Post by donq on Apr 5, 2017 12:35:25 GMT
There was the talking about hypnosis on another thread, and I'd like to start a new thread on this. I've been studied it for more than two decades, but never used it. Somehow it's against my spiritual practice (it' not good to manipulate other people in one way or another).
My post will try to summarize all I know about hypnosis. I'm sorry that it might be a long post, as it's necessary. Anyway, please feel free to join and add anything.
There's a basic law of mind: we cannot think two things at the same time. The word "think" here means the focus of our minds. We cannot focus on two different things at once. Sure, there's always an exception. Someone can practice to focus on two or more things at the same time, like a driver, a musician etc. but that has something to do with our bodies, not our minds. We cannot think London AND New York at the same time.
Then comes a hypnosis. Hypnosis is not something that hypnotist says to you "close your eyes" etc. and you going into a trance and completely lose all of your control over yourself. Let me give you some example to clarify it rightly. It's from the case of Milton H. Erickson, M.D., the creative psychiatrist and medical hypnotherapist (died in 1980):
One time his son Robert slipped and cut his mouth rather seriously. Dr. Erickson picked him up, brought him to the bathroom to wash out his mouth and assess the damage. Robert was frightened and crying.
Dr. Erickson said, “It hurts, Robert, it hurts awful bad! I wonder when it’s going to stop hurting.”
[This began to shift Robert’s attention to a time beyond the pain and fear.]
Next Dr. Erickson said to his wife, who was hovering anxiously nearby, “Look at that blood, Mother. That is fine red, healthy blood.”
[That further shifted Robert’s attention from the pain to the blood in the sink.]
Next Dr. Erickson said, “I wonder whether you are going to get more stitches than your brother got when he had his accident?”
[Again, this shifted Robert’s attention to a time after the pay and trauma and engaged a little sibling competition.]
And so on until Robert was calm and they took him to the hospital where he was stitched up while sitting calmly.
Some of his students was so upset when she heard about this (true) story. She thought it was so cruel to manipulate a child like that. I will explain it later after the following example:
A guy is driving home has a flat, he gets the spare and lug wrench finds he has no Jack and starts to walk..He sees a light in a farm house and decides he will ask to borrow the farmers jack... It's about 2 miles to the house he talks to himself about the man will not loan him the jack, or might charge him bandy, the more the argues with himself, the madder he gets, he arrives at the farm house, bangs on the door and when the man opens the door he says, "Keep your damned jack!"
From the second example, he "hypnotized" himself to think that. He was in trance all the way. Here comes the truth about hypnosis, "every hypnosis is a self-hypnosis". And not everyone cannot be hypnotized. Period.
From the first example, let me rewrite it in this way, to show that not everyone could be hypnotized..
Dr. Erickson said, “It's nothing, Robert. Don't feel any hurt.”
I (as Robert), "Are you crazy? It's hurt like hell. It's like you told me, 'Don't think about a pink elephant, pink elephant.' The moment you said that, I saw the pink elephant at once even I didn't see it before!"
Yes, hypnosis is a kind of manipulation. The point is who uses it and for what purpose. An authority, say, a doctor, might use it to help his patients (like Robert's case), then, it's okay, isn't? Frankly speaking, an authority already has this power. When a client who was suffering with a toothache reached a dental office, it seemed his ache was alleviated. And when he tried so show his dentist how bad it was back at home, it turned out that his ached was gone at once!
Trance is a very common state of mind. Sometimes, it even could benefit us. For example, a mother suffering extremely severe pain and all-absorbed in her pain experience. Yet she forgets it without effort or intention when she sees her infant dangerously threatened or seriously hurt. Soldiers in combat seriously wounded, but who did not notice their injuries until later. There such abolition of pain occurs in daily life in situations where pain is taken out of awareness by more compelling stimuli of another character. One might enjoyed watching a suspenseful movie, and found later (when it was finished) that he was sitting on his emptied popcorn plate all the time.
In this aspect, trance is good, isn't it. Is a knife bad? I believe it depends. A knife is a very useful tool. But yes, it's also a very dangerous tool to hurt others.
P.S. Sure, subliminal (signal or message designed to pass below (sub) the normal limits of perception)] techniques (news ticker or "crawler" or "slide") are used successfully in advertising, but it still depends on us to decide if we would buy it or not. Besides, we always hypnotize ourselves in one way or another, don't we? We read romance (escape novels), go into the cinema, pub etc. to do that, to forget our burden, to enjoy ourselves, and to forget the world outside.
I believe we always are in trance even before we go to see any hypnotist, or before we are manipulated by anything or anyone. When we are angry, greed, lust, aren't we in trance? I think this is the real task for us, as a spiritual person, to deal with our own trances or our self-hypnosis.