CHAPLAIN PAUL G DURBIN
DR. R. D. "SEAN" LONGACRE ARTICLES:
TECHNIQUES AND CONCEPTS YOU NEED TO KNOW
NOTES FROM INSIDEOUT
NOTES FROM PRACTICAL THERAPIES:
NOTES FROM THE MIND-BODY-SPIRIT CONNECTION: COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE; SELF-HELP HEALING
HUMAN DYNAMICS IN HYPNOTHERAPY: CLINICAL CONCEPTS
TRIBUTE TO R. D. "SEAN" LONGACRE 1999:CHAPLAIN PAUL G DURBIN
I began my "Tribute to R. D. "Sean" Longacre with what I wrote in the "Forward" to his last book, Complementary Medicine Self-Healing. Since we first met in 1987, I have had great respect for Dr. R. D. "Sean" Longacre, both as a highly regarded clinical hypnotherapist and a close personal friend. Dr. Longacre conducted a seminar at the National Association of Clergy Hypnotherapist (now Clergy Special Interest Group/National Guild of Hypnotists) Convention in California on "The Yellow Brick Road: Working With Hospital Personals." Following that Convention, we developed a professional and personal relationship that has endure and strengthen with the passing of time.
I was deeply touched when Dr. Longacre called to tell me that he had cancer and since that day, I have said a special prayer for him and his family. I encouraged him to use the techniques that he had been presenting for years. Like the woman who once told me when I was facing a difficult decision, "Practice what you preach." Dr.Longacre has been practicing what he preached and as a results has come to a new understanding of the power of the mind and the spirit on the body.
Much has been written about the mind/body/spirit connection over the last 40 years, but most have focused on the mind/body with nothing or only a tip of the hat to the spiritual. Since I began hypnotherapy, I have called my hypnotherapy "Human Trinity Hypnotherapy" which happened to be the title of my first book, now out of print. I believe that each individual is a trinity within himself/herself. I am a trinity, you are a trinity. We humans are made up of a trinity of our own: "the human trinity." We are three-in-one: body (physical), mind (psychological/emotional, and spirit (spiritual). These three aspects of our being are so different and yet so integrated that one part of the human trinity cannot be affected without having some effect on the other two.
The French philosopher Rene' Descartes is best know for his five-word maxim: "I think, therefore I am." Another of his revelations and one much less accurate and truthful has had much greater impact of the western world. More than 300 years ago, Descartes concluded that the mind, body, spirit are distinct, autonomous, mutually exclusive entities. This assumption is at odds with his famous statement, "I think therefore I am." Unfortunately for centuries the Western approach to health, illness and medical treatment has been based on Descartes belief of the mind, body and spirit are separate entities. Today, we are discovering that what we think has a profound effect upon our health. Dr. David Felton, professor of neurobiology anatomy at the University of Rochester in New York said, "I can't imagine anyone (today) thinking that the mind and body can be separated" To complete the picture of the integration of the mind and body, I would add a third entity which is spirit.
I believe that to be the whole person that our creator meant for us to be, we must develop the spiritual side of our being as well as the emotional and physical. An airplane doesn't cease to be an airplane when it sets in the hanger or takes off along the runway, but its true nature becomes apparent only when it is airborne. Similarly, a person is a human being even when he or she is functioning only on the physical and psychological planes, but one shows his or her essential humanness when he rises to the spiritual dimension.
A man asked his three daughters how much they loved him. The oldest of them replied that she loved him more than all the gold and silver in the world. The father was noticeably pleased with her answer, through his arm around her and thanked her. The second daughter responded, "I love you more that the most valuable jewels in the world." The father was pleased with her response so through his aims around her and thanked her. The third and youngest daughter said, "I love you better than salt." The man was not especially elated with her remark and dismissed it lightly as an indication of her immaturity. Nevertheless, he put his arms around her and thank her. His wife, their mother, overhearing the conversation, left salt out of her husband's next meal. As he ate, he was thus confronted with the deep meaning of his youngest daughter's remark. She was saying that he was the flavoring and spice of her life. Developing the spiritual aspect is the life what salt is to food. The spiritual dimension gives flavor and seasoning to life. When one is functioning on all levels (physical, emotional and spiritual), life is more productive and more healthy.
