Alchemical Hypnosis Explained
To the Reader
It shall be noted outright that the version of hypnosis which has been stigmatized, i.e. the Stage Hypnotist's infamous "cluck like a chicken" routine and my favorite "look into my eyes, and you will now sleeeeep" method of pseudo-mind control are in no way related to the type of hypnosis therapy performed at The Golden Road or in Alchemy at all, for that matter. I slowly and safely induce my Clientele into a deep state of relaxation, which is tantamount to a natural, soothing state of meditation.
My method allows the Client to be completely aware of their surroundings, partially in their conscious mind and partially in the subconscious; and best of all, they are completely aware of the suggestions communicated by me, the Therapist, at all times. So aware, in fact, that verbal interfacing between Client and Therapist can be conducted throughout the entire session without ever weakening the trance state or lessening the results achieved. My method of guided self-hypnosis is safe, efficient, and will rapidly grow to be seen as one of the most effective forms of self-actualization therapies available anywhere. A big claim, I know, but the results speak for themselves.
Following is a quick synopsis of the history of Alchemical Hypnotherapy. Enjoy.
First of all, what is Hypnosis?
Let's start with a brief description of the ancient, yet recently refined, art of Hypnosis. With roots traced as far back as ancient Egypt, Greece, and beyond, humans have been using hypnosis to reach altered states of consciousness for many millennia. Back then, and even in contemporary times, hypnosis was used as a method of entertainment, something of a primitive side-show act; and for other reasons like transcending time and space to speak with 'the gods'.
As hypnotherapists, we are trained to help our clients fall in to a deep state of relaxation beginning with a skilled hypnotic induction, helping them to bypass the rational, logical, often hyper-critical conscious mind. I utilize techniques from many modern schools of Transpersonal Hypnotherapy and Psychology including Gestalt, Regression Therapy, Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), and Psychosynthesis to help my clients achieve, maintain, and navigate a comfortable trance state.
When the conscious mind has been attenuated through induction, a new part of the client's psychology begins to surface: the subconscious mind; or the mysterious seat of our belief systems where all traces of our ancient to recent personal past has been indelibly recorded. When this enigmatic aspect of our cognitive composition comes to the forefront, the real work can begin.
Why the Subconscious Mind?
The Subconscious Mind is a term of convenience which refers to a metaphysical structure of perception which finds it's physical home in the Limbic Cortex of the brain. The subconscious is the seat of the primal, symbolic, childlike mind. As mentioned above, it houses the belief systems which can either limit or empower us, but do heavily filter and mediate the way we perceive reality. Quantum Physics suggests that the single individual or 'observer' basically creates his external reality first internally with the help of the subconscious mind; for he cannot see what he doesn't first believe. According to this theory, the process occurs in imperceptible fractions of a second and takes advantage of a 'lag' in perception, so from our vantage point reality comes from the outside first, instead of the converse (read more here). The subconscious and its faculties serve as limiters and governors of perception to defend against any new ideas that would serve to threaten his paradigm. New ideas are introduced slowly and carefully so as not to short-circuit the delicate physiology of the brain and constructs of the psyche.
In the picture above which represents the mind, we can see two aspects, one above surface and one submerged deep beneath the water. The underwhelmed area of this picture above the surface can be compared to the conscious or verifiable aspects of our psyche: the ego, memory recall, intellect, aspects of our personality, moral compass, feeling language, etc. The surface of the water is an important part of this diagram as it is indicative of the tenuous filters that separate the two very different regions above and below. These filters are made up of all of our concrete beliefs of our world. They mostly refer to our supposed or learned principals of physics, mathematics, psychology, sociology, and science, and dictate what we believe is possible. These filters help to compartmentalize life into safe little boxes which retain our sanity and security and maintain our comfort about the world around us. In the context of hypnosis therapy, these filters represent the maze of awareness that therapists help clients to traverse when employing hypnotic induction.
An induction is a relaxing guided journey which serves to incite a tangible move from the conscious mind - our critically-thinking and questioning mind - into the expansive, powerful, and abundant home of our core beliefs about ourselves - the subconscious mind. It is within this realm where the real change happens. (Experience a hypnotic induction by listening to a guided journey here; or, if you'd like, observe an actual Alchemy session here).
