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                                       Consider the following statement from Martha Stout, PhD  from her book,
The Myth of Sanity.
"I regard hypnosis with caution, maybe even with a little skepticism, and also with gratitude, and at certain
moments, something that approaches awe.  The use of trance can speed up the progress of a therapy,
because it enhances recall, and I studied hypnotic techniques initially for this reason.  
People in their thirties, forties, fifties, and older for whom the extreme reality of trauma is twenty, thirty or
forty or more years in the past are often impatient, and rightfully so, with the lingering, life-depleting effects
of those ancient events.  Too often, they are close to despair, to viewing their lives as aborted attempts, as
hopeless mismatches.  
And so, if I believe a person is ready to deal with the past, has sufficient internal and external resources to
face the extremely unsettling material that may be uncovered, I will suggest hypnosis as a part--and only a
part--of our work together.  Vital non-hypnotic treatment components include providing a safe holding
environment (making certain that the therapy as a whole constitutes a caring "safe place"), cognitive
restructuring (the therapeutic reexamination of long-standing belief systems), and affect toleration (teaching
constructive ways to live with powerful emotions)."

              and by Fritz Perls;
“ …And this is the great difficulty I see in “self-therapy”.  There are many things one can do on one’s own, do
one’s own therapy, but when it comes to the difficult parts, especially to the impasse, you become
phobic……and you are not willing to go through the [challenge of] the impasse.”  
 Fritz Perls,
Gestalt Therapy Verbatim

.....and by Marie-France Hirigoyen;
"....{hypnosis is].....not a case of awakening an awareness of psychological conflict, but a technique that will
allow a patient to mobilize her own resources.  The deeper the hypnosis, the more the person's individuality
and resources become clear and
she discovers a potential that she'd never suspected she had."    page
194,
Stalking the Soul
"................I learned hypnosis, identified my fear,
neutralized my fear, neutralized the family context
for the fear.    I can "worry" in the normal range
now, as opposed to the previous
constant state of
worry.  I
enjoy life now, get on with living instead of
obsessing over things.  I look at life in a much more
positive way......."
Natalie, Amsterdam, NY
to re-enter these situations, times or circumstances in such a way that allows us to
completely re-experience the relationship and the emotions it engenders.  Hypnosis
and age regression, combined with the tools of the inner child work and soul retrieval,
are excellent ways to accomplish this task.  It is only by sailing fully into the storm of
the relationship where the emotional experience was abandoned that we can reclaim
that experience.  We can bring it home to the self at a soul level for greater
self-understanding......"need
by Isa Gucciardi, PhD, from
Opening Doors to the Self; Relationships and
Regression Therapy
, from the Journal Of Regression Therapy, Volume XIII (1),
1999   
            The Process and Practice of Hypnotherapy
process is effectively taught by Calvin Banyan, MA www.hypnosiscenter.com in his
         
