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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mind Games

Rules of the Mind


Did you know that our mind operates under some very specific rules? 
Well it does. By understanding these mental rules,
you can better understand why people act and react the way they do in life.


Rule #1: Every thought or idea causes a physical reaction.

Your thoughts can affect all of the functions of your body. Worry triggers changes in the stomach that in time can lead to ulcers. ANGER thoughts stimulate your adrenal glands and increased adrenaline in the blood stream causes many body changes. ANXIETY and FEAR thoughts affect your pulse rate.

Ideas that have a strong emotional content almost always reach the subconscious mind, because it is the feeling mind. Once accepted, these ideas continue to produce the same body reaction over and over again. In order to eliminate or change chronic negative bodily reactions, we must reach the subconscious mind and change the idea responsible for the reaction. This can be done using hypnosis.

I don't know about the hypnosis thing. How can we find our own peace without going to someone who knows how to do mind things? This seems to be saying to me that this is a spiritual matter, something with the soul. There are many who have changed without hypnosis. I guess I am reluctant to turn that part of myself over to someone else for solving the problem. What is your take on hypnosis? Have you ever been hypnotized? Were there any results?


Rule #2: What the mind expects to happen tends to be realized.

The brain and nervous system respond only to mental images. It does not matter if the image is self-induced or from the external world. The mental image formed becomes the blueprint, and the subconscious mind uses every means at its disposal to carry out the plan. Worry is a form of programming a picture of what we don't want, but the subconscious mind acts to fulfill the pictures situation. "THE THINGS THAT I HAVE FEARED HAVE COME UPON ME.

Many persons suffer from chronic anxiety, which is simply a subconscious mental expectancy that something terrible will happen to them. On the other hand, we all know people who seem to have the "Magic Touch." What they have is NOT a positive mental attitude but a POSITIVE MENTAL EXPECTANCY! Another way of stating it is WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK ABOUT!

Our physical health is largely dependent upon our mental expectancy. Physicians recognize that if a patient expects to remain sick or even die, the expected condition tends to be realized. Here is where hypnosis can become the tool to remove despondence and negative attitudes and bring about a positive mental expectancy.

KT's post today over at http://thekeeptryingblog.blogspot.com/ talked about her not really identifying with what she saw in a picture of herself. BTW KT - I left a comment that is not showing up - frustrating it is. We tend to "see" what the mind expects to see. There was a psychology experiment that I used to do with my high school class. We would blindfold a volunteer. Another student would strike a match which the blindfolded student could hear and smell. Another student would touch that person with an ice cube and they would swear they had been burned. I kept this article word for word because it is someone else's work but I really believe we don't have to be "reprogrammed" by someone else so that we can overcome. I know anorexics and bulimics "see" fat that is not there because of their mind's expectations. I hope Food Freak comments because she knows a lot about this.


I read once about a doctor who could tell which cancer patients were more likely to survive. The fighters, the ones who wouldn't give up, the optimists had a much greater chance of beating it. Those who gave up, decided death was imminent often lost their battle. Self-fulfilling prophecy. We don't like to be wrong so we set out to prove ourselves right. Couldn't that also apply to weight loss?


Rule #3: Imagination is more powerful than knowledge when dealing with your own mind or the mind of another.

This is an important rule to remember when using self-hypnosis. REASON IS EASILY OVERRULED BY IMAGINATION. This is why some persons blindly rush into some unreasonable act or situation. Violent crimes based on jealously are almost always caused by an overactive imagination. Any idea accompanied by a strong emotion such as anger, hatred, love, or our political or religious beliefs usually cannot be modified through the use of reason. In using hypnosis we can form images in the subconscious mind, which is the feeling level mind, and can remove, alter or amend old ideas.

