An 8-year-old girl named Marissa was diagnosed with a degenerative nerve disorder that ultimately places kids in wheelchairs. Her parents as well as her physicians were preparing her to be wheelchair bound, yet Marissa refused to accept this as her fate.

Ultimately, Marissa was sent to a rehabilitation center in the San Francisco area, and there she worked diligently with physical therapy and occupational therapy. One of the nurses noticed how determined she was to walk and taught her how to use her imagination and visualize herself walking, running, and playing just like she used to.

One afternoon while in bed she was imagining herself running and playing with all her classmates on the school playground, and suddenly her bed started moving. Marissa started shouting “My bed’s moving! My bed’s moving and I made this happen.”

And to this day Marissa is walking around on her own as if she had never been diagnosed with that disorder.

Little did Marissa know that while using her imagination and visualizing herself playing, that San Francisco just experienced their 1989 earthquake. In Marissa’s mind she made this happen.

Using your imagination and visualizing yourself achieving a certain goal is a form of self hypnosis. You can learn how to utilize these skills and more by taking classes at our school, the Motivational Institute of Hypnotherapy.

“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” -W. Somerset Maugham