can keep you from feeling the pain, even though it is
use hypnosis in therapy because hypnosis allows direct
access to the subconscious mind where all the negative
forcing functions reside that causes our problems. Hypnosis
itself is an altered state of consciousness, which has
some collateral effects, which are useful in pain control.
These effects are analgesia and anesthesia. Analgesia
is elimination of pain and anesthesia is the elimination
of all sensation.
degree to which analgesia and anesthesia occurs is dependent
upon the hypnotic trance depth that the subject can
reach. There are many methods of judging trance depth,
but the most commonly used are: Davis-Hubbard (30 levels);
LeCron-Bordeaux (50 levels); Stanford Scale (12 levels)
and the Arons Depth scale (6 levels). The Arons Depth
Scale is used by the NGH and is what I use in my practice.
At one time only three levels were considered important,
Light/Medium/Deep. This was found to be inadequate because
greater degrees of differentiation were needed to determine
levels needed to accomplish: dental work, surgery, childbirth
and even Regression and Spirit Releasement Therapy.
the Arons Depth Scale, analgesia will begin to occur
at Stage-4. This stage is also the beginning of the
Amnesic stages. Subjects will actually forget their
name, address, etc. The subject will not feel pain,
but will feel touch. Stage-4 subjects can undergo dental
work and most minor surgery without discomfort. Stage-5
is the beginning of somnambulism and complete anesthesia.
The subject will feel neither pain nor touch. Positive
hallucinations, where the subject sees things that are
not there, will also occur at this stage. Stage-6 subjects
experience profound somnambulism, anesthesia and negative
hallucinations, where they will not see or hear things
that actually are there. Beyond Stage-6 are the Hypnotic
Coma and the newly discovered Esdaile Level.
can be performed without discomfort on Stage-5 and up
level subjects. Dr. Esdaile, a British surgeon, performed
thousands of major surgeries on patients in India in
the 1800s when he noted that patients under chemical
anesthesia had a very high mortality rate. Under hypnotic
anesthesia, the mortality rate was very greatly reduced.
everyone can reach the Stage-5 trance depth. In my practice,
it is about 60%. Everyone has a trance depth that they
can reach, and this depth is not usually reached during
the first few hypnotic episodes. It can take up to 12
hypnotic episodes to reach maximum depth. These episodes
can consist of self-hypnosis as well as external hypnosis.
I know people who quite easily have root canals under
self-hypnosis. I have read and heard about people who
have had open-heart surgery under hypnosis. Surgeons
are beginning to take note of hypnotic anesthesia because
of patients who cannot tolerate chemical anesthesia.
much hypnotherapy can be done on subjects in the very
light stages (Stages-1-3) and more than 95% of all people
can easily obtain these depths.
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