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by Tom Connelly, D.Hyp, FBSCH After practicing hypnosis for some time we gradually develop an intuitive sense that indicates to us the depth of hypnotic trance our subjects are experiencing. This impression is probably formed inside us in a number of ways but at the beginning of our training we have to rely on a mixture of guesswork and knowledge 'borrowed' from hypnosis books, videos and our tutors. The obvious way to make an estimate of the ongoing success of your hypnosis is to watch for the 'classic' indications of the deepening hypnotic state. Some of the following might be observed:
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Stillness Change of breathing Pallid / waxen complexion Postural slumping REM type eye movements Eyelid fluttering Swallowing/gulping Increased Lacrimation Redness around the eyes etc.
You will be taught to watch for these signs (and others) at the beginning of any hypnosis course of tuition but accurate assessment of trance depth only really happens when the hypnotist can evaluate these signs from personal experience. An important part of this learning process takes place when the hypnotist takes the part of the subject and experiences hypnosis from the point of view of his prospective clients. After being hypnotized a many times the hypnotherapist gains an inside perspective of the mental processes that take place and an empathy for the physical nature of hypnosis. Good experience can also be had from experimenting with self hypnosis and relaxation techniques. Apart from personal experience of hypnosis it's possible to learn a great deal from verbal feedback. Don't be afraid to ask your subjects about their experience of trance, most will be happy to describe the 'feeling' of hypnosis and many interesting insights can be gained. Remember that hypnosis is a subjective experience and although there are many common elements to it there is much that will be unique to each individual. It's also possible to gather direct information about the process of hypnosis and depth of trance by using a fractionation type of induction.
With the fractionation method of inducing hypnosis the process is broken into stages and the subject is questioned at each point for a verbal description of their particular experience. So the novice hypnotist can learn a great deal about the experience of relaxation and trance as it occurs in others. The main Idea behind the fractionation method of inducing hypnosis (sometimes known as Vogt's fractionation) is to discover the personal experience of the subject as they begin to enter trance and then to 'feed back' this information to take them deeper. Subjects are relaxed into the early stages of trance and then roused and questioned for their particular experience of hypnosis and this information is then used to help the subject to go deeper still. So in a very real sense the subject is describing the best way that they personally should be hypnotized! This type of induction is not as quick as other methods but it's interactive nature does seem to lead to the deeper trance states. This method of inducing hypnosis is outlined in most good tuition courses and books but as it is outside the scope of this article the student is advised to search this information out. Apart from methods of assessing depth of trance through observation there are also physical tests that give the hypnotist valuable information about the ongoing state of hypnosis. The most common test is for catalepsy, usually of the eyelids. Here the subject is asked to relax the muscles of the eyelids deeply, so deeply that the eyelids will not open. This is an excellent test of relaxation, susceptibility and willingness to co-operate with the hypnosis process. It is also possible to ask the patient to look upwards with their eyes (the head remaining still) as if at a point at the top of the head and when they have done this you can inform them that they cannot open their eyelids. It is typically quite hard to open one's eyelids with the eyes looking upwards and this might help to convince your subject of the efficacy of your techniques but it is also quite a well known physiological 'trick' and might just as easily arouse suspicion. Another test to gauge the level of relaxation that has the added benefit of allowing you to test for an increase in body temperature (which indicates a medium deep trance state) is the hand lift technique. After first informing your subject (who's eyes will no doubt be closed) that you are going to lift their hand, gently raise it up and let it go. The hand of a relaxed person will flop limply back. Notice how limp, warm and pliant the hand seems. Suggestions can be added to this testing technique. For example you might suggest "that as your hand falls limply down, you can go deeper and deeper into hypnosis", "as your hand falls to your lap you will go twice as deeply into relaxation." Finally a cognitive technique to test trance depth, which does not rely on observation or physical testing. Here the hypnotist tests for amnesia (an important hypnotic phenomenon) usually by asking the subject to begin counting backwards from 300 (the actual number is not too important but it must be sufficiently large to be out of the range of 'automatic' counting) and suggesting that a point will soon be reached when the
numbers will be forgotten. If a suitable trance state exists the suggestion will be accepted and the subject will forget the numeric train of thought. This method has the additional benefit that even if the subject doesn't have the correct depth of trance at that moment, the counting process may well help to bring it about! For most practical purposes the hypnotherapist will be more concerned with establishing that there is sufficient trance depth for therapy, rather than the more academic pursuit of gauging the precise depth of trance attained. There seems to be a consensus of opinion from most learned sources that trance depth might not be such an important concern and that effective therapy can take place providing at least a light stage of hypnosis is established. This may well be the case but obtaining a medium to deep hypnotic state has two advantages:
It inspires confidence in the hypnotist, which improves personal performance and is detected, however subliminally, by the subject. it is a hypnotic convincer and while it might not be any more therapeutic than a light trance state it is more of a contrast to normal waking consciousness and so helps to persuade the subject to persuade themselves that something 'significant' has taken place.
Throughout this short article I have used the convention of dividing the depth of hypnotic trance into three stages - light, medium and deep, as this seems quite sufficient for my purposes. I should point out however that there are several systems of classification, some more ancient than others. The difference is usually one of division and nomenclature as the nature of the state must be a constant but the student may encounter the following descriptions depending on the source of information: i.e., Lethargy, Catalepsy and Somnambulism or Hypnoidal, Somnambulism, Coma / Esdaile state, Hypnosis attached to sleep. It is important to realize that the 'depth of trance' does not refer to an objective or quantifiable state but is characterized by the phenomena available in that state, thereby equating trance depth with suggestibility. For example, eyelid catalepsy is quite easy to obtain and so when this phenomenon becomes available we can label the trance depth as 'light'. Pain control becomes available as a hypnotic phenomenon only when the subject becomes more suggestible and when this phenomenon becomes accessible we can label this a medium trance depth, and so on. Full amnesia or positive / negative hallucination are among the most extreme of hypnotic phenomena and require the greatest suggestibility and so when these become available we can label this a deep trance state.
. (client’s name)?” When the pendulum answers. Self Concept... On rare occasions the pendulum does not move. the client is prepared and ready for the next step. CHT This may not be a new approach.Multiple Modality Virtually Ensures Success By Bob Barnick. Of course you may recognize this as an NLP technique. I have a brochure that tells who I am and gives some primary information about hypnosis that I often send to a client in advance to establish my credibility. We then ask the following questions: Are you willing to work with us for the benefit of .. I have had a client go as far back as the birth canal to relieve a self-doubt phobia.. Spend from 1/2 hour to one hour with the subject so they gain confidence (rapport) that I have the ability help them.. and the result will be the same. If yes. click on the links that follow for some examples: What hypnosis is and is not. as evidenced by their eyes getting glossy. the client is amazed that they are communicating with their subconscious. (We offer this initial session (pre hypnosis talk) at no charge. as you know.. This method involves using three modalities 1.. After the pre-hypnosis talk. Conventional hypnosis (whatever that is!?) I think that a good pre hypnosis talk is essential for establishing rapport with the client. (This is the subject of another article that is forthcoming) 154804321. but I developed it independently. The pre hypnosis talk 2.. but I proceed as if the subconscious is still agreeing to cooperate with us. I first establish the yes/no direction by asking a question to which we already know the answer. put the new behavior in effect for a period of six weeks and if it remains appropriate continue the new behavior as long as it is appropriate. How to use the Super pendulum and 8 rules of the mind.. Many times I see clients go in and out of hypnosis during the pre talk. I also use a number of handouts. I feel it is worth the time to do a thorough pre hypnosis talk.. If we determine that we have not achieved rapport with the client. We thank your subconscious for working with us to make your life a better place. “Is your name . The pendulum can also become a method for inducing hypnosis. for example. NLP 3.. The “Magic Pendulum” works miracles with phobias and mind imprints. I introduce the pendulum (which I call the Super Pendulum) and explain that we are going to talk to the client’s subconscious mind and get answers from it. Many times when using the above procedure. we can assume that is the yes direction for future queries.doc 4 .(client name)? Are you willing to change the behavior to get the results that the client is seeking? Are you willing to change that behavior without causing any ill effects? “Future pace” this behavior so we know it will continue to be appropriate for the future.. we do NOT proceed)...
D The dedication of my first book. Ph. I quickly lost my sense of humor and became actively involved in my inner dialogue trying to remember if my malpractice insurance was paid up. seemingly totally unrelated to the session. it is always present and one needs to find a way of being aware and prepared to deal with it. I have found this 'Multiple Modality' method to be extremely powerful. (I don’t understand why the sub says this. When asked to clarify what she was referring to. the pathology might surface at unexpected times. As part of his presentation. she stated very casually in her normal speech pattern that after the first session she had had a wonderful sexual experience in her bedroom with her gynecologist and myself and attributed it the clip-on light. Hypnosis is becoming a recognized and popular technique in dealing with a wide range of problems related to the mind. It has been successful in a variety of categories 154804321. she pointed to a clip-on light in my office and stated that she wished that I would use that sex light again. I had been working for a few months with a female client who had successfully reached her desired goals. appear to have intact thinking processes and yet. reads: 'With special thanks to the clip-on reading light in my office. Shortly after that incident Dr.After this NLP procedure the client recognizes that a change has taken place.doc 5 .' The concept for my second book DAPTH? Accessing the Unconscious in the Practice of Hypnosis and Counseling came about as a result of the following incident. At one point. Human Figure Drawing: A Screening and Evaluative Tool in Hypnosis. Bernie Siegel was one of the presenters at a convention of hypnotherapists in 1986. A person could be behaving normally. he referred to drawings made by his cancer patients at different phases of their disease. The experience with my client and Bernie Siegel's happened close enough together to prompt me to think of a technique which needed to be introduced for the assessment of the client. (I tend to prefer arm levitation as an induction technique) I then reinforce what we have uncovered with the pendulum technique.WHEN THE LIGHT BULB WENT ON OR 'THE URGENCY FOR A PRE-HYPNOSIS EVALUATION' By Maurice Kouguell. so I ask the subconscious if we need to induce hypnosis. Almost inevitably it says “yes”. We then follow with a hypnotic induction. unless it wants a reinforcement with the subject). She pointed to the clip-on light and asked if I could use it again. pointing to the urgency for a screening technique. While it surfaces on occasion. it is wise to assess the advisability of using hypnosis. perceived by a client as a SEX LIGHT with special powers. It is my opinion that before hypnosis is applied. PREHYPNOSIS .
shouldn't there be an assessment preceding the trance induction? Should hypnosis be used because it has been requested by the client? If hypnosis is to be used.doc 6 . Improving mental skills and even sports skills have benefited greatly from the use and application of hypnosis. As a teacher and practitioner of hypnosis. there seems to be agreement in disagreement by established practitioners as to the application of hypnosis. meditation. Thus. As the mind-body connection continues to receive the place that it deserves. While Dr. I had questions that needed to be addressed. In reviewing the literature dealing with the indications or contraindications for the use of hypnosis. It is also possible that people choose to say things that they do not mean in order to protect their integrity at a given time. psychoanalyst and teacher makes a statement which has been shared by many others. an established psychotherapist. and other spiritual experiences will develop and gain more recognition in the healing arts. to name a few. The emphasis remains on the diagnostic evaluation of the client's ability to enter hypnosis and not on the advisability of choosing hypnosis as a therapeutic tool. problems dealing with weight. 154804321. When a client comes for hypnosis. in essence. There seems to be little left where hypnosis is not the tool of choice. Most books written by hypnotists state that hypnosis is not dangerous. Those clients have already been diagnosed. a process of communication between the client and the therapist. It's interesting to note that most of the literature refers to the hypnotizability of the client as part of the hypnotist's diagnostic evaluation. patients who can be hypnotized are determined to be "good candidates" for the relief of certain symptoms. For instance. hypnosis. Individuals with repressed anger may present a certain façade but might feel quite differently from what their appearance shows. One needs to question if the ability to enter hypnosis is a criteria for using hypnosis? Hypnotherapy is. a variety of clients come to see us and frequently without having been either evaluated or diagnosed. there are several other hypnotherapists who have successfully used hypnosis in the treatment of such clients. "Psychotic individuals. psychophysiologic difficulties. addiction and dependency. Wolberg. Repressing and suppressing one's feelings is a sign of our advanced society where as early as the infant can hear speak he/she is expected to respond and conform to the needs of society surrounding him and repress his own needs.ranging from habit disorders to major neurotic disturbances. 1945). pre-psychotics and patients with character disorders of an extremely infantile or dependent nature are usually not suitable subjects of hypnoanalysis" (Wolberg. how should it be used? Should the hypnotherapist assess the client's emotional strengths or vulnerability first? How does the therapist assess the effectiveness of a session or sessions? It appears that books written on hypnosis by psychotherapists do not discuss assessments for the application of hypnosis. The exchange of communication need not necessarily be limited to words. They frequently discuss how to determine one's ability at entering hypnosis but do not discuss when hypnosis should be used.
I have coined the expression "the thank you syndrome" where the child learns that he may not express his true feelings. making mistakes against one's better knowledge. if he cannot become that figure. involve a psychical conflict which prevents the underlying intention from finding direct expression and diverts it along indirect paths. used and taught Figure Drawings as well as the House Tree Person technique at the City College of New York. and certain habitual gestures and movements. forgetting what one intends to do. misreading. They serve definite purposes which owing to the prevailing psychological situation. shows with enough certainty to satisfy every requirement that these latter factors merely operate as facilitating factors and may be absent. children learn that self expression is not tolerated and with that type of behavior being repeated. "By parapraxis. The prehistoric man expressed his ideas through drawings. making slips of the tongue and pen. however. These situations. Those drawings expressed not only his thoughts. mislaying things and being unable to find them. "He who would paint a figure. I believe that an assessment and exploration of the client's unconscious through a projective technique will assist the therapist in accessing and exploring the causality of the formation of the symptoms. 1913) Why drawings as a tool choice for assessment? Communication through art preceded the development of language. I understand the occurrence in healthy and normal people of such events as forgetting words and names that are normally familiar to one.Clients frequently censor verbal information. losing things. misleading. cannot be expressed in any other way. One learns early in life that many feelings are not allowed to be expressed openly and need to be repressed. but rather reflect what is expected of him by saying "thank you. but also his emotions. As a result.doc 7 ." thus pleasing his parents or other authority figures. the 'good' child grows up with a lot of unresolved conflicts. Suggestions under hypnosis geared to bringing about change while the unconscious is receptive will be so much more effective when the hypnotherapist has some insight into the underlying difficulties and strengths of the client. Those techniques were part of a projective battery of tests which included but were not limited to the Thematic Apperception Test 154804321. (Freud. as a rule. Those feelings surface through certain unconscious behaviors (including projections of feelings or ideas) or slips of the tongue. cannot portray it" (Dante) I had studied. Freud described that expression with the term parapraxis. Parapraxes are full blown psychical phenomenon and always have a meaning and an intention.An analytic inquiry. ….
fears. for instance. Therapist dealing with the mind must always be ready to deal with the unpredictable. might be sufficient to alert the hypnotist to certain pathologies within the group membership. collected prior to the group induction. this technique will also provide the therapist with information revealing the possible pathology of the client and help decide the course of therapy. points a loaded gun at you and threatens to pull the trigger? What do you do when a client drops her fur coat and you are faced with her total nudity? What do you do when one of your clients commits suicide and how do you handle your own grief? What do you do. One cannot assume that individuals attending a group workshop are necessarily free of severe pathology just because they are of part of the workshop. attending a discussion group in a public school setting during school hours. These drawing tests were part of other projective tests helped in validating the interpretations. For instance. With the application of this technique. A cursory examination of the drawings. Being aware of the symbolic content brought forth by the drawing will offer the therapist a direct avenue to the understanding of the client's conflicts and problems. The technique can also be applied to psychotherapy and any form of individual and group counseling. Experience has taught me that maladjustments are not limited to individual clients coming to our office. the induction will have to include specific suggestions geared to the individual. In using any kind of art medium one need not be an accomplished artist. The interpretation of art in any form is based on recognizing that there are some universal fundamental thoughts and feelings emerging from the unconscious and recognizing that there are universal symbols. This technique can also be applied effectively as a screening tool preceding any group induction. In addition. when under hypnosis. With this information. The fact that a group is geared to Smoke Ending. The uniqueness of this work is that it also allows the therapist to evaluate his own effectiveness in the therapeutic process. Should drawings reveal pathology. what do you do when a client threatens to strangle you with his bare hands? Or what do you do when an adolescent. but simply allow oneself to use that vehicle for free expression. your client 154804321. does not necessarily exclude the presence of disturbed individuals.doc 8 . the therapeutic intervention should become more effective for it addresses itself to unconscious material which now has surfaced. The use of art has an important place in any type of therapeutic intervention. My two books HUMAN FIGURE DRAWINGS A SCREENING AND EVALUATIVE TOOL FOR HYPNOSIS AND COUNSELING and DAPTH? ACCESSING THE UNCONSCIOUS IN THE PRACTICE OF HYPNOSIS AND COUNSELING offer additional assessment and evaluation through the use of drawings which is indispensable in hypnotherapy. the hypnotherapist will be able to gather information concerning the client's needs. conflicts and goals and integrate that material in his work.and the Rorschach Test. The same harm that can happen during an individual induction who might react very poorly to a smoke cessation program.
horizontally. length of time spent on one part of the body being drawn. indecisions. displaying a seizure-like motor activity and urinates? What do you do when. an acronym for Draw A Person Tree House Test is a projective technique based on the House Tree Person test. The analysis of course takes longer but your findings will help you beyond words. a lot of information revealed. for the house. there will be comments relating to self. DAPTH@ combines the most pertinent highlights from various research and is applicable to counseling and hypnotherapy. The reader will be able to use these three themes individually or in combination. You hand the client an unlined sheet of white paper 8 ½ x11.abreacts foams at the mouth. The interpretations for each drawing are included in the manual and can be easily followed by the therapist. reactions to the task. a #2 lead pencil with an eraser and a support on which one can draw.doc 9 . Observational skills are essential in all therapeutic relationships. who might not appear so at all on the basis of the interview. the ability to see and interpret. inability in completing the task. on the next sheet of paper you say 'draw a tree' and on a third sheet you say 'draw a house'. All these can have a significant meaning in the hands of a trained observer. One could pick up extreme cases of obsessive behavior when the person cannot give up the drawing after a long period of time or one can note the helplessness of a person. the therapists would have been better prepared to deal with the incidents. It also gives the therapist a technique for evaluating the effectiveness of the session. "Non-verbal behavior can be as important: watching for erasure. Whether DAPTH@ is administered to an individual or a group. it can also be administered after the session. For the first 2 drawings the paper is handed vertically. you receive a call from your client who complains of various fears never experienced before? With the drawings administered before the induction or counseling session. The entire administration may take between 5 and 10 minutes. The DAPTH@. The Administration of the DAPTH? is quite simple. hear and interpret. The administration of the drawings after the session provides the hypnotherapist or counselor with direction as to how successful the session was. as well as many other behavioral patterns which would be meaningful to the trained observer. and go beyond those sensory perceptions.criticism. Specific recommendations on procedure appear in the text. after a hypnotic session. but are not limited to. The instructions for each drawings are: Draw a Person. In addition to administering the DAPTH? before the hypnotic session. by needing constant support and reassurance to 154804321. Thus. They include.
C. Those who have found love and prosperity did so because they focused on and took steps towards the creation of love and prosperity. There is no punishing force up in the heavens causing you suffer.L. All the aforementioned information obtained without even looking at the finished product. failed at creating their own happiness and prosperity (or died) you need to realize that that has nothing to do with you because we are all on our own separate paths. 1992) Those skills can be developed and are taught in the context of DAPTH?.continue with the drawing. 154804321. You create your own despair anytime that you behave in a way that is contradictory to your manifesting your love and prosperity.H. and prosperity are your birthright. These messages will enable you to thrive and to find your ideal love (should you be ready and willing). S. Everything that you have in your life is something that you have consciously (or unconsciously) drawn into yourself.23-24 Wolberg.166-167 Kouguell. If you are looking to draw love and prosperity into your life (or to help others to do so) please realize that the acceptance of the following concepts will help: You are not here to suffer.R. Vol 13. Love. We all have an equal shot at creating love and prosperity in our lives. Certified Clinical Hypnotist Hello Reader! I have some important messages to share with you. happiness. Even if others around you have suffered greatly.doc 10 . While it is right and proper to be empathetic and compassionate to those around you.1913 pp.1992 pp. Readers are taught how to interpret the drawings and get the most out of understanding the language of the non-conscious. Freud. The misery of others is not yours to carry. New York Grune and Stratton Hypnosis for Drawing Love and Prosperity Into Your Life By Julie Griffin.Human Figure Drawings: A Screening and Evaluative Tool in Hypnosis.M. it is inappropriate to become so wrapped up in the hardships or failures of others that you become unable to manifest your own highest good. B." (Kouguell. Whatever is missing from your life is missing only because you have not given the proper energy towards creating what it is that you want. Collected Papers of Sigmund Freud. The Techniques of Psychotherapy.
doc 11 . Set and achieve goals. It is important that you are truly excited by whatever it is that you are doing if you want to be successful and happy while doing it. Take on the thoughts and actions of a successful person. Assume that your success is a foregone conclusion because you will consistently act in a way that creates your success. Set small goals that you can readily achieve that will lead to the fulfillment of your larger goals. you will not be weighed down by negative emotions and you will have more energy to focus on manifesting your goals. exercising regularly. Congratulate yourself each time you meet a small goal. 6. When your physical. Visualize what it is that you want. In doing so. 154804321. You should view the past as learning experiences from which you are now able to grow from. Let go of the past. Paint a bright and vivid picture in your mind of exactly the kind of success and love that you wish to live inside of. Make sure you allow room inside the picture for possibilities that can enhance your life that you are not yet consciously aware of yet. Become a vessel of power. 3. emotional. No matter what has happened to you in the past (in business or in love relationships) you need to imagine that you can wipe the slate clean and start fresh. Continue to focus on and clarify this picture each day. emotionally. Anger and hate weigh you down physically. and spiritual sides are all healthy and functioning as one well-maintained unit you will have the energy and power that you need to manifest your goals.You can affect dramatic changes in your capacity to love and thrive financially simply by making the right choices in your life. Therefore it is important to forgive yourself for anything that you have done wrong and to forgive anyone who has wronged or injured you. Forgive the past. You can empower yourself in many ways. and spiritually. 4. Don't sit around waiting for things to happen-make things happen. 2. Picture in your mind yourself totally fulfilled in both love and business concerns. How to Actively Draw Love and Prosperity Into Your Life 1. Identify what it is that you want. 5. A few of these ways follow: • • • • create health in your physical being by eating healthfully. Living in the past and holding onto old failures will cripple your ability to thrive. and avoiding toxic substances create health in your mind by consistently feeding yourself positive thoughts create health in your heart by letting love and happiness shine through you define and embrace your own spirituality. Allow time for soul-searching that will enable you to identifying what life pursuits will totally fulfill you.
