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A Montreal psychiatrist claims SELF-HYPNOSIS

Most people shudder at the idea of being hypnotize But a few have discovered that under medical guidance they use a European method of self-hypnosis to ea worries, increase useful energy and break bad habits. It's ev credited with helping cure alcoholis

Dr. Lloyd Hisey May 23 1959
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A Montreal psychiatrist claims SELF-HYPNOSIS

Most people shudder at the idea of being hypnotize But a few have discovered that under medical guidance they use a European method of self-hypnosis to ea worries, increase useful energy and break bad habits. It's ev credited with helping cure alcoholis

Dr. Lloyd Hisey May 23 1959

A Montreal psychiatrist claims SELF-HYPNOSIS

Most people shudder at the idea of being hypnotize But a few have discovered that under medical guidance they use a European method of self-hypnosis to ea worries, increase useful energy and break bad habits. It's ev credited with helping cure alcoholis

Dr. Lloyd Hisey

HOW IT FEELS TO HYPNOTIZE YOURSELF

Patients starting on a course of self-hypnosis ask plenty of questions. The two commonest questions are: “What will it feel like?” and “How will it help me?” The following excerpt is from a letter I received from a patient some years after he had learned “to Schultz,” as he calls it in tribute to the originator of the idea.

— DR. LLOYD HISEY

Recollections of my first hypnotic trance are vague. 1 know 1 was scared, but I cannot remember why. Anyway, that fear didn’t last long. The trance sensation changed quite a bit as l got more experience, but today it has settled into a pattern.

1 just sink into a happy sort of oblivion. Sometimes it comes fast, sometimes slow. I can usually rush it if time is short, but if distractions are great or my tension is high, it might take a little longer. But it never fails to develop.

1 sink — that’s the only word —into a condition of complete physical comfort and utter peace of mind. No matter whether I am resting easily on a bed or folded up in the back of a bouncing taxi, whether I am in a quiet darkened room, or in a noisy machine shop. I just “cut out” the noise; I tell myself that my body is perfectly relaxed and comfortable.

It is

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not exactly like being asleep. It is actually more agreeable because I am aware of the feeling. It is so peaceful and restful that I sometimes feel a temptation to stay “out” longer than is necessary. If I have the time to spare I take advantage of this extra rest. It is wonderful to feel tense arms, legs and muscles sagging off into a tingling heaviness. You can “feel” yourself soaking up renewed strength and energy.

Sometimes if it is late in the day or I happen to be really physically tired I will drift off from a trance into a normal sleep. A funny thing I have noticed is that when this happens I often waken (perhaps the telephone rings) and find myself still in the trance. I then usually complete the exercise, go over my suggestions, and then wake myself up fully.

As I practiced Schultzing 1 naturally got better at it so I started shortening the process. Now I can frequently, if not always, induce a light trance in a matter of seconds. I simply count backward from five. At zero I am in a light trance which is enough to give myself some quick suggestion or to calm some passing worry.

If 1 want thorough relaxation or want to deal with some complex suggestion, I simply go deeper into the trance state.

I use this method, counting backward from five, going to sleep at night. Rarely does it take me longer than these few seconds to fall into a deep sleep. Half a dozen cups of coffee will affect me. naturally, or some very exciting or intense activity that leaves my mind still running around in circles at bedtime. In these cases (about seven or eight in the last five years) I sometimes toss and turn for as much as a minute or even two before I get myself concentrating on the Schultz pattern.

The things 1 can do with this training continue to amaze me. I can literally wipe out the little depressions and frustrations that come in the course of a day’s work. They return, of course, as long as the problems are not solved. But in the meantime I have had some rest from them and I find they don’t pile up on each other and become unmanageable.

I can talk myself into doing unpalatable jobs and chores that I really know have to be done. I simply tell myself that I’ll be unable to resist the urge to get them done and that I’ll actually enjoy doing them. It works.

It took me quite a long time to get the hang of this system and 1 had to work hard over the years to keep practicing and developing it but I cannot think of any lesson I’ve ever learned that has paid off so handsomely. If there are medals for this kind of human benefaction I think Dr. Schultz and his followers deserve a few.—s. L.

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