How to use real memories to boost your health, relieve pain, reduce stress and attract success.

The Power of
Positive Remembering

How to relieve your PAIN by releasing the power of your Memories


Arms, legs vs. memories
- your memories are real physical things

Muscles vs. Memories
- you can build muscle, can you build brain?

10,000 books are not enough
- you have a lot more "up there" than you think

ATM memories
- fingers seem to know the numbers when you don't.

The Whistling Tree
- can you remember where you learned to whistle?

Post Office memories
- How can thoughts "talk" to the cells of your body? And how can individual cells "talk" to your thoughts?

Mama,daddy, sister,
brother memories
- no man is an island and no memories are stored alone

It's impossible to think
of two things at once
- You cannot imagine yourself
getting sicker and at the
same time getting better.

Bugs Bunny™
& chewing gum
- imagining Bugs helps
a little girl stop bleeding


The Power to
Improve Your Health
- Chapter 2: How Remembering
can unlock your body's natural healing abilities

Doctor who painted warts
- paint activates the memories
that know how to eliminate warts

Voodoo Remembering
- how memories can KILL you

Change your attitude
- 400 people were totally cured because of this

Cells that blow up cancer
- your body has some "explosive" power

Who will live the longest?
- there are THREE kinds of patients, which one will survive?

Hopeless?
- Sheri Lewis, creator of "Lamb Chop", teaches how to activate hope when you feel hopeless.

Use your Crayons
- cancer patients draw pictures in order to activate memories that boost their immune system

Watch a funny movie
- laughter was the best medicine for this man who used movies to keep positive memories active.

The double strength
water cure
- how a water shot and newspaper can make a big difference in the outcome

Rocking chair
cures paralysis
- a seventeen year old with polio re-learns to move by remembering


The Power
to Relieve Pain
- Chapter 3: How Remembering
can reduce your pain

Your body's natural morphine
- the body knows how
to relieve pain if you know
how to order it with memories

Hello Mr. Pain?
- activate the right memories by talking to your pain

Watching the blowing wind
remembering a time before the pain

Chirping Crickets
remembering your childhood

Driven to distraction
get interested in something else

Good, red, strong blood
more driven to distraction


The Power to
Overcome Fear
- Chapter 4: How Remembering can help with phobias

What is the sympathetic
nervous system?
- this is your body's natural
flight or fight response,
READ THIS BEFORE CHAPTER 5 "STRESS"


The Power to
Reduce Stress
- Chapter 5:

What is stress anyway?

Can stress do ALL that?
- you won't believe how many things stress can do to mess up your life

The oldest cure-Yoga
- they knew how to calm the "whirlpool" of stressful thoughts thousands of years ago

Parasympathetic
Nervous System
- your body's natural valium


The Power to
Create Success
- Chapter 6: How to use your Memories to attract success

The mustard seed key chain
- Dolly Parton learned the "key" to success

Oil filters, air filters
& BRAIN filters
- what your brain lets in and keeps out depends on the filters you set

Are you ignoring me?
- your ignoring a whole lot of stuff

The INVISIBLE piano
- he kept his memories fresh by playing a piano no one could see

Rearrange your Memories
- imagination is rearranged memories so go ahead a move them around

How to cash a $10
million BAD check
- Jim wrote this check to remind himself where he wanted to go

Napoleon's worthless
magic stone
- his grandma gave him
something that couldn't fail to activate the right memories

Are you talking to yourself?

Thank You for the FLEAS
- how to be happy all the time


The Power to
Find Love

- Chapter 7:
all it took to heal him was
one look, one gentle touch,
one kiss


The Seven Traits of
Successful People

Chapter 8

A Blind Date that
turned into love

He ran after the car

127 things he wanted
to do


Daily Plan
Releasing the Power
of your Memories



Arms, legs vs. memories
- your memories are real physical things

Muscles vs. Memories
- you can build muscle, can you build brain?

10,000 books are not enough
- you have a lot more "up there" than you think

ATM memories
- fingers seem to know the numbers when you don't.

The Whistling Tree
- can you remember where you learned to whistle?

Post Office memories
- How can thoughts "talk" to the cells of your body? And how can individual cells "talk" to your thoughts?

Mama,daddy, sister,
brother memories
- no man is an island and no memories are stored alone

It's impossible to think
of two things at once
- You cannot imagine yourself
getting sicker and at the
same time getting better.

