Hypnosis and Trance
Milton Erickson, M.D., considered the “Father” of Modern American Hypnotherapy and one of the principal influencers of Neurolinguistic Programming, defined hypnosis as “a reduction in the multiplicity of the foci of attention.” Although this statement is more a description of what happens than it is definition of what hypnosis actually is, it captures the essence of hypnotic trance.
You are actually in “trance” a great deal of the time perhaps without being aware that you are in that state usually called hypnosis. The question is which trance rather than whether trance. Whenever your focus of attention narrows—as it does when you read a good book, watch TV or a movie, engage in conversation, eat a meal, or drive a car—you experience a reduction in the multiplicity of the foci of your attention. You also enter a trance when you fall asleep (hypnogogic also hypnagogic) and when you wake up (hypnopomic).
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“Current research suggests that the speed of this natural recovery could be impeded or hastened by the state of the patient’s mind. If the patient is under emotional stress, believes that recovery is unlikely, or is otherwise in the grip of negative emotions, healing can be delayed or blocked. In contrast, if the patient enjoys a calm and positive mental state, natural recovery might take place more quickly.”
Relaxation REVOLUTION: Enhancing Your Personal Health Through the Science and Genetics of Mind Body Healing by Herbert Benson, M.D., and William Proctor, J.D.
The most recent addition to the SCS website, Sacred Stories, is your invitation to again be enchanted by stories. As we honor our experiences—especially those that do not fit neatly into our logical structure of thinking—you let the soft animal of your body relax into a larger meaning of life.
Late one Friday night, a mother’s car slid into an icy river. Fourteen hours later a fisherman spotted the car and called the authorities.
When the rescue workers arrived at the scene, they heard a voice (not a child’s voice) calling “Help me” from inside the car. They found the mother’s body in the driver’s seat.
Her eighteen month-old daughter, Lily, was in the back seat dangling inside her car seat—still alive!
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