Gail Raborn, CHT: Hypnotherapy and Coaching

The Fraud Syndrome

      Deep in the heart of many people is hidden the sense of being a fraud, an imposter: and the constant fear of exposure. Along with this fear goes a certainty that they’re less qualified than their peers, despite advanced degrees, honors, awards, promotions or professional acclaim and success.

     This feeling is more common than you think. According to one survey, two out of five successful people, working in a wide variety of careers, suffer from this dreadful fear. Richard Burton once said that inside, he felt he was just a poor boy from a Welsh mining town, and did not really deserve all his fame.  

     As a therapist, I know the feeling of being a fraud also runs rampant among those who’ve never really made it professionally: in fact, it’s often the main reason they fail.  

      How does this fear manifest? When I suffered from the Fraud Syndrome, the morning prior to teaching a workshop I’d awaken with a deep feeling of dread, pulling me deep down beneath the covers.Even though I was a terrific teacher and knew my material cold, my body would be heavy with guilt and fear, sure that I would fail. I was positive I lacked the skills or expertise I claimed.  I feared the moment my ignorance would be revealed, and the audience or group members would be filled with scorn and disgust, even through this had never happened. Even if I managed to pull the wool over my student’s eyes and they liked my workshop, the truth would be I’d fooled them into believing I was something I wasn’t. I was sure I was a fraud. Thank God those days are over!  Since I resolved the self-doubt that caused behind my feelings of fraudulence,I’m comfortable and confident in my authenticity in all ways. Are you?

     I knew a fabulous musician and composer who suffered horribly from this fear, to the point it crippled his career. He said that even when he was on stage in Paris before thousands of cheering people who loved his music, he’d shrivel in his skin, knowing he’d duped them. In fact, he felt that if they loved his music, that only proved their lousy taste, their ignorance of what fine music truly was. The result? His certainty he was a fraud pushed him off stage into obscurity, failure and penury. Many talented people never get this far, even through their work is admirable. They often hide behind alcohol or drugs, trying to dampen the pain of feeling never good enough, the shame of feeling a fraud.

    Then there are those who do succeed highly in their given professions, but constantly watch their backs for the moment when they’ll be confronted with the truth of their incompetence. They never feel prepared or skilled enough, causing constant erosion of confidence and a surfeit of anxiety. Less than perfect success riddles them with despair, even though colleagues and public may hold them in high regard.  Many of these folks become workaholics, overachievers who never own their success. Each success is perceived as a fluke or only the result of Herculean effort. Thus the more they accomplish, the more their feelings of fraudulence increases.

    Where does this belief come from? Many sources. It may be the outcome of a childhood where another child was considered more intelligent or talented than you, and you felt you could never measure up. Or a parent or teacher told you told you that you were never good enough. If you got high grades by cramming before exams, then promptly forgot all you studied, there’s a good chance you’d grow up feeling a fraud for those high grades you got.

      Some people mistakenly think that their charm, good looks or social skills are the reason they succeed, despite achievements that prove otherwise. Others, who’ve fought hard to rise out of poverty or terrible home conditions, may feel they always wear a secret inner brand of inferiority. This is especially true for first generation achievers: those who are the first in their families to get college degrees, be financially successful, or are publicly recognized for excellence in their work.

      How to overcome “the Fraud Syndrome”? Just bringing this feeling out of the closet, and discussing it with others who feel the same way or who love you, may be the catalyst you need for healing. Facing the reality of your skills and accomplishments without minimizing or discounting them, can be a true wake-up call. Learning true love and appreciation for yourself may resolve this fear.

For others, more intensive therapy may be needed. But as always, change begins with understanding and facing your dilemma, then taking the action needed to bring the healing you need. For without action there is no change.