Dr. Longacre has done a magnificent job putting back together the human trinity which Rene Descartes split or so he thought. Dr. Longacre looked at all three aspect of the human trinity and has welded them together through a therapy that will help the individual: physically, emotionally and spiritually. The visualization and guided imagery scripts can be very helpful for people working to regain health, others working with those who are sick and to each one who uses it to maintain health. Read, learn and use the information found in this book for your own well being and to help others balance the physical, emotional and spiritual. Dr. Longacre died in 1999 a short time after he attended his last National Board of Hypnotherapy and Hypnotic Anaesthesiology Convention. He was very sick and attended only a few sessions. I was privileged to spend time with him in his room. We both knew that for each of us death must come and he knew that death was near so we had quality time together that afternoon in his room.
TECHNIQUES AND CONCEPTS YOU NEED TO KNOW: R. D. LONGACRE, Ph.D. (1994 NBHA Convention)
Many physicians are open to utilizing the services of a well trained and highly qualified hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapists maybe employed as an ancillary employee in the physicians office, an outpatient clinic or work with the physician as an independent referral resource. Dentists, Psychologists, Chiropractors and many other allied health care disciplines are also interested in the benefits of hypnotherapy for their patients. Unfortunately, the media "HYP" about HYP-NOSIS has created a barrier for the dedicated and knowledgeable hypnotherapist who wishes to work in a medical setting. This barrier is not a road block to success, rather it is a hurdle that can easily be overcome if you have the proper training and can document your training, clinical training and professional practice experience.
Before you approach a physician regarding the services you can provide as a hypnotherapist, it would be wise to review the qualifications a physician should expect you to meet or exceed.
Physicians Expect That Hypnotherapists: Have extensive and comprehensive training in all aspects of hypnotherapy and can document their didactic and clinical training with a diploma from a State Approved or Accredited School.
Have advanced training in teaching visualization and guided imagery as a self-help modality for the alleviation of unwanted or unnecessary fear, tension and anxiety associated with pain and can document this training with a credential from a National Hypnotherapy Organization that works with the Medical, Dental and Psychological Communities.
Have completed graduate level training in visualization and guided imagery instruction for Hypnotic Natural Childbirth, Hypnodontics and Pain Management during uncomfortable medical procedures and document that this training included classes in office records, charting, referral procedures and medical ethics.
Hypnotherapists recognized by the National Board for Hypnotherapy and Hypnotic Anaesthesiology are often mentioned in articles about hypnotherapy because their training meets or exceeds the above expectations, These therapists can document their professional qualifications.
Techniques You Need To Know: Since all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, the hypnotherapist must first be an educator and then a caring person the client or patient can identify with. If you rely on techniques that emphasize your ability to hypnotize or take control, you will find it frustrating when seeking employment with a health professional.
The hypnotherapist who wishes to work in medical settings must know effective communication techniques on both a personal and professional level. Many times a patient or client has expressed disappointment in their hypnotherapist because the therapist spoke with improper grammar, mailed a letter filled with spelling errors or overstated their abilities or scope of practice.
In a medical setting, the physician needs to know the comfort level of the patient and if visualization and guided imagery is providing that level of comfort that the physician deems as adequate for the procedure or test to be performed. Hypnotherapists must be able to demonstrate to the physician that the patient is comfortable without taking up time to explain the phenomena of hypnosis. Hypnotherapists working in medical settings must also be able to rapidly assist the patient to enter a state of profound relaxation in a medically acceptable manner. A medically acceptable manner, generally precludes theatrics or the interference of power over the patient. Most instant induction techniques currently used by hypnotherapists are not acceptable in a medical setting.
The most important technique for a hypnotherapist to master is the technique of building rapid rapport and an instant spiral of belief system for the patient or client. Rapport building skills include both verbal and non-verbal
Many hypnotherapists have a common problem they have a great deal to offer the public in terms of skills and techniques, but they have a difficult time seeing enough people on a daily basis.
I came into the field of hypnotherapy a few years ago after having become a non-smoker with hypnotherapy. I was so impressed with the results communication. An understanding of body language, neurolinguistic accessing channels and humanistic interaction is necessary for building the patient's or client's spiral of belief.