Bugs Bunny™
& chewing gum
- imagining Bugs helps
a little girl stop bleeding


The Power to
Improve Your Health
- Chapter 2: How Remembering
can unlock your body's natural healing abilities

Doctor who painted warts
- paint activates the memories
that know how to eliminate warts

Voodoo Remembering
- how memories can KILL you

Change your attitude
- 400 people were totally cured because of this

Cells that blow up cancer
- your body has some "explosive" power

Who will live the longest?
- there are THREE kinds of patients, which one will survive?

Hopeless?
- Sheri Lewis, creator of "Lamb Chop", teaches how to activate hope when you feel hopeless.

Use your Crayons
- cancer patients draw pictures in order to activate memories that boost their immune system

Watch a funny movie
- laughter was the best medicine for this man who used movies to keep positive memories active.

The double strength
water cure
- how a water shot and newspaper can make a big difference in the outcome

Rocking chair
cures paralysis
- a seventeen year old with polio re-learns to move by remembering


The Power
to Relieve Pain
- Chapter 3: How Remembering
can reduce your pain

Your body's natural morphine
- the body knows how
to relieve pain if you know
how to order it with memories

Hello Mr. Pain?
- activate the right memories by talking to your pain

Watching the blowing wind
remembering a time before the pain

Chirping Crickets
remembering your childhood

Driven to distraction
get interested in something else

Good, red, strong blood
more driven to distraction


The Power to
Overcome Fear
- Chapter 4: How Remembering can help with phobias

What is the sympathetic
nervous system?
- this is your body's natural
flight or fight response,
READ THIS BEFORE CHAPTER 5 "STRESS"


The Power to
Reduce Stress
- Chapter 5:

What is stress anyway?

Can stress do ALL that?
- you won't believe how many things stress can do to mess up your life

The oldest cure-Yoga
- they knew how to calm the "whirlpool" of stressful thoughts thousands of years ago

Parasympathetic
Nervous System
- your body's natural valium


The Power to
Create Success
- Chapter 6: How to use your Memories to attract success

The mustard seed key chain
- Dolly Parton learned the "key" to success

Oil filters, air filters
& BRAIN filters
- what your brain lets in and keeps out depends on the filters you set

Are you ignoring me?
- your ignoring a whole lot of stuff

The INVISIBLE piano
- he kept his memories fresh by playing a piano no one could see

Rearrange your Memories
- imagination is rearranged memories so go ahead a move them around

How to cash a $10
million BAD check
- Jim wrote this check to remind himself where he wanted to go

Napoleon's worthless
magic stone
- his grandma gave him
something that couldn't fail to activate the right memories

Are you talking to yourself?

Thank You for the FLEAS
- how to be happy all the time


The Power to
Find Love

- Chapter 7:
all it took to heal him was
one look, one gentle touch,
one kiss


The Seven Traits of
Successful People

Chapter 8

A Blind Date that
turned into love

He ran after the car

127 things he wanted
to do



Arms, legs vs. memories
- your memories are real physical things

Muscles vs. Memories
- you can build muscle, can you build brain?

10,000 books are not enough
- you have a lot more "up there" than you think

ATM memories
- fingers seem to know the numbers when you don't.

The Whistling Tree
- can you remember where you learned to whistle?

Post Office memories
- How can thoughts "talk" to the cells of your body? And how can individual cells "talk" to your thoughts?

Mama,daddy, sister,
brother memories
- no man is an island and no memories are stored alone

It's impossible to think
of two things at once
- You cannot imagine yourself
getting sicker and at the
same time getting better.

Bugs Bunny™
& chewing gum
- imagining Bugs helps
a little girl stop bleeding


The Power to
Improve Your Health
- Chapter 2: How Remembering
can unlock your body's natural healing abilities

Doctor who painted warts
- paint activates the memories
that know how to eliminate warts

Voodoo Remembering
- how memories can KILL you

Change your attitude
- 400 people were totally cured because of this

Cells that blow up cancer
- your body has some "explosive" power

Who will live the longest?
- there are THREE kinds of patients, which one will survive?

Hopeless?
- Sheri Lewis, creator of "Lamb Chop", teaches how to activate hope when you feel hopeless.

