- Healing from the Quran
- Healing from sending Salawaat/Durood on the Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam)
- Basic Daily Dhikr
- Meditation and Contemplation
- Muraqaba and Muhaasaba
- Basic adherence to Sunnah
- The Blessed Way (Shamaa’il) of the Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) – At-Tirmidhi
- Merits and Benefits of Fasting – a Holistic Approach
The skill of the professional Coach is to be able to objectively assist others to gain clarity over what is important to them, both in their lives and their work, to help them access the resources they need and to mobilise themselves to move forward and achieve their goals.
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
NLP offers powerful, effective, rapid and easy to learn skills which can be invaluable to all those involved in the field of personal development and communication, or who wish to change their own lives. Based upon modelling skills, NLP effectively teaches us how to be excellent in what we do. It is often described as a set of tools that shows us how to run our minds.
Within science, there is no debate as to whether hypnosis exists or works. Science simply cannot agree on what it is and how it works, although as The British Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis states:
“In therapy, hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention narrowed down, and focused on appropriate suggestions made by the therapist.”
These suggestions help people make positive changes within themselves. Long gone are the days when hypnosis was seen as waving watches and controlling people’s minds. In a hypnotherapy session you are always in control and you are not made to do anything against your wishes. It is generally accepted that all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis. A hypnotist merely helps to facilitate your experience – hypnotherapy is not about being made to do things, in fact it is the opposite, it is about empowerment.
During hypnosis, the patient is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the hypnotist’s voice. In this state, the conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is revealed.
Hypnosis is thought to work by altering our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more alert. The conscious control of the mind is inhibited, and the subconscious mind awoken. Since the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for the patient’s behaviour and physical state to alter.
For example, a patient who consciously wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they consciously can to do it, but will still fail as long as their subconscious mind retains this terror and prevents the patient from succeeding. Progress can only be made be reprogramming the subconscious so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are abolished or altered.
Misconceptions of Hypnosis
Any misconceptions a potential patient may have about hypnosis should be dispelled. The technique does not involve the patient being put into a deep sleep, and the patient cannot be made to do anything they would not ordinarily do. They remain fully aware of their surroundings and situation, and are not vulnerable to every given command of the therapist. The important thing is that the patient wants to change some behavioural habit or addiction and is highly motivated to do so. They have to want the treatment to work and must establish a good clinical rapport with the therapist in order for it to do so……
The readiness and ability of patients to be hypnotised varies considerably and hypnotherapy generally requires several sessions in order to achieve meaningful results. However the patient can learn the technique of self-hypnosis which can be practiced at home, to reinforce the usefulness of formal sessions with the therapist. This can help counter distress and anxiety-related conditions.
Uses of Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy can be applied to many psychological, emotional and physical disorders. It is used to relieve pain in surgery and dentistry and has proved to be of benefit in obstetrics. It can shorten the delivery stage of labour and reduce the need for painkillers. It can ease the suffering of the disabled and those facing terminal illness, and it has been shown to help people to overcome addictions such as smoking and alcoholism, and to help with bulimia. Children are generally easy to hypnotise and can be helped with nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting) and chronic asthma, whilst teenagers can conquer stammering or blushing problems which can otherwise make their lives miserable.
Phobias of all kinds lend themselves well to hypnotherapy, and anyone suffering from panic attacks or obsessional compulsive behaviour, and stress-related problems like insomnia, may benefit. Conditions exacerbated by tension, such as irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis and eczema, and excessive sweating, respond well, and even tinnitus and clicky jaws (tempero-mandibular joint dysfunction) can be treated by these techniques.
Hypnosis can also be used to help in quitting a habit such smoking, or be used as a means of weight control.
Hypnosis in Islam
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a vital cornerstone of modern psychotherapy with wide levels of credible research and proven success in overcoming behavioural difficulties. The therapist uses powerful hypnosis/CBT strategies to assist clients to overcome unwanted behaviours/habits, including over eating and smoking.
Solution Focussed Hypnotherapy and Hypno-Psychotherapy
The skills of assisting clients to resolve issues with which they may have struggled for some period of time, is, or should be, at the forefront of all psychotherapeutic training. Beginning with counselling skills and rapport building techniques, develops into the use of Solution Focussed Hypno-Psychotherapy techniques, including the use of therapeutic metaphor.
Sometimes clients are resistant to change, possibly due to some secondary gain associated with the symptoms, often at an unconscious level. The Hypnotherapist utilises ways of uncovering and resolving hidden issues through time regression and psychoanalytical methods.
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