These techniques cannot be learned in a two hour workshop or a half day seminar. However, attending a workshop that focuses on "Gaining Employment In A Medical Setting" can provide you with important information you can use to create your own program of study to prepare you to work with physicians. Concepts You Need To Know
When working in medical settings you need to know traditional medical concepts of patient management and treatment protocols.
The physician is always in charge of his or her patients care even when they refer their patient to another health care provider or t an ancillary therapist. The physician expects and deserves written reports that can be reviewed and then added to the patient's medical records.
Treatment protocols are outlines of what services you will perform, why these services will benefit the patient and how the effectiveness of these services can be evaluated. Hypnotherapists need to know how to write a protocol and the proper form to use when typing the protocol.
NOTES FROM INSIDEOUT: (By R.D. Longacre, Ph.D. (1989) Therapeutic Educational Group Pub. Glendale, AZ):
The critical sensor is a necessary part of the human computer. It alerts us in a time of danger and often prevents us from making so called "stupid mistakes." However the critical sensor is often the cause of roadblocks to developing right brain or subconscious programs that can be used to improve our quality and enjoyment of life. In order to program a pathway for change in the powerful right brain portion of the human computer, three things must happen simultaneously. The left brain input functions must be placed in the pause mode or instructed to only report one idea or sound source to the critical sensor. The critical sensor must be bypassed by activating the "I want" key and the right brain or subconscious mind must be give permission to develop new and creative programs. (p. 24)
Rev. Dr. Paul G. Durbin writes about the triangle concept in his book Awakening the spiritual connection. "The foundation for my work in hypnotherapy is based on what I refer to as the human trinity. Whether you are a Christian or not, you would probably know what I meant if I referred to the Holy Trinity: God the Father , the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I believe in the Holy Trinity and I also believe in human trinity. Each of us is a trinity within himself or herself. What is the human trinity? The human trinity is the concept that we are made up of body, mind and spirit. We are physical, emotional and spiritual beings." (p. 35)
THE LAW OF SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY: This law states that if you think about something long enough, what you are thinking about tends to happen. (p. 39)
Stress affects any kind of system be it the environment, a steel beam or our bodies. When a given system is stressed, the individual molecules which make up that system or a substance are altered. When we are mentally or emotionally stressed, our body systems, i.e. digestive system, elimination system, etc. do not work as they were meant to. When the body is stressed to a point where it is unable to process and eliminate food as it should, it begins to find an alternate route for dealing with food energy. This alternate route require the body to alter or break down long chains of amino acids into harmless looking 6-carbon rings known as sugar. The sugar can then be stored for later energy use in the form of something we have all been taught to dread, fat. (p. 88)
NOTES FROM PRACTICAL THERAPIES: (By R. D. Longacre, Ph.D. (1990) Therapeutic Educational Group, Glendale, CA):
While we do not know how the mind body connection healing takes place in each individual situation, we are beginning to understand how a mental thought pattern (imagery) can alter physiological disturbance or change the biochemistry of an individual. (Dr. Cherylanne Atwood) (p. 6)
Today a growing number of physicians and health care providers are endorsing the concept of "Holistic Health". Holistic health is a combination of techniques that modalities that treat the whole person, not just the physical complaint." Holistic health treatment includes the body, mind, and the spiritual parts of a patient. While this approach is perceived by many to be a modern approach, it has been praised, ridiculed, defended and revived time after time throughout history. (p. 10)
(TRUE PRAYER): As I begin writing this chapter, I am reminded of an evening my five and one half year old daughter explained to me how to pray. Binkey, my nickname for this inquisitive and energetic child, was kneeling beside her bed saying her prayers as I listened from the hallway. As I waited for her to get to the God bless mommy and daddy part, I realized that she wasn’t saying words. Binkey was reciting the alphabet over and over. Slowly, deliberately and in hushed tones she repeated each letter. The time through the alphabet, my curiosity got the best of me. "Binkey", what are you doing?" "I'm praying daddy," she stated in a matter of fact voice. "What do you mean by praying." I replied. "Well you see daddy, I'm not old enough to know all the words yet so I just keep saying the letters because God will put the words together for me. (p. 13-14)
