A Tiny Selection of Books~
Any book by Brene' Brown
The Places That Scare You ~ A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times or any book by Pema Chodron
The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace by Jack Kornfield
Any book by Anne LaMott
The Monks and Me by Mary Patterson
Thoughts are Things by Bob Proctor
Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Wabi Sabi ~ Timeless Wisdom for a Stress-Free Life by Agneta Nyholm Winqvist
The Art of Asking – Amanda Palmer TED
Ho’oponopono – Jennifer Ruth Russell
The Opposite of Addiction is Connection – UB2 Inc.
The Hindsight Window: Master Your State of Being – Eric Edmeades
The Anatomy of Trust – Brene Brown
Listening to Shame – Brene Brown
Trust – Cirque du Soliel
Today I Rise – The Flourish Initiative
I AM Meditation – Dr. Wayne Dyer
Gayatri Mantra – Tina Malia
Gratitude Reminder – Moving Art
An Honest Meditation – Jason Headley
(offensive language & silly, but still truthful)
Thomas Merton Prayer – Betsey Beckman on SDI World
Long Time Sun - Music by Snatam Kaur, video by Sherri Duris
Fear and Fearlessness - Pema Chodron
Oprah Interviews - Thicht Naht Han
A Little Bit of Music~
Alanis Morissette- Edge of Evolution
Alanis Morissette- Guardian
Bon Jovi- I Am
Bon Jovi- Have a Nice Day
Depeche Mode- Freestate
Depeche Mode- Precious
Depeche Mode- Suffer Well
Danielle Taylor- Family
Danielle Taylor- The Giving Tree
Danielle Taylor- Never Will
Danielle Taylor- So What
Danielle Taylor- Warrior
Wonderful People to Work With ~
Internet Rabbit Hole
The Washington Times - Does Hypnotherapy Work? Science Says, "Yes!"
This article summarizes a number of scientific studies on the efficacy of hypnosis for a variety of issues.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Hypnosis for Cancer Care: Over 200 Years Young
This is a comprehensive literature review addressing how hypnosis has been utilized to help people abandon unhealthy habits (i.e. smoking, over eating, etc.), which led to a preventative against cancer. It then sites medical literature how hypnosis’ applications grew to include cancer treatment assistance – helping with the side effects that impact the quality of life (pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, anxiety and depression). This study also sites the financial impact of hypnosis. Those participants who were in the hypnosis groups recovered quicker over all.
Neuroscience Research – Hypnotic Suggestion Alters the State of the Motor Cortex
This study used trans cranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and magnetic imaging (MI) to “investigate how hypnosis, and a concurrent suggestion that increased motivation for a force exertion task, influenced the state of the motor system.” They showed that hypnosis and the suggestion actually physically altered the state of the primary motor cortex and the resultant behavior.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Mechanisms of Hypnosis: Toward the Development of a Biopsychosocial Model
This study tested and reviewed current models and circumstances for successful hypnotherapy sessions. It concluded that there are many factors impacting the successful hypnosis session: the individual’s belief in obtaining desired outcomes, the environment the session takes place in, and the therapist ability “think outside of” the box in order to expand current views and models and improve the beneficial effects of hypnosis.
Oxford Academic - Experimental Pain Ratings and Reactivity of Cortisol and Soluble Tumor Necrosis Factor-a Receptor II Following Hypnosis: Results of a Randomized Controlled Pilot Study
This study tested healthy participants using a cold pressor task, to determine if hypnosis is effective in pain management. It found that, “hypnosis significantly reduced pain intensity and pain unpleasantness,” and that, “Overall, the findings from this randomized controlled pilot study support the importance of a future large-scale study on the effects of hypnosis for modulating pain-related changes of the HPA axis and pro-inflammatory cytokines.”