Gail Raborn CHt.: is a Clinical and MedicalHypnotherapist,  Interactive ImageryTherapist,  Certified Psychotherapist,  Intuitive, Writer, and Public Speaker. She offers sessions in her office, by phone, and through home visits in Santa Rosa,CA

 For a Complimentary Session, call: (707) 827-3615   

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      No one knew I was suicidal until I tried to kill myself, one dark night during a blizzard, while living in a small German village.  I was an 21 year old Army wife who hated herself, her life, her marriage, and the Army. Until that time, my husband hadn’t believed me when I said I was suicidal. Even the Army psychiatrists, whom I begged for help, rejected me. After weeks of psychiatric tests, they concluded I was neither suicidal nor depressed; I was simply immature and selfish. That was the last straw. I gave up, and planned my death.

     Fortunately, my then-husband had a clairvoyant dream: he saw me lock myself in the bathroom, swallow a handful of pills with a tall glass of water, then lie down in an old claw-footed bathtub to die.

     Shocked, Lou awoke, leaped from bed, knocked down the locked bathroom door and dragged me off to the Army medical clinic, as I screamed “Let me die!”

       He saved my life. But the desire for sweet oblivion haunted me for fifteen more years until I committed myself to ongoing therapy, learned self-love and self-respect, and created a balanced life with a profession I love.

      Why was I suicidal? Years of emotional abuse as a child and later by my husband had convinced me I was worthless. There was no joy in my life, no self-respect or self-love.  When I took those pills, I was in such extreme emotional pain I just wanted out of my body. I honestly felt I was doing my loved ones a favor by killing myself.

     Many suicidal people suffer similar emotional torment. Childhood abuse, sexual abuse or domestic violence can cripple the spirit and destroy will to live. One out of three teens in the USA will seriously think about suicide, according to recent studies. Cyber bullying creates an atmosphere of ridicule, rejection, shame and humilation that can push a young person into believing death is preferable to their misery, especially if they’re already alienated from their families. 

    Some people lack the emotional resilience to stay balanced and positive when tragedy happens like financial crisis, great loss, chronic pain or illness, war, or environmental catastrophy. Addictions, isolation, and disabilities can kill love of life. When hope is gone, pain overwhelming, people often give up.

       What are signs of impending suicide? Extreme social withdrawal and sadness, profound depression or manic behavior; giving away belongings; on-going refusal to talk about what’s wrong or obsessive talk about death and pain; severe over-drinking or drug abuse; extreme physical inactivity; researching ways to die and/or buying a gun.

       How to prevent suicide? Start by gently encouraging a suicidal or very depressed person to talk to you about their painful feelings. Never say “If you’re talking about suicide, you’re not serious. You just want attention!” Help your friend know they’re loved and needed. Listen with your whole heart and encourage hope.

     Suggest a warm, wise therapist who specializes in working with suicidal people. With the right therapist, they can heal their emotional wounds and develop will to live. I’ve healed from suicidal depression myself, so you may wish to recommend me for your friend – or yourself. 

     Many agencies help people rebuild lives after life crisis. Groups exist to help people in chronic pain or disabled develop coping skills.

     Suicide talklines have volunteers trained to talk down a suicidal person and guide them to get the help they need. 

     Medications can help; but some may trigger even worse depression, like some anti-depressants, Lyrica, and Gabapentin. Natural supplements like SAM-e, Kava,or 5 HTP, may help reduce depression and anxiety. A healthy diet, free of junk food, will help stabilize emotions along with daily exercise.

      Some suicidal people may need a stay in a mental hospital till they are stable enough to begin to build a healthy life.  

      If you are suicidal? The ultimate keys to healing from suicidal depression are asking for help, healing emotional wounds, developing self-love and life purpose, building a circle of loving friends, and learning to laugh again while finding joy in small things. Know there is always hope for a better life.

     If you suspect someone is suicidal, or severely depressed, reach out a hand of love and help! You just may just save a life.

Gail Raborn, CHt: Clinical and Medical Hypnotherapist, Certified Psychotherapist, Interactive Imagery Therapist.  I specialize in working with suicidal depression, anxiety, pain, loss, health challenges.  Call me at:  (707) 827-3615

Need Help with Cancer?