Feel yourself filling up to the brim with this universal love and energy. Like yourself and love yourself. 10. Imagine that there is a dimmer switch inside of you that controls your own love and joy light and that you are now actively turning up your love and joy light a little bit brighter each day. Often it is the case that others will be delighted to assist you. a teacher. to dance. There is one important concept that I have not yet spoken to you of and that concept is that your life can be fun. and to make friends. Take time to have fun. 11. Project an energy field around you that prevents harmful people and elements from entering into your life or consciousness. Imagine that you have the ability to draw love and energy from the universe into the core of your being. If you are the type that feels that you have to do everything yourself and that it is inappropriate to ask others for help then you might want to take time and consider if these thoughts are serving you or harming you. Create a state of mind in which you will only draw helpful. that when you are out in life making friends and having fun that love will find you! 154804321. In the course of life you may have many loves come and go your friends will always be there for you. Develop the insight and vision to see what is truly a blessing and what is not. You may utilize your magnetism and charisma to draw loving. By asking for what you need. loving people into your life. If you want others to be drawn to you you must feel good about yourself. Realize too. As you turn up your own love and joy light your magnetism and charisma will automatically surface. 8. from a spiritual realm. Your friends will help to get you through your darkest days and play with you on your brightest days. 9. and caring people into your life. a business person. Get up each morning and call out to the universe (or your higher power) to send prosperity and love your way. Trust your instincts. you open a door that allows others the pleasure of helping you and a window that enables you to obtain what it is that you need.7. This help could be from a friend. or even from yourself. Have the wisdom to see that sometimes things come to you in an unexpected way. 12. You will only be able to truly love another when you are capable of loving yourself. helpful. Ask for help when you need it. Take charge of your magnetism and charisma. Each night take time to identify all your blessings and to give thanks for all the wonderful things that have come into your life. Begin to actively call love and prosperity into yourself. to sing.doc 12 . to laugh.
confidence. Direct suggestions have been useful in pain control. APPLICATION 1. increased learning and in many other areas. I did this exploring by asking questions of the hypnotized subjects. that all four are of importance. It soon became obvious that somewhere within us is a source of greater wisdom then we ordinarily have access to. This uncertainty requires a high level of flexibility on the part of the hypnotherapist. how to give direct and posthypnotic suggestions and how to return our subject to full waking consciousness. how to recognize the degree of relaxation. based on nearly forty-nine years of both research and therapy using several hypnotherapeutic procedures. Directive Hypnotherapy: Most of us begin in hypnosis and hypnotherapy by learning first how to induce the hypnotic state. It is my opinion. This is a bit risky." Before long came to use this non-directive technique almost exclusively. Some will find the cause of a problem or illness in a current traumatic experience or one in childhood. 2. Non-Directive Hypnotherapy: For me. sports performance. Answers cannot be anticipated with any degree of certainty. My intense curiosity led me to explore the mind to find its potential. This is a very important and ideal starting place. but somewhat overlapping areas that I use in hypnotherapy. habit change. as there is no way of determining what the answers will be beforehand.doc 13 . or they may report finding it in a distant past time long before the birth of the present body. the distance they travel can be a surprise. Introduction: There are four distinct. When hypnotized subjects are asked to go back in time and find the origin of a problem. I chose to call this source the "Inner Wisdom. direct suggestion was never enough.THE COMPLETE HYPNOTHERAPIST By Dr Irene Hickman Summary: This paper is an overview of the various ways hypnosis and hypnotherapy can be utilized for the benefit of those who seek assistance in dealing with problematic aspects of their lives. 154804321.
3. respiratory. scan the targets body to detect possible 'presences'. and a hypnotistfacilitator. Symptoms and problems that respond to suggestion can be quite different from those that respond to regression techniques. from one patient to another. It has proven to be very helpful to trace problem areas to their origin and release the emotion attached to the earlier event or events. serious physical illness and Attention Deficit Disorder are a few of the cases treated using this technique. Patterns of habitual criminality. to persuade it to leave the host and go to a better place. a hypnotized subject who is requested to send a bit on their consciousness a short or long distance. all of he information unearthed using regression techniques has been generally compatible. Spirit Releasement or Depossession: It is important to be aware that some problems are precipitated by the presence of attached spirit entities. circulatory conditions and various fears and phobias responded to non-directive hypnotherapy when more conventional treatment had been ineffective. 154804321. I prefer using the term and the technique of 'Remote Depossession'. we will be completely lost when one of our hypnotized subjects reports this sort of information. This method requires two persons. PhD. A variety of problems have been resolved using Remote Depossssion. depression. the problems leave with them. One of the surprising developments having to do with past-life therapy is the consistency between the reports of one subject as compared with the reports of others.' When such is the case. drunkenness. There are some cases that do not respond to any of the above methods. Regression of Past Life Therapy: Without some understanding of our true nature (the fact that we are eternal and have had earlier lives) and that events from earlier lives do impact on our present life. I marvel that in the many years of my personal involvement in hypnotherapy. Some problems have been alleviated in one session using regression therapy but the average is about four sessions for most conditions. under hypnosis there is unanimity that is quite remarkable. who 'dialogues' with any entity found. relationship problems with relatives or associates. When the entity leaves. Spirit entities may be removed by dealing directly with the effected person using techniques developed by William Baldwin PhD and Edith Fiore.doc 14 . incorrigibility. For these we need to use---4. the problems cannot be resolved except be removing the attached entity that caused the problem. digestive. In my experience allergies to foods. animals or in one case an extreme allergy to cold water. Whereas the waking belief systems my be very diverse. either Earthbound or 'dark. locate the target person at a particular place and time.
However. However we always ask permission from the high self of the target at the beginning. it is very important for the client. healing. Others may need two. while fairly simple to initiate. I. I. Discovering the Soul.D. 154804321. we do not proceed. The search for insights.A.A. M. 1987 Jarmon.D. 1992 This paper was presented in October of 1995 to: The Eastern National Hypnothrapy Conference and The First African Congress on Clinical Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine in Sun City. M. and even more important for the therapist who is in the position to select the tools most appropriate for a client’s situation and goals.O. M. Through Time Into Healing. Remote Depossession. The Unquiet Dead... The target person need not know that the procedure is being conducted. 1994 Baldwin. C.. D..B..D.. References: Hickman. I also admit that there is need for much more research in all areas of hypnotherapy. Spirit Rleasement. M. as so often seems to be the case at present. and well deserved. a comatose person in a hospital and many who would not voluntarily seek help. amount of attention. 1994 Fiore. I have helped patients in prison.doc 15 .D. The principal requirement seems to be a degree of assertiveness on the apart of the facilitator. Ph. 1993 Moody. is at the same time complex in its consequences and exceptionally rich in its potential benefits for the client. Wiliam. not to overlook that past life regression is an extension. Regression Therapy. quite literally.D. Unless we have a clear signal indicating permission. Past life regression is receiving an increasing. we may not be complete hypnotherapists. With remote techniques. South Africa. Coming Back.. and growth would do well to begin with the resources of this life.D.. Mind Probe--Hypnosis. Age Regression by David Weltman. rather than “hop scotching” right past them. Age regression is a therapeutic technique that.The techniques are easy to learn and relatively easy to use. Robert. M. 1983 Hickman. there seems to be no possibility of making the problem worse.. Without knowledge about all four and some skill in using the various techniques.D. I am well aware that much of this work does not fit into the usual 'scientific' paradigm and may disturb some belief systems. A Handbook for Professionals... 1994 Lucas. Edith. Timidity would be a liability. three of all four. 1997 Weiss. Brian.O. Winifred.Ph. Some cases may need only one of these four approaches to treatment. Raymond. therapeutic opportunities.Ht. of “simple age regression”. Ph. Further. I have found all four approaches to be effective and found that most cases required more than the usual directive approach. a Techniques Manuel.
but to pursue it might present unnecessary risks to the client. The well known mathematical principle of Occam’s Razor applies equally well to hypnotherapy: the simplest solution is the best. discovering the sources of compulsive behaviors or compulsive thinking that cannot be resolved otherwise. what tools not to use. Hypnotherapy is uniquely powerful for any number of reasons. is that in most cases it is not necessary to know the origin of an issue in order to resolve it using appropriate hypnotherapeutic techniques. the process of which not only can be helpful but in some cases can be instrumental all by itself in helping to resolve those issues. what we learn about the client’s own preferences. but lays a foundation upon which past life regression. can be like opening Pandora’s Box. as well as to explore the many issues that revolve around its use. which distinguishes hypnotherapy importantly from certain “talk therapies”. as the reader undoubtedly is aware. and finally. it is essential for the therapist to assess whether or not age regression is both necessary and appropriate. it is decidedly inappropriate. discovering the sources of fears and/or phobias. The therapist must always keep in mind that any regression. Undoubtedly you can find excellent professional instruction near you or via products designed for that purpose.doc 16 . in those instances when 154804321. and perhaps even more the case with past life regression. our real skills irrespective of our training. At the same time. Our purpose in writing this article is to “retrain the spotlight” on this invaluable tool. it not only should be avoided. to achieve the client’s goals as well as their highest well being. WHY USE IT AT ALL? One of the most important decisions we as practitioners make is what tools to use. and complementarily. in many cases it is unnecessary. If not. we are often presented with a client who explicitly requests an age regression session or series of sessions. One of those reasons. can be pursued both more easily and more successfully. if indicated or desired. Certainly this is not the appropriate forum through which to train the therapist in age regression. That decision involves at least three factors: what we perceive to be in the best interest of the client.age regression is not only an invaluable technique in and of itself. Therefore. and most obviously. Just some of the cases in which age regression would be appropriate include: uncovering repressed trauma that must be uncovered in order for health and/or goals to be achieved. whether a simple age regression or a past life regression. and in others. Again. One point that is essential for the practitioner to acknowledge at the outset is that even though age regression is always “possible”. what we acknowledge about our own training and even more important. assess whether (in the patient’s best interest) that request should be honored or not. it is imperative that we uphold our responsibility to the patient (as well as to our profession). and act accordingly.
in the first case the regression is undertaken with a specific goal in mind.the client explicitly requests it and where the therapist then determines that it would not be detrimental to the client. skill in guiding the process as the regression evolves. WHY NOT DO IT? What we would term “recreational” regression is becoming more and more popular. whether the process would put the client at unnecessary risk.” applies to hypnotherapy no less than to any other therapy. the risks potentially present in any regression. EXPLORATORY REGRESSION As the terms would imply. that the therapist first obtain the proper training and experience. It is all the more imperative. a client can succeed 154804321. but in aborting the process in the face of extreme abreaction other trauma. Notice that there are two levels to success or failure in such regressions. then. (Allow us to insert that phobia is an excellent example of a case where regression might not be necessary at all. as well as easier to assess. Certainly the client remains responsible for the processing of the outcome. Thus the therapist needs three skills even beyond the skill of assisting the client in initiating the regression. progressive desensitization is extremely effective as a stand-alone technique in resolving phobias. As the reader may well know. “First. the regression is undertaken simply to discover what it might reveal. and thereafter not only accept responsibility for the process. which is not at all intended to be pejorative. The injunction. discovering the source of a phobia. However. for example. but that is only provided that the client has the capacity to do that processing even in the face of an outcome that is utterly unanticipated and extremely traumatic. They also must succeed in processing that discovery in a way that helps them reach the goal that the regression was intended to serve. Helping the client to explore their past via age regression can be a wonderfully rewarding experience.doc 17 .) In the second case. do no harm. Clearly. but be certain they are prepared to handle the unexpected. and skill not merely in “bringing the client up” at the end. GOAL DIRECTED VS. For true success. and the therapist is the only party in a position even to be aware of. The therapist must have skill first and foremost in assessing. or “simply” when it becomes clear that the process is not serving the client’s best interest. Goal directed age regression is easier to guide and control. as best as can reasonably be done. In this case especially.hence the term “recreational”. the therapist must be aware (and has a responsibility to inform the client) of the potential for severe abreaction or at least the uncovering of past trauma that the client is unprepared to handle. the standard mantra that the client is responsible for the outcome is not only unfair but dangerous. in the hope that the experience will be helpful or even fun . even when the experience is somewhat painful. much less help the client avoid. the client must succeed in more that discovering the insight or event they were after.
and more vigilant to negative indications.doc 18 . Second it should provide support for where the regression naturally wants to go. not try to yank it back abruptly. while the chances of such an instance occurring might be small. that the experience could do more damage than if the regression had not been done at all. Obviously. but still fail in effectively processing the outcome. let us not shy away from the proper term. the therapist must choose words and phrase questions with extreme care so as to avoid creating a false memory syndrome. but not in all cases. The therapist must be aware that. It is easy to lull one’s self into the attitude that since there is no goal. If it begins to go far afield of the goals of the session. there always remains some possibility that it could occur and. urging practitioners to be prepared for those possibilities. and assure them that they will be able. One safeguard we would recommend is to use what we term “filtering” suggestions. however. easily and freely. That safeguard is all the more important in the case of exploratory age regressions. That is. not only during the induction but even in the pre-talk. when that discovery is in reality. too. we do think it important to stress that guiding the process should follow three principles.in the regression. the therapist must have the skill to guide it back gently and organically. Precisely because there is no goal. to dismiss any discoveries or experiences that are unhelpful or are more uncomfortable than the client wishes to handle. this is not the place to train the reader in the process. further. while the process can indeed be informative and fun. to stay alert for them. the process is easier for the therapist than goal directed regression and can simply be allowed to unfold. the therapist must remain alert to the fact that such filtering is effective in most cases. Though it might not be necessary. We are. and must always be prepared to handle a negative turn in the process. than in goal-directed age regression which is likely to be a much more “narrow” process. an artifice produced by the process? 154804321. the process has no direction. but also must be even more involved in the process. and. the therapist must not only prepare the client properly with filtering suggestions. Finally. prepare the client to expect only those discoveries and experiences that will be helpful and that will be able to handle. In fact. A WORD ABOUT GUIDING THE PROCESS As we stated at the outset. First and foremost it should not exceed the therapist’s own training and ability to control. What could serve the client worse than to have them think they have made an important discovery that goes perhaps not only to the heart of their goal but even to the heart of their being. potentially more dangerous for the client. the reverse is true. However. Thus. allow us to clarify that we are not advocating that an age regression be aborted at the first sign of negativity or trauma. and to be able to abort the process safely when indicated. In such cases there is no goal other than whatever the process will reveal. Therefore it is both more difficult to guide.
we have found that rapid inductions are too abrupt to enable the client to achieve the optimum relaxation level in this particular instance. Many practitioners. At the same time. employ filtering suggestions. it is nonetheless an extremely involved process the full impact of which may not even be known. or how satisfied the client may seem. At the same time. including ourselves. and obviously without disturbing the trance.SPONTANEOUS AGE REGRESSION Be aware that age regression does not only occur when that is the purpose of the session. It has the multiple advantages of achieving deep somnambulism and deep relaxation. adapt. allow us to share our own experience regarding inductions. while doing so gradually and yet in much less time than progressive relaxation. THE IMPORTANCE OF FOLLOW UP No matter how successful an age regression might appear to be. of course. have seen numerous instances where age regression occurs spontaneously in the middle of a session undertaken with an entirely different goal. What we have found to be ideal is the classic “Elman” induction. and even obtain the client’s consent. even in the case of a single-session regression. or display after the age regression has had a week to “incubate” and it is overwhelmingly to the client’s advantage to be able to work with the therapist at that point.doc 19 . process. Therefore. it has the additional advantage of having built-in “tests” that automatically counter any potential for the client to question whether or not they were truly hypnotized. or create the induction that will work best for a particular client in a specific session. is always to support the regression. While effective and appropriate in many cases. we always “educate” the client. it is important that the client achieve both deep somnambulism and deep relaxation (there is a difference). However it is the therapists responsibility to ensure that he/she has both the training 154804321. Of course. IN CONCLUSION Age regression can be an highly valuable and rewarding experience for the client. For a rich and effective age regression experience. a second session for follow-up is imperative. It is amazing what the client may discover. Enlighten your clients to that fact and encourage – even insist – that they book the follow-up session at the same time that they book the age regression session. there can be no clearer sign that age regression is what the client needs at that point. though it need not be yours. either verbally or via ideomotor response. Conversely. the well known progressive relaxation induction can be unnecessarily long. whichever is most appropriate under the circumstances. and so our own choice. You will both be extremely pleased with the results. much less processed immediately. In our opinion. A WORD ABOUT INDUCTIONS For whatever help it may be to the reader. there is never one single induction that is best for every situation with every client and the therapist should always feel free to select.
B. The better trained and prepared you are to support the process. finally. In hypnosis. Many oriental cultures accept pre-existence and reincarnation in one form or another. of course. to guide the process effectively. c) to assist the client in processing the outcome in the manner that best serves their highest well being. those who succeed discover. Recently these beliefs are becoming increasingly popular also in the west. Further. Although a small proportion of people have some difficulty being regressed. 154804321. in past life recall. and. A healing journey Hypnosis is a useful tool for exploring past lives. The regressee is nevertheless encouraged to treat the experiences that arise as if they are real and to become involved in the story. be aware that age regression might present itself spontaneously in the course of a session intended for an entirely different purpose. the therapist also needs to ensure that the client is helped through the experience and is not harmed by it.D UPLOADED 25/9/2004 Past lives: fact or fantasy? Past life regression therapy raises the important question of whether our spiritual evolution on earth is attained through successive incarnations. a person's unconscious may be dipping into a universal memory bank. M. how their present life appears to be influenced by events that may have happened before they were born. Past Life Regression. suspecting that their story may be a product of their imagination. The jury is still out.Sc. and the experience they report is felt to be authentic and real.and the skill not only to initiate a regression. Ph. should not detract from the value of past life regression therapy. Once a client has achieved hypnosis. and psychically may be drawing upon a story from the past which mirrors the person's own problems.Sc. The existence of reincarnation is not a necessary prerequisite for past life work to be successful. Fichera . Lastly. just like in a dream. the stronger you will be able to build your practice. Some people doubt the reality of their experience. A third possibility is that the unconscious mind may be making up a story. to their amazement. in that latter event. which makes a person more receptive and responsive to inner experiences. which Jung referred to as collective unconscious .doc 20 . Others find themselves deeply immersed in the story. d) to abort the process when necessary. an induction is used to facilitate past life recall. but also a) to determine when it is appropriate and when it is not. b) when it is appropriate. Also a psychic experience or an imagined story created by the unconscious can offer valuable insights to the person being regressed. it is possible to tune into levels of awareness normally not accessible to the conscious mind. Present Life Healing By Rita C. An alternative view that does not embrace the idea of reincarnation is that. since it involves the experience of an altered psychological state. the more you will be able to help your clients and. This. There is no conclusive evidence either in favour or against reincarnation. however.
dislikes and personality traits in the present life have been shown to originate in former lives (Fiore. such 154804321. 1992). s/he is likely to report the experience of floating and observing the scene from the outside. and possibly intensified. often repeatedly. Woolger (1987) believes that a trauma is deeply lodged in the body and needs to be re-lived in order to be released. The narrative may begin with self-description or the description of a neutral scene. phobias. fears. Some therapists believe that the emotional stress associated with a past life trauma should not be attenuated but should be experienced fully. Other emotions. it may begin with a sequence of events as the past life drama unfolds. a client is encouraged to delve into an experience. Alternatively. With these techniques. This is done differently with different therapeutic methods and ranges from the temporary removal of the client from the painful situation to the intensification of the stressful experience. Often people re-enact past life experiences. and may correspond to the age when a trauma that is related to the current symptom took place in a past life. being an observer can act as a protective mechanism and can reduce. previously repressed anger may be expressed during the regression. For most people. The age of onset of a specific symptom in the current life may be significant. 1978). If a client experienced a past life as a victim. My client Adam discovered that his mistrust of people and paranoia in this life appeared to be linked to the experience of fear. not from the viewpoint of a detached observer.Hypnosis is by no means the only method that allows information about past lives to surface. however. A significant component of past life therapy is the re-experience of a past life trauma. which don't require hypnosis. Woolger (1992) uses bridge techniques. The expression of anger must be encouraged by the therapist. Both the somatic release and the emotional abreaction are thought to be crucial to the full healing process. The past life journey may begin with the client's identification with a past life character.doc 21 . therefore details of the current problem and of the age of onset may provide valuable clues for accessing a past life. These methods can be used when a symptom or feeling is clearly expressed by the client during a session. Many physical complaints. on the other. preferences. The full release of repressed emotions may not be achieved in a single session. Therefore the past life story needs to be experienced fully in the body. betrayal and suffering in a past life. compulsions. and to become totally immersed in it to the point that it triggers past life recall. While. at least initially. If the client is not grounded early in the therapeutic session. feeling or image they report. since the experience of this stage is therapeutic for the client and can help transmute the negative feeling into understanding (Weiss. by abreaction so that it can be released. The first experience reported may be that of being in a physical body. on one hand. it is helpful to experience the past life first hand. sensation. Subsequent therapeutic sessions may also be cathartic and may result in further release of physical and emotional symptoms. the emotional impact of any past life traumatic experience. past life recall is facilitated by being in a hypnotic trance.