Journal of Clinical Oncology - Randomized Controlled Trial of a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Plus Hypnosis Intervention to Control Fatigue in Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer
“The results support CBTH as an evidence-based intervention to control fatigue in patients undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer. CBTH is noninvasive, has no adverse effects, and its beneficial effects persist long after the last intervention session. CBTH seems to be a candidate for future dissemination and implementation.” (CBTH = Controlled Behavioral Therapy + Hypnosis)
National Institute of Health (NIH) - Functional Changes in Brain Activity After Hypnosis in Patients with Dental Phobia
A small study using fMRI to chart the brain differences before and after hypnosis in patients with dental phobia. “Findings show that anxiety-provoking stimuli such as undergoing dental surgery, endodontic treatments or insufficient anesthetics, can be effectively reduced under hypnosis. The present study gives scientific evidence that hypnosis is a powerful and successful method for inhibiting the reaction of the fear circuitry structures.” In other words, hypnosis rewired the fear circuits of the brain as it pertains to dental procedures.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Neuro-Hypnotism: Prospects for Hypnosis and Neuroscience
A literature review, and discussion, of how hypnosis has been studied by the medical community for the past 100 years; and how developing medical procedures/equipment may be used to further understand why/how hypnosis works and potential future applications.
Stanford Medicine - Study Identifies Brain Areas Altered During Hypnotic Trances
Using fMRI analyses, this study has started mapping how the brain responds under hypnosis.
Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience – The Suggestible Brain: Posthypnotic Effects on Value-Based Decision-Making
This study examined the difference between posthypnotic suggestion and “free autosuggestion” (i.e. “I am disgusted by donuts") utilizing a fMRI to track efficacy. The concluding paragraph: “In sum, our results show that posthypnotic suggestions and—to a lesser extent—free autosuggestion can influence decision-making and valuation on the behavioral, phenomenological and on the neural level. Thus, these methods might be useful for studying the neural basis of decision-making, and they may be useful for helping people make better decisions in real life.” (fMRI = functioning magnetic resonance imaging)
Research Gate - Breast Biopsy: The Effects of Hypnosis and Music
This research evaluated music alone, and music with hypnotherapy, in the reduction of emotional and physical issues in patients receiving a breast biopsy. “The results showed that, before breast biopsy, the music group presented less stress and anxiety, whereas the hypnosis with music group presented reduced stress, anxiety, and depression and increased optimism and general well-being. After the biopsy, the music group presented less anxiety and pain, whereas the hypnosis group showed less anxiety and increased optimism.”
MDPI Children - Clinical Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents-What? Why? How?: Origins, Applications, and Efficacy
While this study has the sole focus on the pediatric applications of hypnosis, it is easy to extrapolate that adults may receive the same benefits. There are vignettes demonstrating the benefits of hypnosis across a wide spectrum of issues. Examples: pain, fear of shots, wart removal, asthma, habit disorders, obesity, anxiety, headaches, and nausea associated with chemotherapy for children with cancer, to name a few. The study also references long term follow-up surveys demonstrating that those benefits were still in place and the children/teens had applied the self-hypnosis skills to other areas of their lives.
MDPI Children – Clinical Hypnosis, an Effective Mind-Body Modality for Adolescents with Behavioral and Physical Complaints
A discussion of how the adolescent brain grows/adapts, and its impact on the physical, psychological, social and emotional health of the individual. This paper contains vignettes demonstrating the positive effect of hypnosis in several different adolescent patients. The concluding paragraph sums up the findings in this way: “Examples of therapeutic suggestions include decreasing or eliminating undesirable symptoms, reframing and rethinking distorted thoughts about situations and stressors, building positive expectations, and re-enforcing control over reaction to problems/situations, and strengthening the concept/belief in the ability of the mind and body to work together to create desirable changes in behavior/outcome. Clinical hypnosis allows the adolescent to gain a sense of control, increase self-esteem and competence, and reduce stress, therefore helping them to manage their physical and emotional well-being. For some problems, hypnosis may be the treatment of choice (e.g., enuresis, headaches, abdominal pain, procedural pain/anxiety, and adjustment reaction to stress). For more complex problems/conditions, hypnosis may be more adjunctive but a highly effective and important modality in the overall management.”
