Self Hypnosis Outline 

And Self-Hypnosis Seminar

Chaplain Paul G. Durbin, Ph.D.


Chaplain Paul G. Durbin, Ph.D.

Jillian LaVelle, President of International Association of Counselors and Therapists, presented its 2000 Awards to Chaplain Paul G. Durbin - Educator of the Year Award, Ann Spencer - President's Award, Father Martin "Marty" Patton - Therapist of the Year Award, Flavio Sousa-Campos - Humanitarian Award, and Philip Holder at IACT Conference in May 2000.  Other awards: Michelina Cardaciotto - Innovative Therapy Award, and Philadelphia Chapter was the IACT Chapter of the Year Award.

Self-Hypnosis: Outline

1. How I became interested in hypnosis?

2. When you hear the word "hypnosis," what comes to you mind?

3. History of hypnosis: First written record of hypnosis. Sleep temples, Mesmer, Gasner, Hell, Braid, Esdail. WWII. AMA

4. What is hypnosis?
        a) Altered state of awareness 
        b) Focused concentration
        c) Bypass the critical factor 
        d) Conscious and subconscious communication 
        e) Higher susceptibility to suggestions

5. Basic principles of hypnosis: 

        a) Relaxation
        b) Concentration
        c) Suggestion
        d) Repetition

6. Anyone who can think, reason and communicate CAN be hypnotized. Only three things that can prevent a person from being hypnotized are intelligence, fear and resistance.

7. Misconceptions:

        a) A hypnotized is unconscious or asleep. False
     b) A person may not come out of the hypnotic state. False
c) The hypnotized person will obey any suggestions given by the hypnotist. False
     d) There are no dangers attached to hypnosis. Primarily true but some exception, explain.
     e) A post hypnotic suggestion lasts lifetime. False in some cases, True in others.
     f) Only weak-minded people can be hypnotized. False
     g) Hypnosis is anti-religious. False
     h) A person has to be in deep trance for hypnosis to be helpful. False
     i) If you get rid of one symptom by hypnosis another symptom will take its place. False

8. You can use hypnosis to:

        a) Improve memory, concentration and study habits.
        b) Rid yourself of habits such as smoking and nail biting.
     c) Use for weight control.
     d) Improve self-confidence.
     e) Improve athletic abilities.
        f) Relaxation and stress reduction.
     g) Other improve needs. (Overcoming fears and phobias, speaking in public, etc)
     h) Reduce or eliminate pain but not at the expense of proper medical care.
     i) Communication between conscious and subconscious mind.

9. How does hypnosis work? Not sure, but have theory. Conscious and Subconscious Mind.

10. The value of imaginary and visualization.

        a) Proverbs 23:7 states, "As a person thinketh in his/her heart, so is he or she."
     b) Proverbs 28:8 reads, "Where there is no vision, the people perish."
     c) A South Pacific song exclaims, "You've got to have a dread. If you don't have a dream, 
            how you gonna have dream come true?"
     d) Anotol France said, "To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only
            plan but also believe."
     e) 1940's song bellows, "You have to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and don't
Mr. Inbetween."

11. Suggestibility exercises: Taste the Lemon and Hand Heavy, Hand Light.

12. Keys to successful self-hypnosis:

        a) Believe it will work.
b) Expect it to work.
c) Imagine and/or visualize it working.
     d) Practice.

13. When you begin the self-hypnotic experience:

        a) Select a quiet place, if possible with subdued light.
     b) Lie down on a bed or set in a comfortable chair.
        c) Allow arms and hands to lie beside you or on the arm of the chair or on you lap
        d) Do not interlock fingers and best not to cross arms or legs.
        e) If you have contact lens which prevent you from keeping eyes closed, remove them.
     f) Make a tight fist and slowly release the tension go give mind a model to work with.
        g) Progressive relaxation and self-hypnosis.

14. When in the hypnotic state, make your suggestions using the following guidelines:

        a) Suggestions should be positive statements instead of negative statements.
     b) Do not use the word try as that implies doubt and failure.
        c) One of the most important rules involved in making suggestions is repetition.
     d) Do not give yourself on a lot subjects because that tends to defuse the effect. You can
give yourself many suggestions on the same subject or related subjects.
     e) Make suggestions in the present tense.
     f) Visualization and/or imagery will improve the success of the suggestion tremendously.

