Verbal First Aid

Verbal First Aid

Most of us know physical first aid.  Some of us also know energy healing first aid.  But do you know that the words you use can also have a significant effect on the healing process?  That is Verbal First Aid.

Verbal First Aid is a way for ordinary people to use ordinary language to produce extraordinary healing results.   We know that our thoughts affect our body.  Just remember the last time you felt embarrassed, and your face flushed.  Or when you were scared, and your knees felt weak. Using Verbal First Aid can have a significant impact on things such as pain, heart rate, respiration, blood pressure (among other things),  in a way that is supportive of the healing process.

When a person is injured and in pain, shock or trauma, they are in an emotional state that makes them very open or receptive to suggestion.  It’s almost as if they are in a trance.  This altered state is an optimum healing environment where suggestions for recovery may be given to the body.  The job of Verbal First Aid is to redirect the person’s thoughts from the event that just happened, and help them focus their thoughts (and therefore the cascade effect throughout the body) on HEALING.

First responders and police officers who have received training in verbal first aid tell stories about coming to the scene of an accident and instructing patients to control their bleeding, and the bleeding stops.

 “Only bleed as much as you need to cleanse the wound, and then after that, stop your bleeding.”

 The body has an innate intelligence that is in subconscious control of dilating and contracting blood vessels, so when a person is in this state, that body intelligence is listening and responding.

What are the steps?

Imagine a scenario of a child falling down and hurting their arm, coming inside to their mother for help.

  1. Center and ground yourself = parent needs to be in control – try not to overreact
  2. Know what not to say, such as:  “I told you not to do that.” Or “How could you be so stupid.”
  3. Establish Alliance – connect with the person “I see you fell down, come to Mommy.”
  4. Establish Authority – if you have the situation under control … they feel safe “I’m here to help.”
  5. Positive shift – **these are the magic words**  “The worst is over. The danger is past.”  This statement helps the nervous system shift from fight/flight to rest/repair.  First responders who use this training observe the patient’s heart rate reducing and respiration calming when they say those words.

Then make specific suggestions depending on the context.

Cause/effect suggestion:  “As I put this cool, wet towel on your arm, you can notice that your skin is beginning to feel better and the pain level is going down.”

Story Telling:  “This is the same first aid cream I used when Johnny fell and cut his chin … and you know what, that cut healed really quickly and you can’t even see a scar, now can you?”

Illusion of Choice:  “Which way does your arm feel better, this way or this way?” Get them to agree that their arm feels better this way.  “Which bandage is going to help your arm heal faster, this one or that one?

Distraction: “Does it hurt here (point somewhere it obviously does not hurt)?  How about here?  Is this part feeling okay?” Get them to focus their attention on parts of their body that do not hurt to take their attention away from the part that does hurt.

Using the right words can help shift the injured person out of the fear state. When they are in fear, all the available energy of the body is used for fight or flight purposes.   The sympathetic nervous system takes over and shuts down  growth and shuts down the immune system, two vital processes for healing.  When the body shifts into the parasympathetic nervous system, the “rest and relax” system, healing can finally take place.

We talk more about Instructive Healing in the Advanced Pranic Healing course.  But if you remember nothing else, remember these words: “the worst is over … the danger is past.”

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