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The Parrot and Freedom by Rumi

Posted by Sun on May 24, 2012

There was a certain merchant who has a parrot in a cage. He was going to travel to India for business, he said to his servants, bondwomen, and parrot,” what things do you want I bring to you from India?” Everyone ordered something, but the parrot said,” when you see the parrots in India, say them, that parrot is eager to be you, is in my prison now, what message do you have for him?”

When the merchant was saying the parrot’s message to a flock of parrots in India, suddenly one of the parrots fell out and dead.

The merchant came back to the home, and servants and bondwomen got their gifts. The parrot said, “Where is my souvenir?”

When the merchant said to his parrot that event, suddenly the parrot fell out and dead in his cage!

The merchant after moaning took his corpse out of the cage and threw it away; but, to his surprise, the corpse immediately recovered life, and flew away.

Merchant was shocked. after a while, he looked at the parrot and said, “ what was the message of the parrot that was in India? The parrot said, “The parrot’s advice was; the way to freedom of that prison is to die.

Rumi
Translated by Fariborz Arbasi

This story like other stories of Masnavi has multi layer.
In this story the merchant is symbol of the unconsciousness. Servants and bondwomen are symbol of conditioned people who are captured by beliefs are stored in unconsciousness. But, the parrot is symbol of person who has awareness of his captivity. India is symbol of the noting world. Rumi believes three worlds: the Material world, the dream world, and the noting world. Inspirations and intuitions come from the noting world.

The beliefs are stored in unconsciousness create our identifies. Each identify is a prison that limits us. The way to freedom of this prison is going beyond identify.

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Blinking by Fariborz Arbasi

Posted by Sun on May 20, 2012

One day a young man who was bodybuilder came to the office and said,” Dr. Arbasi as you can see I have a tic disorder, I am constantly blinking, I can’t stop the blinking of my eyes.

I said, “How long do you have this problem?”

He said, “About two years.”

I said, “What did you do to it?”

He said, “I went to every famous doctor in country; neurologist, psychiatrist, internist, psychologist and etc. I have spent a lot of money, but I didn’t any get result.”

I said, “I had the patient that her tic was more severe than yours, and she was treated.”

How?!

With hypnosis

He said, “Dr. Arbasi, I was hypnotized, but to no avail.”

I said, “Whom did you go to?”

He said, “I went to the famous psychiatrist, and we had ten hypnosis sessions but with no effect.”

I said, “The methods are different.  The treatment will be finished in three sessions. OK, take a deep breath and look at that spot. How many numbers can you look at it without blinking, two or five?”

2

OK, 1, 2 keep on

OK

I said, “1,2,3,4 very good, Keep on like that, look at that spot and each time add one to three numbers. You are trained and beautiful physique; it seems that you practice well.”

Thank you

I said, “I read an article about The Strength of Muscles. Gym teacher had told: The most important moves in the bodybuilding are last moves, when you feel you can not do the extra move, and don’t have ability to another one. Those moves that you do after the feel of disability and tired body are key moves.”

He said, “That is completely true.”

I said, “What number do you come?”

17

I said, “That’s great, now, don’t look to that spot. When you don’t look at the spot, you can blink however you want, but, each time you look at the spot go a few more numbers. Are you ready?”

Yes

I said, “Start! The stories I say about bodybuilding you experienced, because you practiced and you have trained and beautiful body. Muscles generally are lazy, and only under pressure they get out of their homes and became obedient to you. You did that with your arm muscles, legs and abdomen, now you are controlling your eyes muscles. What number do you come?”

He said, “I think it’s seventy.”

I said, “Excellent, it’s enough. If necessary, whenever you feel you are blinking only look at a spot for a few seconds. And come next week.”

He was happy and said very excitedly, “I got treated Dr. Arbasi, I haven’t had blinking since last week. I’m only afraid it’s temporarily.

I said, “Don’t worry; you learned the controlling of it. Now look at the spot again. Do you have driver license?”

Yes

I said, “How long didn’t you drive?”

A few months

I said, “If you sit down behind the wheel can you drive?”

He said, “Yes, of course I can.”

I said, “Where are stored your skills? Do you know? The muscles of eye learned sometimes remain constant; Many times we do not need to do anything. The stomach does his work, as well as lung, heart, and other organs. Your eyes are doing their works without your awareness. Many people don’t know where adrenal glands are located!”