15. Progressive relaxation technique.

16. Continue with self-hypnosis deepening.


I first became interested in hypnosis while participating in the Clinical Pastoral Education Program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. We had an "Introduction to Hypnosis" seminar led by our CPE Supervisor, Chaplain Ray Stephens. Following that seminar, I bought a book written by Frank Caprio and Joseph Berger titled, Helping Yourself with Self-Hypnosis. I put the unread in my bookcase and forgot about it.

Though I had enjoyed the seminar, I did no follow-up until three years later. I first used hypnosis (which I called "Suggestion Therapy") in 1975 while a Chaplain for the Burn Center at Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. I first used hypnosis to help a 16-year-old boy who had burns over 30% of his body. I began by asking him to close his eyes, become as comfortable as possible and then take three deep breaths.

As he was from Florida and enjoyed the beach and swimming, I told him to imagine lying on the beach. He could feel the warm blanket under him and the warm rays of the sun as they covered his body. He could mentally go into the warm water any time he wanted. It was warm and comfortable. (You may note the number of times I used the word, "warm." Burn patients tend to be cold, so the reference to "warm" can be very helpful to a burn patient.)

He learned to do this exercise by talking himself through the various stages (self-hypnosis) and was able to use it whenever he needed to do so. These mental exercises helped him to reduce pain and go through some very painful treatments with little discomfort.

Though I had success with several burn patients, I did not use hypnosis when I first came to Methodist Hospital in New Orleans. In December of 1980, I had a day off. As my wife was at work and may sons were at school, I decided to do some reading. As I looked over the books in my collection, I came across the Caprio/Berger book on self-hypnosis. I began to read and became so interested that I finished the book before nightfall. That book motivated me to complete a course on hypnosis at the University of New Orleans. I have sense taken hundreds of hours of hypnosis and hypnotherapy training.

When you hear the word, "hypnosis," what comes to your mind? Perhaps you think of hypnosis as magical, mystical, supernatural or associated with the occult. On the other hand, you may visualize a stage hypnotist whose goal is to entertain by making the volunteer act in silly and unusual ways. Others may remember a movie where the script has the hypnotist taking control of a person and using him as robot. Others may understand hypnosis as an asset to improve self-esteem, improve abilities, reduce pain, and overcome unwanted habits. Despite the idea that comes to mind, most people admit that they know very little about hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a very common experience that we go through many times a day. Have you ever been reading a book or watching TV without realizing what was going on about you? Someone may be talking to you, but are so absorbed in what you are doing that you are totally unaware of their words. A person is injured but does not feel pain when engaged in a sporting event or crisis situation. An injured child experiences a reduction in pain in response to a mother's suggestion that a kiss will make it better. Have you ever been going to a place that you are familiar with, but you mind is on some thing else and you miss your turn off. Everyone goes through the hypnotic state just before they go to sleep. That time frame just before you go to sleep, when you feel so relaxed is a natural state of hypnosis.

HISTORY: As we begin our study of hypnosis, let us examine its history. What would you say is the first written record of hypnosis? One could say that the first recorded use of hypnosis is found in the book of Genesis 2:21-22. "So the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon man, and while he sleep took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh; and the rib which God took from man, he made into a woman..." In this incident, God used hypnosis as an anesthesia so that Adam felt no pain during the removal of his rib. Since then, hypnosis has been used in almost every age and culture under a variety of names.

Though he may have stretched his point, Chaplain W. Leo Peacock gives several New Testament illustrations of hypnotic techniques. He makes a point with his interpretation of Matthew's account of Joseph's dream concerning Mary (Matthew 1:20-25). He states that this is a clear description an individual being hypnotized and while under hypnosis being given a post-hypnotic suggestion on which he immediately acts as soon as he comes out of his hypnotic trance. The Scripture tells us that an angel came to Joseph in a dream and told him to take Mary as his wife. Upon waking, Joseph goes to Mary and they are married.

