Many of us have certain feelings or hunches that do not seem to have explanations in our histories or conscious memories:
An allergy is a mistake – a phobia in your immune system. It has, at some point, misidentified a harmless substance as a poison or parasite. Using NLP (NeuroLinguistic Programing) and
hypnosis, we re-program your immune system and eliminate the allergic reaction.
The process works best when you know specifically what you are allergic to. “Oak pollen” is better than just “pollen;” “Cats” is better than “pets.”
Your immune system is part of the mind/body system. It is in constant contact with your brain and your limbic system; it sometimes acts independently of other systems in the body.
Your immune system is always on guard to protect your body from harmful substances. It is composed of several different kinds of cells, each with its own function.
Recently I needed to have a small cyst removed from the lower lid of my right eye. It seemed like no big deal — the surgery would be done by an ophthalmic plastic surgeon as an outpatient procedure, under local anesthetic. But even for this minor surgery, at my initial appointment, the doctor spoke of possible bruising and swelling afterwards, and he said he would prescribe painkillers to reduce my discomfort.
I hoped I could avoid all that, or most of it — I didn’t want a black eye and I certainly didn’t want to be in pain or have to take drugs to control it. So I wrote myself a few lines, to the effect that...
Several times before the surgery, I took myself into hypnosis and read my little script to myself.
To my delight, everything came out exactly as scripted: the cutting was easy and quick, I had very little bleeding, and afterwards, almost no swelling or bruising. And no pain — I never took a single pill!
Since that time I have worked with a number of clients who were about to have surgery, and each had an excellent outcome.
I will work with you so that you will remain calm and confident before and during your surgery (or dental work) and to prepare your mind and body to do their part in making the process easy and distress-free. And most important, to minimize after-effects, including pain, swelling, bleeding, and bruising, and promote and easy and rapid healing and recovery. You have the power within you, and I have the training and skill to help you make this a reality.
Studies show that hypnosis is very effective in preparing patients for surgery and helping them heal afterwards. For articles about the effectiveness of pre- and post-surgical hypnosis, go to Google Scholar and search “pre-surgery hypnosis.”
The How to Get Unstuck™ program enables you to re-program yourself for a happy, healthy and more effective life. The secret? — learning to use your imagination to get everything you want out of life.
Imagine yourself, just for a moment, totally free of everything and anything that is holding you back. Imagine a you that is completely ready, willing and able to get more out of life. If you can do that, you are on your way.
Just one hypnosis session can significantly improve the outcome of a surgery and the healing and recovery afterwards. Numerous studies published in medical journals show that often less
anesthesia is needed, operating times are shorter, and patients have fewer complications, less post-operative pain, and heal faster. Hypnosis helps patients feel relaxed and positive in
body and mind – before, during, and after surgery.
One evening in a Hypnosis Practice Group, I was part of a group of three practicing “simple” hypnotic inductions on each other. The Practice Group was part of the Hypnosis-NLP DC Area Meetup, a
Meetup.com group I helped organize.
We had been working our way through the exercises in Trance-formations, by John Grinder and Richard Bandler (1981, Real People Press, Moab, UT). Trance-formations is the take by founders of NLP
on Ericksonian hypnosis (after Milton H. Erickson, MD); this was our second meeting on this topic.
I often wonder what is going through a new client’s mind when she or he comes into my office. What are they expecting? What are they feeling? Curiosity? Excitement?
Apprehension (“What’s this guy going to do to me?”)?
Of course the ones who are really terrified of hypnosis, or object to it on religious grounds, do not usually come to see me. Yet some are desperate; for them, hypnosis is a final
resort; they have tried everything else (except drugs, which many fear even more than hypnosis, and for good reason) without resolving their issue, and in a last-ditch effort they push past their
fears and call the hypnotist.
“Can you make me forget someone?” she said to me over the phone.
“Tell me a little more.”