PLOS|one – The Impact of Hypnotic Suggestions on Reaction Times with Continuous Performance Test in Adults with ADHD and Healthy Controls
This study evaluated the efficacy of hypnosis between ADHD adults and non-ADHD adults. The goal was to determine if hypnosis is a viable treatment option for adults with ADHD. “This study, together with the pilot study of hypnotherapy in adults with ADHD [49,60], suggests that with hypnosis and hypnotherapy it is possible to influence the problems on ADHD adults.”
CBS News - Hypnosis: The New Anesthetic?
A short piece on a woman who used hypnosis, in conjunction with a local anesthetic when she had her thyroid removed. “… doctors say their recovery time is faster and their need for painkillers reduced.”
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Hypnosis for Acute Procedural Pain: A Critical Review
This is a review of the costs of acute (severe) procedural pain. Its viewpoint is predominately from a monetary and patient compliance viewpoint. The authors of this study, “argue that hypnoanalgesia is an effective treatment for acute procedural pain which can be applied in a large variety of medical areas and patient populations.” They sited lower costs and quicker recoveries as one of the benefits discovered in this study.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Hypnotic Approaches for Chronic Pain Management
A literature review and discussion on how hypnosis influences the processing of pain in the brain, and the beneficial side effects patients may experience that are not related to the initial hypnotic suggestion. This study also educates clinicians on fostering beneficial outcomes in patients with chronic pain.
Springer, Translational Behavioral Medicine – Neurophysiology of Pain and Hypnosis for Chronic Pain
This paper defines the neurophysiology of pain, and how hypnosis produces differences in the body (periphery and spinal cord, the thalamus, the prefrontal cortex etc.). The authors’ conclude that hypnosis can facilitate changes in a number of the body’s mechanisms, and suggest that sufferers of chronic pain “incorporate hypnotic procedures into their treatment protocols.”
CFP/MFC Physicians of Canada – Hypnosis for Treatment of Pain in Children
This paper discusses the efficacy and use of hypnosis as a complementary approach when treating children in cases of “painful medical treatments such as bone marrow aspiration and lumbar puncture in pediatric cancer patients; postoperative pain and anxiety; and chronic headache.”
It also cites other areas that hypnosis has been proven helpful with, such as “anxiety, phobias, posttraumatic stress, sleep walking, behavioral disorders, conversion reactions, anorexia nervosa, enuresis, soiling, intractable cough, speech and voice problems, tics, learning disabilities, drug abuse, dermatological problems, diabetes, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis” (Olness K, Kohen D. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy with children. New York, NY: Guilford; 1996.)
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders – Hypnosis as a Treatment of Chronic Widespread Pain in General Practice: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial
“The study indicates that hypnosis treatment may have a positive effect on pain and quality of life for patients with chronic muscular pain. Considering the limited number of patients, more studies should be conducted to confirm the results.”
National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Hypnosis Treatment for HIV Neuropathic Pain: a Preliminary Study
This study concluded: “Brief hypnosis interventions have promise as a useful and well-tolerated tool for managing painful HIV-DSP meriting further investigation.”
Oxford Academic, Journal of the National Cancer Institute - The Mind Prepared-Hypnosis in Surgery
An article illustrating that “you have to pay attention to pain for it to hurt.” When utilizing hypnosis to address the issues surrounding cancer, and refocus the patient’s attention, the brain pathways are altered to more cooperative, rather than fearful, ways.
BMC Trials – Effectiveness of Medical Hypnosis for Pain Reduction and Faster Wound Healing in Pediatric Acute Burn Injury: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial
This ongoing study aims to confirm that the use of medical hypnosis decreases pain intensity, procedural anxiety/biological stress during wound care procedures, improves wound healing times and decreases rates of traumatic stress reactions in acutely burned children aged 4 to 16.
