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We wish to emphasize that we have no desire to minimize its importance in emotional behavior. We only wish to get emotion per se "out of the mind." That we all are aware of and experience emotion is unquestionable. That we become aware of external stimuli that trigger feeling of satisfaction or annoyance is obvious. That we perceive certain visceral events (i.e., stomach cramp or fast heart beat) and report them as "feelings" is also clear. What we want to emphasize is that we vaguely perceive certain other visceral, glandular and muscular changes and report them as feelings of anger, affection, annoyance, delight, dejection, depression, disgust, elation, embarrassment, fear, happiness, jealousy, shame, worry, and so on. We also wish to point out that when one uses such words to describe a change in "feeling" when there are no muscular and visceral changes present, then there is not a change in emotion. Such reactions are ideational in nature and lack a perception or feeling of change. Many of our so-called "pleasures" or "displeasures" are solely mental reactions. For example, we say we are "happy" about something, or displeased" at something else. We say we "hate" to lose a bet, or that we love our country or dog. Most such verbal reports are expressions of attitudes or ideas. With out muscular, visceral and glandular changes they are not reflections of emotion. Accompanied with muscular, visceral and glandular changes, they represent a mental concurrent quality of emotion.
It is universally recognized that muscle tension is the most common symptom of most emotional states. These muscular tensions tend to become habitual and often persist even after there is no outward evidence of emotional behavior or feeling. Embarrassments long forgotten, childhood failures and ancient disappointments, frustrations and fears that lie buried beneath the level of consciousness, persist and continue to torture us. They persist mainly in our habits of muscular tensions. Many people become accustomed to these chronic tensions and consider them normal. That many of us suffer from chronic tension is shown by the tens of millions of tranquilizers that are sold in this country every year.
The signs of chronic tension are varied. Some individuals may merely show indications of fatigue and added irritability. Some may appear to grow old, acquiring gray hair and added lines and folds in their face. Some become unable to fall asleep or else sleep through the night (there are also millions of sleeping pills sold in this country every year). The most common signs of emotional muscular tension are upsets in digestion. If accompanied by fever, diarrhea or vomiting, as often occurs, these upsets are likely to be attributed to something that was eaten. An over tense (spastic) digestive tract cannot properly digest food. The question that interests us the most is, what do we do to alleviate these conditions? We have to start someplace. We must begin by learning how to relax and develop habit patterns of muscular relaxation. This is always the first step to health. Its importance cannot be over emphasized. Once you have learned to relax your voluntary muscles, a tremendous percentage of your emotional disturbances will disappear. You will automatically attain a large degree of tranquility and peace of mind. Many of your superficial neuroses and their associated physical symptoms will vanish.
The reason for this is simple. Emotional disturbances cause muscular tension, this in turn increases the emotional disturbance -- and around and around we go, winding up in the vortex of a deep depression. Once you learn to relax completely, there will be no anxiety impulses coming from any of your muscles to your brain. As a consequences, your brain and nervous system will also be relaxed and at ease. You will find yourself fully relaxed physically and mentally, at peace with the world and yourself.
Practicing the method of semantic relaxation, that we have given you, you will soon find that the depth of relaxation is so deep that ten to fifteen minutes will be equivalent to hours of ordinary sleep. There is no doubt in my mind, if you learn nothing other than the technique of semantic relaxation in this course, you will have gained invaluable benefits. I do not ask you to believe a word of this, all I ask is that you give the idea a chance by practicing the technique, and see for yourself. Since physiological relaxation cannot be harmful and actually is as beneficial as any other hygienic practice, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. The method is called semantic relaxation because instead of trying to relax (trying is the opposite of relaxation) you will only verbally ask your muscles to relax and let nature take its course. After several weeks of practice, you will find by using the key symbol technique (relax now) you will be able to relax instantly and completely. Each time you use this technique, you will find that your state of relaxation becomes deeper. You will find it a wonderful feeling. It is as though you were floating on a cloud, light as a feather, drifting effortlessly into a deeper and deeper state of relaxation. As your muscles relax, all tension and anxiety drop away. All worries disappear. You obtain relaxation of the mind and body to a degree that you never before dreamed possible.
Remember, as in most things, practice makes perfect. Repeat the exercises until you have mastered semantic relaxation completely. Then you will have taken a giant step toward freeing yourself from tension, toward a happier, healthier, and better life.
|The instructions presented are from the personal collections and writing library of Mr. Robert E. Cutter, who died December 13, 2001, while in the process of completing the transfer of his work to the internet. These are offered as educational instruction only. The purpose of this instruction is the effective learning and use of hypnotic techniques for vocational or avocational self-improvement. This instruction is not offered as a substitute for, nor as a supplement to, any form of therapy concerned with physical, mental, nervous or emotional illness. Robert E. Cutter served as web consultant for American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association for three years. His hypnosis education came through the training he provided at a school he owned in the 1950's in Los Angeles, California, along with his wife who preceded him in death in 1980. Robert Cutter was not a psychologist and did not practice psychotherapy, but his interest in hypnosis motivated him to provide free resources materials for others who wanted to learn to use the power of their minds to improve well being and health-related issues.|
Michael A. Robinson, R.N.- BC Psychiatry
Licensed Texas State Nursing Board Registered Nurse
Texas State Nursing Board Certified in Psychiatry
In Honor and Memory of Robert E. Cutter, B.S. 1923-d.2001
From the Writings of Robert Cutter's Self Hypnosis Center
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