How to perform regression hypnotherapy on yourself using self-hypnosis
Did you know that you can conduct a full hypnosis regression on yourself using self-hypnosis? The role of the therapist is taken by the conscious mind which asks the relevant questions, and the answers are given by the subconscious mind using ideomotor signals. I have found two writers who have produced books that give detailed instructions on how to do this.
1. The Courtroom of the Mind – Edgar A. Barnett
Barnett’s book, Unlock Your Mind and be Free, uses the extended metaphor of a Courtroom of the Mind to explain how childhood woundings become adult symptoms. The Child ego state is put on trial for some imagined crime and is pronounced guilty, eliciting a sentence (which becomes the symptom). Now, as an adult, you can go back to that trial and re-try it, using an adequate defense, and establish the innocence of the child.
Location of the critical experience
Barnett’s book is aimed at the person wanting to do this work using self-hypnosis. The following is a very simplified overview of the procedure:
- Induce trance and establish ideomotor signals
- Review the unconscious tensions. Ask your unconscious mind to review all your old, outdated unconscious tensions and to indicate when this has been accomplished by lifting the yes finger.
- Ask your unconscious to determine the earliest of these tension and to indicate yes.
- Ask the unconscious mind to review the earliest tension and experience and to indicate yes.
- Ask your unconscious mind if it is all right for you to know about the experience responsible for your problem. If yes, direct the unconscious to bring the memory to light.
- At this stage emotions may surface with the recovered memory.
- Having become aware of the emotion underlying the symptom, ask your inner mind (using finger signals) to indicate whether, in the light of this new understanding, it’s necessary to hold on to those old tensions.
- Ask your inner mind to find a way to release the tension, and when it has done so to signal yes.
Note how the inner causes of the symptom are phrased as “tensions”. It’s an internal tension, a conflict, between Parent and Child. Also note that for this form of analysis, you don’t need to start by identifying a strong troubling emotion – you simply begin with the symptom. The underlying emotion is located in the subconscious review.
2. Self-Awareness Therapy – Peter Mutke
Peter Mutke’s book Hypnosis: The mind-body connection, also addresses the lay person wanting to heal themselves using self-hypnosis. As with the Barnett method, this approach does not actively set out to find an initial sensitizing event (ISE). We simply find several symptom producing events (SPEs) and work with those. Essentially the process is as follows: orientate to SPEs, identify the common emotion, release the emotion, and rehearse normal behaviour in the same situations.
- Induce hypnosis and set up ideomotor finger signals.
- Ask yourself (using finger signals), “Is it all right to find out more about this condition?”
- Orient back to a symptom producing event and then work either forward or backward in time, examining three or four events when that symptom was present.
- Identify the common thread of emotions and thoughts involved – the thought-emotion complex.
- Image rehearsal – return to the events and ask, “Is it all right to let go of in this situation?” If yes, review the situation again, but see yourself functioning in a healthy way.