The first generation of trance work is the traditional hypnosis that is still holds sway in most places. Here both the conscious mind and the unconscious mind of the client are considered to be, well, idiots. So trance work involves first â€œknocking outâ€ the conscious mind, and then talking to the unconscious mind like a 2-year old that needs to be told how to behave. So if a person comes in wanting to change a personal habit, they're told to be quiet and follow the orders of the hypnotist. To relate to a person in this way seems like the problem, not a solution. Is it any wonder that so many people are (rightfully) leery of trance and hypnosis?Read More
This blog will explore this understanding of trance. Five basic ideas will be proposed:
- Trance as absorption in the creative unconscious.
- Not all trances are equal.
- Trance is naturalistic.
- Trance is psychobiologically necessary.
- Hypnosis is one psychosocial context for humanizing and shaping trance.