Can Hypnosis Rewire the Brain?

I am going to show you how you might truly affect the change you want to see happen in your life. Hypnosis is an amazing tool for emotional healing, spiritual development and change. Mostly, I’ve talked in the past about pain management, because I do a lot of work with healing pain. In addition, I’ve talked a lot about regressions that take you backward and forward in time. Now, I’d like to talk with you about how you can heal your body of many diseases and disorders too. I want you to know how powerful your mind is and how your body can actually heal disease as well as manifest anything you desire. This isn’t magic; it’s simple science, so let me explain. Although each of the ways you connect with your mind and body, may seem different, they all use the same basic process within the brain, a chemical transmitter that unites the neurons in a particular way. Fascinating huh? In fact, it can heal, repair itself, and learn. The physical circuitry of the average brain contains about one hundred billion neurons linked by one hundred and fifty trillion or so connecting synapse that branch from just a single neuron. In the Wall Street Journal’s report, How the Brain Wiring Forms Thought and Emotions, “the researchers hope to shed light on the variability in training connections between individuals and … they hope for insights into autism, schizophrenia, and other diseases that may stem from the breakdown of these critical connections.” [1] So let’s start with physical healing.

Remember when you were a child, you were forever knocking up against something and bruising yourself, falling down and skinning your knee or cutting yourself when you learned to use a knife? You didn’t have to think of anything in particular, you just knew that your body would take care of you, because your parents said, “No worries sweetheart, you will heal in no time.” For the most part, you had faith in your potential for self-healing, right? So what happened to that faith? You grew up and let go of it, but wait, you still have all that healing ability within you! You have all of the same internal chemicals in your brain as a child as you do now—belief is the difference. Neuroscientists tell us that neuroplasticity changes your brain by changing the way you think. The other way around is, and cognitive therapist agree that if you change the way you think, you actually change your brain’s chemistry. (See the image below of a neuron, the balls with spokes, firing and rewiring itself through new thoughts and chemical reactions.)

Neuroplasticity helps to rewire your brain for long term health and wellbeing; healing brain neurons (transmitters) and nerve connections. The chemicals of your brain are like a great big pharmacy within you. An easy way to enact this is to simply live in the present moment and in deep gratitude for all you have…easy peasy, just be grateful for what you have now. Even as far back as Plato, great thinkers knew. He once said, if we all live in gratitude, we appeal to the most positive and attractive of the world…it magnetically sends the most positive people to you. So, you see that the Secret and the Law of Attraction is not new at all. The law of attraction tells us that you can have anything you want through magnetically drawing things to you. So does that happen? Easily for some, not so much for others. The following is a great example of one of thousands of the placebo effects, healing the body.

Placebo Effect As reported by Bruno Klopfer in the Journal of Projective Techniques in 1957, [3] Dr. West was treating Mr. Wright, who had an advanced cancer called lymphosarcoma. All treatments had failed, and time was running out. Mr. Wright’s neck, chest, abdomen, armpits, and groin were filled with tumors the size of oranges, his spleen and liver were enlarged. Dr. West didn’t expect him to last a week. But Mr. Wright read about a promising new drug called Krebiozen. He begged his doctor to treat him with the new drug, only offered in clinical trials to people who were believed to have at least three months left to live. Mr. Wright was too sick to qualify. But Mr. Wright didn’t give up…and this is the key! “Knowing the drug existed and believing the drug would be his miracle cure,” he pestered his doc until he injected him with Krebiozen on a Friday. The following Monday, Mr. Wright was walking around. Mr. Wright’s “tumor masses had melted like snowballs on a hot stove” and were half their original size. Ten days after the first dose of Krebiozen, Mr. Wright left the hospital, apparently cancer free.

Unfortunately, two months he read that Krebiozen didn’t seem to be effective. Mr. Wright, who trusted what he read in the literature, fell into a deep depression, and his cancer came back. His Doc wanted to help save his patient, decided told Mr. Wright the initial supplies of the drug had deteriorated during shipping, but the new batch of Krebiozen was pure. He then injected Mr. Wright with nothing but distilled water. Again, the tumors melted away, the fluid in his chest disappeared, and Mr. Wright was feeling great again for another two months. That is, until the American Medical Association blew announced that a nationwide study of Krebiozen proved that the drug was utterly worthless. This time, Mr. Wright lost all faith in his treatment. His cancer came right back, and he died two days later. One of many stories of placebo effect in action. So, if you hadn’t figured it out by now, Krebiozen was not the healer of Mr. Wright, it was his own brain’s ability to create a cocktail of healing hormones and dispense it quickly and effectively for Mr. Wright. In addition to those below, there is Serotonin, Norepinephrine, Epinephrine, etc.

Drug Store in Our Brains We are the placebo making our own internal pharmacy of chemicals. We have all the resources within us to change everything within or around us. Hormones of stress create disease through your own thoughts and these can make you sick, and they can also make you well. Our brain makes its own natural hormones and chemicals in a store house in the brain, I call the "Control Booth." Cell biologists Bruce Lipton and Robert Lanza, Neuroscientist, Joe Dispensa, Epigeneticists, and many others say that you don’t even have to unwrap genes that harbor diseases! [2] You don’t actually have to have a disease, because your family has it or even have it at all. You can regulate your internal states to heal everything within you. From a neurological standpoint, you only need to think differently to rewire your brain, turning off survival centers that keep you stuck and turning on those thrive centers that activate healing. When stress keeps those stress chemicals churning around, knocking out homeostasis and balance this energy will eventually turn into anxiety, depression and or physical problems. This is based on old data that keeps us stuck, but when we embrace our power, and connect to elevated states of emotion our electrical thought, aligns with our magnetic emotions to collaborate and create networks to what you want, and healing that is permanent. This is the placebo effect in action, and occurs when chemicals are released that create connections between mind and body.

