My dealings with hypnosis has been an incredible journey for me. I first learned hypnosis when I learned NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming. NLP made sense to me and seemed to be scientifically or at least psycholigically sound. Hypnosis though, it scared me to death.
I have a deep faith, and it something seems wild but is logically explained, I'm OK with that. But if something seems wild and I cannot find an explanation, it scares me, and I believe it could be in the realm of a place I don't want to go. At least I felt that way with hypnosis at first.
The more I learned how this powerful tool actually takes advantage of being able to bypass the critical faculty - lets call it the logical mind since faculties in most schools are supposed to be logical. The critical faculty is what says, "I'm not at the beach. I'm sitting right here in a chair in the hypnotist's office."
Once that is bypassed, the subconscious mind comes to the forfront and allows for some great imagination. "I'm at the beach and it's warm. The sand feels great under my feet. I can hear the gulls in the background and smell the salt air, as the waves slowly move in." That's imagination. When the imagination is allowed to create fantasy, the hypnotist can use it as a metaphor for what change is desired by the client. The hypnotist can also talk to the subconscious mind and make suggestion, without the critical faculty saying, "I can't do that. I don't believe that." The subconscious mind is free to take in suggestions and metaphors, allowing to hypnotist to help the client.
I do run into people who think what I do is mystical, new age, or even evil. I now have a much better understanding of the amazing mind that God has given us and am no longer fearul of the wonderful tool I call hypnosis.
Kevin Martin, CHt