I’m working with a client right now who wants to use hypnosis to improve her vision. How great! I’d like to improve my vision, too. So she brought me a wonderful book, called Hypno-Vision by Lisette Scholl, that already has the scripts mapped out.
Scholl also wrote the book Visionetics. Her program incorporates massage, acupressure, body movement, visualization and hypnosis to improve vision naturally. The Hypno-Vision book has programs for myopics (near-sighted), presbyopics (far-sighted, like me), astigmatism (poor vision due to defective curvature of the cornea), strabismus (eyes that turn in or out), hyperopia (distant objects seen more distinctly than near ones, cataracts, glaucoma (abnormally high fluid pressure of the eye), macular degeneration (loss of sharp focus) and retinitis pigmentosa (night blindness leading to tunnel vision).
According to Scholl’s book, the program for myopics takes eight weeks and the one for people like me only takes four weeks. The purpose of the hypnosis is to reinforce to the subconscious mind that healing the vision is possible and that the results of the exercises, massage and acupressure are taking hold rapidly.
I knew about hypnosis for vision in school, but this is my first adventure working with a client, so it’s very exciting to me. You can record your own sessions and try it for yourself. Just pick up a copy of Scholl’s book.
A nice use for hypnosis in this modern economy is to update your job skills. I have had professional writers come in to remove writer’s block. And, several people who wanted to get into medical coding or get promoted up the ladder, came in to get faster. Same thing happens with court reporters.
Many managers come in to improve their decision making or communication skills, especially for public speaking.
Whatever the process improvement that’s needed, a typically hypnosis scenario is to have them imagine being as proficient as they want to be while under hypnosis. I even go so far as to have people imagine getting awards for being so great at their jobs and to hear their co-workers and bosses telling them how amazing they are. The more you build up the expectation in hypnosis, the better the results in waking life.
Most importantly, ask your potential hypnotist how much experience they have working with your particular problem area. Then listen for specifics. Vague generalizations let you know that they are BS-ing.
Here’s what happens when someone calls me: Suppose Carla calls in and wants to stop smoking. I explain that I do two sessions in one, a 50-minute and a 15-minute follow-up. I also tell her about the 7 post hypnotic suggestions that I include and why I do that. I then speak about the success stories from clients who have stopped smoking with me.
I answer any specific questions about the process as well.
Other important questions are:
Can I have a list of client references?
Or do you have them on your website?
How many hours of training and continuing education do you have?
(Keep in mind, a medical degree doesn’t necessarily mean the hypnotist has much training. Frequently someone with a medical license has taken a weekend course in hypnosis.)
Generally, the more clients they’ve seen and the more training they’ve had the better equipped they will be to help you with your issues.
Most importantly, when you talk to them, do you feel comfortable with them? If a hypnotist cannot establish enough rapport to help you relax, you are not likely to achieve good results.
For several years, I taught pain management techniques to nurses at two hospitals here in San Antonio.
Many nurses already got the gist of how to talk to the subconscious to calm a patient. In most cases of chronic pain I’ve been involved with, calmer patients experience less pain.
While acute trauma requires different hypnotic treatment, it can still be effective.
One very helpful technique for working with chronic pain is called Objectifying the Pain. Pain is an emotional response. Therefore, if you translate the pain into an object (an analytical response) you can typically shrink or dissolve it.
I have the client describe the pain using size, shape, color, texture, smell, taste and emotion. Then I ask them to take a deep breath and describe it again. Usually they can shrink the pain down to nothing in five or less attempts.
Post Hypnotic Suggestion is a suggestion that the hypnotist gives to the client that will continue to work after the session has ended. Here are some typical ones I use:
“Every day in every way you are getting better and better and better… happier, healthier, wealthier and wiser every single day.”
“Every time you see water in any form, think about water or drink water, you will automatically be more peaceful, calm, confident and happy.”
“Every time you see the color gold, you think I’m a winner; I have kicked the habit.”
“From now on any time you see the color ____ or think the word ____, you will automatically be back at ___________ feeling relaxed, calm, safe and secure and all anxiety will completely wash away and be replaced with a feeling of euphoria.”
If the client listens to their hypnosis CD that I have given to them, their post-hypnotic suggestions will be reinforced every time they listen. So, it’s possible to get instant improvement from the post-hypnotic suggestion.
In my experience, phobias are one of the easiest things to get rid of using hypnosis. I don’t know anything that works as quickly and as effectively, without any negative side effects, as hypnosis.
I generally see a person twice for a specific phobia. They are usually fine after the first session, but typically insist on a follow-up just to make sure.
I have the client do homework between the first and second session. For example, the lady who was afraid of snakes had to go to the reptile house at the zoo. The drivers who could not drive on the highway were required to do so.
In session one, we do a de-sensitization for the specific phobia. For example, if the fear is “fear of heights,” I have the client complete a scale of +10 (I enjoy doing this totally) to -10 (having to do this would put me in the hospital.) The +10 for this phobia might be something like “sitting under an umbrella at the beach watching the waves.” The -1 might be “standing next to the elevator in a two-story hotel.” The -3 might be “riding up to the second floor with a friend.” The -6 might be “going out on the balcony of a two-story building with a friend” and the -10 might be “standing on the balcony on the tenth floor of a high rise by myself.”
The de-sensitization happens by having the client experience the very pleasurable event in between each fear-producing event and moving for least fear-producing to most fear-producing. By the time the client gets to the -10, they are typically so relaxed they don’t have any negative response at all. I then give them the suggestion, “The subconscious does not know the difference between fact and fantasy.” (which happens to be true.)
When they come back for session #2, I ask how they did on the homework assignment. Generally, they tell me it was a “piece of cake.” If they report any difficulties, then we deal with the specific trouble-area in detail.
Anyone who has been a hypnotist more than six months has had at least one odd request. Having been a hypnotist for 13 years, I think I’ve heard it all.
We all get our share of what I like to affectionately refer to as the “pervy” requests. I had the potential client who wanted to re-experience toilet training.
I actually did a session for someone who wanted a custom- CD mailed to her. She wanted to experience a virtual pregnancy from inception until delivery.
Numerous clients have wanted to get “evil” out of their lives. Especially when using regression to cause, I have had clients encounter evil of some sort. For example, a retired dentist who wanted to overcome depression opened a door in his subconscious and saw a devil head sitting on a pedestal. He named the devil head George.
I even had a client who was overwhelmed with guilt at his wife’s suicide. She had made multiple attempts and finally succeeded by throwing herself in an ant bed.
One thing’s for sure, hypnosis keeps you on your toes and helps you learn to think on your feet.