The modern history of hypnosis is considered to begin with Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer (1735-1815) who was greatly influenced by two Catholic Priests, Father Gasner and Father Hell. The term "mesmerized" comes from the work of Mesmer. He was successful but had opposition. A committee of learned men to include Benjamin Franklin was formed by the King of France. The committee discredited Mesmer by ruling that his successes were due to the patients' expectation and imagination rather than from his magnetic passes.

Dr. James Braid (1785-1860) coined the word "hypnosis" from the Greek word, "sleep," but later discovered that hypnosis was not sleep. Though he tried to change the name, the word "hypnosis" stuck and is used to this day. In 1958, the American Medical Association accepted hypnosis as a valuable tool of medical treatment. Today hypnosis is used by medical doctors, dentist, psychologists, chaplains and others in the helping profession.

MISCONCEPTIONS: Although hypnosis can serve many useful purposes, it is discounted by many because of the misconceptions they have concerning hypnosis. To properly prepare a person for hypnosis, these misconceptions should be discussed and any questions answered. This is necessary because I believe there are only three things that can prevent a person from being hypnotized: (1) intelligence, (2) fear, (3) resistance.

If a person can think, reason, and communicate, that person can be hypnotized. By discussing the misconceptions and answering the client's questions, hopefully any fear of hypnosis can be eliminated. The only other thing that keep a person from being hypnotized is resistance which the client controls.

Some misconceptions are:

(1) A hypnotized person is unconscious or asleep. False. A hypnotized person does not pass out, or become unconscious and is not asleep. In the hypnotic state, the client can hear and remember much of what is said during the sessions. Even though I tell everyone that they will hear and remember much of what I say, there is always someone who says that they were not hypnotized because they hear every word I said. Recently, I received a physician consult to work with a woman for pain management. When I entered the room, she was in suffering severe pain. I explained the process of relaxation, imagery, and hypnosis to the patient and explained that she would hear and remember much of what I said. After the hypnosis procedure, she was pain free. The next day I visited her and she said, "I was not hypnotized yesterday for I heard and remembered what you said." I responded, "Ok, how did you feel when I came in? She replied, "I was in excruciating pain." I asked "How did you feel when I left?" She said, "I felt very good and went to sleep soon after you left." We talked for a while and I again used hypnosis for pain reduction. When I counted her out, I said, "You will not remember a thing I have said for the time you closed your eyes until I reach the count of three." The next day when I visited her she said, "I was not hypnotized yesterday, for I went to sleep as soon as I closed my eyes."

("I was not even hypnotized, I heard every word you said"

(2) A person may not come out the hypnotic trance. False. There is not a case in recorded history in which a person failed to come out of hypnosis. A person may become so relaxed that he will fall into a natural, restful sleep. If so, he will awaken naturally later.

(3) Under hypnosis, a person will obey any suggestions. False. Although this is a favorite theme of fiction writers, it is not true. In reality all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The person will not do anything under hypnosis that is against his moral or personal standards.

(4) There are no dangers attached to hypnosis. Though Charles Tebbets, Melvin Powers and others say that they know of no documented cases of harm coming form the therapeutic use of hypnosis, I believe that there can be come dangers. While under hypnosis, a needle can be stuck into the arm without pain, but can cause an infection if the needle is not sterilized.

Another danger is sometimes experience in Recovered Memory Therapy where is hypnosis may be used to implant a memory of sexual abuse from the long ago past which seems very real to the client. When hypnosis is used day after day with imagery of sexual abuse as a child, the client may develop her own false memories (known as the False Memory Syndrome) of sexual abuse. If you go to a therapist and the therapist tells you that all or most everyone who has your problem was sexual abused as child, unless you can remember being abused walk out of that office as quick as you can. If you have no memories of abuse and the therapist ask you to read The Courage To Heal on the first or second visit, walk out of that office as fast as you can. If you stay with that therapist long enough, sooner or later, you will have memories which may be real or they may be false, but they will seem real.

(5) A post-hypnotic suggestion lasts a lifetime. A post-hypnotic suggestion can last from a few minutes to a life time.

