Power Of The Mind
The hypnotherapist called the
family into the room together with the patient to acquaint them with the
plan and the procedures. After the family was informed, members
left and the therapist talked for some time with the patient, discussing
hypnosis, the powers of the mind, and pain. An induction was then
begun, and while it was slow going at the beginning, the patient did
slip into a hypnotic trance and responded very well once relaxation was
achieved. He was programmed for alleviation of pain, control of
emotions, ability to take nourishment, and response to treatment.
He was given a special cue to use for pain relief when discomfort became
particularly intense. He was given the tape and advised it
paralleled the hypnotic session and would provide similar relief when
used. On awakening the patient commented that he had not rested so
well in months.
In six weeks the patient
died. At the funeral services the wife told the hypnotherapist the
final six weeks had been bearable for both the patient and the family
due to the tape. She commented that when the pain became intense
the patient would ask for the tape, and when it begun the time required
to move from deep pain to total relaxation was approximately thirty
It was evident that the
expectation of relief more than the content of the tape was the
effective element. Such is the power of the mind.