            Resources for Cancer Patients in Sonoma County

       Facing the diagnosis of cancer can be devastating: physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually.  Both of my parents had cancer, and both died of complications from this scary illness. I myself had a brush with cancer; but with the help of self-hypnosis and spiritual healing, I was able to recover without other treatments.  Most cancer patients, however, want to include other cancer treatments for their healing journey. And since there are so many kinds of cancers, not to mention treatments available, finding your unique path to recovery can be overwhelming.  To help you on your path, here are some of the cancer resources I’ve found available in Sonoma County. 

     The foundation of healing requires good nutrition.  The Ceres Community Project in Sebastopol offers beautiful, delicious and nourishing organic meals to people in crisis and/or treatment due to serious illness. About 85% of their clients have cancer.  Their goal is to help clients stay well-nourished to lessen side effects, increase positive treatment outcomes and help them recover more quickly. For low-income patients, these meals are free for up to twelve weeks and which can include the whole family. For a second twelve weeks,  they ask $10-$50 per week for this service – but no one is turned away for lack of funds. For cancer patients with more financial resources, they ask $85 per person per week.  The food they cook is received mostly through donations and cooked lovingly through many volunteers.  For more information, call: 707-829-5833 Ext 201, or email

     Even when you’re sick, exercise is vital to your emotional well-being, reduces stress and helps stimulate your immune system.  The Airport Club Exercise Support Group for Cancer Patients  is worth looking into. Call Linda Illsley at: 707-528-2582 ext. 69 or Lori Ennis at: 707-528-2582 ext. 43.  There’s also a stretching class for cancer patients with Christine Bandettini: 707-765-3995  Or try a movement and dance class for cancer patients with Sarah: 707-470-3208.

      Treatment of cancer is complex. “Treatment of cancer is as much an art as a science, because what works for one person may not work for the next with what appears to be an apparently identical cancer. Cancer is more than “cancer”.  It involves psycho/emotional/spiritual, nutritional, toxic, energetic, immune disabling, epigenetic and many other challenges that will be totally different between people. The treatment for cancer, in my humble opinion, is the treatment of the host and optimizing his/her immune system together with the other factors.  Targeting wayward cancer cells alone is folly.” 

     This quote is from Dr. Robert Rowen,  who works with his wife, Dr. Terri Su in Santa Rosa,  to optimize metabolism, detoxify and optimize the immune system in cancer patients. You can reach them at: 707-578-7787. 

     I agree with Dr. Rowen; it’s vital bring all aspects of your life into harmony in order to recover fully.  It’s up to you if you wish to approach your healing journey through allopathic (traditional) medicine, Integrative (holistic) Medicine, or some combination of the two.

     You can find massage therapists,  nutritionists, Chinese Medicine doctor, medical cannabis physicians,  Naturopathic doctors, Hypnotherapists, Guided Imagery practitioners, Energy Medicine practitioners,  Shamanic healers, and more through the internet, WaccoBB, and through referral by friends or support groups. These holistic healers can help you rebalance your entire body, strengthen your immune system, deal with stress management, and work naturally with issues of pain.  Hypnotherapists can teach you self-hypnosis, which utilizes your inner power for healing plus helps you connect with wise inner guidance.

    Emotional help is very important while facing cancer because fear, anger, grief, stress and depression are common side effects of this major health challenge, and all these negative emotions weaken the immune system just when you want it at its strongest. To find a therapist, hypnotherapist or coach specializing in work with cancer patients, just google these terms. You’ll find plenty to choose from. Or, see what the local hospitals and cancer resource centers offer.

     As for spiritual support, many churches and spiritual centers in Sonoma County offer free spiritual counseling, prayers, healing meditations, and spiritual treatments for those facing illness of any sort. Many offer telephone healing sessions, when you’re too ill to drive.

