A TRIBUTE TO GASPARE "BUDDY" BIRBIGLIA (1997)

MY TRIBUTE TO GASPARE "BUDDY" BIRBIGLA: Gaspare "Buddy" Birbigla was a good friend and professional peer of mine, who died Labor Day 1997. He organized a study group of hypnotherapist in New Orleans who belonged to International Medical and Dental Association, National Guild of Hypnotist, National Society of Hypnotist, and the American Board of Hypnotherapist for the purpose of education and networking for continuing education hours. We meet in his home for several years until a few months before his death in 1997. The group disbanded after that and was revived as the "New Orleans Hypnotherapy Group" in 2000 which meets at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital normally on the second Saturday of the month. In October 2002, (Oct 12 and 13 for more information go to "News") we will have our first weekend workshop and it is dedicated to the memory of Gaspare "Buddy" Birbiglia.

In the early 1990's, he developed a course on hypnosis for students of LSU Medical School in New Orleans. Buddy had a BA in Substance Abuse Counseling from Southern University of New Orleans, a Master Degree from St. John’s University in Louisiana and a Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy. He was a respected counselor, hypnotherapist, and teacher. Following his death, his widow gave Dr. Bernel Sanders and me several professional books and disks with several articles he had written. Some of the articles from those disk by Dr. Birbiglia are presented in appreciation to honor his professionalism and our friendship.

HYPNOTHERAPY: When some people perceive their life as being sad they tend to hide or isolate from others. Just as you probably learned to do when you were a young child. You have the ability to change your perception of life to a more positive outlook. Will your subconscious mind and all other levels of your mind assist you in learning to think rationally. Can your mind resolve this problem within thirty days. Most people find that closing their eyes as they relax to be most soothing, although, you may keep them open if you prefer.

I feel excited and yet apprehensive about becoming an active member in the practice of Hypnotherapy. The excitement comes from the study and practice of relatively new science that has the potential to help so many. The apprehension is the result of sailing into uncharted waters. The fact that others have gone before me and are succeeding is the equalizer for me. Also, having confidence in my instructor through this journey, Doctors Arthur Winkler and Chaplain Paul Durbin, accounts for much of the self assuredness I have developed. Hypnosis, to me, is the technique a trained hypnotherapist utilizes to assist a person to rid themselves of a negative aspect in their life when they are ready to actively work at the process. One must be careful about listing to a client's complaint and attempting to remove what seems to be a simple surface symptom. Many times the hypnotherapist needs to delve deeper to ascertain the core issue or root cause in order to effectively remove the symptom. This is a therapeutic process which may take more than one session. Knowing when the process is complete is where training and experience is evidenced.

There are many misconceptions about hypnotherapy. Even today, some people think that hypnosis is some form of black magic and the hypnotist is possessed. In reality, hypnosis is a natural phenomena that we use every day when we daydream, meditate, or concentrate on some subject or object. I view it as a tool to help release people from pain and irrational life styles. Before a hypnotist can be effective he/she must dispel all misconceptions and convince the client that there is no danger to fear.

There are many similarities between the techniques of psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. One of the first priorities of the hypnotist is to develop a safe, caring, and friendly relationship with the client. Developing the client's confidence and comfort level with the hypnotist can mean the difference between success and failure. At no time should a hypnotist attempt to impart his/her beliefs on to a client.

The hypnotist needs to be able to accept the client and his/her beliefs without being judgmental. Learning to actively listen and allow the client to express feelings and perceptions without discounting or shaming comes through experience. Before a hypnotist can be successful in helping others he/she needs to know their own beliefs, biases, prejudices, and limitations. Can I work with all cultures is a question, that we in the helping field need to answer. Being cultural sensitive with clients if very important. For example African Americans view family and church quite differently than the White Anglo-Saxon. This type of information can be very beneficial to the success of the healing process. In some cases it can mean keeping or losing a client.

Hypnosis can be used to resolve physical, psychological, and social dysfunctions when used properly. The principal of this process is based in the theory that "What the mind has created the mind can cure." Unlike faith healing, hypnosis is used to resolve the cause and not just the symptom. Once the myths have been dispelled and the client truly believes in the process and is willing and ready many wondrous miracles can begin to happen.

RATIONAL EMOTIVE IMAGERY: Rational Emotive Therapy - differs from other major schools of psychotherapy in the importance it places on the role of cognition in human disturbance (the way we perceive what happens in our daily lives and the way we choose to react to those perceptions). Where as other therapists primarily focus on past events, unconscious processes, and environmental contingencies, RET concentrates on a person's current beliefs, attitudes and self-statements as contributing to or causing and maintaining their emotional and behavioral disturbances. RET does not overlook biological, genetic, cultural or environmental factors as influences on human functioning, but emphasizes a person's innate capacities to change their thinking in order to live happy and productive lives. A- Activating event. B- Beliefs, attitudes, thoughts, self-statements. C- Emotional and behavioral consequences.

Beliefs can be, for example, cognitions, thoughts, attitudes, self-statements, or images, and are the primary determinants of emotions. Inappropriate emotions are usually preceded by irrational beliefs, where as appropriate emotions are usually preceded by rational beliefs.

Hello, it is now time for you to take care of yourself.

To take the time you deserve to achieve balance and relaxation in your life... So make yourself as comfortable as possible in or on your favorite chair, couch, or bed and relax... Uncross your arm and legs.. place your arms and hands comfortably at your sides or across your mid section ... Most people find that closing their eyes as you relax to be most soothing, although, you may keep them open if you prefer... You will soon drift into an altered state but you will not be asleep... You will not agree to do anything that you would not agree to do in your normal awakened state. You will simply feel relaxed and refreshed.

