The brain and the nervous system respond only to mental images. It does not matter if the image is self-induced or from the external world. The mental image formed becomes the blueprint, and the subconscious mind uses every means at its disposal to carry out the plan. The subconscious mind acts to fulfill the pictured situation. Worrying is a form of programming a picture of what we don’t want: “The things that I have feared have come upon me.”
Many persons suffer from chronic anxiety, which is simply a subconscious mental expectancy that something terrible will happen to them. On the other hand, we all know people who seem to have the “magic touch.” Life seems to shower them with blessings for no apparent reason, and so we call them “lucky.” What seems to be luck is in reality, Positive Mental Expectancy-a strong belief that they deserve to be successful: “We become what we think about.”
Our physical health is largely dependent upon our mental expectancy. Physicians recognize that if a patient expects to remain sick, lame, paralyzed, helpless, even to die, the expected condition tends to be realized. Here is where hypnosis can become the tool to remove despondency and negative attitudes and bring about a hopeful, positive expectancy-the expectancy of health, strength, and well-being, which then tends to be realized.