The Mind Body Connection - Why Hypnosis is
the Ideal Intervention
Anne H. Spencer, Ph.D.,
Lilly Tomlin once said, "When I speak to God,
they call it prayer. When God speaks to me, they call it schizophrenia!"
Two decades ago when I told clients that we could talk to their
immune cells and make a change for the better, their doctors thought I
was schizophrenic. Times have changed. Now mainstream America is fully
aware that traditional medicine is not the only answer. Alapathic
medicine is one of perhaps several solutions to a current medical
Everyday in the popular press, (newspapers, magazines, radio and
TV), we are hearing of amazing results when alternative/complimentary
therapies are used to heal. It seems that all of these therapies have
one common ingredient. It is: The patient wants to get better and is
willing to go along with the new protocol, having hope and faith that
it will bring a better quality of life. Some call this self-hypnosis at
its best! I would agree.
When a form of hypnosis is used with the healing prescription there
are positive results. Hypnosis is given many names these days. They
are: relaxation response, stress reduction imagery, mental imagery,
guided meditation, visual prayer, guided prayer, trance, visualization,
imagery, journeying, safe place imagery, becoming centered, the list
goes on... It matters not the name, as long as the desired results are
Because of all the positive results that have been
achieved through alternative medicine the National Institutes of Health have
Office of Alternative Medicine. Larry Dossey, MD is an internal
medicine physician and co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body
Interventions of the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine. He says that
they are gearing up to do research into alternative therapies that up
until recently have been considered "fringe" and unorthodox.
Areas of study will include meditation, biofeedback, psychotherapy,
hypnosis, prayer, distant or psychic healing, art, music, and dance, to
name a few. Senator Harkin head of the Senate Appropriations Committee
which controls the purse strings of the NIH issued the following
"The committee is not satisfied that the conventional
community as symbolized by NIH has fully explored the potential that
exists in unconventional medical practices...In order to more
adequately explore these unconventional medical practices the committee
requests that NIH establish within the office of the director an office
to fully investigate and validate these practices. The committee
further directs that the NIH convene and establish an advisory panel to
screen and select the procedures for investigation and to recommend a
research program to fully test the most promising unconventional
Dossey adds: "It is crucial that lay persons realize
that the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine was created not by developments
within medicine but by pressures from outside the profession. This
means your efforts can have a major impact. Write your senators and
representatives. Key points you should make:
- Educate them. Many have never heard of the new NIH Office of Alternative
- Urge them to support funding for the NIH-OAM. Without it,
these developments will die on the vine.
- Ask them to take a serious look
at the formal report due out from the Office. It will document the scientific
evidence underlying many
- Above all, point out that many alternative methods
not only work and are extremely safe, they are cost effective as well. In
this era of
escalating health care cost, cost effectiveness is a compelling
argument in favor of alternative medicine."
May I add, that as a hypnotherapists it is imperative for
you to be in close contact with your state and national elected officials.
are your servants, you elected them, you have a profession that is fast
being recognized for its benefits to medicine. Now is the time to make
your voice heard. If you wait, some other profession will take up the banner
and you'll be left on the sideline wondering why.
Larry Dossey, M.D. is on
the honorary board of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy
Association "!. As we have talked he assures me that Hypnosis is being
carefully studied and documented for its place in the Alternative
Protocols. A door marked HYPNOTHERAPIST in every health care facility
worldwide is now more than a dream. It is well on its way to becoming a
reality. It will require well trained professionals in the art and
science of Hypnosis. I expect that many of you will be among those who
will staff these facilities. It is part of the aim of the International
Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association to be the source of
recruitment for these health care providers.
Now I would like to turn to two case histories from the files of I.M.D.H.A. that deal with healings occurring due to hypnosis.
First Session: June 5, 1991
Condition: Diabetes - Blood sugar count 258
Client: Female - Divorced - age 55
History: Tillie is the mother of two fully grown girls;
twice divorced and working in a very demanding career.
When asked, "How many easy days do you usually have per week? How many difficult
days?" the answer was, "Mine are all real bad."
Resolution: In just two sessions Tillie's blood sugar
count dropped to 106/108 range. She is completely off of all medication
per her physician's decision.
Therapy: Tillie had a very strong hate for her grandmother.
Her mother and father lived with the grandparents. They had a belief
that they could not "make it" on their own. Nancy was born at home.
During regression Nancy remembered that on the day
of her birth and subsequent days her grandmother bathed her. "She's putting
something in my mouth (washcloth), I'm trying to cry, but can't. I want
to go back to my mother, but she won't take me. She is hurting my arms.
I just want to go back into my mother, it was safe and comfortable there.
Grandmother says, 'I can stop her breathing like other babies.' She finally
takes me back to the doctor and my mother."
"She's telling my mother that she's to old to have
a baby anyway. This one doesn't look very healthy and probably won't
Why did you live? "Cause my mother wanted me to."
Tillie and her parents lived with the grandmother for
15 years. Grandmother would often say to Tillie, " You won't make it.
You are sick."
Healing: During this session the "old hate" and "unresourceful feelings" for
grandmother were removed using a combination of NLP and hypnotherapy techniques
Second session she reported that the blood sugar had
dropped to 120. Over the next three weeks and sessions the blood sugar
level reached and maintained 106/108. All medications have been suspended.
Follow up: June 5, 1993 blood sugar level still 106/108.
(3 years later)
First Session: June 12, 1990
Condition: Diarrhea for the past 25 years
Client: Female - Divorced - age 54
History: Jan is a mother of two fully grown children
and living on government assistance. Note: So are both of her brothers.
When asked: "How many easy days do you usually have per week? How many
difficult days?" Answer - "Most are difficult."