    Several medical centers in Sonoma County specialize in the integration of alternative and traditional approaches for healing cancer.  The Hill Park Medical Center, headed by  Dr. Brian Bouch includes several physicians, an Osteopathic doctor, several Naturopathic doctors, and a doctor of Chinese Medicine. You can reach them at: 707-861-7300, 435 Petaluma Ave, Suite 150, Sebastopol.

      The Integrative Medical Clinic in Santa Rosa, directed by Dr. Ellen Barnett has several physicians, a chiropractor, Naturopath, Rosen body worker, and an MFT who specialize in work with cancer patients. You can reach them at: 707-284-9200 , 175 Concourse Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA.

     Sonoma West Medical Center,  a newly opened hospital in Sebastopol, includes an Integrative Health Institute which offers massage, acupuncture/Chinese Medicine, nutrition education, Mind/Body healing,  and Hypnotherapy. Free demos/talks on various healing arts are offered twice weekly in the Conference Room of the hospital. Get more information about this through their website,, or email

      The American Cancer Society in Sonoma County is a wonderful organization you can reach at: 1-800-227-2345,  They offer an extensive list of cancer support programs aimed at children, teens and adults, with special groups for particular types of cancer; plus they offer programs for bereavement, yoga, dance and help to obtain special clothing.

     The North Bay Cancer Alliance, which has a branch at 185 Sotoyome Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95405, offers a wide variety of help to cancer patients including financial assistance, cancer information, patient resources, nutritional information, alternative treatments, pet therapy, data and stats, and much more. They can be contacted via email:

       All hospitals with oncology departments in Sonoma County offer Integrative Health Services along with allopathic medicine. Their programs including diagnosis and treatment, living with cancer, emotional wellness, clinical trials, free support groups, caregiver support, financial aid, classes, lectures and more. Their Integrative Health Services may include massage, hypnosis, acupuncture, and nutritional education.

     Here’s a list of available hospitals. They’re all offer varied programs for cancer patients, so take your time checking them out:

1. Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation: 

Sutter Breast Cancer Support Groups: 707-576-4760   Sutter Warrick campus     2449 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa.

2. Kaiser Permanente Hospital:  Cancer Support Group  707-393-3229    401 Bicentennial Way, MOB-East, Room E-3.

3. Redwood Regional Medical Group:  707-523-662

121 Sotoyome St., Santa Rosa

4. Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital: 707-546-3210     

1165 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa

5. Healdsburg District Hospital :     707-431-6500

1375 University Dr., Healdsburg

6.  Petaluma Valley Hospital:   707-778-1111

400 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma

7. Sonoma Valley Hospital: Cancer Support Sonoma: 935-5355

735 Andrieux St., Sonoma

     In financial distress? Besides financial aid offered at many hospitals, the state of CA also offers a Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment program through Medi-Cal to low income people.  Even if you’ve been denied Medi-Cal, talk to a county Eligibility Worker to make a referral for you to the BCCTP.  For more information, call 800-824-0088. The North Bay Cancer Alliance also offers financial assistance to uninsured or underinsured  patients. In addition, they provide information about local patient resources, alternative treatments, cancer information, national resources, pet therapy and much more. Contact them at:  They’re located at: 185 Sotoyome St., Santa Rosa.

      Some holistic healers offer reduced rates for cancer patients, especially those with low incomes. As a hypnotherapist, I offer three free sessions to anyone diagnosed with cancer. You can reach me at: 707-827-3615,,

      Many cancer survivors say that their journey through cancer provided an amazing opportunity to grow!  I’ve heard cancer survivors say their illness taught them increased self-love and nurturing, helped them heal from old anger and become more forgiving, learn to listen to their bodies, develop a stronger connection with Spirit, and forge deeper love bonds with family and friends.

      If you take charge of your own healing path, you’ll feel less stressed, more positive, and more in control. If you haven’t already, tap into some of the many resources you have here at your fingertips in Sonoma County to create your team of healers. The path of healing from cancer is never easy, but with a loving group of friends, family and healers working with you, you can do it!

