Through ideomotor signaling you may ask patients, "Is there some past event or experience responsible for the beginning of this problem?" When an affirmative response is given, the next step is to obtain the patient's permission to explore this event: "Then would it be all right with your unconscious mind for us to go back and explore, and understand, and resolve whatever it was that happened when you were X years old?" If a signal of "no" is given, we must work through the resistance before proceeding. When a signal of "yes," is given, I then use the following suggestions to facilitate a regression to the specific event identified as relevant to the problem.
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HYPNOTISM is by no means a new art. True, it has been developed into a science in comparatively recent years. But the principles of thought control have been used for thousands of years in India, ancient Egypt, among the Persians, Chinese and in many other ancient lands. Miracles of healing by the spoken word and laying on of hands are recorded in many early writings.