Now listen to your breathing... do not try to change it... as you become more relaxed you will notice how your breathing is slowing down... if your mind wants to wander, that's ok, let it wander and just relax... take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds... now, let it out slowly as you relax more and more... you are in a very safe place where you can relax deeper and deeper without any fear... take in another deep breath and hold it for 4, 3, 2, 1, then let it out slowly as you drift deeper into relaxation... you will be going to a wonderful place where you will learn how you can change your life... now take one more deep breath and hold it for a few moments... let it out slowly and relax deeper and deeper... as you relax deeper and deeper you may feel your body becoming heavier and sinking deeper and deeper into the comfortable position you are in... Your arms may feel heavy or you may experience a tingling sensation as you relax deeper and deeper... now that you are feeling very deeply relaxed allow your mind to open ... be available to internalize and store the information you are about to receive...

In your mind's eye, vividly imagine one of the worst things that cam happen to you - such as an illness or a lost and getting hooked in your irrational behavior... and getting into very serious trouble on your job, in your relationships, your family, or your marriage... Make yourself vividly imagine this very bad event happening.... Are you now clearly imagining this??? Good!!! Now, with this picture in your mind's eye become aware of how you honestly feel in your gut??? What is your real feeling... What are you telling your self??? Really try to experience this feeling -implode it... Be aware of the irrational thoughts you are allowing to be developed and the unreasonable feelings you are having as a result... Fine!!! Now in your mind change your feeling to one of keen disappointment, regret or frustration... Relax and make yourself feel only appropriately disappointed, regretful, or frustrated and not anxious, depressed, guilty or self- downing... You can do this! You definitely have the ability to change your inappropriate feelings to appropriate feelings... you always have a choice... you can allow what you have internalized in your subconscious from the past to continue to tell you how to think irrationally or you can choose to change... You were born with the power to develop your own personality, way of thinking, and perceptions... use it... Your reactions are the results of your perceptions... and your perceptions are the results of your thoughts... you have the ability to learn how to think rationally... simply slow down and relax... become aware of what you are telling your self and if it is not rational change it... remove the musts, demands, awfulizing, I-can't- stand-its, damning of your self and others, and overgeneralizing from your way of thinking which you commonly use to upset yourself... actively dispute them until you give them up... practice this procedure... internalize it into your subconscious and rational thinking will become a normal part of your life...

Now what I'd like you to do, for the next thirty days or so, is to repeat this rational-emotive imagery at least once a day... First, vividly imagine a very bad thing happening to you... and let your self feel quite upset about it... anxious, depressed, enraged, self-hating, guilty, or self- pitying... Then change this feeling to a different appropriate feeling... such as disappointment, regret, sorrow, frustration, displeasure, or annoyance.... Don't give up until, each time, you really feel appropriately sad or displeased instead of inappropriately upset... If you follow the suggestion of practicing this procedure at least once a day... for about thirty days... or until you train yourself to spontaneously and automatically think rationally you will bring peace and contentment into your life.

Now that you understand how to change your irrational feeling to a more appropriate rational feeling we are ready to returned to reality... As I count backwards from 5 to 1 you will slowly awaken... 5 beginning to feel your circulation increasing... 4 feeling a warm loving sensation for your self and your surroundings... 3 remembering how you can change your thoughts... 2 slowly opening your eyes and feeling completely relaxed and refreshed... 1 reality and fully awake...

TIME TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF: Hello, it is now time for you to take care of yourself... To take the time you deserve to achieve balance and relaxation in your life... This tape may cause drowsiness therefore do not listen to this tape while driving a car or operating dangerous machinery... Now allow yourself to become as comfortable as possible.. turn the lights down.. and sit in or lye back on your favorite chair, couch, or bed and relax... Uncross your legs and place your arms and hands comfortably at your sides or across your mid section but not entwined... Most people find that closing their eyes as they relax to be most soothing, although, you may keep them open or close them which ever you prefer... You may soon choose to drift into an altered state but you will not be asleep... You will simply feel relaxed and refreshed... Now listen and focus on your breathing... Do not try to change it... As you become more relaxed you will notice that your breathing is slowing down and your mind is becoming quiet... If your mind wants to wander, let it, and just relax more and more... Your mind will become stilled when you choose it or when it is ready... Should you choose to relax farther you may take in a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds... Then, allow yourself to release it slowly as you become more relaxed and comfortable... You are in a very safe place where you can choose to relax deeper and deeper without any fear... You may begin to feel very comfortable and peaceful...

Allow yourself to focus on your breathing... Take in another deep breath and allow yourself to hold it for a few moments, then let it out slowly as you drift deeper and deeper into relaxation... You will be going to a wonderful place where you will learn how you can become balanced, relaxed, and centered... Now take one more deep breath and hold it for a few seconds... Let it out slowly and relax deeper and deeper... As you relax deeper and deeper you may feel your body becoming heavier and sinking deeper and deeper into the comfortable position you are in... Your arms may feel heavy or you may experience a tingling sensation in your hands as you become completely relaxed... Now that you have chosen to feel very deeply relaxed your eye lids feel so heavy that you can hardly hold them open... When I ask, I would like you to take more deep breaths and when you do, may find that your altered state of relaxation will deepen by five times with each deep breath I ask you to take...

For you to relax even more you may inhale very deeply and hold it for a few seconds... then let it out very slowly, then as you exhale you will become five times more relaxed than you were... Your eyelids have become so heavy that they have closed very tightly as you drift farther and farther into complete relaxation... Focus on how easy and regular your breathing has become as you continue to relax even more... Take in another breath and hold it while you allow your mind to open and become receptive to the information I am about to give you, then let it out slowly as your relaxation deepens five times more than before...

You are now in a very comfortable and peaceful place... for your eyes are closed so tightly and the muscles are so relaxed that you have chosen to leave them closed, and that comfortable relaxed feeling has spread throughout your whole body, from the top of your head to the ends of your toes... every fiber of your being is totally relaxed... Give yourself permission to breath deeply one more time and hold it while you experience the pleasant sensation of drifting away and finding that other sounds and noises and everything else around you keeps fading away more and more as you breath out very slowly and become five times more relaxed... You are doing just fine, but you can still relax even more.. by choosing to take one more breath and letting it out slowly you will become totally relaxed to the point where you elect to keep your eye lids closed because you feel like they are glued together...

