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Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

The previous article (post) discussed meditation as a natural form of therapy available to everyone. Meditation assists the individual to establish and maintain harmony among the body, mind and spirit. Hypnosis is quite similar to meditation in that both produce an altered state of consciousness, thereby creating a heightened state of suggestibility. When used correctly as a therapeutic tool, this increased state of suggestibility can be used to alter thinking processes so as to eliminate phobias (fears), minimize pain and anger, balance energy systems, retrieve forgotten information from the past, and open hidden, previously inaccessible experiences and memories.

The following discussion provides a very brief introduction to hypnosis and hypnotherapy. An introduction to meditation is in a separate article.  


The field of psychiatry normally focuses on the conscious, alert mind. By talking to a client in an alert, conscious state, the psychiatrist guides the client deeper and deeper into the memories and emotions of past events in an effort to uncover and release pent-up emotional energies or hidden memories. Although the psychiatrist works on the conscious level, the information is often buried deep within the subconscious and must be dragged into the conscious mind for evaluation, understanding and energy release. This can be of great benefit to the client, but it is also a long, slow process with demonstrated limitations.

Psychiatrists and many other mental health professionals are also trained in hypnosis. When used as a therapeutic tool, hypnosis is most correctly termed “hypnotherapy,” although these terms are defined and controlled differently under the laws of most states within the USA and in other countries. (Legal considerations are addressed in a separate posting on “Altered States of Consciousness.”) Both hypnosis and hypnotherapy seek to bypass the limitations of the conscious mind and to communicate directly with the subconscious mind. It is in the subconscious mind that we are able to move beyond physical or mental symptoms of dis-ease to discover the root causes and unlock the secrets for permanent healing.

As previously mentioned, hypnosis places the client in an altered state of consciousness, which increases the degree of suggestibility and, in general, promotes a willingness to be guided back through distant and often intentionally hidden memories. The therapist serves as a guide leading the client through the discovery process, eliciting the root causes of illness, fear, anxiety, addiction, etc. A client who is willing to be guided by a skilled therapist is able to recover the information hidden deep within the subconscious, bringing it forth for further examination, discussion and analysis. Once the root cause is uncovered, an experienced therapist can guide the client back into a state of permanent healing — assuming the client truly wants to be healed.

I have always believed that energy processes, including the root causes of emotional energy overload, are the domain of the Soul Side Support System. During numerous soul therapy procedures, I have been amazed at the ability of the Soul Side to use energy processes to promote and even to restrict the healing processes. As a simple example, prescription drugs rely on a chemical reaction within the body, and that chemical reaction requires energy. Where the situation warrants such action, the Soul Side can choose to withhold the needed energy, thereby neutralizing the effects of the prescribed or other drugs. This may be useful in the case of an overdose, just as it could be used to sustain a terminal illness.

If the Soul Side controls the energy fields within and around the human body, then why not use one or more forms of soul therapy to assist in the healing process. The most common of these tools – the same tool available to mental health professionals – is hypnosis, although very few psychiatrists would use hypnosis to enlist the assistance of the Soul Side Support System as part of a psychiatric procedure.

Hypnosis is the most common form of soul therapy other than meditation, and it is the core tool used in therapeutic protocols for regression (including past life regression), progression, fragmentation, spirit releasement, and more. From a soul therapy perspective, hypnosis can also be used to connect through the gateway of the unconscious mind directly to the soul of the client or to any level of assistance in the Soul Side Support System. This includes establishing a connection with those who control the energy systems within and around the human body. More importantly, there is no better source of information on the root causes of any dis-ease (intentionally spelled this way, consistent with metaphysical terminology).

Training and Certification in Hypnosis

Individuals interested in certification as hypnotists in the USA may wish to visit website of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), which is a not-for-profit educational and professional organization in existence since the 1950’s. It is important to note that the NGH focuses on hypnosis and not on the more esoteric soul therapies. The NGH does, however, provide referrals to hypnosis professionals across the USA and in other countries, including Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Netherlands, England, Ireland, Australia, Hong Kong and Indonesia.

For those living in or traveling to central Florida, I would also recommend an exceptionally gifted hypnotherapist, Ronald P. De Vasto, D.C.H., who has a doctorate in clinical hypnotism. Ron owns and personally manages the Hypnotic Research Society, Inc., and has been providing hypnotherapy and hypnosis certification courses for more than two decades. I specifically mention Ron because he performs a wide range of hypnotherapies, including many which fall under the generic category of soul therapies.
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