Past life residues can occur at all levels of experience (somatic. When the perception of a past life traumatic situation is changed or reframed. joy and freedom. The after-death experience offers the opportunity to review the life just re-lived and to look at the experiences in that life from a different perspective. moving towards the light and experiencing the spirit world. On the contrary. Almost everybody going through this stage describes bodily sensations of lightness and floating. The opportunity now exists to identify patterns in the current life that may originate from the life just revisited. so it is important to examine each one in turn to build a picture of the possible causes of present life problems. Forgiveness of others and self-forgiveness also enable a person to let go of the unfinished past and to make a fresh start. This stage begins the process of dis-identification with the past life character. in order for the person to be able to release them and become free of the past. The client now can experience being more detached and dispassionate towards the events just re-lived. A turning point in the current life direction is made when a client fully understands how 154804321. emotional. a number of them have overcome their fear of death though this process. People often recall pleasant past life events. The past life death experience and the after-death are valuable tools for transformation. Most people describe sensations of floating above a scene. It is useful to establish what physical. My client Alexandra began to free herself of an inexplicable fear of large spiders when she was regressed to a past life as a man in South America and re-experienced a death caused by a poisonous spider. The recall of a traumatic event is not a sine qua non of past life regression. sadness. Several of my clients have made a fresh start in life as a result of gaining this knowledge. A lot of healing may result from releasing blocked emotions and from forgiveness. cognitive) and they need to be cleared at all levels.as fear. There are individual differences in the way the past life death and the inter-life are experienced and reported. None of my clients has ever found the experience unpleasant. These experiences can offer clients valuable insights on what may be missing in their current busy lives and what they might do to enhance their physical and mental well-being. emotional and mental residues a person may take from the life being explored into the current life. Going through the experience enabled her to become desensitized and detached from the fear. guilt need to be similarly experienced during the regression. tranquil scenery. its impact on the current life is reduced. and an experience of inner peace. Tremendous insights can be gained into current behaviour patterns from exploring past lives. bucolic lifestyles or information about past life skills and abilities. Becoming fully aware of how past life residues relate to the present life and making a conscious decision to let go of them can be a life changing experience.doc 22 . Residues may originate through several lifetimes. grief. Re-experiencing the original fear inducing stimuli in a past life regression can bring relief from a present life phobia.
White Missionaries left the comfort of their European homes and wondered into the unknown territories of Africa and other sub-continents with the sole aim to “convert the heathens” and in the process some were boiled alive and eaten and some survived and planted the roots of their belief in far away lands. The truth is we do not know. According to some people we existed in another human body or another life form before we inherited our current human body. compulsively and rigidly are understood and released. The religious theories of our origin cannot answer even the basic questions when challenged except to say. Case of Past Life Regression by Barry Laine D. the opportunity is there to experience freedom from the past and to become the master of one's own destiny. Charles Darwin thought he had found the answer in the Galapagos Islands when he came up with his theory on evolution. The scientific theories of our origin are revised each time a University wants a new grant or justification is sought to spend a few billion dollars on another probe to another distant planet. To others this is absurd and not worth considering. Every theory is flawed with unexplainable questions and inaccuracies. MBSCH UPLOADED 1/3/2005 Introduction There are two main beliefs when it comes to past life.doc 23 .past life experiences may have shaped the present life and is prepared to let go and start on a new path. When past behaviour patterns which operate unconsciously. It is therefore important to keep an open mind when it comes to past life existence. Under such a condition it is possible for the mind to concentrate because all external disturbances and distractions are removed. the conscious mind takes a back seat and the subconscious mind takes control of the thought process. Hyp. The latest scientific theory that we evolved from a fish in the sea and came to live on the land and our body changed to adapt by first walking on four limbs like a dog then standing up to walk upright like an ape has no real proof of evidence. Regression during hypnotherapy Under hypnosis the body relaxes. The limit of our current imagination and acquired knowledge does not allow us to accurately establish how we came to inherit our current human form. The Catholic and Protestant Churches have for centuries led us to believe we came into being via Adam and Eve and a multi-billion pounds industry has been built around that religious belief. The person can go back into the present life and look at events as far 154804321. The truth is we do not know how we came to inherit our current human body form. “God works in mysterious ways”.
new born babies mainly boys. When asked what could she see she said she could see lights. Case Study Caroline. She was in material form not spiritual form. Then her body curled into the fetus position. she could see people being born and coming out of their mother's womb. like many others I have helped. whiteness. She could see her brother feeding her. why is it not possible for some of us to have the ability to go beyond the womb and into another world we lived in before we inherited our current life form. She said this world was coming to an end then she released the towels she had clutched tightly and her body relaxed. Some people can go as far back as when they were in their mother's womb and recall hearing sounds. When asked to share some more information she said she was being called back and she must go back.Materialisation When questioned further she said she could feel her friends around her. came to me with a number of thoughts that kept haunting her mind and in many ways kept disturbing her current life.doc 24 . gliding but she was not an angel. First Past Life – Intelligent life form When asked to go beyond her present childhood her body curled up slightly as she tried to gather the towel covering her body. She said some old people were there also in the form of lights. Third Past Life – Indian Warrior 154804321. there were millions of them and they form the creator. one light merging into another forming part of the eternal light. Second Past Life . When asked what was she doing she replied that she was going to be a healer and teach healing. lots of white towers and stones. Who is to say this is not possible? If you believe this is not possible then ask yourself how do you know this is not possible? Are you an expert on theories of probabilities and where do you get your reference point for such knowledge? You can say it is as absurd as believing we came from Adam and Eve or from a fish in the sea? We just do not know and perhaps we will destroy ourselves before we have the opportunity to establish our origin. she was walking on air. She doesn't want to say any more. We agreed to keep an open mind and for me to record on paper whatever she said and whatever reaction she experienced during the sessions. She found it difficult to sleep and do her job properly because so many flashes of past images kept coming to her mind and she felt she had to do something about it.back as the memory can recall. Now. bits of the whole. flames coming from the sun and she is an intelligent life form. We began with present life regression and this lady could recall events as far as the age of one year old when her mother placed her on the settee and she could see her brother Robert playing on the floor. which they interpreted then and can vividly recall now many years later.
Her husband ran away from soldiers and left her on her own with the baby. “who are you?” she replied “an Indian warrior” and “protector of my people”.When asked to move further back beyond her current life there was a pause and then she had an abreaction. When asked. he will marry his bride and be chief. 154804321. so I asked her to move further back into the life before this one and tell me what she could see. she went on to say he (the Warrior) still needs to prove his bravery to his bride then the old chief will step down. “we are surrounded by the enemy and they are killing my braves. She started sobbing and sighing to such an extent that I wanted to stop the session but then she recovered and just lay there looking fairly pale. Her body became rigid. her face took the appearance of sternness and she turned her head slowly from side to side as if looking for someone. They shot her father and now she only had her mum. She said she had a baby by the boss and one of her own before she came to this camp. When asked what was happening she said she was dying in the desert having failed to save her people. Her body started to curl up and when asked what was happening she said she was in a camp with lots of frightened and dying people dressed in medieval clothes. Although her eyes were shut I could see her eyeballs moving vigorously under the closed eyelids. When asked what she was doing she said she was looking for her braves. She said she was not frightened and when asked why she said because she was the boss's woman and she was allowed to wear a sack of cloth but she was not allowed to see outside. She had another abreaction. Fourth Past Life – Holding Camp I asked her to relax and take a few deep breaths which she did then I asked her whether there was another life before this one and she said yes. baby sister Ria and they were making pots out of metal. Then her body started shaking and when asked what was happening she said. She said “I must go now into the desert to save my people” her legs started to shake and then there was silence.doc 25 . Then her body went limp and her eyeballs lowered as if she was closing her eyes and she remained very still. Asked if she was a Red Indian Chief she replied “I will be chief when I have my bride but she has not said yes to marriage yet. Asked how did she managed to get away and she said she died in the camp. Following further questioning she went on to explain how beautiful her bride-to-be was and that he was out hunting with his braves and none of the other braves were as courageous as he was so he will win her hand in marriage. I must protect my people” and tears started to flow from her eyes.
when the embryo fully develops a strong series of connections exist between the two. she said Ria loved her and Ria would pick her up and play with her. it was cold and no one cared for her except from time to time her mum would come and look at her and sometimes her sister Ria would come. We use these phrases without thinking about them. ‘thin skinned’. I asked her to take herself to that life in her own time and not to rush. Therefore. I am sure that if you had witnessed this lady under hypnosis you would have concluded that it is best to keep an open mind when it comes to past life existence. DCH An overview of the treatment with hypnosis of non-viral/bacterial dermatological conditions The skin is a mirror of the inner self. ‘getting under your skin’. At the end of the day the treatment was successful. When asked to explain what happened to her she said she died feeling very cold and when asked whether there was any more past life she said no so I brought her back to present day and out of hypnosis. Conclusion Another session was arranged to bury the past lives and a third session brought her treatment to a close. The epidermis and nervous system originate from the ectoderm. To understand where non-viral or bacterial skin conditions come from. and we frequently use phrases which reflect this. She said she feels happier and now she just want to lose some weight. Fourth Past Life . ‘thick skinned’. and as such. an imbalance 154804321.I touched her neck for sign of pulse and her pulse was remarkably low less than one per second and her skin felt clammy and cold. it is appropriate to look at where the skin develops when we are in embryonic stage. The Mirror of Our Emotions By Ursula James.doc 26 . It is only when the skin begins to malfunction that these expressions really start to have a meaning. ‘itching to do something’ for example. BA. This time she remained calm and after a while she said “I am a baby” and when asked where she said “somewhere in Northern Europe" and when asked what she was doing she said she was left under a pine tree.Baby After a few minutes I asked her whether there was another life before the one she has just left and she nodded yes. These all reflect the fact that it is recognised as a measure of our vulnerability. She now reports that she is not troubled by past images. she feels like a new CD has been placed in her mind and the old CD has been removed and destroyed. I let her rest for a while without any further questions.
e. This increases the dermatological symptoms and sets the patient into an anxiety loop. we begin to come out of ourselves. secondly. remission of the symptom. and take our mind off things which are a concern. the worse any dermatological reaction. Therefore. treating the symptom alone for psychogenic disorders is not as effective as treating the trigger as well. This visibility has social implications and can hold the patient back from forming the social bonds which in themselves can take them away from the problem. the cause. the patient suffers from feelings of being out of control. It can be a signal of an implicit vulnerability to a situation. The emphasis here is on which element of the condition they wish to take control of first. Stress Stress increases the vulnerability of the autonomic nervous system and this has a direct effect on the epidermis.within the nervous system may frequently be reflected in the epidermis itself. and this they do naturally by becoming occupied in something else. One of the most important questions which the therapist must ask before treating the patient with hypnosis is to find out which of the three component parts of the problem. and their sense of self. the more the autonomic nervous system reacts in response. This is why hypnosis for skin conditions can be so productive. 154804321. and finally through treating the conditioned response to the symptom. Firstly. finding out what the patient enjoys doing.doc 27 . or a response to that initiating trigger itself. the patient is asked to initially come back after a three week period. This is to allow the patient another area of control which strengthens confidence in themselves and their commitment to the therapeutic process. The worse the external stress becomes. The patient will then designate the speed and frequency of subsequent sessions. An initial consultation would consist of. This demonstrates that there are times when the patient is not so aware of their problem. This is the length of time usually considered for an idea to become sufficiently fixed in the mind. where the patient is booked in for a course of sessions. manipulate the symptom. Control With any condition with a psychogenic component. i. treatment of the root cause. This is done also to establish that the symptom is not always constant. It is very important to be aware of the very distressing effects which these types of condition have on the individual. among other things. this is made worse by the visibility of the symptom. or their reaction to the symptom is the thing which is of most concern to them. Hypnosis is effective for the treatment of dermatological conditions in three specific ways. and what they do to relax. Unlike standard treatment. and therefore manipulable. When talking about something we enjoy. This information is then fed back to the patient in hypnosis to establish biofeedback connections with positive associations. the symptom.
For those whose primary concern is the eradication of the problem. Changes in skin pigmentation corresponding to sun exposure have been seen in this therapeutic application of visualisation. and a lack of confidence. so it is not necessary in hypnotherapeutic treatment for the material to come to consciousness. such as breathing and regulation of the heart rate. If the patient is receptive to imagery. i. those who feel that the initiating reason for their condition is not relevant to them anymore. It demonstrates that autonomic functions can be manipulated using hypnosis. the symptom itself will reduce. dissociation techniques are often used. Dealing with the symptom As the symptom provoked can itself cause additional problems. the same physiological and psychological changes will be produced as if they were actually experiencing it. These techniques concentrate on a resolution or re-integration of a problem part – the part which caused the problem. such as poor self image. The underlying principal is that the release of the emotional component will eradicate the need for the symptom. and away from focussing on the condition. In these instances. and reintegrates it into the whole. This serves the twofold process. The principal of dissociation brings back the part which scratches.e. and bringing the trigger under conscious control. The first is those who need to know why they do something before they can move away from the problem. and by reducing the stress component of the problem. this aspect is addressed through ego-strengthening techniques. With dermatological conditions which provoke a conditioned reflex such as scratching. Finding out 154804321. This work can be done in a context free manner. As some dermatological conditions respond well to exposure to ultra violet light.One of the most effective ways the therapist can help in alleviating the symptom is to teach the patient self hypnosis for stress reduction. Those people who need to know why they have their problem require treatment involving analysis or regression.doc 28 . and those who feel they have already dealt with that aspect of the problem and simply require a remission of the symptoms. only that the emotional content is released in a cathartic manner. The aim of these techniques is to give an insight into the root cause of the problem. This allows the patient to regain a level of control of certain autonomic functions of the system. therefore eradicating the need for the symptom. the most distressing aspect for the individual is the feeling that they are scratching without any conscious awareness. Treating the trigger There are two categories into which individuals with a problem fall. creative visualisation in hypnosis can be used to take the patient to a warm beach. This reduces the stress and helps take the patient out of themselves. where they can safely experience the healing effects of the sun. such as in their sleep. the trigger still needs to be dealt with.
healthy skin. she responded that she was currently working on a high pressure project which she found particularly stressful. When asked what her main concern with regard to the condition was at that moment in time. warmth can be generated to produce vaso-dilation to increases the blood supply to the area it is needed. they begin to focus on that area. Either the patient is asked to remember a time when their skin was healthy. This stage of the treatment reduces the physical need for the itching or scratching. and therefore amplified on the unconscious level at which the problem has been operating. the habit can resurface and cause an apparent reoccurence of the symptom. A specific technique which uses suggestions of cold and numbness is used for dermatological conditions. they become more stressed. If this is not done. Case study A twenty five year old female patient presented with severe eczema. itself becomes a habit. i. particularly on her hands. which gave temporary relief to the patient from the condition. Glove anaesthesia Glove anaesthesia is a hypnotic technique which can also be used in hypnosis to allow the patient to alter perception of sensitivity. a time before the condition occurred. Once the patient becomes aware that their skin condition is deteriorating. In certain instances. The scratching or itching can be dealt with by hypno. and speed up the physical healing process.desensitisation.e. This can be done in one of two ways. Her condition occurred periodically over nine years and she had tried various treatments from steroid treatment to homeopathy. or imagery is used of how they wish themselves to look when their skin is healthy. They are then taught how to transfer this lack of sensitivity/numbness or coldness to any part of the body they wish. and allows the skin to begin to heal until the habitual element of the behaviour is extinguished. the reaction still remains in place and must also be deconditioned. Scratching or itching. and the pattern becomes a vicious circle until the condition starts afresh. This is done by teaching the patient how to produce analgesia in their hand. at any time in the future should the individual become stressed or their immune system depleted. the conditioned response needs to be extinguished. A final aspect in dealing with the symptom in this type of hypnotherapeutic intervention is the generation of new. Coping with the reaction to the symptom In addition to the symptom itself.what the patient uses effectively to ease the symptom can also be fed back in hypnosis. a gradual process which weans the individual off the behaviour. Her primary concern was that she should be able to get 154804321. This is used to produce vaso-constriction for a numbness or coolness to reduce sensitivity to the itch itself.doc 29 . Even when the trigger has been removed and the new dermatological response generated.
As the timescale and number of sessions was also under her control. as well as positive egosuggestions increased her ability to take control of herself. This was done to bring the trigger back under conscious control. she returned to continue her treatment. and the patient gets into a positive mindset about themselves and their future. The changes which take place can be viewed directly. and re-integrated. and she noticed that the more severe thickening of skin on her hands was also lessening. as she had stated that exposure to sunlight alleviated her symptom. Continued use by the patient of self-hypnosis during this time. and to become as involved in her environment as possible. In the UK.doc 30 . practitioners of these techniques can be found by telephoning the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis on 0171-499 2813. imagery of relaxing warm beaches was used. The skin was healthy. She was aware of when the condition started and felt that this was no longer relevant to her. and only the more severe areas around the finger joints still showed slight discolouration. Conclusion Working with dermatological conditions is one of the most rewarding types of treatment in hypnosis. In a subsequent session. she indicated that she felt confident to discontinue with the sessions and would continue to practise her self hypnosis. This improved her ability to go into a hypnotic state. The patient was happy with her progress and discussed all the things which she now felt confident to do. while also allowing her to take direct action to control her main area of concern. go to your medical practitioner first to check that there is not a physiological basis for your condition. and allowed the patient ongoing security should anything come up in that time. In the first consultation she was taught self hypnosis which she was to practise every evening and whenever she felt the need during the day. and she noted that her confidence was increasing in social situations. and as the condition improves. The redness of the skin was by this time reducing. At this stage it was suggested that should she wish to return in three months time. 154804321. After four months the patient returned to show what she called her ‘new self’. If you wish to undertake a course of hypnotherapy for dermatological conditions. As part of the post-hypnotic suggestion she was asked to look for changes in her skin condition. or if she felt the need to contact the therapist during that time she could. This was done as a safety net proviso. Once the project was completed. A dissociation technique was used to re-integrate the part which ‘took over’ when she scratched. so confidence increases.through the project without undue associated stress which caused her palpitations and trembling.
which brings attention to the self. negativity. I have been a hypnoanalyst through a good part of my life as a counselor and hypnotherapist. In order to be effective in using hypnosis for mental and physical issues that have as their basis more psychological problem than habit. • Obsessive-Compulsive neurotics have to follow certain routines and actions out of some deep fear of disaster if they do not. They may be unhappy with themselves. there are many different kinds of neurosis: • Disassociated neurotics are persons who will usually go to extremes of forgetting in order to avoid their problems. they actually use them to hide their problems. self-deprecation. but they are rarely any harm to themselves or others. It should not be surprising. While openly complaining about their symptoms. Therefore. and it may take little to get them upset. most often with many complicating symptoms like poor sleep. To do this. expanding my views. but they can usually keep them somewhat under control. preoccupied and self-centered. over-reactive or compulsive. therefore. • Phobic neurotics have heightened fears about people. They have neurotic behaviors which interfere with parts of their lives and may incapacitate them to some degree. and even physical problems of a chronic nature. even if they choose to never work in the field of psychology directly. objects or situations. Therapeutic Psychology and the Healing Process by Del Hunter Morrill. and the hypnotherapist's crucial role in this field. therefore functioning fairly well in society. Ht. easily upset.Hypnotherapy. covering the definitions of the most basic psychology terms can be helpful to hypnotherapists. • Hypnochondriacal neurotics seem to take enjoyment in poor health. which they cannot face. it is important to become familiar with basic psychology. and are quite easily swayed by other people. that they make good hypnotic subjects. and deepening my own convictions about the use of hypnosis in the healing of the physical body. • Depressive neurotics are those who continually feel low. deep anger. it has been helpful to review the basics of understanding psychological behavior beyond the "norm. The Various Forms of Neurosis Neurotic persons are those who can function quite well in society despite having some mental problems. I began writing this paper as a means of confirming my work. At the risk of being overly simplistic. a large emphasis of this particular paper is on the psychological underpinnings of the mental health field. 154804321.doc 31 . C." For this reason.
