“My life is full of terrible tragedies most of which never actually happened.”
This is a poem on self-acceptance called Unique by Abimbola Alabi,
Because I know who I am,
I’m at ease and free.
I can’t be like others,
And they can’t be me.
I’ve got fading scars,
An unusual physique,
But it all works together
To make me unique.
I’ve got hidden strengths,
Some obvious flaws.
Still I am who I am,
For better, for worse.
I don’t have to blend in;
I won’t live a lie.
I can’t please everyone;
I won’t even try.
Some call me proud;
Others stare at me in alarm.
But I’m not one to bother,
Because I know who I am.
Daitch (2018) presents an integrative model combining hypnosis, mindfulness and CBT for the treatment of anxiety.
And remember that worries come and go … come and go … they are passing, like a change in the weather … never constant.
And this flowing, shifting, ever-changing experience is just part of being human. But by practicing, detached observation without judgment … now … you can change the lens through which you view this ever-shifting experience of life. You choose your thinking; you can change your thoughts; you can become more optimistic, enhance resiliency …
You can take a moment to visualize practicing the tools of mindfulness, self-hypnosis, and using new self statements in the future whenever you struggle with uncertainty.
Daitch, C. (2018). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Hypnosis as Treatment Methods for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 61(1), 57–69. DOI: 10.1080/00029157.2018.1458594
A seed with good intentions never discovers the incredible inner strength used for its transformation into a beautiful plant, unless it is fiercely challenged by several stressors like sunlight, heat, wind and rain.
The easiest way to decide what to say to help people experience a trance is to keep in mind that you want them to do two things: (a) pay full attention to what you are saying and, at the same time, (b) carefully observe (not control, just observe) their thoughts and sensations.
Havens, R. A., Walters, C. (2002). Hypnotherapy Scripts, A Neo-Ericksonian Approach to Persuasive Healing. 2nd Edition, Routledge
The feasibility of Mindful Hypnotherapy (MH) intervention for stress reduction was investigated in a randomized trial.
Results indicated excellent feasibility, determined by participant satisfaction, treatment adherence (84% compliance rate), and low rate of adverse events (4.5%). There were significant differences between the MH and control groups post intervention, with the mindful hypnotherapy intervention resulting in significant and large decrease in perceived distress.
This study indicates that MH is a feasible intervention for stress reduction and increasing mindfulness.
Olendzki, N., Elkins, G. R., Slonena, E., Hung, J., Rhodes, J. R. (2020). Mindful Hypnotherapy to Reduce Stress and Increase Mindfulness: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 68(2), 151–166. DOI: 10.1080/00207144.2020.1722028
A poem and metaphor called Good Timber by Douglas Malloch,
The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king
But lived and died a scrubby thing.
The man who never had to toil
To gain and farm his patch of soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man
But lived and died as he began.
Good timber does not grow with ease,
The stronger wind, the stronger trees,
The further sky, the greater length,
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.
Where thickest lies the forest growth
We find the patriarchs of both.
And they hold counsel with the stars
Whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife.
This is the common law of life.
Check-out the Visual Guide to Hypnosis and the Mind.
This is from a great book I have found called The Healing Metaphor – Hypnotherapy Scripts by Zetta Thomelin,
What is important about the metaphor is its subtlety, it slips between the cracks in the resistant subconscious mind, by using a metaphor in therapy we remove that element of resistance within the client who does not want to be told what to do, it is a stealthy message slipping past the conscious mind into the receptive subconscious, unchallenged by the client’s critical faculty, just like concealing the medicine for a pet within their food.
“All feelings carry an energy and energy can be transformed into any kind of different energy.
For example, it is easy to transform the energy of a feeling of disappointment into misery and also easy to transform it into motivation that drives positive action.”