He thanked and went. After a few weeks he came to office and said, “Dr. Arbasi, I am unemployed for some time. Can hypnosis help me?

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INNER WISDOM

Quitting Smoking

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Quitting Smoking by Fariborz Arbasi

Posted by Sun on May 15, 2012

A man in his forties arrived and said, “Do you have a drug for smoking cessation too?”

I said, “Yes”.

“Is smoking cessation easy with that drug?” He said

I said, “ To change any habit can be easy or difficult! It depends to method. I give you a prescription, if you use it correctly; you can quit smoking easily. You take zyban until two weeks, whenever you feel your desire to smoke has been reduced, inform me.”

After one week he come and said, “My desire has been reduced.” I said, “you can stop smoking, whenever you feel anxiety take zanax, when you could tolerate anxiety without medication, inform me.”

At last session, I said him, “The urges are like dog and cut, whenever they feel the smell of food, come to you. Every time you cope with them, they become weaker and paler and gradually disappear.

After six months, his brother came to office for quitting smoking.

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INNER WISDOM

Blinking

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INNER WISDOM BY FARIBORZ ARBASI

Posted by Sun on May 6, 2012

A woman who had obsessive compulsive since her adolescence came to me by internet. He was educated and intelligent. She had taken medication by psychiatrist for twelve years.

In addition to different types of obsessions, she had a lot of stress; the stress of workplace, family, her son, and above all the stress of obesity! Her weight was 96 kg.

After several sessions to cognitive behavioral therapy and hypnotherapy, we created the inner wisdom who was slender with a long blue dress. She was empathic listener and investigated problems without judgment.

She consulted with her inner wisdom in many situations. Then I suggested to her for losing weight. She could hardly lose a few pounds.

She called me after a few months.

She said, “Doctor! Do you remember my weight at the last session?”

I said, “Yes, it was 88 kg.”

She said, “What do you think about my weight right now?”

I said, “I think it is about 80 kg.”

She said, “No, I am 70 kg. I’m happy. I enjoy parties, walking and communicating with my husband, family and colleges.”

Her talk as adults was filled with wisdom, happiness, and power.

Indeed, you become someone you has most contact with him/her.

Other stories

Blinking

Quitting Smoking

 

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A FLASH OF COLOR BY MILTON ERICKSON

Posted by Sun on April 30, 2012

A patient came to me and said, “I’ve lived in Phoenix for the
past fifteen years and I have hated every moment of those fifteen
years. My husband has offered me a vacation in Flagstaff. I hate
Phoenix so much, but I have refused to go to Flagstaff. I prefer
to stay in Phoenix and to hate being in Phoenix.”

So I told her, while she was in a trance, that she would be
curious about hating Phoenix and about why she punished herself
so much. That should be a very big curiosity. “And there is
another thing to be curious about—and very, very curious about.
If you go to Flagstaff for a week, you will see, very unexpectedly,
a flash of color.” As long as she had a big curiosity about hating
Phoenix, she could develop an equally large curiosity, just as
compelling, to find out what that flash of color would be in
Flagstaff.
She went to Flagstaff for a week, but stayed a month. What
flash of color did she see? I had none in mind. I just wanted her
to be curious. And when she saw that flash of color, she was so
elated that she remained a whole month in Flagstaff.

That flash of color was a redheaded woodpecker flying past an evergreen
tree. This woman usually spends the summer in Flagstaff now, but
she also has gone to the East Coast to sec the color there. She has
gone to Tucson, to see a flash of color.

She has gone to New York,to see a flash of color. She has gone to Europe, to see a flash of
color. And my statement that she would see a flash of color was
based only upon the fact that you have to see a lot of things that
ordinarily you don’t see. And I wanted her to keep looking. And
she would find something to translate into my words.

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Changing Attitude by Milton Erickson

Posted by Sun on March 24, 2012

A woman in her thirties arrived and said, “I don’t suppose you
want to see me,” I said, “That’s your supposition, would you like
to hear mine?”
“Well,” she said, “I am not deserving of your attention.
When I was six years old my father molested me sexually and
from the age of six until seventeen he used me as a sexual object,
regularly, several times a week. And every time he did it I was in
a state of fear. I was frozen with terror. I felt dirty, inferior,
inadequate, ashamed.
“I thought, at seventeen, 1 had enough strength to break away from him and I worked my way through the rest of high school, hoping that that would give me a feeling of self-respect, and it didn’t. Then I thought maybe a bachelor-of-arts degree would give me a feeling of self-respect.