• Catatonics usually act as if they are afraid of any movement at all.doc 32 . I had two suspected schizophrenic clients who heard voices and felt threatened by those around them. These often stem from deep anger or resentment. headaches and other physical problems. live in adverse circumstances. They rarely will communicate verbally. even to the point of believing that people are after them. in most states. and can stay in one position for very long periods of time unless physically moved by another person. again. such as paralysis or blindness. or being unable to escape from an unhappy situation. Both were well dressed and tidy. many psychologists feel such people cannot be helped. The greatest anger I have ever seen in my practice was displayed by one of them. psychotics usually would be confined in some way. Unfortunately. In the past. often the streets. • Conversion neurotics actually take on a real incapacity or handicap. Psychotics have frequent delusions. and are continually moving from one subject to another. and from one space to another. and a strong distrust of other people. often from passivity to violence. which affect any decision-making. Today. in streets. The Psychotic Person In contrast to the neurotic. There are several types of psychotics. especially those of fatigue. Their emotions can shift rapidly. However. Having regular unchanging routines minimizes this to some extent. delusions of grandeur. When I lived in New York City. many of those released from institutions. it was not uncommon to see deranged people throughout the city. who may be unhappy and have difficulty in dealing with his/her surroundings but is able to function. in a moment.• Neurosthenic neurotics often have many physical symptoms. Although many are indifferent to their appearance or to other people and show few emotions. • Paranoiacs have all the symptoms of the simple schizophrenic but with more intensity. this is not always the case. but can slip out of reality now and then. on buses 154804321. They can sometimes be of danger to themselves or their communities. without apparent reason. Unfortunately. the psychotic is helpless in coping with life. moodiness. They are incapable of dealing with the strictures and demands of society. • Effective psychotics can move. from being hyperactive to being extremely depressed. in response to great feelings of inadequacy or a severe trauma. or who have none to go to. • Hebephrenics have hallucinations and delusions. occasionally one might suddenly become violent. only those who are of extreme danger to themselves or their community are in mental facilities. I have found some paranoia often accompanies such schizophrenia. defined simply: • Simple Schizophrenics still have a fairly good contact with reality.
or who are in contained situations where therapists are part of the staff and its healing processes. they do not trust others. Some of the behavior techniques popularly used are counter-conditioning. It is important to be aware of occasions when a 154804321. its change is what is looked for. Its advantages are in helping people relate to others in more effective ways. also called "de-sensitization. and in having peers assist in the healing process. aversion in which electric shock or drugs may be added in order to get rid of inappropriate behavior. such as psychoanalysis does. Its focus is to change behavior. therefore. there is no question in my mind that the most effective therapeutic method available today is that of hypnosis. Obviously. • Group Psychotherapy is very popular these days in helping many people cope. are sent to a therapist. in which the client is urged to watch the more healthy responses of someone else. there are many other methods and ways of doing counseling than are covered here. but it is questionable how permanent those results may be. primarily founded by J. Psychotics make poor hypnotic subjects for several reasons: they are less likely to seek hypnosis as a solution. • Behavior Therapy. This does not exclude the other mental health methods. They can be important additions to one's "tool kit'' in helping people deal with their lives. Therapies for Working with Neurotic Conditions There are several effective means of dealing with the mental health of those clients who either come for assistance. does not limit itself to any single technique. behaving in very odd ways. and many people are helped in dealing more adequately with their lives through such means. rather than its source. even threatening or otherwise abusing passerbys. From a behaviorist's standpoint. and they can become violent even toward someone trying to help them. therefore. rather than focus on getting to the source of the symptoms. Its use helps people get to the depth of their problems quickly. B. and brought into popular use by Carl Rogers and others. Watson. in helping an individual understand he/she is not alone (or crazy). It is an increasing tragedy of extreme proportions. They had no home of their own except what they made in or under the streets. The down sides are: time for proper healing is indefinite.doc 33 . Behavior therapy may get very good results. the outer action is more important. if one has not dealt with the source of the symptoms or inappropriate responses. and brings about solutions in far more pleasant ways than most other mental health methods. and the reasons for problems vary so considerably from person to person and may not be reached in a group setting. along with client-centered approaches.and subways. It is." observational learning. and positive reinforcement. a countertherapy to Freud and other psychoanalytic masters' approaches. They received no mental health assistance unless it was drugs furnished by welfare. Mental Health and the Hypnotherapist Although the above methods have their place. it is often difficult to know when healing has taken place fully.
whether or not they plan to do hypnoanalysis. especially those which focus on methods of change. especially with addiction issues. A client's neuroses can be effectively positively redirected with the use of hypnosis by a skilled and well-trained person. I am amazed at the number of counselors who have been trained in hypnosis who rarely use it. If someone is suspected to be psychotic. not in relation to the time taken in psychoanalysis. if any hypnotherapist wishes to go beyond doing inductions and giving the subconscious self suggestions for change. I personally believe that there are some definite reasons for this. They should then send the client to someone who is properly trained to handle such issues.doc 34 . Lacking this training. and recognize their own limitations as therapists. that he/she seek the training to do so. Under no circumstances. Most hypnotherapists who work with such issues would refer to themselves as hypnoanalysts. Also. The Counselor and Hypnosis I find that being a knowledgeable counselor expands my ability to respond more effectively to what arises within the therapy sessions. (2) Hypnotic training which either does not make use of and encourage the counselor's particular abilities and experience. If someone is desirous of working more broadly with deeper. unless doing so in tandem with a qualified psychiatrist or psychologist. I would recommend to any hypnotherapist. However. Even behaviorists seem convinced that changing a behavior takes a relatively long time-granted. which is usually even longer. that they include the reading of books of counseling and psychology along with their hypnosis bibliography. It is very important that. they need to be referred to a psychiatrist or psychologist immediately. more complex issues. Most of the counselors with whom I have discussed how they handle clients. especially Abnormal Psychology. or hypnotherapists who work with psychological analysis and therapy. they should at least be able to identify neurotic problems. on their own. the same is not as true in dealing with the neurotic individual.person has stepped over the line from neurosis to psychosis. 154804321. should a hypnotherapist (or anyone) untrained in dealing with severe mental illness attempt to assist. It is helpful to be able to quickly determine whether you can be of assistance to someone. use a two-year time period as a normal counseling process. then it is important to get additional training in the basics of psychology. Although it is wise to avoid using hypnotherapy with a psychotic person. such a person. or whether they will need more specialized help by other resources. It is my belief that most hypnotherapists are not trained to deal with mental issues beyond those which perpetuate simple habits. counselors have great difficulty making the necessary paradigm shift into understanding the value of hypnosis as a primary tool in the counseling system. both conscious and unconscious: (1) Because they are so ingrained in the traditional counseling process with its general conviction that any mental healing takes a long time. or gives the impression that it is enough to know inductions and suggestions.
it is helpful to at least have some overall view of both the anatomy (structure) and the physiology (interior processes) of the human body. rather than focusing on the illness or imbalance. it is important first." 154804321. It sometimes seems like more of an adjunct. Since that unconscious mind is the major catalyst of these functions. to view the body in its healthy. rather than the primary tool. balanced mode. used when all else fails. and the client. (4) The natural lack of confidence in using hypnosis if it is not used immediately and frequently-that is. use it or lose it! I think some don't use it because they feel insecure with it or have not experienced enough success with it to intensify its usage in their practices. and keeps the body's equilibrium. The hypnotherapist understands the power of that energy and encourages the unconscious mind to direct it for "good. the hypnotherapist becomes a doctor. This is where my practice differs. helping all the community to do its work. The Hypnotherapist's Role in the Body's Healing Although I do not feel a hypnotherapist must be an anatomist to understand the body in order to help a client heal themselves. Thus. There are programs which offer courses that focus on training counselors in hypnoanalysis. which implies dependence. If we are made up of this fantastic complexity out of the merging of two single cells that kept dividing (including the nucleus with its total encoding of the uniqueness that is each of us). And that energy can be creative and positive or it can also be destructive. It is with this intelligence that the hypnotherapist does his/her work when dealing with the body's healing. If for some reason. When using hypnosis for the process of helping the body heal itself.(3) The unconscious belief system underlying the counselor-counselee relationship. The unconscious mind handles all the automatic functions of our bodies. I like the image given in class of the "community" of cells. I am amazed at how little these same counselors seem to use hypnosis with their counseling clients to any great extent. any group fails in their prescribed task and the community as a whole is unable to respond to cover the lapse. and illness can arise. whether it is located in the specialization called "the brain. then it makes sense that it would also be the force that brings the body back into balance. then an imbalance occurs. But when I have spoken to some of those who have taken the course." It is important for the therapist. Creating the helper-helpee relationship is more possible with a longer time frame. Remember that we are made up of atoms of energy just like everything else in our universe. whose arena is the "mind. to recognize that our bodies have their own miraculous and natural abilities. then it makes perfect sense to me that every cell has its own intelligence. each group of cells having their own particular roles and tasks in assisting the whole." or it is located in some other gland or organ or vessel.doc 35 . when dealing with its healing.
Our thoughts are energy. The images and belief systems we carry around within us affect how we look and how our bodies operate. Getting the latest "TV news Health Watch" disease). To be a woman is to look after the man at all costs. so you must be careful. the 'physician of the mind' has a wonderful opportunity to be of service in the healing process. helpful. of all illnesses arise out of the unconscious mind-that is. Our bodies respond to what we think about ourselves as well as how we treat ourselves. their situation. Amazing results can come from simply guiding the unconscious or subconscious mind to help the body. i. objects are independent of and separate from the mind (or consciousness). and replacing them with more "healthy" hypnotic spells. Therefore. and other people. our worldview or paradigm has been based on material realism or scientific realism as it is sometimes called. even if there is no real conscious agreement (Just seeing rain and getting a sore throat. There is nothing anyone can do. parent or doctor (You'll get ill if you go out in the rain. and joyful ways. Put simply. Boys get to do more in school and sports) (3) Association: taking on that which resembles other ideas one has previously accepted. even more. Ben Fisher CI. as well. helping people to be released from whatever either causes or supports their symptoms. Dualism divides the world into an objective sphere of matter (the domain of science) and the subjective sphere of mind (the domain of religion). It is therefore necessary to know the images and beliefs out of which the client is currently operating. (2) Imitation: unconsciously taking on family and societal attitudes and surroundings (Everyone in the family is obese. they are psychosomatic. Quantum Hypnosis By J. part of the hypnotherapist's job is to help the client shift their belief in themselves. do its job perfectly and completely. while assisting them in moving forward in positive. You have a weak heart. These include: (1) Authority: acceptance of what some authority has said.e. and all its parts. Due to the pressure 154804321. The hypnotherapist must also deal with the hypnotic spells that have been inadvertently or overtly placed upon the client. CMH For the hundreds of years since Descartes freed scientific investigation from the dogma of the church with his famous philosophy of dualism. Conclusion Many physicians will now support the understanding that 90%. This can also be referred to as the principle of strong objectivity. so live with it). So. The hypnotherapist's job includes combating these old "spells" and breaking them.doc 36 .
and the subsequent decline in the power of the church. enables us to calculate where each of these bodies will be at all future times or where they were at any previous time. that is. a fifth principle was added. must be limited to the speed of light. Strong objectivity 2. If we know all the forces acting on each of these billiard balls at all times. they must travel through space a unit of distance at a time with a finite velocity." Albert Einstein discovered A third principle of classical physics. Epiphenomenalism 154804321. The principle of material monism: which holds that all things. Causal determinism 3. To understand the Cartesian-Newtonian view of the universe let us use Amit Goswami's example of the cosmic billiard table: "Think of the universe as a big bunch of billiard balls. their positions and velocities at some initial time. Locality 4. Physical or material monism 5. in western civilizations. large and small. our view of reality is determined by these five principles of material realism: 1. soon caused the material realists to question the mind. in a three . The success of material or scientific realists in predicting and controlling the environment. However. merely a property of the brain when the brain is viewed at a certain level. since it is not known how to derive mind and consciousness from matter.doc 37 . For most. In the eighteenth century Newton further instituted the view of material realism with the principle of causal determinism. Thus a fourth principle was added. are made of matter.of increased acceptance of scientific investigation the church agreed to this principle and Descartes scientifically enshrined his idea of the world by the contributions he made to the laws of physics. or spirit side of Cartesian dualism and break the long standing pact with religion. Consciousness is viewed as "the ghost in the machine". which is the idea that all motion can be predicted exactly given the laws of motion and the initial conditions on the objects (where they are and with what velocity they are moving). The fifth principle is called epiphenomenalism and theorizes that all mental phenomena can be explained as secondary phenomena of matter because of antecedent physical conditions. The theory of relativity demanded that the velocity the "billiard balls" move. then just knowing their initial conditions. including mind and consciousness. this implies that all influences between material objects in space-time must be local. This is the principle of locality.dimensional billiard table that we call space.
the validity of the theory must be questioned. Where we focus our attention and intent is what creates the world we meet. These wave/particles can be in more than one place at a time and can communicate instantaneously (faster than the speed of light) thus they are non-local (outside the limitations of time and space). the actors in the play. present events can affect the past. it would not fall. In the practice of hypnosis we continually see the participant's unaware. Due to recent advances in observational and experimental techniques that allow us to view the quantum or micro properties of matter. The entire art of hypnosis is based on focused attention.doc 38 . not matter is the ground of being. Not only would the tree in the forest not make a sound if no one was there to observe it when it fell. all that we behold as material and real is created from tiny waves that appear as particles when we place our attention on them. the universe does not seem to exist without a conscious observer. What these new discoveries imply is that we are at once the writers of the play. reconstructing the same sabotage resulting in ego dystonic behavior and wrong relationship. unconsciously created universe. If observation and experiment produce data that contradicts a postulate or theory. if rational argumentation points to a weakness. Another reality shaking observation of these experiments is future events can affect present actions and so then by extrapolation. and the stage. the play. Acting out of conditioning and laboring under an untrue worldview. and not conclusions arrived at by experiment. must be discarded or called into question! What quantum physicists have discovered is. all of these theories that have so long dominated the worldview of who and what we are. Consciousness. These attributes can be observed and experiments repeated in the most rigorous of controlled settings. and the data has the scientific realists ignoring the facts and the quantum physicists seeking transpersonal solutions. they continue to recreate the same scenarios and false theories of mind. Does this sound familiar? Most of our sessions deal with all of these elements. In addition. it must be discarded. The evidence can only be reconciled at present with a complete reversal of our present view of the nature of the universe. It is the end of material realism and the beginning of understanding our true nature and connection to the universe. then by the rules of scientific investigation. Even though mind boggling from our material realist paradigm. 154804321.At this time it should be noted that these five principles are metaphysical postulates about the nature of reality.
we change the way the universe is manifested. gives us an accepted scientific and mathematical mechanism to explain why this comes about and how hypnosis works. Now in the face of new evidence we must come to fully recognize humans are not material beings. or memories. and given tools to change it. the results can be quite astounding! The advances in quantum physics and the subsequent paradigm shift this invokes. Even the psychologists and therapists are again traveling this road. and the way we accessed it was through an intermediary. It was a literal statement not a metaphorical one. and how hypnosis can be used to free people from imprints. and what people have said or projected -. Hypnosis and the Laws of Natural Healing By Del Hunter Morrill This particular paper has to do with understanding the natural and universal healing laws and how hypnosis and hypnotherapy relate to them.doc 39 . that have been set in their minds from experiences. Has one of your forays into the hypnotic realm been a material one? Each time we draw a being to us to be healed. the reminder that we are source. Thought and focused attention are what create our universe. or perceived as real. When we change our attention. Hypnosis was where the records were stored. the worlds where the Shaman tread. beliefs. for the most 154804321. This attention can be at the aware or unaware level. is still one of the major questions of life that. recognizing it is the spirit that must be addressed in order for the human being to return to wholeness. We must embrace the new science and present hypnosis for what it really is: the vessel in which the knowledge of self as source was kept. What causes illness? What causes illness.The universe does not meet them in abundance. images. Once they are made aware of their behavior and conditioning at a meaningful level.real. Its intent is to express the ways in which the mind affects our body and its health. We are there in that weave of source. we are spiritual beings. helping to pull the threads of the universe so that it might show it's true abundant self. no doubt. We can no longer afford to dress hypnosis in the trappings of the now defunct scientific realist worldview. abundantly resourceful. Gives a whole new meaning to Ghana's "to change the world change yourself" statement. Ours is a spiritual traverse. our consciousness. rather. In western religious traditions it was taught that source or universal consciousness was outside ourselves. we travel in the space of the no thing and the no time. without end. extending in every direction.
Generally. It is not unreasonable to expect that some people harbor. here is a person who had decided to be the ultimate victim. What produces illness? There seems to be substantial evidence that it is caused by frequent negative statements and/or experiences.doc 40 . In other words. He complained that he couldn't get anyone to take him down to the pool. some benefit to their illness or handicap. He says he wants to get well. waiting for an angel to heal him through the water. if he is to be healed. hypnosis. remain unsolved. there will be no one to pity him. and it happens. To the doctor of the Mind. they may not respond to any therapy that can help them obtain wellness. was the miracle that he willingly gave up whatever benefits and degree of 154804321. the "man at the pool" who had been crippled. anyway? Jesus was seen as a healer and miracle worker. If he gets healed. Now. or fed by an active and creative imagination. He has a lot to get through. for example. the crippled walked. as well. naturopathic medicine. Take. warnings given by authority figures. when that happens. The blind saw. And people afterwards considered it a miracle. Frequent negative messages can affect the body. before he healed them.part. prolonged anxiety or stress. Other times. These participate in creating an unhealthy body. he just went ahead and healed. And. remains an insolvable medical problem. a positive. we call it a "miracle. and well he gets! He believes it. he doesn't seem to hesitate. an unhealthy mind can create an unhealthy body. Drugs can merely help the patient tolerate their condition. especially in one's early life. there is much evidence that a positive mind can actually cure an unhealthy body. Perhaps people will even think he has been play-acting all those years." What is a miracle. However. No wonder Jesus asked him if he really wanted to get well! Look at the benefits to staying on his mat. He willhave to pick up his smelly. something lies behind whatever specific physical matter or cause-effect the laboratory scientists search for. dirty mat and carry it with him. lying on his mat by the pool for years. Sometimes. especially if the condition has been serious. He will have to go to work instead of depending upon alms. Perhaps he had some perception of the readiness of a person to release their natural ability for internal healing. and fear from incidents based on strong emotions. and in Jesus' ability. without cure. Or. however. Conversely. Jesus asked a person if he/she really wanted to get well. whether it is traditional Western medicine. perhaps it was an innate instinct about how dependent that person may have been upon the benefits of being ill. Therefore. and demons were exorcised. healthy mind can creative a healthy body. To the strictly Western medical mind. whatever hasn't been discovered through a laboratory to be a cause. or even Jesus. Was the miracle that Jesus touched this man? Or. either consciously or unconsciously.
An abscess breaks and releases its fluids and heals without us doing anything. These were miracles only because.that was the way it was and would always be. seemingly. it could carry people to an orbiting moon thousands of miles away. sent through satellites. and let human beings walk on it. which was unknown to him? So. at the same time! Even today I still don't understand how voices and music can carry to my ear over a radio. Thus it is with our own healing processes. and many athletes can run a four-minute mile. it wasn't possible before. not only could a huge metal object go beyond that force. to step out into a new way of life. And yet all of this. And everyone got to participate in that experience through the strange miracle of communication waves. what is a miracle? I believe it is a miracle that we have satellites in the heavens.. Now it is possible to travel frequently and easily around our globe. and then reconstructed on another computer across the globe by those little packets fitting together like a jigsaw puzzle to create that document once again. let alone television. I had understood that we were limited in how far our communication could travel. Recently. but the actual healing process is not done by us or by a doctor. And our children are being raised as if satellites and computers had always been in existence. human beings have found a way to lift an object. A cut closes up. which can send images and messages to us all around the globe at the same time. But our body clearly knows how to heal us. and could land on that moon. at that. because no one had ever done it before.comfort he had with his illness. and that gravity held us to this earth -. has been made possible by discovering the laws of the universe which could make it happen. It was unbelievable to think of a document from one computer being broken into little packets. weighing tons. At one time. even more. and have it remain there and even travel across this earth without falling! It is a miracle. each of 154804321. We don't understand them all. that time factors made it impossible to talk to anyone else across the globe except in the middle of the night. making us a "global village. for a large part of my life. it is done by our own body. Yet. and through satellites. that such a heavy object can be lifted up beyond this earth's gravity. I watched a program on the history of computers. We might have our bones realigned so that they will knit together better. how do we know that there are laws that govern the universe? If you look into a powerful telescope at night you will see thousands of stars. It seemed a miracle when the first four-minute mile was run.. it no longer seems a miracle at all.doc 41 . How do nature's laws apply to healing? One first might ask. up into the air. After all." It is a miracle to me that in a few short years. which we oncewere convinced was impossible. it seemed a miracle because someone traveled around the ocean without falling off the edge. A broken bone knits. As soon as it becomes commonplace.
