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Hypnotherapy Evolves to Something More

Healing your body without surgery or drugs is possible.
By Ell Hawley

Ángela was the passenger in a car on a wet mountain road when the car collided with an eighteen-wheel semitruck that had hydroplaned. The impact to her side of the car was a brutal assault on her body, and for a time, it took her life. At the scene, she was resuscitated and then rushed to the hospital. Her face had taken most of the trauma. She had multiple fractures to the right side of her face and was blind in that eye. She also had auditory-nerve damage, making hearing from her right ear very difficult. Walking without help was impossible because her equilibrium had been affected. Her right rib was fractured. Because of her maxilla and skull fractures, she couldn’t chew food or speak. Ángela was thirty-four years old.

At the time of the crash, Ángela lived in Pasto, Colombia. On her fourth day in the hospital, the neurosurgeon told her mother that they were sending her daughter home to die. He said they could do nothing for her. He advised her mother that when she sees spinal fluid dripping from her daughter’s nose, that’ll be the sign that Ángela will die soon, likely in just a few hours.

At her home, Ángela didn’t die that day, the next day, or the next week. A month later, Ángela’s mother began to bring her (still in a horrific amount of pain) to hospital after hospital, desperate to find help for her daughter. She always received the same answer: “There’s nothing we can do for her.” 

Finally they found another neurosurgeon, Dr. José Joaquín Dulcey Torres, who agreed to help Ángela. Dr. Dulcey was also a clinical hypnotherapist. On the first visit with Ángela, he told her that it was possible for her to heal without surgery or drugs. They agreed to take that route. She had her first hypnotherapy session with Dr. Dulcey the next day. 

In that first session, all of her pain ceased. He gave her a recording of the session. She listened to that in the morning and the evening to hypnotize herself to accelerate the healing. Each time she underwent hypnotherapy or self-hypnotized using the recording, her pain ceased for about three hours. Every other day, she met with Dr. Dulcey for a clinical hypnotherapy session. 

After three months of hypnotherapy, Ángela began to see shadows from her “blind” eye. That’s when her sight began to return. Also at three months, her multiple facial fractures had healed. Her auditory-nerve damage and equilibrium took a while longer to heal. After they healed, she was finally able to walk on her own. Within eight months, her sight had fully returned and her whole body had healed. She never had any surgery. How is this even possible?

Prior to conducting this interview, I underwent clinical hypnotherapy from a graduate of the Hypnotherapy Academy of America. I’d never experienced hypnosis before, and all the knowledge I had was from movies and what I’d researched. It was completely different from what I’d expected. The portrayal of hypnosis in film is pure fiction. Before the actual hypnosis begins, there’s a conversation between the clinical hypnotherapist and you. She asks what your goals are, and the two of you formulate what that looks like together. It’s not a situation where the hypnotherapist is the boss and you’re the patient. It’s much more collaborative than that. After that discussion, the hypnotherapy portion begins, which consists of several sessions back to back. I sat comfortably in a chair. She sat close to me. In the first session, the hypnotherapist taught me how to super-relax (my word, not hers). It reminded me of how relaxed I get just before falling asleep. It’s a Zen-like feeling, peaceful and good. Then the hypnotherapist taught me how to come out of hypnosis. During the second session, she did some guided imagery with me while I was in the super-relaxed state. The third session was the money. We were working on my boundary issues (clinically, it’s called codependence). The truth about hypnosis is that you’re aware one hundred percent of the time. Your boundaries are in place. You still have your free will the entire time. I would define clinical hypnotherapy as Zen-like relaxation coupled with guided imagery. It’s very pleasant, relaxing, and, for my purpose of overcoming codependence, extremely effective.

How can hypnotherapy heal your body? When you get into that Zen-like super-relaxed state, you have access to the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is where all the positive and negative messages reside for your life. For example, if you had a parent who told you from the time you were little that you were a terrible speller, that would be a negative script for your life. You would go through life with the message “I’m a terrible speller,” and it would play out over and over in your actions. Contrary to that negative message, if you had a parent who told you you’re really good at spelling, it would create a positive impact in your life. That positive script would repeat and assure you that you were a great speller. You would have the confidence and surety of your spelling abilities. 

Healing through clinical hypnotherapy is very similar to the speller example. In a physical-healing session, the client and the hypnotherapist collaborate on the outcome wanted. You’re the driver, and the clinical hypnotherapist is the one who frames the session in a way that’s positive and healing. After the session, the hypnotherapist can make a recording for the client to listen to as reinforcement of the healing scripts from the session. In healing our bodies, we are able to access the divine power within us, but it does take faith from the client. 

Without drugs or surgeries, Ángela stood before me, a fully functioning, intelligent woman. After healing her body, she decided to pursue clinical hypnotherapy as a practitioner. She studied under the same neurosurgeon who helped her heal, Dr. Dulcey. Then she came to America to study at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America and to be certified as a medical clinical hypnotherapist. That’s when she met Tim, the owner and director of the school. They were married six months later. Now they run the school as partners in Albuquerque, New Mexico. People from around the world seek out the school, and they have graduates from thirty-two countries and all fifty US states. This is how Ángela and Tim are spreading light to all the world, one clinical hypnotherapist at a time, one healing at a time. The light is multiplied internationally. Ángela is paying it forward. 

The neurosurgeon who set Ángela on this path is now a teacher at the academy, at eighty-one years old. In a classic role reversal, Ángela is now Dr. Dulcey’s hypnotherapist. She’s been helping him with a prostate condition. When he asked her to help him with it, he was going to the bathroom five or six times every night. After a series of hypnosis sessions with Ángela, he now gets up once a night. He recently had new tests by his doctor, and now his prostate is completely normal. The student became the teacher.

Writer bio:
Ell Hawley is the author of four published science-fiction novels and is currently on a trek crisscrossing America, interviewing ordinary people who create more light in America. You can nominate someone for her to interview and also follow her blog at EllsTrek.com.