Fantasy is often alleged, as undesirable and something to avoid. It is claimed that rational people should stick to facts and not meaningless imaginings.
Such claims are without foundation. Fantasy is important and vital in our mental and emotional process. Whether it is the fantasy of sleep called dreams, or the imagery of the waking or hypnotized state, it is both normal and useful.
Hypnosis can be traced back to early civilizations like the Egyptians, Greeks and Hindu’s. It was referred to as a trance state. The term “hypnosis” only gained widespread use in the 1880’s, initially amongst those influenced by the developments in France, some twenty years after the death of James Braid - who adopted the term “hypnotism”.
Some responses are inappropriate – many of our attitudes and feelings are results of conditioning during formative years. All conditioning becomes absolute truth to us once it is accepted by the subconscious.
Behavior is built upon suggestion, and reaching the subconscious mind with new, powerful, positive concepts is the only way to overcome past programming. Symptoms of habits can be eliminated even if they are the result of some repressed incident or memory.
Body State - The heart and blood pressure will slow down and body temperature will drop. Breathing becomes slow and regular and the body will feel still and calm. The muscles will feel loose and limp. Awareness of the body is lost and feels as if the body is floating. A feeling of numbness and heaviness.
Mind State - Could see strange visions or colours; it becomes foggy, driftly, dreamy or blank. Extraneous thoughts become less.
To achieve lifelong health and wellness the body must be well balanced. Healthy refers not only to the physical well being, but also to the state of a number of related processes. It involves the integration of the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social dimensions of people’s lives. A problem with any of these will directly affect our body’s overall performance or total fitness.
Relaxation is the opposite of tension. Many people are tense all the time and therefore do not know what a state of relaxation feels like. They are no longer aware of their tension. Most people think that relaxation is difficult to attain and not worthwhile the effort but once they are guided into a relaxing experience they become aware of what it feels like to really let go and become deeply relaxed.
We are fast coming to the conclusion that the emotional component of the disease process, is more important than what we previous thought.
When we think about prevention of disease it’s usually about physical factors but there is a very important emotional component that comes into play. Each influences the other. Coping does not just mean dealing with the physical symptoms, it also means processing the emotional competent of the disease.
Major depression can lead to feelings of desperation and hopelessness, and a suicide attempt is one way some people choose to express those feelings. A person who has depression does not think like a healthy person they don’t understand that there are other options available to relieve their suffering. While external circumstances, guilt, delusion, and the depth of depression are important they have much less influence on the individual’s decision of hopelessness.
There are two separate minds, the conscious mind and the subconscious mind, which creates the body’s controlling “central voice.” The mind and body are also one. Whatever action takes place in the mind produces an immediate reaction in the body and vice-versa.