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What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis: Fact and Fiction
Is Hypnosis Dangerous?
Deepening the Hypnotic Trance
Testing the Hypnotic Trance
Rules of the Mind
The Power of Creative Imagination
How to Set Realistic Goals
You Can Learn to Relax
Glossary of Terms
Finding a Hypnotherapist Near You
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Hypnosis Training For Professionals
Hypnosis Learning Modules
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RULE I - WHAT IS IMAGINED OR EXPECTED TENDS TO BE REALIZED
Dr. Maxwell Maltz, in his popular book "Psycho-Cybernetics," describes the subconscious mind as a "goal-striving mechanism." This term means that when the mind perceives a goal it automatically works to achieve that goal.
The individual, who strongly believes in success, subconsciously strives to bring about favorable circumstances leading to success. When advantageous conditions arise, he is able to recognize the opportunity and take the steps necessary to complete his success plan. We all know people who seem to have a "magic touch." Life seems to shower them with blessings for no apparent reason and we call them "lucky." What appears to be luck is actually nothing more than POSITIVE MENTAL EXPECTANCY -- a strong belief and mental image of success.
On the other hand, the person who conceives himself to be a "failure type" will find some way to fail, in spite of all good intentions. The student who believes he is poor in arithmetic must make poor grades in that subject to justify his own convictions. His original negative belief is reaffirmed by his poor grades and a vicious cycle is set in motion.
Expect good things to happen and good things will occur. Vividly imagine yourself successful and you will achieve success.
RULE II - EVERY THOUGHT OR IDEA PRODUCES A PHYSICAL RESPONSE
An abundance of experimental data on thought processes has revealed that thinking is always accomplished by some physical response. Many scientists believe that muscular movements are an integral part of the thought process. For example, whenever we think of a word, our vocal muscles react and become part of the thought. To convince yourself of this phenomenon, try the following exercise: Holding your mouth wide open, try to think the word "bubble." Upon first trying this you may find it very difficult to think the word, or the thought may at first seem slurred, as though you were attempting to pronounce the word aloud with your mouth held open.
Thoughts and ideas with strong emotional content produce physical responses in the body characteristic of the emotion. Anger and fear thoughts stimulate the adrenal glands that in turn affect the activity of most body functions. Recent studies have shown that the body's natural resistance to disease can even be affected by one's thoughts and emotions.
In order to adapt successfully to the stresses of life and eliminate or change chronic negative physical reactions, we must first learn to change our THINKING HABITS. We must learn to accept situations positively. We must learn to change fixed negative ideas into strong positive attitudes. This can be done with autosuggestion and self-hypnosis.
RULE III -LAW OF REVERSED EFFECT
This law was first formulated around the turn of the century. Emile Coue, the father of autosuggestion referred to it as the "Law of Reversed Effort." Coue stated, "whenever there is a conflict between the will (conscious effort) and the imagination (mental imagery), not only do we not do that which we wish, but we do the exact opposite." When one thinks that he would like to do something but feels he cannot, then the more he tries the more difficult it becomes.
A common example of this rule is seen in people troubled with insomnia. They go to bed with the thought "I suppose I'll not be able to sleep." Then they try and the harder they try the more wide-awake they become. Sometime later, thoroughly fatigued, they stop trying; begin to think of something else and drop off to sleep within a few minutes.
A second example of the Law of Reversed Effect is the forgetting of a name. The more you consciously try to remember the forgotten name the more impossible it becomes. Later, when you have stopped trying and are thinking of something else, the name easily comes to mind. The attitude reflected in the Law of Reversed Effect is: I want very much to do it, but I know that I cannot. What is expected then tends to be realized (Rule I) and you obtain the opposite of that which you seek.
RULE IV -NEW HABIT PATTERNS CAN BE FORMED WITH VISUALIZED IMAGES
When you look at an object, light reflected from the object enters your eyes causing an electrochemical change to occur. This changes produces nerve impulses that are transmitted to the visual center of your brain where they are interpreted as visual images. It is these mental images in the brain that you react to and not the actual object itself. For this reason, visualizing some object or action in your imagination can have the same affect as the real event.
Realizing that our nervous system cannot tell the difference between an actual experience and one that is vividly imagined opens a new door to self-improvement. It offers the opportunity to practice, without effort, new skills, traits and attitudes until new habit patterns are formed. Habit patterns can be modified and even reversed simply by practicing or "acting out" the new response or behavior in your imagination. However, this rule can work for or against you. An imagination preoccupied with negative images will only serve to hinder your improvement.
|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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