Hypnosis and the Everyday Trance
In actuality, we are all in trance most of our lives. From a certain perspective, hypnosis allows us to come out of the trance of the everyday world. Hypnosis allows us to align more closely with reality, or at least achieve an expanded perspective of ourselves and the world around us.
We are in trance when we do things from habit, or because they are traditional or cultural. When we respond, even subconsciously, to the urging of an advertisement, we are in trance. Self-esteem is considered to be a group of trance states that collectively reflect our self-worth. Our personality is created from these trance states.
On another end of the spectrum, shamans throughout history and in many indigenous cultures, use trance to create greater spiritual connections and affect healing changes.
Hypnosis Reveals Masked Issues
The trance state is typically an enjoyable experience. As humans, we seek these altered, transpersonal states. Often these states are accessed in potentially unhealthy ways, such as through drugs, alcohol, or other self-destructive manners. These pathways tend to lead more toward masking issues rather than shedding light on them. In its highest use, trance can facilitate health, wellness, connection, alignment with reality, and manifestation of goals.
Issues in a person’s life are like a game of “pick up sticks”. Each issue is stacked in a way that it supports, and also is supported by, other issues. When a person attempts to resolve one issue, they compensate for it, or are distracted by other issues surrounding it. It is the role of a hypnotherapist to guide their clients to identify the issues, create clarity around them, and facilitate resolution. Frequently, when the right issue is properly resolved, the entire stack of issues collapses. More likely, however, each issue will need some level of attention in order to gain complete resolution. This will free the person to move forward in health and happiness.
An example of this would be if you know someone with an alcohol problem. Upon deeper investigation, it may be discovered they also suffered from an abusive family of origin, lack personal boundaries, have low self-esteem, are in a dead-end job, or have carried in residual habits or traumas from a previous lifetime. You can see that the situation may be much more complicated than it appears at first.
The Role of a Hypnotherapist
The work of a Hypnotherapist is to explore and discover the various issues that are relating to, and perhaps contributing to, the dysfunctional behavior that an individual originally came in to address. Each of the identified areas of the person’s life may need to be addressed in order to fully achieve their goals of living a healthy lifestyle. In a sense, we help our clients come out of their unconscious trance states, (their everyday trance) and into alignment with reality in the present moment.
While we do not diagnose, analyze or prescribe, unless we are licensed to do so, as hypnotherapists we provide a platform for our clients to explore, discover, shift, and grow in healthier ways.
Individuals can do a lot of your work on your own. And then there are also certain blindspots and resistance that can only be overcome by working with another, well-trained practitioner. If you are interested in exploring hypnotherapy, and using the trance state to your best advantage, please schedule a call to discuss your concerns and goals. www.calendly.com/maryleelabay.
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