Use your Crayons
- cancer patients draw pictures in order to activate memories that boost their immune system

Watch a funny movie
- laughter was the best medicine for this man who used movies to keep positive memories active.

The double strength
water cure
- how a water shot and newspaper can make a big difference in the outcome

Rocking chair
cures paralysis
- a seventeen year old with polio re-learns to move by remembering


The Power
to Relieve Pain
- Chapter 3: How Remembering
can reduce your pain

Your body's natural morphine
- the body knows how
to relieve pain if you know
how to order it with memories

Hello Mr. Pain?
- activate the right memories by talking to your pain

Watching the blowing wind
remembering a time before the pain

Chirping Crickets
remembering your childhood

Driven to distraction
get interested in something else

Good, red, strong blood
more driven to distraction


The Power to
Overcome Fear
- Chapter 4: How Remembering can help with phobias

What is the sympathetic
nervous system?
- this is your body's natural
flight or fight response,
READ THIS BEFORE CHAPTER 5 "STRESS"


The Power to
Reduce Stress
- Chapter 5:

What is stress anyway?

Can stress do ALL that?
- you won't believe how many things stress can do to mess up your life

The oldest cure-Yoga
- they knew how to calm the "whirlpool" of stressful thoughts thousands of years ago

Parasympathetic
Nervous System
- your body's natural valium


The Power to
Create Success
- Chapter 6: How to use your Memories to attract success

The mustard seed key chain
- Dolly Parton learned the "key" to success

Oil filters, air filters
& BRAIN filters
- what your brain lets in and keeps out depends on the filters you set

Are you ignoring me?
- your ignoring a whole lot of stuff

The INVISIBLE piano
- he kept his memories fresh by playing a piano no one could see

Rearrange your Memories
- imagination is rearranged memories so go ahead a move them around

How to cash a $10
million BAD check
- Jim wrote this check to remind himself where he wanted to go

Napoleon's worthless
magic stone
- his grandma gave him
something that couldn't fail to activate the right memories

Are you talking to yourself?

Thank You for the FLEAS
- how to be happy all the time


The Power to
Find Love

- Chapter 7:
all it took to heal him was
one look, one gentle touch,
one kiss


The Seven Traits of
Successful People

Chapter 8

A Blind Date that
turned into love

He ran after the car

127 things he wanted
to do

In the last chapter you learned how to turn on your immune system to improve your health.
In this chapter I'm going to show you how Positive Remembering can release your body's own power to REDUCE and RELIEVE PAIN.


Your body's natural morphine

Your body has the natural ability to relieve pain by using those same tiny communication substances (neurotransmitters) we talked about in chapter one. Do you still remember the "key shaped letters" your brain and body use to "talk" with each other?

A few years ago several research scientists were studying why the body was able to use the drug morphine so effectively. Candice Pert and others believed the morphine molecule must be shaped like one of the body's own natural pain relieving chemicals.

The only problem was none of these so called natural pain killers had ever been discovered. Finally they found what has become known as "endorphins" - because they were like the body's own natural morphine.

Candice Pert found that morphine worked in the body because it had a certain shape that could fit into the body's "mailbox" receptors and pretend to be these natural endorphins.


What does this mean to you?

It means your body already has the natural ability to relieve pain. It also means you have the natural ability to "talk" to your pain relieving abilities by using The Power of Positive Remembering.

  1. Remember your brain can send "key shaped letters" to "unlock" the "mailbox" receptors on the individual cells.
  2. Remember these cells can in turn send the brain and other cells their own "key shaped letters"?
  3. Remember also that the thoughts, memories and emotions of your mind were recorded with the same chemicals (neurotransmitters) your body uses to "talk" to itself?
  4. You choose which thoughts, memories or emotions are remembered and when they are remembered they automatically release the chemical "key shaped letters" that give your body it's orders.

You can release the natural "morphine" of your body by remembering the thoughts and feelings which automatically put thoughts of pain back in storage.

For example, when a doctor gives a patient a shot of "morphine" the patient believes he will get relief from his pain because the doctor told him it was morphine and he will get relief because the shot really was morphine. But what if the doctor lied to the patient and told him a worthless water shot was really a shot of morphine? Would the patient get relief for his pain?
The answer is probably YES !!

For every 100 patients who experience pain reduction from a drug like morphine, 56 patients will get the same pain reduction from a so called "worthless" water shot.

What does this mean?