LAWS. and many others. heaven and hell. Every seed gives birth to its own kind. consistent. Laws are objective." Many of the righteously religious complained about "who" he decided to heal. They are for everyone. in much the same way. called. Atoms in a drop of water look much like a universe. right or wrong. Both good and bad people experience early death. we must create places that can sort out people based upon that judgment. Gravity is only one of the many laws of nature. There are consequences that come from breaking those laws or interfering with their designs. Gravity holds us in place on the earth. remind us that there are laws in nature. We as human beings want very much to believe that we have a better advantage in life by following the rules and by being "good. but they will look as if they are in the same place the next time you want to find them. and not apply to those who don't." But when we get our blinders off and really look at life. And when they had trouble with that. The laws of healing are exactly that -. There is no such thing as dead matter. or tapping into their power. People all around the world in every culture and religion create their own kind of philosophy that can try to deal with the seeming unfairness of life. he told them that they were "men of little faith. and yet he told his disciples that they could do the same. except when we find mechanical means of breaking those laws. They felt some were not worthy to be healed or forgiven. Because of this.which is the center of some system. The operating systems of the body perform millions of minute tasks to assure our daily life. The law of nature holds them in place. those systems may change slightly. we can see that it doesn't turn out that way. All creatures expect their young will be of their own species. The laws of nature uses everything over and over in creative ways to keep everything alive and dynamic. in which judgment can be made and proper justice meted out. probably they will both experience gravity. If you push a "good" citizen and a "bad" citizen off of a 20-story building at the same time. Every crystal is formed according to some beautiful geometric pattern.doc 42 . And then. or living to ripe old age. They don't judge who is bad or good. we have to create some special place. As the earth rotates. Jesus healed. 154804321. or that someone like Jesus didn't have the right to determine such things. in our culture. These examples. They don't apply to those who follow the rules. just as there are consequences that come from following them. People called them miracles. Good people and bad people seem to be just as likely to experience enjoyable and horrible things in life. We can actively or passively participate in them. and the sidewalk. An entire human being is made up of the division over and over from one single union of two cells. unless we choose to lift off from it by rocket. after we die. or found ways to use the natural laws of the universe.
we can create a healthy or unhealthy internal environment. whether it be external or internal. Our belief systems make a difference in how we relate to life. which can have the faith to be healed. and believe. if therapists aren't convinced that hypnosis can help heal (or. The therapist. more likely. there is enough evidence that we largely create our own environment. that create both our external and internal environments. then they may betray their own lack of confidence and expectation. but is assisting that person to use more of their own inner resources to release what is already given to them. This is exactly what happens in using hypnosis. Hypnosis can help with this in a powerful way. I do not really agree with some of my colleagues that 100% of those diseases and disabilities come from our minds. just like the disciple. as many physicians and scientists claim. or why animals get diseases that have no human source. Yet.) Be that as it may. and how we relate to our minds and bodies. to that part of the mind which can understand. that same evangelist will proclaim to his congregation that "hypnosis is of the devil. However. The therapist is not doing the healing. It seems clear to me that what we are left with is: are we willing to discern and use the laws that are in place in our universe for every single human being? Healing is a matter of enabling our whole mind and being to be focused on releasing our body's abilities. must have faith in order to use hypnosis to help another person be healed. We can create a healthy or unhealthy external environment. In other words. Hypnosis reaches underneath that part of the mind which doesn't understand. What's the mind got to do with healing? If it is a fact. worry that they might be too audacious in suggesting that a client can be healed). it is our thoughts. Another way to describe it is that an incident or accident by itself is not 154804321." It is that congregation's own faith and expectation that releases their very own power to heal and be healed.doc 43 . but I certainly do believe our minds are greatly involved in whether we let those diseases and disabilities take over our lives. then I would have a difficult time understanding why small children should be afflicted. (If it were true that 100% were caused by our minds. and thus merely bring about healing by touching a person. and thus affect the confidence and expectation of their clients. How does hypnosis fit in? I find it absolutely fascinating that a religious evangelist can create a spellbinding atmosphere of belief and expectation. and. that probably more than 90 percent of the diseases and disabilities we experience stem from our minds. The hypnotherapist uses altered-state methods to get at that deeper part of the mind. then it seems reasonable that our minds can also heal us from them.Questions of "good and bad" and "right and wrong" are irrelevant when it comes to healing. or ideas. and may not even believe.
when there has been no trace of it within their systems.A.S. but unconsciously. As children. There are written case studies and medical records. your subconscious mind accepts it whether it is real or not. repetitive comments or events. which they gave to their very uncomfortable patients. Since illness is not to our benefit. you will probably "catch" it. implied. protection in order to get through situations. that what I imagine is what happens? When you believe something. It doesn't differentiate between what is being imagined or what is actually happening. Whatever the conscious mind believes in." a sudden rush of fear can take over our bodies. however. then anything said that promotes it could be considered creating a negative hypnotic spell. The stronger the emotion. The unconscious part of the mind doesn't distinguish the different between what is real and unreal. when healthy. what is imagined and what is fact. we might do something wrong and be punished." Anything the unconscious mind accepts as fact will be carried out in the body. we would be comforted.trust in a person or situation. the stronger the suggestion. In an episode of the popular series M. how many times were we told that we would catch cold if we didn't wear a coat or boots on our feet. the more certain it will be carried out. created placebo capsules. The only requirement was that the doctors had to present a posture of total belief in the placebo as actual 154804321. the assumption by many is. which show people who have died from the fear of being poisoned. Such programming could be considered to be made of "negative hypnotic spells. As a child. Words and attitudes from an early age make a difference in how we perceive health and illness. and the story we tell about it makes it either a problem or not a problem to us. misunderstandings. we want to be comforted. the doctors. true or false. it is the relationship we take to an incident. etc. If someone merely says the word "cancer. it is accepted as fact by the subconscious mind. threat and other trauma. Rather. over 50 percent of blindfolded people will eat the onion as if it was a delicious apple. The more frequently said. Negative programming has been accepted for one reason or another -. the more effect it has on the body. Being well brings discomfort. The unconscious mind doesn't distinguish between what is real or unreal. Whatever our unconscious or subconscious mind accepts as fact will be carried out in our bodies. being ill brings comfort. As adults.H. Which would you choose? Consciously we want to be well. When totally convinced that an onion is a delicious apple. The relationship and story we tell about what happens to us in life is received by the unconscious or subconscious mind. if sick. The imagination has a powerful effect on the body.the problem.doc 44 . who had run out of the supply of morphine. You mean.. that if you are around someone with a cold. The stronger the impression on the subconscious/unconscious mind. or experienced.
154804321. It is a known fact that whenever a new "illness" is reported by the public media. through hypnosis and counseling methods. In this light. or. unless their imagination is changed about that prediction." At first. whether they were put there by themselves. the King. After all. unless consciously rejected. unless convinced otherwise. merely held plain colored water. then the combination of the authority of the doctor and/or the public's attitude toward the disease can create powerful images in one's mind which convince the patient of that suggestion. In other words. all signs of scurvy had totally disappeared. Each soldier was to have one ladle from the bucket daily. or by others. This would heal whoeverdrank the water. important for the counselor or hypnotherapist to be aware of what labels a client carries with them. The vials. therefore. How much we believe in what other people say makes a big difference in how much of a hypnotic spell we allow ourselves to be caught in. himself. We think. the King sent a special messenger to get through the enemy's lines to his troops. we respond." But that diagnosis can also serve to continue to convince that person that they are "locked in" to that condition for their lives. Using one's imagination is crucial in any field or situation. we will respond considerably differently than if we believe that illness and physical handicaps are NOT normal.morphine. They carry the label forever. until it is removed. A diagnosis creates a label. which was to be put in buckets of water. what we imagine is what happens. so that most of the soldiers were seriously ill. had sent these very expensive vials at great risk to his messenger. alleviated considerably. this may be very freeing to a person struggling with manic and mania responses within themselves. it is understandable why parents are often concerned about with whom their children play. such as "bi-polar. the suggestion. helps the client "peal off" those labels and replace them with the more positive ones of health and wholeness. that is. a few drops at a time. The message from the King was that those vials were very costly medicine. whom their teenage children are dating. There are many instances in which people have been convinced simply by word or implication. therefore. Scurvy abounded. It is. the therapist. Upon word of this. In other words. is received and imagined to be true. even if those other people are part of the medical community. of course. and most of the others. the incidence of that illness amongst the population suddenly and dramatically rises. doctors when older. If a doctor tells a patient that they will never get well. peers when teenage. There is a great story of the King of Orange whose troops were trapped behind enemy lines without any access to proper food. And then. including medical. There are people we tend to allow as our authorities-teachers when younger. If we believe that illness is inevitable. The messenger carried two vials of colored liquid. Well over 50% of the patients were relieved totally of their pain.doc 45 . They realize that they are "not alone" or "going crazy. Such people have accepted a new hypnotic spell. And the patient will never get well. Within a very few days.
a counselor or hypnotherapist ought to be concerned about whom their clients decide to let influence them. for at least two reasons: 1) the work is done primarily at the conscious-mind level. by watching positive action. can reprogramming with new ideas take place. which was. He was now willing to change his poor habits. It is a powerful tool that can convince the mind to create a healthy environment -. The unconscious responds to the strongest impression. by breaking the old "hypnotic spells. Hypnosis is a method used to suggest positive ideas. has become part of our imagination. which. accepted literally by the unconscious/ subconscious levels of my client's mind. How can hypnosis help change the "environment"? To overcome problems. Our external environment. I encourage them to get away from negative energy in which they are immersed. This is what reprogramming is about. "You've got to eat. we encountered his childhood experiences. Consciously. His parents and other relatives were so worried for him they told him many times. for instance. The client's "deeper" mind accepted this new fact. and get among those whose energy is positive.doc 46 . Physical and social "geography" does make a difference in how quickly we respond to positive growth and healing. There is a high attrition rate in those who go through addiction programs. despite proper suggestions for changing unhelpful habits. In trying to discover the reason for the block to getting rid of the enormous amount of excess fat he was carrying on his body. It can be changed by hypnotic suggestions. exceedingly thin. thus adding far too much weight to his body. and began to shed the extra pounds." emotions surrounding the ideas. depending upon previous "programming. (2) suggestions to the "child part" of himself that he no longer had to fear dying from not eating enough because he had become an adult and so obviously hadn't died. he began to eat enormous amounts of food. and by using the imagination. he was sickly. It took (1) regression and releasing methods concerning those early memories. affect the body and cause a positive response. and provide sufficient reasons and benefits to the unconscious mind for that new imprint. the negative information in the mind (or old hypnotic spells) has to be reversed. In his younger years.outside or inside. and 2) the patients go out into the same old environment they came out of. he wanted to get rid of excess weight. Hypnosis helps clients overcome problems and get rid of self-defeating images. However. and whether those ideas are understood or mis-understood.In the same way. Only if the previous impression is less in strength than the new impression. and it became the new imprint. nothing occurred. and (3) suggestions to the adult self that he was alive and well and could now eat normally. no doubt. Ideas can be positively or negatively accepted. and had trouble eating. An example of this replacement is with a client of mine who had come for weight control. When I am working with an addictive client. Hypnosis has to get rid of the previous imprint. if accepted by the unconscious mind. As he began to recover from his illnesses. It worked." the negative information in the mind has 154804321. just like our internal one. or you'll die!" It is not difficult to grasp the power of that type of suggestion.
or counselor using hypnosis. The body and the mind are made to be completely whole. and various other systems operate.doc 47 . However. as evidenced most strongly in the use of placebos in scientific medical studies. This fact is acknowledged even by the medical community. By having a clearer idea of how the organs. will not set bones in place or wrap them for adequate support. so that the healing and regeneration process can continue as nature intended it. or misdirects it. Entering a new program is like adding a new dimension to the imagination of the computer. The question becomes: with whose illness are we actually dealing? In such a case. nor do the job of the body. and release it. or tapping into more of its potential "mind. It is like a computer which. Can our minds really heal our bodies? Some force within us is capable of repairing the body. Negative programming can be changed. it is necessary to treat that previous incarnation as the client who is seeking relief from that "hypnotic spell. The hypnotherapist. You could say that this very fact of nature supports the belief that our body's "natural" state is to be well. or a past one. But. Because hypnosis has the capacity to call forth this ability of the mind to "re-think" how it is operating the body. fluids and chemicals to do whatever is required for that healing to take place. despite all the hardware. positive mind. the hypnotist or counselor who works with hypnosis would be well advised to study the human body's anatomy and its physiological principles. that "person" is the actual client. it goes on using the same program until told otherwise. Whether it is this existence. and the one who needs the healing. Until then. As mentioned before. and puts something around that area to keep it stable." For the client. 154804321.to be reversed. the "manager of the mind" awaits instructions before getting rid of negative programming. and to help the patient through it all with an easy. completely healthy. And that program cannot operate until you touch the keyboard. There is also the possibility of previous incarnations providing imprints. glands. The doctor places the bones in proper alignment. But sometimes something occurs which blocks that continuous process of regeneration. is to send signals to the mind of that body to help that healing process respond more rapidly and completely. it isn't the doctor who mends the broken bone who heals it. whatever has been believed is imprinted on the mind. The body has an instinct to send whatever is necessary to that site to stimulate the cells. or even some kind of incarnate attachment. cannot run until you enter a program. Hypnosis can be used to get to that part of the mind where some "disconnect" has occurred." or imprint. or patient. Proper use of hypnosis can change those imprints into something more positive and effective. They are meant to be continually recreated with new cells and ideas. What it can do. that doctor does not do the actual knitting of those bones. the hypnotist can encourage the client's practical imagination in helping the body promote its own health by thinking of that area of their body as healthy and operating perfectly.
"We are what we think. Laws are objective. by strengthening the imagination regarding healing. harmonious relationships. John Kappas.com/ Use of material from these book are used with permission of George Kappas.A. 154804321. or ideas. Positive emotions are instrumental in producing good health. Hypnosis can seek out inappropriate imprints on the mind and change them to ones that are more beneficial to the client. healthy sexual contact.C. including its healing processes. (Ms. ideas. It can show how ideas formed by a person can affect the body positively or negatively.) Del Hunter Morrill.D. Ideas don't have to be true to affect us.hypnosismotivation. and Improve Your Sex Life Through Self-Hypnosis. Hypnosis is a tool that can demonstrate the effect the mind has on the body. there are other helpful tools for enhancing healing. The body functions according to thoughts. John G. is Executive Director of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute.F. M.Besides hypnosis and medical care of various kinds. depending upon the types of messages received. but unpleasant emotions over a period of time can cause a negative effect on the body. they need only to be accepted by our minds as true." Thoughts filter from the conscious mind into the subconscious mind and affect the body positively or negatively. and beliefs accepted by the subconscious/unconscious mind. Ph. Hypnosis can be used to release blocks to the natural healing processes.doc 48 . The body can usually withstand temporarily unpleasant emotions.. They apply to everything and everyone. negative thoughts with positive thoughts. M. (888) 663-5757 (toll free) SUGGESTIBILITY AND SEXUALITY By Chaplain Paul G. Counseling Hypnotherapist • Office: (253) 383-5757. such as humor. and anything else that provides a positive atmosphere. The subconscious (or unconscious) mind controls all systems and processes of the body. that determine how we respond. good friends. Since it is basically "thoughts". What we imagine occurring is what occurs. and information on their very excellent video extension courses go to http://www.C. son of Dr. just as they do on the mind. Hypnosis can be used to replace negative programming with positive programming. George Kappas. Summary: • • • • • • • • • • • • The universe has been created with laws. * For books by Dr. then thoughts and ideas can be changed in order to determine different responses. Kappas Professional Hypnotism Manual. Your Sexual Personality. Destructive emotions can have a definite effect on the health of the body. Durbin.
I use the Suggestibility Questionnaire with all out/patients and clients. or merely for amusement. the preacher proclaims the Good New of Faith. (NOTE: If something happened to the hypnotherapist before the count out. the politician conveys his agenda. The individual who responds best to indirect suggestion as “an ‘emotional suggestible” person. words that wound and words that heal. Therefore the proper use of suggestion is the most important aspects of hypnosis. “a ‘physical suggestible” person. the entire procedure of hypnosis. suggestion is used to attain responses after the session has been completed. I also ask a few question from the Questionnaire to get an idea of the suggestibility of the in/patients that I work with. The word "suggestion" used in the hypnotic context. Suggestion is used to induce the hypnotic state. 18607 Ventura Blvd. we cannot get away from the fact that none of it would be possible without the use of suggestion. SUGGESTIBILITY No matter what objective use is made of hypnosis. thoughts are imparted from one person to another or from one generation to another.) Except for the exception give. words that bless and words that condemn. relief of symptoms. By words the sales person sells his goods. while others respond best to indirect suggestions. attitudes. I have everyone who comes into my office for counseling fill out the John Kappas suggestibility questionnaire which will generally give an indication of that person’s dominate response. By words. the client would come out of the hypnotic state even without the suggestion by the therapist." is a false statement. Tarzana. By words. I use the terms “direct suggestible” and “indirect suggestible” because I believe that the client is more familiar with the meaning of these terms than they would be with “physical suggestible” and “emotional suggestible. Stop for a moment to consider the power of words as one method of conveying suggestion. Because I believe in the importance of an individual's suggestibility. There are words that make us laugh and words that make us cry. Most of us can respond to both direct and indirect suggestions but generally have a preference for one or the other. 91356 or Phone: 1-800-6345620. the teacher teaches. The old saying. or characteristics.doc 49 . suggestion is used to control the responses while the person is hypnotized. is all founded on suggestion. Some people respond better to direct suggestions. CA. I have discovered the power of suggestion. Suite #310. body responses.” 154804321. Over the years. "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. emotions. You can write for information to the following address: Hypnosis Motivation Institute. from pre-induction to attainment of the goal one is seeking to attain after being hypnotized.Suggestibility Questionnaire and Sexuality Questionnaire and how to score them can be found in Professional Hypnotism Manual and Improve Your Sex Life Through SelfHypnosis. Dr Kappas calls the persons who responds best to direct suggestions. whether it is in therapy. The Sexuality Questionnaire can also be found in Your Sexual Personality. is the acceptance of an idea or belief to the point of causing changes in an individual's actions. and suggestion is used to get the person out of the hypnotic state. By words. By words. clinical research.
She was preparing the french bread by buttering the bread and putting garlic salt on top. Milton Erickson had shown that some people responded better to direct suggestions and others to indirect suggestion. “Why do some subjects respond to hypnotic suggestion and depth. while other do not?” The answer was discovered back in the 1967 by Dr. the mother is consistent in what she says while in other areas. There was a cause and effect. “We have been married for more than 20 years and I have never wanted a piece of dry toast.” She hears direct and speaks indirect. I noticed that Bobbie had put dry toast by my plate. She is sick and she gave you a Christmas present last year. She might say to me. I tend to be close to the middle with a slight dominance for direct suggestion for when my mother told me to do something. When I began to study how people communicate in regards to direct and indirect suggestions. Smith and if my answer to her was "No". then I believed should do it. When I saw her putting the garlic salt on the toast. the child begins to search for the real meaning. She begins to look for the implied meaning rather that what is actually said. She meant for me to go see Mrs.” She said “Well I just did what you asked me to do. Balanced suggestibility comes when in certain areas. Dr. she gives conflicting messages. 154804321.” Before that Dr. I don’t like garlic salt on my toast and she knew that I did not like dry toast. He recognized the existence of two distinct types of suggestibility “physical and emotional” which I call “direct and indirect. I said. I remembered an incident that had occurred a few years before.doc 50 .” When we set down at the table to eat. Kappas was the first to show how to use a person’s suggestibility to get the best results. he will usually be more responsive to direct suggestions." Now that sounds like I have a choice but I did not. Bobbie was cooking supper and we were having meatballs and spaghetti. “Don’t put any thing on my toast. don't you think you should go visit Mrs. "Paul. If the verbal and non-verbal parts of her communication does not express the same thing. Our suggestibility usually comes from our primary care giver (usually our mother). If the child experiences his mother as saying what she means and meaning what she says. He was such a master at using indirect suggestions that many of his disciples tend to go to the extreme with indirect suggestions and use them exclusively. she would let me know in no uncertain terms that I was to go. I always wanted my bread buttered before it was toasted. If she told me not to do something. John Kappas and published in his book Professional Hypnotism Manuel which is still in print. I asked “Why do I have dry toast?” Bobbie said “You told me not to put anything on your toast. On the other hand.” I said. I knew she meant it. To the question. Bobbie and I have been married since 1958 but it was not until the 80's that I learned about suggestibility. mother could be indirect in her request. Smith. I learned this with my communication with my wife. An interesting aspect of our suggestibility is that there is a tendency for a person who hears direct to speak indirectly and for the person who hears indirect to speak direct. Mother laid down the law and I followed it or I reaped the consequences.Some hypnotherapist say that only a certain number of people can be hypnotized because they use on direct suggestions.
and fun. As there is physical (direct) and emotional (indirect) suggestibility. It can be used for recreation. “I asked you to turn up the air condition and you didn’t do it. What is the matter?” “You know. At other times.doc 51 . Well. “No. I do not know. I read many books on sexuality and how to please the female sexually. ““Does it seem cold to you?” I respond. we should aware of physical and emotion sexuality. Most all the books dwelt with the physically sexual female.” Or I say. but when the real problem is discussed. To be better prepared to help those people. social standards and religious influences. procreation. Sexual activity can bring joy and pleasure. Improve Your Sex Life Through Self-Hypnosis. can I get you quilt so you can be warmer?” HUMAN SEXUALITY Much of the following are from Dr. “Nothing!” You seem to be upset about something.Bobbie likes the room temperature warmer than I do. caress and be affectionate. and my own experiences and interpretation of the those resources. “No. An illustration of misinformation is revealed in that all those books said that when the sex act was over. Your Sexual Personality. When I was in college. people come to us to help them overcome problems. “No. she would say. I would say.” After we went through that exercise for a while. Ever since the beginning of time.” and in a short time she would be angry at me and I would not know why. I would say “What is the matter?” and she would respond. he or she wants to go on to other things such as going to sleep. I will use physical and emotional in reference to sexuality because sexuality differs from suggestibility. environmental impute. it can be uncomfortable. there is physical and emotional sexuality. it turns out to be a sexual problem. It is our most intimate of human relationship and used incorrectly can be among the most degrading experiences. get dressed. or pain and destruction and death. As we shall discuss later in this article. A physical suggestible may be an emotional sexual person and an emotional suggestible may be a physical sexual person. I finally learned that Bobbie’s questions were really request. In our responses to the sexual drive there are conscious and subconscious factor at work. Many times the presenting problem may be something else. Sex is an enormously powerful force. sex has been one of the most potential means for pleasure and pain. Included in these problems are those which are sexual in nature. Now when she says. painful and degrading. the female wanted the male to continue to touch. I will be glad to do it. To some degree social and religious beliefs influences our response to the sex drive.” “No. it so happened that I am a physical sexual person and my wife is an emotional sexual so that when I wanted to continue the 154804321. Of course. but if you would like for the air condition to be turn up. As therapists. birth. go to the bathroom. She may say “Does it seem cold to you?” For many years.” “Well. etc. one of the characteristics of an emotional sexual person of either sex is that when the sex act is over. Kappas’ books: Professional Hypnotism Manual. at that time I was totally unaware (as were most experts on sexual behavior) of the sexual behavior of physical and emotional sexuality. The way an individual responds to the sex drive is dependent on his or her own personal history.
