Healing Stories and Scripts:
Chaplain Paul Durbin, PH.D.
- EAGLES AND CHICKEN WITH TWO ENDINGS
- THE GREAT AS IF
- HEALING TOUCH
- POWER OF IMAGERY
- BREAKING THROUGH SHELLS
- STAR WARS
- THE GREEN DRAGON
- DAVE ELMAN’S MAGIC SPOT OF INJECTIONS
- HEAVY BACKPACK
- BUILDING SELF‑CONFIDENCE
- 20 DOWN TO 1 INDUCTION
- 1 UP TO 20 COMING OUT OF HYPNOSIS
- HEALTH, SUCCESS, MOTIVATION
- TASTE THE LEMON
- WATERFALL FOR CLEANSING
- SOWER AND THE SEED
- CIRCLE THERAPY
- SYSTEMATIC DESENSITIZATION
- INCREASING SELF‑WORTH
- THE MAGIC BROOK (BY AUDREY “TUCKER” MORGAN)
- TADPOLES AND FROGS
- HAND TO FACE FOR THERAPY
- THERAPY BETWEEN SESSION
- AN INDUCTION FOR THE ANALYTICAL AND INDIRECT SUGGESTIBLE CLIENT
1. EAGLES AND CHICKENS WITH TWO ENDINGS (which you choose is your choice)
A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chickens did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked, cackled, and would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air. Years passed and the eagle grew to adulthood. One day he saw a magnificent bird high above him in a cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.
(First ending) The eagle looked up in awe. “Who’s that?” he asked. “That’s the eagle, the king of birds,” said his friend. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth‑‑we’re chickens.” So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.
(Second ending) The eagle looked up in awe and said, “Who’s that?” His friend answered, “That’s the eagle, the king of birds. He belongs to the sky. We belong to earth‑‑we are chickens.” The eagle went through the day thinking of the eagle flying high. The next day the eagle went down to the pond. When he saw his reflection in the water, he noticed that he looked a lot like an eagle. He began to test his wings, flying further and further each day. After a few weeks, he was flying high and gliding just as if he were an eagle. He realized that he was an eagle. He realized that he was an eagle and not a chicken. With that thought he flew above his past and his environment.
2. THE GREAT AS IF: (I use with stop smoking script especially if the client test for high response to indirect suggestion)
This is the story of a young prince who was destined to be the king of his country. Now, this young prince had some concerns about being king, for he was worried about his ability to be a leader. One day, he got out of bed waddling and quacking like a duck and refused to eat anything but duck food. The king was greatly upset so he called in the wisest man in the kingdom. When told of the situation, the wise man said, “Give me three days with the prince and he will be cured.”
The wise man went to the door of the prince’s room, knocked, and was invited in. He waddled into the room quacking like a duck. The prince and the wise man soon became good friends. That night the wise man slipped out of the prince’s room and told the king to have clothes placed on the chairs for the next morning. When morning came, the wise man got out of bed, waddled across the room quacking like a duck, and put on his clothes. The prince said to him, “You can’t be a duck…ducks can’t wear clothes.” The wise man replied, “Where is it written that a duck can’t wear clothes?” The prince said, “Well, I guess you are right.” And he, too, put on his clothes. That night, the wise man again slipped out of the prince’s room and told the king to put duck food on a plate and put the plate on the table. The next morning, the wise man got out of bed, waddled across the room quacking like a duck, put on his clothes, sat down at the table and began to eat from the plate. The prince said, “You can’t be a duck…ducks don’t eat from a plate.” The wise man replied, “Where is it written that a duck can’t eat from a plate?” The young prince said, “I guess you are right.” And he began to eat from the plate.
That night, the wise man told the king to put human food on the plate, and place a fork by the plate. The next morning, the wise man got out of bed waddled across the room quacking like a duck, put on his clothes, sat down at the table, picked up the fork and began to eat. The young prince said, “You can’t be a duck…ducks don’t use forks.” The wise man responded, “Where is it written that a duck can’t use a fork?” The prince said, “I guess you are right.” And he, too, picked up a fork and began to eat.
Later that day, the wise man said to the prince, “I must return to my own barnyard today, but I would like to leave you with this advice: Remember that our national holiday is coming up next week and as you know our nation’s favorite food for the holiday is duck. If you don’t want to end up as someone’s main course for the holiday meal continue to act as if you were a prince.” The prince did such a good job of acting as if he were a prince that he eventually became the greatest king his country ever had. (Act as if you are a non‑smoker and you are because a non‑smoker does not smoke.)
