Inventing therapies as you need them

Want to know what it’s like to really tune in to your unconscious mind?

I talk about the power of your unconscious all the time – how it holds deep reservoirs of wisdom, insight and genius. Everyone can access this inside them because everyone already does.

The quality of your life comes down to how much you harness your inner mind.

And if you want to know what it’s like to tap into that and transcend what most folks think is possible…

Look into the life of someone who did it.

Someone who was so intuitive that he could invent new techniques – whole new therapeutic disciplines – as he needed them.

Most hypnotists know Milton Erickson’s story. He grew up on a farm as a physically powerful young man. Then, as a teenager, he contracted polio.

He was paralysed and doctors assumed he would die.

He didn’t die, obviously. Not only did he recover, but he lived to his late 70s.

But that paralysis, so his legend goes, sparked something.

Out of boredom and frustration, he learned to pay attention to people. He learned to focus on everything they weren’t saying, as well as what they were.

Even though he was paralysed, he could still remember what it felt like to move. He focused on those memories – kind of like a visualisation exercise, but that’s the wrong word. ‘Visual’ implies he was seeing it, instead of seeing, hearing, remembering and feeling his body move again.

He recovered enough to become a psychologist with a strong interest in hypnosis. This was in the first half of the 20th Century, before hypnosis had gained mainstream acceptance.

He learned it, used it and transformed the field beyond recognition.

The early models of hypnosis were the hypnotist imposed their will on the subject. It was all very Svengali. You might think of it like taking a car to a mechanic – the car is broken, the mechanic knows how to fix it, so they root around inside the car to fix the problem.

You can spot a bad doctor because they think like this.

Erickson saw hypnosis differently. He saw it as a supercharged interaction between two people – a powerful relationship, where both hypnotist and subject explore and learn together.

Sounds fluffy or New Aged?

Today, many hypnotists specialise in a niche. Some help others quit smoking, others help athletes focus and perform at their best. Erickson’s ‘niche’ was handling so-called impossible cases – patients who other psychologists had given up on treating.

He got results no one else could.

So, no, I wouldn’t call that fluffy. I’d call that powerful.

How was be able to do this?

Partly because of his sharp instincts and powers of observation.

Partly because he always thought of his patients as people.

And always by trusting his own unconscious mind.

Now, I’m no Erickson.

Then again, no one is – not since he passed.

But I do know a lot of his techniques and the principles behind them.

I like to think of my clients as people too. That’s just the start of what I can borrow from Erickson, channelling his incredible powers over your problems.

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