Sleep Research Society – Deepening Sleep by Hypnotic Suggestion
After discussing the adverse effects of sleep deprivation in members of our societies (hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity, depression, anxiety, bipolar, Alzheimer’s, pre-frontal brain atrophy, and memory impairments), this study demonstrates that hypnosis significantly increases the amount and duration of slow wave sleep. It cites the problems with pharmacological approaches (lose of efficacy over time, adverse side effects, hindrance of deep sleep, and the risk of addiction), and the need to develop safe alternatives for populations.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Augmenting CPT to Improve Sleep Impairment in PTSD: A Randomized Clinical Trial
The hypnosis group “showed significantly greater improvement than the control (group) in sleep and depression. As sleep improved, there were corresponding improvements in PTSD and depression…. This study suggests that hypnosis may be a viable treatment option in a stepped-care approach for treating sleep impairment in individuals suffering from PTSD.”
BMC Pediatrics - Hypnosis for Treatment of Insomnia in School-Age Children: a Retrospective Chart Review
A review of pediatric charts where hypnosis was used to treat reasons for insomnia in children. “Use of hypnosis appears to facilitate efficient therapy for insomnia in school-age children.”
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine – Treatment Options for Snoring
Brief literature review concluding “hypnotherapy might be tried as a first-line approach before more invasive procedures are considered.” It highlights a man who used hypnosis to decrease his snoring. His wife corroborated the efficacy in reducing the volume and duration of snoring. He underwent 10 sessions, the end of which, he had completely stopped snoring, and reduced his weight by 6k.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Hypnosis in the Treatment of Depression: Considerations in Research Design and Methods
This paper is an examination of current treatment paradigms for addressing depression. It concludes “clinicians and researchers who use hypnosis are in a unique position to be able to test some of the underlying assumptions about how depression leased to dysfunction, and how brief, or even single-session interventions can contribute to rapid early responses or sudden treatment gains.”
Frontiers in Psychology – Efficacy of Hypnosis-Based Treatment in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Pilot Study
This small study gathered data on the impact of hypnosis on ALS symptoms. The results: “One month pre-post treatment improvement in depression, anxiety, and quality of life was clearly clinically observed and confirmed by psychometric analyses on questionnaire data. Moreover, decreases in physical symptoms such as pain, sleep disorders, emotional liability, and fasciculations were reported by our patients. Improvements in caregiver psychological wellbeing, likely as a consequence of patients psychological and perceived physical symptomatology improvement, were also observed.
“The findings provide initial support for using hypnosis and self-hypnosis training to manage some ALS physical consequences and mainly to cope its dramatic psychological implications for patients and, indirectly, for their caregivers”
British Medical Journal – Controlled Trial of Hypnosis in the Symptomatic Treatment of Asthma
A 1962 study finding that “hypnosis is of value in the symptomatic treatment of asthma as assessed by the reduction in wheezing and in the use of drugs.”
DovePress Psychology Research and Behavior Management – Psychological Interventions in the Management of Common Skin Conditions
A paper discussing the relationship between the skin and the nervous system from embryo to adulthood, with an overview of various disorders and treatments. The paragraph on hypnosis: “Hypnosis may improve or clear numerous skin disorders. Examples include acne excoriée, alopecia areata, atopic dermatitis, congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma, dyshidrotic dermatitis, erythromelalgia, furuncles, glossodynia, herpes simplex, hyperhidrosis, ichthyosis vulgaris, lichen planus, neurodermatitis, nummular dermatitis, post-herpetic neuralgia, pruritus, psoriasis, rosacea, trichotillomania, urticaria, verruca vulgaris, and vitiligo. Hypnoanalysis has been successful with reducing erythema nodosum, herpes simplex reactivation, neurodermatitis, neurotic excoriations, rosacea, urticaria, and verrucae (viral warts).”
