Clinical Hypnosis - Lachlan Cox - working with the LDN Research Trust - Low Dose Naltrexone
It is my pleasure to introduce clinical hypnotist Lachlan Cox who has joined the LDN Research Trust to help our members. Please read the article below where you will see their have been tails and studies which show hypnosis can really help. If anyone would like to contact Lachlan his details are at the end and he can work with anyone around the world by phone or Skype, it is very safe and you can email him or ask any questions here.
PROFESSIONAL HYPNOSIS 101
WHO AM I?
My name is Lachlan Cox, I am a clinical hypnotist who speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish and am certified by the International Association of Professional Conversational Hypnotherapists.
Back in 2007 I went through a very rough period in my life. Fortunately, I discovered hypnosis and was able to resolve my own personal problems, to relax and get balanced through self hypnosis.
As some time went by I wondered how I could manage to use this technique to be able to help others around me, in the way I helped myself, get through their own anxieties, worries, fears and stresses of everyday life. So in 2011, I decided to train with one of the leading master conversational hypnotists and hypnotherapists in the world today.
There is an enormous feeling of satisfaction when you are given the chance to really make a difference in someone’s life; it can be the smallest of changes, but sometimes those can also be the largest ones too. In fact, that one small shifting moment can have a large knock-on effect with a large amount of issues attached to it.
And this is what I love! I love knowing that the other person in front of me or next to me is feeling that difference happening consciously and/or unconsciously.
I want you to understand a little about hypnosis first though.
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
The first thing to understand is that hypnosis is not magic nor is it about being put to sleep either. It is not about mind control nor is it about having ideas forced onto you, and you will not begin to reveal information you wish to keep secret.
There is a common misconception that you will lose control and surrender your will to the hypnotist. This is not true. At all. A lot of people’s assumptions are based on the idea of how stage hypnotism acts are carried out. What should be taken into account is that those performance acts are aimed to impress an audience; they are a purely means of entertainment.
Hypnosis can be used to those ends, purely recreational. However, hypnosis as a means of helping people, in particular hypnotherapy, have nothing to do with stage acts. And it has nothing to do, definitely, with losing control or becoming unaware of your own acts.
Hypnosis is about gaining access to your own resources. It is about taking control of your mind and body and creating balance in your life through paying attention to what is happening around you and inside you.
Another myth about hypnosis is that people suffer from amnesia after the session. The truth is that most of the work we do in hypnosis just needs the right degree of concentration to be accomplished. Therefore, people will remember everything they have experienced – which is actually very beneficial for achieving the results wanted. And another true fact is that only a very small percentage of people are able to enter profound levels of trance which may lead to spontaneous amnesia.
So, one of the most important things to bear in mind is that in hypnosis the hypnotee is not under the control of the hypnotist. Hypnosis is not something imposed on people, it is something people do for themselves. A hypnotist simply serves as a facilitator to guide them. In short, the hypnotist works for and with the hypnotee, using and potentiating the hypnotee’s own resources.
What hypnosis attempts to achieve is to access the subconscious mind to address and resolve a particular problem or to achieve a particular goal, with the help of the individual.
And whether you’re aware of it or not, you go in and out of hypnosis (trance) naturally all the time.
If you really think about it, when was the last time you did something and then didn’t remember actually having done it? For example, like driving somewhere and parking the car and then realising that you don’t remember the last few minutes of driving to that place because your mind was somewhere else thinking about what you needed to do later on?
This is just one example of a hypnotic state.
The truth is we actually go in and out of hypnotic states several times a day;
● being in a really interesting conversation with someone,
● when we are completely engrossed in our work,
● watching a film that moves you,
● being taken away reading a book, or
● playing a game on the computer.
…the thing is we just never realise.
So in knowing this about ourselves, that we go in and out of these hypnotic states all day long, who is taking care of us when we’re not paying attention to the “outside” world going on around us?
Who drove us those last few minutes and parked the car when we weren’t paying attention?
The answer is your subconscious did. Because as you’ve already learned to drive in the past and can do it naturally and instinctually, your subconscious takes over for you whilst you consciously think of other things.
