The Switchboard Operator and the Essential Tremor

By Eleanor Laser, Ph.D

I have an essential tremor. It started when I got divorced and has worsened ever since. The tremor is a nervous system disorder that causes involuntary and rhythmic shaking. The essential part, I have come to realize, is because I have learned to reach deep inside my essential self to significantly improve my condition. In other words, I have learned to trust my unconscious mind to help heal my body. With guidance, you can too, no matter where your tremor is located.

Essential tremors can occur almost anywhere but are most often found in the hands. The shaking ranges from mild to wild and it’s always stressful. I get embarrassed when I can't pass a plate, drink from a glass or tie my shoelaces. It's even worse when my hand waves uncontrollably in the breeze. I decided the solution was to reframe my problem and that I could do it with hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a way of applying your imagination and unique experiences to reach new insights and solutions. That’s why all hypnosis is really selfhypnosis. A medical hypnotist, such as myself, is only your guide. My own work uses the brain like the magnificent computer it is. I organize hypnosis accordingly using hypnotherapy to insert, delete, reboot, and help uncover revelations which can be profound.

That is exactly what happened to me.

My true story goes like this: I was sitting in my parked car when I noticed that my hands were shaking uncontrollably, that my tremor was going wild! Immediately, I closed my eyes. Suddenly an image came up from my subconscious – an old fashioned switchboard with wires, plugs, and crisply dressed operators saying "one moment please" – except the switchboard signals and all the electrical components were in disarray. Tubes weren’t inserted into their slots. Nothing was connected. I realized the wires going into the cells were not communicating – just like my body – so I decided to become the switchboard operator and fix things then and there.

Using my imagination, I first visualized the parallel between my nervous system and this malfunctioning switchboard. In both cases, the circuits and connections were unorganized, out of sync and poorly controlled. The cells weren’t in communication and as a result, a medical condition like my tremor occurred. I also realized that both the switchboard and my nervous system use minute electrical signals that need to be in sync and work together to be effective. Fortunately, the nervous system has abundant optional pathways for this purpose. As such, it is much more powerful than the most sophisticated, high-speed switchboard ever invented.

This thought empowered me, gave me confidence, and a way to reframe my problem. I fixed all the connections in the switchboard – aka my nervous system – and guess what? The electrical signals began firing in a normal way, the movement smoothed out, and the tremor relaxed! In other words, I hit the reset button on my nervous system and it worked! Best of all, if the problem reoccurs I can use the same technique again.

This is what your imagination can do to solve a problem. This is the amazing power of self-hypnosis to create an image that has meaning and promotes healing for you.

ELLY LASER, PH D is a medical hypnotist who is also trained to practice Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP); Eye Movement Desentation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Hypnotherapy. To learn more about Elly's work, please see her articles on LinkedIn and

Eleanor D. Laser Ph D