BLOOD: American Society of Hematology - Peripheral Blood Flow Responses to Pain Following a Hypnosis Intervention in Sickle Cell Disease
“Results revealed that hypnosis may be an effective treatment in helping manage vasoconstriction in SCD as a response to cognitive appraisals about pain, as well as reducing pain sensitivity. The data presented provide preliminary clinical evidence of the use of hypnosis as a treatment method to improve vasodilation in SCD patients and decreasing pain crises, thus increasing overall quality of life.” (SCD = Sickle Cell Disease)
Journal of Medicine and Life – Psychological Intervention – A Critical Element of Rehabilitation in Pulmonary Diseases
A literature review of pulmonary diseases and current forms of treatment, including hypnosis. “In pulmonary diseases, two important benefits of hypnosis are the decrease of anxiety (which in turn, diminishes the incidence of complications) and the increase of compliance (via increasing self-efficacy and decreasing catastrophic interpretations of the treatment’s side effects). Hypnosis may also lead to the abandonment of risk factors (e.g. smoking)”
Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine - Efficacy, Tolerability, and Safety of Hypnosis in Adult Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
This study concluded the following: “At the end of therapy, hypnosis was superior to control conditions in producing adequate symptom relief. At long-term follow-up, hypnosis was superior to controls in adequate symptom relief. This meta-analysis demonstrated that hypnosis was safe and provided long-term adequate symptom relief in 54% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome refractory to conventional therapy.”
NBC News – For Tummy Troubles, Hypnosis Might Be the Answer
This article follows a young woman with a genetic gastrointestinal issue, and how hypnotherapy has been “life-changing” in treating her ailment.
Thieme (Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons) - The Beneficial Effect of Hypnosis in Elective Cardiac Surgery: A Preliminary Study
“(A) Hypnosis session prior to surgery was an effective complementary method in decreasing presurgical anxiety, and it resulted in better pain control as well as reduced ventilator assistance following CABG (coronary artery bypass grafting) surgery.”
National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Hypnosis Can Reduce Pain in Hospitalized Older Patients: a Randomized Controlled Study
Because of the efficacy of hypnosis in younger patient populations, this study sought to determine if the same results could be experienced in older patients (average age of 80 years) in a hospital setting. Hypnosis versus massage was tested. The conclusion of this study stated, “Hypnosis represents a safe and valuable tool in chronic pain management of hospitalized older patients. In hospital interventions did not provide long term post discharge relief”
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - Unexpected Consequences: Women's Experiences of Self-Hypnosis to Help with Pain Relief During Labor
Pregnant women, at 32-weeks gestation, were given a hypnosis CD to listen to and prepare for birth. At the 8-12 week follow up “most respondents reported positive experiences of self-hypnosis and highlighted feelings of calmness, confidence and empowerment”
BIRTH: Issues in Perinatal Care - Antenatal Hypnosis Training and Childbirth Experience: A Randomized Controlled Trial
This large, randomized controlled trial found that the childbirth experience was better with 3 hours of hypnosis, than with 3 hours of relaxation/mindfulness techniques, or standard antenatal care.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Clinical Hypnosis in the Treatment of Postmenopausal Hot Flashes
This study concluded that, “compared with structured-attention control, clinical hypnosis results in significant reductions in self-reported and physiologically measured hot flashes and hot flash scores in postmenopausal women.”
Oxford Academic - A Randomized Clinical Trial of a Brief Hypnosis Intervention to Control Side Effects in Breast Surgery Patients
This study utilized a 15-minute hypnosis session prior to surgery. The conclusion is that “hypnosis was superior to attention control regarding propofol and lidocaine use; pain, nausea, fatigue, discomfort, and emotional upset at discharge; and institutional cost. Overall, the present data support the use of hypnosis with breast cancer surgery patients.”
Journal of Clinical Oncology - Randomized Trial of a Hypnosis Intervention for Treatment of Hot Flashes Among Breast Cancer Survivors
“Hypnosis appears to reduce perceived hot flashes in breast cancer survivors and may have additional benefits such as reduced anxiety and depression, and improved sleep.”
Nicotine & Tobacco Research – Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation: A Randomized Study
This study concluded found that subject at the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center who had hypnosis sessions, had higher quit rates 6-12 months after their sessions. The study ‘concluded that hypnosis combined with NP (nicotine patches) compares favorably with standard behavioral counseling in generating long-term quit rates.”