I worked my way through college. 1 felt ashamed, inferior, indecent. It was a terrible feeling of disappointment. I thought maybe a master’s degree would give me self-respect, but it didn’t. And all through college and graduate
school I was propositioned. And that proved I didn’t deserve self-respect. And I thought I would enroll for a doctorate degree, and men kept propositioning me. I just gave up and became a common prostitute. But that’s not very nice. And some man offered to let me live with him. Well, a girl needs to have food and shelter so I agreed to it.
“Sex was a horrible experience. A penis is so hard and looks so threatening, I just became fear stricken and passive. And it was a painful, horrible experience. This man got tired of me and I began living with another man. The same thing over and over, and now I come to you. 1 feel like filth. An erect penis just terrifies me and I just get helpless, and weak, and passive. I am so glad when a man finishes.

“But I still have to live. I have to have clothes, I have to have shelter; and essentially I am not worth anything else.”
I said, “That’s an unhappy story; and the really unhappy part is—you’re stupid! You tell me that you are afraid of a bold,
erect, hard penis—and that’s stupid! You know you have a vagina; / know it. A vagina can take the biggest, boldest,
most assertive penis and turn it into a dangling, helpless object.
“And your vagina can take a vicious pleasure in reducing it to a helpless dangling object ”
The change on her face was wonderful. She said, “I am going to go back to Los Angeles, and can 1 see you in a month’s time?” And I said, “Certainly.”

She came back in a month’s time and said, “You’re right! I went to bed with a man and I took a vicious pleasure in reducing him to helplessness. It didn’t take long, and I enjoyed it. And I tried another man. The same thing. And
another man. And it’s pleasurable! Now I am going to get my Ph.D. and go into counseling, and I am going to wait until I see a man I want to live with.”
I called her stupid. 1 really got her attention. And then I said, “Vicious pleasure.” And she did resent men. 1 also said “pleasure,”

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OPRAH WINFREY BIOGRAPHY

Posted by Sun on March 3, 2012

Oprah Gail Winfrey was born to unmarried teenage parents. She grew up with her maternal grandmother on a small pig farm in Kosciusko, before moving to Milwaukee to live with her mother.

Her mother’s lack of supervision enabled several male relatives and friends to sexually abuse Winfrey, causing her to run away on many occasions. At the age of fourteen, she gave birth to a premature baby, who died shortly after birth.

Winfrey, now faced with a threat of being sent to a children’s home, moved to Nashville to live with her father and his wife, Zelma. Her father was to provide her with the discipline that was lacking in her life.

Her father, Vernon, placed much importance on education, which resulted in Winfrey becoming an honours student at high school. During this time, she was voted Most Popular Girl, joined her high school speech team, and placed second in the nation in dramatic interpretation. She also won an oratory contest, which secured a full scholarship to Tennessee State University. Winfrey also worked at a local radio station during her studies.

After graduating, she accepted a job offer from Nashville’s WLAC-TV and in so doing became the youngest news anchor at the station. In 1976, she moved to Baltimore’s WJZ-TV to co-anchor the six o’clock news.

In January 1984, Winfrey moved to Chicago to host “A.M. Chicago” for WLS-TV. In less than a year, the show expanded to one hour and was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show. It entered national syndication in 1986, becoming the highest-rated talk show in television history. In 1988, she established Harpo Studios, a production facility in Chicago, making her the third woman in the American entertainment industry (after Mary Pickford and Lucille Ball) to own her own studio.

Oprah made her acting debut in 1985, when she starred in Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Color Purple’. Her performance in the film earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and nominations for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.

‘The Oprah Winfrey’ show is still highly successful. Winfrey has also written six books and produced the film of the novel ‘Beloved’. She has received many awards for her broadcasting and humanitarian work. She is also known for her repeated dramatic weight loss and gain.
She followed this up with a number of television movie appearances and voice roles for feature films, before returning to the big screen in 1998 opposite Danny Glover in ‘Beloved’ based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Toni Morrison. Directed by Jonathan Demme, the film was produced by her studio Harpo Productions.

