Trance

Therapy for change is often best undertaken in a trance state. Why? Because then, the unconscious can be directed towards healing and a better future in a language that will be well understood.

Using trance is also known as hypnotherapy. It can be used for rehearsal of preferred outcomes and for visualisations that can clear and reframe unhelpful emotional states and beliefs. Trance using guided imagery, exposes the imagination to new possibilities and long hidden resources that may well lie deep in the unconscious.

And finally, trance is a means to de-traumatise – such as with the Rewind technique.
In the trance work I do, you are always in control. You know what is going on and can say no, whenever you wish. This may seem strange given the misinformation and misunderstandings surrounding hypnosis, yet it is so. I make sure of this.

What is trance?

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The trance state is a state of focus and is an essential capacity that we use every day. It is the platform on which all learning and imagination takes place. Moreover, as Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrell (founders of the Human Givens) have understood, this learning trance state is the REM state (Rapid Eye Movement).

REM is a reality generator, in which we can access the templates that are the basis of meaning. In other words it is while drifting into REM that we can process what is happening to us and so make sense of it.

And while all dreaming is an intense REM trance state, meaningful therapeutic trance work is based on the replication of that focused REM state in the therapy room.

We learn in trance, make love in trance and are depressed, angry and addicted in trance. The state of flow and presence is a trance state as is conversation, boredom and crucially the accessing of memories. Good exposure therapy in trance is often about generating the possibility of a different and more beneficial set of trance possibilities outside the therapy room.

The definition of hypnosis or trance state is any artificial means of accessing the REM state. And there are many ways – startling, chanting, stroking, staring and so on – ask any unscrupulous politician or preacher.

  • Trance is literal
  • Take responsibility (e.g. for walking and breathing)
  • Learns from metaphors
  • Responds to stories
  • Recollects through emotional tags
  • Has vast range of unrecognised capabilities
  • Influences through intuition, guesses, dreams and emotions

Principles for effective hypnotherapy or exposure therapy in trance

To be neither too specific nor directive.
To be willing to just set in motion a new direction by seeding new possibilities and unused resources for beneficial change.
Being familiar with indirect and suggestive language.

  • Visualisation – an opportunity to use the REM state platform to invite the imagination to effect any desired change
  • Rehearsal – directing the imagination towards a task, performance or emotional state or a breaking habit
  • Guided Imagery – the imaginative use of stories, metaphors and trance language to facilitate a change – of view, of motivation and of new possibilities.

You may be amazed and excited by your trance experience. And not at all what you expected. And always you will be in control and doing what you want to do.

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