Tuesday

Happiness is just a snap away, try Hypnosis


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I Attended My First Session in Chicago

When I was nineteen I learn from a companion about a College Professor in Chicago that gave private and group lessons in the art of learning self-hypnosis. He said he attended three four-hour sessions that involved probably forty people of all age groups. He said he was the youngest person to attend the class. Every once in awhile I would think about how he said it helped him and then one day I gave him a call and acquired a number to call. I talked to a college person assisting the professor in doing his sideline business. I signed up for one four-group session one time a week for three weeks.

We Hopped the Train from Michigan City

My Mother was an interior decorator and frequently visited Chicago and visited the trade center for items needed for clients she was representing. She arranged one of her visits to coincide with my first hypnosis group session. We drove to Michigan City and then boarded a train shuttle to Chicago. The train at that time traveled as far as Randolph St. and then we both flaged a different taxi to our separate destinations. This wasn’t my first visit to the windy city so it didn’t bother me too much to be on my own. I was dropped off at the proper address and the doorman directed me to the floor of my class session. Once I found out where every thing was I exited the building and had lunch in a local Italian place right next to the overhead train system that brought me to Chicago. To me the train made the ground move and the sound was quite annoying I wondered how the locals could stand it. Then I realized that my parents home was located on a hillside over looking Lake Michigan and we too had gotten used to the movement of trains. They frequently passed by parents home going to and from Chicago and Detroit. And like the people in the restaurant we all were used to the noise of the trains.

He First Attempted was to Hypnotize the Whole Class

My first class involved the Professor talking a lot and then we got down to the real stuff. First he attempted to hypnotize the entire class. We found out later that he did this to discover the good candidates for going under a hypnotic state and could easily be manipulated to do things they weren’t aware was happening to them. Thirteen participants were singled out as good candidates. I remember the number because thirteen has always been told to me to be an unlucky number. The teacher had these persons move to the front of the class and then hypnotized them and gave each of then instructions to follow.

They Couldn't Pick Up the Money

His first presentation went like this. He put a hundred dollar bill on the floor and told the thirteen that if anyone of them could lift it up they could have it. He snapped his finger and then told them all no matter how hard they tried they wouldn’t be able to pick the bill up. And sure enough no matter how each one tried they couldn’t do it. That was really cool.

I Enjoyed the Self Hypnosis Session the Best

The part of the class that I was really interested in was self-hypnosis and he put us all thru the fine points of making that work for us. I enjoyed the classes and was highly intrigued in the notion that one could make themselves suggestions and have those suggestions make their life work better. I tried for a time using the technique but finally decided I was not a good candidate for the hypnosis stuff.

It Helped With My Cancer Treatments

That class of course happened many moons ago and then two years ago having some difficulty with my cancer treatments I decided to give it a whirl again. I remember the professor saying that even thought you may not achieve a complete state of hypnosis lower levels of this process could be achieved and with persistence a person can use this lower level of self hypnosis to achieve virtually any improvements in ones life.

So I applied what I learned once again and his time I have made it a habit I did every day. At first it was like before and I didn’t see any improvement on the things that were bothering me. But I decided to not give up and keep doing it. And then slowly I started to experience progress that’s when I realized that persistence does pay of if you hang in there long enough.

And here’s part of the conversation I have with myself at one of two times daily. Most of the time I do this reclining in my favorite chair. Sometimes I speak the words and other times I just say them in my head.

Here's What I Say to Myself

First I close my eyes and say I’m going deep deep asleep (I recite this five times) and then I tell my self I’m going to count to ten and when I reach ten I’m going to be deep deep asleep. When I reach ten I say to myself I’m deep deep asleep. Then I say whatever I suggest to myself I will obey. Since I have started this regiment I have added and removed suggestions as my life has evolved. My primary suggestion to myself now is this. When I say the word relax to myself I command myself to totally relax, stop any physical pain I’m feeling and to fill my brain with happiness.

It Almost Entirely Removed My Foot Pain

I love walking and because of that frequently take a prescription for having gout and a personal injury, which happened to my right foot when I stepped in a hole while golfing and caused a hairline crack in my right foot. Now when the foot pain starts and just repeat relax to myself a couple times and the pain goes away. I also routinely use the work relax to just make myself feel better.

Don't Look for Instant Results

If you try this technique you probably wont receive instant results but hang in there and persist and in time whatever your commanding yourself to achieve will hopefully come to pass. Remember your brain feels no pain and can make changes in your life if you force it to. Whats the worse can happen? You’ll feel better and that in its self is a positive reward for your efforts.

Don L. Terrill