This particular paper has to do with understanding the natural and universal healing laws and how hypnosis and hypnotherapy relate to them. Its intent is to express the ways in which the mind affects our body and its health; and how hypnosis can be used to free people from imprints, or memories, that have been set in their minds from experiences, beliefs, images, and what people have said or projected -- real, or perceived as real.
What causes illness?
What causes illness, no doubt, is still one of the major questions of life that, for the most part, remain unsolved. To the strictly Western medical mind, whatever hasn't been discovered through a laboratory to be a cause, remains an insolvable medical problem, without cure. Drugs can merely help the patient tolerate their condition.
To the doctor of the Mind, however, something lies behind whatever specific physical matter or cause-effect the laboratory scientists search for.
What produces illness?
There seems to be substantial evidence that it is caused by frequent negative statements and/or experiences, especially in one's early life; warnings given by authority figures; prolonged anxiety or stress, and fear from incidents based on strong emotions; or fed by an active and creative imagination. These participate in creating an unhealthy body.
Frequent negative messages can affect the body. In other words, an unhealthy mind can create an unhealthy body. Conversely, a positive, healthy mind can creative a healthy body. And, there is much evidence that a positive mind can actually cure an unhealthy body, as well. Generally, when that happens, especially if the condition has been serious, we call it a "miracle."
What is a miracle, anyway?
Jesus was seen as a healer and miracle worker. The blind saw, the crippled walked, and demons were exorcised. Sometimes, before he healed them, Jesus asked a person if he/she really wanted to get well. Other times, he just went ahead and healed. Perhaps he had some perception of the readiness of a person to release their natural ability for internal healing. Or, perhaps it was an innate instinct about how dependent that person may have been upon the benefits of being ill.
It is not unreasonable to expect that some people harbor, either consciously or unconsciously, some benefit to their illness or handicap. Therefore, they may not respond to any therapy that can help them obtain wellness, whether it is traditional Western medicine, naturopathic medicine, hypnosis, or even Jesus.
Take, for example, the "man at the pool" who had been crippled, lying on his mat by the pool for years, waiting for an angel to heal him through the water. He complained that he couldn't get anyone to take him down to the pool. Now, here is a person who had decided to be the ultimate victim. No wonder Jesus asked him if he really wanted to get well! Look at the benefits to staying on his mat. If he gets healed, there will be no one to pity him. He will have to go to work instead of depending upon alms. He willhave to pick up his smelly, dirty mat and carry it with him.
Perhaps people will even think he has been play-acting all those years. He has a lot to get through, if he is to be healed. However, he doesn't seem to hesitate. He says he wants to get well, and well he gets! He believes it, and in Jesus' ability, and it happens. And people afterwards considered it a miracle. Was the miracle that Jesus touched this man? Or, was the miracle that he willingly gave up whatever benefits and degree of comfort he had with his illness, to step out into a new way of life, which was unknown to him?
So, what is a miracle?
I believe it is a miracle that we have satellites in the heavens, which can send images and messages to us all around the globe at the same time, making us a "global village." It is a miracle to me that in a few short years, human beings have found a way to lift an object, weighing tons, up into the air, and have it remain there and even travel across this earth without falling! It is a miracle, even more, that such a heavy object can be lifted up
beyond this earth's gravity. After all, for a large part of my life, I had understood that we were limited in how far our communication could travel; that time factors made it impossible to talk to anyone else across the globe except in the middle of the night; and that gravity held us to this earth -- that was the way it was and would always be. Yet, not only could a huge metal object go beyond that force, it could carry people to an orbiting moon thousands of miles away, and could land on that moon, and let human beings walk on it. And everyone got to participate in that experience through the strange miracle of communication waves... at the same time!
Even today I still don't understand how voices and music can carry to my ear over a radio, let alone television, and through satellites, at that. Recently, I watched a program on the history of computers. It was unbelievable to think of a document from one computer being broken into little packets, sent through satellites, and then reconstructed on another computer across the globe by those little packets fitting together like a jigsaw puzzle to create that document once again. And yet all of this, which we oncewere convinced was impossible, has been made possible by discovering the laws of the universe which could make it happen.
At one time, it seemed a miracle because someone traveled around the ocean without falling off the edge. It seemed a miracle when the first four-minute mile was run, because no one had ever done it before. These were miracles only because, seemingly, it wasn't possible before. Now it is possible to travel frequently and easily around our globe; and many athletes can run a four-minute mile. And our children are being raised as if satellites and computers had always been in existence. As soon as it becomes commonplace, it no longer seems a miracle at all.
Thus it is with our own healing processes. We don't understand them all. But our body clearly knows how to heal us. A broken bone knits. A cut closes up. An abscess breaks and releases its fluids and heals without us doing anything. We might have our bones realigned so that they will knit together better, but the actual healing process is not done by us or by a doctor; it is done by our own body.
How do nature's laws apply to healing?
One first might ask, how do we know that there are laws that govern the universe? If you look into a powerful telescope at night you will see thousands of stars, each of which is the center of some system. As the earth rotates, those systems may change slightly, but they will look as if they are in the same place the next time you want to find them. The law of nature holds them in place. Gravity holds us in place on the earth, unless we choose to lift off from it by rocket. Gravity is only one of the many laws of nature, consistent, except when we find mechanical means of breaking those laws.
Atoms in a drop of water look much like a universe. Every crystal is formed according to some beautiful geometric pattern. Every seed gives birth to its own kind. All creatures expect their young will be of their own species. There is no such thing as dead matter. The laws of nature uses everything over and over in creative ways to keep everything alive and dynamic. An entire human being is made up of the division over and over from one single union of two cells. The operating systems of the body perform millions of minute tasks to assure our daily life.
These examples, and many others, remind us that there are laws in nature. We can actively or passively participate in them. There are consequences that come from breaking those laws or interfering with their designs, just as there are consequences that come from following them, or tapping into their power. Jesus healed, or found ways to use the natural laws of the universe. People called them miracles, and yet he told his disciples that they could do the same. And when they had trouble with that, he told them that they were "men of little faith." Many of the righteously religious complained about "who" he decided to heal. They felt some were not worthy to be healed or forgiven, or that someone like Jesus didn't have the right to determine such things.
The laws of healing are exactly that -- LAWS. Laws are objective. They are for everyone. They don't judge who is bad or good, right or wrong. They don't apply to those who follow the rules, and not apply to those who don't. If you push a "good" citizen and a "bad" citizen off of a 20-story building at the same time, probably they will both experience gravity, and the sidewalk, in much the same way.
People all around the world in every culture and religion create their own kind of philosophy that can try to deal with the seeming unfairness of life. We as human beings want very much to believe that we have a better advantage in life by following the rules and by being "good." But when we get our blinders off and really look at life, we can see that it doesn't turn out that way.
Good people and bad people seem to be just as likely to experience enjoyable and horrible things in life. Both good and bad people experience early death, or living to ripe old age. Because of this, we have to create some special place, after we die, in which judgment can be made and proper justice meted out. And then, we must create places that can sort out people based upon that judgment, called, in our culture, heaven and hell.
Questions of "good and bad" and "right and wrong" are irrelevant when it comes to healing. It seems clear to me that what we are left with is: are we willing to discern and use the laws that are in place in our universe for every single human being? Healing is a matter of enabling our whole mind and being to be focused on releasing our body's abilities. Hypnosis can help with this in a powerful way. Click for part 2 of this article...