lead to a total lack of communication between men and women. Communication sexually and verbally becomes less and less frequent until the inevitable takes place . 60% of all males that have been tested prove to react to physical sexuality and the other 40% were more susceptible to emotional sexuality. I understood her reaction was not rejection but just her built-in response. in many cases. When I learned about physical and emotional sexuality. As mentioned earlier it is important to recognize that a person will not necessarily have the same type of sexuality as they do suggestibility. but the two should not be confused. or if he is absent all or most of the time. Many marital and relationship problems are really about sexual misunderstandings which. on the other hand feel their sexual responses inwardly. It is interesting to note that among men. They cover up or repress negative emotions with this extreme sex drive. As a rule. she wanted to go on to others things. If the father is passive and undemonstrative. The two categories of emotional and physical sexuality.doc 52 . As their honeymoon stage wears off the tendency for their dominate sexuality come to have a greater influence. There are a lot of other differences between physical and emotional sexual people which if know can prevent a lot of misunderstanding between sexual partners. My response to her reaction was that I felt rejected. each seems to communicate sexually. They build expectation. An emotional sexual man or woman can be either physical or emotionally suggestible. with the one subcategory called intellectual sexuality. fits all human beings. this same 60/40 balance seem to exist in the opposite direction. I will discuss the extreme behaviors (from 90% to 100% physical or emotional). It is important to keep this in mind and to be aware that the majority of people have a combination of physical 154804321. It is also interesting to note that the old saying that opposites attract is certainly true of human sexuality.” Physically sexual persons project their sexual responses outwardly. Suggestibility is created by the mother. sexuality is created by the father. usually as a token of acceptance or to prove that they are adequate. stimulating the suggestibility to sex. Emotional sexuals. In the beginning of the relationship. Their true sexual response is then evident. the closer to 50% one comes the more the extreme characteristics change. the child tends to become “emotionally sexual. In discussing the characteristics of the physical and emotional sexuals. Of course.courtship. We have found that suggestibility has a strong effect on sexuality. They dwell on sex and desire and need physical sex often. It is generally acknowledged that 60% of all females lean toward emotional sexuality and 40% toward physical sexuality. and vice versa. a child will develop “physical sexuality” if he raised in a home where the father is more outward and open in his demonstration affection.they look for something new or close their minds to sexual response with their partner. when the newness and excitement of sex are present in both male and female. They protect their physically body by projecting emotions such as fear or embarrassment to defend or repress physical feelings.
the knowledge can improve your counseling. That means that they would rate between 70 and 100 percent either physical or emotional on the Sexual Barometer. 7. She has a free and easy social attitude and is easy to know. 10..doc 53 . patter. However.and emotional sexual characteristics and do not fall into extreme categories. It can also help you to improve or eliminate certain sexual traits that have caused you to lose or to hurt in a past relationship. some of the experiences you have or your sexual partner have or your clients share with you can be better understood. 9. She is physically attentive. as well as your partner’s sexual response factors can improve your relationships. The purpose in sex therapy is to lead them to a downward adjustment of this extreme sexual temperament to the safety zones close to the fifty yard line on the playing field of sexual activity. should strive for an ultimate converted rating as close to the midpoint as possible. Understanding your own. She is outspoken. These conversions should not swing all the way from one end to the other like a pendulum. 3. When a person effects an alteration of their sexual personality to a lower percentage point on the same side of the Sexual Barometer we refer to this as a personality adjustment. but that she places her physical body in front of her to protect her emotions and therefore requires a great deal of physical attention. Being possessive. 154804321. she craves marriage and emotional enablements. i. 2. enhance your sexual relationships and reduce the possibility of misunderstandings. foot-massager 6. but usually in ways she dictates. hand-holder. The information that follows are for extreme personalities. Some special aspects of the physical sexual: 1. She will often use sex as a means of making-up after a fight or argument. 8. 5. frank and forthright in stating her opinions. A proper understanding can and will allow you and the people you counsel to change direction from a possibly disastrous pattern to a happier and more successful way of life. if you are aware of the extremes. Sexual personality extremity is just as unhealthy and unhappy at either end of the scale. back-rubber.e. She is generous. she tends to become a emotional sexual person. She is quick to apologize if she thinks she is wrong or has hurt. When the understanding of your client’s sexual response factors are needed in the therapeutic situation. There are basically two reasons why a female becomes a physically sexual person. She is an interesting. She is demonstrative of her affections. often to a fault. Even though a person during a period of adjustment therapy may cross over the 50/50 dividing line he. On the other hand if she is abused or feel emotional rejection. If she receives a lot of affection from her father and a lot of physical attention. often witty conversationalist. 4. she becomes a physical sexual person. or she. To be a physically sexual female does not mean that she does not feel emotions. She flatters her man continually and caters to his sexual ego. no matter which side of the scale it be on.
During even the most luridly suggestive conversation she will lock eyes with the male. Her skin and body temperature are higher than that of the emotionally sexual female. even after a fight. From arousal through simulation plateaus to 154804321. She is readily available. Her hands and feet are warm. Her body temperature is lower because of the reduced activity of the circulation. self-conscious. 5.none of which she can cope with. notably on her forehead and upper lip and in the valley between her breast.. When she is the recipient of little attentive gestures. In effect. 13. (Is this where the old saying. or by the fact that her nostrils will dilate perceptibly each time she inhales. rather than straight ahead or pigeon-toed as observed in some emotionally sexual females.11.doc 54 . She is versatile. rather than dropping her gaze. 2. During even the most innocent and innocuous conversation. In standing. sex is far more a function of the heart and the mind than it is between her legs. warm heart. as is the habit of the emotionally sexual female. rejections and periods of neglect. 5. “Cold hands. desperately seeking signs of his acceptance of her and fearfully alerted to any possible danger flags indicating potential rejection Some of the characteristics of the emotional sexual female: 1. 12. 2.” originated? 6. This outward pointing of her feet represents her outward acceptance of the physical. Some visual characteristics of female physical sexuality: 1. She revels in the role of “sex slave” to her mate but will often demand the same attitude from him in return. In so doing she is. She perspires less than the physical. She will stare directly at her male companion. while he answers her or speaks to her. duck-like. 3. her toes generally point outwardly. she is usually a deep breather. 4. During hot weather she tends to display tiny beads of perspiration. the physically sexual female will do just the opposite. subconsciously. Perhaps because her heartbeat is faster and her circulation more rapid than her emotionally sexual counterpart. as is the subconscious habitual physical reaction of the emotionally sexual female. 4. 6. gulping in air through her open mouth.. the emotionally sexual female will look at her male companion and divert her eyes when he answers. as well as prolific in her sexual activities. rather than cool to the touch. or walking. The emotionally sexual female has a slower heartbeat. 3. For the emotionally sexual female. often scanning his face. sometimes even damply so. such as refilling her glass she will tends to stare directly into the face and eyes of the male who is offering these attentive gestures rather than at the glass which he is filling. She has lower pulse rate than the physically sexual female. She gives readily discernable indications of this by the fact that she is often a mouth-breather. The soft fleshy areas of her breasts and buttocks are usually warm. it indicates that she is completely opening herself up sexually as would be the case in a physical attitude to accept intercourse. Her hands and feet are almost always cold.
The emotionally sexual female is often capable of a high level of 154804321. likewise indicates that insufficient blood is bought to the skin surfaces that cover the sensitive nerve endings of the thirteen erogenous zones of her body.” Once I knew about physical and emotional sexuality.” In that play. “kiss me and go to sleep. He may be completely surprised when she finally tells him what is wrong. “Nothing” or “You know. it is all a function of the mind since her habitual emotional protection of her physical body shields her from actual physical arousal which could lead to a more satisfying climax. Remember the play and movie. I knew that was just the way emotional sexuals react. “Of course. every 30. Of course I do.climax. I happen to be a physical sexual male and my wife an emotional female. Like the emotionally sexual male. For over 20 years. 8. any rubbing of it may create irritation. kissing and caressing. I do.” Her husband says something like. She dresses more conservatively than her physical counterpart. 14. Once she has experience a climax further stimulation results in irritation. I cook your food.” The mate may not have an idea of what is wrong. It was like she was saying.”) 11. She tends to bottle thing up inside her. He may be completely surprised when she finally tells him. I have your children. As mentioned earlier we have been married over 41 years. the emotional female is more prone to participate in sports than to observe. Emotional sexual females have a sexual cycle. the wife could not say. “Gee that must have been good for her because she just wants me to kiss her and leave her alone. She usually want no more touching. The emotional sexual female may have some difficulty in expressing verbally her love for her mate. (What had all those sex manuals told me which I read to become a good sex partner? They told me that the woman wanted to continue to be touched after her climax as a means to show her that her mate loved her after sex as he had before. “Fiddler on the roof. she will say. When she seems to be upset about and her mate ask her what is wrong. She prefers an element of excitement or danger in her hobbies or sports. 15.” The mate may not have an idea of what is wrong. Her individual sex urge sex urge may assert itself every 3 days. 13. “You never say. 12. This can cause frustration to set in and may cause a negative reaction to the mates’s attempts to crate a positive sexual reaction. Her restricted circulation which causes the skin to be cold. every 7. Know I can say. I keep a good house for you.doc 55 .” She was obviously an emotional sexual female and he was a physical male Do not let these basic facts cause you to jump to the conclusion that the emotionally sexual female is frigid. 10. Often her buttocks and breast will be cold to the touch. Because the skin is cold. she wanted to stop all touching. I questioned my abilities as sexual partner because when sex was over with. Most emotionally sexual females have an inner feeling of sexual inferiority and inadequacy. 7. “Nothing” or “You know. she will say. ‘I love you. 9.’ Do you love me?” She replies something like. “I love you.
however. caressing. 15. he has no more desire to continue the touching. In many cases she is infinitely more susceptible to verbal suggestibility as an overture to sex than to physical stimulation. Career tends to be more important than his mate or children. It is not unusual for the highly emotional sexual male to have one or more mistresses. 8. He will open doors or pull back a chair for her at a restaurant. 3. Unless and until she becomes emotionally aroused to sex she will prove almost totally passive and unresponsive. In the early stages of relationship his desire for sex is strong and frequent. Because of this and as further defense mechanism against emotional hurt. 3. be led into the mood for sex .she cannot be pushed into it. His sexual desires runs in cycles. 10. she will often resort to faking her orgasm. but the passion diminishes rapidly as the newness wear off. 9. 11. He has a tendency to display a totally selfish attitude towards his sex relations. 1. 2. 6. He is more than likely interested in sports that he participates rather than spectator sports. His partner is almost always the dominate member of the partnership and he seem content to let her assume that role as long as she responds to his sexual needs. He feels a compulsive need to carry an excessive amount of cash to provide him with a sense of security. 154804321. 4. He see children as a deterrent to his business or professional objectives. 14. She must. He tends to be very possessive of any female with whom he enjoys sexual intimates. Characteristics of a physical sexual male: 1. The emotional sexual may have some difficulty in expressing verbally his love for his mate. Has a tremendous sex drive and thinks about sex most of the time. 5. 4. He is very attentive to his mate. He is financially generous with himself while being frugal with mate and family. kissing.doc 56 . 13. He usually follows a carefully schedule and regulates his life to an appointment calender. He is more career oriented than the physical sexual. He likes to express public displays of affection. 5. Once he climaxes.sexual suggestibility and sensual arousal. Characteristics of the emotional sexual male: 1. petting. In his sexual relations he is inclined to blame his partner or partners for his own physical and emotional sexual shortcomings and inadequacies.He is less likely to be unfaithful than is the emotional sexual male. The highly emotional sexual tends to pursue a seemingly endless procession of sexual escapades. 7. 12. He often experiences resentment when his mate becomes pregnant. 2.
’” I saw them several months after they had completed counseling and they were much happier. 2. 6. I take out the garbage and bring you flowers. hear ‘I love you.doc 57 . Only about 30% come in for conversion to heterosexuality.” They had completed the suggestibility questionnaire and the sexuality questionnaire. 1. they see their sexual experiences as experimentation to point where sex becomes almost a mental exercise.] The first consideration must be the homosexual’s own personal attitude toward her/his homosexual tendencies and practices. sex becomes almost a mental exercise. Intellectually sexual men and women functions essentially like emotional sexual in the sex act. He brought her flowers on special occasions and surprise gifts from time to time. Characteristics of the intellectual sexual person: 1. They tend to substitute the physical aspects for some form of meditation.’ Every time he brings you flowers or a surprise gift. please tell me so. of course. She responded better to direct suggestions and was a physical sexual. Dr. ‘I love you. “Can anyone who is gay go straight?” My answer to that question as was Dr. “Do you love me?” He said. He was a physical suggestible and an emotional sexual. The focus on the mental is an excuses for their inability to function well sexually For information on homosexuality and sexual personality. “Do all gay people come to therapy for the purpose of getting out of the gay life?” He said that something like 70% come to work out personal and emotional problems and to learn to function in a healthier manner in their relationship. For the intellectually sexual. 4. Kappas once said that he was asked. “Every time he washes the dishes. but they are few in number. I suggested to her. the homosexual must first arrive at the moment of truth in which she/he makes the personal decision and commitment to either abandon or embrace a future life 154804321. Kappas’ books: Professional Hypnotism Manual. “You should now I love you because I wash the dishes. “I love you.Some years ago.” He was a good husband and father who helped her with watching the dishes. She said. and Improve Your Sex Life Through Self-Hypnosis.’ Every time he takes out the garbage. They tend to think that they have a superior attitude about sex than others who are controlled by the animalistic need for sex. Your Sexual Personality. Intellectually sexuals of both sex function like emotional sexuals with the exception of one trait: they see their sexual experiences as experimentation. hear. but with one added trait. “Well. I will say that the majority of male homosexuals are physical sexuals and the majority of female homosexuals are emotional sexuals. Kappas is “Yes. taking out the garbage and such things. Another question that is asked. I refer you to Dr. hear ‘I love you.” She responded.” He replied. The intellectual sexual individual usually end up with an intellectually sexual partner.” [Durbin: There may be a small percentage of homosexuals who have internal organs of the opposite sex or who have a hormonal imbalance that would make it difficult to change. I was working with a couple and one of the main problems was the husband’s difficulty in saying. 3. In any consideration of conversion or adjustment. “Yes. 5. The intellectual sexual individual usually ends of with an equally intellectually sexual partner.
partiality. A good test is : "Your eyes are so relaxed you can't open them. compatibility. understanding. a good NLP book will explain). The client leaves your office thinking you are a bad hypnotherapist. pacing and leading (for those unfamiliar with these terms. What does rapport mean? : Affinity. At any rate one under hypnosis can not be made to do anything against her/his will or desire unless you use hypnosis as a brainwashing tool and as far as I am concerned that is unethical. Some that know the techniques of N. Am I Really Hypnotised? By Matthew Favaloro Dip C. especially new Hypnotherapists.of homosexual activities.C. she or he can be helped to do so with proper therapy and the understanding one’s personality.doc . What hypnotherapists most want to do. Take the above command. you are proving it to them. Use everything to deepen. they will remain shut” ---“if you open them. If the wish of the client is to go straight. You're not proving to yourself that they are hypnotised. you have an hour or so to work with the client. as you. harmony. and maybe what a hypnotised person looks like. Notice and observe. Many people have a misconception about hypnosis. empathy. test it.H. Some of the mistakes that new Hypnotherapists make are to: • • • • Rush into an induction… first. ALWAYS test it. Once you are satisfied that the client is hypnotised. A therapist should work with a homosexual to change his/her sexual orientation only if that is his/her desire. M. when I say open. Sometimes you may try several induction's and still find the person not entering trance and this at first can be most frustrating. I will just click my fingers. the therapist may think "oh God. if they sigh when talking about an issue.S. unity. can build rapport by matching breathing. what do I do now" The more you fail at inducing trance the less likelihood of them in believing that you are a competent hypnotherapist and consequently. To work towards a positive outcome. agreement. If their communication is contradictory to body language. Failure to deepen the trance.H. Sometimes you will discover that an induction may not work and more than that.P. But the client does not. when I say open. and more than that.. they 58 154804321. listen and set the ground rules of hypnosis (what it can or can't do). Read the clients body language. the client may not tell you that it is not working and pretend to be in trance. Fail to test the hypnotic induction . and you will close your eyes and relax deeper”.L. that they can't be hypnotised. Notice their breathing. always build rapport. your suggestions are measurably weakened as you appear to possibly stumble and find other ways to hypnotise. Fail to observe. You know what hypnosis is. is to create change within the client. You must observe the client.A. Take your time with the client. “Your eyes are so relaxed you can't open them. around 70% of all communication is non verbal. Usually.
If. An example: say the client said (in history taking) “well he went bananas and trashed the place”. When you give therapy commands. The moment you sit in the chair and I direct the words “deep asleep” to you. you will instantly and automatically feel safe and secure. relaxation is not hypnosis. you do it all”. and you will close your eyes”: then add. Failure to use post hypnotics. Well. I am only your guide. Trance is specific. A trend I have noticed lately is how new hypnotherapists 'de-value' what they do. Failure to utilise. obeying my positive healing commands at all times” You find that you have a willingness and motivation to dress well” it has more power to help create the change needed. ask specifically. “ now make all the changes within yourself that you know you need to make to create the healing that you need" Failure to be professional. Post hypnotic commands are necessary when you work with a client. If the person's phraseology for “warm and good” is the word “special” then say “you can now feel “special “ and as you do so you feel warm and good on every level. Failure to utilise Non Specifics / Specifics . if you say “and you will go deeper and deeper into hypnosis. But if I said “As you hear my voice. When you want information from them. you have to avoid the word “Suggestion” and replace it with the word "command" If I suggested that you wear a blue outfit on Thursday. You can utilise them in subsequent suggestions. your eyes will close over lightly and you will drift to an even deeper state of trance than you are now in. Now you can't do it for them but you can build “expectation power “ and you lead them to the results that they want.” I hope that these guidelines help you remember and maintain the level of professionalism that is expected from a Hypnotherapist.doc 59 . it does not mean that you will. or the hypnotic state” you lose them as they do NOT know what that is or feels like. “Notice your boyfriend wrecking the place as he went berserk’ it does not fully connect with how they have mentally stored the experience or memory.Body Communication Using Unconscious Learning to promote Health and Well being 154804321. you will triple your level of trance. use non specifics example: How specifically did it affect you?” When giving therapy. “and as you close your eyes. non specific suggestions such as. If you said to her in trance. and easily targets the problem. This creates a bio-feedback loop to them. they want a professional. "And each and every time you are in my presence. not always but when necessary. the client might then think “what the bloody hell am I seeing you for then?” They don't want a guide. I will just click my fingers. jot down the words and phraseology they use. When taking a case history and listening to the clients problems. Mind .• • • • will remain shut” ---“if you open them. “Notice that I use the word “Trance”. They say to the client “all hypnosis is self hypnosis. A simple post hypnotic. however you said ” as you notice that when we went bananas and trashed the place” it more specifically targets. going deeper and deeper. Sometimes.
and even the emotions you feel most often become direction for your unconscious mind. Your memory seems virtually limitless. As a computer is programmed. it gives you information for your consideration and action. each time you use a common word or phrase. electrical pathways of information and direction. But. so to is your unconscious mind through all of your life's experiences.doc 60 . using your critical thinking. processes. If you're like most people. just as well as it does a good program. sometimes right out to the bitter end. and so on. smell. you give direction to your unconscious mind every day. most thoughts throughout the day seem to just pop into your mind. it performs its functions dutifully and without question. and by the time you're eighty or ninety you still will have only used about two-thirds of its capacity.By Jaime V. thoughts. It has been estimated that the human memory can store billions of bits of information each second. Your unconscious mind. will power. and others come with immediate warning. It also records events. or perhaps better put. programs. and feelings over your entire life span. and may bring a sense of confusion and frustration. Most of these messages are routine prompts from the computer to perform a routine action. but you actually have two. The unconscious mind. images. Before you take action you must choose. without a thought of where it came from. important facets of your conscious mind. and judgement… all. from behind the scenes. MICP. Each time you repeat an action. all sensory input from sight. and the vast storage of memory. taste. RHC uploaded 22/6/2002 Your mind is much like a computer. and stores them in the form of memory. The conscious mind is your monitor for the world. A computer will run a bad program. seemingly out of nowhere. When you use your computer. what you experience shows up on the monitor of your consciousness. These messages come from the computer program or processor. allows you to experience what’s going on. is void of judgement. The conscious mind. occasionally you get automatic messages that pop-up on the screen. however. you then feel the obligation to begin pondering on those thoughts. gives you choices. running all body systems and automatic functions. much work happens behind the scenes. like the computer monitor. It does what it believes you want by the direction it is given. sound. Pitner. just like the thoughts and feelings which appear in your mind. Unwittingly. Ever wonder where your thoughts come from? Some are directed by the conscious process of concentration. you have two parts of one mind: the conscious and the unconscious. Like the computer processor. allows you to interact. like your computer. takes in all of your experiences. and brings awareness. You may think that you have one mind. But. This direction we can also call learning. touch. initiated by a focus of directed thought. 154804321.
