Explore the hidden potential of your Unconscious Mind for enhanced performance in your personal and professional life.
This inspiring and highly experiential training will demystify hypnosis and show you how to identify and utilise naturally occurring hypnotic phenomena in everyday life. You will learn the basics of conversational and permissive hypnotic (trance) inductions as well as some classic / traditional induction techniques.
As an NLP Practitioner you’ll appreciate the expediency, greater effectiveness and depth that Ericksonian Hypnotherapy will contribute to your skills set. This training is offered as a supplement after successful completion of NLP Practitioner training.
What is Ericksonian Hypnotherapy?
Milton Erickson (1901-1980) was an exceptional therapist. He used a naturalistic and flexible method for trance induction that worked with the client, not on the client.
He varied his approach all the time, depending on the client’s individual problem and personality. He would gather information about his client by questions and observation to find what they wanted and what sort of person they were. He would then know the best way to induce trance for that person and would be able to work with them on their own terms. This is why Ericksonian hypnotherapy is known as “permissive” hypnosis as opposed to other schools of “authoritarian” hypnosis. It is not about one script to use on all clients, but about learning enough about the client and their needs to create an induction that will be uniquely suited to them.
This form of hypnotherapy in not about following a “one size fits all” script; nor is it about the hypnotherapist expecting the client to “do what they are told”. It is about the client getting the outcomes they want and it is extremely pragmatic and flexible.
“I invent a new theory and a new approach for each individual”. Milton H Erickson, M.D.
The genius of Milton H Erickson was his ability to find within each person, through hypnotherapy, the answers to long-standing personality problems, to somatic complains or to interpersonal difficulties. He was able to access those answers and enable each person to use his or her unique learnings and inner resources in creatively approaching the problems of life. Erickson’s unique ability to convert symptoms into signals and psychological problems into creative resources appeals to all those who intuitively sense that we all hold within ourselves the keys to our own health and well-being.
It has been made possible to teach Erickson’s unique and incredibly successful form of hypnotherapy to hundreds of thousands of people thanks to the modelling work done by the founders of NLP, Richard Bandler and John Grinder, and to the hundred of books and articles that he wrote during his lifetime and after his lifetime in the works of Ernest Rossi. The core of his work is the use of artfully vague language; this allows the client to take whatever meaning is the most appropriate for them. The therapist uses language to induce and maintain an altered state of consciousness (trance), whereby the client can connect with the hidden resources of their personality.
Trance is a state where you are highly motivated to learn from your unconscious in an inner directed way. As opposed to being under the control of another person or being totally passive in the receipt of instructions, the trance state allows the client to respond in ways that are different to their normal “conscious” way of responding and the therapist works with the responses that result. It’s a journey, where the responses of the client direct the therapist as to what to do next.
Erickson’s work was based on certain presuppositions, which have become some of the presuppositions of NLP, namely:
“Patients are patients because they are out of rapport with their own Unconscious Mind… Patients are people who have had too much outside programming – so much programming that they have lost touch with their inner selves”. Milton H Erickson, M.D.
Erickson also believed that clients came to him because their conscious and unconscious minds were out of rapport. So Ericksonian hypnotherapy is about enabling the client’s conscious and unconscious minds to come into rapport with each other – to work together towards the same outcome, to see that they are part of the same team and for the conscious mind to hear (the still small voice inside) the messages the unconscious is trying to provide it with.
Milton model language is multi-layered and rich in possible meanings. It involves the use of metaphors – the art of telling a story that, while seemingly random, actually gets to the heart of a client’s problem. It is based on acute observation (sensory acuity) both of very small changes in a patient’s physiology and of the programmes that a client runs and when and how these programmes occur.
The link between Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and NLP
Milton Erickson, along with Fritz Perls and Virginia Satir, was one of the superb therapists that Richard Bandler and John Grinder modelled in the creation of Neuro-Lingusitc Programming. Much of what they modelled is now taught as part of NLP.
Certification as an Ericksonian Hypnotherapist thus demands initial certification as an NLP Practitioner and only then completion of the two day “Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Energy Re-Sourcing™ workshop.Summary of the course content:
What is Energy Re-Sourcing™?