Try to open your eyes... Find. Now continue to relax deeper and deeper.. You have arrived at a very safe, restful, and peaceful place... As you choose to relax deeper and deeper, all of the sounds and noises keep fading away, and soon you will not hear anything except for my voice... While you continue to relax even more... When you awaken from the altered state, your hearing and all body functions will automatically return to normal except the ones you choose to change... Whenever I ask you a question you have the capability to answer by using the fingers on your dominant hand.. If the answer is yes you have the power to raise the index finger and lower it or if the answer is no you may raise the little finger and lower it... Do You understand???

I would like you to use your imagination and think of yourself standing in front of a black board. On the blackboard, I would like you to see the numbers going backwards from one hundred... See all the numbers from 100 to 1 in columns...Now ______________, when I begin I will say each number and I suggest that you repeat it in your mind after me... As you repeat each number in your mind after me, mentally erase that number off the blackboard and out of your mind... When you get down to 97, I need you to erase all the remaining numbers off the black board and out of your mind, so the black board appears to be blank... Ok ______________, when you are ready to begin the exercise raise a finger on your dominant hand... look at those numbers and lets begin, mentally repeat each number I say and erase it completely off the blackboard and out of your mind so that it disappears... You can start now... 100 - Now wipe it off the blackboard and out of your mind so it disappears completely... 99 - Your doing good. You are wiping that number away so it vanishes completely... 98 - You are beginning to experience perfect peace of mind as you erase that number off the blackboard and out of your mind... 97 - That's the last number... Erase that number and erase all the rest of the numbers to get rid of all the numbers completely... Tell me when all of the numbers are gone by raising and lowering your index finger... The numbers have vanished completely now... Notice that all the numbers are gone... Can you find any more numbers???

You are doing very well.. Your subconscious mind is now ready to receive the information and instructions I am about to give you and it will hear every word that I say and store it and perform the necessary actions... Your conscious mind will continue to relax even more... When you awaken all the numbers you erased will come back and you will be able to remember the numbers even better than before... Now that you are totally relaxed I would like to suggest to you just how much of a positive person I think you are... and share with you some of the strengths I visualize you having...

CASE HISTORY #1" GET CLIENT BACKGROUND:

1. Give background information about your client and how they responded before, during, and after the session: This client is a single, white, female in her middle twenties. She is a full time college student who lives at home, and works part time. She is caring 19 hours of college courses this semester. The client claims to be overwhelmed by the amount of school work, her part time job, and family expectations. I discussed her need to overload herself with work and obligations. It appears that she has a problem with workaholism. I explained the myths and benefits of hypnosis, and that she could obtain some relief of tension and stress through progressive relaxation. She seemed to be uneasy and not sure about the use of hypnosis. I assured her that hypnosis is a very safe procedure and she agreed to try it. This client appeared to have a problem becoming relaxed so I lengthened the induction and was able to successfully bring her to an alternate state. To insure that she was hypnotized I performed the, pinch the hand test, which indicated that she was in an altered state. During the session she seemed to be very restless because she continuously moved her arms and legs. I ignored the moving and continued with the prescription. After the session she indicated to me that she was feeling a great deal calmer than before but denies that she was hypnotized. I showed her the pinch marks on her hand and she was still skeptical but sense It made her feel calmer she was willing to try another session.

2. What were the most important things you learned from this session: A hypnotherapist needs to be flexible, that is, to adapt to the clients needs and be able to deviate from the norm when necessary.

3. How could this session have been improved: I feel that sessions with difficult clients will improve as I gain confidence in my abilities and myself. I am sure that I appeared nervous.

4. In what ways were you pleased with this session: I was pleased with being able to induce a difficult client and achieve a productive session.

OVERCOME TEST ANXIETY: You are strong and responsible person. You are a strong and responsible person... You are a very intelligent and knowledgeable person... You have the ability to learn what ever you choose... You have the power to remember what ever you need... You have the aptitude to complete any assignment ... You are capable of learning, remembering, and recalling all of the information you need to pass any test...

I am going to ask your subconscious mind some questions and you can indicate the answer by using the proper finger on your dominant hand... If the answer is yes you may raise your index finger or if the answer is no you may raise the little finger... Does your subconscious mind know why you become anxious when taking a test... Is your subconscious mind and all other levels of your mind willing to help in correcting this problem...Does your subconscious mind know why your mind wanders when you try to study... Is your subconscious mind and all other levels of your mind ready to help you focus on your studies... Does your subconscious mind know why you have difficulty in learning and memorizing the information you need... Is your subconscious mind and all other levels of your mind willing to focus and store the information you require and allow you to recall it when, an as it is needed.... Just as you cannot remember any of the numbers you erased form the blackboard your subconscious mind can create road blocks that can prevent you from learning what you need...

Is your subconscious mind and all other levels of your mind willing to remove all road blocks that prevent you from learning and remembering the information you need... Do you have faith and believe that your subconscious mind and all other levels of your mind have the power to resolve these problems and has now started to find the resolutions... Your subconscious mind is now starting to remove all of the road blocks and to help you to continue to learn and remember all of the information you need... Your ability to learn, remember, and recall information will continue to increase with each passing day... I will now give you a signal you can use to tell your subconscious mind you are ready to learn and memorize information... Take a deep breath, and count to four, then let it out slowly while saying to your mind "I need to learn, memorize, and be able to recall the following information"... Say this three times... Will your subconscious mind and all other levels of your mind agree to allow your mind's eye to record and store the information you give to it like a video camera and to recall any information you have stored whenever you have a need for it... When you say "I need to learn, memorize, and be able to recall the following information" three times your subconscious mind and all other levels of your mind have agreed to focus and allow you to retain and retrieve the information you give to it...

