Using Super Learning everyday
A few months ago I realized I was in a rut with my hypnosis clients. I decided to make a list of all the hypnotherapy techniques I knew worked. I went through years of client files. I called some former clients to find out what had worked and what had failed. It became very apparent that the clients that I had taken the time to teach the Superlearning techniques and enforced homework had achieved impressive, long-term results.
Not only had their goals been realized, but they reported that overall their lives had improved and they attributed it to the hypnotherapy.
So here is what I have found to be the nine best techniques out of the Superlearning 2000 book in the order of value.
#1 The Mommy and I are One affirmation.
#3 Using lemon essential oil in trance work.
#4 Anchoring new work alongside recalled past accomplishments and joyful experiences.
#5 Holding new input for a count of four seconds while stimulating the brain with nerves in the forefinger and thumb.
#6 Using a tuning fork to clear past trauma in the throat.
#7 Brain balancing with nostril reverse.
#8 Infinity Walk.
#9 Associating suggestions with Baroque music.
Here is a little summary of each technique and the page in the book that explains it in more detail.
#1 The Mommy and I are One affirmation - page 54.
You ask your client to say this statement �Mommy and I are one� out loud three times before offering new suggestions and/or imagery.
The suggestion is geared to undo the trauma of being born: leaving mommy and being vulnerable. The concept here is that the shock that we all go through at birth sets up a belief system in our subconscious minds that it�s dangerous to leave one kind of experience and enter a new kind of experience. This belief becomes a major obstacle for us when we want to change our lives for the better.
The idea of being one with mommy gives us a core feeling of being safe and cared for.
And guess what, the clients who have the most issues with their mothers get the greatest benefits. And if you are thinking you will make it easier on your clients by using mom or mother instead of mommy, testing shows that mommy is the primal trigger we need.
The concept goes another step further. Whatever the client is wanting to incorporate into his life gets put into a mommy-type statement. The idea being that the reason he is struggling with adding this to his life is because he sees it as something outside of himself rather than something within himself that he has to make conscious. For instance, if a client wants to have the confidence for public speaking, you would have him repeat each of the following suggestions three times:
�Mommy and I are one.�
�Confidence and I are one.�
�Public speaking and I are one.�
�The audience and I are one.�
I usually offer a little explanation to my client before asking him to repeat the affirmations.
I tell him about the research of the late Dr. Lloyd Silverman with 64 students who were given different affirmations to view through a tachistoscope (light device with an eyepiece that flashes the affirmation only long enough for subconscious registration). I enthusiastically announce that above and beyond all other affirmations, one awkward, embarrassing affirmation stood out as so successful that it was subsequently used in college settings with astounding results.
#2 Autogenics - page 66. It means self (auto) birthing (genics).
In the thirties Johannes Schultz, a German M.D., researched a technique he felt would be more effective than pills for teaching his patients how to relax so that healing could take place. He believed that his patients� perception that they were powerless to the effects of stress, disease, accidents and all the demands of modern living was causing them to have lowered immune systems and greater susceptibility to damage from the blows of life.
He sought to develop a method where the patient could empower himself through the perception that he generates his own body�s state of health as he creates it in every moment (pretty metaphysical for an M.D.) His research turned up a surprising fact: that no voice is as powerful as our own over the operation of our brain, except our parents� voices. The reason being one of survival. Our brains are wired to respond to our children�s voices, which are genetically similar to our own. We listen most openly and respond most fully to voices that are similar to our own. And NLP has certainly proved this to be true.
So, Dr. Schultz was struck by this and decided to have his patients teach their bodies to respond to their verbal commands. He instructed them to tell the various parts of their bodies to become either heavy or light ... or warm or cool ... or stimulated or numb.
His patients learned to relax at a very deep level. They practiced at home and learned to sleep on command as well.
During his research with them, the patients would do the work of telling their feet, legs, hands, arms, lower backs, stomachs, upper backs, lungs, hearts, necks, jaws, and foreheads to become heavy and relaxed. Then they would repeat the whole process and tell their body parts to become warm and relaxed, followed by light, then cool.
Once the patients had become well-conditioned to receiving instructions from themselves, Dr. Schultz would talk to them about controlling their bodies at will and creating states of health. Apparently the results were amazing.
#3 Using Lemon Essential Oil in Trance Work - page 161
Aromatherapy is the art and science of altering the chemistry of the brain via inhalation or absorption of essential oils.
Essential oils are primarily derived by distilling various parts of plants to release the essence of the plant as a vapor that then cools and condenses. This essence is then collected and bottled and distributed as essential oil.