(6) Only weak-minded people can be hypnotized. False. Contrary to popular belief, the more intelligent and imaginative the person, the easier it is for that person to be hypnotized.

(7) Hypnosis is antireligious. Hypnosis is neither antireligious nor pro-religious. It can be used for good or bad depending on the hypnotist and the subject. Hypnosis should not be condemned as anti-religious just because some people misuse it. Some oppose hypnosis because it is used for occultic purposes. Do we condemn prayer because those it is used for occultic purposes?

Most religious groups accept the proper ethical use of hypnosis for helping people. Exceptions are Christian Science, Seventh-Day Adventist and some individuals of various churches. In recent years, Seventh-Day Adventist have lessened their resistance by using relaxation therapy and suggestion therapy. Though Christian Science Practitioners and others opposed to hypnosis use the methods of hypnosis in their healing services, they denounce hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a very helpful tool in the improvement of human life. Without apology and when appropriate, I use hypnosis for the health and benefit of people.

(8) A person has to be in deep trance for hypnosis to be helpful. False. People respond favorably to self-improvement suggestions in the light and medium states of hypnosis.

(9) If you remove one symptom another will take its place. Very seldom does an individual replace another symptom with one released by hypnosis.

You can use hypnosis to: (1) Improve memory, concentration and study habits. (2) Rid yourself of habits such as smoking and nail biting. (3) Use for weight control. (4) Improve self-confidence. (5) Improve athletic abilities. (6) Relaxation and stress reduction. (7) Other improve needs. (Overcoming fears and phobias, speaking in public, etc). (8) Reduce or eliminate pain but not at the expense of proper medical care. (9) Communication between conscious and subconscious mind.

Perhaps the most useful aspect of hypnosis is that it can serve as a bridge between the conscious and subconscious mind. We have one mind, but it has two parts: the conscious and subconscious. The conscious and subconscious parts of the mind could be compared to an iceberg. The portion of the iceberg above the surface of the water is the conscious portion and the ice beneath the water is the subconscious portion. The conscious portion consists of about 10% of our thinking ability and the subconscious consists of about 90%.

Our conscious mind consists of what is available to our conscious thinking process. It is the analytical, rational, logical, two plus two is four mind. Temporary memory and will power resides in the conscious mind. It is that part of the mind that says, "I should stop smoking." "I should lose weight." "I should not be afraid of elevators."

The subconscious mind is not logical and it contains our permanent memory, emotions, habits, automatic responses, feelings, instincts and impressions. The subconscious part of the mind controls breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and other natural functions of our body. The subconscious mind is concerned with bringing about our deepest wishes expectations and desires even if they are contrary to logic and our own well being. Important note: the subconscious mind can not tell the difference between a wish and a fear. If a fear dominates your thinking, that becomes a wish which the subconscious mind attempts to bring into reality. I you are worried about something or fear something, whenever that fear or worry comes to you mind, think a good thought. The mind can hold two thoughts but for a short time.

The subconscious never sleeps, never ceases to operate, but keeps us going in our voluntary and involuntary actions. Once the subconscious mind accepts an idea, it begins to make the idea a reality. It works the same for good or bad ideas. When applied in a negative way, the subconscious can be the cause of failure, frustration, unhappiness, and even illness. Your subconscious mind is like the soil which accepts any kind of seeds - good or bad. It is the seat of your emotions and the storehouse of your memory.

Anything we develop into a habit, be it smoking, nail biting, or anything else, the subconscious mind thinks we need to continue that habit and will attempt to sabotage any effort to change that habit. That is why it is so hard to stop smoking and plays a much heaver weight in smoking addiction than does nicotine. I can say that because the patches work on less than 10% of those who use them. If were the body needing nicotine, the patches would be more helpful.

The subconscious mind does not care if the body hurts, but rather that the deepest needs are met. If our greatest need is for affection and the only time we experience affection is when we are sick, we may get sick in order to receive the affection that we need. This occurs even though we don't like being sick and the reason is unknown.

