the edge of destruction?

The answer is simple. We can change. Actually, it is pretty easy in most cases. What is missing is the right set of tools and knowing how to use them.

To me, that is the number one benefit of NLP training. It is a powerful set of tools that are easy to use.

Is there something in your life you want to change?

The Seed Of A Greater Benefit

Here’s an experiment to play with the next time something bad happens. Try this instead of feeling sorry for yourself. Feel a sense of gratitude. That may sound crazy to start with, but it seems to work. I am not suggesting some sort of masochism, where you thank the universe for punishing you.
It is more like this: There has to be something good here. I don’t know what it is. But I’m grateful for it. I am thankful for whatever good is going to come out of this situation. There is a blessing hidden here, and soon I will find out what it is. Try it and see what happens.
Last night something unpleasant happened. It wasn’t the end of the world, but it would be something that I would NOT have chosen to have happen. Instead of feeling bad about it. I started thanking the universe for it. I had no expectations that the underlying situation would change. There was no reason to expect that the once I got up this morning, things would be different.
But that’s exactly what had happened. The other party involved in this had done a complete 180 reversal. Interesting. And, in the meantime, I have thought of a couple of things that I should be doing other than depending on this other person. I will come out way ahead of where I was without losing anything.
What was it Napoleon Hill said? Something like, “In every disaster there lies the seed of an even greater opportunity.” I think he is right.
So my suggestion to you is the next time something bad happens. Start looking for the hidden blessing. It may not be like this situation where things completely change. But I bet you will find that there is a blessing. One way or another.
Try it and see what happens

Breathing? How Much Do You Think About It?

Most of us think that we are reasonably smart. We are all very proud of our conscious mind and all the wonderful problems that we solve with it. We want to think that it runs our lives and does all the important things. It is our badge of accomplishment. Big joke!
How long would you survive if you had to breath consciously? How long would you live if you had to remind yourself to “breathe in . . . now breathe out.” Breathing is best left up to the subconscious! So, too, for activities like swinging a golf club, “copying” Morse Code, and a million other things. Get that precious conscious mind out of the way, and let the subconscious do its thing!
So what is the big deal about about the unconscious? Why do some people (hypnotists and psychologists, for instance) always talk about it? Take a trip over to your local college or university. Somewhere on campus there is the psychology department. Go there and find an expert on consciousness. Ask them.
They’re going to tell you that the average person can be aware of 7+ or -2 things. In other words, you can be aware (conscious) of 5 to 9 things at any given time. Then ask the expert how much information is actually coming into your whole nervous system. How much information is coming in to all the different parts of your “internal Internet?” (Your body is much more like the Internet than it is the old model of the brain as a central computer.)
And they’re going to tell you that there is somewhere between 2 billion and 4 billion bits of information coming into the nervous system every second. So you’ve got, say, 3 billion bits of information coming into your nervous system every second. And you are only consciously aware of 7+ or -2 chunks of it? So, doesn’t that tell you that there is a lot more going on in your unconscious?
Let me give you an example. I’m not sure what the 5 to 9 things are that you’re aware of right now. But I’m going to assume that you’re sitting in a chair. Now, chances are, until I mention it, you are not at all aware of the feeling of pressure, where your butt and the backs of your legs touch the chair. And if you’re leaning back against the back of the chair, where your back touches the chair. But as soon as I mention it, you suddenly become aware of it.
I’m also assuming that you have some clothing on. You could become aware of the difference in skin temperature, where your clothing covers your skin and wear your skin is bare. You can become aware of that, can you not? You were aware of neither of these until I brought them up. But they suddenly moved into that 7+ or – 2 set, and chances are something dropped out of that set.
This is the way a hypnotist works with you to get you to focus on the areas that you need to focus on to make changes in your life. We skillfully shift your attention from one thing to another.
Next time we’ll talk about the “stuff” in your subconscious that could ruin your life. (Don’t panic, it can be fixed.)

Holiday Survival

The holidays are coming–sooner than we want or expect in a lot of cases. Over the years, I’ve probably heard more gripes about the holidays than any other subject, with the possible exception of family in general.

So, why is it that “everyone” realizes that they grew up in a dysfunctional family, but believes that no one else they know did??? But, I digress.

I put together a CD a few years ago that I gave to clients and friends that addressed what seems to be the biggest sources of stress in the holidays.

Through the magic of digitized  everything, I can make it very easy for anyone to get a copy (well, a copy of the content, anyway, if not an actual physical CD). Here is a little more information about it and where to go to download it.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, I want you to enjoy it to its fullest extent! I have a FREE hypnotic Holiday Survival package. This is my gift to you this year.

There are no strings attached. Nothing else to buy. No “opt in” form you have to sign up for. No “squeeze page.” Nothing. Nada. Zip.  Just go to the link below, download the zip file, unzip it and benefit from it.

There are two audio files and a pdf that pretty much repeats what is written here.

Listen to the intro first—it is shhort, only a few minutes. Next is the full hypnosis session (about 30 minutes) that will do several things for you:

  • it will deeply relax you, which will reduce the overall holiday stress
  • it will help you deal with all the celebrations & parties
  • it will help you use your intuition to select the presents you need to/want to buy
  • it will help you deal with the presents you get, particularly the “weird ones”

I suggest you replay the whole hypnosis session whenever you feel stressed. And you can replay it for each gift you have to buy—until you get the hang of doing it on your own. After a few tiimes, you should be able to simply close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and do the process for picking the right gift.

