Learn to programme yourself

2013-01-05 00:00

IT’S early in the New Year and many people recognise that hopeless feeling of making and breaking resolutions. But perhaps they need a new tool in their armoury to help them stick to the straight and narrow.

“Look into my eyes … yes, yes, you are feeling sleepy, veerry sssleeepy,” says Kaa, the snake in the animated version of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. He has fascinated an entire generation of children and adults with his mesmerising eyes and hypnotic voice. For many, this is their first encounter with the idea of hypnosis.

But maybe the ancient art of hypnosis can be used for more than entertainment.

“Definitely,” says Johannesburg-based hypnosis therapist Terry Winchester, who has won an international award in Malaysia for his ground-breaking work.

Last year, Winchester was awarded the Brand Laureate Personality Award — the only other South African to receive this award was Nelson Mandela. He has adapted his MindFrame hypnosis technique to treat many common ailments and bad habits. He says his technique can help reinforce positive behaviour patterns if used correctly.

In recent years, Winchester has been using his hypnosis technique to aid university students with their studying, memory and concentration. The Malaysian government and university have been impressed with the results.

Winchester believes he can also implement his skills locally to help pupils and teachers attain better school results, but his attempts to persuade school authorities have not yet had success.

He teaches people to access the power of their mind by accessing their subconscious and changing the destructive thought patterns that cause negative behaviour.

He travels annually abroad to do seminars in Australia and Asia, where he teaches his method of self-hypnosis with the aid of CDs, which help people access their deepest state of relaxation.

This year he plans to open a hypnosis centre in the Midlands to offer treatment to people in a natural and peaceful setting. He has been looking at a property in the Mooi River area and he hopes the centre will be operational by mid-year.

While most people associate hypnosis with entertainment, where stage hypnotists get participants to perform ridiculous acts on stage, Winchester says a short hypnosis session will not have long-lasting effects.

“The subconscious mind needs to be constantly reminded of what it should be doing. So if a person is told they will stop smoking, it may work for two or three days, but the subliminal suggestion will wear off. I teach people how to reach their subconscious minds and how to programme themselves to get what they want.”

He explains: “The MindFrame Technique is a process that teaches the participant how to move from the conscious, beta, level of the mind to the more relaxed, subconscious alpha and theta levels while remaining fully conscious.

“It is at this level of mind that we can think creatively and identify the root cause of any problem and empower ourselves to change our self-image.

“The process is based on the principle that whatever image you hold before you will come about. The idea is that we learn to acknowledge the self-created negative aspects and then enable a transformation.

“The technique will reprogramme the subconscious mind to ‘autopilot’, and afflictions such as stuttering, depression, sexual impotence, myalgic encephalomyelitis, debilitating phobias and weight problems can be dealt with.

“When we entertain this negative energy, the whole body is thrown out of alignment. This then manifests in the individual’s ‘Achilles heel’ or weakest organ. The mind is in every cell of the body. So when we have these knotted emotions, the cells may reflect this disturbance as a cancerous tumour — the mind can cure this.”

Winchester is so confident about his technique that he says that alcoholics who have been through his programme will be able to drink socially and control the urge to over-indulge.

“I have encountered resistance from the AA, but the basic principle is that alcohol is not the enemy; it is the mind that controls the addiction.”

I ask Winchester to give me a hypnotherapy session for the New Year to help me tackle my intention to lose weight. My eyelids begin to droop and his voice buzzes in the background … Winchester does beekeeping as a hobby and I am thinking that perhaps he hypnotises them. This is the last thought I have … zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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