The 8 Rules of the Mind

The 8 Rules of the Mind

These “RULES” are at the cornerstone of any good training about the human mind and how it functions.  No single source seems to be the origin of them and for the most part they have become a fundamental precept of change work.

RULE 1 – Every thought or Idea Causes a Physical Reaction.

Monday morning is a killer! The evidence supports this…there are more heart attacks and suicides on Mondays before noon than any other time in the week.  Why?  Because people go back to work on Monday thinking how bad their job is! The reality is that the job is the same Tuesday through Friday.  The only difference is in the thought of the job.

The immune system, blood pressure, pulse, stomach acid, and many other measurable facets of the body reflect and respond to changes in thoughts.  A happy thought and a smile literally produces more serotonin, (the feel good chemical) in our brains.

RULE 2 – What is expected tends to be realized.

This proves true the statement in the Bible at Proverbs 23:7 “…As a man thinks in his heart, so is he…”  The brain and the nervous system respond to mental images.  It does not matter whether the image is self-induced or from the external world.  Real or imagined….the mind and nervous system respond the same.  The mental image formed becomes the blueprint and the subconscious mind uses every means at its disposal to carry out the plan.

RULE 3 – Imagination Is More Powerful Than Knowledge and Reason.

This quote is attributed to the great Albert Einstein.  Reason is easily overruled by the imagination.  This explains why people do unreasonable things in their lives, and why they are blind to their own superstitions, prejudices, and limiting beliefs.

It also explains how positive change takes place.  We can use our imaginations to form new images and remove or amend old ones.

RULE 4 – Once and Idea Has Been Accepted by the Subconscious Mind, It Remains until It is Replaced by another Idea, And the Longer the Idea Remains, the More Opposition There is to Replacing It With a New Idea.

In the same way that in the dark ages mankind believed the earth was flat, and that a ship would sail off the edge of the world after a certain distance, our outdated ideas continue to drive our behavior today.  Old superstitions and beliefs can limit us in many ways.  During the Renaissance several mathematicians calculated the earth to be round and were ridiculed for the idea.  Then when the sailing ships did not drop off the edge of the earth, we began to believe a different story.  With hypnosis, we advance new ideas to replace old ideas, and then with reinforcement our behavior really does change for the better.

RULE 5- Each Suggestion Acted Upon Creates Less Opposition To Successive Suggestions.

As in the earth is flat scenario, when the first sailor returned one by one the others started to explore what was out there.

Our minds are much the same; once we find out we can change a small thought we are able to move to more complex thought change.

RULE 6 – Opposing Ideas Cannot be Held at One and the Same Time.

Mark Twain in his book Huckleberry Finn made the statement “I can’t live a lie.”  The young man in the book was at odds with himself, and could not get on with life until the “lie” was resolved.

We accept many things as true during our formative years and those are not always the truth.  Sooner or later this has its effect upon one’s thoughts processes and their nervous system.  With hypnosis, we assist our clients to get rid of the “lies” in their lives.  “And the truth shall set them free.”

RULE 7 – An Emotionally Induced Symptom Tends to Cause Organic Change if Persisted in Long Enough.

Reputable medical authorities understand that more than 70 percent of human ailments are functional, rather than organic.  This means that the function of an organ or other part of the body has been disturbed by the reaction of the nervous system to negative ideas held in the subconscious mind.  So if a person lives in fear of ill health and constantly talks about what is wrong with them, in time organic change must occur because of the inseparable mind-body.

Organic change can be positive as we learn to use our minds to create it.

RULE 8 – When Dealing with the Subconscious Mind and Its Functions, the Greater the Conscious Effort, the Lower the Subconscious Response.

The subconscious mind accepts thought and experiences without judgment, so it takes everything literally.  This deep reservoir is not subject to “forced” quick and easy change.

With hypnosis, quick and easy change is possible because if we just “relax and let it happen” our subconscious mind will take control and change our behavior.  Willpower is simply, “the method or methods we develop to hold ourselves from our desires.”  Disguised as “Making myself do something I don’t really want to do.”  This is not really productive in the long run.