Your learned behaviors can be good or bad for you. and ability follows this same path of learning. the unconscious mind must have a way to process information. It would be system overload if all of your life's experiences came flooding through. When you're on your computer looking for a file or searching the web for information. yet. The unconscious mind helps you do what it believes you want. it can help you develop in the repeated behavior. drives the smoking habit. what more than smoking does a smoker do each day. This unconscious learning occurs in three primary ways: repetition. The cigarette that tasted terrible now becomes enjoyable.The problem is. connected to the body. This is a good example of the difference in conscious and unconscious processing. Look at the smoking habit. one of the prime directives of the unconscious is to gain learning. as your unconscious mind develops an easy pathway for it. But your conscious mind isn't always given the choice before the unconscious has acted upon it. It must learn. memory. you don't need all that information. Even things you start out doing bad. every talent. The unconscious mind. talent or skill. The unconscious mind provides a short cut to all of your inner resources. when you need it. or choose what is desired and not desired. A pack a day smoker repeats this behavior 20 times a day. Repetition . repeating smoking over and over. in time. Consciously you can determine. the unconscious mind. taking in all the information from your body and all the senses. and body functions. and emotion. with practice and diligence. you don't want all the data your computer has stored. and to prioritize and retrieve what it believes you need. There's a lot of repetition there. recall. without judgment. Every smoker will tell you that in the beginning cigarette taste terrible. but you may not be aware that they are formed by the same process of unconscious learning. This is how you acquire tastes for things. 154804321. the more you are likely to repeat the behavior. That's why “practice makes perfect”.the more you repeat a behavior. association. makes it easier for you by adjusting the sensory information to make it more enjoyable. in time become easier as you master the behavior. it regards everything as learning. Actions sometimes speak louder than words. We all possess both good habits and bad habits. skill. As the unconscious has no judgement. even if its bad for you.doc 61 . Therefore. But. Everything you are good at. In fact. The conscious mind knows all of the dangers and problems of smoking. every day. an amazing thing happens. creativity. Your mind believes you want this frequently used behavior by the very fact that you keep on doing it. you just want the information you need at this moment. Because your unconscious runs all your body systems.
Emotion helps the mind distinguish between events and information from your life's experiences. That's why when you're anxious. You can run pretty fast without fear. Emotion drives the most fundamental programs for your survival. park your car. does that trigger you to suddenly think of some funny things yourself? Since your unconscious mind and your body are in constant communication. and that pit in your stomach. you don't even have to think about it.doc 62 . Emotion . but with it your body springs into action automatically. driving your car the same route every day? Then. An emotion that is helpful to flee from a threat is – fear. or thought. or depressed. and as you close the door think…”how did I get here?” While your conscious mind was wandering in dream. there is a double bind. The unconscious responds with the release of stress hormones. Since the unconscious lacks judgement. Your foot has unconsciously pressed down further on the pedal. your unconscious mind and your body were driving the car. allowing you sprint like an Olympic athlete. have you ever been anxious to get home.emotion is the most powerful form of communication from the unconscious mind. That's why even the aroma of coffee can bring about an urge to smoke a cigarette. Association – the unconscious mind works primarily by association. The unconscious minds ultimate priority is to assure your survival. Keeping automatic functions like your heart beating and respiration going is a job it takes seriously. if a tense muscle calls for the stress response. Those things without emotional value are lost to conscious recall. Just the thought made your body react. then a relaxed muscle will reverse the request and call for relaxation. stressed. one morning you drive to work. They know the route well. or back. It all happens automatically. your heart race. you feel that unconscious muscle tension in your neck. Or. These sensations are your body speaking to you. A tense muscle calls for more support and energy from the unconscious mind. worried. but. Have you ever worked at a place for several years. worry. without any guidance from your conscious mind. As one behavior is associate with another.Even if you don't smoke there are plenty of examples in your life of this process. Think about what emotion is helpful for a fight – anger. which it thinks is important for you and your survival. shoulders. Isn't it true that your strongest and most vivid memories are those linked with strong emotion. it interprets any negative emotion as communication to mobilize the body for action. Fear will put an extra skip in your step. This communication is important for you to be aware of as your body can be used to communicate messages back as well. Have you every noticed that when you turn on the TV you suddenly feel a bit hungry? When you are with friends telling jokes. Anger can mobilize powerful resources in your body to help you fight with power and fury. your body reacts to these triggers. and suddenly look down to find that you are speeding. the “fight or flight” response. sympathetic nervous system response and quickened pulse. 154804321.
During stress you breathe shallow and rapidly. yet it can also be consciously controlled.Breathing is another powerful mind-body communication method. how you've grown. What words do you use in that running commentary of your inner thoughts? Are those words supportive or punishing? Words are electric. What are you? You are your lifelong collective experiences . Jamie Pitner also provides instruction on Wellness. Former Associate Director of the Mobile Intensive Care Unit. Pitner. and learned everything in your life. and Workplace Violence & the Management of Assaultive Behavior. "you eat what you are". The unconscious mind will give you what it believes you're asking for by association. you must choose them for the emotional voltage that they carry. and the parasympathetic nervous system is engaged with all of its calming effects. Your collective experiences are kept in the vast storehouse of your memory. experienced. from Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies. Begin to think of your thoughts as magnetic. Holistic Health coordinator for Virtua Health. Whatever you hold in your predominant conscious view. and Martial Arts Instructor. a chemical change occurs in your body. MICP. like when you sleep. Tai Chi. It could also be said. jpitner@virtua. RHC (UPLOADED 8/7/2002) You know that saying "you are what you eat". Stress hormones begin to stem their flow. Certified in Holistic Living. a Shiatsu Practioner. Remember that emotions are the most powerful driver of unconscious processing. Worry and self-doubt will come as easily as confidence and focus. Associate Director of a Mobile Intensive Care Unit Program providing Advanced Life Support Services to the largest regional health network in New Jersey. A nationally accomplished speaker and published author of EMS and Stress Management topics. Scientists have calculated that your memory has the capacity to store billions of bits of information 154804321. and Self Defense. But. Breathing is important because it is an automatic system run by the unconscious mind. A practicing MICU Paramedic for nearly 20 years. President of the NJ Association of MICU's for two terms. Deep in the in the depths of your unconscious mind everything about you is recorded. sometimes even holding your breath.org Motivated Weight Control By Jaime V. when you're relaxed you breathe deep and slowly. Breathing provides a valuable and effective bridge of communication between conscious and unconscious mind. You get what you ask for. and the first elected Chairperson of the New Jersey State Emergency Medical Services Council. When you consciously change the rate of your breathing. Board Certified in Hypnotherapy and Hypno-Anesthesia. so choose only good things. will simply attract more of the same.doc 63 . You communicate direction to your body and mind with the words you use. Words stimulate emotion. and emotion is the source of all motivation.
There’s a lot of meaning behind the familiar phrase “comfort food”. The emotions and sensations during nursing form powerful associations that may affect your eating behavior later in life. That’s why many people describe their unhealthy eating as “emotional eating”. 154804321. or habits. Everything you've learned in life lies in your unconscious waiting for you until you may have a use for it. Isn't it true that your most distant memories are brought forth by emotion. or given to your conscious mind for you to act upon. The more you repeat a behavior. touch. The experiences in your life that have no emotional value are long forgotten. The third primary pathway of unconscious learning is emotion. the powerful communication of this sensory experience is understood. association. sound. Your mother holds you. talking. and emotion. as the unconscious mind makes a easy pathway to it. No words are needed. Like many often-repeated behaviors you don't have to be consciously active in the behavior. You now learn the ability to gain praise and make your parents happy just by eating. repetition. they automatically feel like snacking. This is how the unconscious mind sorts out needed information and initiates certain behaviors. back to your birth. Think about the repetition in eating. or working at your computer. taste.every second of your life. Your unconscious mind and body do all the work for you like when you eat while watching TV. In fact. Your unconscious mind has ways to access information that it believes you need. or sensory cues. Soon your parents begin to introduce solid food. and perhaps prior to birth. but lacking judgment it may also be accessing unwanted behaviors. the more likely you will repeat it. Your unconscious mind learns as you are held close to your mother's warm body. and smell. They guide you as you learn to eat. Association links them. The behavior of eating goes back to the day your were born. reading. Parents offer praise to motivate you: "that's a good boy… that's a good girl". This virtually limitless memory collects your life's experiences with all the sensory data of sight. This process is called unconscious learning. When the behavior is associated with other events. as you feel her unconditional love and acceptance while being fed. With certain cues it can be accessed to automatically engage your body.doc 64 . Behaviors tied to strong emotions are the one's most engrained. Emotions can access dynamic and powerful mind-body resources. all learning occurs in your unconscious. and emotion. There are three primary pathways to unconscious learning. That's why when most people sit down and turn on the TV. something you must do everyday. those events or cues can become triggers for the behavior. and several times a day. There’s so much information there that your unconscious mind must have a process to determine what you need.
As a toddler you enjoy your birthday celebrations. And what is a birthday, but the mere acknowledgment of your existence. A profound experience of your own self worth. Birthdays are celebrated with sweet and high caloric foods. Associating sensory cues to the event. On your birthday you don't even have to eat a proper dinner, you can dig right in to the cake and ice cream. With a confident feeling that you can do no wrong, you get to smear it all over your face while loved one's clap and take pictures. As you get older you find that every significant event in your life is celebrated and acknowledged with food. Eating is there at all the happy times. And it’s there when everyone else has abandoned you. Is it any wonder that your unconscious mind now associates food with comfort, love, acceptance, self worth, confidence, happiness, and being in control. Yet food doesn't really do any of these things. There are many sensory associations that trigger certain eating behavior. Perhaps it's that feeling after dinner that you just got to have some ice cream or chocolate. You feel full, maybe even very full, but you have a strong compulsion to have something sweet. It may be that after you eat something savory, that that taste on your palette triggers an association for something sweet. You may have unwittingly connected these sensory cues every time you followed eating savory food with a sweet food. That's why when you’re full you have that urge to complete the unconscious pairing of sensory information. When most people think about food it brings about certain thoughts and feelings. Most of those thoughts and feelings could be summed-up in one word; pleasure. But you know that food is really fuel for your body. Sure food should taste good, but that's only part of it. The top priority for food is to fuel your body. When your car needs fuel you take it to the gas station. If you want your car to run optimally you fill it up with “super.” Conveniently your car has a fuel gauge which tells you when you need fuel and when your tank is full. You’d never let it run past full into the trunk or back seat. Just because gas may be cheap or available, doesn’t mean you should stop at the station more often, or take any more than your tank is designed to hold. If you own a pet you know how to feed it. Dogs eat dog food, cats eat cat food, and birds eat bird food. You’d never feed your parakeet dog food. Intelligently you know that every animal has it’s own type of food to keep it healthy and sustain long life. You even know that if you have a dog that’s a little older you may need to feed it that special “fit and trim” dog food. Isn’t it a fact that most people take better care of their cars and pets than they do themselves? These examples provide the mind with powerful metaphors for your life. When you associate the same feelings of how necessary, important, and wonderful it is to take care of you car and pet, with how you take care of yourself, this is a powerful learning for your unconscious mind.
Isn’t it true that you only do what you’re motivated to do? Anything done begrudgingly doesn’t last long. Just using will power doesn’t work either. That’s because when you start a diet, the unspoken truth is that you know it’s only temporary. By will power you can follow just about any diet no matter how difficult or strange, because deep in your unconscious mind you know it won’t last long. That’s why “dieting” doesn’t work. There are many things you do in your life in which you have great motivation. You have certain standards that you’ve set for yourself, lines that you will not cross, and strong feelings on important areas of your life and the world. When you think of those things you hold dear to you, that are the driving force in your character, you will find a feeling behind those thoughts. That feeling in your heart and mind is emotion. Emotion is what creates motivation. It is the origin of motivation, and it is lasting. You have positive and negative emotions, and they both have great power. Negative emotions drive the stress response, and can be linked to bad habits and unhealthy behavior. No one ever finds the answers they need in the height of anxiety or the depths of depression. But positive emotions bring that feeling of accomplishment, comfort, energy, and happiness. The fact is that any sound nutrition and fitness plan will work to lose weight. The key to getting started and sticking to it is…motivation. The question is how do you become motivated to eat healthy? I believe that knowledge is power. Once you have all the facts you can make the right decisions. The knowledge you gain leads to forming opinions. Opinions bring forth the way you feel about something. That feeling is emotion. So as you can see, knowledge has the power to initiate emotion. Sources of knowledge can be from empirical data and facts, or from your belief. When you believe something strongly it has the power of fact. To establish belief you must think that it is possible. So ask yourself, is it possible for me to lose weight and maintain my desirable weight? Now begin building a case for why it is possible. Your unconscious mind will help you with its power of association. Think of your thoughts and emotions as "magnetic" whatever you hold in your predominant conscious thinking will simply attract more of the same. Your unconscious mind regulates your bodily systems, it will access resources to help you. The next thing is to list why it is necessary to control your weight and be healthy. Develop a clear understanding of why you must do this. Your unconscious mind will establish priorities, because it is responsible for all your automatic functions of survival. Once it understands that something is necessary it will devote more resources to make it happen. It doesn't waste time and resources on things that have little importance. Understand that it’s in you. You have all the resources as a human being to make it happen. Your power of mind over body is available to you for your benefit.
Know that at times it will be challenging. These times of decision will form your destiny. Overcoming old patterns of behavior and moving through difficult times can be hard. But the things that come easy in life aren’t really worth much. It's those things for which you work hard that make a difference in your life. You know it’s worth it to overcome challenges. That feeling you have when you know it’s worth it, is the feeling that keeps you motivated. Here are some steps to employ your power of mind over body for Motivated Weight Control: 1. Know what you’re eating. Keep a food diary and write down everything that you eat each day for one week. Remember knowledge is power; this will make your conscious mind aware of what you are eating. You want to eliminate unconscious eating. Also, do research, read food labels, articles, books, and information about the content of food. Know what you’re eating and why it’s good for you. Discover all the delicious and nutritious foods available to you. The unconscious mind is the center of all learning, when it knows what’s good for you it will pull forth resource to help you achieve your goal. 2. Eat regularly, starting with a good breakfast. This communicates to your body that food is plentiful and there’s no need to slow your metabolism to conserve energy. Breakfast is particularly important. Living in the wild, humans would have to begin each day searching for food. The body tries to conserve energy until food becomes plentiful. The body understands that food is plentiful when you eat early in the day, which means you’ve gathered enough perhaps for several days and it’s readily available first thing in the morning. 3. Eat five meals a day. This keeps your metabolism in high gear all day. Your metabolic rate will improve to allow your body to burn more calories. Eating one or two big meals later in the day tells the body that it took awhile for you to find food, so it better hold onto the calories to protect from potential famine. 4. Eat fruits vegetables, grains, and fish, but limit red meat. Hunters are at the mercy of available game, but when humans cultivate food they have it in greater quantities and for longer period of time. “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach him how to fish and he east for a lifetime.” 5. Retrain your palette. Ever have the feeling that you just have to eat that chocolate, cake, or ice cream, even when you’re full from dinner. It may be that your unconscious mind has linked certain flavors and sensory data to initiate this behavior. Sometimes when you eat something with a savory or spicy taste, it can be a trigger to eat something sweet. You can retrain your palette to eliminate this unconscious association by breaking the link. Interject other behaviors instead of eating the sweet, like drinking water, brushing teeth, eating a bite of something savory or spicy, or engage in a desirable activity. After a few weeks your palette will be retrained and the old unconscious link will be eliminated. 6. Use your emotion. Eliminate any old unconscious negative emotions that may be associated with eating. You only do what your motivated to do, anything done begrudgingly doesn’t last long. There are some things you’ve prejudged with a
hypnosis tended to be more authoritarian and stylized in its conspicuous. Hypnotic Poetry: A Study of Trance-Inducing Technique in Certain Poems and it's Literary Significance. as practiced by ancient Celtic poets).doc 68 . The following article has the modest purpose of beginning this process by calling attention to similarities between Ericksonian hypnosis and Whitman's poetry. and eating food.g. See yourself getting slimmer and stronger. They’re the perfect fuel and energy source for your optimal health and weight.D. By word-association your unconscious mind will use these words to access all its resources to help you while shopping. buying the clothes in the size you’ve imagined. Build a case for what you can do. Ph. Let the memory fade for those old foods that you know are no good for you. One area where this is particularly needed is in NLP ventures to extend Ericksonian patterns into writings that both sound literate and communicate with the unconscious of the readers. and Lynn Whitlark UPLOADED 05/03/03 Although hypnosis is nominally recognized as both art and science. The only extended analysis of poetry as hypnosis has been Edward D. Visualize all the good things happening to your body as you eat what it needs for energy and optimal health. for why would you eat anything else? Poetry as Hypnosis: An Ericksonian Approach to "Song of the Open Road" By James Whitlark.e. Snyder. attach the positive emotion you desire to your visualization. and soon you will begin to feel them. Think. that’s the direction you’ll be sending to your mind. Before Milton Erickson... Let them go and be open to allow your mind and body to adjust to new healthy foods. 7. its history as science). And most importantly.negative emotion. You are programming your unconscious mind the way you want. a comparable figure was Walt 154804321.. start with these first. and doing all the things your doing as you achieve your goals. And all things delicious must be nutritious. You’re retraining your palette and acquiring new tastes. originally published in 1930 and thus radically out of date. attach positive emotion to foods that you know will achieve your goals and long-term health. Visualize. Remember your thoughts are magnetic. In the history of poetry. There are many foods you currently enjoy that are good for you. books on it regularly begin with Mesmer (i. Here are two words to help and guide you on your path of success in motivated weight control: Delicious and Nutritious. preparing. imagine. A reason for recovering the artistic history of hypnosis is that it provides extensive models for induction techniques. All things nutritious are delicious to your body. and visualize the foods that are nutritious. For lasting results. They content themselves with only the vaguest references to its history as art (e. and meet your goals for health and weight control. Consciously chose the emotions you want. If you longingly linger on old desires for unhealthy food. repetitive patter. Doing the two together is sufficiently difficult so that time-honored models should be welcome.
in the whole process.. sitting. but pervasively. His use of "I" (instead of "you). passages of peculiar interest to this study" ([italics mine] l. he is moving the readers away from consciousness. while thinking the sorrowful images that Whitman provides. Furthermore." he begins "I sit and look out upon all the sorrows of the world. which begin to lead rather than merely describe the patient's consciousness. Actually. Pacing Current Experience Although Snyder does not mention it. His fragmentary syntax displays various tricks later in the Milton Model." The reader is likely to be in the same position." his aim is: To have the feeling to-day or any day I am sufficient as I am. we have chosen Whitman's "Song of the Open Road." By such techniques. the practitioner commonly would describe the subject's on-going experience. that critic contends. fixed verse forms that had previously dominated poetry. 82). contain. Whitman relies on hypnotic techniques. the patient can only evaluate the truth of the remarks by introspecting. Whitman is sometimes almost as blatant as this in his pacing of current experience. O something unprov'd! something in a trance! To escape utterly from others' anchors and holds! Whitman's metaphoric use of "anchors" (as holds on the mind) here partly anticipates the NLP sense of it. despite their general neglect of some obvious hypnotic stimuli. Whitman's ultimate purpose is to interrupt the audience's previous conditioning and thereby liberate them. Thus. To demonstrate an Ericksonian analysis of poetry.g. Like Erickson. dreamlike state." because it well exemplifies this simultaneous opening of poetry and the mind by way of hypnotic techniques that have previously escaped notice. nevertheless." anticipates Erickson's sometimes pretending to 154804321." which accepts on faith or knows intuitively. who broke from the stylized. which has to "prove" everything and into "trance. because of the limited awareness of hypnotic devices when Snyder was writing. s/he is more likely to accept the hypnotist's next remarks.doc 69 . Whitman establishes a bond or even a subconscious merger between them. "You are sitting here in this rather soft chair listening to the sound of my voice….Whitman. including Whitman's way of embedding the affirmation "I am sufficient as I am. What was Whitmarn's purpose in this break? As he writes in an 1891 version of the poem "Spontaneous Me. regularly repetitive. and upon all oppression and shame…. e. For instance. already in the old hypnosis (and continued in Erickson's). "Whitman's best poems. an activity that moves him or her inward to a slightly more withdrawn." Because the patient finds this true. not merely when he resembles pre-Ericksonian hypnotic patter of the sort Snyder knew. For instance. in the short poem "I Sit and Look Out.
discussions of poetic self-reflexivity tend to sound as if self-referential poets were so locked in introspection that they had little to say about anything beyond their own art or ." e. Being self-descriptive. like a fractal. including the "ruts" of well-worn metrics-ruts he jumps incessantly. "I will toss the new gladness and roughness among them" (l. for without it.g. "Song of the Open Road" constitutes a more advanced example of this.the "roughness" to which he repeatedly refers in "Song of the Open Road. 67) and "I do not offer the old smooth prizes. In its rhythm. 235). thereby creating his strident/striding rhythms. Since ambiguity is such a familiar topic in poetic analysis (e. This is certainly the aesthetic aspect of ambiguity. His "Song of the Open Road" celebrates this polyrhythmic voice in terms of a complex metaphor . Among the most pervasive of these are ambiguities.Whitman's way of life. He understands these as means to "beauty" through the resolutions of tensions into unity (l. Ambiguity In his Seven Types of Ambiguity. In "Song of the Open Road. this journey is larger than the individual poem. Actually though. since the meter is so very irregular. which Erickson used to induce trance and encode suggestions within it. William Empson's Seven Types of Ambiguity). is the function of this? Although popular at present. consider merely the first few lines of "Song of the Open Road. possibly a spondee) is a microcosm of the irregularity that pervades the poem and most of Whitman's oeuvre .e." Whitman calls his persona the "voice" of that road .. What. all routines." AFOOT and light-hearted. The trip where the readers join Whitman is in the free verse itself. Healthy. William Empson classifies ambiguities ranging from "a detail [that] is effective in several ways at once" to contradictions within the author's mind. This harmonizing with subjects is an essential part of hypnosis. The long brown path before me.doc 70 . the very line "You paths worn in the irregular hollows by the roadsides" is an iamb (or. but offer rough new prizes" (l. but ambiguity is also an agent of confusion." i. He is willing to leave at any time the "public road. this poem has self-similarity on various scales.g. the world before me. as he later notes. free.a voice that forms the medium where the readers and he share a road. 154804321..I myself am good fortune…. and the poem itself as an asymmetric journey through and beyond "You paths worn in the irregular hollows by the roadsides. leading wherever I choose.. the irregularity of that poem is giving his readers an experience of one part of it. What would drive them away is that the rest of Ericksonian hypnosis consists of the following patterns of disorientation (to prepare for suggestions that would not be accepted unless normal habits of thought were unsettled). 142). they would simply leave. Henceforth I ask not good-fortune ." Although. Whitman's personae as American or Everyman are used to increase reader identification in the manner of Ericksonian hypnosis. I take to the open road.talk about himself or others as a less intrusive way of reflecting the patient's experiences.ultimately themselves. though. his poetry.
