Although human behavior has been studied since the beginning of time, Behavioral Medicine as we know it has only been around 120 years or so with much consensus being since Sigmund Freud. Behavioral medicine is a field of medicine concerned with the integration of knowledge in the biological, behavioral, psychological, and social sciences relevant to health and illness. Behavioral Medicine is considered a science and has a basic assumption that behavior has something to do with our health. Here is where we find Psychologist and Psychiatrists along with other behavioral practitioners and modalities. They include hypnosis, epidemiology, anthropology, sociology, physiology, pharmacology, nutrition, neuro-anatomy, endocrinology, and immunology. Behavioral Medicine is mind oriented, therapy oriented and works to support and promote healing the mental role in our actions and health. Here is the understanding that there is a body/mind function at work in any imbalance or disturbance causing an illness or inappropriate behavior. It is also understood that some in this system have gained legitimacy primarily because the field has established an academic research base, with conservative claims, having cooperated with and deferred to allopathic medicine.
What can Hypnosis do?
The emphasis of hypnosis is on the subconscious mind as it plays an important role in our behaviors. Hypnotists study the effects the subconscious mind has in our daily lives and how it plays a role on both sides of all illnesses, as in disease and getting well. It is consider an art/science as well since there is artistic value in utilizing suggestion therapy, imagery and even ritual. Hypnotists also do research and gather evidence regarding the subconscious mind so it can address and reframe old patterns. We must understand the subconscious mind has been in control of all functions of growth and balance in our body. This includes all dysfunction and imbalance in our bodies and our social lives. With regression work and other therapy tools getting to an issue is very quick compared to many other therapies that focus on cognitive thinking. Hypnosis also works by suggestion to de-emphasize old outdated experiences still creating trauma or re-action patterns that cause undesirable choices.
The third healing system is one defining some of the oldest methods known to man including an ever increasing awareness by the masses and the other two systems used is that of Transpersonal Medicine. This system of healing looks beyond the development and expression of the self, to the greater, more cosmic, global, and spiritual self of the human community. The underlying principle of transpersonal medicine is that power in sources beyond the self or beyond what we ordinarily consider consensual reality is available to be drawn upon and used to help heal ourselves and others. This is the system of utilizing the unseen energy body and using the beyond self-powers to effect healing. One of the basic assumptions of transpersonal medicine is that something usually invisible transferred among and between individuals, from God, or from other living and non-living objects that serve in a healing capacity. This something is often referred to as energy, prayer, dreams, or visions and so on. Transpersonal medicine as a concept and practice, has re-emerged as a result of two major trends:
- 1.The frustration with the allopathic model of medicine, which has tried unsuccessfully to control the natural order by attempting to create deathless or disease-free society;
- 2.The lack of attention and respect given to the emotional and spiritual needs of people who are ill." (Lawlis, G.F., Transpersonal Medicine: A New Approach to Healing Body-Mind-Spirit, 1996)
This is the system where acupuncture, known as TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine is part of a 20,000 year old healing procedure and gaining greater appeal and acceptance. But this system also includes prayer, Shamanism, faith healing, and uses ritual, music, ceremony, dream work and many other modalities that bring healing and balance into our lives. Also included in this system is Reiki, QiGong, Chakra Balancing, Vibrational healing, energy healing of many types and the list goes on. All having and gaining respect and with many valid results.
What can Hypnosis do?
Hypnosis uses many variations of Transpersonal Medicine since spiritual awareness is also heightened once a person has entered into a state of hypnosis. Regression work to reframe old experiences triggering undesirable response patterns in our current lives is just one example. Experiencing a spiritual connection first hand is a natural function of the greater mind once one has completely relaxed out of the everyday conscious or analytical mind. Hypnosis also focuses on the most powerful aspect of the human mind, imagination. Imagination has a direct correlation to manifesting reality. One of the most recognized uses is work done by Dr. O. Carl Simonton at the Simonton Cancer Center where visualization is one of the primary tools used to help and heal tens of thousands of patients while attracting worldwide attention for over 30 years. Hypnosis then is the tool to communicate with this master part of ourselves. A Hypnotist is the guide to facilitate our natural ability to access this communication.
All three of these healing systems is best understood as a body/mind/soul concept of healing where we can become part of the process, the most important part, of bringing our lives back in to optimum health. We are learning through these systems and concepts that we are the reason for imbalance and balance. Being in control of our health and wellness should be the strongest motivator of all healing efforts.
At Better Life Hypnosis we offer you leading edge work, supporting and using all systems outlined. You are taught empowerment, relaxation, positive self-talk, stress management and how to live life to the fullest by being aware in the moment, ”mindfulness." We can help you engage the doctor within.