Now that you have resolved your fears, you can, from now on, and for the rest of your life, remain calm and relaxed whenever you need to learn, remember, and be able to recall information for a test... You can continue to study your assignments and prepare your self for classes, and from now on when you go into the classroom you can feel confident that you will be able to recall all the material you have studied easily... Your confidence will keep increasing more and more each day, you know you will be successful in taking all tests and exams. You will now be able to memorize all of the information you require and be able to recall it whenever the need arises... Your self-esteem and self-confidence has increased 100 times... Your self-esteem and self-confidence will continue to grow with each passing day... You continue to be totally relaxed and peaceful... You continue to rest very comfortably... Now I am going to give you a signal that will reduce the anxiety you feel when you are tested... This signal will begin working immediately today and will continue to work for the rest of your life... Your own subconscious mind will cause the signal to work...

From now on and for the rest of your life, every time you look at, feel, taste, or here water, your subconscious mind and all other levels of your mind will cooperate and cause you to become relaxed, calm, and peaceful... Just before you take any test you will always become thirsty and need a drink of water... Every time you look at, feel, taste, or hear water your nerves will become relaxed and steady and you will progressively become more calm, centered, and emotionally balanced... Any water you look at will be automatic signal to allow yourself to become relaxed, balanced, and centered including rain, a puddle of water, water from a faucet, a shower, water in the bathtub, swimming pool, a pond, or creek, even a river lake, ocean, or a soft drink... As you position yourself to take your test after you have drunk some water you can take three deep breaths, hold each one for a few seconds, and then let each one out slowly as you allow your mind to become quiet, and yourself to become relaxed, and focused, on the subject at hand...

Being more relaxed and focused enables you to think more clearly... It enables you to become balanced and centered so you can get in touch with your subconscious and recall the information you have stored there... This will strengthen your ability to concentrate and cause your memory to continue to improve... So from now on and for the rest of your life, every time you look at water, your mind will cause you to become relaxed, calm and feel very peaceful, and will remain calm, relaxed and peaceful for at least six hours every time you look at water... That will keep you centered and balanced as you go about your daily activities... You will have more energy, more strength and vitality, and continue becoming more efficient in your work, studies and other activities by being more relaxed and more at ease.

MY INDUCTION: It is time to find a place where I can relax and escape from the tensions of reality. I can close my eyes and fade away into my special hideaway. I can now take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds... Then, let it out slowly as I become more balanced, centered, and relaxed... I am in a very safe place where I can relax deeper and deeper without any fear... I am beginning to feel very comfortable and peaceful... By allowing myself to focus on my breathing I can request my mind to become quiet... Now I can take in another deep breath and hold it for a few moments, then let it out slowly as I drift deeper and deeper into relaxation... I will be going to a wonderful place where I will learn how I can become totally relaxed... I can now take one more deep breath and hold it for a few seconds... Then let it out slowly and relax deeper and deeper...

As I relax deeper and deeper I may feel my body becoming heavier and sinking deeper and deeper into the comfortable position I am in... My arms may feel heavy or I may experience a tingling sensation in my hands as I become completely relaxed... Now that I am feeling very deeply relaxed my eye lids feel so heavy that to open them is too much trouble... Now that I am totally relaxed I would like to remind myself of just how much of a positive person I am... and also to state the strengths and wisdom I possess...

MY DAILY PRAYER: Today I am on my own side. I chose to befriend my self and be on my own team, which means that I will not focus my energies today on judging, criticizing, or demeaning my self or others in any way. It is my responsibility to teach others how to treat me by the way I treat myself and others. When I put these words into action, it means that I don't have to constantly point out my faults to myself and to others around me. When I am for me, it means that I will not create my own anxiety by giving myself negative messages. I will not be an enemy to myself. Today I affirm that "I" will always be with me and for me.

The infinite intelligence that leads and guides me through my life's journey is my Higher Power which resides within me. My Higher Power communicates with me through my thoughts and my subconscious mind. I know, feel, and believe that my subconscious mind responds according to the nature of my conscious mind's thinking. I know that my subconscious mind respond to my desires, and what I feel and claim within will be expressed without.

There is no block to my happiness save in my own thought and mental imagery. Believe in myself, and I will succeed and be happy. I am responsible for what I think about others. Others are not responsible for the way I think about them. I refuse to give power to any person, place, or thing to annoy me or disturb me. I wish health, success, peace of mind, and happiness for all. I sincerely wish everyone well, and I know everyone is divinely guided in all their ways.

Belief is a thought in my mind which causes the power of my subconscious to be distributed into all phases of my life according to my thinking habits. Wisdom is an awareness of the tremendous spiritual powers in my subconscious mind and the knowledge of how to apply these powers to lead a full and happy life. Happiness is a state of mind. The great things of life are simple, dynamic, and creative. They produce will-being and happiness. I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy. By day and by night I am being prospered in all of my interest Having seen the end, I have willed the means to the realization of the end.

My Higher Power governs and watches over all my financial transactions, and whatsoever I do shall prosper. The Higher Power within me guides my subconscious mind to know what is best for me. Its tendency is always lifeward, and it reveals to me the right decision which blesses me and all concerned. I give thanks for the answer which I know will come. The Higher Power within me knows all things, and the right decision is revealed to me in divine order. I will recognize the answer when it comes.

My subconscious mind is the source of my ideals, aspirations, and altruistic urges. If I am in doubt as to what to do, simply ask for guidance. Follow the lead that comes to me in the silence of my soul. It speaks to me in peace. Do the thing I am afraid to do, and the death of fear is certain.

Old age of itself does not destroy the creative powers of the mind and body. The only obstacle to my healing is my own thought. My body and all it organs were created by my Higher Power through my subconscious mind. It knows how to heal me. Its wisdom fashioned all my organs, tissues, muscles, and bones. This infinite healing presence within me is now transforming every atom of my being making me whole and perfect now. I give thanks for the healing I know is taking place now. Wonderful are the works of the Higher Power within me.