We have an amazing ability inside of us with our subconscious that throws us answers all the time to help us be more balanced in our lives. There is one problem though. During our lives we learn to ignore and switch off paying attention to what our subconscious is saying to us when it is sending us signals or “messages” that can potentially help us.
HOW CAN HYPNOSIS HELP YOU?
Pain is a great example of a message we ignore. What happens is that the more we try to ignore the message of pain from our subconscious, the more the subconscious continues to send us pain messages, talking to us, asking us to pay attention because something is wrong. But we generally choose to ignore it some more hoping it will go away by itself.
And we are constantly receiving signals all day long in forms of emotions, pains, thoughts, daydreams, itches, cramps, fatigue, feelings...
Here’s one example: chronic pain.
Chronic pain is pain or “pain memory” that continues after an acute injury heals or after the passing of a period of time that should allow for healing. Often, for unknown reasons, the injury or tissue damage doesn’t heal as expected, and because of this, the nerve fibres continue to send signals to the brain as if there is damage that needs attention. So, the signals never actually got switched off.
Recent studies ldnresearchtrust.org/sites/...
have found that the persistence in pain memory can lead to a restructuring of the nervous system function and this restructuring can lead to chronic pain. So, the persistence of pain memory can outlast beyond its beneficial function.
In certain moments in our lives our subconscious mind creates ways of protecting us, unfortunately though, sometimes these protection mechanisms get stuck in place and continue on well after we need them to be there. In doing so, this process can create other problems for us later on by not allowing us access or control over that part of us that once protected us, but now isn’t.
So, if the subconscious has created a way of protecting us in the past, what it now just needs is a new set of instructions or ideas to follow, to help us let go of that memory of pain and live in the present. That is, precisely, where hypnosis can be of help: to lead you on the process of reprogramming your own resources.
Several other studies have also been conducted suggesting that we can learn to control our immune system responses. One such study published in the scientific journal PNAS writes, “Hitherto, both the autonomic nervous system and innate immune system were regarded as systems that cannot be voluntarily influenced. pnas.org/content/111/20/7379
But what this study demonstrates is that, “...the sympathetic nervous system and immune system can indeed be voluntarily influenced.”
Whilst another scientific study made in Australia has concluded that, “Most people are convinced that their body parts are in fact their own, but in some clinical conditions, this sense of ownership can be lost. Perceptual illusions, most famously the rubber hand illusion (RHI), demonstrate that a sense of ownership over a body part (or an entire body) that is not in fact ours, can be easily induced in healthy volunteers.” sciencedirect.com/science/a...
Professor Lorimer Moseley, who led the study said, “Such a finding is particularly relevant to the immune system because a primary role of the immune system is to discriminate self from non-self. These findings strengthen the argument that the brain exerts some kind of control over specific body parts according to how strongly we own them.”
Both of these studies show that we can, in many ways, influence our immune system; in that our thoughts, beliefs and emotional states can actually have a greater affect on our physical state. Which means you can learn to take control of your immune system, your body and your health.
HOW CAN I HELP YOU?
Hypnotherapy often has high success rates for helping those suffering from psychological or functional diseases, mainly in what concerns the struggle with unpleasant symptoms of the disease. By modifying belief systems and negative thought patterns, it has also a great effect when used to shape certain personality or motivational aspects.
Here is a list of some areas in which my hypnosis can help you:
● Chronic pain control
● Treatment of addictions (in particular smoking)
● Control and treatment of stress (fears, phobias, panic, anxiety, insomnia and depression)
● Motivational stimulation (personal, educational, professional and sport)
● Personality Stimulation (increasing self-confidence, self-esteem, leadership skills, overcoming handicaps like shyness, social or relationships disabilities)
HOW CAN SESSIONS BE MADE WITH ME?
Depending on where you are in the world, sessions with me can be made in person, over skype, or by telephone as well.
Lisbon, June 6th, 2014
This newsletter is provided by me, Lachlan Cox, to LDN Research Trust, and decisions shall not be taken based on it without proper assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you need any further clarification on the above: firstname.lastname@example.org / (+351) 915.485.180 / skype: lachlancox