However, developing a positive mental attitude and expectancy that solutions are available and our problems can and will be solved! – HypnoPaige

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Hypnosis and Visualization

This value of imagery in sports is widely acknowledged.  The contribution of hypnosis to enhancing athletes’ performance is also recognized, but the value of hypnosis in enhancing imagery has little recognition.  The reason for this neglect is explored.  The study used Martens’ Sport Imagery Questionnaire, which asked the participants to image 4 different situations in their own sport — practicing alone, practicing in front of others, watching a teammate, and competing.  Participants reported their subjective impressions of vividness on four dimensions — visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and affective.  The 14 athletes participating imaged each situation in and out of hypnosis — half of the time the imagery in hypnosis came first and half after.  The participants reported that the imagery under hypnosis was more intense for each dimension and more intense for each situation.   Whether the imagery was done under hypnosis first or after was not significant.  The findings suggest that hypnosis substantially enhances intensity and effectiveness.

from:  Enhancing imagery through hypnosis : a performance aid for athletes

by: DR Liggett : Am J Clinical Hypnosis 2000 Oct;43(2): 149-57


Easing Holiday Stress

Written by Paige Wacker, C Ht./Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

As we head into the holiday season we also head into a very stressful time of year for most people. Three triggers to holiday stress can be relationships, finances and the additional physical demands during the holiday season. When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup. So here are a few tips to prevent stress in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past.

1) Acknowledge your feelings. If something saddens you at this time of year realize that it’s normal to feel these feelings and allow yourself to take a few moments to cry or express your feelings. Then think about how much you appreciate about your life, and spend a few moments just allowing appreciation to flow and feel that feeling.

2) Reach out. If you feel lonely, seek out community or other social events. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broadens your friendships.

3) Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, open up to the possibility of new traditions and rituals. The only constant in our lives is change. Embracing it if often the most empowering thing we can do.

4) Set aside differences. Try to accept people as they are, even if the don’t live up to all of your expectations. Choose who you want to spend time with and make that happen. Allow everyone to be free to make their own decisions about where to go and what to do.

5) Stick to a budget. Before you go shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. You might even try donating to a charity in someone’s name or giving homemade gifts or start a family gift exchange to make it reasonably easy on the checkbook.

6) Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking and visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus ahead and make your shopping lists. This prevents last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And it’s ok to line up help for the party prep and cleanup.

7) Learn to say NO! Saying yes when you want to say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity. Realize when you already have a busy schedule that adding extra this time of year can be really stressful. Just say no. It is a complete answer.

8) Keep up with your healthy habits. Overindulgence can add to stress. Continue to eat as healthy as possible and remember to get plenty of sleep and stay with you physical activity to stay healthy through the holidays.

9) Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Taking 15 minutes for yourself alone, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Take a walk at night and do some stargazing. Listen to soothing music. Find something that allows you to clear your mind, self-hypnosis works great, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.

10) Seek professional help if you need it. If you find yourself plagued by persistently sad or anxious feelings seeking help from a professional can often be very helpful. A good certified clinical hypnotherapist can help with any of these issues and learning to use self-hypnosis can continue the healthful benefits long into the future.

I hope these tips help you to have a most enjoyable holiday season. Blessings to you and yours and May this holiday season bring you all of your heart’s desires.

If you would like the help of a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist contact HypnoPaige at (405) 564-4766.

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Will My Insurance Company Pay For Hypnotherapy?

Written by:  Dr. David Newman, D. Sc., C. Ht.

Every day I am approached by individuals, nurse, and doctors who want to know if hypnosis is useful for one condition or another. Yesterday, I was floored when a doctor told me that he would rather prescribe medical procedures or drugs rather than use hypnosis because he couldn’t find any “blind studies” about hypnosis. I began to show him study after study with peer review showing the effectiveness of hypnosis and hypnotherapy with various medical conditions. He glanced and his jaw dropped as he said you mean the Mayo Clinic really uses hypnosis. Below is an excerpt directly from the Mayo Clinic Web Site.

“Mayo Clinic offers hypnosis as a psychological and medical therapy to help relieve symptoms of some diseases and conditions. Mayo specialists are skilled at integrating hypnosis into a patient’s overall treatment plan, when appropriate.

Specialists at Mayo Clinic recognize that many complementary and alternative medicine treatments such as hypnosis can help promote physical, mental and spiritual wellness. Mayo has created a new specialty (Complementary and Integrative Medicine) to blend the best of both worlds – conventional and alternative medicine.

Mayo’s approach to hypnosis is evidence-based. Treatment recommendations are based on continuous research by Mayo physicians and scientists to identify the most effective therapies.