My Short Prayer: I realize I am one with the Higher Power of my subconscious mind which knows no obstacle, difficulty, or delay. I live in the joyous expectancy of the best. My deeper mind responds to my thoughts. I know that the work of the infinite power of my subconscious cannot be hindered. My Higher Power has given me the ability to always finish successfully whatever I begin. Creative wisdom works through me bringing all my plans and purposes to completion. My aim in life is to give wonderful service, and all those whom I contact are blessed by what I have to offer. All my work comes to full completion in divine order.

FOUR BASIC NECESSITIES TO ACHIEVE: Communications, Acceptance, Self-Esteem, Spirituality. These are the four basic necessities to achieve serenity. When we are first born the first thing we must do is to establish a communication bridge and a bonding with our care givers. With out this we cannot survive.

POSITIVE THINKING: We are bombarded with hundreds of suggestions daily. Many of these suggestions influence our lives without us being aware of it. Advertisement on television, radio, news paper, and magazines all designed to gain our attention and make an imprint in our mind. In other words, to control our behavior. Some of the advertisements suggest that we buy certain

products and others target our actions. Many of the advertisements are designed to develop mental pictures or appeal to our feelings for certain things. Most are designed to target a specific cultural or age group. Even though, some products are hazardous to our health, manufactures continue to advertise their products. This is an indication of the power of suggestion. If the process of mental suggestion didn't work, these manufactures would not be spending millions of dollars to design suggestive advertisement. It is evidently a very valuable and useful tool.

How can we use this technique to remove the problem that we allow to cause us pain? First, we need to understand the basis of using this tool. It sounds simple at first, but to apply effectively in our daily lives can take a bit of work. To put it simply, we have to learn how to think positively and rationally. The use of auto-suggestion requires that a person become aware of his/her automatic perceptions and judgments. We learn these processes from our families and our socio-cultural environment. This learning starts at birth and continues throughout the life span. If what we learned was an irrational method of automatic perceiving and judging then we might develop problems, both physical and mental, in coping with our environment. That being the case, we need to learn how to develop an automatic method of rational perceiving and judging. This can be achieved in at least two ways.

First, one can go to a hypnotherapist and allow him/he to provide positive hypnotic suggestions. To change an irrational pattern of thinking to rational we sometimes need the help of a professional. Or, one can learn how to internalize positive auto-suggestions. Positive auto-suggestions are like positive affirmations, it is simply a positive statement that we believe and repeat to ourselves on a daily bases. There are two items which we must believe in for this technique to be effective; 1. "The only limitations to being healed are those which I place upon myself." 2. "Whatever my mind has caused, my mind can also cure." Auto-suggestion will work if it is utilized and practiced faithfully just as taking the medicine prescribed by a medical doctor.

It is also important to believe in yourself and your ability to achieve your goals. There are three attributes that can help promote the successful achievement of one's goals; 1. "You must be optimistic in your outlook." 2. "You must have determination." 3. "You must put your thoughts into action."

Learning to use the method auto-suggestion can have a profound impact on elevating one's quality of life. This can be achieved by allowing only good, positive, rational, and uplifting thoughts and ideas to enter our minds. Therefore the responsibility for our quality of life rest with our determination to think rationally.

I AM A FRIEND TO MY SELF: Today I am on my own side. I chose to befriend my self and be on my own team, which means that I will not focus my energies today on judging, criticizing, or demeaning my self and others in any way. It is my responsibility to teach others how to treat me by the way I treat myself. When I put these words in action, it means that I don't have to constantly point out my faults to myself and to others around me. When I am for me, it means that I will not create my own anxiety by giving myself negative messages. I will not be an enemy to myself. Today I affirm that "I" will always be with me and for me.

My memory from today on is improving in every department. I shall always remember whatever I need to know at every moment of time and point of space. The impressions received will be clearer and more definite. I shall retain them automatically and with ease. Whatever I wish to recall will immediately present itself in the correct form in my mind. I am improving rapidly every day, and very soon my memory will be better than it has ever been before. Henceforth, I shall grow more good-humored. Joy, happiness, and cheerfulness are now becoming my normal states of mind. Every day I am becoming more and more lovable and understanding. I am now becoming the center of cheer and good will to all those about me, infecting them with good humor. This happy, joyous, and cheerful mood is now becoming my normal, natural state of mind. I am grateful.

Infinite intelligence leads and guides me in all my ways. Perfect health is mine, and the Law of Harmony operates in my mind and body. Beauty, love, peace, and abundance are mine. The principle of right action and divine order govern my entire life. I know my major premise is based on the eternal truths of life, and I know, feel, and believe that my subconscious mind responds according to the nature of my conscious mind thinking.

The infinite intelligence which gave me this desire leads, guides, and reveals to me the perfect plan for the unfolding of my desire. I know the deeper wisdom of my subconscious is now responding, and what I feel and claim within is expressed in the without. There is a balance, equilibrium, and equanimity.

My body and all it organs were created by the infinite intelligence in my subconscious mind. It knows how to heal me. Its wisdom fashioned all my organs, tissues, muscles, and bones. This infinite healing presence within me is now transforming every atom of my being making me whole and perfect now. I give thanks for the healing I know is taking place now. Wonderful are the works of the creative intelligence within me.

Belief is a thought in your mind which causes the power of your subconscious to be distributed into all phases of your life according to your thinking habits. I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy. By day and by night I am being prospered in all of my interest.

Having seen the end, you have willed the means to the realization of the end. Infinite intelligence governs and watches over all my financial transactions, and whatsoever I do shall prosper.

