“If you want to heal your body, you must first heal your mind.”-Plato
The study of New Thought/Science of Mind has completely changed the way I think about and explain hypnosis. Most people believe that the process of hypnosis involves putting something into or onto the client or taking something out. This is believed to be an action performed by the hypnotist to the client. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Hypnosis is an altered state of mind experienced while deeply relaxed. The therapist and the client agree ahead of time what process will be used while the client is experiencing hypnosis. Sessions are either interactive ( the client is asked to share experience or information while in trance), or passive (suggestions agreed upon prior to hypnosis are given to the client while in trance).
Using hypnosis for the treatment of chronic illness such as Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, MS and others, supposes that there is some thought or belief that is the root cause of the illness, and that root cause can be removed, and replaced by a thought or belief that creates a beneficial outcome (wellness).
How can this be possible?
According to modern physics the universe is energy. This energy is consciousness, or Mind. Sir Aurthur Eddington once said that the universe seems more like a great thought than a great machine.
We know that mind and matter are one, a continuum. Mind is the non-material, invisible aspect (consciousness) and matter is the visible, tangible aspect, or expression of Mind. According to the New Thought philosophy everything “expressed” in the body is a result of the action of mind.Mind creates matter.
According to this idea, every chronic illness is an expression of a thought, idea or belief. Thoughts are “things”, they have power. Thoughts influence our actions, create our emotions and literally create our experience of reality.( See Your Thoughts Create Your Reality).
In the Shamanic world view, an illness can be caused by an intrusion: usually a thought form that comes from outside. That thought form can be something said or done to the person who receives it.
In order to change the experience, we have to change the thought/idea creating the experience. This can only take place with the full consent, or willingness, and engagement of the client.
The therapist explains the process and the therapist and client agree as to what actions will be taken. The therapist is a guide and a facilitator. The content of the experience is totally within the clients own mind. What happens can never be fully anticipated. It is always a surprise.
Hypnosis allows the client to access deeper “unconscious” thoughts, beliefs, and memories, including past life experiences. When the root cause is accessed the client and therapist work together to convince the deeper mind to change it’s mind!
Energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can change state. The hypnotic processes used, sub-personality, regression and suggestion, all help the client change energy patterns in beneficial ways that can express as improved health, and new behaviors in the everyday waking mind experience.