Ajamu James Ayinde, A.C.H., Ph.D.
Medical Hypnotherapist,
Master Mental Coach (c)

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Articles by Ajamu Ayinde, A.C.H. 

 

 

Preparing for a Successful Surgery

Hypnosis offers you an easy and fun way to prepare for surgery and speed your recovery.  Outside the hospital, hypnosis is known to work
wonders for people who smoke, want to lose weight or manage stress.  The tools of self hypnosis are easy to learn.

 

You will learn how to relax and get into an altered state of consciousness.  For those who practice yoga or some other form of meditation, this is a familiar concept.  Self-hypnosis involves getting in touch with the subconscious mind.  The second step involves creating suggestions that facilitate wellness.  The third step involves visualization.

 

The challenge for most patients who are scheduled for surgery is that they spend most of their time worrying and imagining the worst case scenario.  Worry and stress tax one’s immune system and one’s energy. When we eliminate the worry, the healing proceeds much faster.

Step one: Get to know your surgeon. Even if it is a conversation on the phone, your subconscious will feel so much ease when you have addressed the unknown and put a voice and or face to the person to whom you are entrusting your body.  Get your questions answered. Get a second opinion, if you feel you need to.  See yourself as a partner with your physician. It’s not like getting a haircut where your role is simply to sit still.  Healing is an interactive process.  If the patient is cheerful, upbeat and optimistic it makes the job of the doctor so much simpler.

 

Step two is to learn some relaxation skills.  Not enough Americans know how to relax.  After decades of studies on the effects of stress people still continue to drive themselves extremely hard without adequate breaks and wonder why their bodies break down.  Start by finding a comfortable place where you can take about twenty minutes to relax and rejuvenate.  Let your family know that you would not like to be disturbed.  Let them know how important it is for your quick recovery. 

Sit in a comfortable chair or lie down if you prefer.  Begin to imagine your body relaxing starting with the top of your head and continue down to the very tips of your toes.  Take a little time to focus on each body part and allow it to relax. 

Some find that tensing first and then releasing the muscles works quite well.

The next step involves the use of self-suggestion.  You can record suggestions and play them back or write three or four on an index card, memorize them and recite them while you are in that wonderful, relaxed state.  This is different from affirmations that work at the level of the conscious mind.  Suggestions listened to at a level of deep relaxation will be taken in immediately and will last a lot longer.  They also meet with less resistance from the critical part of the mind. 

 

Here are some general suggestions for healing:  I deserve to heal. I am getting better. I feel good.  I am strong and healthy.  My body is filled with energy and vitality.  I embrace wellness.  I am grateful for my body.  My body is my friend.

Step four is creative visualization.  As with suggestions you want to imagine what you do want rather than what you don’t want.  Imagine yourself in the healing process.  This is mental rehearsal.  Imagine yourself going into the O.R. and see all the things happening as they are meant to.  See your surgical team as confident and competent.  Begin to visualize yourself in post op area eating, sitting up and laughing with family and friends.  Go still farther and see all the things that make your life wonderful.  Connect to those things.  Affirm what is positive about them.

 

Use all your five senses to see, hear, smell, taste and feel the abundant health you now enjoy.


Lastly, remember God is in charge.

 

© 2002 Ajamu Ayinde. A.C.H.         www.AEIHypnosis.com  877 HYPNOTX


 

Lessening Chemotherapy Side Effects
 

Everyone knows the sometimes debilitating aftereffects of chemotherapy.  Hypnosis has been proven to be useful in addressing the side effects of conventional cancer treatment.  Two of the major presenting issues are pain and anemia. Medical hypnotherapists will use hypnoanesthesia as an adjunct to chemical anesthesia. Guided imagery and direct suggestion can boost production of white blood cells.

One of the lesser known uses of hypnosis for the person with cancer involves using it to lessen the nausea and vomiting that often accompanies chemotherapy. Nausea leads to loss of appetite.  Loss of appetite can lead to weight loss.  Drastic weight loss can result in fatigue, poor body image, anxiety, sleeplessness and depression.  Catching the symptoms early helps to stabilize the recovering cancer patient and allow her to mobilize her full healing resources.

 

Below is a hypnosis script for dealing with chemotherapy and maintaining a good appetite and high spirits.  (You may substitute your favorite relaxation exercise)


There are many ways to enter a wonderful state of relaxation...  A place of peace…  relaxation... safety... healing...Allow yourself to go there now.  Watching your breaths, counting them...holding and releasing...releasing and holding... And trance is a process of holding on and letting go... and only you know what it is that you need to let go of...now... Just noticing...reflecting...being present in your body...relaxing from the top of your head...to the tips of your toes...taking all the time that you need to allow your body to relax and let go...release and sink in ...to a deep level of relaxation (pause)

 

That’s right...very good... You are entering a safe place... a place inside where you are able to access power... control...activating the healing potential of your body...Relaxed ...free and at ease... reinforcing these suggestions on your own...frequently throughout the day...whenever you need it...Seeing your body as a beautiful mansion...with many rooms...each room has its own color...its own light switch...its own  temperature controls...I’d like you to know that you can go to the room that controls the feelings of nausea...notice the colors...become aware of any sounds...what the temperature is...warm or cool...Once you’ve found the room you can  change the colors...imagine you favorite colors...making the colors lighter...brighter...prettier...Adjust the temperature...make it comfy...smell a subtle touch of mint in the air...Turn off the light...Close the door... so that the sounds from this room...can no longer disturb other parts of the house.  That’s it ...close the door...seal it...sound proof it...