The creative intelligence of my subconscious mind knows what is best for me. Its tendency is always lifeward, and it reveals to me the right decision which blesses me and all concerned. I give thanks for the answer which I know will come. Infinite intelligence within me knows all things, and the right decision is revealed to me in divine order. I will recognize the answer when it comes.

Your subconscious mind is the source of your ideals, If you are in doubt as to what to do, ask for guidance. Follow the lead that comes to you in the silence of your soul. It speaks to you in peace. Do the thing you are afraid to do, and the death of fear is certain. Man is born with only two fears, the fear of falling and the fear of noise. Old age of itself does not destroy the creative powers of the mind and body. Wisdom is an awareness of the tremendous spiritual powers in your subconscious mind and the knowledge of how to apply these powers to lead a full and happy life.

Each phase of human life is a step forward on the path which has no end. Life is self-renewing, eternal, indestructible, and is the reality of all men. Your character, the quality of your mind, your faith, and your convictions are not subject to decay. You grow old when you lose interest in life, when you cease to dream, to hunger after new truths, and to search for new worlds to conquer. When your mind is open to new ideas, new interests, and when you raise the curtain and let in the sunshine and inspiration of new truths of life and the universe, you will be young and vital.

Happiness is a state of mind. The great things of life are simple, dynamic, and creative. They produce will-being and happiness. Divine order takes charge of my life today and every day. All things work together for good for me today. This is a new and wonderful day for me. There will never be another day like this one. I am divinely guided all day long, and whatever I do will prosper. Divine love surrounds me, enfolds me, and enwraps me, and I go forth in peace. Whenever my attention wanders away from that which is good and constructive, I will immediately bring it back to the contemplation of that which is lovely and of good report. I am a spiritual and mental magnet attracting to myself all things which bless and prosper me. I am going to be a wonderful success in all my undertakings today. I am definitely going to be happy all day long. You must sincerely desire to be happy.

There is no block to your happiness save in your own thought life and mental imagery. Believe in yourself, and you will succeed and be happy. The best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best in the art of living life successfully. I am responsible for what I think about others. Others are not responsible for the way I think about them. I refuse to give power to any person, place, or thing to annoy me or disturb me. I wish health, success, peace of mind, and happiness for all. I sincerely wish everyone well, and I know everyone is divinely guided in all their To refuse to forgive yourself is nothing more or less than spiritual pride or ignorance.

One knows that his/her own thoughts and feelings create ones destiny. Furthermore, he is aware that externals are not the causes and conditioners of his life and his experiences. You are free to choose a good habit or a bad habit. If you repeat a negative thought or act over a period of time, you will be under the compulsion of a habit. The law of your subconscious is compulsion. The only obstacle to healing is our own thought.

I realize I am one with the infinite intelligence of my subconscious mind which knows no obstacle, difficulty, or delay. I live in the joyous expectancy of the best. My deeper mind responds to my thoughts. I know that the work of the infinite power of my subconscious cannot be hindered. Infinite intelligence always finishes successfully whatever it begins. Creative wisdom works through me bringing all my plans and purposes to completion. Whatever I start, I bring to a successful conclusion. My aim in life is to give wonderful service, and all those whom I contact are blessed by what I have to offer. All my work comes to full fruition in divine order.

TAKING CARE OF SELF: Hello, it is now time for me to take care of myself... To take the time I deserve to become balanced, centered, and at peace with myself... I can now take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds.. Then I can let it out slowly as I become relaxed deeper and deeper... I am beginning to feel very comfortable and peaceful... Now I can take in another deep breath and hold it for a few seconds, then let it out slowly as I drift into my special hideaway where I can become totally relaxed... Now I can go inside and visualize my thoughts as I meditate...

I BELIEVE IN ME... I BELIEVE THAT MY HIGHER POWER HAS GIVEN ME ALL OF THE POWER AND TOOLS I NEED FOR MY LIFE'S JOURNEY... I HAVE FAITH AND BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF ALL LEVELS OF MY MIND... AND ALL THE DREAMS, INTELLIGENCE, AND DETERMINATION WITHIN ME... I CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING I CHOOSE... I KNOW MY HIGHER POWER WILL PROVIDE ME WITH THE GUIDANCE I NEED FOR MY LIFE'S JOURNEY... I HAVE SO MUCH OPEN TO ME.. I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR WHAT I WANT FROM LIFE... I WILL NURTURE THE POSITIVE DREAMS

INSIDE OF ME... MY SUBCONSCIOUS MIND HAS THE POWER TO MAKE THEM REAL... I HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE MYSELF EXACTLY WHAT I WANT TO BE... EXACTLY WHAT I WANT TO BE... BY CONTINUING TO HAVE FAITH AND BELIEF IN THE POWER GIVEN TO ME, NOTHING WILL BE BEYOND MY REACH...

Now as I continue to relax I am going to visit a very quiet and peaceful place where all of my tensions will be removed... In my minds eye, I can picture myself, in the country side resting under a very large shade tree on a very comfortable blanket in a beautiful field of wild flowers... the fragrance of the flowers is wonderful... the blooms of the wild flowers display every color that mother nature can produce... you can actually smell their wonderful sweet fragrances... the clean fresh perfume of the wild flowers and the colorful seen is breathtaking as you continue to relax even more... there is a wonderful crystal clear babbling brook close by whose sounds are very soothing... the sun is shinning brightly.. the sky is blue with a few wispy white clouds.. and there is a lovely gentle breeze... The temperature of the air is perfect... I have decided to remove my shoes and dangle my feet in the cool water of the brook...

