Laws of the Mind and Thought that Affect Change

Law of Psycho-Physical Response:  For every thought or emotion, there is a corresponding chemical and physiological response within the body.  This is the most important law as it affects the conduct of labor.

Law of Desire:  The birthing mother must truly want the outcome that she claims to seek.  There must be a burning desire for the positive outcome.  If there is a pattern of evoking a secondary benefit such as attention from a spouse or family member who is always doing things for her, or if her usual behavior is one of fragility, weakness and needing help, these can create an obstacle to her birthing.  Developing a belief in herself as an independent and able person can result in an altogether different outcome.

Law of Harmonious Attraction:  This is by far the most important law of thought; and yet, it is one of the most difficult to apply.  All that the birthing mother says (or hears) and believes is what she gets.  The expectant mother attracts conditions and situations that are in harmony with their thinking.  Explore the person’s self-talk.  It is important that what is NOT WANTED be totally avoided.  No exposure or discussion is to be devoted to what is not desired.  This is a very difficult concept for some people who have been teaching a different concept for a period of time.  It is very important to absorb this concept.  Only positive creations are considered.  Leave all talk of negatives surrounding birth—your own or another’s behind.  Don’t entertain these thoughts or discussions!

Law of Belief/Expectancy:  This program is the antithesis to “Seeing is believing.”  Instead, it is “Believing is seeing.”  Success is achieved only with the birthing mother’s trust in her body and the belief that this can be done.  She needs to expect that she can do it with or without others.  What the birthing mother expects to happen happens.  Example:  We Bartlett women always have back labor—my mothers, my aunts, my sisters, all had back labor.”  The Hypnobirthing® antithesis to that is “HypnoBirthing® mothers are so relaxed, that the baby is free to move easily and assume the most ideal birthing position.  That’s why HypnoBirthing ® moms don’t have back labor from the baby’s resting in one place.”  Another is that “HypnoBirthing® moms don’t have episiotomies.  With perineal massage, the rim and inner edge of the perineum is so healthy, it opens beautifully as the baby’s head moves gently through and past the rim.”

Law of Relaxation:  This is also the law of opposite effort.  If the birthing mother is doing manual work, she must put all effort into it.  When approaching mental work, she must step aside and let it come naturally.  Desired outcomes cannot be forced or manipulated.  Imagery is the tool; thought is the technique.  Thoughts are entities and, therefore, have energy that has the ability to bring about the desired change.  Example: “HypnoBirthing ® moms do not push.  They follow the lead of their bodies and nudge their babies down, and their babies move down and out more easily.”

Law of Visualization:  With your guidance, the birthing mother is helped to see the positive end result.  Negatives can be released, and a new, positive image can be imprinted.  She can be helped to see herself easily, comfortably birthing her baby, and through visualization actually becoming a part of that physical image by imposing herself and her birthing companion into the visualization.

Law of Substitution:  Since the mind can hold only one thought at a time, and the birthing mother chooses what that thought will be.  It is essential that negative thoughts be immediately cancelled and substituted with positive imagery.  It is not enough to identify the seed thoughts that create fear.  Those thoughts must be eliminated and substituted.  This is the major difference between talk therapy and hypnosis.  Hypnosis, coupled with affirmations, supplies the imagery that provides the substitution.

Law of Mental Practice:  In this law the importance of daily practice with the audio CDs is emphasized.  Affirmations need to be anchored by a color or a statement.  Repetition is the key.  The more the birthing mother practices, the more adept she becomes in bringing herself into that state of relaxation that is so essential.

Law of Self-Concept:  The birthing mother must be able to feel that she is deserving and capable of achieving the desired outcome.  If others—parent, clergy, counselors, friends, and medical caregivers—are occupying rent-free space in her mind these areas of control need to be released.  She needs to be empowered and end the repetition of limiting thoughts.  The HypnoBirthing ® Practitioner works to help restore her faith and trust in herself and in her feminine birthing body.  The birthing mother needs to begin to think of herself as a mature, decisive, and empowered woman responsible for her own and her baby’s wellbeing.  She needs to become an enlightened consumer so that her efforts are not thwarted by unnecessary intervention.

”What the mind of (wo)man can conceive and believe, the mind of (wo)man can achieve.” 

Clement Stone

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