Bio: Gail Raborn, CHT. is a Hypnotherapist and Interactive Guided Imagery Practitioner specializing in MindBody Medicine and helping cancer patients heal. Gail’s part of the Integrative Health Institute at the Sonoma West Medical Center in Sebastopol, CA working with in and out patients there. She has a private practice by telephone, office, and offers house calls.   Contact Gail:  707-827-3615;


The Truth about Hypnosis

Gayle_052You’re under my power. When I snap my fingers you’ll flap your arms and cluck like a chicken.” Is this your fear when you think about going to a hypnotherapist? That you’ll be under their power and subject to possibly dangerous or embarrassing suggestions or programming? Then relax. Nothing could be further from the truth, for this is just one of the myths about hypnosis. Stage hypnotists have damaged the credibility of professional hypnotherapists for years through the use of “plants” in the audience or eager volunteers willing to make fools of themselves in order to entertain their friends. The truth is that there’s a part of your subconscious mind that will stop you from accepting suggestions that seem dangerous, foolish, or morally wrong.

What about “The Manchurian Candidate, a movie showing a person supposedly under hypnotic orders to kill the President of the USA when he gets the signal? Sheer balderdash. If you receive a suggestion that violates your ethics while in trance, you’ll simply awaken immediately, and probably get up and leave that unscrupulous hypnotherapists office!

Another myth about hypnosis is that you’re totally unconscious while in trance. Not true. Occasionally, clients report being so deep in trance they aren’t aware of what’s happening around them; and hypnotic amnesia can be used to block painful memories, with the agreement of the client. But while under hypnosis, if there is an emergency or if you wish to end the session, or if you’re experiencing discomfort, you’ll simply open your eyes and come out of trance.

As for the myth that hypnosis is an “unnatural” state: the truth is that we go in and out of trance frequently during the day. When you space out and miss a turn during driving, or lose track of time while reading a book or painting a picture, you’re in hypnosis. When you are daydreaming, and lose track of time, you’re in hypnosis. It’s totally natural.

One of the biggest myths about hypnosis is that your hypnotherapist will solve your problems for you while you lie passively in trance. Actually, hypnotherapy is an interactive process that requires involvement by the client during their hypnotherapy sessions and later, so they can put their new decisions, insights, and knowledge into action. Although it can be faster to resolve your difficulty through hypnotherapy than through traditional forms of counseling or therapy, it’s not a magic pill you can swallow. For complete healing, you have to be committed and involved with your healing process. You must also resolve the root of your problem, not just change the surface symptom (like your smoking habit). Otherwise, your tobacco addiction might disappear only to reemerge as an eating disorder.

But – what exactly is hypnosis? Hypnosis is a state of focused inner awareness that includes deep physical and mental relaxation, connection with the subconscious mind, a heightened state of suggestibility, and a heightened ability to both access and re-live memories. There are different levels of trance, ranging from daydreaming to such deep trance that surgery can be conducted without anesthesia. In all hypnosis sessions, the client is ultimately in charge. In fact, hypnosis is really self-hypnosis, with the hypnotherapist as the skillful guide who knows how to direct you on your inner journey to gain the results you want.

Hypnosis is a powerful tool for healing both physical and emotional problems, since it can take you past your rational understanding to ferret out and heal the underlying causes. Shaman, medicine people and healers of all kinds have used hypnosis for pain and emotional relief for centuries. I’ve seen many of depressed and anxious clients totally transform into confidant, fearless people through resolving the emotional trauma, PTSD, negative beliefs and destructive imprints of their childhoods through hypnotherapy. I’ve also seen amazing healing happen through spiritual awakenings during hypnosis, often with the help of Angelic beings or spiritual guides.