Based on the work of Tad James and Wyatt Woodsmall entitled Time-Line Therapy™, Energy Re-Sourcing™ uses the concept of our Time-Line, together with Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and the skills arising from the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to create rapid and sustainable healing and transformation in all areas of a person's life.
Energy Re-Sourcing™ is a technique that allows you to gain emotional control over your life. Inappropriate emotional reactions, such as bursts of anger, periods of apathy, depression, sadness, anxiety and chronic fear, are responsible for preventing people from achieving the quality of life they desire. Limiting decisions such as "I'm not good enough" or "I'll never be rich" or "I don't deserve a great relationship" create false limitations and hamper your ability to create reachable and attainable goals and outcomes.
Our relationship with Time
In a nutshell, Energy Re-Sourcing™ works with our knowledge of how people actually store their memories and the effect that the system used for the storage of memories has on the personality of the individual. The suggestion is that the concept of a time line or the notion of time that you have stored in your mind, shapes and structures your experience of the world and therefore shapes your personality. Throughout history, mankind has been aware of the passageof time. Aristotle was the first to mention the "stream of time" in his book Physics IV. William James spoke of linear memory storage as early as 1890. In the decades that followed, the concept all but faded into obscurity. It was finally revived in the late 1970's by the developers of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). We now believe that the way people talk about their internal experience of time (including their gestures) is a literal, as opposed to metaphorical, description of their experience. How people talk about time is an actual representation of what they do mentally. Use of temporal language is just a description of how they store time.
Consider these comments:
You're going to look back at this and laugh
Put it behind you
Put it to one side
Time is on my side
I just don't see how I'm going to get this done in time
The future is rosey
Energy Re-Sourcing™ accepts the presupposition that there are basically two different kinds of time: what we refer to as "through time" and "in time".
The former is illustrated by the kind of white, western, industrialized notion of time where we ring bells or klaxons to say time to start and time to stop, run our lives with filo faxes and schedulers and punish people for not keeping inside the parameters. "In time" is more laid-back and "mañana" like - a fixed time appointment is something that goes against the grain and a personal appointment can include several people.
People who are "through time" have their time line in front of them. They can see the sequence of events and are disassociated from whatever is being observed. "In time" people are literally "in" their time line, causing them to be associated into the moment. Your personal time line is how you unconsciously store your memories and how you unconsciously know the difference between a memory from the past and a projection of the future.
It has been established that behavioural change takes place at an unconscious level and that the effects of past negative experiences can be released in minutes. The clearing of old baggage and inappropriate strategies and programme's paves the way for the establishment of new choices, and the alignment of the person at all levels of their being: having truly become more Re-Sourceful and Energized.
How is Energy Re-Sourcing™ useful?
Energy Re-Sourcing™ works with how the unconscious mind organizes time and memories. By working at the level of context, process and structure (instead of content) you can release deep-seated negative emotional baggage and limiting beliefs from the past without having to relive painful events - or even consciously know what they are. It is an astonishingly powerful yet gentle form of brief therapy.
Energy Re-Sourcing™ techniques are also a powerful means of setting goals so that your unconscious mind knows they are in the future and can set things up to make the attainment of those goals as unavoidable as breathing.
Energy Re-Sourcing™ can be used for coaching and mentoring, goal-setting and team building, as an alternative approach to time management and for personal development.
Energy Re-Sourcing™ as an intervention, utilizes an altered state of consciousness to work at a level far deeper than our "normal" day-to-day experience. Whether you call it trance, lucid dreaming, active imagination, creative visualization or anything else you might like to call it, this state actively engages the unconscious mind and allows it to communicate directly with your conscious mind, so that you can deal easily and effortlessly with negative emotional events that may be preventing you from doing, being or having what truly makes your life rich, abundant and rewarding. It allows for engagement with your core values and results in alignment of those values so that you can actively express them and manifest them in your daily experience of life.
It allows for engagement with your core values and results in alignment of those values so that you can actively express them and manifest them in your daily experience of life.
Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Energy Re-Sourcing™ is an additional 3 day training at the end of your NLP Practitioner course.
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