 

See yourself after the chemotherapy and you are eating well...you can have a hearty appetite...  Eating until you are full... and sleeping when you desire.  That’s right... you’ve received your treatment and you’re eating well...with a hearty appetite...sleeping soundly.

 

You are able to benefit from the healing effects of chemotherapy ...without any negative reactions or side effects...Accepting all the benefits...letting go of all adverse effects...taking only as much radiation... as your body needs to successfully rid itself of the cancer cells...Taking on just enough chemotherapy ...releasing the unwanted...and so it is.

 

© 2002 Ajamu Ayinde. A.C.H.         www.AEIHypnosis.com  877 HYPNOTX

 


Nurses and Hypnosis: A Perfect Match

When many people think of the word “hypnosis”, images of older men with goatees, funny accents and pocket watches may come to mind.
  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In the twenty-first century, hypnosis is coming into a new light of understanding.  In the very early days of its use, the prestige factor was overly emphasized and it was believed that only men could induce hypnosis.  In fact, many doctors who would learn hypnosis to help others would not allow themselves to be hypnotized.  It seems that male pride and professional hubris made it impossible for many doctors in the 1950’s and 1960’s to personally experience the wonders of hypnosis.  In those days, hypnotists would use nurses as subjects while the doctors watched. Today, two of the major hypnosis organizations training health professionals in the therapeutic use of hypnosis are women.

 

What is hypnosis and why are nurses so ideally suited to use it?  Hypnosis can be simply defined as a focused state of attention.  While a person is in that wonderful relaxed state they are given beneficial suggestions that aid the healing process.  No one is completely sure why it works but the consensus is that by bypassing the conscious mind positive suggestions that could be ignored during the normal waking state are more readily accepted.  Words have healing power and even when patients are under anesthesia are able to hear on a certain level.  Hypnosis just involves speaking, something nurses already do, formal training helps them use their words more precisely to bring about desired results with patients.

 

Due to the factors brought about by managed care, doctors must see many patients in the course of a day, spending only a few minutes with each.  Increasingly, it is the nurse who has the greatest opportunity to connect with the patients.

 

Although nurses have many responsibilities making their rounds, patients seek them out asking them questions and opening up about feelings, fears and concerns.  This is true of patients who may have long or short-term hospital stays.  The experienced nurse has the confidence born of the training and technical knowledge to gain the trust of the patient.

Trust equals relaxation and acceptance of suggestions in hypnosis.  The majority of nurses are female and many patients view them as a mother substitutes.  Many patients’ early experience with being sick involves a mother dispensing comfort and aspirins.  Often patients who are normally very mature and capable will revert to an almost child- like state when they are sick.  This works to a nurse’s benefit since most of us feel vulnerable when we are sick and want to know that there is someone near who cares and knows what to do to help us get well.  Hypnosis can happen in a very informal way.  Nurses can provide instruction on how to relax and enter trance state and once the patient is there she can offer beneficial suggestions. 


There are different approaches to hypnosis that can be defined simply as permissive and authoritarian. Neither is more right than the other.  Some may be more suited to your personality and to the needs of the individual patient.  Patients may experience feelings of dependency and helplessness during their hospital stay.

Nurses taking the authoritarian approach can tell the patient directly, in a matter of fact way, what he or she can expect in terms of a quick recovery.  The permissive involves telling stories.  This works really well with children but adults are surprisingly open to the approach.  These uncertain patients can have their fears easily put to rest by a nurse who is able tell them happy stories that take their minds off the health challenge he or she is facing.

Nurses can also tell stories about patients, just like them who made great progress as a result of this new medicine, procedure or life style change. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy either way.  Nurses can help us to give ourselves permission to heal.  That is all we really need.

© 2002 Ajamu Ayinde. A.C.H.         www.AEIHypnosis.com  877 HYPNOTX

 

Hypnosis for Addressing Grief
Loss is an evitable part of life. Grief is a natural response to the loss.  People’s experience of grief will vary widely from person to person and are influenced by both gender and culture. Our response to a given loss may also be dependent on the connection that we have to the person or thing that we have lost.


One of the fundamental laws of the universe is that nothing is neither created nor destroyed. 
All that changes is the form.  Based on a limited view of reality we may perceive that change of energy as a disappearance.  The energy may become so fine that it may be difficult to see.  A good example could be the phases of water.  In its frozen form we can really hold onto it.  It is dense. As the molecules move a bit faster it changes into water.  Water in liquid form is a bit more difficult to grab with our hands.  At the next highest vibration water is a gas and can be almost impossible to see.  Does that mean its not there?  Of course not.  There are many tell tale signs that clue us in to its presence.  It could be tiny droplets of water.  In the same way, when a person dies he or she is not gone.  They have changed form.  Some people are more attuned and will be able to perceive the presence of those who have died.  Sometimes children will comment that they can see grandma after she has died.  As adults we may wish to dismiss their responses as flights of fantasy. 