Thanks to her immense influence, the mere association with the global superstar has been deemed to have advantages, which led to the coining of the phrase the “The Oprah Effect”. A mention of a product on her show helped to turn many no names into brand names, with authors among those who benefitted through Oprah’s Book Club.

She tested the power of the Oprah Effect in politics when she endorsed US presidential candidate Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, the first time she made such a move. Research by economists at the University of Maryland revealed that the move delivered over one million votes to Obama.

‘The Oprah Winfrey’ show continued to be a success, allowing her to net high profile celebrities, including the late Michael Jackson, whose rare prime-time interview became one of the most watched events in American television history with a viewership of 36.5 million people.

Known for her repeated dramatic weight loss and gain, Oprah has received many awards for her broadcasting and humanitarian work and her personal wealth was estimated by Forbes in September 2010 to be over $2.7 billion.
When The Oprah Winfrey Show ends on September 9, 2011, Oprah will still partake in the rapidly shifting and converging media field through The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), which launched on January 1, 2011.

In her final season of her talk show, Oprah made ratings soar when she revealed a family secret: she has a half-sister named Patricia. Oprah’s mother gave birth to a baby girl in 1963. At the time, Oprah was 9 years old, and living with her father. Lee put the child up for adoption because she believed that she wouldn’t be able to get off public assistance if she had another child to care for. Patricia lived in a series of foster homes until she was 7 years old.

Patricia tried to connect with her birth mother through her adoption agency after she became an adult, but Lee did not want to meet her. After doing some research, she approached a niece of Winfrey’s, and the two had DNA tests done, which proved they were related.

Winfrey only learned of her sister’s existence a few months before she made the decision to publicize the knowledge. “It was one of the greatest surprises of my life,” Winfrey said on her show.

Since 1992, Winfrey has been engaged to Stedman Graham, a public relations executive. The couple lives in Chicago, and Winfrey also has homes in Montecito, California, Rolling Prairie, Indiana, and Telluride, Colorado.

ُُSource: http://www.thebiographychannel.co.uk

 

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WALKING AROUND THE RESISTANCE BY MILTON ERICKSON

Posted by Sun on December 30, 2011

In this next tale Erickson demonstrates a very effective way of dealing with resistance to hypnosis.
The first time I practiced hypnosis in Phoenix, a doctor called me up and demanded an appointment. The tone of his voice warned me, “This is trouble. He’s demanding that I put him in
a trance.” I gave him an appointment for the next day.

He came into the office and said, “Now hypnotize me.”
So I failed, by using a great number of techniques in ways to insure that they wouldn’t work. Then I said, “Excuse me for a
moment” and went out into the kitchen, where I had an Arizona State University coed working.

And I said, “Use, I’ve got a very antagonistic, resistant patient in my office. I’m going to put you into a trance, a somnabulistic trance.”
I returned to the office with Use, lifting her arm to demonstrate catalepsy. Then I said, “Use, go over there next to the man. I want you to stand like that until you put him into a trance. I’ll come back in fifteen minutes.”
He bad already directed resistance toward me. How can you resist an already hypnotized person, who proceeds to hypnotize you?
And when I returned, he was in a deep trance.
You walk around resistance. You evoke all the resistance you can in that chair and have her sit in this chair. She leaves her resistance there and she has none when she reaches this chair.

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We learn things in a very unusual way by Milton Erickson

Posted by Sun on December 26, 2011

All right. Now I am going to give you a story so that you can understand better. We learn things in a very unusual way, a way that we don’t know about. In my first year of college I happened to come across that summer a boiler factory. The crews were working on twelve boilers at the same time, and it was three shifts of workmen. And those pneumatic hammers were pounding away,
driving rivets into the boilers. I heard that noise and I wanted to find out what it was. On learning that it was a boiler factory, I went in and I couldn’t hear anybody talking. I could see the various employees were conversing. I could see the foreman’s lips moving, but I couldn’t hear what he said to me. He heard what I said. I had him come outside so I could talk to him. And I asked him for permission to roll up in my blanket and sleep on the floor for one night. He thought there was something wrong with me. I explained that I was a premedic student and that I was interested in learning processes. And he agreed that I could roll up in my blanket and sleep on the floor. He explained to all the men and left an explanation for the succeeding shift of men. The next morning I awakened. I could hear the workmen talking about that damn fool kid. What in hell was he sleeping on the floor there for? What did he think he could learn?

