by Ron Eslinger
I received a call from a delightful yet frustrated young lady of 64 saying that a friend of hers thought I might help her using hypnosis.
The following excerpts are from an article her husband wrote following her hypnosis, which he titled, A Miracle Achieved Through Hypnosis.
Pat was examined by a number of doctors at the Medical College of South Carolina and diagnosed with Benign Essential Blepharospasm (BEB).
She was referred to one of the foremost medical experts specializing in her condition who treated her with botox. However, her condition continued to deteriorate. She voluntarily quit driving. Watching TV or reading became a chore and was accomplished by holding one eye open with her thumb and finer. She had to hold her husband’s arm on her daily walks in order to avoid straying into trees and mailboxes. For all intent and purposes, Pat became functionally blind.
Grasping at any alternatives she could find that might provide relief, she underwent acupuncture. Having exhausted all avenues except surgery, she finally decided that this was the last hope for some relief. The probability of success was accessed at 50-50. The long-term consequence of the surgery, called a partial myectomy, could be that she would be unable to close her eyes and would then have to deal with chronic dry eye.
One week before her surgery, Pat was visiting a friend who was a nurse at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Portsmouth, VA. She asked Pat if Pat had any issues with alternative medicine. She said she knew of a Navy Nurse who had achieved wonderful results through hypnosis. He (Ron Eslinger) had successfully conducted a series of “stop smoking” and “weight reduction” clinics; had worked with a number of severe cancer patients; complicated childbirth situations; and a myriad of other complex medical problems. Pat’s friend emailed Ron who agreed to see Pat in a couple of days. He stated he had not worked with any patients who suffered from BEB, and would have to research this disease to understand more about it. Ron made it clear that he could not guarantee any positive results.
Pat and her husband traveled to the Navy Hospital in Beaufort, SC where Ron was assigned. He explained the basics of hypnosis to Pat and then hypnotized her. As he started, her eyelids were full of spasms. After approximately 20 minutes, the spasms ceased. As she was brought out of her session, she seemed relaxed for the first time in 5 years. There clearly had been some kind of a major break-through in ameliorating her condition. The success achieved in this session was so significant that Pat cancelled her surgery.
With each hypnosis session, there was progressive improvement in her condition. The involuntary closing of her eyes was slowly being brought under control. Each night Pat would say an affirmation – “Every day, in every way, I am better”. Ron made her a tape and taught Pat self-hypnosis which she did daily.
One year later, Pat has regained the confidence and ability to once again drive her car. This has restored the independence she had lost for 5 years. This, coupled with a self-hypnosis session every day, has allowed Pat to fully regain her life style including playing golf as well as she ever did.
Pat considers Ron, her hypnotist, to be a miracle worker and fondly refers to him as her “Guru”. Hypnosis worked for Pat when every thing else failed!
About the Author:
Michael R. “Ron” Eslinger, Captain, U.S. Navy, Retired is a Board Certified Hypnotist, Advanced Practice Nurse, Certified Hypnosis Instructor and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. He has served as Chief Nurse Anesthetist, Assistant Department Head for Administration Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA. and is the Past President, Virginia Association of Nurse Anesthetists. He is Owner/Director of Healthy Visions Wellness Center in Oak Ridge, TN, USA. For more information regarding hypnosis as an adjunct therapy, Ron Eslinger can be reached at The Healthy Visions Wellness Center.