To demonstrate the suggestibility factor in the mind/body relationship, have an
unknowing partner agree to a tolerance to pain test with his back turned towards you.
Tell him that you want to momentarily touch his back with a lit cigarette to illustrate
his control over pain. Instead, touch his back with a piece of ice of similar diameter
sheathed in a cloth (to prevent water drips) and watch a redness develop on his back.
This mind/body reaction to the expectation of a suggested result is the basis for many
similar hypnotic 'feats' as well.
Autogenic training allows you to achieve a suggestive state of mind using con-
sciously directed affirmations. Once you learn how to interrupt your automatic bodily
controls with your conscious mind, you can direct your body to shed excess fat from
specific areas, maintain profuse hair growth in balding spots, and heal and repair
damaged or diseased cells. In fact, you’ll find your body will easily fulfill your
conscious suggestions once you learn how to direct it.
Each autogenic exercise in autonomic control should be mastered before moving
on to the next in sequence. Right now do one cycle for limb heaviness of the arms
and legs. It should take you less than a minute. Once heaviness is established, begin
the exercise for warmth. Say to yourself, "My right arm is getting limp and warm," 6
to 8 times. Then repeat, "My right arm is getting warmer and warmer," 6 to 8 times.
Then say, "My right arm is completely warm," 6 to 8 times. Then say, "I am feeling
completely calm." Using your imagination, actually feel your arm getting warm.
Remember a time in the sun when it really was warm or actually go into the sun and
remind yourself how it feels. Actually sustaining your conscious awareness in a
certain body area will automatically bring a blood flow to that body area and an ac-
companying warmth at the same time, so you should master this exercise quite easily.
Repeat the procedure 2 to 3 times a day for 3 days. Then do the left arm, both
arms, right leg, left leg, both legs and then both arms and legs for 3 days on each
sequence. Then sum up the first two exercises in a combined fashion. Say, "My
arms and legs are getting limp and heavy and warm," 6 to 8 times. Then repeat, "My
arms and legs are getting heavier and warmer," 6 to 8 times. Then say, "I feel
Always before repeating a cycle, open your eyes and throw off the heaviness and
warmth. Then repeat the process again. Only begin the warmth formula after the
limb feels heavy.