A woman was in the hospital because she had lost the use of her right arm. She had been through many tests but none of them showed any reason for her problem. Through counseling, it was discovered that she had been physically abused as a child. As a young child, as a teenager, as a young wife and mother, she vowed that she would never hit a child of hers in anger. A few days before coming to the hospital, her little five year old son had been especially aggravating. He did one more thing, and in anger, she hit him. As this was such a shock to her, her subconscious mind protected her against hitting him any more by making her right arm useless.

As I felt she needed to experience forgiveness, I used the following story. I suggested that she visualize herself walking down a country road. On your back is a heavy backpack, but there is nothing in the backpack of any use to you. In fact, the heavy backpack contains the guilt you have been holding on to. God has forgiven you. He is telling you that you can now forgive yourself. You can be free of the heavy backpack. It is a decision for you to make.

If you want to be free of that heavy load of guilt, one of your hands will feel very light, so light that it will float. By letting your hand float to your face, you are symbolically letting go of that backpack. This is good. Your hand is floating up to your face. As it touches your face, the backpack will fall and you will feel a great relief. As her hand touched her face, I said, you feel free and comfortable. You feel relief as the heavy weight of your guilt has fallen from your back. God has forgiven you and you have forgiven yourself. You are forgiven. I added the following post-hypnotic suggestions: As you had never ever hit your child in anger before, and you shall never ever hit your child in anger again, you have no need to be paralyzed. She left the hospital two days later completely cured.

Imagery And Healing Stories: Imagery is a flow of thoughts you may see, hear, feel, smell, or taste. An image is an inner representation of your experience of your fantasies - a way your mind codes, stores, and expresses information. Imagery is made up of the dreams and daydreams; memories and reminiscence; plans, projections, and possibilities. It is the language of the emotions and most important of the deeper self.

Imagery is a window on your inner world; a way of viewing your own ideas, feelings, and interpretations. Imagination, in this sense, is not sufficiently valued in our culture for imaginary is often equated with the fanciful, the unreal, and the impractical. In school, we are taught the three R's while creativity, uniqueness, and interpersonal skills are either barely tolerated or frankly discouraged. As adults, we are usually paid to perform tasks and to think creatively. The premium is on the practical, the useful, the real as it should be-but imagination nurtures human reality as a water brings life to a desert.

Without imagination, civilization as we know it would not exist. It took imagination-the ability to conceive of new possibilities-to make fire, create weapons, and cultivate crops; to construct buildings, invent cars, airplanes, space shuttles, television, and computers.

The changes and learning that can take place through the use of imagery and healing stories are two of the most interesting aspects of communication with the subconscious.

Imagination and imagery helps the person's subconscious to understand there can be a better way. The possibility of change begins with the imagination. Inventions, music, writings,

changes in behavior begins with imagination.

Imagery comes in two ways: visual and imagery. A visual person can see in the mind's eye as if viewing a scene in reality or on the TV screen of their mind. The visual person can also use their imagination. The non-visual person can not see pictures but they can imagine scenes, sound, and experience feelings.

Healing stories are used as an indirect suggestion for the client to hear and receive the meaning it has for him. Jesus used healing stories which we call parables to teach his message. The healing story allows the client to interpret the story and take responsibility for change.

The more one uses positive images in his mind, the easier it becomes for these images to become a reality. When images of health, success, and life styles changes are accepted by the subconscious mind, there is a tendency for the images to be realized. If you visualize or image yourself doing whatever it is you desire, you begin to act, do, think in ways to bring it about.

It could be said that the mother of your reality is your imagination. Norman Cousin said "We move toward our expectations." Our expectations, thoughts, and imagination can and does affect our reality. The author of Proverbs 23:7 wrote, "As a person thinketh in his/her heart, so is he or she." and Proverbs 28:8, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." St. Paul wrote, "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." (Galatians 6:7). What your conscious mind sows in your subconscious mind tends to become reality.

In the play South Pacific are the words from a song which says, "You've got to have a dread. If you don't have a dream, how you gonna have dream come true?" As you use visualization and/or imagery, your images should be inspiring and feasible. See yourself as you want to be within your ability to be. Anotol France said, "To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe." 