The subconscious mind can also be a safe harbor for negative emotions that the conscious mind refuses to let out. Repressed negative emotions and denial of current reality also play a role in catastrophic illness and can be roadblocks to a return to wellness. You won't find the word wellness in the dictionary, but I use it to distinguish between illness, health (physical) and emotional plus physical plus spiritual health. All three aspects of health are included in the term wellness. (p. 29)
We can make a logical conclusion that if the subconscious mind is inactive in providing solutions to living or harboring negative attitudes, it can also be used to crate now pathways to health by release of negative thinking. This is because the right brain or subconscious mind does not have to obey any given set of rules or reason why before taking action. (p. 30)
Faith is not the childish belief that something is true despite the lack of solid or hard evidence. Spiritual faith is the inner knowledge that something is already happening before we are aware of it consciously. Faith is a powerful force constantly working in the subconscious mind. Faith is the communication channel and receiving agent for abundant gifts promised by a higher power. While faith in ourselves is an admirable activity of the conscious mind, inner faith is the result of just being ourselves complete with all of our imperfections. Faith is not only a mystical or magical aspect of our spirituality, it can also operate of a very practical. (p. 38)
NOTES FROM THE MIND-BODY-SPIRIT CONNECTION: COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE; SELF-HELP HEALING: R. D. LONGACRE:
Visualization and Guided Imagery deals primarily with the hypnotherapeutic concepts of mind body healing. This is a process where self-hypnosis is induced by narrowing the focus of the conscious mind (left brain) and letting the body completely relax. Once the body is relaxed a series of word pictures or thoughts (misdirection of attention) provides a means to let go of conscious thinking and accept positive and healing suggestions into the subconscious mind (right brain). Once these images of physical and emotional healing are stored in the subconscious mind, they automatically tell the body what to do in order to strengthen the immune system and naturally cure disease.
Spiritual healing works primarily at the conscious level in that you do not have to induce a form of self-hypnosis in order for the results to become manifest. While spiritual practices may induce feelings of deep relaxation and tranquility, the true power of the practice comes from a higher source outside of the self. In a spiritual healing practice the psyche is put aside and replaced with a desire to surrender or burdens, pain and disease to a higher power and accept the healing as this higher power prescribes it. In other words, "Let Go and Let God".
It has been my experience that many patients perceive learning self-hypnosis as difficult and for this reason have trouble entering a deeply relaxed state during their self-hypnosis practice. Their mind seems to keep wandering back to the left brain (conscious state) trying to remember what to do or think next. Even well experienced hypnotherapists may experience difficulty in achieving a deep state of self-hypnosis. Therapist are prone to analyze what they are doing in light of their previous training. This analytical thinking (left brain) actually prevents them from entering the hypnotic state. In order to prevent the stumbling blocks of left brain thinking, I have formatted these practices in a right brain experiential manner rather than a formal method of induction and imagery.
The experiential format of the practices are broken down into uncomplicated steps that are easy for the patient or client to learn and use on their own. This format will also aid the therapist who Is experiencing difficulty entering their own self-hypnotic state.
VISUALIZATION AND IMAGERY FOR GOOD HEALTH: Many human diseases are associated with or caused in part by stress, the use of tobacco, unhealthy eating and excessive weight, and harmful emotions such as anger and blame. Negative thinking and thoughts can also contribute to illness. Low self-esteem, a sense of being unworthy and periods of depression also create an imbalance in the body, mind and spirit that inhibits our subconscious mind from storing positive and rejuvenating messages for good health.
Visualization and Imagery is beneficial for trading unhealthy habits for new and more satisfying patterns of behavior that nourish the body rather than create a predisposition for poor health. Visualization and imagery is a powerful and creative way to replace negative and hurtful thoughts with positive affirmations that promote well being and healing.
Often times we handle stressful or difficult situations by articulating negative phrases or expressions such as, "My boss gives me a pain in the next," "There's so much to worry about, I'll never get to sleep tonight," or "What's the use, things will just get worse anyway. Henry Ford once said, "Think you can, think you can't, either way your night!" In the late 19th century to French researchers discovered the power of suggestion for healing. Ambroise Auguste Liebeault and Hippolyte Marie Bemheim are credited for discovering modem psychotherapy as well as hypnotherapy. They are known for the popular phrase, "I am getting better every day in each and every way". Repeating a simple phrase or affirmation such as, "My body is healing itself, or "There is no reason why my body can't heal itself, can produce surprising results in an individuals mental as well as physical state of well being.