I am becoming balanced, centered, and very relaxed... A ray of sunshine beams down through the trees and shines on the top of my head... As the beam enters my head I can feel a pleasant warming feeling as the tense muscles of my head start to relax... The beam's warm relaxing feeling moves past my face into my neck ... and now my eyes are becoming so relaxed that to keep them open would take too much energy along ... all of the muscles in my face and neck are also relaxed... the wonderful beam of sunshine now enters my shoulders arms and hands and all those muscles relax deeper and deeper an feel heavier and heavier... As this beam of sunshine moves through my body a marvelous thing is happening... as the beam of sunshine flows through my body it gathers all of the unhealthy impurities, tensions and problems I have allowed to enter my mind and body, and beams them down to my toes, where the cool water of the babbling brook is carrying them away as the water rushes over my dangling feet... The sunshine has flowed down to my waist and my breathing has slowed down and become very relaxed and easy.. my hart is beating slower.. And all of the muscles in my chest and abdomen are very limp... As the sunshine flows down into my legs those muscles also become very relaxed as the tensions are removed... and last but not least the beam of sunshine is shinning through the ends of my toes indicating that all of the tensions and worries have been sweated away by the running water... And now I can achieve total relaxation because my body is now cleansed of all of the things that might possibly block me from becoming balanced, centered and at peace with myself.

I am experiencing a wonderful carefree relaxed feeling which I can return to at any time by using the key which I have been given by my Higher Power... Whenever I need or want to return to my magic place, all I need to do is to relax, close my eyes, and put my thumb and index finger together on both hands and repeat the word "relax" three times and I will immediate be able to picture in my mind my special place... with me lying on a soft blanket in a beautiful field of wild flowers.. under a large shade tree.. with my feet dangling in the cool running water of the brook... and all of my tensions and worries being sweat away by the sunshine and the running water.

When I return from my special place I will feel completely relaxed and all of the unhealthy impurities, tensions and problems within me will be gone and I will be at peace with myself... I will remember being in my very special and relaxing place... all of my senses will be heightened and I will feel very energetic... I know that I have the ability to meet my needs in any area that I choose.. while remaining balanced, centered and at peace with myself...

Now it is time to return to reality... As I count from 3 to 1 I will become fully awake... 3... my breathing is becoming deeper and my heart is beginning to beat faster... 2... I will feel very rested and full of energy to complete any task of my choosing... All of the tension and worries will gone... my mind will be clear... my eyes are beginning to open... 1... I am fully awake and all of my faculties are completely ready for my request... I can follow the sun and have a great day.

CASE HISTORY # 2:

1. Give background information about your client and how they responded before, during, and after the session: This was a black female student who was referred to me by one of the other clients. She was single, twentyish and lived at hove. She asked if I could help her with her anxiety with school. I explained how progressive relaxation through hypnosis could help with stress and anxiety. I also explained the myths of hypnosis. She agreed to try one session to see if it will help. She seemed very nervous so I talked with her for a while to calm her down. when I felt that she was ready I very easily moved in the induction and she relaxed and went into an altered state. I was surprised at the ease at which she became hypnotized. After the session she was very thankful and said that she felt very peaceful and calm. she wanted me to give her an appointment every week until the end of school. I told her that I would get back with her and work something out.

2. What were the most important things you learned from this session: My confidence is becoming stronger and I am relying on my gut instinct and knowledge to guide. It works!

3. How could this session have been improved: As I develop more induction skills I will be able to handle these types of situations with a lot more ease and a lot less anxiety on my part.

4. In what ways were you pleased with this session: I was very pleased with the way I was able to talk with this young lady and to guide her to a relaxed point whereby I could begin the induction and lead her into a hypnotic state.

MY HAPPINESS IS DEPENDENT ON ME: My memory from today on is improving in every department. I shall always remember whatever I need to know at every moment of time and point of space. The impressions received will be clearer and more definite. I shall retain them automatically and with ease. Whatever I wish to recall will immediately present itself in the correct form in my mind. I am improving rapidly every day, and very soon my memory will be better than it has ever been before.

Henceforth, I shall grow more good-humored. Joy, happiness, and cheerfulness are now becoming my normal states of mind. Every day I am becoming more and more lovable and understanding. I am now becoming the center of cheer and good will to all those about me, infecting them with good humor. This happy, joyous, and cheerful mood is now becoming my normal, natural state of mind. I am grateful.

Unless, as an adult, you use constructive autosuggestion, which is a reconditioning therapy, the impressions made on you in the past can cause behavior patterns that cause failure in your personal and social life. Autosuggestion is a means releasing you from the mass of negative verbal conditioning that might otherwise distort your life pattern, making the development of good habits difficult.

Infinite intelligence leads and guides me in all my ways. Perfect health is mine, and the Law of Harmony operates in my mind and body. Beauty, love, peace, and abundance are mine. The principle of right action and divine order govern my entire life. I know my major premise is based on the eternal truths of life, and I know, feel, and believe that my subconscious mind responds according to the nature of my conscious mind thinking.

The infinite intelligence which gave me this desire leads, guides, and reveals to me the perfect plan for the unfolding of my desire. I know the deeper wisdom of my subconscious is now responding, and what I feel and claim within is expressed in the without. There is a balance, equilibrium, and equanimity.

My body and all it organs were created by the infinite intelligence in my subconscious mind. It knows how to heal me. Its wisdom fashioned all my organs, tissues, muscles, and bones. This infinite healing presence within me is now transforming every atom of my being making me whole and perfect now. I give thanks for the healing I know is taking place now. Wonderful are the works of the creative intelligence within me.

Your subconscious mind is the source of your ideals, aspirations, and altruistic urges. The most wonderful thing to know is this: Imagine the end desired and feel its reality; then the infinite life principle will respond to your conscious choice and your conscious request. This is the meaning of believe you have received, and you shall receive. Belief is a thought in your mind which causes the power of your subconscious to be distributed into all phases of your life according to your thinking habits.

The healing presence is right where my mother is. Her bodily condition is but a reflection of her thought-life like shadows cast on the screen. I know that in order to change the images on the screen I must change the projection reel. mind is the projection reel, and I now project in my own mind the image of wholeness, harmony, and perfect health for my mother. The infinite healing presence which created my mother's body and all her organs is now saturating every cell of her body. The doctors are divinely guided and directed, and whoever touches my mother is guided to do the right thing. I know that disease has no ultimate reality; if it had, no one could be healed. I now align my self with the infinite principle of love and life, and I know and decree that harmony, health, and peace are now being expressed in my mother's body.