Some good advice comes from the 1930's song (which I remember from the 40's and more recently for the TV Show of a few years ago, "Home Front") which was written by Harold Arlen and Jonny Mercer which goes "You’ve got to accentuate the positive, Eliminate the negative, Latch on to the Affirmative and Don’t Mess with Mister-in-between."   

To illustrate the importance of the mind and imagination, would you be afraid to walk across a two foot wide plank which two inches thick, six feet long lying on the floor? Probably not. Put the same plank over a three foot ditch full of water. Would you be afraid? Maybe yes, maybe no. Put the same plan, between two buildings one hundred feet above the ground. Would you be afraid? Probably yes. The difference is caused by one's imagination and fear of falling.

TASTE THE LEMON: (This exercise is used to determine if a person is a visual or imagery person. If imagery, use phrases like "imagine you see", "pretend that you are walking down a road." If visual, you can use those phrases plus "see the mountain in front of you", "visualize the beautiful blue sky.")

Please close your eyes and use your imagination; imagine that I have a lemon in my hand. Now some of you can visualize that lemon, you can get a mental picture of the lemon. Others of you can imagine a lemon even though you cannot get an actual mental picture of it. If you were at a fruit stand and wanted to buy a lemon, you would know exactly what to look for. You would not have to ask, "Can someone show me a lemon?"

Imagine that I have a lemon in my hand and I am cutting the lemon in half. It is a very juicy, sour lemon, so as I cut it, the juice sprays from side to side. I give you half the lemon. Now imagine holding the half of lemon in your hand. Feel the texture of the lemon, imagine the juice sparkling on the meat of the lemon. Now bring that juicy, sour lemon to your lips and began to lick it with your tongue. Taste the juicy, sour lemon. It is so juicy and sour.

Now open your eyes. How many of you were able to imagine the lemon? How many of you experienced your mouth watering as you thought of licking that juicy, sour lemon? (Have class practice one-to-one on this suggestibility exercise.)

HAND RISING, HAND FALLING: Put your arms straight out in front of you. Close your eyes. (You may notice that one hand is lower than the other. Take that hand and put it palm up.) Imagine that a heavy book, say a large dictionary or a large family Bible, is on the hand with the palm up. (Just lightly touch the palm of that hand.)

On the other wrist say that you are placing a wide comfortable bracelet and to the bracelet is tied a string attached to a helium gas balloon which is lighter than air. Your balloon is large but it can be any color you want it to be, just imagine it in your mind's eye. The hand with the balloon attached just wants to float upward for the balloon is pulling your hand into the air. The big book is getting heavier and heavier. It is pushing your hand downward. The book is becoming heavier and heavier. It is getting harder and harder for you to hold up that heavy book. The balloon is so light that your other hand is floating upward...Now open your eyes and see where your hands are. They may be far apart or close together, but if the individual used his/her imagination, you will notice a difference.

For self-hypnosis to work for you, you must believe it will work, expect it to work, visualize and or imagining it working and practice it. When beginning relaxation and self-hypnosis:

1) Select a place where you can be reasonably sure that you will not be disturbed by unnecessary noises or interruptions; dark or subdued light and soft music may be helpful for relaxation and self-hypnosis.

2) Lie down on a bed or sit in a comfortable chair. Allow the arms to lie beside you on on the arms of the chair of upon your thighs. Do not interlock fingers for that might cut off circulation.

Best not to cross legs. Remove hard contact lenses.

3) make a tight fist then let hand relax slowly. Let mind register changes from tension to relaxation so that the mind has a model for relaxing the rest of the body.

4) At my direction, take three deep breaths. This can be a trigger mechanism for going into the hypnotic state. Take three deep breaths at my directions. Breath in relaxation, exhale tension. Breath in relaxation, exhale tension. Breath in relaxation, exhale tension.

5) Count to yourself 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and say deeper and deeper. This is your trigger mechanism for going quickly, soundly deeply into the hypnotic state.

Now close your eyes and take three deep breaths at my direction. I will say, "Breathe in relaxation" and hold that until I say "Exhale tension". We will do that three times and then I will ask you to count to yourself from 1 to 5 and say, "deeper and deeper", but first make a tight fist with one of your hands. Tight enough to be a little uncomfortable; now slowly begin to relax your hand and experience in your conscious and subconscious mind what it feels like to relax. Let the hand just become loose and limp. Let your mind use that relaxation of your hand as a guide or model for relaxing your whole body from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet...

