The subconscious mind is the home of our emotions, imagination, and memory. Everything we have ever experienced is recorded there and is accessible to us in the present.
Memories can be obscured by the simple passing of time, or they may have been purposefully hidden by the ego in an act of self-protection. Some memories are too painful and are perceived as too dangerous to be allowed to wander about uncontrolled, so they are cordoned off and hidden from sight. Those banished memories do not go away – they are stored deep within the subconscious mind, sometimes within the body itself, where they later give rise to troubling symptoms in the present. It take a powerful type of medicine to decode the symptom and release the buried thoughts and emotions at their source.
Regression therapy is one of the finest therapeutic tools available for accessing and releasing the hidden memories at the root of phobias, illnesses, and destructive habits. It has been described as the crown jewel of the hypnotherapist’s art, and for good reason. In a single regression, people can be relieved of phobias and other so-called hopeless conditions that they might have suffered from for most of their lives. This series of articles offers a brief “how to” on hypnotic regression, with the obvious disclaimer that it is not meant as a substitute for learning the process in live demonstration.
“Much hypnotherapy is about de-hypnotizing ourselves from the limiting influences of significant negative experiences from the past.” Randal Churchill
Age regression hypnosis in 10 steps
Here are the main elements of a typical age regression:
- Induction of hypnosis.
- Establishing ideomotor responses to determine the appropriateness of facing the memories and feelings associated with the problem.
- Connecting to a thought, feeling or emotion related to the current problem.
- Regression to the initial event or events in which the negative response first occurred.
- Appropriate interactive therapy and dialogues to heal the current re-enactment of the past event.
- Hypno-analysis to discover how misconceptions developed as a result of the initial trauma affect the current life situation.
- Extracting the lesson.
- Future pace.
- Post-hypnotic suggestion for further healing.
- Termination of trance.
These steps are covered in more detail in Regression hypnosis Part 2 – How to perform a regression.