When stress causes physical, chemical and emotional trauma to the body, we must do something different to activate the placebo effect to get healing to occur or spontaneous remissions to activate. There are many ways to do this: some people like meditation, others like living in beautiful states of bliss, some use biofeedback and still others find it difficult to get past the “thinking brain” that has caused the cycle of inner dialogues of negativity to spin out of control. We all have a placebo effect in use within the body every day. Just think of your own body. Remember how many times have you bumped yourself, or cut yourself? For most of us, those bruises and cuts were activated by automatic healing produced by our own little storehouse of antibodies tucked away by the brain. We have an amazing cornucopia of drugs within our brain, a veritable drug store for our own use. We can tap it to restore a normal rhythm and flow of the body, regulating temperature, healing organs, blood and just about everything that ails us. This isn’t about faith, but about the quality of your intention and the belief that you can heal.

Reprograming your brain and managing your inner resources is not only your right, but your gift from the Universe! Empower yourself today, to move to your highest and best self. Learn to do what your body knows at its core state, can do to live a comfortable and healthy life! Ten minutes of feeling compassion with a clear intention, with inspired heartfelt feelings; not trying or hoping, but heart centered feelings, then, live as you already have what you want. Any medical condition can be healed by signaling genes in real time. You can reprogram the brain to create and clear the healed, new cells inside you, the behavior matches intention and repetition creates the new habits within the brain: Just allow…accept, believe and surrender.

Hypnosis Can Help You to Learn to Think Differently What I am saying is that through hypnosis you can take your brain off its looping default system of old programing, the kind that sends the same useless messages around in circles in your mind. Then replace those messages to create miracles, magic and amazing opportunities in your life. Your brain is extremely powerful and when you learn how to manage it, you will be amazed at what you can achieve. By focusing your brain, putting attention on those things that are important and relevant to your wellbeing you take the first step. So, how does your brain decide what's important and relevant? The only way that it can, is to look at the external environment and measure it against what is contained in your long-term memory. This includes all your beliefs, experiences and conditioning. This is its default system, the old learning that you know that needs to be interrupted.

That said, if your old thinking believes that your desire isn't possible or needs to know how it will occur, then even if the possibility does exist you will not see it, you will look right past it. You do, of course have the power to override this default system of old thinking with your new thoughts. Which includes choosing what to attend to and focus on. Typically, these are things you want out of life: new house, car, money, dress, bigger sales, new job, etc. Those things come easily when you pair the desire with feeling positive energy and gratitude at the same time. Bottom line, what you focus on, you find and manifest. The only thing you need to do is to get out of the way of your own progress and healing. This is where hypnosis comes in to reframe old beliefs with your more sophisticated beliefs of today. So, how it works, is I embed the hypnosis session with new messages around your desire, then give you the same intention to work on in your waking life.

Pairing new beliefs in hypnosis is so much more effective then working with the logical brain. Take a look at my video on where the target of beliefs lay in consciousness. Neuroscientists say that clear intentions set up a biological response within the brain, an electrical charge that will generate a complementary magnetic charge. So master setting an intention that is clear, build the corresponding good emotions, and the Law of Attraction says your desires can be yours. Again, an intention may be an event, healing, money, relationships, deeper spiritual or psychic knowledge, happiness or whatever you want. We act as the placebo effect that accesses healing of the mind and body, each influencing each other. Aligning in the present moment leads us to a natural state of bliss, where we are outside the concept of time, space and Self.

The Trickster in Healing & Thinking How many times have you tried and nothing happened? Does self-sabotage come to shake your tree of faith? Does the trickster archetype haunt everything you are working for? Fear, especially ongoing anxiety installs a “nocebo effect.” Yes, the placebo has an alter ego, the nocebo. Both nocebo and placebo effects, rather than being caused by the physiological effect of the treatment, are reactions resulting from a patient's expectations and perceptions of how the treatment will affect them. Although they have a psychological origin, both nocebo’s and placebos may produce measurable physiological changes. High beta brain waves of fear, depression, OCD, intellectual sparing, etc. can dampen the process. But the good news is that activating the nerve cells that fire together, will assist them to wire together and heal. So stay out of the past, stay in the present moment and in that moment, find something to be grateful for. Open the door to your subconscious state of amazing healing and your life will be forever changed!

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Shirley Ryan, PhD, CCHt is a practicing hypnotherapist and spiritual mentor. See more at

Notes & References

  1. Hotz, Robert Lee, reporter Wall Street Journal, How the Brain Wiring Forms Thought and Emotions,

  2. Dispenza, Joe, DC, is the best-selling author of Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind and Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself.

  3. Rankin, Lissa, M.D., Mind Over Medicine,

  4. Klopfer, Bruno, M.D., Journal of Projective Techniques in 1957

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