Hypnosis can be very beneficial prior to undergoing surgery or any invasive or frightening medical procedure. Your subconscious is responsible for many functions, including your blood pressure, heart rate, vasoconstriction or vasodilatation. All these functions have a direct influence on how much you bleed during surgery.
I sometimes will prepare my clients for surgery by providing them with written positive statements(affirmations) to read and visualize each morning and evening for 2 weeks prior to surgery.
It’s best when you work with a skilled hypnotherapist prior to an upcoming medical procedure such as surgery. That said, if you feel that for some reason you can’t do so, here are a few things you can do for yourself:
Change Your Mindset
Write out several positive statements describing precisely how you would like your procedure to unfold, using ideal conditions. You don’t need technical details or to know or even visualize medical terminology. Just imagine the ideal scenario and describe it in your own words as though it is happening in the present tense. For example: “I am fully relaxed and calm during my gastric bypass (or whatever procedure you’re having done) anesthesia and surgery. Even my surgeon, whom I trust, is surprised that my procedure is going so effortlessly. My anesthesia is going smoothly and easily, and when my surgery is fully completed and the anesthesiologist tells me it’s time to wake up, I do so effortlessly and easily. In fact, as I wake up I notice that I’m hungry, as I’ve had nothing to eat for several hours before the anesthesia (it’s a little trick to bypass post anesthetic nausea—it’s impossible to be nauseous and hungry simultaneously).
Steer clear of repeating negative words or statements about future events such as ‘I will not feel pain”, or “I will not be nauseous”. Use only positive words and present-tense statements instead: “As I wake up I’m very relaxed and pain free. I am hungry.”
If possible, read the written statements aloud—your subconscious is listening to your words as you say them—for two weeks prior to your procedure. And even one or two days is better than none at all.
Read these statements several times throughout the day. First thing in the morning and just before going to sleep are optimal times, because that’s when your subconscious is most available for communication.
Memorize the statements, and you can even visualize the images as you say them aloud. Make these statements real in your body and in your mind. If any negative thoughts enter your mind, let them flow out of you by repeating and visualizing the positive statements.
If people try to feed you negative thoughts, simply let them know you’re focused on only the positive. Walk away if you must. Program your mind for a positive experience, and allow your subconscious to create that experience for you. Anybody can do this. Is this all mumbo jumbo or can you really trust your subconscious? Here’s a hint: It’s been keeping you alive since the day you were born. Your subconscious mind is the best friend you’ll ever have, just tap into it once in a while and you might be amazed at the results.
Enjoy this gift.
Daniel at Blue Phoenix Wellness