Hypnotherapy and Interpersonal Communication
Is it possible to access the subconscious mind and discover mind to mind communication?
Modern hypnosis is only beginning to explore the connection between psychic ability and hypnosis. Leslie McIntosh CHt, PhD director of the Coastal Academy of Hypnotic Arts and Science notes that the trend is growing. According to her
“ more and more people are becoming adept at using their intuitive skills in combination with Hypnosis. Psychic ability is an advantage when doing Hypnotherapy.”
Most hypnotherapists practicing at this time are taught that their role is to facilitate the client’s journey through their subconscious mind in order for change to occur. There is an emphasis, however, on the intention behind the hypnosis. Could this be a holdover from the early days of mesmerism?
From 1843 to 1847 Phineas Parkhurst Quimby was a practising mesmerist. He travelled the east coast of the US and Canada giving lectures and exhibitions of mesmerism, healing and medical intuition. In his lifetime he is thought to have treated over 12,000 people.
Quimby did not use conventional treatment. Instead he used the deep trance state of hypnosis to communicate with his clients telepathically. He believed that human minds mingle. He also believed that whatever his belief was, it would create an effect.
He first discovered this ability when he hypnotized a client named Lucius Burkmar. During a session with Lucius, Quimby had the thought that he needed to leave the room. Lucius immediately got up still in trance and got Quimby’s hat. Somewhat taken aback by this reaction Quimby thought to himself “if you will replace my hat on the table I will stop a little longer”. Lucius then returned the hat to the table. Some form of non-verbal communication was taking place so Quimby began to experiment with this idea.
His experiments consisted of imagining numerous objects and creatures which Lucius would then describe and react too. If he imagined a dangerous animal Lucius would cringe in fear. Other experiments he tried with Lucius were to have him read other peoples thoughts and explain what the people knew. This then led to experiments in remote viewing. One of these experiments was published in the Wiscasset newspaper relating everything Lucius had seen and heard when sent to remote view a ship at sea.
At the same time a French psychiatrist Dr Pierre Janet reported that sixteen out of twenty two times he was able to hypnotize a subject when she was a half mile or so away from her. Janet also reported being able to anaesthetize hypnotically a single finger of a subject that could not see the hypnotist.
Soviet Physiologist Dr Leonid Vasiliev reports putting a subject into trance when they were in another room or even another building. During the 1960s and 1970s this was a topic of serious research in the former Soviet Union.
The reason that intuitive skills are being used more and more by practising hypnotherapists is because intuition is a useful skill in assisting clients. Whether the client is making the appointment for a past life regression or anxiety relief, the hypnotherapist must use their gut feeling as to what will work best with that particular client.
In his article Intuitive Hypnosis Maurice Kouguell, Ph.D., BCETS states that using intuitive hypnosis “frees the individual from the submission to methods, procedures and teachers who create students in their own image”. He goes on to say “In my research I have come to feel that for hypnosis to have a strong lasting impact, two procedures must happen. One, the individual should be de-hypnotized. Two, the hypnotist needs to allow himself to enter an altered state and while retaining all his conscious rational knowledge, he needs to go below the level of his consciousness and unleash his intuitiveness”.
The use of intention, intuition and non-verbal communication in hypnosis has been noted since before the term hypnosis was used. There seems to be evidence that all humans given access to their subconscious mind have abilities that they have not yet begun to discover.
Mingling Minds Ervin Seale DeVorss & Company Marina del Ray California 1997
How Hypnosis Can Help You Dr Arthur S. Freese Popular Library December 1976