3. THE HEALING TOUCH of JESUS
I have the patient close his/her eyes; take three deep breaths while thinking “breathe in relaxation, exhale tension.” Following the deep breathing, the patient is told to count silently from 1 to 5 and say “deeper and deeper.” I then have the patient visualize a place where he likes to go to relax. Allowing the patient to choose where he wants to be, I say, “Take in as much of the area as you can, landscape or walls … things you would normally see, hear, smell.” As part of their visual imagery, I have the patient lie down on a comfortable blanket or bed. Progressively, the patient is led to relax beginning with the top of the scalp and having the tension flow down the body and out of the soles of the feet like water flows down a stream.
When the relaxation is completed, I suggest that the patient feel as if they are comfortably floating on a cloud in the air and that they are comfortably floating down and countdown: 9, 8, 7 ‑ deeper and deeper ‑ 6, 5, 4 ‑ deeper and deeper ‑ 3, 2, 1, 0 ‑ deeper and deeper. I now begin to use religious imagery to help the patient reduce his discomfort.
I suggest that the patient visualize Jesus standing beside the bed. Jesus places His hand on the painful area. I begin, “You feel the hand of Jesus on the area of discomfort. You feel that His touch is very warm and the warmth is drawing out the discomfort. Slowly but surely, the discomfort is being reduced, slowly the discomfort is being pulled from your body by the healing warmth of Jesus’ hand. His touch is reducing the discomfort and bringing healing to the area.” I repeat this thought in various ways and then suggest that the physical presence of Jesus is becoming a spirit and is slowly fading from view, but they will continue to feel Jesus, His presence with them. I conclude by saying, “I will count to three and you will come out of hypnosis. You will come out of this experience very relaxed and comfortable. One. You can drift off to sleep, but you awaken when appropriate or when someone wakes you up. Two. You can follow this procedure whenever you need to do so. You will come out of this feeling stronger, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Three.”
(I use this script as releasing technique for releasing the conscious and subconscious reason for smoking, being overweight, or many other problems a person may have.) There was a man (or woman, depending on the sex of the client) who lived in a strange country. Now, this was a strange country because most of the adults walked with crutches even though they had no physical handicap requiring crutches. It just seemed the thing to do and most teenagers started using crutches because it seemed to be the mature thing to do and most of their peers used crutches.Now there were disadvantages to using crutches. They slowed the person down and caused them to interfere with the safety of others as they might bump into another or accidentally trip another person.
One day as this man was walking several blocks from his home, he found the little boy who lived next door to him. The little boy, who was about three years old, was by himself and he was crying. He apparently had wandered away from home and was lost. Without thinking, man dropped his crutches, took the little boy and walked him home. The mother was overjoyed that her son was home and the little boy was happy. Later that night, the man suddenly remembered he had left his crutches on the street where he had found the little boy. His first thought was to run down the street to see if he could find his crutches. If not, he could go to a convenience store and by a new pack. The man said to himself, “I have gone without my crutches this long, I can go without them the rest of my life.” He did, and so can you.
5. THE POWER OF IMAGERY: Isaiah, the Old Testament prophet, had imagery in mind when he said, “Sing, O heavens: and be joyful, O earth: and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord has comforted his people and will have mercy on the affected.” (Isaiah 49:13 KJV) Isaiah suggested to his people to change their vision and their imagery. These words of Isaiah were spoken more than forty years after the Jewish people had been exiled from a destroyed Jerusalem. Each year since their deportation, their hope of ever returning to Jerusalem became dimmer and dimmer. Eventually, hope began to disappear and self-pity took its place. In spite of their situation, Isaiah gave them an amazing message of comfort and hope.
In the midst of their hopelessness, Isaiah invited them to celebrate, o have a vision of their return to Jerusalem. He said to them to see the walls of Jerusalem before their eyes and suggested that God is saying to them “thy walls are continually before me.” (Isaiah 49:16) Keep this before your mind’s eye and the walls will be rebuilt. The exile will end and they will return to Jerusalem. See it as already happening and it shall indeed happen. History tells us that the Hebrews did return from exile to Jerusalem and the walls were rebuilt. Isaiah’s message for us today is simple – whatever you want to see happen in your life: be it health, overcoming an undesirable habit, achieving a goal; visualize yourself having accomplished the desired end and then wait and work for its fulfillment. As you use your imagination, be positive, be motivated, and use the present tense as if what you are visualizing has already happened. Repeat the visualization often and expect it to happen and your subconscious mind will begin to work to bring the imagery into reality. I should point out that imagery and daydreaming are different from one another. Imagery motivates one to accomplish that which is visualized. The day dreamer is satisfied with the dream and is not motivated to accomplish the goal. Imagery is not wishful thinking. Believe it to be reality.