Simply, it means if you believe the treatment for pain will help - IT PROBABLY WILL.
Just as we saw in the story of Mr. Wright as long as he believed the shots were really going to cure his cancer he got better.

As long as Dr. Thomas' patients believed his paint would cure their warts -- it would.

Mr. Wright and the wart patients both had something real to help them activate their memories. And once the healing memories are active the opposite memories are automatically put in storage and forgotten.


What can you do to activate the memories which will automatically put the feeling of pain in storage?

In the first chapter you learned to remember you must see, hear, feel, imagine, or do something related to or connected to the memories you want to activate.

  • Mr. Wright saw the newspaper headline about the miracle cure.
  • The little girl imagined Bugs Bunny and sticky chewing gum.
  • My son did something (walking past the tree) which activated the learning to whistle experience.
  • I heard the music of the Jimi Hendrix cassette and remembered what the next song would be.
  • I touched the key pad on the ATM machine and remembered the correct numbers.
  • The Simontons' have their patients literally draw pictures of a healthy immune system.
  • Norman Cousins watched at old movies and wrote elaborate plans for the future.

To get relief from pain you can do any of the above actions.

  • Draw a picture of something you would like to do without pain.
  • Draw pictures of your pain. As it is now and more pictures of how it is gradually shrinking
  • Watch a funny movie. Remember laughter is an opposite emotion from frustration and pain.
  • Write a list of things you want to do in comfort.
  • Use your imagination to talk to your pain.


Talk to Your Pain as if it were a Person

As I've shown throughout this book your imagination is made of reorganized parts of memory. Your body can not tell if what it is being ordered to do is "real" or only imaginary. If you're falling your body feels fear and if you dream you are falling your body also feels fear.
When you have pain you can imagine it is a person and talk to it.
It does not matter that the pain is not a person, your body can not tell the difference. As long as you're pretending to talk to the pain the body will respond as if the conversation is real

Begin by actually speaking to your pain as if it were a person you care about. Tell this person in great detail about how you feel.

For example a man named Albert Kreinheder had become disabled by crippling rheumatoid arthritis. He had severe pain in every joint in his body and could get no relief. Disparate one night he decided to talk to his pain directly.

He said to the pain:

"You hold me tight in your grip, and you do not let me go. If you crave my undivided attention, you have received it. Whatever I attend to, I must also attend to you. Even when I write, I feel you in my hand, and always in all parts of my body. I am terribly frightened by you. I have no control over you, no access to you, no power to influence you. You need only go a little further, and then I am utterly helpless. Will you ever stop? Why are you here?"

He waited for his pain's response and his imagination gave him one. His pain "spoke" to him and "they continued to talk until his new friend PAIN released him. Since that time Mr. Kreinheder has been free of this pain.
As you develop a "relationship" with your pain you can begin to ask your
new friend to reduce or eliminate the discomfort, or give you periods of relief. When the pain agrees with what you have requested in your imagination your body will be automatically ordered to obey.

Memories of comfort will be automatically remembered and memories of pain will be sent back to storage.



Remembering the Past to Relieve Pain

In the last chapter we talked about how Milton Erickson regained control of his paralyzed muscles by remembering how those muscles felt when he used to use them.
During this same period Milton was in almost constant pain from muscle spasms. He needed a way to relax, so he could get relief. It's because of this that he made another amazing discovery -
he could reduce his pain and relax by remembering a long walk and recalling in detail how it feels to be really tired.



Remembering the wind blowing to relieve pain

Later in life when he was again stricken with polio he learned he could go into his bedroom lay on his belly, prop his head up on his hands and remember how it felt to watch the wind blow across a field as a kid.
As we've learned this automatically reestablished the group of memories and feelings he had as a boy before the pain of polio.

Remembering crickets chirping to relieve pain

One of Erickson's patients could get relief from pain by remembering the sound of crickets chirping. When this patient was a boy he used to love to listen to the crickets.
When he remembered the sound he was reestablishing a whole group of memories and feelings from a time before his current pain began.

How You Can Use Positive Remembering to Relieve Pain

  1. Vividly Remember or Imagine some activity you used to do before the pain began
  2. If there is some physical motion you used to do or a position you got into while doing this activity do this while you remember or imagine.

