In Two Minds?
Thank you for choosing to read this, I bet you were in two minds as to whether to read it or not weren’t you? I am very pleased to invite you into my practice and my training room to work with my wonderful clients who have taught me so much. It can be quite a lonely profession, so to have your company is much appreciated. Forgive me if I repeat what you already know, though I trust in your ability to skip through the text to immerse yourself in what is relevant and helpful to you in your new role. I have been a hypnotherapist and teacher for many years now and, before that, a corporate trainer for twenty years, training the minds of hundreds of individuals, including myself. This has led me to share with you my findings and experience which culminate now in the following.
The human mind is born into duality: the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind. Though it is of course the same mind and not physically divided into two distinct parts (although attempts have been made to do so) there is the generally accepted concept that these two aspects of mind have distinctly different functionality and purpose and that one cannot exist without the other.
The unconscious mind is all the memory, automatic behaviour, instinctive reactions, intuition, artistic inspirations, and much more that we shall be examining in depth, though it is also what quantum physicists refer to as the seat of the imaginal realm, ie the domain of all our imagination. This then gives us something of a dilemma. How are we to know what is real and what is imaginary when dealing with the representations from the unconscious mind, whether that be our own or another’s?
The perfect example to illustrate this is regression. I
have experienced clients spontaneously regressing to help themselves regarding an issue. Sometimes this has been regression to an event within childhood or infancy and sometimes beyond that even. It must be pointed out here that the client’s consciousness would have not intended this regression to happen, or even have been willing to experience it if suggested by the therapist.
Of that information, it is sometimes difficult to separate what is real and can be investigated in concrete terms from what is seemingly designed from deep within the unconscious to maybe present the consciousness with an appropriate metaphor to deal with the presenting problem Does it indeed even matter, as long as the client benefits therapeutically from the experience?
Information from the mind can be made up, imagined, whether or not the conscious mind is aware of it being so. That information can also be ultimately truthful, real and the absolute expression of a situation that occurred involving the subject in their past.
It is my intention that this exploration will lead you into your own deepest ways of knowing and that it will invite you into the world of the client whilst giving you the tools to chart your escape.
This work is not a spiritual quest, has any political intention, or is involved in the advancement of any one isolated business or set of beliefs, it instead honours open-minded approaches and diverse methods which ultimately enhance the therapist’s understanding and ability to address imbalances within the mind and body. Hypnosis uses the unconscious mind and its relationship with the consciousness to bring about that balance. Often when problems present themselves it is due to the two parts of the mind being at war with eachother. Issues deep within the unconscious are then not heard or deliberately ignored. Communicating with the unconscious mind of the client is therefore imperative to bring resolution.
Now, before you join me with my first client, let’s get on and explore what the unconscious mind actually is and review how to utilise it within the following sessions.
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