The brain contains the equivalent of 4 living computer software programs. (I call them thoughtware programs because we activate them using thought.) Researchers recognize a unique relationship between the brain’s 4 quadrants. They actually communicate and learn from each other. (See The ...
The brain contains the equivalent of 4 living computer software programs. (I call them thoughtware programs because we activate them using thought.) Researchers recognize a unique relationship between the brain’s 4 quadrants. They actually communicate and learn from each other. (See The Creative Brain by Ned Herrmann for more fascinating information about the brain.)

As a certified hypnotic consultant since 1988, and brain dialog researcher, I teach people how to think using hypnotic brain dialog. Hypnotic brain dialog gets your brain to grant your wishes.

Almost anytime we express a strong emotion, we create a hypnotic mind state. We also naturally and routinely slip in and out of this naturally occurring hypnotic mind state when we do actions we feel very familiar doing. Self-hypnosis regularly occurs (whether alone or with others) at times like driving to work, or reading a book, or watching TV. Once we’ve hypnotized ourselves, we then suggest an idea to believe. Believe self-limiting ideas and you struggle. Believe self-empowering suggestions and you effortlessly achieve desired goals. Hypnotic Brain Dialog combines the brain’s 4 thoughtware programs and includes hypnosis.

I once worked with eight-year-old Jonathan (name changed for privacy). Resuscitated after being drowned for 20 minutes, Jonathan suffered massive brain injury. Upon initial meeting, I observed him spontaneously and unpredictably crying and breathing in panicked gasps. However, within 48 hours of repeatedly hearing a self-hypnosis script I wrote and recorded for this boy, he calmed himself. Instead of breathing in panicked gasps, he breathed calmly, through his nose with mouth closed, and he swallowed normally. He stopped unpredictably crying, and, he looked much calmer, physically. Will others in coma experience this kind of amazing progress in such a short self-hypnosis session? Hard to say. Each person is a unique case.

In 2006, I worked with Sharon Alexander. Sharon contracted cancer. She slipped into a coma. She was staying at her mom’s house located a 45- minute drive away from where I lived.

One night, in the spirit, Sharon appeared to me. She felt frightened about crossing over. You can listen to her mom's description of the event. Go to In the search box, type in: yoursecretwishes.

Anyway, I instructed Sharon about the crossing over event making sure she knew it is a peaceful process. She refused to settle down.

I called her mom (June) on the phone and told June about Sharon’s spiritual visit at my house. I coached June, as I do with other clients in this situation, telling her to say certain calming ideas to Sharon about the crossing over process.

As June held Sharon’s hand, she told Sharon my instructions. As June spoke to Sharon, June noticed Sharon calm down. Since Sharon was comatose, she couldn’t speak. Anyway, later that night Sharon visited me again and again I assured her how she could peacefully experience crossing over. She finally did cross over. But while in coma, or long term coma called vegetative state, caretakers often feel unsure what to say or do with their loved ones. Therefore, I’ve supplied the following information.

The guidelines in this article may be interesting and useful in working with someone in coma or vegetative state. Use this information for stress-reducing and communication improving purposes ONLY after first consulting with a doctor.

1-Learn how to do self-hypnosis. As explained in my book, Brainview: What Does Your Brain Think Of You?, I used Hypnotic Brain Dialog suggestions with Jonathan to reduce stress for him. To learn self-hypnosis, contact the National Guild of Hypnotists at (603) 429-9438 in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

2-Sit down and observe the comatose person. Write down on paper whatever appears to you to be stressful-looking behaviors. Remember, this person CAN hear everything you say. From within, the mind reveals its thoughts and expresses them in the physical body. Look at the physical body and imagine that you can understand what the mind and brain together are telling you. Then, gently say encouraging, non-judgmental and supportive ideas to the person in coma/vegetative state. They feel very alone and trapped in their body. Let the person know you hear him or her using compassionate words.

3-Focus on ONE of those stressful-looking behaviors. What could the person in coma be mentally experiencing by exhibiting that stressed-out appearing behavior? Use other personal information you think applies. Prior to the coma, did the person enjoy calming activities like lying on a beach or listening to rain falling? (Jonathan looked like he was reliving the drowning incident. So, one suggestion in his first self-hypnosis script included the information that he was safe now, being cared for and in a bed.)

Imagine what soothing-sounding words the person in coma would like to hear. Write out some of those words on paper. Use them and record them in a simple script. Consider consulting a professional clinical hypnotist to help you write the script in the most soothing way for easy learning.

