Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which the immune system is thought to be attacking the central nervous system. As with other autoimmune diseases, the disease is thought to be caused by the system’s reaction to internal messages within the system and not by an external virus or infection.
I have spent the last few years dedicated to hypnotherapy for multiple sclerosis and have formulated a group of mental patterns frequent in people with MS and directly related to particular symptoms. As not all people with MS experience the same symptoms, therefore not all these patterns are present in every person with MS. When these patterns are transformed through hypnotherapy, the transformation can affect the symptom.
After working extensively with 24 participants on a study of the effectiveness of hypnotherapy on MS, I have come to the following conclusion:
People diagnosed with MS have ingrained mental patterns specific to their symptoms. When those mental patterns are transformed using a combination of methods that bring (1) insight into a person’s limiting mental patterns and (2) resources to modify those patterns, the symptoms decrease and frequently disappear.
What are mental patterns?
Mental patterns are ways of processing life, beliefs about yourself and others, and behaviors and ways of looking at the world. Some examples would be:
- I need to meet your needs first is a way of processing life and prioritizing.
- I don’t believe I am worthy is a belief usually thought to be developed at an early age and underlying many self sabotaging habits as well as the driving need to be validated by others.
- The world is unsafe is a way of looking at the world which creates a strong need for control.
The Mental Patterns of Multiple Sclerosis
Through my research, interviews and my study, I have summarized the key mental patterns of people with multiple sclerosis:
Patterns such as being externally identified, disconnected from the body, with difficult relationships with the family of origin, and needing everything to be controlled can leave a person very vulnerable to stress, mishaps, accidents, infection, etc.
These particular mental patterns, are not necessarily the fault of the person with MS nor did they intentionally make themselves sick. These patterns were created when the person was a child and many of them were then reinforced over and over again by our culture, economy, and external values. Many people are living with similar mental patterns. It is only when life gives a person a major life stress event (ILE) that these patterns prove to be insufficient to cope with what is occurring and the body responds with MS.