Have you ever watched someone get “chewed up with anger”, “sickened with worry” or “killed by stress”? You don’t have to be a doctor or psychologist to recognize that people possess the ability to actually think themselves into illness. Of course, the opposite is also true – We are able to think ourselves into wellness.
On my last doctor’s visit for an annual physical, I noticed a brochure about the dangers of high blood pressure. While reading the booklet, I was struck by the drug company’s categorical statements. It claimed that high blood pressure is incurable, likely hereditary, and not responsive to anything but medication. While my blood pressure was being taken (usually 120/80), I consciously did some Self-Hypnosis, which brought it down*- A good demonstration for the doctor. The simple reality is that many ailments might be effectively treated through well thinking, a process perhaps assisted by Hypnosis.
Frequently someone will come to my office, stating that they are allergic to “everything”. Sometimes they have been suffering from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) since childhood. Many of these types of complaints might have improvement when the emotional connections are revealed.
A few months ago a woman came in for Hypnosis, complaining of an allergy to dogs, foods and much more. During Hypnosis, she was able to discuss the feelings related to her allergies, what they made her think of herself, and the memories they stirred. Focusing on her allergy to pets, she sat comfortably while remembering her childhood. She remembered petting and playing with a neighbor’s dog without any discomfort. She then described being called into the house and Mother saying, “Don’t play with the dog, you KNOW you’re allergic.” and then she began to scratch her face and arms.
During Hypnosis one can often recall the past as though it is being relived with all of the sights, sounds and feelings associated with the moment*. As the perspective of the child in the earlier moment is recalled, it is simultaneously viewed by the present adult mind. As the woman looked back at the moment with the dog, she was able to clearly see that there was no allergic reaction and that the scratching began with mother’s pronouncement of being allergic. Trained to know that “mother is never wrong”, the young girl began to assemble her catalogue of allergies.
We begin life tabla rasa, with a clean slate. The writing on the tablet begins with our first experience. Through the development of mental synapses and learned thoughts and behaviors, the mind has the tendency to accept suggestion. The human body, in many cases, can mimic an anticipated reaction of allergy or illness. Perhaps this might illustrate the importance of positive, healthy thoughts for wellness.