More than six decades ago, the medical establishment in the United States began paying attention to a technique so ‘improbable’ (at least to doctors) that it was actually adopted by popular culture and was often turned on its head for the purpose of either entertaining or scaring people (or perhaps both, in many cases). This technique, which was actually a therapeutic technique meant to alleviate pain and provide many other benefits to the human mind and body, was hypnosis. Hypnosis was the collective brainchild of many well- known figures in medicine, including Milton Erickson, who was known as the ‘slippery genius’ because he never wanted anyone to figure out the actual framework or theories he used to treat their patients. Erickson, like so many others before him, believed that the human mind was much too complex and dynamic and must be healed or treated using methods that are tailored to a person’s milieu, behavior and peculiar needs. Hypnosis or self-hypnosis is actually a mental state. It is not an artificial invention placed on top of the human mind to help heal it. When a person is in a state of hypnosis, he or she is actually utilizing their own capacity for self-healing and transformation. A hypnotist’s function or role during a hypnosis session is to unlock the various means for the human mind to deal with its own challenges
If we were to examine what goes on in a client’s brain during a hypnosis session, you would see that the mind actually shifts from on phase of conscious to another, depending on what the hypnotist wants to achieve. This is the level of waking consciousness. As you are reading these words, you are probably within the beta level of consciousness. As you become more and more engrossed with the idea of creatively using hypnosis yourself, you will gradually fall deeper into another level of consciousness, which is the alpha level. The alpha level of consciousness is where most of the ‘action’ in hypnosis occurs.
The alpha level is associated with the following activities: Creative visualization Very light sleep states Meditation Establishing the first connection to the subconscious mind The two other deeper levels, theta and delta, can also be used by a hypnotist to delve deeper into the issues surrounding a client’s challenge. The theta level is associated with deep sleep states, controlled or creative dreaming and extremely deep trance states such as those experienced by tribal shamans who use self-hypnosis to channel the powers of gods or powerful ancestors. In the case of tribal shamans (who often double as healers, diviners, guardians of the harvest, etc.) it is important to realize early on that a person can never be ‘stuck’ in the truest sense of the word on any one level of consciousness. A person who is in the deepest phase, delta, can still shift to alpha and then beta if he or she feels that they have to wake from the trance state. So when a tribal shaman for example, begins channeling the power of the gods (whether with the help of hallucinogenic herbal concoctions or through rituals like dancing) he or she is able to fully express their role as a healer or diviner by utilizing various levels of consciousness. Because if such a person stayed in just one level of consciousness (e.g. delta) he or she would be fast asleep even if there is work to be done.
So if a person was creatively visualizing that physical pain was slowly ebbing away from their body, never to return again, it is very possible that their body will soon take this is a sign that physical pain is indeed gone. The fourth advantage is that as a hypnotist, you can build upon your existing work in order to achieve more lasting results with specific hypnotic clients. You can easily create a chain of interrelated hypnotic experiences that will eventually give the client all the tools he or she will need in order to figure out solutions to their own conundrums. A hypnotist can offer a general solution to a client but it is usually up to the client to figure out how this general solution can be appropriated in their own life.
Simply put, past life regression is a tool that will bring about something positive or beneficial once used. It is not used primarily to change another person’s religious beliefs nor is it used to challenge anyone’s preconceptions about who is God or whether God exists or not. I am fairly certain that some people have tried using past life regression to ‘prove’ something mystical or occult in nature. These have nothing to do with past life regression once it has been utilized in therapy. The second common misconception about past life regression is that the process can be frightening and that ghosts of the past may come to haunt a person because he or she has tapped into repressed memories that should have stayed hidden. So is past life regression frightening? To answer this question, we have to define what ‘scary’ or frightening means during therapy. A person becomes genuinely afraid if he or she feels threatened in any way. The feeling of being threatened may stem from internal conflict, repressed memories and perhaps a stern therapist (which is extremely rare). If a person does become afraid during therapy it is because of other reasons, not because the therapist chose to use past life regression. If anything, past life regression can be an extremely calming and liberating experience overall because a hypnotist cannot use this approach if the client is not relaxed. The third misconception about past life regression is that it takes an extremely gifted seer to access a person’s memories of their past life. Check out the latest hypnosis testimonials.