Friday, May 24, 2013


     As some of you may know I am a clinical psychologist in my day job. One of my sub-specialties is the use of hypnosis for pain control. It's a lot of fun for me to do this because most of my clients experience some relief during their first session. Two weeks ago a physician colleague referred an 88-year-old woman who is in a great deal of pain. When she came in for her first session she told me that I was her last resort so she would do whatever I told her to do.

     During my first session I typically offer my client the opportunity to experience what trance will feel like for them. If things go well I use the second session to teach them how to put themselves into trance. Part of that process involves a person taking themselves to a place that they experience as scenically very beautiful and very peaceful. In my 31 years of teaching hypnotic techniques most people take themselves to a beach, a lake, or some other quiet place in nature. Well this wonderfully alive woman took herself on a spaceship hovering over New York City! She made it clear that her ship was white and it had a white control panel. While she was on her own personal craft she was feeling no pain. The unencumbered spirit is such a joy and gift for me to be able to see.