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Dreaming, the deepest level of hypnotic trance

Dreams  - the deepest state of hypnosis
A client recently reported that they had dreamed that someone was trying to attack them. They were attending hypnotherapy regarding managing stress and conflict at work. I asked them if they could remember anything significant that had happened to them the day before the dream. They immediately recalled they had attended a heated and rather aggressive meeting in which several conflicting colleagues were trying to thrash out a resolution to a problem. My client's role in this meeting was to provide factual information and advice, however they remembered feeling very uncomfortable during the meeting, and recalled being glowered at by one of the more aggressive colleagues, when the factual information presented exposed holes in their argument. 

Expectation Fulfilment Theory shows that our dreams help us to process arousal which we were not able to process at the time. In a situation like the one above, where the client felt a series of emotions but had to temper and inhibit their reaction, our subconscious mind can help us to work through and find resolution to the situation in our dreams, by processing and resolving the situation for us while  we are asleep, deactivating the arousal at a more appropriate time.

Dreaming is the deepest trance state we go into and there are three essential principles to understand:
  • Dreams are metaphorical translations of waking expectations.
  • But only expectations that cause emotional arousals that are not acted upon during the day become dreams during sleep.
  • Dreaming deactivates that emotional arousal by completing the expectation pattern metaphorically, freeing the brain to respond afresh to each new day

Hypnotherapy's Limitless Potential

Hypnotherapy utilised the power of the subconscious mind to promote desired change.
"The more I learn, the less I know." 
This is one of my favourite film quotes, it's from the soundtrack of the film Yentl, starring Barbara Streisand. 

I think this quote applies beautifully to my new Blog which will attempt to share some of the benefits, uses and applications of Hypnotherapy. Our minds are amazing, and the more I learn about how our minds work, in a hypnotherapeutic and a psychological context, the more I realise that what we know, is really just the tip of the iceberg. As I combine hypnotherapy with other therapies such as the Meridian Energy Tapping therapies of Thought Field Therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques, I realise that our physiology and our minds are much more closely connected than we often appreciate. How we feel and what we think is not just an invisible and insignificant side effect of our environment, but the fire that fuels how we approach every aspect of every moment of our very existence. I will attempt to use this blog to share examples, sometimes straight forward, sometimes unusual, unexpected and unpredictable, of the power of our minds.