Baton Rouge, LA. 





It has been said that what the mind can conceive, the body can achieve. That concept has been seemingly forever. Imagery plays a very important role in helping us achieve our goals in life.. Evidence of this fact is all around us and been proven countless of times.

Did you know, for example, that Mary Lou Retton, 1984 Olympic Gold Metal gymnast, used imagery to practice her routine the night before her winning performance. Mary Lou used self-hypnosis and rehearsed her routine mentally and the next day performed her routine with poise, confidence, and superb professionalism. That is but one example of the power of the mind and imagery to achieve a physical goal.

But we are told by many experts that everyone is not able to use imagery easily. Seventy percent of us can use imagery with ease, while the other thirty percent of us have difficult in that area. So what can be done with the thirty percent of us who have difficulty with imagery? Let's take a look at some steps that can help you develop you ability to use imagery more effectively.

The first step involves effective body positioning. It is best to sit upright in a straight-backed chair that has arm rest, with our spine in alignment and the our feet planted firmly on the floor. Your hands should be placed on the arms of the chair with palms open. This helps keep our sensory awareness focused away from external stimuli. This position also enhances your breathing.

Next, tell yourself to become quite, and relaxed and to breathe rhythmically, in through the nose and out through the month. The exhalation should be longer than the inhalations. This helps stimulate the major quieting nerves of the body, the vagus. After becoming comfortable with breathing rhythmically, instruct yourself to breathe out three times. This sounds odd, but it=s quite simple. You breathe out; then in. Then out again. It will take only a few seconds to get used to this pattern. It will become second nature once you have learned to image.

Now its time to begin your imaging. Look at a picture in a magazine of one to three minutes, then close you eyes and try to see the same picture in your mind. Another option is to remember a pleasant scene from your past, with your eyes open. Then close your eyes and recreate each detail of the scene. You can also use your non-visual scenes. For example, hear fish frying in a skillet or applause of an audience or maybe even glasses clinking at a party. You may try recreating aromas, such as perfumes or essences to evoke images.

Use the images that come to you. You may sense something auditory or somatic (body senses) or kinesthetic (body position) yet not see these images. Use the images that work best for you. For example, if you're an auditory person, hear the sound of the ocean and see what images appear from that. When you consciously focus your attention on what you are sensing, you can slip gently from that mode into the connected visual image. All senses are connected and become visual once you ask yourself to describe your experience.

In general, when working to improve your imagery, make an effort to relax and let the image come - that is, wait for it. And when it comes accept it. Whatever appears is right and can be useful, even if it seems silly or impossible. And remember to practice, practice, practice. You too can become more adapt to imaging.


(Conrad Adams named Diplomat of IMDHA 2003)

[Conrad Adams is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. He is the Oluner and Director of Infinity Hypnosis Institute, Louisiana’s first and only licensed proprietary school of hypnosis, where he teaches hypnotherapy certification.] A lot has been written about hypnosis and how it can help us break unwanted habits and change undesirable behaviors. I would like you to know how my training in hypnosis helped me rapidly heal from cardiac bypass surgery.

In 1996 I suffered a heart attack. It was on a Monday, Memorial Day, and I was taking advantage of the fact that I had a day off to catch up on some needed chores. It is no surprise that it happened on a Monday since more heart attacks occur on Mondays more than any other day of the week (Blue Monday, I suppose). I thought I was suffering from severe indigestion, so I took something for that and went on about my chores. But the discomfort kept returning. This went on for several days.

Finally, I gave in to my stubbornness and went to a doctor ro get something for my indigestion. I was told that I had suffered a heart attack and was instructed to go immediately to the hospital for an angiogram. Reluctantly I followed his advise and checked into the hospital.

The next morning, prior to my procedure, I put myself into self-hypnosis and gave myself suggestions that I would easily go through the entire procedure while remaining calm and relaxed. I was taken into the area where the procedure was to take place and waited patiently for my doctor to arrive. When I saw my doctor enter I remarked to the technician the I was glad that we could now begin the procedure. He remarked, "Your doctor is here to read the results. Your procedure was completed fifteen minutes ago." Obviously, my self-hypnosis had done its job! My doctor advised me that I had blockage in five areas of my heart with two of them at 97% . I was scheduled for quadruple bypass to be performed the following morning.

That afternoon I phoned a hypnotherapist friend and asked that she visit me in my hospital room, hypnotize me and give me suggestions to help in the surgical procedure and to accelerate the healing. As a result, I entered the surgery arena calm and relaxed, was told that the surgery procedure went as smoothly as could possibly be expected, and stayed in recovery for a brief duration. Three days later I was released and went home.

While recuperating at home, I continued my self-hypnosis, giving myself positive affirmations for my body to heal rapidly and also began to meditate twice daily. Within four months of my surgery I was completely off all medication. My cardiologist was amazed at my progress. He even asked what I was doing to speed the healing process. When I explained my use of self-hypnosis and meditation his remark was, "whatever you are doing is obviously working. By all means, keep doing it". Of course, that's exactly what I continue to do.

Prior to my heart attack my blood pressure was controlled by taking 50mg of Capeten three times daily. After the surgery I was given no medication for blood pressure. The last time my blood pressure was taken, which was just a few days ago, it was 120 over 80. Today I take an 81mg aspirin once daily. That is the total extent of my medication. My doctor is pleased with my health and I feel great! 


CONRAD ADAMS, CCH:   A native of Louisiana, Mr. Adams has received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and a Master of Science in Clinical Hypnosis. He is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Educator, and Owner/Director of Infinity Hypnosis Institute. He teaches Leisure Courses at Louisiana State University entitled "Learning Enhancement and Memory" and "Self-hypnosis For Self-empowerment".

For over thirty years he has conducted educational seminars and workshops for a variety of professional organizations throughout Louisiana and in many other states. He has lectured extensively in university classrooms and other educational settings and was an instructor at St. John's University in both the Communications Arts and Hypnotherapy departments. He frequently does TV appearances and demonstrations on the power of the subconscious mind to alter behavior and eliminate unwanted habits and phobias.

As Owner/Director of Infinity Hypnosis Institute, Mr. Adams provides hypnotherapy services to individuals and groups. He also teaches courses in hypnosis, self-hypnosis, hypnoanalysis, and hypnotherapy. In addition, he teaches certification in hypnoanesthesia, a specialized area of hypnosis used for medical and dental procedures. These courses are approved by professional associations throughout the country, including the National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors.  As of this writing, Conrad's school, Infinity Hypnosis Institute is the only school of hypnosis that is licensed in the State of Louisiana. 

His memberships include the American Board of Hypnotherapy, Gulf South Hypnotherapy Association, International Association of Counselors and Therapists, International Hypnosis Federation, International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association, and the National Board of Hypnosis and Hypnotic Anesthesiology. He is a Life Fellow in IMDHA and serves on its Advisory Board as Director of Holistic Education. Recently he was named Therapist of the Year by IACT at its annual conference in Atlanta.

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Conrad demonstrating an induction