Many rush into marriage and think their love is the love to beat all loves ever. Love can make women overlook the signs that the man they marry will become abusive. Men don't see the fact that that woman has already been married 3 or 4 times as a possible red flag. Have you ever tried to reason with someone else about a decision that person is about to make that you can tell is a bad idea? Politics and religion are two topics that can really get people going. Get rich quick schemes come to mind. Ever bought a sporty looking car without thinking it through or having it checked out because  you thought you would look so sexy in it and regretted your decision? 


Rule #4: Once an idea has been accepted by the subconscious mind, it remains until it is replaced by another idea.

The companion rule to this is THE LONGER AN IDEA REMAINS, THE MORE OPPOSITION THERE IS TO REPLACING IT WITH A NEW IDEA. Once an idea has been accepted, it tends to become a fixed habit of thinking. This is how habits are formed. First there is the thought and then the action. For example, some people believe that at critical times they must have a drink of whisky or a tranquilizer to steady their nerves so they can perform effectively. This is not correct, but the idea is there and it is a fixed habit of thought. There will always be opposition to replacing it with a correct idea. No matter how fixed the ideas may be or how long they have remained, they can be changed using hypnosis.

How many times have you and I thought that we can just have a little bit of food in the evening and then it becomes a full blown binge? The idea is there that food fixes things. This uneasiness we feel is going to be fixed by the No. 3 Combo at wherever. Supersized of course. Our fixed habits of thought will be corrected when we keep working at our new habits of thought. The people who are maintaining and keeping off weight that has been lost have not been hypnotized.


Rule #5: Each suggestion acted upon creates less opposition to successive suggestion.

A mental habit is easier to follow the longer it lasts unbroken. Once a habit is formed it becomes easier to follow and more difficult to break. In other words, once a suggestion has been accepted by your subconscious mind, it becomes easier for additional suggestions to be accepted and acted upon. This is why compounding suggestions while in hypnosis is very effective. Stage hypnotists have known this rule for a long time. 

The sooner we make new habits the better.


Rule #6: An emotionally induced symptom tends to cause organic change if persisted in long enough.

It has been acknowledged by many reputable medical men and women that more than seventy percent of human ailments are functional rather than organic. This means the function, of an organ or other part of the body has been disrupted by a reaction of the nervous system to negative ideas held in the subconscious mind. We are a mind in a body and the two cannot be separated. Therefore, if you continue to fear ill health, constantly talk about your "nervous stomach" or "tension headaches," in time organic changes must occur.

Let's talk to ourselves and to others about ourselves in different ways. Our bodies respond to positive and negative talk and expectations. We compound our difficulties when we "claim" them for ourselves. If we fear being fat forever, will there be an organic change in our bodies? Does this contribute to a binge? Does fear of failure "cause" the very thing we fear? I've read people berating themselves on their blogs and then others seem very positive about what's happening even if they have fallen short somewhat.


Rule #7: When dealing with the subconscious mind and its functions, the greater the conscious effort, the less the subconscious response.

This proves why "will power" does not really exist! If you had insomnia, you've learned the law of reverse effect. This means, the harder you try the more difficult it becomes. The harder you try to go to sleep, the more wide awake you become.

The rule is, "When dealing with the subconscious mind, TAKE IT EASY." As your faith in your subconscious mind increases, you learn to "let it happen" rather than trying to "force it to happen."  Some people want hypnosis so badly that they try to help it happen. This keeps the conscious mind active and any workable depth of trance becomes impossible.

Is prayer and meditation a form of self-hypnosis? I think it is not. We don't need anybody else to bring about our healing. "Physician, heal thyself" is a quote I don't know the author of but it's apt right here. Prayer is talking to God - a power greater than ourselves, the Creator. God is a supernatural source of strength. Here is the Christian position on meditation/yoga  http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/november/10.78.html
Of course, I know there will be opposing views on this. Many practice meditation and yoga. This is my opinion and my belief. Meditation can be done in a Christian manner as well I believe.

Gerald F. Kein The Omni Hypnosis Training Center
© 1976 Gerald F. Kein. All rights reserved.


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