I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy. By day and by night I am being prospered in all of my interest. Having seen the end, you have willed the means to the Infinite intelligence governs and watches over all my financial transactions, and whatsoever I do shall prosper. Three steps to success: The first step to success is to find out the thing you love to do, then do it. The second step to success is to specialize in some particular branch of work and know more about it than anyone else.

The third step is the most important one. You must be sure that the think you want to do does not redound to your success only. The creative intelligence of my subconscious mind knows what is best for me. Its tendency is always lifeward, and it reveals to me the right decision which blesses me and all concerned. I give thanks for the answer which I know will come. Infinite intelligence within me knows all things, and the right decision is revealed to me in divine order. I will recognize the answer when it comes.

I am now attracting a man/woman into my experience who is honest, sincere, loyal, faithful, peaceful, happy, and prosperous. These qualities which I admire are sinking down into my sub conscious mind mow. As I dwell upon these characteristics, they become a part of me and are embodied subconsciously. I know there is an irresistible law of attraction and that I attract to me a man according to my subconscious mind. I know I can contribute to his peace and happiness. He loves my ideals, and I love his ideals. He does not want to make me over; neither do I want to make him over. There is mutual love, freedom, and respect. I now attract the right woman who is complete accord with me. This is a spiritual union because it is divine love functioning through the personality of someone with whom I blend perfectly. I know I can give to this woman love, light, peace, and joy. I fell and believe I can make this woman's life full, complete, and wonderful. I now decree that she possess the following qualities and attributes: She is spiritual, loyal, faithful, and true. She is harmonious, peaceful, and happy. We are irresistibly attracted to each other. Only that which belongs to love, truth, and beauty can enter my experience. I accept my ideal companion now.

If you are in doubt as to what to do, ask for guidance. Follow the lead that comes to you in the silence of your soul. It speaks to you in peace.

1. Never carry over from one day to another accumulated irritations arising from little disappointments. Be sure to forgive each other for any sharpness before you retire at night.

2. Say grace at breakfast. Give thanks for the wonderful, food, for your abundance, and for all your blessings.

3. The husband and wife should alternate in praying each night.

The greatest discovery was the power of the subconscious touched by faith. True and lasting happiness will cone into your life the day you get the clear realization that you can overcome any weakness -- the day you realize that your subconscious can solve your problems, heal your body, and prosper you beyond your fondest dream. Happiness is a state of mind. The great things of life are Divine order takes charge of my life today and every day. All things work together for good for me today. This is a new and wonderful day for me. There will never be another day like this one. I am divinely guided all day long, and whatever I do will prosper. Divine love surrounds me, enfolds me, and enwraps me, and I go forth in peace. Whenever my attention wanders away from that which is good and constructive, I will immediately bring it back to the contemplation of that which is lovely and of good report. I am a spiritual and mental magnet attracting to myself all things which bless and prosper me. I am going to be a wonderful success in all my undertakings today. I am definitely going to be happy all day long. You must sincerely desire to be happy.

There is no block to your happiness save in your own thought life and mental imagery. Believe in yourself, and you will succeed and be happy. The best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best in the art of living life successfully. I am responsible for what I think about others. Others are not responsible for the way I think about them. I refuse to give power to any person, place, or thing to annoy me or disturb me. I wish health, success, peace of mind, and happiness for all. I sincerely wish everyone well, and I know everyone is divinely guided in all their ways. To refuse to forgive yourself is nothing more or less than spiritual pride or ignorance. I fully and freely forgive (mention the name of the offender); I release him/her mentally and spiritually. I completely forgive everything connected with the matter in question. I am free, and he/she is free. It is a marvelous feeling. It is my day of general amnesty. I release anybody and everybody who has ever hurt me, and I wish for each and every one health, happiness, peace, and all the blessings of life. I do this freely, joyously, and lovingly, and whenever I think of the person of persons who hurt me, I say, 'I have released you, and all the blessings of life are yours.' I am free and you are free. It is wonderful! One knows that his/her own thoughts and feelings create ones destiny. Furthermore, he is aware that externals are not the causes and conditioners of his life and his experiences.

You are free to choose a good habit or a bad habit. If you repeat a negative thought or act over a period of time, you will be under the compulsion of a habit. The law of your subconscious is compulsion. The only obstacle to healing is our own thought. I realize I am one with the infinite intelligence of my subconscious mind which knows no obstacle, difficulty, or delay. I live in the joyous expectancy of the best. My deeper mind responds to my thoughts. I know that the work of the infinite power of my subconscious cannot be hindered. Infinite intelligence always finishes successfully whatever it begins. Creative wisdom works through me bringing all my plans and purposes to completion. Whatever I start, I bring to a successful conclusion. My aim in life is to give wonderful service, and all those whom I contact are blessed by what I have to offer. All my work comes to full fruition in divine order.

The real cause of alcoholism is negative and destructive thinking; for as a man thinketh, so is he. Do the thing you are afraid to do, and the death of fear is certain. Man is born with only two fears, the fear of falling and the fear of noise. Old age of itself does not destroy the creative powers of the mind and body. Wisdom is an awareness of the tremendous spiritual powers in your subconscious mind and the knowledge of how to apply these powers to lead a full and happy life. Each phase of human life is a step forward on the path which has no end. Life is self-renewing, eternal, indestructible, and is the reality of all men. Your character, the quality of your mind, your faith, and your convictions are not subject to decay.

You grow old when you lose interest in life, when you cease to dream, to hunger after new truths, and to search for new worlds to conquer. When your mind is open to new ideas, new interests, and when you raise the curtain and let in the sunshine and inspiration of new truths of life and the universe, you will be young and vital.