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Keep him on the road by Milton Erickson

Posted by Sun on December 25, 2011

One day an unknown horse strayed into the yard of the farm
where I lived as a child. No one knew where this horse had
come from as it had no markings by which it could have been
identified. There was no question of keeping the horse—it must
belong to someone.
My father decided to lead it home. He mounted the horse
and led it to the road and simply trusted the instinct of the horse
to lead itself towards its home. He only intervened when the
horse left the road to eat grass or to walk into a field. On these
occasions my father would firmly guide it back to the road.
In this way the horse was soon returned to its owner. The
owner was very surprised to see his horse once more and asked
my father, “How did you know the horse came from here and
belonged to us?”
My father replied, “I didn’t know, the horse knew! All I did
was to keep him on the road.”

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WHY DO YOU CARRY THAT CANE? BY MILTON ERICKSON

Posted by Sun on December 22, 2011

I gave a lecture to a large medical group, and when it was over, 
one of the doctors said, “I enjoyed your lecture and I followed
your blackboard drawings, your illustrations, and explanations.
Now, there is one thing I can’t understand. Why didn’t you use
the poker that was lying in the trough? Why do you carry around
the cane that you use for a poker?”
I said, “I carry around a cane because I limp. It is also handy
as a poker.”
He said, “You don’t limp.”
And he learned that a lot of other members of the audience
had not noticed that I limped. They just thought that it was an
affectation, that I carried my cane in my pocket and then used
it as a poker.
I have walked into many homes and a small child has said right
away, “What’s wrong with your leg?” Because they notice that.
A child’s mind is a rather open thing. Adults tend to restrict
themselves. Every magician will tell you, “Don’t let children too
near or they will sec through the trick.” Adults have closed minds.
They think they are watching everything. They aren’t watching.
They have got a routine way of looking.

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THINKING LIKE CHILDREN BY MILTON ERICKSON

Posted by Sun on December 22, 2011

How can we learn to think like children again and regain some

creativity?

Watch little children. My youngest daughter went through

college in three years, got a master’s in her fourth year of college,

and completed medical school in two years and nine months.

When she was very young she would draw pictures and she’d

remark as she was drawing: “Drawing this picture is hard. I hope

I get it done so I’ll know what I’m drawing.”

Watch little children drawing pictures. “Is this a barn? No,

it’s a cow. No, it’s a tree.” The picture is whatever they want it

to be.

Most little children have good eidetic imagery, and some have

imaginary playmates. They can have a tea party that they can

change into a game in the orchard. Then they change that tea

party in the orchard into a hunt for Easter eggs. Children are very

ignorant, so they’ve got lots of room to change things around.

In a trance state, you’ve got billions of brain cells at your

service that ordinarily you don’t use. And children are very honest,

“1 don’t like you.” Whereas you would say, “Pleased to meet

you.”

You follow a very careful routine socially without realizing you

are restricting your behavior. In hypnotic trance, you are free.

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Full cup of tea

Posted by Sun on December 14, 2011

A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor’s cup full, and then kept pouring.

The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself. “It’s overfull! No more will go in!” the professor blurted.

“You are like this cup,” the master replied, “How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup.”

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WET DREAMS BY MILTON ERICKSON

Posted by Sun on September 20, 2011

A woman had secured a divorce because she went all numb sexually and this had troubled her husband very much. He couldn’t stand living with an unresponsive woman. Then she had a number of boyfriends. She was now living with a man who was separated from his wife—a terribly sordid life. He wanted to have her as his mistress. He placed his children first, his wife second, his mistress third. And she didn’t have any response at all.

The man was a wealthy man. He gave the woman a lot of things she liked. And she said, “I’m just plain cold. I have no feelings. It’s a mechanical thing For me.”

In a trance, I explained to her about how boys learn to recognize different feelings in their penis—when it’s limp, a quarter erect, halfway erect, fully erect. How it feels when detumesccnce occurs. How it feels when the ejaculation occurs. And I explained to her all about wet dreams in boys.