Plants naturally release their essence whenever they are wounded or threatened, such as the threat of fire, as the essence is the plant�s own natural immune provision to cope or heal from the effects of damage or stress. Essential oil in a plant is akin to blood in a human. All of the plant�s vital resources are contained in the essence.
Although it is called essential oil, and despite its heavy, concentrated aroma, appearance and texture, it is wholly absorbed into the human body due to its molecular size and chemical composition, unlike conventional oil products.
It can even pass the blood-brain barrier due to the microscopic size of the molecules. As a result, its impact is immediate as the tiny molecules of essence travel up the nose and into the brain, into the amygdala gland.
It is now known that the amygdala gland is the seat of trauma in the brain, and can only be reached through aroma.
Aromatherapy enables your client to access his traumatic memories in a way that they can be processed and released, especially in a trance state.
Our sense of smell is ten thousand times more sensitive than our sense of taste. Our olfactory system may even contain more receptor cells than our eyes. Of all the five senses, the sense of smell has the most direct and expedient connection to the brain. For this reason, memory is most easily stimulated by smell.
This is evident when you use an essential oil, such as lemon, as a catalyst for age and past life regression.
It is also great for clients who need to be able to recall information, such as for a test or a performance. We store information according to the state we learn it in.
In your studies, you probably came across the topic of students who study while intoxicated that can�t remember the information until they are once again intoxicated. Well, this is the same thing. Your client learns the new information or new behaviors while sniffing lemon (chocolate also works well, but not everyone wants to be salivating over chocolate) and then can recall it all again once he smells lemon again. In other words, you hold an open bottle of essential oil under the nose of your client when you introduce the new information or suggestions and then you sell him the bottle at the end of the session so that he can put a little on his hands before his presentation or exam. When he needs to recall the information, he just casually brushes his hand under his nose.
I got so into it that I came up with a line of neutral base products. I add my client�s favorite smell to a bottle of shampoo, conditioner, face cleanser and moisturizer ... the same scent that I held under his or her nose during our trance work. That way the suggestions are reinforced every morning when he gets ready for work.
The essential oils are energetically encoded to restore an organism�s balance, be it plant, animal, or human. This energetic or electrical frequency encoding works with the body�s neuro (electrical) pathways ... the body�s meridian system as used in acupressure, acupuncture, reflexology, and other vibrational doctrines. That is why aromatherapy treats all levels of the being: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. For instance, smoking cessation is made easier by aligning the four bodies with inhalations of Neroli, Spruce, and Ylang Ylang essences.
#4 Anchoring new work alongside recalled past accomplishments and joyful experiences - page 33.
Before introducing desired goals in the form of affirmations or imagery, it is much more effective to first guide the client to recall a few past experiences of joy and a few past accomplishments, be they large or small. It is more effective the further back in time the client can go.
There is a much greater portion dedicated to joy and satisfaction in the brain than there is pain and misery (well, that�s good news). When you activate a state of happiness in your client before offering new imagery, your client has more neuro-pathways available to store the new information in his brain - and more ways to retrieve it later.
#5 Holding new input for a count of four seconds while stimulating the brain with nerves in the forefinger and thumb - page 85.
There are more nerves dedicated to the brain in your fingers than any other body part outside the brain.
Memory research has shown that it takes four seconds of stimulation with new input to enable the new input access to long term memory.
When the client presses or rubs his forefinger and thumb together (same hand) for four seconds while you offer imagery and suggestions, it sends your words into long term memory. He rubs his fingers for four seconds while you speak, then you both pause for four seconds, then you speak for four seconds as he once again brings his fingers together, then you pause for four seconds.
You continue in this pattern until you have finished the suggestions, metaphor, imagery, input, etc.
#6 Using a tuning fork to clear past trauma - page 109.
So many people seem to have stuck trauma at the throat because they were silenced in childhood or some past lifetime.
I use a C sharp tuning fork (136 Hz) at the top center of the rib cage. I show the client how to hold the tuning fork, by the stem, so that his fingers don�t interfere with the vibration. I instruct him to strike the fork on the arm of the chair (or another piece of upholstered furniture) and then hold the stem to his throat/chest as I offer suggestions. At the appropriate time, I suggest to him that it is safe to release his beliefs that he should not speak, cry, whine, scream, etc.
#7 Brain balancing with nostril reverse - page 218.
As we switch which nostril we breathe out of every ninety minutes or so throughout the day, we are either more connected with the right hemisphere (left nostril) or the left hemisphere of our brain.