International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders – Controlled Trial of Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
“This controlled trial on the use of hypnotherapy, as an adjunct to dietary advice in producing weight loss, has produced a statistically significant result in favour of hypnotherapy. More intensive hypnotherapy might of course have been more successful, and perhaps the results of the trial are sufficiently encouraging to pursue this approach further.”
The Sun - Woman Who Ate Chicken Nuggets and Chips for Dinner Every Day for 24 Years is Cured of Food Phobia After An HOUR of Hypnotherapy
Article highlighting a woman’s fear of food, her resultant reaction of nausea and vomiting if she ate anything other than a set group of foods, and how hypnosis healed her phobia.
OPRAH- Weight Loss and Hypnosis
This article, written by a Harvard psychotherapist, highlights ways to loose weight. The author utilizes these methods in a hypnosis session with his clients.
Cleveland Clinic - Improving Sports Performance Through Hypnosis
This article highlights the enhanced performance, concentration, injury recovery, and stress reduction in athletes by using hypnotherapy.
Journal of Sports and Exercise Psychology – Assessing the Immediate and Maintained Effects of Hypnosis on Self-Efficacy and Soccer Wall-Volley Performance
Using “ego-strengthening suggestions” during hypnosis, this “study demonstrates that hypnosis can be used to enhance and maintain self-efficacy and soccer wall-volley performance.”
Neuroimage – Activation of Thalamus in Motor Imagery Results from Gating by Hypnosis
Using fMRI, the authors observed that “hypnotic trance enhances the motor control circuit engaged in motor imagery by modulating the gating function of the thalamus.”
National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms: A Systematic Review
A literature review addressing a variety of modalities in treating PTSD in a variety of patients in the general populaiton (combat veterans, firefighters, and sexual abuse survivors) from research studies around the world. Hypnotherapy and meditation were proven to be effective complimentary alternative medicines in treating PTSD.
The Washington Post – At VA, Exploring Alternative Therapies for Chronic Pain and Other Ailments
An article highlighting how a Veteran’s Hospital utilizes many modalities to help veterans with “chronic pain, panic attacks, traumatic injuries and other ailments.” Hypnotherapy is included as part of the regime to reduce/eliminate their pain after returning from wars abroad.
Hypnotherapy Academy of America – VA Hospital Hires Academy Graduate
In this newsletter, the Academy illustrates the growing recognition of the efficacy of hypnotherapy at the national level.
Forbes - No Holding Back-Why StreetTeam's Founder Uses Hypnotherapy to Effect Personal Change
An article illustrating how young entrepreneurs are using hypnotherapy to overcome internal “road blocks” and create successful paradigms.
Reader's Digest - How seeing a Hypnotherapist Works*
An article synopsizing a hypnotherapy session.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Comparison of Physical Therapy with Energy Healing for Improving Range of Motion in Subjects with Restricted Shoulder Mobility
A study of the efficacy of Reiki, Reconnective Healing (RH) and Physical Therapy using range of motion in shoulders as a gauge. The authors concluded: “This pilot study is a proof of the concept that the use of RH or Reiki is as effective as manual manipulation PT in improving ROM in patients with painful shoulder limitation when evaluated immediately after a 10-minute treatment. The results suggest that it would be beneficial for physical therapists to be trained in RH or Reiki as well as PT so that they could reduce the need for manual work on patients, at least in cases of shoulder limitations.”
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Effect of Reiki Therapy on Pain and Anxiety in Adults: An In-Depth Literature Review of Randomized Trials with Effect Size Calculations
A literature review of previous studies to understand if Reiki Therapy has an impact on pain and anxiety. The authors concluded that while there are few “high quality” studies regarding this subject, there was sufficient statistical significance to recommend nurses “use this intervention with patients in day-to-day practice” and that “based on this review, there is enough evidence to continue researching Reiki Therapy as an intervention for pain and anxiety.”