Hypnosis can be a powerful tool for healing from addictions, since it includes resolving the underlying cause and finding other ways to provide the needs served by the addiction. Often, addictions conceal emotional trauma. During regression, a client of mine, a heavy smoker, remembered that when he was thirteen years old he decided to punish his father through smoking (which his dad had forbidden). With this awareness, he chose to work to heal his hatred of his father, drop his need for revenge, then stopped smoking forever.

During the Civil War, hypnosis was used during amputations to reduce or even eliminate pain. In India in the mid-1800’s, a Scottish physician, Dr. James Esdaile, performed more than 300 major surgeries using only a form of hypnosis for anesthesia. The recovery rate without infection was amazing, much higher than normal.

Medical studies abound online that document the healing power of hypnosis. Some examples: in 2012, Baylor University’s research on self-hypnosis used to reduce hot flashes in a group of 93 menopausal women had great results: a 74% reduction of hot flashes. In a 2007 article in the Journal of National Cancer Institute, Dr. Guy H Montgomery (a leading researcher at Mount Sinai School of Medicine) wrote that pre-surgical hypnosis reduced patients’ post-surgical pain, nausea, fatigue and discomfort and shortened their time in surgery. Plus, these patients needed less anesthesia. Headaches among teenagers were significantly reduced through learning self-hypnosis, as reported in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis in 2011.

A well-known teacher of hypnotherapy, David Quigley, director of the Alchemy Institute of Hypnosis in Santa Rosa, CA tells the story of healing himself of rheumatoid arthritis through self-hypnosis; he’s been free of symptoms ever since. Recently, he used self-hypnosis to successfully heal from the annoying condition of tinnitus.

One powerful proof of the healing power of hypnosis happened when I regressed a client to the unknown source of his severe abdominal pain, suffered for 20 years following successful surgery for a stomach ulcer. While in trance, John relived the surgery, and heard the surgeon say (while he was anesthetized) “This pain will never go away,”. Then he realized his doctor was talking about another patient, not him! Unfortunately, his subconscious mind had been imprinted that he would suffer horrible, unending pain. This memory triggered the release of tremendous rage, screaming, and crying. But after he’d vented emotionally, John realized his stomach pain had totally disappeared, never to return. He’d cleared this terrible post-hypnotic suggestion!

Hypnosis is a powerful adjunct to medical treatment for cancer – but it can also be powerful by itself. Through self-hypnosis, I dissolved an ovarian tumor on my right ovary ten years ago. Recently, a cancer patient not only shrank the huge tumor in her stomach dramatically through hypnotherapy, but actually changed it from a life-threatening, rare cancer to a more benign variety, negating any need for surgery. I know: she was my client.

Age is no limitation for the healing power of hypnosis. When my mother was 78, she needed bladder surgery. Her doctor said to expect several blood transfusions plus severe post-surgical pain; and she’d have to stay five days in the hospital. Yet when her surgeon brought in several students to see her the day after her surgery, he was amazed! For she needed neither blood transfusions nor pain medications, and she was healing so fast she was slated for release that day. When he asked how she could do all this, my mother told him it was because of pre-surgical hypnosis to expect freedom from pain and blood loss, and to heal rapidly. Her surgeon’s reply? “I want to hire a hypnotherapist to work in my surgical ward!”

If you decide to work with a hypnotherapist for any reason, choose a person you both like and trust. Don’t choose on the basis of reputation alone. Ask lots of questions before you make an appointment. Be sure this hypnotherapist is well trained with years of experience, and that they have a history of success working with the kinds of challenges you’re facing, whether physical or emotional. Then enjoy the journey! For hypnotherapy can take you inside yourself to realms you never dreamed existed.

Gail Raborn, CHT., is a Medical & Clinical Hypnotherapist, Interactive Guided Imagery Practitioner, writer, & story telling living in Sebastopol, CA. She offers sessions by telephone & in her office. Contact her at: 707-827-3615 or email her: See her website:



How many doctors or nurses have condemned their patients to continued pain or slower healing though their use of negative language? Far too many. For while in surgery, during chemo, or in a doctor’s or other health practitioner’s office, the emotional stress that patients experience triggers a highly suggestible state that may allow a medical or health authority’s words, deliberate or casual, to imprint into their subconscious mind.

