Everything that is seen, read or heard is often thought to be contained in the subconscious memory and that Hypnosis might be used to access this information.
Hypnosis is based on the analogy that the mind is similar to an information storage warehouse or library. The front office of the library processes information which is then sent to the storage library. The front office represents conscious thinking and the storage library represents subconscious memory. Between conscious thinking and subconscious memory is the Librarian whose role is to decide which information enters the library of stored information. In fact nothing can get through to the library unless it’s consistent with deeply held beliefs already stored away. The Librarian is called critical thinking and its job is to compare new information with stored information. If critical thinking were not present a person might believe anything that anyone said. For instance, if someone says that the moon is made of green cheese critical thinking compares the statement with all of the information already known. The Librarian recognizes the information as nonsense, places it aside and does not letting it in. Ironically some mistaken beliefs and judgments also make their way into the subconscious.
Hypnosis is like a guided daydream. The client does the dreaming while under the guidance of the Hypnotist. The mental place between conscious awareness and sleep is called somnambulism, which is very similar to daydreaming. The Librarian at the door may step aside so that the Hypnotist can guide a person back into the library of information. Even in adulthood a person may often be guided to see how their world was once viewed and how ideas were developed in their initial stages of creation.*
A short time ago an older man came in for Hypnosis because he felt that he was losing his memory. He said that it was difficult for him to retain what he was reading. It has become commonplace to associate memory failure with the aging process and this gentleman felt that he simply needed to accept the inevitable. During the initial interview he told me that he always had difficulty in school, beginning somewhere around the fifth grade.
The man emphasized that he would like to be able to read the bible and remember what he’d read. He also stated that he wanted to start a new business but was afraid he wouldn’t be able to do the paperwork. Clearly there was a significant amount of emotion attached to this issue, perhaps an indication that there was more taking place than the aging process alone.
While in Hypnosis the man recalled a moment when he was in the first grade. He did more than remember the incident he actually felt as if he had relived it. He remembered that he couldn’t read as well as the rest of the children in his class and he heard the teacher telling him he was “slow”. He was seated in the back of the room with the other “slow” children. Unfortunately, by the time the man was in third grade he knew his place in the back of the room. By fifth grade he was firmly entrenched in his own “slowness”.
The Hypnotist might guide a person to relive the past while simultaneously viewing it from the perspective of adulthood. This older man was able to see his childhood with no one at home to help him read. He also remembered that neither of his parents were able read. When asked to look back at that little boy and all that he had accomplished as he grew through adulthood the man easily recognized that he was never slow. He only needed help with reading, as many children do.*
After the Hypnosis session the man shook his head and stated, “Fear’s a terrible thing, I’ve been afraid all my life, afraid that something was wrong with me. Now I understand.” We discussed adult reading programs and I suggested that he visit our main library and register into one. I followed up with a phone call to this gentleman and asked if he had started his reading program. He told me that his new business was very successful and he hadn’t found the time.
One of the greatest rewards of Hypnotism is in witnessing someone’s self esteem improve to the point that their whole world seems as if it turned around. In many cases, as with our older gentleman, the cause may not be obvious at first. Through Hypnotism, healing might takes place on many levels. Imagine that it may all be about the healing of our own mind, body and spirit.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]