5 Phase Abreactive Hypnotherapy practice, course, and training.  
1.    The
first phase is the introduction to hypnosis, to dispel the many myths and misconceptions about hypnosis.  We demonstrate a ''test drive''  
session of how to get into and out of hypnosis, only to realize that we enter and leave hypnosis many times a day.  The only thing that prevents
effective hypnosis is fear of it, and the fear is dispelled by education and answering any questions.  
2.     The
second phase is to dispel fear.  We identify "that feeling you don't like that has everything to do with why you are here today".  Imagine
going back to the worst times of childhood as an adult to encounter who you were as a child, and then to inform that child of the truths based on
what you have learned since.  
3.     The
third phase involves processing anger.  It's about what's not fair.  Imagine being able to encounter, on your own terms,  the people in
your life who made the worst mistakes, who did the most harm, and to be able to control the whole confrontation.  All effort leads to forgiveness in
the subconscious mind.
4.     The
fourth phase deals with guilt and shame, forgiving the perceived failure to be who you expected yourself to be.  We identify the ''mistake
making part'' of who you are and move ahead to forgiveness from there.  
5.    The
fifth phase, if necessary, acknowledges any benefits that might have been associated with the problems, and addresses healthier ways of
proceeding in a symptom free life.  
Through all of the process, we identify outmoded emotions from the past such as fear, anger, guilt, shame and regret, and neutralize them into the
present.  The emotion of
sadness is usually an appropriate byproduct of the work, allowing us to grieve now what we couldn't feel then.  Many of us
don't know how to grieve.  We don't get those years back, and that's sad. We pass through the sadness.  We move into a present and future in
which we can spontaneously and appropriately feel the whole range of human emotions, including joy, curiosity, excitement, and satisfaction..
What are you feeling now?
Notice this feeling.  How would you describe it?  
How does it play out in your body?  How is it
changing as we speak?  How is it now?
How much is this feeling really appropriate to
now?
Are you really in any danger?  If not, they what is this
fear doing here?  Is anyone provoking you?  Then
where is the anger from? Is anyone shaming you?  
Then where does the self-hatred come from?
How much of this feeling is an overreaction, or do
you try to ignore it, push it out of consciousness?  
How do you do that?
How
old is this feeling?  How long has it been that
you have had to fight this feeling?  Do you know that
you are using your own energy to fight your own
energy? No wonder you're exhausted.
So go into this feeling rather than run from it.  
Withdraw your attention backwards from
THE
STORY OF YOUR LIFE
, and focus on the feeling
itself, on your body.  What happens next?  And next?  
 And next?
Adapted from Stephen Wolinsky,
The Tao of Chaos
  Recall a time when you gathered some facts and let the matter simply sit for a while.  Maybe ''sleep
on it'' or ''mull  it over''.  After some time, maybe you ''realize'' an idea or conclusion  They call that an
"Aha" experience.  Where was the realization prior to consciousness, or was it created, and, if so,
where?  
Another example is the time when you reacquaint someone, but you cannot recall his or her name.   
The harder you think about it, the more elusive the name becomes.  It seems, only after you stop
thinking about it, does the name come to you.  Where was the name prior to consciousness?  These
are examples of the ''subconscious'', an important area of consciousness used in hypnosis.  
Kayaderosseras Creek, summer 2007
See FAQ page
 A frequent recommended raining for hypnotherapists is to take an acting course.  Why?  Because much of the process
occurs in the theatre of the imagination.   A very close cousin to hypnosis technique is psychodrama technique, but
without the need for other actors.  Below are the stages addressed by specially trained hypnotherapists to identify and
move into troublesome emotions and to devise the appropriate experience necessary to neutralize those old
experiences and emotions.  It is possible to learn to tolerate and work with the bodily sensations that we had been
avoiding before.  It becomes unnecessary to run from ourselves any longer.  No need to dissociate, ''check out'', freeze,
or distract ourselves with the expensive activities that have become excessive and lost their effectiveness.   
   Hypnotists, among other types of therapists, have developed exercises to create the emotional space to contain the process of finally playing
out (grieving) the previously disowned, troublesome emotions and experiences, and processing them to completion, resolution and forgiveness.
 
Hypnosis for Appreciation, Joy and Pleasure  
What do we do when we have repaired the traumas and grown past all the ''pathologies'' and there's better
functioning but no happiness?   How can we rediscover, or in many instances, discover for the first time, what
it feels like to really enjoy life?  In fact, if we don't find pleasures and joys in life, then what is there to keep
anyone from returning to the same familiar, miserable attitudes previously escaped?  It's like the metaphorical
petty criminal who keeps returning to jail because that's all he's ever known.  
The true source of joy is within, as all the philosophers say.  One person might have many wonderful gifts, not
appreciate them, and feel miserable so much of the time.  Another person might have few gifts but feel
grateful, complete, satisfied moment to moment.  To associate all one's joy to one other person is the
misunderstanding that adult joy resides as a capacity inside, and not in any other external person' presence or
attention.   So many lotto winners are broke and miserable not so long after the winnings arrive.