According to Dr. Ernest Rossi, when we are breathing through our left nostril, we are on an inward cycle. Unfortunately, modern living causes us to override that cycle with our need to stay connected to the world in a linear way.
Dr. Rossi has found that when you switch to left nostril breathing, you are in an ideal state to let your brain solve your problems.
At the beginning of the inward breathing cycle, your client simply contemplates his issue for a moment, then just lazily drifts for a few minutes as you offer background chatter about the beauty of nature. Then bring him out and by the next appointment, he knows how to solve his problem.
I find intake goes along fine during right nostril breathing and my explanation of hypnosis. Then I have the client switch nostrils as I guide him into a trance state and introduce metaphoric imagery.
You can get the client�s nostrils to switch by having him lie down on his left side for a while so that the right hemisphere comes into dominance.
#8 Infinity Walk - page 75.
I have copied the following from the Superlearning website:
�The infinity walk derives from a fresh view of the mindbody connection. Our movements begin as one-dimensional unity in the womb to the three dimensional natural, sensual world. The world of symbols shapes a two-dimensional world of social symbols, language, reading, writing and figures. Making all these connections complicates life for some and creates life-long problems. Others perform so well they lose connectedness with the one or three dimensional world. The flow of peak performance springs from coordination of worlds with integrated circuits and brain rhythms.
"Dr. Deborah Sunbeck, the inventor of the Infinity Walk, checks the dominant representational systems of reality connections: visual, audio and feeling. Left or right? Eyes? Ears? Arms? Legs? Glitches in brain-body circuits can arise in all eight combinations: left and right combined with the three representational systems. The infinity walk releases those static enclosures and opens to optimal functioning.
�How simple can a technique be: walk a figure eight - the infinity symbol. Now ask yourself how did that feel? Were the loops balanced? Did you stare at the floor? Practice daily. Swing arms rhythmically from the shoulders, in sync with the opposite leg, shoulders even and relaxed, elbows and hands relaxed but not limp, feet meeting the floor solidly heels first, breathing easily, rhythmically. Interesting, indeed!
�The power of the infinity walk comes from realizing that probably all of us are handicapped to some degree by an inability to communicate across hemispheres of the brain because we have not fully developed the neurological networking abilities. How did this happen? In our educational system, both at home and school, our learning has been evaluated by our ability to pick up bits and pieces of information rather than on developing our brains to their greatest potential. This leaves holes in our neurological network.
�When performing the infinity walk, both hemispheres must stay active and dominant for different tasks, but must be willing to exchange tasks in perfect synchronization. Also, when walking the figure eight pattern the alteration between left turn, right turn creates yet another hemispheric dominance switch.
�Remember to keep arm movements aligned with the opposite legs, let the shoulders be of equal height but swing them nicely, feel the sway in the backbone. Each involves hemispheric dominance that may or may not need neurological development.
�Short circuits may arise when emotions add to the complexities of the simple infinity walk. Add performance anxiety, embarrassment, and feelings of inadequacy requires a tremendous amount of neural energy. Total motor shut-down may arise in portions of the infinity walk due to this overload. Be aware of this. And never, ever, make fun of someone having difficulties in parts of the infinity walk.
�New communications path-ways are being created in the brain. It is best not to rush this practice, but to create quality movement in each stage. After the basics, there exist a whole series of exercises that strengthen and enhance existing pathways, and permit new communications pathways to open in previously weakened areas.�
#9 Associating suggestions with Baroque music - page 80.
Slow-tempo music (largo or andante) written by composers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, usually composed for string instruments (violin, mandolin, harp, harpsichord, and guitar), produce sounds rich in natural, high-frequency harmonics. These pieces tend to have a tempo of 55 to 65 beats per minute.
Dr. Milton Erickson did some research regarding beats of music that parallel the human heart and found that 60 beats per minute on a metronome would slow down the body�s heartbeat and mind. Dr. Erickson suggested to his patients that they had a whole hour to do something that they usually only had five minutes to do. While in hypnosis, metronome ticking out 60 beats per minute, these individuals would create or plan out something in five minutes that would normally take at least an hour to do.
Today, it has been scientifically proven that low-decibel, high-frequency sounds energize the brain and body.
Listening to Baroque music reduces stress, lowers your blood pressure, slows your heartbeat, changes your brainwaves from beta to alpha by 6%, synchronizes your brain hemispheres, and enhances your immune system in a way similar to mantra meditation.
~ Copyright 2007, Stephanie Jourdan, Ph.D.
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