My patients are rarely told how powerful their healing potential is. Society downplays, and sometimes ridicules, the mind body potential in favor of “real medicine” with pills and injections.
Let’s change that with real stories from patients under anesthesia in the operating room. In surgery, my patients prove conventional wisdom wrong and accomplish what they’re told cannot be done.
What is Clinical Hypnosis?
Clinical hypnosis is just a fancy way of saying you’re in a suggestible state of mind. It’s almost like a super strong placebo, except that this placebo fundamentally changes your brains neurochemistry. It also changes your bodies underlying biology. It’s one of the most powerful mind body potentials known in medicine.
Clinical hypnosis can be used with or without medications. When I am in the operating room for surgery, I typically combine clinical hypnosis with low dose anesthesia sedation to achieve the safest and most comfortable experience for my patients.
Heart Disease Requiring Clinical Hypnosis for Surgery
This patient had a heart condition that prevented me from giving them the full dose of anesthesia that they needed to be completely unconscious for their surgery. They would be at risk of major heart problems if I gave them a full dose of general anesthesia.
This meant I needed to find an alternative to general anesthesia so they could safely undergo their surgery. I used a combination of a nerve block and very low dose anesthesia sedation to start. Then I induced them into a hypnotic trance, without using any more medications.
Initially the patient was skeptical. However, after the surgery was over, the patient was incredibly thankful. Furthermore, they didn’t feel any pain or discomfort during the surgery.
Society Emphasizes What We Can’t Do
Society is always emphasizing what we can’t do. For example:
- You won’t be happy until you buy these clothes in the advertisement.
- You can’t be healthy without pills and other medications.
- You can’t look as good, or feel as good about yourself, as social media influencers without buying what they are advertising to you.
The common thread is that society disempowers us from achieving our full potential.
Anesthesia: Removing the Blocks to Self Healing
By removing the blocks to our self-efficacy, we can begin to tap into our healing potential. We can begin to do things that we think are otherwise not possible, especially without medications and pills.
Cognitive Rigidity Gets in the Way
Cognitive rigidity makes it harder for us to open up to and accept new mindsets. In particular, healing mindsets.
Anesthesia can stimulate the mind to enter a suggestible state. This can pragmatically soften our mind and rigid conceptions about what we can and can’t do.
You don’t need anesthesia to accomplish this, however! This can be accomplished with deep meditative and spiritual practices, and psychedelics. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. It depends on disease severity and patient preference.
I recommend you search for healers who do not push their personal preferences on you. The best healing journey for you is the one that is specifically tailored to you. All too many practitioners push their agenda on their patients. This often comes from lack of training in other practices. This is why I spent over a decade studying both conventional, western medicine, as well as eastern medicine.
Never forget that you have more power over your health than you have probably ever been told!
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