Monday, August 20, 2007

HYPNOSIS


I have just returned from a conference. It was fantastic, as it always is. What, what, you ask? It was the annual convention of the National Guild of Hypnotists.

I do not think that I have ever mentioned here that both Majida and I are certified hypnotists. Some years ago we took a very complete course in hypnosis, passed the tests and were certified by the Guild. We also get CEU's every year to maintain our certification.

I am not going to try to explain hypnosis here. I will say that it is an extremely effective healing modality and that I have witnessed real healings, both physical and psychological. Hypnosis is also very technical and requires some serious study. And no, I have never made anyone cluck like a chicken, what a silly idea, and a waste of my time. The whole purpose in learning hypnosis was to be more effective as healers and that has proved to be the case.

What I wanted to talk about is a new technique being developed by a well known hypnotist, Gerald Kein. We have taken several workshops with him over the years and have found him to be a great teacher. He is developing something called Ultra Height which we are learning. In hypnosis the idea usually is to go very deep into the sub-conscious and finally, if it is possible for the client, into the unconscious, in order to effect change. There are different stages a client goes through reaching these states, all of which can be tested for. What Gerald Kein has been doing is using the very deepest state as a launching pad to go in the other direction. What he does is instruct the body to stay in this extremely relaxed state while he encourages the mind to rise up into the heights of consciousness. He helps the client leave the body and even the mind, with all its assumptions and cares, behind and enter into a place of pure light. Those of you with some experience will recognize this state as Samadhi or Satori. But instead of spending eight or ten days on a retreat attaining this state, the hypnotist can take you there in about half an hour. Since you are guided there rather than doing it on your own, the hypnotist can make suggestions to help you find your issues and correct them. What is truly interesting about this state is that you do it yourself. When a hypnotist takes a person deep into the unconscious he has to do all the guiding and talking, making suggestions to the unconscious mind that help it effect the wanted changes. In this Ultra Height state, the super conscious decides. Apparently it not only knows the problem it also knows the solution. This is quite different from the normal hypnosis session and is going to prove to be a total revolution in technique. Or so it seems right now. But there is a catch.

According to Mr. Kein there is a requirement. He says that it only works for people who are brave enough to let go entirely and allow their higher mind to take over. This is exactly what Pir Vilayat used to say. That you must have the courage to be who you really are and that the only way to do it was to push through your fears. I suspect that Pir Vilayat would be really excited about this technique. I admit that I am still learning this technique and have yet to really get into it but I have found that when I follow Mr. Kein's instructions exactly, they always work well.

I think that the reason I wanted to talk about this new technique, besides my personal excitement about it, is that it is important for spiritual type people to be aware of all of the wonderful techniques that are being discovered in this age but which do not necessarily have a label acceptable to the spiritual community. Honestly, I almost never tell Sufi's that I am a certified hypnotist. I will tell anyone else but not Sufi's, except for my own mureeds. I believe it is because people who have invested a lot of energy into learning meditation tend to refuse to believe that there are other ways unless they are very subtle such as energy healing. And of course they also tend to view hypnosis, or other fairly conventional healing modalities, as not cool enough. At least that is my experience. I am totally willing to be proved wrong.

I would encourage anyone who feels they have an unsolvable issue to find a certified hypnotist and see if that cannot help.

Certification in North America is from the National Guild of Hypnotists – www.ngh.net

They have a list of all certified hypnotists in North America. I don't know about Europe.

Gerald Kein's link - www.omnihypnosis.com



Love & Blessings, Musawwir

3 comments:

Amidha said...

I think hypnosis has many uses, and I'm glad you're working with this wonderful and very specific attunement. However, I'd rather spend ten days on retreat--or whatever--to reach the truly sublime states, because I figure then I'm ready, and have developed a little strength of character on the way.

Hugs,
Amidha

Anonymous said...

This new technique sounds very exciting. We as people are pushing the edge of the envelope. Do you think this new heightened state is what people experience when they say they had a near death encounter.

I can understand your reticence to tell your fellow Sufis. Even they can get "stuck"

Jack Frost

Musawwir said...

I honestly do not know. I am just beginning to experiment with it myself. I suspect the states might be similar but I would hesitate to make conclusions at this point.