When accessed, our subconscious mind becomes highly suggestible, meaning that it is open to and tends to immediately accept and integrate positive Hypnotic Suggestion - the most powerful tool of the hypnotherapist. This does not mean that everything is instantly absorbed, quite the contrary, in fact. Hypnotherapists must be mindful of the language used as to not suggest anything that the client himself would not want to integrate; a certain faculty still serves to discern, even in the relaxed state of hypnotic rest. With the help of the client's intuitive guidance and these well-placed, masterfully-timed suggestions, we see them act as transformational affirmations, literally refining the skewed belief systems of the client, thus altering the external reality over which they govern.
Our subconscious mind has but one more use, however. Beyond its purpose as an archive for our memories and belief systems, the subconscious also functions as a vehicle within which we are afforded the ability to traverse the waters around the iceberg itself - the Unconscious Mind.
The Divine Conversation
The Creative Unconscious is a collective apparatus, a wholly metaphysical construct which interconnects each and every 'iceberg' of perception or individual in the common world. It houses the collective interests of every seemingly separate aspect of our experience of 'the other' and plays an integral part in our inner world from an unseen level of influence. Understanding the idea of the unconscious mind involves taking into account both an intrapersonal and superpersonal (collective) state, the former (personal unconscious) to be explained below. Our dreams take place in the vast and unpredictable world of the superpersonal Creative Unconscious for it contains the archetypal elements, the symbols, which are the very fabric of our psyches. All things shown to us in dreams are but individualized tangential possibilities played out in a beautiful symphony of relevant imagery, colors, and characters.
Often, our deepest fears are expressed in the form of nightmares as the Unconscious allows for every possibility created by the conscious or subconscious minds to safely express themselves and wash away, hindering not the fragile psyche of the experiencer. You see, we create every possibility we imagine either in the physical or astral realms, so the imaginings we've breathed life into which do not support our narrative in this life are expressed safely in a world of wonderment whilst we sleep. This element of the human experience is a built-in protective mechanism which serves to keep murderers, ghosts, and werewolves from becoming a part of our living reality. Be grateful for your nightmares for they are truly here to help. The wisdom of the nightmare is held in the subsequent conscious/waking state processing of the symbols of the dream (murderer = new awareness of home security or underlying disease / cheating spouse = deep conversation with partner regarding the values of the relationship).
We see now, as stated before, that just as the darkest of our innermost expressions can be seen as a chance for negative release which ultimately concludes in a systemic catharsis, as such in nightmares; so too can we see that all of the impulses put forth by the wise Unconscious can be categorized as pure. The creative, collective Unconscious mind, in its unburdened, unblemished state affects in a very curious way, the Individual Psychic Construct (the IPC for short; comprised of the conscious and subconscious minds combined, or the mind/body/spirit complex). The Unconscious, in its infinite wisdom and intelligence, puts forth an impulse of learning to the individual, most often in the dream realm first and then into the physical. The IPC is exposed first in the dream state to a possible circumstance which reflects an opportunity for future learning, such as a car wreck or meeting someone from the past. This is done first in the astral realm so that the IPC can become accustomed to the weight of the underlying wisdom before it manifests in reality. Sometimes, however, the IPC misinterprets this underlying tone of the impulse and attributes to it a negative perception or experience. This can most easily be seen in the cancer victim; the cancer manifests as a signal created by the body which is desperately working to convey the teaching of the Unconscious. The IPC in its undeveloped state can easily misread the often powerful message coming through, assuming that it is something negative like a disease. We must begin to see that the body is the physical antennae of the Unconscious, and all aberrations that occur in the body can be seen as misunderstood messages from this realm.
Now in the context of hypnosis therapy, we have much to learn from the Unconscious mind. Ultimately, the Alchemical process can be seen as a conversation between the Unconscious and subconscious minds. The conscious mind uses the submarine of the subconscious, if you will, to traverse the vast symbolic depths of the Unconscious. The subconscious being the archive of all aspects of the psyche, good, bad, and indifferent, puts forth the presenting problem in the hopes of discovering the underlying cause (the wisdom/learning) who's secret is held in the Unconscious. Previously inaccessible to the conscious mind and only glimpsed through in dreams, hypnosis allows the awareness to deep beneath the veil to witness this amazing world. It is this very process that yields the amazing results proffered by delighted and amazed clients of the work worldwide.