The purpose of this article is to show ways that those who have lost a loved one may begin to use the tools of hypnotherapy to cope with that loss.  Obviously counseling can be very useful to those who are grieving.  Responses may range from uncontrolled crying to feelings of numbness.  My mother died very recently and it was quite a shock to my sister and I.  Although I allowed myself to cry, the feelings of sadness felt as if they would never go away.  Everything in my life just seemed to lose its flavor.  I just wanted to hide under the covers for the rest of my life.  The feelings of sadness would flow in cycles.  I would think of things she used to say or do and would get tearful.  Other days I would seem to go back to normal and act like myself and then I’d feel guilty for living my life and not “mourning”.

There is no right or wrong way to mourn or grieve that loss of a loved one be they a spouse, parent. child or friend.  One of the things that have made it easier for me to embrace my mother’s death is the fact that I dream of her and she speaks to me and I awake from these dreams with a tremendous feeling of comfort.  Upon talking to others who have lost a parent I came to understand that not everyone receives such visitations.  The following guided meditation can be useful for helping you to maintain your connection with your loved one thru your dreams.

Before you go to sleep at night begin to center your thoughts upon your loved one.  I have an altar set up for her and my other ancestors.  Ancestral altars are a common feature in many African and Asian cultures but all cultures can benefit from such practices.  A simple altar might involve a picture of the person some cherished item of theirs, a glass of water, a candle and perhaps a bouquet of flowers.  Sit with this altar and look at the image of your loved one.  If the tears come, let them flow.  Talk to the person as if they can hear you, they can.  Let them know how you feel, how much you miss them.  If there was something that was left unsaid, take the time to say it.  If you need to ask forgiveness for something-use this as an opportunity.

Before you go to sleep say the following words aloud to yourself.  My love for  __________________  is never-ending.  I know that we will always be together.  His/Her soul is indestructible and immortal.  Each day we get closer and closer and the pain that I’m feeling is lessening with each passing day.  Whenever __________________  wants to contact me he/she may do so by visiting me in my dreams.

I enjoy the bond that we share and even in death we grow closer and closer each day. And when I awake in the morning I will remember these dreams and will be strengthened by them thru my day.  I see her/him as I remember her/him, strong and vital.  I hear her/him as I remember her/him- happy and full of life.  I feel her/him as I remember her/him-optimistic and loving.  And so it is.

© 2002, 2004 Ajamu Ayinde, A.C.H. AEI Hypnosis 877 HYPNOTX

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Commitment to Wellness

We have much more choice in our health than we might have been led to believe.  Imagery allows you to claim your personal power and exercise increased choice in your life. We are understanding more and more about our emotions and the role that they play in strengthening or suppressing the immune system.  The more we can learn to relax about the things going on inside and outside the body, the more we allow our body’s natural defense system to do what it was designed to do.

Spontaneous remission is a term that it much bandied about.  What it fails to do is give credit where credit is due.  Rarely does a person just “spontaneously” remove all cancer from her body.  More accurately, she makes a commitment to healing by moving from a position of helplessness to a place of hope and possibility.  It is this commitment which turns the tide of cellular degeneration.   One of the best ways I know of to do this is through the use of imagery while in an altered state of consciousness.

 

Use the following script to assist you to make a deeper commitment to personal wellness: 

And as you sit or lie exactly where you are… you can begin to speak truthfully to your body…Telling it how you really feel…perhaps you feel a little afraid…perhaps you are disappointed…you might even be angry...and you can let all of this go...just breathing it out…relaxing and letting go…

 

You may have found that certain things are changing inside you...feeling happier …remembering all you have to be grateful about…remembering to celebrate…And you're finding that your doctors, family and friends are more and more supportive to you in your healing process…You can imagine a celebration happening in your body…happy feelings…good music, food and entertainment…just feeling so wonderful…As you’re imaging your internal party you can be aware of the closed circuit camera monitoring continuously…seeing everything that is happening there…You are able to see all the happy cells that were invited and are very welcome and you can also see the unhappy ones that don’t belong...Those cells are unhappy, cancerous cells…they don’t like to have fun…they want to rain on your parade…And its nice to know you’ve hired security for this party… It is the job of the security personnel… to identify those cells that don’t belong...  Just imagine them approaching the gate crasher cells and speaking to them… very firmly…letting them know that they do not belong here…This is a place of celebration…invited guests only…Have them escort them to them door …and dismiss them…And it is good to know that you’ve taken responsibility for your body …and your life in the way that you would in maintaining order… in your home…Feel good and see the gate crashing, freeloaders all gone…Know that they cannot return because you’ve posted a sign on the front door… From now on… any cells that would enter must show an invitation to be allowed inside.

References:
Korn, Errol and Karen Johnson. Visualization: The Uses of Imagery in the Health Professions
 

© 2002, 2004 Ajamu Ayinde, A.C.H.          AEI Hypnosis 877 HYPNOTX 

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