Let’s get something straight first. Just because a hypnotist is on stage, or doesn’t write reams of research, or change his mind every five minutes, doesn’t mean he isn’t paying attention or logging what happens to the thousands of people he takes into hypnosis.
Some of us care about learning hypnosis to the point where we can conduct hypnosis training to the very best of our abilities.
Now the newest ways of thinking about and trying to sell hypnotism, they call them models instead of theories nowadays, appear to create the condition and connection of hypnosis without ‘trance’ and without ‘induction’ and – well without hypnosis at all really.
And this is new to the last 3 years since 2009. The FACTS ARE
- 1964 The Amazing Kreskin proves in an American court that hypnosis is simply the result of suggestion.
- 1969 – 74 Stage Hypnotist Robert Halpern proves that hypnotic hallucination can be created prior to a formal induction routine with his handclasp ‘test’ on tens of thousands in theatres.
- 1989 Jonathan Chase demonstrates Past Life regression with no formal induction on radio Beacon in the UK
And some of us have been doing everything that is apparently ‘new’ ever since.
Now the new wave of hypnosis models say that if someone responds to suggestion without induction of hypnosis and imagines a phenomena or altered reality for a few moments, even though they are fully aware and in control of their reaction, then this is the same as full blown Hypnosis.
And I can see how someone who has never been hypnotised or who has only hypnotised the odd friend or relative for a couple of minutes could be persuaded to think this is really hypnosis.
Although it’s stretching the understanding of the word and it’s dictionary definition so far you could attach a Moon elevator to it.
Fact is really hypnotised people will describe – whilst hypnotised – what they are experiencing as real and react in every single physical and mental way as if it were real.
We are not talking some peripheral imaginative thing when we talk about ‘HYPNOTIC Hallucination’, although to a layman they may appear similar.
And we are not, well at least *I* am not, talking about getting the subjective logical conscious explanation after the event either and thinking that’s what happened during the hypnosis.
It’s the job of the conscious to ignore what the illogical subconscious thinks and to apply common sense or logic to the events in retrospect.
The thing is during the now common ‘confuse them a bit or do a magic trick then give them a suggestion’ routine the phenomena or hypnosis is never really tested and has no longevity.
These oddities of confusion and applied imagination are what real hypnotists use as convincers prior to getting a full blown testable hallucinatory hypnotisable condition or state.
It’s what I call the peripheral stuff which, whilst mildly interesting and momentarily workable, would be useless outside of a very quick dip into things as we often see on Youtube as ‘street hypnosis’.
For 2 hours or more on a real stage, or for use in the consulting room, these little psychological tricks are not viable in the long term because they bounce too quickly as soon as the confusion or distraction is over.
Hypnosis is about creating or rather inducing a sustainable and provable connection between hypnotist and hypnotee, a lasting hallucinatory event which doesn’t just fade but actually becomes more vivid and real as time goes by and which, when challenged, maintains it’s internal reality and external behaviour.
So models aside, if you think hypnosis is any event that gets someone to momentarily loose their name, which of course happens all the time anyway, then you are subscribing to the theory that hypnosis has changed, it hasn’t.
If you think hypnosis needs a modern explanation or understanding to make it better then you’d better tell the 100,000s of people alive today who have experienced life, reality and behavioural changing hypnosis, and the 10,000s of people who have learnt hypnosis training that we are all wrong and need to redo from start.
The fact is that most of the new models of hypnosis have as much to do with real and original hypnosis as a child’s lego model has to do with Windsor Castle or Buckingham Palace.
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