With these precepts of the hypnotic mechanism and the 3-mind construct in place, the work of Alchemical Hypnosis can truly begin to change and transmute the emotional lead, the heavy, poisonous, archaic belief systems we carry on a daily basis into golden expressions of one's true, unburdened, and authentic nature.
The Personal Unconscious or Body-Mind
In the work of Alchemy and trance work at large, we must always remember that the body is the vehicle of awakening within which we are working. The body must be honored extensively by relating all change work to the Somatic context. Therefore, the powerful, archetypal creativity which can be harnessed by working with the superpersonal Unconscious mind must be anchored in the body somehow. We must identify and give credence to the reception bay, the dual aspect of the collective, that could best be described as the personal unconscious mind (making use of a lowercase ‘u’ to avoid confusion).
We must take into account the fact that our personal unconscious mind plays a very large part in the way our 3-mind construct functions. Apart from performing all of the ‘unconscious’ processes of the body (pumping blood, breathing lungs, etc.); perhaps we can begin to see that this body-mind is much wiser than we ever thought. Consider for a moment, that the personal unconscious could be a part of both the collective Unconscious and the Individual Psychic Construct (the IPC for short; comprised of the conscious and subconscious minds combined). Think of it as a bridge between the two; a kind of resource broker — a mediator of sorts.
We can see that perhaps the personal unconscious mind (body-mind) also functions as a wise borderland between the often corrupted landscape of the subconscious mind and the ultimately pure and benevolent realm of the collective Unconscious mind.
See the iceberg structure referred to above with your mind’s eye. Take a moment now and imagine that the entire surface area of the iceberg (above and below the water level) is protected by a hardened structure of ultra-dexterous ice — like a type of skin. Just within this layer rests both the conscious (under-whelmed) and subconscious (overwhelmed) minds, or the IPC, as stated above. Perhaps we can consider, for just a moment, that the personal unconscious can be represented by this covering or ‘barrier’ between the metaphysical Unconscious realm and the more tangible IPC. Again, working as a resource broker, giving a somatic voice to the often imperceptible symbolic language working to break through to the conscious mind. Here’s a look at the new model:
Unconscious mind (pure resource) → personal unconscious (body-mind receives and conveys Unconscious resource to subconscious) → subconscious mind (works to interpret resource) → conscious mind (decipherment of resource and eventual integration through glimpse into subconscious while making use of trance work)
In an effort to retain your engagement, dear reader, let’s make this practical. I would like to pose the growing flower as a new metaphor for the idea conveyed above. The source of both our spiritual obstacles and growth come from this collective Unconscious realm which can be seen as the soil surrounding our flower. The lifeblood of the flower which carries the information given to the roots and stem of the flower by the Unconscious can be seen as the subconscious mind. The underlying causes of the opportunities for growth posed by the Unconscious are filtered through the subconscious mind and are often misinterpreted as pain or disease. This misunderstood signal is then carried to the petals and results in withered and weak growth (a symptom) in the flower.
Now, here’s where the personal unconscious comes in: we can assume that it is simply aligned with and directly communicated through the Somatic element — or more simply — through the body. The withering of the petals seen as a disease or complex is the unconscious mind working to communicate the symptom which then alerts us to look deeper into the lifeblood (subconscious realm) within the flower to find the underlying cause. Again, this underlying cause is a misinterpretation of the pure signal which the creative Unconscious is working to convey. The flower, working backwards, discovers that this particular soil is not ideal for its species and internal work must be done; the flower must adapt and evolve to allow itself to flourish in something of a botanical dance of divine ascension.
A cancer patient may learn of a malignant tumor which has grown in her brain (a symptom conveyed by the unconscious/body-mind). With hypnosis, the patient can look into her subconscious mind to decipher the cryptic message coming from the Unconscious which was merely presenting an opportunity for growth. Using trance techniques which emphasize the conversation between the Unconscious and subconscious minds, the patient discovers that her resentments toward her estranged sister needs to be processed and released for the tumor to disappear. Inner communication and self-forgiveness processes are employed and the pressure coming from the Unconscious is then understood and released, relieving the patient of her horrible tumor. She evolves in her newfound love and acceptance for someone who was so recently her enemy. I submit that this process of symptom discovery and release can be as easy as just described.