“My boyfriend – my ex-boyfriend, that is. I want to forget him, forget all about him, like he never existed, like I never even met him. Can you hypnotize me to totally forget
The movie “Trance” is one of the better depictions of hypnosis and hypnotherapy in cinema. Though sensationalized (it’s a psycho-thriller, after all), the representation is refreshingly
Hypnotherapists usually begin with a pre-talk, which sets a framework (and is the beginning of the hypnosis) and follow with an induction, guiding the client into a hypnotic
state. (This is less necessary in subsequent sessions, when the client is used to going into trance.) The movie shows little or none of this (perhaps they were afraid of people in the audience
going into trance themselves – not at all unlikely). We do see what follows: the suggestions, the guided imagery, and especially, the results of hypnosis as experienced by the
I have been interested in hypnosis since I was a child. I used to watch Smilin’ Ed’s Gang on TV (later Andy’s Gang, after Smilin’ Ed McConnell died and Andy Devine took over),
starting around age 7. There, “Froggy the Gremlin,” that irascible puppet, would introduce the day’s story, one of several serials. (Froggy could be very disrespectful to adults; he has been
blamed for the youth rebellion of the 60s, though I doubt that all of it was his fault.)
The serial I liked best was set in India. It was about a young teenage boy, Gunga, battling the murderous fire cult that had killed his parents (foreshadowing Harry Potter). Gunga’s younger
sidekick, Rama, was always getting captured by the cult’s leader, an evil magician. The magician would smash a ceramic bowl on the ground; then, through Rama’s eyes, we would watch amazed as the
bowl shards came back together, and we would know that Rama had been hypnotized – now he could be made to tell secrets, betray his friends – made to do anything! To me it was frightening
– and fascinating. (Rama always got away, somehow.)
Continuing from Into Hypnosis, Part I...Having had one positive experience, I went looking for more hypnosis sites on the web. There are lots of them, of all varieties: scholarly articles, hypnotherapists, sites offering to teach you hypnosis, sites offering to hypnotize you, videos of people being hypnotized and people hypnotizing, hypnodommes and hypnodoms, and the modern equivalent of the old comic book “Hypnotize your friends!, make anyone do your bidding!” ads. I perused probably hundreds of sites, watched videos, downloaded and listened to hypnosis recordings, read ebooks. I joined Yahoo groups dedicated to hypnosis and chatted with people here and abroad who shared my fascination.
A month or so later I mentioned to my wife that I was interested in hypnosis – the first time I had told anyone. She was, to say the least, surprised (she likes to think she knows everything
there is to know about me, and here was a deep, dark secret she knew nothing about). When she recovered, a few days later, she asked me where I wanted to go with this. I said I didn’t
really know – but I started to think about it.
I parked my rental car in front of the Dushanbe Tea House, my first stop on the way home from a wonderful weekend assisting at a Core Transformation training in Boulder, Colorado. It was a beautiful, sunny Monday, the last
day of February, with only a slight chill in the air. Since I was a half-hour early, I took a little walk, though Central Park and past the bandstand, towards the gleaming mountains that seemed
almost close enough to touch, then right on Broadway, exploring around the block (but as Wendi told me later, I missed the fabulous Pearl Street Mall, only a block further
The Tea House is a gift from the city of
Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Boulder’s sister city in Central Asia (next time I am in Dushanbe, remind me to check out Boulder’s return gift). When I got back there I was still fifteen minutes early; I
went inside, glanced around to make sure I was first, and was seated at a table where I could see the door. At the table next to me a young mother was trying to keep track of the items her
youngest child was throwing from his high chair onto the floor. The baby turned around and smiled at me, as his slightly older sister proudly introduced herself.
Question posted on my website:
I’m in the “Friendzone” with a girl… if she gets hypnotized, is it possible for her to like me more?
Thanks for contacting me.
Donald Pelles, PhD
Hypnosis Silver Spring
10410 Kensington Parkway Suite 224
Kensington, MD 20895
Phone: 301 618-9801
Dr. Donald uses his extensive background in creativity and problem-solving to help clients resolve a variety of issues. Let him be your guide to resolving whatever is preventing you from being your best.
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