Daydreams are a perfect example of auto-hypnosis. When you daydream you have put yourself into a natural state of trance, allowing for creative imagination, relaxed contemplation, and productive problem-solving.
Dreams occurring during sleep provide a means for our unconscious mind to communicate a distinct and personal message to our conscious mind. When we have a dream, we are often fascinated by the symbols, and are interested in determining their meaning. We instinctively know there is something deeper than just the haphazard, and oftentimes, bizarre, imagery that is presented.
Yet, dreams are only one method that the mind uses to communicate its message. Another way is through our bodies. Let’s take a step back from our normal perceptions, and imagine, for a moment, the “bigger picture”.
We are each a spirit, a soul, that has acquired a body to use for a given lifetime. A useful visualization may be to see ourselves slipping into this body, as one might slip into a glove. We are still a spirit, yet now we have sensory matter all around us that can communicate messages to our greater consciousness about the world in which we find ourselves. We can see, touch, taste, smell, and hear our environment.
Likewise, our greater consciousness has the same medium, the body, to use in communicating its messages to our conscious awareness that is focused here in the physical. The body will indicate our mental and spiritual states through emotions and physical symptoms. When we listen to such messages—and take decisive action to respond when necessary—we have the opportunity to avoid uncomfortable symptoms or even terminal illness.
Daydreams combine relaxed, focused trance states and imagination to calmly and creatively sort through issues. Dreams provide direct communication between the unconscious and conscious minds, using metaphors and imagery. Similarly, our physical aches and pains, illnesses and diseases, are metaphorical messages with a distinct purpose, warning of danger, stress, or needed change.
In our busy lives, we frequently ignore the intuitive knowledge that we receive from the subconscious realms. When this occurs, the signals have to become bolder, louder, or more tangible. If they continue to be ignored, the body weakens from the stress caused by that signal, and begins to show symptoms of illness and disease, whether mental, emotional or physical.
A particularly useful technique to initiate “waking dreams” is one that I developed and named “Reverse Metaphor”. To use this technique on your own, just make a clear intention that you want your subconscious mind to tell you a story that will reveal an answer to a question or dilemma that you may have. Then, begin to tell ourself a story. You don’t need to know where it begins or ends, or what happens in between. Just allow the story to unfold as you move through it. Fell free to write the story in your journal.
When the story is complete, go back over your story and interpret it in the same way that you would interpret a dream. What do each of the elements of the story mean if they represented something going on in your life?
What have you learned from your story? How will this new knowledge and wisdom from yoursubconscious mind influence how you live your life?
Client-centered and spiritually-based hypnotherapy techniques offer a number of methods that are productive in extracting the messages held deep within the mind. For now you can give yourself permission to daydream for remarkable results in the discovery and resolution of issues in all realms— physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual.
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