Ericksonian hypnosis is a very creative method of trance work with lots of metaphors and indirect suggestions. The unconscious is more receptive to this since it is creative as well and the conscious mind may have some resistance to being ‘Told’ what to do. And trance is nothing more than increased focus inward. We are in trance all the time; reading a book, staring out the window, on the highway not realizing how you got from one location to the other. It’s totally natural. The unconscious is always there to protect you in behind the scene ways. The conscious mind can only balance and focus on no more than 5-7 things at once. After that, it goes into sensory overload. There is still so much activity and stimulation around you, thousands of things that the unconscious filters out for you without your even realizing it. It stores it in the data bank for easy access at a later date, whenever you need it. Under hypnosis, you would never do anything you didn’t want to do. It is not about a loss of control- it is merely a way of tapping into that data bank without so much mental restriction and rational thought.
I was working with my client (I’ll call him ‘J’ ) the other nite and created a ‘ Hypnosis Sandwich’. I knew J was deep in trance during our session, but I had no idea how deep. Clearly he wasn’t asleep since he heard the end of our work as I instructed him gently to ‘come out feeling refreshed; his unconscious having heard all of my suggestions’. As he opened his eyes, looking at me with a crooked smile on his face, he was sunken in the chair, like a lead weight. He was happy as can be. As we discussed the work we did together, he told me he didn’t hear anything except the beginning and the end with no recollection of ANY thoughts in between. This was possibly the ‘No-body and no-mind state’ which I have experienced before- I didn’t exist for a few moments, had no thoughts and I was connected to everything and nothing simultaneously. It’s wild stuff and unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. As much as I could get from him, it seemed he had been in a similar state. He was completely relaxed and content in our review of the work that I knew I had done a good job. The next morning, I had gotten an email from him stating 5 THANK YOU’s and that he slept so soundly (he was a bit insomniatic for the last 3 weeks) and had a sense of peace with none of the issues he was suffering from before we did our work. He didn’t know what his unconscious had heard but clearly it was totally receptive as it guided him throughout the day, feeling serene and happy. Have I said how much I love this work? It is fun, creative, and incredibly rewarding. The more people I can help with this modality, the happier I’ll be (along with them:-)).
I recommend it to everyone, to keep an open mind, be flexible, allow the conscious mind to take a much needed rest so you can tap into your creative power!
All the best health to everyone!