Identifying himself as their goal is a gesture to bind readers to him . like the speaker. no friend. 18) or "none can be interdicted" (l. but what you may reach it and pass it. It thus relates all these together in a way that Ericksonian therapy would (to suggest that. they come in clusters. To see nothing anywhere but what you may reach it and pass it. they are being told that they too may be their own fortune-a notion that moves them toward the self-reliance and freedom that is Whitman's ideal (as well as that of effective therapy). "not denied" (l.g.a necessary part of hypnotic induction. Readers are in the midst of what lies below those surface details-the secret.. Wisdom cannot be pass'd from one having it. In its 231 lines. No husband. skulking and hiding it goes. e. repressed unconscious. but it stretches and waits for you. Since the readers are to identify with him.The phrase "Healthy. In the ambiguity of the syntax all and nothing merge. He is fond of negating verbs of negation. to another not having it. Even if multiple negations are not syntactically ambiguous. To see no possession but you may possess it-enjoying all without labor or purchase-abstracting the feast. The latter possibility prepares for good fortune to be a person . The clause "I ask not good-fortune" may mean either that he asks not for good fortune or that he does not ask something from a personified good fortune. trusted to hear the confession. and "none" four times. Particularly read aloud (as Whitman's poetry ought to be). 221). both because of the odd word order and because it occurs among so many negations. a duplicate of every one. is its own proof" (78-80). To look up or down no road but it stretches and waits for youhowever long. "never" four times. The net effect of these frequent negations is more than confusion. as he posits after the dash. Multiple Negations The "not" in "I ask not good-fortune" is itself a device of disorientation. "no" fourteen times. 213) or "not detain'd!" (l. to "I" or "the world" (which obviously includes the readers). "nothing" twice. e. it is also fusion: Again to merge them in the start of superior journeys. is not susceptible of proof. 154804321.. Making their occurrence periodically very dense. 172-177).himself. however distant. yet not abstracting one particle of it (ll.g. Wisdom is of the Soul. To see no being. free" may apply to the road. To conceive no time.doc 71 . which offers much potential but becomes dejected if left unexpressed: Behold a secret silent loathing and despair. no wife. patients can become healthy and freely in control of their lives if they follow the path into which the therapists is leading them). but you also go thither. they tend to daze readers. 22) or "cannot be countermanded" (l. "Wisdom is not finally tested in schools. Another self. they may exceed the powers of many hearers' attention. not God's or any. as the load of negations strip away all details ("no being…no possession") and convey a vague plenitude. "Song of the Open Road" employs "not" forty times.
For instance. 4). Their repetitions keep the reader from coming completely out of it. polite and bland in the parlors… (ll. Universal Quantifiers and Nominalizations A very similar effect to multiple negation comes from universals. For a more complex example. "realization" (l. In contrast. They are only specific and disturbing enough to weaken trance. consider. "Nature" (l. Like Erickson's deliberately making symptoms worse 154804321.g. 207) and from Whitman's nominalizations. e. "Why are there trees I never walk under. 111). Comparably. For instance. "adhesiveness" (l. despite the negative connotations of the above list. but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?" (l. "everywhere" (l. "the felon. This synaesthesia is complicated further through the ambiguity of whether he always or never undergoes the kinesthetic experience of walking under the trees in order to think thus. 17)." "the kernel of every object" (l. "Freedom" (l. As previously mentioned. meant to deepen hypnosis. as does their listing partly abstract types.g.. the more likely that people can imagine they are agreeing about it. Whitman's repetitive lists of non-universal details are the least entrancing portions of his poem (though they do not completely break state). Again and again.doc 72 . 223-224). 202-205).. everyone-the poem has reinforced its allinclusive abstractness. 118).. e. so that they linger in the memory as specters of what remains entirely potential : "Let the paper remain on the desk unwritten. and the book on the shelf!/Let the tools remain in the workshop! let the money remain unearn'd!" (ll. 89). Whitman deranges the senses. he evokes images only to cancel them. the diseas'd. each reader brings private denotations and connotations to Whitman's universals and nominalizations but this simply makes more probable that they will find his words agreeable (because they are seeing their own meanings in them). which are thus elicited and entered.g. "fortune" (l. conscious meaning of the discourse and consigns them to unconscious processes. "every day … continually" (l. decreasing trance and then reinstating it is a stylistic device of Ericksonian therapy./Something there is in the float of the sight of things that provokes it out of the Soul. 82) Sight is rendered not fixed but floating to reveal the unchanging depths. he writes "…the certainty of the reality and immortality of things. 86). The more abstract discourse becomes. e. which abstractions and other disorienting techniques then restore.. This stylistic device-this positing and canceling removes the images from the logical. once the reader is reassured that. "every part. 203). the illiterate person… (l. "every one" (l. Admittedly. 53).Formless and wordless through the streets of the cities." (l. 100) The pairing "large and melodious" makes parallel syntactically size (usually sensed visually) and sound (sensed auditorily). Whitman does accept all these types-indeed. 92). and the excellence of things. Readjusting Sensory Systems The essence of Ericksonian therapy is to teach patients to replace traumatic with supportive anchors-an activity that requires a readjustment of their habitual ways of processing sensory images.
the illiterate person") are not what cannot be seen but what society often avoids seeing. they thereby enter a childlike state of mind. "They [souls] go! they go! I know that they go./I know they suffice for those who belong to them" (ll.e. Whitman renders sense and sensation vertiginous in order to help readers find the stable depths. His 154804321. "The long brown path [is] before me. 7-9). 193-94). Thus./But I know that they go toward the best-toward something great" (ll. he alleges that he knows them. he implies that he has clairvoyant knowledge of how much of the universe functions. they accept primitive even animistic thought patterns.. they then have a relationship to him like a young child who takes for granted that parents simply know what they say they know and need not be questioned how they learned it. Whitman introduces it gradually./ I believe that much unseen is also here. Selectional Restriction Violation On the foundation of its pacing current experience as well as on that of its creating an all-embracing vagueness and readjusting sensory systems. but I know not where they go. the verb "suffice" implies that "those" are living beings (since it is seldom employed for inanimate objects). If the readers accept them. Consequently.preparatory to ameliorating them. If the readers are willing to play at this." unconscious ones. Instead of saying that he has heard or imagined these stellar situations. How detailed is this knowledge? His reference to "those who belong to them" presupposes that there are such beings. the repressed. The second section of the poem starts with a clear-cut apostrophe to the path: "You road I enter upon and look around! I believe you are not all that is here. a selectional restriction violation. In the third line. The aforementioned line "You paths worn in the irregular hollows by the roadsides. Moreover. these are large claims. Claiming Clairvoyance and Embedding Presuppositions Although Whitman sometimes uses personifications as a mask for delivering suggestions.e. he has other means including claims of clairvoyance and the embedding of presuppositions: "I know they [the constellations] are very well where they are. Although somewhat buried in a commonplace. the "kernels" of things. as he calls these. is but a small part of Whitman's long conversation with the road. He would thus have magical knowledge about the health and welfare of otherwise unknown species. For example. the poem can suspend wariness so effectively that the readers are willing to react with almost childlike trust. i." for example." Although the road's "leading" involves a personification. for example. the diseas'd. it is such a conventional one that it is very inconspicuous." So large a departure from normal conscious as an apostrophe is appropriate to this suggestion that readers move beyond the conscious contents of the path to the "unseen. Paradoxically.doc 73 . i. His subsequent examples ("the felon.. leading wherever I choose. Whitman deepens it by interspersing references to what he does not know-a charming modesty designed to endear him to readers so that they will be more willing to grant the large assertions that accompany his admissions of ignorance. Because personification is further from businesslike consciousness than the previous devices.
the relationship of the genders. One of the ways that readers can accept such contradictions is if trance has proceeded to considerable depth.denial of discerning where they go also has the effect of pushing aside the most controversial part of the matter: salvation and damnation. This paradox is. the burdens may be people. 48). I am fill'd with them. everything is getting better and better. is that we are always being led." "[B]est. but he is famous for the words. 198). he vaguely sends them "toward the best. They function on the same nebulous plane as the hypnotic dictum. At any rate." this ambiguously enmeshes "men and women" with the burdens. the progress from child to adult). 11-14) Beginning with the oxymoron (self-contradictory phrase) "delicious burdens." for whom? For God? For them? For us? We are not told. of course. Whitman near the end of the poem feels so confident as to assert. the choosing as an advanced one (e." (l.g.doc 74 . yet brought into freedom-or the paradox of therapy that follows a similar course.. I carry them. Consciously. one or the other seems to dominate. The relationship of the two is so complex that. though. leading wherever I choose. and I will fill them in return. men and women-I carry them with me wherever I go. he both fills and is filled by 154804321. I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them. The truth. in being brought to consciousness. "every day in every way. This. of course. it can be resolved by thinking of the leading as an initial stage.) (ll. parallel to that of the readers' being led by Whitman's commands. both this section and the previous one imply that all is well and progressing. "Do I contradict myself?/Very well then I contradict myself. Paradoxes Perhaps the most extreme disorientation comes from paradoxes. "I know all" (l. yet chooses. however. since his preceding remarks are about knowing that the constellations are in their proper place. The unconscious. contradicts his previous modesty. mutual dependence explicit in the lines: (Still here I carry my old delicious burdens. is aware of their entire constellation of interactions./ (I am large. Instead. either as their contents or his addressee. or practically anything else. 3) Whitman's is led. (Leaves of Grass. but its use of "every" (like all the cosmic generalizations of Whitman) anticipates Erickson's very conscious and skillful reliance on abstraction in hypnosis. For instance. This does not mean that they have simply become mindless but that that they are proceeding in terms of an unconscious logic such that double binds and other paradoxes can be resolved in very healthful manners. At that abstract level. Perhaps sensing the net effect of all his generalizations and distortions." That was a product of the openly repetitive old hypnosis. I contain multitudes). In lines 11-14."The long brown path [is] before me. as well as always choosing. Whitman makes this kind of complex.
he notes the necessity of change and adaptation: "Now understand me well . undivided essence)." an imperative.. Hidden Suggestions (particularly in Quotations and Questions) That message is delivered in a series of suggestions or commands. are structures people are particularly prone to find offensive .associated by Whitman with the outdoors and nature . Whereas. Consequently. questions are expected to end with a rise in pitch he would frequently lower his pitch at the conclusion.tend to undermine ordinary assumptions about each entity as a separate individual (i. Milton Erickson was particularly expert at disguising his commands.there are divine things.is presented as larger than logic and theology: "Now I re-examine philosophies and religions.g.that opposites are implicated in one another and that everything contains within itself its opposite . 154804321. thus. Almost empty of clear meaning. He would speak them more emphatically and drop the pitch of his voice at the end." Whitman mutes many of his commands.a political condition Whitman accepted wholeheartedly.this pleasant yet burdensome something. 83-84). "Alons. "we must not stop here!" (l. From internal contradiction comes acceptance of the unconscious. Comparably. but in French. the unconscious that is foregrounded during trance. These lines can serve as generic expression of any situation where mental contents shape the thinkers yet are shaped by them in a feedback cycle. in addition to such open imperatives as "Listen!. These hover between future tense and imperative (as do his 13 other uses of "shall").doc 75 . there is a limit to the sheer number of times a reader can be commanded without becoming annoyed. You shall scatter with lavish hand all that you earn or achieve…" (ll.a feeling he wishes to promote. his bardic/hypnotic method is absolutely congruent with his message of "adehesiveness" and paradoxical wisdom. "You shall not heap up what is call'd riches. no matter what. but as if the embedded group of words was a separate command. he buried them in non-imperative syntax. shall come forth something to make a greater struggle necessary" (210). for instance. His trick was to pronounce each sentence with a command buried in it.. not as the surface structure of the sentence required. In particular.it is provided in the essence of things that from any fruition of success. however. From his undermining of separateness comes recognition of "adhesiveness" . Such complexity . His related paradoxes . They may prove well in lecture-rooms. Both these insights are central to hypnosis: the "adhesiveness" of rapport. yet not prove at all under the spacious clouds and along the landscape and flowing currents" (ll. well envelop'd…." or "Be not discouraged . Usually.especially in a democracy . e. His experience was that this had a subliminal effect on patients. 144-145). he pronounced them as orders for the unconscious mind. where contradictions co-exist.e. Also slightly cloaked are the lines. Commands. Consequently. 121) gives an order without being an imperative per se (as do his six other employments of this modal).keep on . lines 11-14 form a pattern into which the readers can place their own ambivalences. In this larger context.
doc 76 . at the very least. since it is the road to freedom. rhymes.Although the printed word does not offer precisely this option. such transcendence is. In these examples. in that they expect agreement and adherence. 44). "Will you give me yourself? will you come travel with me? Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?" (ll. Whitman expressed this desire that the readers and he "stick with each other": "Do you say. each time accompanied by a different arrangement of inductive 154804321. These are. I am already prepared . by calibrating their response to it and engaging in much trial and error. such induction will not be equally effective on everyone. Second it is a quotation of the supposed words of the road. he has fashioned the rhythms and sounds of his verse into evocation of a living voice . Whitman weaves orders into most of the poem's sentences. in another sense. despite politely asking for it. the poet's mastery of rhythm and sound can incline the reader toward such a delivery.a voice that persuades not through the conscious means of logic but through an unintrusive induction comparable to Erickson's. 230-231). Thus. First. It is "the cheerful voice of the open road" . We convince by our presence. instead of employing "arguments.I am well beaten and undenied . but. Sometimes he had to mutter for hours before the patient's slight change in breathing or some other physiological sign showed Erickson that he had succeeded. he is leading the readers into one. so that the accent emphatically falls on the verb. Whitman here masks his demand that we adhere to him behind the persona of the road-a road that is ultimately his road. expecting the answer "yes." (Do we trust vagabonds immediately as ministers?) But as he maintains." As rhetorical questions. Even if we accept this doubtful contention. having been a wanderer. With equal persistence in "Song of the Open Road. yet kept the patients from thinking him blatantly authoritarian. he may seem to be saying that. It is through suggestion rather than logic that he convinces: "I and mine do not convince by arguments. similes. his paradoxical path for leading us into freedom. in an even more elaborate wrapping. his body has shown its health by surviving the open road. Previously. Whitman comes even closer to the imperative than this in that the first two words of each question are unaccented. Consider. they are already disguised commands." Whitman is trying to suggest his lesson over and over. in that he is saying that he will sometimes step beyond it. Erickson had to fit his techniques to each patient. an adhering to it. Rather than employing the indicative to describe an experience." Superficially considered. however.the voice to which we are to "Listen!"." How. for instance. similes. he is pretending to disagree with it. though. "adhere to me" is undeniably imperative. rhetorical questions. is he present in his poetry? Having abandoned "arguments. Erickson found that embedding commands within ostensible quotation was a technique that delivered instructions effectively. which confuses the eye into thinking it an inquiry." he relies on his "presence. yet it wears more than one disguise. Here. Inevitably. Ranging from the clearest imperative to these less evident examples. it ends in a question mark. and rhymes" (intrusive devices). it hardly will "convince" that he has been "honest" and knowledgeable about "divine things. Listen! I will be honest with you….adhere to me?" (l. Nonetheless. setting it off like a command.
Because of a revolution of tastes to which his work significantly contributed. Erickson.not an old-style hypnosis with the victim a Mesmeric slave but with subject self-hypnotized and ultimately in control. 2 (1959): 49-84. Rossi. Erickson. Journal of General Psychology. 1980. 4 vol." And the pretence will induce that state . "A Transcript of a Trance Induction with Commentary. _________. Erickson. You might find the experience worthwhile. "Varieties of Hypnotic Amnesia. K. " Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 2 (1954): 261-283. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.that you pretend to let Whitman's suggestions permeate your consciousness. 20 (1977): 36-54. 2 (1941): 94-133." American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. a hypnotist will sometimes say to a patient." American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. and Ernest Rossi. London: New Directions. __________. 1981. "Naturalistic Techniques of Hypnosis. 1964. "Two-level Communication and the Micro-dynamics of Trance. William. _________. "Just pretend that you are under hypnosis. he must establish rapport. Nonetheless. Empson. Erickson. (1948): 571-583. 7 (1964): 3-82." American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. ________. 154804321.and you certainly do not have to accept the suggestion ." The Medical Clinics of North America. 1 (1958): 3-8. "The Method Employed to Formulate a complex Story of the Induction of an Experimental Neurosis in a Hypnotic Subject. Erickson. he now seems the opposite. The Collected Papers of Milton H. __________. Milton. his verse at first seemed abrasively rough and untraditional. Whitman in the Light of Vedantic Mysticism. New York: Irvington Publishers. Seven Types of Ambiguity." American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. In his day. Erickson on Hypnosis." American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. Milton." American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. Experiencing Hypnosis: Therapeutic Aprroaches to Altered States. 31 (1944): 67-84. New York: Irvington. "Pantomime Techniques in Hypnosis and the Implications. "Pseudo-orientation in Time as a Hypnotherapeutic Procedure. __________." American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. __________. and J. "Concerning the Character of Posthypnotic Behavior. Weakland. __________. 7 (1964): 65-70. 1947. We are suggesting . "Hypnotic Psychotherapy. V." Journal of General Psychology. Edited by Ernest L.devices. "A hypnotic technique for resistant patients. Revised Edition. and Jay Haley. 17 (1975): 143-57. "Autohypnotic Experiences of Milton H. Sources Chari. "Varieties of Double Bind. and Elizabeth Erickson. __________." American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. To succeed. 16 (1974): 225-39.doc 77 . Milton. 18 (1976): 153-71. in the Ericksonian tradition. Milton. _________.
Whitman. Cupertino. Ernest Rossi. Whereas the old-style hypnotists reveled in trying to force 154804321. M." l.doc 78 . University Park: University of Pennsylvania Press.D. rpt. Grinder. Of these experiences. Delozier. Advanced Techniques of Hypnosis and Therapy: Selected Papers of Milton H. Justin Kaplan. Hypnotherapy: An Exploratory Casebook. Notes In particular.. Rossi. 1977." those who relish difference. Whitman's most characteristic subject from the first Leaves of Grass onward was apophatic experiences. California: Meta. this is not an examination of poetic devices but of only one Ericksonian practice: humor. 2 vols. M. John. Revised edition (New York: Library of America. 1976. If we are to judge from Whitman's position as self-declared rebel. Not literally communicable. J. and Richard Bandler. New York: Viking. almost no connection has been made between Milton Erickson and literature.D.e. ed. New York: Triangle. ______. perception during paranormal consciousness). Jay. and S. breaking free from all institutions. Walt Whitman: Complete Poetry and Selected Prose. Ed. Justin Kaplan._________. All references to "Song of the Open Road" are to Walt Whitman: Complete Poetry and Selected Prose. Erickson. Consequently. 3 vols. Erickson. 1996.. Whitman proclaims "I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell" ("Song of the Open Road. K. Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Hypnotic Realities. Erickson. They range from those who crave agreement to what some psychologists call "mismatchers. 1996). Malcolm Cowley. New York: Octagon Books. Chari and others have identified as mysticism (i. 1971. Hypnotic Poetry: A Study of Trance-Inducing Technique in Certain Poems and it Literary Significance. ________. Erickson. 1976. Edward D. New York: Irvington Publishers. People's willingness to enter into rapport differs according to temperament. Conversations with Milton H. Snyder." As the title suggests. 1930. Haley. In Ericksonian hypnotic induction. Milton.D. revised edition (New York: Library of America. Ed. 1985. Furthermore. his public persona at least sounds like an extreme mismatcher. such mysticism requires the poet to evoke a comparable altered consciousness in the reader throughout the poem. 1967. Leaves of Grass: His Original Edition. "Quantitative Analysis of the Use of Humor in Psychotherapy: The Strategic Humor Model of Ericksonian Psychotherapy. Walt. ed. 119). Although he began publishing in the 1940s. the sole literary application of him listed by the MLA bibliography is Timothy Dennis Lynch's 1990 dissertation. M. 1959. because disagreement equals resistance and thus failure to hypnotize. he was familiar enough with this position so that he would expect and find ways to circumvent mismatching readers. New York: Grune and Stratton. such circumvention is essential. New York: Irvington Publishers. which V.
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