Resolution: Hypnoanalysis intake and introduction to
hypnosis took two sessions. Good subject, open and receptive to wanting
to find the cause of the problem. Set a plan of 10 to 12 sessions.
Therapy: Regression: Age 8 "I know my mother don't
love my dad. My dad drinks. My mom likes Dan. Dan is my half brother,
her son. He's 13. He (Dan) is mean to us. Dan is mean to us when dad
is at work. He does bad things to me and my brothers. He makes my brothers
take off all of their clothes. He makes them 'pee' in each others mouths.
He forces them outside without their clothes and locks the door. He has
sex with me and he won't leave me alone. Dad asks me if Dan did anything
to me, I say 'no'. I don't know why I say 'no'".
"Dan brings his boy friends over to our house."
How many boyfriends and why?
"6 or 7 boyfriends. Dan makes his friends have sex with me. I pretend I am asleep,
but they still go ahead and have sex with me."
Note: Client is abreacting, crying, sobbing then...
"I love my dad so much. I went to bed with my dad.
I don't know why. I really don't."
What do you mean, you went to bed with your dad?
"I took care of my dad he was so lonely."
How did you take care of your dad?
"I had sex with my dad."
How often did this occur?
"Maybe 3 times.'
How did this start?
"Mom works from 4 to midnight and daddy is lonely. He kisses me then things just
Do you want to let these old memories go?
These old un-resourceful feelings and emotions, where do you store them?
"In my stomach"
If you could describe them what do they look like, what color are they?
Healing: Drained off these old worn out feelings and
client flushed them down the toilet. Forgave (let go) of incidents. Filled
her with love, peace, fun and had her dance in the sun feeling the freedom.
Note: at the end of this session she was very concerned
that maybe she had made up the "going to be with daddy." "Could I have
made it up? I know for sure about Dan and his boyfriends, but my dad?"
Next session she reported that the "diarrhea is gone!" We
used regression to go back and verify incidents with the father and heal
those. She knew that this had really happened, as she processed through
the week between visits. Her healings are still going on. She said she
felt overwhelmed that 25 years of suffering with diarrhea was gone, completely
gone. She has since moved out of state. Last contact healing is permanent.
You will notice that no "direct" suggestions were given to these
clients to remove symptoms. The subconscious through non-direct
hypnotherapy found the cause of the presenting problem. When that was
"forgiven" the body set about to heal itself.
In the book Healing and the Mind by Bill Moyers Michael
President and Founder of Commonweal, states that there is a distinction
between curing and healing. "Mainstream medicine creates a certain
condition under which healing becomes possible again. You set a broken
bone so that it can heal, or you sew up a wound so that it can heal.
But the healing process is an internal one."
"There are different levels of healing. There's the
level, an emotional level, a metal level, and depending on what
language you use, a spiritual level. But the point is that at the very
simple biological level, mainstream medicine does not make the wound
heal. It creates the conditions under which the tissue can knit back
together. What we bring to the encounter with any life-threatening
illness is our healing resources, our healing potential."
This healing potential is what these two women brought to the
hypnotherapist. The therapist helped the women fulfill that potential.
In his book, Recovering the Soul, Dr. Dossey talks about Era III
Medicine - Non-local Medicine. He says that consciousness is not
localized in the body of the person. In fact it has been proven that
your consciousness can effect what my body does, and my consciousness
can effect what your body does. By way of scientific proof Dossey sites
Randolf Byrd, M.D.'s study.
Byrd is a Board Certified Cardiologist and part of
the San Francisco General Hospital Cardiac Care Unit when the ten month Double
Prospective Randomized Matched Clinical Study was done. Over the period
of time 400 patients were admitted with presumptive diagnosis of heart
attack or actual heat attack. All were treated with state of the art
conventional cardiac care. They were ramdomly divided into groups of
200. One group received only the state of the art care. The other group
received an additional non-local "treatment." They were prayed for.
Here are the results:
Prayed for = no deaths
No prayer = 3 deaths
Prayed for = no intubation or mechanical ventilation
No prayer = 12 needed intubation
Prayed for = 5 times less likely to require antibiotics
No prayer = 16 needed antibiotics
Prayed for = 3 times less likely to develop pulmonary
edema only 6
No prayer = 18 developed pulmonary edema
Byrd said, "Each person prayed for many different
patients, but each patient in the experiment had between five and seven
people praying for him or her."
"This rigorous study suggests that something about the mind allows
it to intervene the course of distant happenings, such as the clinical
course of patients in a coronary care unit or thousands miles away." Prayer
groups close or far away got the same results.
Era III Medicine is not only non-local it is paradoxical.
results found by hypnotherapists and clients is non-local and
paradoxical. It certainly is not Rational when no suggestion for cure
or erasure of symptom is given, yet the healing occurs. We need to
honor both forms of healing. Direct suggestion works, yet it seems
non-specific suggestion works even better. The mind knows what needs to
be healed. It will seek the cure if it is listened to. Maybe we should
always listen to when "God speaks" to us. Healing takes place in the
mind, the body and emotions follow. Good health means the integration
of body, mind and spirit.
Healing and the Mind: Bill Moyers, Doubleday,
Mind Probe-Hypnosis: Irene Hickman, DO, Hickman Systems,
Recovering the Soul: Larry Dossey, MD, Bantam Books, New
Case 1 & 2: International Medical and Dental
Hypnotherapy Association, Royal Oak, MI 48073-2285
"A CLOSER LOOK at Hypnosis and Medicine": Infinity
Institute, Royal Oak, MI 48073-2285
Written and Submitted by:
Anne Spencer, Ph.D., Founder, IMDHA, firstname.lastname@example.org Member