I said, “In every boy half of his ancestors are feminine. And what any boy can do, any girl can do. And so you can have a wet dream at night. In fact, you can have a wet dream any time you wish. In the daytime you may see a handsome man. Why not have one then? He doesn’t need to know about it. But you can know about it.”

She said, “That’s an intriguing thought.”

I noticed that she became abnormally still. Her face flushed.

She said, “Dr. Erickson, you’ve just given me my first orgasm.

Thank you very much.”

I’ve received several letters from her. She’s gotten rid of the boyfriend who separated from his wife. She’s with a young man her age who’s interested in marriage. And sex with him is absolutely wonderful. She has an orgasm or two or three every time.

Regarding that buildup about all boys having wet dreams, the reason for it is that a person learns to masturbate using his hands. In order to mature he must function sexually without the use of his hands. So his unconscious mind furnishes him, in his dreams, with a sex object.

Why did I describe boys’ masturbation and not girls’? Because I could describe a boy and not be talking about her, and she could understand. And then, when she understood, I said, “A girl can have wet dreams too. And half of even’ boy’s ancestors are female.”

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DO YOU HEAR IT? BY MILTON ERICKSON

Posted by Sun on September 20, 2011

A woman volunteered at a workshop to be a subject. She said that many people had worked with her for hours, but the suggestions had no effect. So I quizzed her a little bit about herself. She was French, She named her favorite French food, told me about a French restaurant in New Orleans that she liked, and told me how much she enjoyed music. She described the music.

When she saw my listening attitude, she turned her head and started listening with the other ear. She was left-eared. So I closed my right ear.

I said, “Do you hear it too? Is it very faint? I wonder how far away that orchestra is. It seems to be coming closer.” And pretty soon she found herself unable to keep from beating time to the music. Then I raised the question, “Are there one or two violinists in the orchestra?” There were two. She pointed out the man who played the saxophone. And, so, we had a good time.

I wondered if the orchestra had reached the end of that piece of music and whether they opened their music notes for another type of music to play. She heard all her favorite tunes played.

Hypnosis is best accomplished by thinking about certain phenomena. You listen to a stutterer talk, and you can’t resist forming.

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MANIPULATION BY MILTON ERICKSON

Posted by Sun on September 19, 2011

I’ve been accused of manipulating patients—to which I reply: Every mother manipulates her baby—if she wants it to live. And every time you go to the store you manipulate the clerk to do your bidding. And when you go to a restaurant, you manipulate the waiter. And the teacher in school manipulates you into learning to read and write. In fact, life is one big manipulation.

The final manipulation is putting you to rest. And that’s manipulation, too. They have to lower the coffin and then they have to get the rope out—all manipulation. And you manipulate a pencil—to write, to record thoughts. And you manipulate yourself, carrying around Planters peanuts, or cigarettes, or Life Savers. One of my daughters called them “mint-pepper safcrlifes.” She also says “flutterbys” and “melonwaters.”

And now she’s pregnant and living in Dallas. I wrote a letter to her, saying that naming the baby would be easy. All she has to do, if it is a boy, is to name it “Dallas.” If it is a girl she could name it “Alice.” Her husband says that in Texas you have to have double names. He wants to name it “Billy- Rubin.” You know what bilirubin is? A bile secretion! Of course, he could call it “Hemo Globin.”

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DESIRE BY NAPOLEON HILL

Posted by Sun on September 18, 2011

A few years back, Ford decided to produce his now famous V-8 motor. He chose to build an engine with the entire eight cylinders cast in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design for the engine. The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agreed, to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder gas engine block in one piece.
Ford said, “Produce it anyway.” “But,” they replied, “it’s impossible!” “Go ahead,” Ford commanded, “and stay on the job until you succeed no matter how much time is required.”
The engineers went ahead. There was nothing else for them to do, if they were to remain on the Ford staff. Six months went by, nothing happened. Another six months passed, and still nothing happened. The engineers tried every
conceivable plan to carry out the orders, but the thing seemed out of the question; “impossible!”
At the end of the year Ford checked with his engineers, and again they informed him they had found no way to carry out his orders. “Go right ahead,” said Ford, “I want it, and I’ll have it.” They went ahead, and then, as if by a stroke of magic, the secret was discovered.

