Hypnosis: The mind-body connection
Discover your infinite potential for self-healing and growth
Anybody wanting to learn how to do hypnotic regression therapy on themselves will find this book a treasure. The author focuses his attention on lay persons wanting to heal themselves, rather than on trained therapists, but this does not imply that the book is simplistic or of no interest to the professional hypnotherapist. The processes described are valid whether they are used by people on solo expeditions into the subconscious or whether they are applied in a therapist-client setting.
Mutke calls his brand of hypnotherapy Selective Awareness Therapy, and though he distinguishes between this and normal hypnosis the differences are not at all remarkable. It’s really just hypnosis by another name.
Misallocation of energy causes illness
As a medical doctor, Peter Mutke is ideally positioned to provide a perspective of healing that encompasses both Western allopathic knowledge and more holistic viewpoints. He provides a very clear explanation of how disease is created. Essentially, the body often misallocates energy, expending too much on one symptom or area of the body while robbing other areas. This imbalance is caused by negative preoccupations of the mind – where the mind focuses or gets stuck, so does the body. The promise of Selective Awareness Therapy is that we can learn to break up these energy blocks and to re-route the liberated energy to where it’s needed for healing.
How does Selective Awareness Therapy work?
The first steps involve learning self-inductions to enter a state of Selective Awareness, and then eliciting ideomotor finger signals. I had never thought ideomotor signals could be used in self-hypnosis, but this book has enlightened me on that point.
Once these basics have been learned, it’s on to the actual regression work. The steps boil down to the following process:
- 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.
- Return to the events and ask, “Is it all right to let go of this negative emotion in this situation?” If yes, review the situation again, but see yourself functioning in a healthy way.
Interestingly, in this type of regression it’s not necessary to find an ISE (initials sensitising event). You simply find several SPEs (symptom producing events) and work with those.
The nervous system and emotions
The chapter on the nervous system and the role of emotions in creating imbalances in the body is one of the most valuable in the book. If you want a clear and simple explanation of how fear, anger and other strong emotions lead to physical symptoms – this is it. (See the article on the role of the nervous system and emotions for a summary of the main points.)
This is a book I refer to again and again – especially for its approach to regression hypnosis and to the linking between beliefs and symptoms. And what’s more, it has deepened my awareness of what can be done in self-hypnosis. Previously I had thought that one could only really do symptomatic therapy in self-hypnosis, but now I’ve seen that one can actually do regression and analysis as well. So this book gets a definite thumbs up.