Visualization and imagery practices can be tailored to treat the major symptom or problem of a disease or several different problems that are part of the disease process in different body systems. An example of the use of visualization and imagery to treat problems related to bowel movement with irritable Dowel Syndrome or IBS is found in the following article published in Volume 14, Number 4, 4th Quarter Edition of Adventures In Education, Complementary Medicine and holistic Health News.
HUMAN DYNAMICS IN HYPNOTHERAPY: CLINICAL CONCEPTS: (By R.D. Longacre, Ph.D., F.B.H.A)
When I use the term "Human Dynamics" many of my graduate students begin to conjure up an encyclopedia of definitions for the words human dynamics. Their perceptions range from some type of altered state metaphysics to subconscious mind control experiments. When I use the term "Human Dynamics", I am referring to an area of holistic health that deals with practical down to earth everyday common sense hypnotherapy.
Now common sense may seem like a simple topic to learn, however, I am not talking about our common sense because this has proven to be a poor tool to use fro problem solving. A colleague of mine provided an example of common sense rational demonstrated by one of his student. A young man with about average grades in his major needed three more units to receive his degree. Having taken all the required courses he searched through the college catalogue fro an "easy" class. My friend's course on music appreciation seemed perfect for anyone who just waned a grade for sitting in a seat in a lecture hall. Much to he student's surprise, he found out that my friend was not an easy grader and more important was lecturing on music he had never heard of before. While attempting to take notes on a lecture about Italian composers the young man suddenly raised his and asked, "Hey, when are going to talk about Hank Williams and Johnny Cash?" With a puzzled look, my friend replied, "Do you realize what class you're enrolled in?" Without a moments hesitation, the young man fired back, "This is supposed to be a class in western music."
While you may think you have more common sense than the music appreciation student did, don't be fooled. To paraphrase a quote by Albert Einstein, "Common sense is the collection of ideas we have collected by the time we are teenagers." The reason that our common sense is unpredictable and unreliable is that we most often use it when we don't have time to really think something out. If we do have the time, we often try to make common sense a reality that fits in with present illusions. Before you give up on the idea of using common sense logic, there is one way it can serve you in a dramatic and powerful manner. This type of common sense is stored in the subconscious mind and is literally a computer program of solutions to every problem you have ever faced and projected analysis how to solve every problem in the future. Subconscious common sense is the hear to human dynamics. Human dynamics is the science of people thinking, let me repeat that, human dynamics is the science of individual people thinking with their subconscious mind. The techniques of human dynamics teach people how to do this in a simple straightforward manner.
Most traditional hypnotherapist deal with symptoms rather than causative factors. Human dynamics deals with both causative factors as well as symptoms. Human dynamics also deals with reconstructive or rebuilding issues. Discussion of the full range of human dynamics is beyond the scope of this article and could fill several volumes of books. I will discuss the three aspects of human dynamics - the human triangle, the inner healer, and dream therapy.
The Human Triangle: The human triangle is something used in dependency counseling to show the interaction between family members of someone who is abusing alcohol or drugs but it is also applied to a problem faced by a given individual. The three points of the triangle are the Victim, Rescuer, and the Accuser. Just as a patient can call victim to a disease or illness, they can also become a victim to a disease or illness, they can also become a victim of an unwanted habit, behavior or series of circumstances that interrupt the joy of living. Many people tend to think that there is no blame in being a victim of an illness, but there is blame if the problem is a bad habit or not doing something that should be done. This kind of thinking often results in a person becoming the victim of the human triangle.
When patients begin to blame themselves for past mistakes they often block a subconscious pathway to change and in doing so become their own worse enemy. I am not suggesting that a patient not take responsibility for their past actions, but I am suggesting that they stop wasting time blaming themselves. A colleague of mine, Dr. Cliff Webb, refers to the negative thinking of blame as "halitosis between the ears." I refer to it as "stinky thinking." Negative attitudes sit up a road block and jam all positive messages being sent by the rescuer part of the human triangle.