During hypnosis, patients can tap into and use their inner resources, make personal changes, and learn how to manage their lives more effectively. Hypnosis may be helpful when used for: behavior change (insomnia, substance abuse, phobias, sleepwalking), pain management (chronic and procedural pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), childbirth, fibromyalgia), hypertension and weight management. Hypnosis may also help improve immune function, increase relaxation, decrease stress and ease anxiety. The American Medical Association has recognized hypnosis as a valid medical treatment for certain conditions since 1958.”

With all of the publicly about hypnosis being used within the medical community (namely being shown on television and movies) it doesn’t surprise me that Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York actually conducted 20 individual studies on hypnosis and surgery. Here are the clinical results of those studies:

Standout scientific evidence: Doctors at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City analyzed 20 studies on hypnosis and surgical patients. In 89% of cases, surgical patients who were hypnotized had less pain, used less pain medication and recovered faster.

Do these results really surprise any of us? No they don’t. John Elliotson, the revered Professor of Practical Medicine at University College, London, and his protйgй James Esdaile, a medical officer for the British East India Company, each reported a large number of surgeries performed painlessly, with the mesmeric trance as the only anesthetic agent. Against the suspicion of deceit and self-delusion, Esdaile noted the simple fact that his patients referred their family and friends to his service. But he also had data of a harder kind: at a time when surgical mortality was about 40%, Esdaile’s death rate was reduced to only about 5% — an objective outcome that he plausibly attributed to the successful relief of pain with mesmerism. You read that correctly the term hypnosis had not yet been invented.

Hypnosis began returning to the operation room and into the doctors’ office after WWII where “battlefield hypnosis” had been widely used with great success. Clinical Medical Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy has been slowly gaining ground over the years. Physicians; however, aren’t trained to use hypnosis so they naturally turn to something that they are familiar with pharmaceutical drugs.

In the paper Hypnosis in Surgery: Efficacy, Specificity, and Utility by John F. Kihlstrom of the University of California, Berkeley and Institute for the Study of Healthcare Organizations & Transactions; Mr Kihlstrom wrote: “No phenomenon of hypnosis is more dramatic than analgesia, and none has more potential for clinical application. Nevertheless, hypnosis has had a hard time taking its rightful place in the standard of care for patients in pain.” The paper published in its entirety may be viewed at:


As we continue to move forward hypnotherapy and hypnosis is being accepted by the health insurance community. The insurance companies have studied hypnosis and hypnotherapy and the published results have show that on average a patient who is given hypnotherapy and hypnosis prior to a medical proceed that is administrated in a institutional setting (hospital) leaves the hospital on average of five days earlier than those who are not given hypnotherapy or hypnosis. Additionally, patients who under go hypnotherapy have fewer complications and use fewer medications than those patients that do not use hypnotherapy or hypnosis. On average the insurance company saves approximately $1500 per patient who has hypnotherapy or hypnosis prior to and during their stay in the hospital. $1500 dollars doesn’t sound like a lot but according to the American Hospital Association published report stated there are 37.529.270 admissions to hospitals in the United States each year. If the insurance companies could save $1500 per admission that would be a savings of $562,939,050,000 per year which is a huge savings to the public; however, it also represents a huge loss to the hospitals. If we work backwards and we look at how many individual hospital there are 951,045 registered hospitals in the United States. If we divide $562,939,050,000 by 951,045 we find that each hospital would lose on average of $591,916.31 of course smaller community hospitals would lose a smaller dollar amount; however, the percentage of loss remains consistent and this is a huge reduction in the operation budget of these institution. The complete study fact sheet may be found at:


In this article I have not addressed the reductions in the amount of prescription drugs that would not be needed because the patient was no longer in pain. As I continue to conduct research I have requested information from the American Hospital Association on the percentage of drug reduction that has been documented in these studies; however, I have not received a response. So together we have come full circle and returned to our original question: Why don’t more doctors, nurses, and hospitals use hypnosis or hypnotherapy. Why don’t more hospitals allow highly trained hypnotherapist to assist their patients. To be honest more and more hospitals are admitting hypnotherapist to practice in their institution; however many do not. Perhaps it is more of a question of survival. As insurance companies are demanding more Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) hospitals are slowly reacting. Acupuncture and massage therapist are being accepted by the medical community and welcomed into hospitals and I can see a very bright future for hypnotherapy becoming widely accepted not as physician competition but as a adjunct team member that has the ability to help the medical treatment become more effective.

Dr. David Newman, D. Sc., C. Ht. is a subconscious behaviorist,Certified Hypnotherapist, author, public speaker, and the director of RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc. RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc. websites are http://www.mohyp and