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CACTI

Posted by Sun on September 16, 2011

Usually I send alcoholic patients to AA because AA can do a better job than I can do. An alcoholic carne to me and he said, “My grandparents on both sides were alcoholics; my parents were alcoholics; my wife’s parents were alcoholics; my wife is an alcoholic and I have had delirium tremors eleven times. I am sick of being an alcoholic. My brother is an alcoholic too. Now, that is a hell of a job for you. What do you think you can do about it?”

I asked him what his occupation was.

“When I am sober I work on a newspaper. And alcohol is an occupational hazard there.”

I said, “All right, you want me to do something about it—with that history. Now, the thing I am going to suggest to you won’t seem the right thing. You go out to the Botanical Gardens. You look at all the cacti there and marvel at cacti that can survive three years without water, without rain. And do a lot of thinking.”

Many years later a young woman came in and said, “Dr.Erickson, you knew me when I was three years old, I moved to California when I was three years old. Now I am in Phoenix and I came to see what kind of a man you were—what you looked like.”

I said, “Take a good look, and I’m curious to know why you want to look at me.”

She said, “Any man who would send an alcoholic out to the Botanical Gardens to look around, to learn how to get around without alcohol, and have it work, is the kind of man I want to see! My mother and father have been sober ever since you sent my father out there.”

“What is your father doing now?”

“He’s working for a magazine. He got out of the newspaper business. He says the newspaper business has an occupational hazard of alcoholism.”

Now, that was a nice way to cure an alcoholic. Get him to respect cacti that survive three years without rain. You see you can talk about your textbooks. Today you take up this much. Tomorrow you take up that much. They say you do such and such. But actually you ought to look at your patient to figure out what kind of a man he is—or woman—then deal with the patient in a way that fits his or her problem, his or her unique problem,

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WALKING AROUND THE RESISTANCE BY MILTON ERICKSON

Posted by Sun on September 16, 2011

The first time I practiced hypnosis in Phoenix, a doctor called me up and demanded an appointment. The tone of his voice warned me, “This is trouble. He’s demanding that I put him in a trance.” I gave him an appointment for the next day. He came into the office and said, “Now hypnotize me.”

So I failed, by using a great number of techniques in ways to insure that they wouldn’t work. Then I said, “Excuse me for a moment” and went out into the kitchen, where I had an Arizona State University coed working. And I said, “Use, I’ve got a very antagonistic, resistant patient in my office. I’m going to put you into a trance, a somnabulistic trance.”

I returned to the office with Use, lifting her arm to demonstrate catalepsy. Then I said, “Use, go over there next to the man. I want you to stand like that until you put him into a trance. I’ll come back in fifteen minutes.”

He bad already directed resistance toward me. How can you resist an already hypnotized person, who proceeds to hypnotize you?

And when I returned, he was in a deep trance.

You walk around resistance. You evoke all the resistance you can in that chair and have her sit in this chair. She leaves her resistance there and she has none when she reaches this chair.

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DILATATION BY MILTON ERICKSON

Posted by Sun on September 16, 2011

I think a great deal can be done. The president of the state medical society, a surgeon, sent me a woman. He had operated on her for cancer of the uterus and then operated on her for

cancer of the colon, of a different variety. She developed a contraction of the lower colon. Defecation was extremely painful, and she went to his office for slow, gradual dilatation. And she suffered from such terrible pain.

He asked me, “Can you help the woman with hypnosis? I don’t want to do a third operation on that woman.” So I used a trance. I told the woman that she had had two cancers of different kinds; now she suffered from a painful contraction of the lower colon. And that’s very painful and had to be dilated. I told her that if, every day, she would get into her swimming suit, throw an automobile tire into the swimming pool, sit in there, and enjoy the comfort of the swimming pool and the water, the dilatation would be much less painful.

And she did that every day. The doctor said the dilatation proceeded much more rapidly, unusually rapidly. He said the woman complained about pain as before, but the tone of her voice was different. He didn’t think she had the same degree of pain.

About a year later the woman came by and hugged and kissed me and told me how wonderful life was. Her colon had healed; the doctor said she had a normal colon. He had removed the cancer from it. No recurrence.

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