The rescuer of the human triangle is a storehouse of positive information that can solve even the most complex problem. While the victim remains locked in the conscious mind the rescuer is already working at the subconscious level and creating solutions. The rescuer has been labeled with many different names by mankind. Those who are of the Christian religions refer to the rescuer as the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit, some refer to the rescuer as a higher power and others as a spiritual part of themselves.. Regardless of the name, the message being sent by the rescuer can be erased by the accuser.
No matter which way you turn a triangle, there always one side that becomes a bottom. This side provides the balance and strength for the triangle. Notice that the rescuer is at the bottom on one side and the accuser on the other side of the bottom. This is because the accuser provides balance when it is operating in a positive manner. When the accuser is operating in a negative way it still maintains balance but at the expense of the rescuer. When the accuser becomes a villain it negates the positive and creative thinking actions to the rescuer.
Consider for a moment that you have two imaginary playmates. One playmate is called Mr. Good Manners and the other is called Tattler. Mr. Good Manners lets you know when you are doing something wrong. He nudges and reminds you in a friendly and loving way. When Mr. Good Manners points out your mistake, he uses positive statements and appeals to your sense of right and wrong and ask you to do something about it. Tattler accuses in a different way.
Tattler has a whiny, squeaky voice and is always complaining. Tattler is a big know it all who personally has never done anything wrong. Tattler spends his time praising himself by reminding you what a selfish and stingy person your are. Tattler is always telling everyone about your mistakes. Tattler claims to be the most intelligent playmate because he learned to speak a special language that the American Indiana call "speaking with forked tongue." Tattler is an accuser part that never has any fun and because of this he tries to put a wet blanket on any productive activity that makes you happy.
When a person is in control of life's little ups and downs, Tattler sits in a corner, quietly waiting to spoil things. When Mr. Good Manners is talking, Tattler interrupts with a message of negative thoughts and actions. The therapeutic plan for working with the human triangle is to allow Rescuer to discover that true nature of the accuser, forgive the negative aspects of the accuser and then turn a deaf ear when appropriate in the future. A variety of techniques are used to accomplish this outcome and are presented in Human Dynamics training seminar.
The Inner Healer: Our conscious "common sense" knows things because the body tells us so. Sounds like a childhood song? If not it should be because the body is little more than a robot. In my book, Visualization and Guided Imagery for Pain Management, I use the example that the body must do what it is told to do because only the mind can think. The body is little more than an information gathering and retrieval system, yet all too often it malfunctions and messages get mixed up or lost. You might say the body was designed without unlimited warranties in mind. It was programmed to slowly self-destruct over a period of time. However, the mind was programmed to impede the aging process and even cure many maladies not defying our current understanding of medicine and biology
The inner healer portion of the mind is the most powerful and the most unavowed when it come to reversing the disease process. It can beef up the response of the immune system, circumvent even the most painful of therapies and provide a whole new life style in a matter of moments as long as one condition is met. The inner healer will only work in a clean room or protected environment. This is because the inner healer is the spiritual portion of the subconscious mind.
The techniques emphasized in the Human Dynamics seminars for nurturing the inner healer focus on developing acceptance of self and flowing into problem rater than resisting or fighting it. Learning to see, hear, touch, feel and sense life in an individually unique way is a dramatic form of therapy with equally dramatic results for both the patient and the therapist. You, an learn more about these techniques in the book, Practical Therapies For Catastrophic Illness, which is required reading fro Certified Catastrophic Illness Counselors.
Dream Therapy: Mankind has been investigating and interpreting dreams for centuries. While famous names including Freud have developed interpretations and elaborate theories supported by many modern day practitioners, the conscious common sense approach still prevails in dream therapy and analysis. Subconscious logic is a new area that is yielding some remarkable case histories.
By writing down a dream and the experiencing the dream in a state of hypnosis, patients are providing their own interpretations that provide applications in their life to combat disease, develop spirituality and dismiss negative life pattern. The human dynamics, approach to dream therapy is not to provide an analysis or rationale for the dream, but to help the patient make the dream a new part of life goals and objectives.
Human dynamics in hypnotherapy is a natural blend of traditional hypnotherapy, client centered or client directed therapeutic techniques and pastoral or family psychology. Human Dynamics offers the skilled therapist an opportunity to help a vast new population of patients and Mix a variety of applications therapies to enhance the outcome for each patient as well as the therapist overall success rate.