When working with clients, creating neural pathways which reflect the desired new behavior is always a concern. An interesting way to accomplish this is by using and adapting the exciting research on mirror neurons.
Dawson Church, in his book The Genie In Your Genes, describes this as:
“Mirror neurons are neurons that fire in our brains when we witness an act done by another that requires the same group of neurons. When the neurons in the other person’s brain fire and that person performs the action, the neurons in our brains fire in sympathy. When another person puts on a hat, for instance, the neurons in our brains that govern that action fire when we witness their action, just as the other person’s neurons do when they perform it.” (pg 200-201)

In hypnotherapy, and in other meditative modalities, we can make use of this “learning by witnessing”. We challenge our clients to use their creative sub-conscious to create a most perfect person to stand in front of them as an idealized version for them to model. To enhance the experience, we anchor this newly created being by allowing the client to define age, sex and sometimes even assigning a human name to their creation.

Our next step would then be to direct the client to ask this “mirror” to show and share with their sub-conscious how this perfect neural pathway would work; ie, “Please demonstrate to me how a perfect immune system (or the control of food cravings, etc) would work.” This allows the client’s own personal innate wisdom to help heal and transform their inappropriate behavior.
While this information is being transferred, the therapist can strengthen and enhance these new pathways by using Shamanic Healing techniques.

“What? Where did this come from? What’s Shamanic Healing and how does it affect me and my clients?” you may wonder.

One aspect of Shamanism, for our discussion, is the art of corralling and balancing the natural energies of the heavens and earth using known and unknown energy sources to heal and make changes. All too often lately, we as humans have disassociated ourselves from non-physical sources and its healing capabilities. We rely only on our physicalized and mental abilities; allowing only a bit of inspiration to direct our work. But by approaching healing in this manner, we definitely under utilize our potential. For if we truly scrutinize our abilities, we as mere mortals, do not understand or have the ability to create life or matter. We take the approach of asking and directing the unconscious to make the necessary changes to achieve our goals, all by itself. In effect, we are putting all of the power to create changes in the hands of the unconscious.
As we can all attest, this approach can work. However, as alternative therapists - as we are often described - our clients look to us to know more about the workings of the universe than the established medical and scientific community acknowledges. Having an assumed fuller vision of the world and the human psyche, we are expected to utilize our complete arsenal of techniques to create new approaches to life.

It is our responsibility, to our clients and ourselves as healers, to learn, incorporate and direct the powers and beings of Mother Earth and the Universe. This approach is not new; it have been tested and utilized by all cultures, all societies throughout human history. It is only our modern, narrow perception of the world around us which has led us to ignore our co-creators and to assume the self-important assumption that we are all knowing and all seeing. Sadly we are not; but that lack of understanding should not preclude us from re-learning and expanding our techniques to encompass knowledge which is still here and available to us, albeit little used.

Shamanism is a step beyond general energy work, in that not only do we call upon pure-positive-energy, no matter what the style, but Shamans also direct and utilize the myriad intelligences of this perfect world to flow with and in conjunction to these energies. We call upon and utilize the power and intelligence of beings that have been looking out and aiding humans far longer than memory can remember. In doing so, through the therapist’s mind and will, expanded knowledge and healing power is utilized for the clients highest and best good.

Getting back to our therapy session, as our clients are creating their most perfect, idealized human; we as enlightened therapists can be re-connecting to the earth, pulling energies up and merging these energies with those of the universe and sharing this power with the client’s “created” human. In effect, we infuse their creation with the power and intelligence of the universe, so that their created thought-form will transfer the highest degree of knowledge to effect a healing.

In our work, let us not forget that our bodies, our forms, are totally comprised of the life substances of the earth. No matter our understanding of a client’s situation, there is a divine intelligence that understands better than we can ever know what is needed to effect a positive change and a healing.

So enhance neural pathways. Try using neural mirror imaging in combination with the unlimited powers of the divine. Your clients will thank you and tell their friends. The Universe will appreciate your attention and bestow blessings upon you. A true win/win for all.

Author's Bio: 

With over 30 years experience in hypnotherapy, massage therapy and the healing arts, Wilfred Hunt has developed a variety of unique skills. Not only is he a hypnotherapist and massage therapist specializing in medical, rehab and chronic pain, but he also trained as a Minister of Spiritual Counseling, Energetic Healer and a teacher of Shamanistic Healing, Meditation, Breath work and Metaphysics.

As a teacher he has been a guest instructor and led intensive workshops at The University of Ohio, Vanderbilt University, Ithaca College and several schools in the State of New York University system. All of his work specializes in the synergistic exploration of personal growth using individual and group sessions for individuals and training classes for the healing arts practitioner. He can be reached at whuntmassage@bellsouth.net or at 205/907-2608. You can experience a sample of his meditations at http://innerpeacevideos.com. For more information on his Shamanaic Training class for Health Care Professionals, contact Melissa Roth at www.alabamahypnotherapycenter.com or 205/933-5705.