How often do we accept a label and fully live up to it? Well the answer may be many more times than we should. The challenge that we have as human beings is that we have used words to identify things, but the words are never fully reflective of the true experience.
For example, lets say you go to the doctors one summers day because your eyes are sore and your nose is runny. The likely hood is that your doctor, whom you respect and trust will apply a label to your symptoms, in an effort to provide an explanation of your experience so that it can then be treated.
So your doctor tells you, have Hay fever. From that Summer onwards you grow to expect your Hay fever visitor. You know how you will feel, what your symptoms will be, when they will start, when they will stop. You even compare your suffering with other sufferers, to compete against who suffers the most!
When do you know to stop being a Hay fever sufferer- how do you know that you haven’t grown out of it? Could your expectation of it be the sole reason that it is continually re-created?
How about stress? Is that a factor for allergy sufferers? For many asthmatics eczema and psoriasis sufferers it is a deciding factor in the severity of the condition.
So how can NLP and hypnosis help? Well as we know one of the major frames of NLP is the cause and effect frame. This moves the client out of “I suffer” and into “I create.” This in itself may not be enough to stop the allergic reaction, but does at least get the client away from relying on a treatment for the problem and looking more towards how they continue to cause it. Perhaps they can begin to notice how their diet affects their level of resistance, or to look for homeopathic and natural remedies to counteract the symptoms.
For those whose Symptoms are aggravated by stress, Hypnosis is especially beneficial at creating relaxation and relieving tension and suggestions for healing can be given to the patient.
By Gemma Bailey