Words and statements like, “chemo will cause you to lose all your hair and feel terrible” or “you only have a short time to live”, or “you are going to have a lot of pain” may be heard as absolute facts, prophetic condemnations from a “medical shaman” who knows the absolute truth about their condition. And unfortunately, these statements often become self-fulfilling prophecies. Yet I’ve known sick or injured people who have defied a negative prognosis simply by refusing to accept being crippled or die. The healing words and images of full recovery they focused on stimulated the healing they desired.

I had a client once who lost the intractable belly pain he’d suffered for many years, during a hypnosis session. While in trance, he relived a surgery for a bleeding ulcer. Even though he’d been under anaesthesia, Dede was able to remember every detail of his surgery. He realized, while in trance with me, that his surgeon had said “he will always be in pain”. Dede thought the surgeon was talking about him, so when he awoke in his hospital room he was in agony, subconsciously imprinted with the idea that he’d always be in pain. He even had a second surgery to find out what was wrong. Yet there was no organic reason for his pain; his ulcer had been repaired perfectly.

Then during our hypnosis session, while reliving his surgery, Dede suddenly realized his doctor had been talking about another patient’s pain problem! He’d been imprinted to suffer pain when in fact, his doctor had been talking about someone else! Upon that realization, he burst into tears, sobbing and raging at his surgeon. But by the time he sat up at our session’s end, Dede was amazed and delighted to find that his gut pain was gone, never to return.

Then there’s the story of a dying man who recovered totally from metastatic cancer after his doctor told him that the experimental drug he was using, Laetrile, would heal him. And it did. He was cancer free for more than six months. Then he read in the paper that Laetrile had proved fraudulent: a useless cancer treatment. Those negative words shocked and horrified him, convincing him his remission was impossible. Within days, his cancer returned. His doctor assured him that it was his positive thoughts and beliefs, not the drug, that had inspired his remission. And it was his disappointment in Laetrile that had brought the tumors back. But the sick man wouldn’t listen. Within a week, this cancer patient had “thought” himself to death.

Positive statements read by a doctor or anesthesiologist at the start of a surgery or other medical treatment can actually prevent, or dramatically reduce, complications and negative side effects like pain, bleeding, heart dysfunction, or slow wound healing. I’ve worked with chemotherapy and radiation patients who’ve experienced no hair loss or fatigue when they focused on healing statements during their treatments. The extensive blood loss and severe pain my elderly mother was told to expect after bladder surgery never happened, after she listened to a pre-surgical hypnosis tape that focused on freedom from pain and bleeding. Her doctor was flabbergasted at her rapid, easy recovery.

What can you do to stimulate rapid recovery in time of surgery or illness? Monitor the words you say to yourself: focus on thoughts and pictures of perfect healing. Speak positive affirmations like, “I’m healing perfectly and rapidly”, or, “Chemotherapy is my friend; it’s healing my body with few, or even no side-effects”.

Ask your health practitioners, surgeons, nurses, family and friends to be careful about what they say. Ask them to use only positive, hopeful words when talking to you. Ask them to avoid negative statements like, “You may never fully recover”, or “This may hurt a lot”, or “Your recovery will be slow” or “MRI’s scare many people”.

If you get stuck in fearful ruminations about your health, it’s a good idea to get professional help to resolve your fears, so you can change your mind to expect rapid healing, inner calm and an easy recovery.

Remember: words have power. Whatever your health challenge, focus on thinking and speaking positive, healing words: and watch the magic happen!

Gail Raborn, CHT: Medical Hypnotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Interactive Imagery Therapist, Certified Psychotherapist and workshop leader. She works by phone and in her office in Santa Rosa, CA. For more info: 707-827-3615