By S. Chandravathani
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 (Bernama) — The tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH17 amidst the bloody, political quagmire in Ukraine has no doubt, left the nation and the world in a state of numbed shock.
Cringing with tears and anger at the nightmare of a political in-fighting in Ukraine, it has left the families of the 298 passengers and crew on board the ill-fated Boeing 777-200 aircraft having to deal with the unexpected grief and loss of loved ones. Often, such deaths would eventually trigger a more serious depression lasting between six and eight weeks after the loss has occurred.
Observers say losing a family member or a close friend is never easy and no matter how prepared one is for a death, they can never be fully prepared for the loss and the grief. Therefore, before it becomes excessive and un-manageable, clinical hypnotherapist and counsellor Dr. Ajit Ludher suggests affected family members use hypnotherapy treatment, which he believes is among the best ways to help treat depression and cope with the death of a loved one.
Dr. Ludher said hypnotherapy or hypnosis, a scientifically-acknowledged psychological and therapeutic discipline, could help change one’s perspective towards life in drastic positive ways. Speaking to Bernama, he said this method had been proven to enable one’s self-consciousness to deal and cope with the stress of losing someone or something.
“It will bring a huge sense of release and relief, and put your thoughts and feelings back into a proper perspective.”
“You will still have your memories but they will be less charged with painful feelings, allowing you to be able to talk openly, should you wish, without the fear of being overcome by gushing emotions,” he said.
Explaining further, Dr. Ludher said the mind was divided into two parts – the conscious mind (logical, reasoning and thinking mind used all the time when we are awake) and the subconscious mind (repository of all experiences and memories).
“In the hypnotic state, the doorway between the conscious and the subconscious mind is opened – memories become easily accessible and you can work on the issues or challenges that have stopped us in the past.
“We are able to access and heal all emotional, mental and physical issues, which enable us to return to the positive state of mind, which will in turn, attract healing and positive possibilities into our lives,” he said. On how a hypnotherapist did the job, Dr. Ludher said they (hypnotherapists) would drop down from the conscious mind, which is only 10 per cent of the mind, and into the subconscious mind.
“We will address the whole person, 100 per cent of the mind rather than just treating the symptoms. Using hypnotherapy, we can go down to the deepest level of these traumatic experiences, memories and stored emotions to release them from the mind and body.”
He said hypnotherapy was not about forgetting but more about healing, accepting the reality of the loss, and most importantly, working through to the pain of grief.
Recognized as traditional and complementary medicine by the Malaysian Health Ministry, he said some 68 per cent of people had removed pain and anger, overcome stress and depression, chemical dependency, removed fears and phobias, increased confidence and broken through barriers by using hypnosis.
Dr. Ludher reminded that hypnotherapy was not about hypnotizing people; instead, it was a side-effect free and effective method to heal, that worked at the subconscious level and focused on dealing with the root of the problem.