Most of all, just lighten up and have a great holiday season!


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PS  This last message is only for those that wallow in the morphic field of stupidity! It is a hypnosis recording. For the sake of all those that you love and that love you, do not use it in your car. Only listen to it when you can do so safely. See, I told you this message was not for you, but you read it anyway, didn’t you.

Three Ways Hypnosis Can Transform Your Life

Hypnosis is a natural state of consciousness that all people enter and leave several times each day. Unfortunately, few recognize and make positive use of the benefits that this state of being offers.

Hypnosis can be viewed from different vantage points. From a bio-feedback perspective, hypnosis occurs as the brain waves fall back from normal Beta consciousness (a wide-awake state) into Alpha and Theta levels (light, dreamy sleep-like). We pass through this state each night when we fall asleep. And we reverse the process in the morning when we awaken. Daydreaming and similar activities are signs of naturally reentering this state at other times during the day.

From an awareness viewpoint, hypnosis occurs as the attention span focuses down to essentially one thing, while the analytical mind is being distracted from critically monitoring what is going on. If we have ever “become lost” in a TV program, movie or book, we have been hypnotized. The person experiencing hypnosis may lose his sense of time, feeling that hours have passed in seconds or that seconds have passed in hours. At one time or another we have all had these hypnotic experiences while driving. Some of us may experience this condition while working, particularly if we are deeply involved in our work (or if it is extremely repetitive and boring). Other characteristics of hypnosis may include losing awareness of one’s body or one’s location.

Anyone who can follow simple instructions can be hypnotized, but some people do seem to make better subjects than others. Artists, writers, and others involved in creative endeavors seem to be unusually adept at achieving a deep trance state quickly. Likewise, insecure individuals who fear losing control may tend to block the process initially. Often these individuals are associated with occupations that demand high levels of logic and demand rigidity. In the final analysis, the only ones who cannot be hypnotized are those incapable of cooperating or those who choose not to cooperate.

From a therapeutic stance, hypnosis can be used to induce change in a person’s life. This is possible because under hypnosis, even in a light trance, the average person is at least 25 times more suggestible than in the waking state. Furthermore, most of the “filtering” of the logical mind is momentarily reoriented, which is also conducive to change. Hypnosis can help a person in the following ways:

1. Hypnosis may be used to add something to life that is missing. An example might be someone who would like to develop a personal exercise program but lacks the motivation to do so. Hypnosis could be used to help the subject build a powerful burning desire to exercise.

2. Hypnosis may be used to take something away. For instance, someone might be interested in stopping smoking. A skilled hypnotist can help the subject lose his interest in smoking and change his self-image into that of a non-smoker.

3. It may be used to release a person from irrational fears and other forms of limiting beliefs. As an illustration, suppose that a subject has a beautiful voice and would love to sing publicly, but is afraid of the audience. Hypnosis could be used to release the subject from the bondage of his fears regardless of the source, allowing him to become the person that he has been inside.

To summarize, hypnosis is a natural state of consciousness that with skillful guidance can be used productively by the population at large. Objectively, it involves moving the brain-wave activity down from wide awake (Beta) to that area half-way between being asleep and awake (Alpha and Theta). Subjectively, it involves narrowing down the focus of attention to one thing and redirecting the critical mind temporarily disabling normal filters. Bright, creative, flexible people seem to make the best subjects. However, almost anyone can be hypnotized given a desire to enter an altered state and a willingness to participate. From a therapeutic perspective, hypnosis can be used to add something to a person’s life, remove something from it, or release a person from binding fears so that he may express his true self.

The TRUTH about HYPNOSIS is that it is a natural, safe, effective means to achieve rapid change in your life. Take a moment and think about some part of your life you want to change. Just imagine what it will be like when that problem is in the past. Doesn’t that feel good? You can make that a reality by picking up the phone and calling for an appointment now.


I Remember The First Time I Did It

I suppose I started fantasizing about it in high school. But I was alone, and, of course, you can do it to yourself, but there is nothing like doing it to someone else. I was socially inept, so I spent a lot of time alone with my fantasies.

But the first time I did it with another human being was years later. I was married—oh, wait, your mind is in the wrong place. I’m talking about hypnosis and hypnotizing someone else. You just have a dirty mind, don’t you? <g> Well, so do I, but I digress.

I had been doing self-hypnosis since high school, although I may not have quite understood that this is what I was doing. I just called it relaxing my mind.

Anyway, my wife and I were working for the same company and commuting together. One evening as I was driving home in rush-hour traffic at 70 MPH, she was bitching about her day. And she was not calming down.

So, I just started saying out loud to her the words that I had been using on myself for all those years. After a few minutes of “doing an induction” off the top of my head, I glanced over to see that her head was slumped over onto her chest. Wow!!!

I kept talking to her about how relaxed she was and how none of “that stuff” mattered. And then I “counted her out” like I had done for myself so many times. Her energy was transformed. She was calm, and her voice had a relaxed tone to it when she said, “Wow, how did you know how to do that?”

That gave me the courage and inspiration to start looking for some formal training in hypnosis. It was not easy to find in those days. But I was persistent and expense be damned. I knew this was something that I just had to know more about.

Family and friends started asking me to hypnotize them—Wow! I went from “nerd” to life-of-the-party over night!

Now, I have been hypnotizing people professionally for over 27 years. And I can’t think of anything more fun to do with another person—well, actually, I can think of one thing, but you already know I have that kind of mind. <g>

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