Hypnosis can improve your skills and performance
Hypnosis has long been used to help athletes, musicians, performers, and others to achieve greater results by improving their skills. Henry Ford said, “If you believe you can, or believe you can’t…you’re right.” By using medical hypnosis and clinical hypnotherapy you will discover the power of mentally rehearsing the performance you want to achieve.
Hypnosis helps you remove obstacles and limitations to your beliefs, helps you create stronger positive behavior and learning, and uncovers any emotional barriers or fears of success. By improving your confidence and certainty of success in mind, you are transforming your brain… actually changing your brain. His Holiness the Dali Lama is an avid lover of science and for many years felt that the monks who meditated regularly actually changed their brains in ways that were quite astounding. Eventually, researchers in neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin studied the Tibetan monks that meditated. His Holiness the Dali Lama is correct. By focusing our intentions, beliefs, and expectations in a meditative or trance state, the brain actually changes. We now refer to this phenomenon as neuroplasticity or brain plasticity.
Sophistications in neuroimaging have now proven that what we pretend and believe in imagination is acted upon as real in the brain. With motivation and regular mental practice or mental rehearsal, the brain changes to reflect the improved skills we are imagining in mind. As they now say, ‘neurons that fire together, wire together’.
Do you know the power of mental rehearsal? Studies show that what we imagine stimulates areas of the brain.
Here is an interesting example of mental rehearsal that has been replicated with similar results. A study carried out at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan by one L. Verdelle Clark found that Mental Practice does indeed have a noticeable effect on the improvement of skills.
The study was carried out to measure the impact of mental practice on basketball free throws. The first group of students practiced physically throwing the ball for 20 days and were scored on both the first and last days. The second group was also scored on the first and last days, however, they did not engage in any practice whatsoever. Interestingly, the third group did not do any physical practice at all and instead practiced throwing the ball only in their mind, making corrections to their next throw whenever they missed.
The first group that had practiced for 20 minutes a day scored a 24% improvement in their skill. The second group showed no improvement, naturally, and the third group amazingly improved by 23%; only 1% less than those that physically practiced, which shows that, without a doubt, skills improve with mental rehearsal.
Another Example of Successful Mental Practice
Capablanca was an immensely talented Chess player and experts believed that he might never be defeated, such was his superiority over all competition. He was defeated though in 1927 and by a rather obscure player named Alekhine who was previously given no chance against the champion. After the defeat, the world was in shock at such an upset. When quizzed by a journalist on how he had prepared for the match, Alekhine told him that he had spent 3 months in the country playing chess in his mind and mentally rehearsing the match.
Now, remember that a hypnotic trance is a conscious state of focused awareness where one is absorbed in their own thoughts and ideas so well that they are concentrating their mental energy like a magnifying glass concentrates the rays of the sun. So, the mental rehearsal studied in chess players, athletes, musicians, performers of all kind… including a student preparing for an exam or a business person mentally rehearsing a speech… are all examples of using the power of mind (which is a motivated and intentional form of hypnotic trance) with hypnosis.
Skate-boarding – I watched and interview of a very well known and prominent skate-boarder (truly a super star) who spoke of learning self-hypnosis to improve his confidence and skills and remove any obstacles to his success. And what impressed me was hearing him describe the quantum leap in his performance and enjoyment achieved by applying his mind with self-hypnosis which has led to his greater success and his creation of a product line of skate boarding merchandise that bears his name.
Musical performance – In the middle ‘70s, one of my best friends, Howard Roberts, asked me to help him with some of the curriculum he was developing for what became the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) to provide specialized training for individuals that wanted to become professional guitarists. Howard was familiar with the power of hypnosis having worked with one of my greater influences, Dr. Milton Erickson, in his home town of Phoenix many years ago. Together, Howard and I developed instructional exercises using techniques of hypnotic mental rehearsal to accelerate the psychomotor programming of guitarist. That is, our mental exercises along with the physical instruction sped up the neurological mind-body learning for the guitarists’ fingers and hands to learn more rapidly and accurately. With the help of Howard’s son, Doug Roberts, we prototyped a device we called the ‘Chop Stick’ that was a predecessor to the Fretlight graphic LED-fingerboards sold today, some 3 decades later. I know that product works, because we did early development and testing in the late ‘70s and early 1980s.
Over a century ago, J. Paul Getty said the next greatest discovery will be in uncovering the power of our minds. He even wrote a book about it called The Golden Age where he prophesized discovering the power of our minds. He said this even before some used their minds to invent and evolve the sophisticated technologies we take for granted today; technologies that were unimaginable only a few decades ago. But it is imagination and inspiration that sparks all new developments. I would like to tell it to you this way, “If you can imagine it, you can have it.” Your motivation, belief, and expectation in the state of “trance” (conscious state of focused absorption) make it happen.
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Relieving psychological distress is like moving from night back into day.
Do you know… that clinical hypnosis and hypnotherapy are used to treat and help a variety of psychological disorders and behavioral conditions? Since hypnosis can create and greatly enhance the “relaxation response” or physiology of relaxation, it can be a most useful treatment for anxiety disorders, including panic attacks.
This is because anxiety is caused by arousal from the sympathetic nervous system to the point of “fight or flight response.” But, it is the nervous system’s counterpart, the parasympathetic nervous system that restores persons to “homeostasis” or back to equilibrium of normal well-being once the threat is gone or perceived as relieved. It is important to know that our mind can activate either the sympathetic arousal (fight or flight) or the parasympathetic response of relaxation and homeostasis. It is important to know because you cannot be anxious or aroused and relaxed at the same time. Anxiety and relaxation involve two distinctly different parts of your nervous system and distinctly different body chemistries accordingly. But this also means that the source of anxiety (sympathetic) and relaxation (homeostasis) are mediated by the same organ system: your mind, brain, and nervous system. Using clinical hypnosis you can become proficient in lessening anxiety and its associated triggers by replacing it with comfort, confidence, and relaxation.
Hypnosis has also been found helpful in treating depression as well as in promoting a regular positive mental attitude for greater confidence, comfort, and positive expectations. Hypnosis is very useful in unlearning phobias and relearning confidence and inner peace. Applications include overcoming fear of animals, objects, public speaking, and other “learned fears.”
Producing and achieving a mental and physical state of relaxation is one of the greatest benefits of clinical hypnosis. The landmark book by Harvard physician Herbert Benson, The Relaxation Responsedescribes the many benefits of relaxation, from regulating heart, pulse, digestion, breathing, and a mental state of relaxation. All of these benefits of the relaxation response are facilitated or improved by using hypnosis.
Remember, ALL hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Once you learn to do it, you have one of the most powerful tools for self-control.
You can use hypnosis to lessen or remove anxiety, correct and improve sleep, more rapidly relax, manage your stress response, remove mental blocks, guilt, undesired behaviors, to improve your mood, and to create positive changes… mentally and behaviorally.
A note from Dr. G. about stress: ‘Stress’ is often perceived as ‘out there’ in our in external environment, circumstances, and relationships. Even though the events in our life may be distressing, the actual ‘stress response’ or ‘Stress’ is our inner response and reaction to those events. Learning self-hypnosis gives you the ability to manage the emotional and physical responses within you (that may be first triggered by life events ‘out there’). This gives you control over the effect or way that those distressing events or stressors affect you.
And, as you may have discovered already, when you feel a greater sense of control, you experience less “stress.” This is yet another meaning for why I say, “Everything you need is already within you.”
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