Siegel, Bernie S.. Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned about Self-Healing from a Surgeon’s

VISUALIZATION AND HYPNOSIS Anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss has noted that much of folk medicine throughout the world is based on “psychological manipulation of the sick organ” by means of an extremely vivid image brought into the mind while the patient is in a deep trance. Carl and Stephanie Simonton adopted similar techniques learned from Mind Dynamics after hearing that users of biofeedback often were able to communicate more effectively with their bodies by means of an image than by directly trying to influence a certain organ or function. One woman, for example, learned to control a dangerous irregularity irregularity in her heartbeat by picturing a little girl swinging rhythmically to and fro on a playground swing. In Beyond Biofeedback, Elmer and Alyce Green of the Menninger Clinic describe the experience of a close friend who was called in to help a man deal with the pain of a large pelvic cancer. The patient was hypnotized and asked to find the room in his brain that had the valves controlling the blood supply to his body and to turn off the valve that controlled the blood flow to his tumor. He did, and during two months of sessions the tumor shrank to one-fourth its former size. His pain went away, and he was discharged from the hospital instead of dying. Subsequently, when the man died because of a complication of later surgery, doctors found that his diffuse metastatic disease had disappeared, and his tumor, which had been the size of a grapefruit, was down to the size of a golf ball.

Siegel, Bernie S.. Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned about Self-Healing from a Surgeon’s