4-Use a thesaurus. Look for similar words to include in the script for the listener.

5-No matter WHAT age the comatose person is, use words an eight-year-old child could understand. For clues to what these words might be, contact a second or third-grade teacher.

6-Write out simple UPLIFTING ideas. Focus on writing a script with “can do,” optimistic, present tense ideas. Omit any focus on what ISN’T happening. When you use “not” or “n’t” contraction words (can’t, don’t, won’t, etc.,) you create confusion in the listener’s mind. Lead with ideas of possibilities.

As appropriate, for people in accidents that lead to coma or vegetative state, only vaguely acknowledge something in the past unexpectedly happened.

Use short and NON-descriptive words like the incident, or the accident, to refer to what happened. For further information on stress reduction scripting for a person in coma, please contact me.

Lead away from the upsetting trauma, or the details that might cause or relive shock or damage. Repeating aloud your personal worries, any negative projections or diagnosis, will be counterproductive. Think through what ideas you desire to convey. Then, convey them in simple words using common language phrases your comatose loved one would typically use. The simpler the better. To help you remember, refer to past home movies or events with his or her recorded voice.

Example of correct wording: Feel very safe now. Relax here, and focus completely on feeling calm and happy. With every breath you feel happier and healthier...

7-Assume the person can hear EVERYTHING you say. Talk to the person looking into the eyes when possible. Touch the person’s hand or shoulder if that is appropriate. Touch can be an important stimuli as long as touching is appropriate, and there has been no past sexual abuse involved.

Sometimes the comatose person will act consciously aware. Especially during Locked-In Syndrome coma, look directly into the eyes. Look for eye movement in response to asking simple “yes” questions.

8-There is no way to predict when the person will come out of a coma, if ever. For this reason, providing gentle, hypnotic, stress-reducing scripts and playing them on a 'repeat' setting on a CD or MP3 player can be a healthy, mental stimuli.

Scripts should only be about 5 minutes long. But, use common sense. If the comatose loved one feels agitated when listening to the script, stop playing it. Change to other suggestions. Or, let somebody else record the message. Keep working and see what works well for the one in coma or vegetative state.

9-You experience trial and error with the person in coma as you write self-hypnosis scripts. If the possibility exists that your loved one will cross over, contact me. I coach people in the crossing over process.

To continue about scripting ideas, think of terms and phrases said commonly by the person now in coma. For greatest effect, use these or similar words in his/her script. Think how the person in coma usually spoke. Fast and upbeat? Slow and thoughtful? Whatever the pace, record your script in the speech tempo of the one now in coma. This pace will feel comfortable and normal to the person listening.

Normally, the subconscious mind fully understands and accepts new ideas anywhere from 7-30 days. Your suggestions will be heard by the person’s subconscious mind and the comfortable sounding words in the script may 1) reduce the time their brain takes in accepting and using new information, and 2) increase the effectiveness of the suggestions. After a month of listening to one script, if the person acts unresponsive to it, rewrite the script. Keep suggesting new soothing ideas in additional scripts.

10-For more information on coma see

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Author's Bio: 

An internationally known, accomplished and highly respected certified clinical hypnotist, brain dialog research expert, trainer and writer, in 1988 Susan Fox certified in hypnotherapy at the Hypnotism Training Institute of Los Angeles, California.

Susan specializes in self-empowerment communications and training for women.

She is the founder of Brainview Training Institute. She writes a column called Hypnosis Scripting for the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), the world’s largest professional hypnosis organization.

Susan has published many self-empowerment programs and has worked with thousands of people experiencing various life challenges such as cancer, coma, fears, phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, nervous public speaking, nervous test-taking and of course the fear of dying and crossing over. She helps people understand how to peacefully cross over from this world into the light.

Susan first got involved in hypnotherapy after her first-born son died at age twelve of Marfan’s Syndrome. Susan used the benefits of hypnosis to successfully work through her grief and continue on with her life with a great degree of inner peace.

Susan received the 1998 International Hypnosis Hall of Fame’s Woman of the Year Award. She was nominated to receive the 1998 Sealah Award and induction into the International Hypnosis Hall of Fame. She was nominated for the 2004 American Biographical Institute’s Great Women of The 21st Century award. She was nominated for the 2005 United Cultural Convention of The United States of America’s International Peace Prize.

To contact Susan, send her an e-mail at, by leaving a message at her 24-hour voicemail (740) 531-0400 or by contacting the National Guild of Hypnotists at (603) 429-9438.