Divide and Conquer

When a person was in pain Erickson would ask them to tell him in great detail where the pain was and exactly how it felt. He would literally get them to pick the feeling of pain apart.

What did it feel like here and how long does it last there?

As they did this he would gradually get them to describe exactly were the pain stopped and how the body felt in those areas. As they described the pain free areas they were automatically forgetting pain or putting it back in storage. Remember two opposite thoughts can not coexist for long in the mind, one will dominate eventually and give the body its marching orders for better or worse.

How to Divide and Conquer

  1. Pay your full attention to the pain, find out exactly where it is and what it feels like.
  2. Notice exactly where the pain feelings begin and end.
  3. Then pay full attention to the areas of your body where there is no pain


Distracting the mind to Relieve Pain

The most important thing to remember is to not try to fight whatever thought or feeling is bothering you. Instead of fighting to keep from thinking of the pain you simply raise an equal and opposite memory. Have you ever had a headache that hurt so bad and then get interested in watching a TV show. Only later do you realize your painful headache had gone away and you don't even remember when it went?

If you're thinking about not hurting what memory groups are you really triggering? Right, you're thinking of the pain and this continues to trigger memories of pain. As long as those memories are dominating your mind they are giving marching orders to the body.

Erickson told this story to help his patients understand the idea of getting the mind on some other thought instead of trying to not hurt:

". . . I called upon a patient of mine and had her describe all of her feelings as she sat in the living room. Actually she was in bed. She gave me an extremely vivid account of all the feelings she had in a wheelchair in her living room. Now, do you suppose she could feel any of that continuous, dull, aching pain from the cancer in her hipbone, in her spine, while she was telling me exactly what it was like to sit in a wheelchair; exactly how the arms of the wheelchair felt; exactly where the back of the wheelchair rested against her spine; exactly the position of her eyes when viewing the television screen; and exactly how much she could see with her peripheral vision from the wheelchair? She could not, because she was too interested in the revival of those experiential learnings about sitting in a wheelchair. And, of course, she was literally dissociated from her pain as she described sitting in that wheelchair."

". . . This woman forgot about the pain in bed; it was as if she were out in the living room watching television, seeing the screen door that led to the street, looking at the flowers over on the end table, seeing me sitting there on the couch in her living room."

Robert's good, red, strong blood

A good example of distracting the mind from the pain is the story of Erickson's three year old son Robert who had fallen and cut his lip pretty badly. Robert was screaming real loud and of coarse his lip was bleeding fast. Erickson would wait for Robert to get finished with a scream and take a breath then he would talk to him quickly before the next scream.

Erickson said, "It hurts just terribly, doesn't it Robert?"
After another scream Erickson added;
"And it will keep right on hurting" Erickson says this because he believed
you should never argue with pain. That only gives it more power by trying to say it doesn't hurt when you know it does.
After the third scream he says
"Maybe the pain will go away in a minute or two." This makes Robert think of the future when the pain will go away.
When Robert paused for the next breath, Erickson pointed at the sidewalk and asked his wife a question,
"Mother, is that good, red, strong blood?"
Robert began to look down at the blood while his father and mother debated whether or not he had good, red, strong blood.
"You know, Robert, the color of the pavement makes it difficult to see if your blood is the best kind of good, red, strong blood. You've got to see the blood where it is nice and white."

So they take Robert into the bathroom and get him interested in watching his blood drip in the sink. They ask him to see how truly red it is and then how pink it becomes when it mixes with water.

Robert's fear and pain are forgotten while he becomes involved in looking at the blood.

Then Erickson tells Robert that he "didn't think his lip was cut enough to require as many stitches as Betty Alice, his sister, bragged about owning. And [he] didn't think he could have as many stitches as his brother Alan bragged about owning, but [he] did want him to see to it that he counted those stitches and that the surgeon put in as many stitches as possible."
While Robert was getting stitches the doctor was amazed to watch him count them instead of cry. Robert had
forgot his fear and now he had remembered his natural competition with his brother and sister. In the end he was protesting because he only got seven stitches!

Positive Remembering can release your natural power to relieve pain.

  1. You can talk to your pain and ask it to help you get relief.
  2. You can remember or imagine something you used to do before the pain started.
  3. You can divide the pain by paying attention to exactly where it hurts and then conquer it by paying attention to those parts of your body where you are pain free.
  4. You can distract your mind from pain by remembering or imagining something else

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