Hypnosis is a normal and natural state that we experience many times each day.
It is common for workshop students to remark that they had attended the workshop expecting to learn just about going into the state of hypnosis, but instead came out of it with an understanding of hypnosis and WHEN they are in a state of hypnosis in their day to day lives.
Hypnosis is a state of focussed attention, but once we are in this state we have actually bypassed what is referred to as, “the critical faculty” and are interacting directly with our subconscious mind. The discernment of the conscious mind is like a filter, sifting through information before it drops down into our subconscious mind where it is stored.
When we are in a state of REM our conscious mind is also processing information, dreams typically are metaphors produced by the subconscious mind.
“Dream is the personalized myth, myth the depersonalized dream; both myth and dream are symbolic in the same general way of the dynamic of the psyche. But in the dream the forms are quirked by the peculiar troubles of the dreamer, whereas in myth the problems and the solutions sown are directly valid for all of mankind.”
Joseph Campbell The hero with a thousand faces.
When we are in these states of trance, which we shift into many times each day we become highly suggestible, this means that the information around us is not processed by the conscious mind in the same manner.
Much like a child who doesn’t attain the discernment of the conscious mind until about age seven to nine, we too in even a mild trance state can become more affected by what we see, feel, sense or touch in this state.
In many popular commercials there is a degree of trance state offered before the message is presented to us as to how this product will change our lives.
When we are in even a mild state of hypnosis the message may be planted deeply in us without our conscious awareness.
This is why identifying if we are in a trance state is important; if we are in a highly suggestible state we tend to take in the information with less discernment, believing that the face cream will make us appear to be more youthful or that the children’s toy will keep them occupied for hours, all without conscious awareness.
Trance states are natural, as we become more aware of when we move into these states we are able to recognize the messages that we are taking in. Self talk can be beneficial if it is positive in nature, or quite damaging if it is not. Stress can induce a trace state, though what we tell ourselves when we are in this state can have a big impact as we are more open to thoughts, words being spoken or action being taken.
If we find ourselves using self talk that is not loving, it can be damaging and take time to heal, so we benefit greatly of having conscious awareness of what we are telling ourselves.
As we practice this during the many states that we experience each day, we are then able to navigate our inner and outer world with greater ease and fluidity.