It is an almost unavoidable notion that our magnificently wise unconscious (our body-mind), not only beats our hearts, salivates our mouths, and breathes our lungs, but can also be responsible for reminding us that behind all physical symptoms lie an emotional component yet unaddressed. We must learn to listen to our bodies once again, for they are tremendously smarter than us. They are inexhaustible antennas — standalone sentries of divinely sensual revelation. Clients of Alchemical work are always encouraged to see medical professionals in conjunction with trance coaching sessions, but that does not mean that our power should be given away. Alchemy serves to utilize the wisdom within by asking the body which malady has befallen it; listening to the wisdom of the Unconscious through the personal unconscious is the key to reasserting power over our own health!
Here's Where Alchemy Fits In
Alchemy is an ancient occult, or hidden, practice that some would argue is older than even our most ancient accounts of hypnosis. It's most famous venture, as an early precursor to modern science and chemistry, was to derive through a precise mixing of ingredients, a substance known as the 'Philosopher's Stone' (A magical concoction that was rumored to have the ability to transmute, or transform, base metals into gold and was highly coveted in this ancient subculture). As time progressed and more obscure texts regarding alchemy began to surface, researchers started to notice that this often lifelong, arduous, seemingly futile search for this mythical 'Philosopher's Stone' was something of an allegory. Those revisiting these ancient manuscripts, of whom the famed psychologist Carl Jung was a part, were amazed to see that the true transmutation actually occurred internally, within the hearts and minds of the alchemists themselves. It was shown that both the 'lead' or 'base metal' they were referring to, as well as the 'gold' it was transformed to were metaphors for the practitioner's emotional spectrum. Lead represented depression, listlessness, anxiety, and fear, while gold was seen as joy, creativity, love, and spiritual buoyancy.
"...the entire alchemical procedure...could just as well represent the individuation process of a single individual."
This process of internal symbolic alchemy was made possible with the implementation and daily use of powerful inner guides or 'Archetypes', a term coined by the reverent psychologist himself. Their process was found to be very similar to that of ancient shamans, who worked to achieve an altered state of consciousness within which they could communicate with divine beings, elementals, guides, and sacred spirits. This ancient, invaluable methodology has now been synthesized into a comprehensive program which, under the direction of the skilled Alchemical Hypnotherapist, allows clients to perform internal symbolic alchemy as the ancient alchemists once did, and is readily available to those who diligently seek relief from internal imbalance.
"If we can help nature in her ultimate goal, that of bringing her products to perfection, then we are in harmony with her laws."
-Frater Albertus, FRC
Hypnosis + Alchemy = The Future of Trance Therapy
THE GOLDEN ROAD is home to a practice known as Alchemical Hypnotherapy; a technology which utilizes a safe, light state of trance and the interactive process between therapist and client generated therefrom to empower clientele to change the aspects of their life with which they are displeased. Alchemists use the wonderful techniques of hypnotic suggestion, exciting Inner Journeys, and the ancient shamanic method of entranced spirit communication during interactive process to assist the client in accomplishing these feats. Alchemy is designed to identify and clear the underlying causes of emotional, physical, and spiritual disturbance within the subconscious mind.
The Alchemical process, developed by world renowned hypnotherapist and teacher David Quigley, aligns clients with powerful inner resources in the form of Inner Guides or Archetypes. The Inner Guides discovered in-session are then used on a daily basis as a source of support, intuition, and strength to bolster the client's courage and integrity as they proceed to live the life they've always desired. Alchemy sessions serve to help clients alter their life from the inside out with amazing efficiency; oftentimes experiencing nothing short of a miracle in a matter of hours. Upon conclusion of the session, the client's new Inner Guides recruited during the process leave with them to see the external changes through to completion. Alchemy is practiced at home as much as it is in session, and all those who practice this ancient art are known as Alchemists.
Come visit me to begin your journey out of the depths of leaden depression, anxiety, and fear and into your bright future of golden empowerment, abundance, and truth. Take your first steps upon THE GOLDEN ROAD today to become a powerful Alchemist and learn to wield this ancient technology for yourself!
©2016 Zane Ellis Wheeler, CCHt
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