Now "Breathe in relaxation, exhale tension;...Breathe in relaxation, exhale tension... Breathe in relaxation, exhale tension; " Count to yourself from 1 to 5 and say "deeper and deeper". "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, deeper and deeper."

Let your mind carry you to a place of peace, comfort, and relaxation...the place you choose to go to in your mind can be outside or inside. It is wherever you want to go...And now, drifting down, deeper and even deeper relaxed...I Just allow yourself to be transported across time, across your special place... The place that to you means peace...comfort... safety...relaxation and happiness...

Begin to experience all the sensations of your special place. In whatever place you choose, take in as much of the area as you can. Imagine all the things that are there for you to see, all the sounds that are there for you to hear, and experience peace, comfort and relaxation that your special can provide you. And recognizing and realizing that as you experience all the parts of this place...The feelings of peace, comfort, safety, relaxation and happiness...are being taken deep within you...And being moved around to all the parts of that all parts of you know these feelings as you go deeper and even deeper comfortable, so peaceful and so very very relaxed and calm...and enjoying this special place, begin to allow your body to relax. Beginning with your scalp muscle, let the scalp muscles relax. As you relax your scalp muscles, you may feel a slight tingling sensation, some people do, some do not, either is normal and natural...Now let that relaxation flow down your face...Relaxing all the little muscles of your forehead...Letting go of all the little worry times, all the little frown lines, smooth and relaxed.

Now relax the eyelids, all the little tiny muscle of the eyelids just relax so that your eyelids want to remain shut...Now allow all the muscles of the cheek and jaw to relaxing...and so the cheek and jaw muscles, relax, you may experience a slight dryness in your mouth or a little excess of moisture, so that you may want to swallow. That is perfectly alright for it will just intensify the relaxation process for you... Now allow the neck and shoulder muscles to relax...So much stress builds up in the neck and shoulder muscles so that by relaxing the shoulder muscles, you reduce the possibility of discomfort throughout the head, neck and back...Just let go of the tension as you did in your hand, and relax the neck and shoulder muscles...

Now allow the arms and hands to relax...And as you relax your arms and hands they may become pleasantly light or comfortably heavy...or you may just be more aware of your hands than you were before. Now relaxing the chest muscles, nerves and organs...And as you relax the chest area, you find yourself breathing...normally... peacefully...slowly...comfortably. now relax the stomach and intestinal muscles. Now let your thigh muscles relax...let your leg muscles relax...let your calf muscles relax...allow all the muscles, nerves, and ligaments of the feet relax...Now allow the last bit of tension to flow down your body and out of the soles of your feet and the tips of your fingers as water flows down a river...More and more relaxed with each breath that you take, with each sound that you hear...More and more relaxed

(Deepening of the hypnotic state): Now you want to go even deeper so that the suggestions and imagery will be even more helpful to you... I am going to count backwards from 9 with each descending number; allow yourself to go deeper and deeper. As deep as you need to go for the benefit of this session. Deeper and deeper 9, deeper 8, deeper 7,... down, down, down you go...deeper 6, deeper 5, deeper 4,...deeper and deeper...allowing wave upon wave of relaxation to flow through your body as you go deeper and deeper...deeper 3, deeper 2, deeper 1, deeper and deeper relaxed... Now that you are in the hypnotic stage make your suggestions using the following guidelines:

1) Suggestions should be positive statements instead of negative statements.

2) Do not use the word try as that implies doubt and failure.

3) One of the most important rules involved in making suggestions is repetition.

4) Do not give yourself on a lot subjects because that tends to defuse the effect. You can

give yourself many suggestions on the same subject or related subjects.

5) Make suggestions in the present tense.

6) Visualization and/or imagery will improve the success of the suggestion tremendously.

To come out the hypnotic experience just say, "I will come out this hypnotic experience at the count of three and count to three. You can give yourself further suggestions as you count out.