Thought is the source of our speech, habits, behavior, actions, and everything else which characterizes our personality and awareness. You need to guide your thoughts in the right direction. For your health you should try to develop the habit to think optimistically. Optimism is a source of joy. If you want to be really healthy and happy, you should cultivate cheerful thoughts, full of nobleness and kindness. Such thought create harmony, beauty, and good mood. Such thoughts can make you feel younger in body and soul. Each thought is a reality, a force. Each thought is a stone to build your destiny for better and for worse.
The power of thought and autosuggestion, suggestion and hypnosis were known to yoga and to Egyptian priests thousand years B.C. they were known to Greek philosophers, too – Aristotle (4th century B.C.) and Socrates (5th century B.C.) and others. The Bulgarian prince Boyan the Magician studied about those theories and people and popularized them among the Bogomils in the 10th century A.D.
As an addition to other healing means, autosuggestion is a very strong weapon.
Depending on the circumstances, it can provoke extremely sad consequences or restore the psychic balance, and help the healing and recovery process.
Autosuggestion should be very well considered and concentrated in some short individualized formulae (the modern word for it today is mantra), depending on the disease, the mental development, education, profession and work conditions. The formula is essential to the success or failure of treatment. Bad formulation will not only obstruct treatment but it can also worsen the situation. The formula should be pronounced aloud or in whisper but lips should move. Words should be pronounced slowly and clearly with directed attention. The wish should not be expressed very passionately and with exertion of will. It should be with firm conviction in obtaining a positive result. The formula should be pronounced in the evening before going to bed or in the morning right after you wake up.
Usually anybody would be worried about their serious condition and about the favorable outcome of their disease. And usually they are not very optimistic about that. The formula should be cheerful, optimistic and should inspire confidence in recovery. The most expedient and most common formula which we can recommend is, “Every day in any respect I am better and better”. Depending on the specific individual conditions, the formula can be modified.
Autosuggestion should be as simple, direct and pronounced automatically without strain as possible. When you pronounce these words, you should have only one wish: to become better. You should never forget that even if the first attempts have not been quite successful, the main principle of autosuggestion is to be permanently and fully confident of success. You need strong confidence, not just hope. If during the day or at night you feel physical pain or some anxiety, you should say to yourself with the conviction that you do not want to increase them consciously, you want to get rid of them. After that stroke your forehead continuously and gently in a circle from left to right if you are anxious or stroke the ailing place if you feel pain, repeating aloud or in whisper as quick as possible, “The pain is passing, the pain is passing, the pain is passing”. Continue stroking until the pain stops. The quick repetition of the formula is important to prevent you from becoming pessimistic. You should never be discouraged if you have another attack of pain or anxiety. You should pronounce the formula with the same faith and the same confidence and always without any strain. If you want to go to sleep, relax and quickly repeat. “I am falling sleep, I am falling sleep, I am falling sleep” aloud or in whisper, or only moving your lips.
Do not forget that failure in the beginning of autosuggestion should not discourage you. After several attempts you will suddenly acquire the ability to control yourself. If you need autosuggestion during the day, go to a quiet room, relax, concentrate and think what you want to achieve about your disease. Repeat very quickly and a lot of times “The disease will pass, bad thoughts will pass, the pain will pass”, etc. The formula should be repeated very quickly 20 – 30 times until you feel a considerable improvement in your thoughts and bad thoughts completely disappear. You need to go to a separate room for autosuggestion only in the beginning; soon you will learn how to be mentally detached from the outside world and concentrate.
When you have bad thoughts, if you are ready to fight, to curse, to get a revenge, it is very good if you try to laugh, to breathe deeply and to repeat to yourself,”I am calm, I am my own master”, etc. The Bulgarians usually say in such cases, “Before you answer, count the buttons on your coat from top down and from bottom up”. In this way you gain time and the first and most sardonic anger passes and you can control yourself.
When a child pricks its finger or slightly hurts its hand, it begins to cry. If its mother blows on its hand or gently strokes and rubs it, and tells it that there is no more pain and all has passed, the child calms down and stops crying. If the mother manages to attract its attention to something else, the child will forget about the pain. However, if the mother begins to feel sorry for it and is afraid of the blood on its hand, it begins to cry louder. This example shows the significance of suggestion so that some suffering could be endured easier.
Suggestion can be two types:
- Suggestion without preparation and without the knowledge of the sick person.
With this type of suggestion if the doctor tells the patient that even if their disease is serious, with the right treatment, good care and enough patience they will recover after some time, these words will be sufficient to achieve surprisingly good results. However, if the doctor or another competent person tells the patient discouraging words about their health, this could influence the course of the treatment very badly and would delay their recovery. In official medicine this phenomenon is known under the name of latrogenesis.
- Suggestion with preliminary preparation and knowledge about it by the patient.
This suggestion is made in the following way: the mother tells the child that in the evening, when it goes to sleep, she will come to it, will put her hand lightly on its forehead and head, will stroke it and will tell it something without waking it up so that the child recovers quicker. When the child goes to sleep, she quietly approaches its bed and puts her hand on its head lightly so that the child does not wake up. If, however, the child wakes up, she closes its eyes with her hand and says, “Close your eyes, darling, go to sleep, you’re very sleepy, you’re falling asleep, you’re falling asleep, darling”. When the mother is certain that the child is asleep again, she says, “Now, darling, you’re sleeping soundly and will not wake up soon. You hear what I’m saying to you but you won’t wake up”. Then she begins the respective suggestion. Here is an example: the child, a girl or a boy, suffers of night bed-wetting. When it is prepared by the introduction of the suggestion during the sleep, the mother says, “Darling, you wet your bed every night because you sleep very soundly and you don’t feel that it is time to pee. From now on your sleep won’t be so deep and you’ll wake up when it is time to pee. You’ll get up; pee and then you’ll go to sleep immediately. You will be able to sleep longer without peeing. You’ll wake up every time you want to pee. You’ll feel it and you’ll wake up”.
Suggestion in this way should be made every evening for two or three weeks until the child stops bed- wetting at night. Such suggestion can be made to children who are bad and naughty. They should be told to be diligent, obedient and honest. Such suggestion should be made during the day as well when the child is not sleeping. The parents should tell it that it is already good and obedient, honest and fair, and that they are very happy with this change in it
In the traditional medicine suggestion has been practiced from time immemorial. Various formulae are pronounced in order to strengthen faith in quick recovery. It has been rather successful and people continue to practice it.
Treatment with hypnosis
Hypnosis is a strong suggestion; the stare of the hypnotizing person causes a trance or semi-trance of the patient and this means that the patient in under full control and will do subconsciously anything they are told.
By hypnosis some parts of the body can become insensitive and feelings, emotions, attractions and memory can be influenced. By hypnosis some nervous diseases can be influenced as well such as neurosis, neuralgia, hysteria and others.
As hypnosis causes considerable changes in the human body, it should be applied very carefully. Only real doctors-experts should deal with hypnosis; incompetent practitioners should be most strictly prohibited.