Finding True Magic: Transpersonal Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy/NLP
by Jack Elias
||Five Wisdoms Press
An internationally acknowledged classic presenting radical synthesis of Eastern & and Western perspectives and insights on healing, personal and professional growth, and mind/body techniques. eBook and hardcopy book versions available.
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Finding True Magic
Finding True Magic: Transpersonal Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy/NLP
Finding True Magic weaves together these healing techniques:
- Depth Hypnosis
- Regression Therapy
- Past-life Therapy
- Inner Child Healing & Maturation
- Subpersonality Integration
- Archetypal Transformational Processes
- Neuro-Linguistic Processing
- Ericksonian Hypnosis
- Quantum Hypnosis
- Entity Releasing
- Shadow Work
- Comprehensive Treatment Planning
- Transpersonal Hypnosis Integration and more . . .
“Finding True Magic ... provides a great amount of practical information and creative guidance on the knowledge of mind/body derived from various disciplines of the Eastern and Western world. It is a great pleasure to have your book.”
—Tulku Thondup, Tibetan Meditation Master, Author of Quiet Mind and The Healing Power of Mind
“A rare blend of sacred wisdom and practical tools to find your most loving and successful self.”
—Dr. John Gray, Author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
“Finding True Magic is a superb book . . . truly comprehensive and eclectic in its intelligent presentation of transpersonal work. It explores philosophy, metaphysics, Eastern wisdom and their relationships to hypnotherapeutic healing. If you do healing work, you must have this book. If you teach, you and your students must have this book!”
—Marilyn Gordon, CHT, Author of Transformational Healing and Hypnotherapy and Extraordinary Healing
“East meets West in TRUE MAGIC. Finding True Magic is a remarkable textbook on Transpersonal Hypnotherapy. Recommended for deep study.”
—Ormand McGill, PhD, “Dean of American Hypnotists,” Author of Hypnotism and Mysticism of India
“This uncommonly wise book raises the whole idea of therapy to new levels of application and consideration. Jack Elias knows and understands the realm of the Transpersonal. No mere “bag of tools” for the therapeutic technician, Finding True Magic is a palette for the therapeutic artist. Like all genuinely elegant things, it is simple to comprehend and yet full of real information and eminently practical direction.”
—Alexander M. Docker, DCH, PhD, Dean of Academic Studies at American Pacific University and President, American Board of Hypnotherapy
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis has been given many definitions over the years, and many authors have debated whether it even exists. These debates and definitions themselves are evidence of what I consider to be the most basic and profound form of hypnosis. My definition identifies the discursive thinking mind (what most of us identify with as our ordinary sense of self) as an ongoing hypnotic process. From this perspective, the ordinary conscious mind contains all the process elements of what traditionally have been called “trance phenomena.” And although the conscious mind approximates reality and makes its constructs seem workable, the mind itself is never accurately in touch with reality. More and more people are now beginning to subscribe to this view, as quantum physics continues to bear out scientific evidence that the nature of reality as described by spiritual masters throughout the ages is not merely metaphor, but actual truth. In fact, this approach to hypnotherapy could as appropriately be called “quantum hypnotherapy” as well as “transpersonal hypnotherapy.”
The transpersonal definition of hypnotherapy assumes that:
1) We are not who we "think" we are. Who we think we are is our deepest trance state (actually a "bundle" of trance states).
2) To the degree that our awareness is absorbed in and identified with our thoughts, we are in a hypnotic state—a defined state rather than a spontaneous, "real" state, an "awake" state.
3) All communication, both intrapersonal and interpersonal, to the degree that it is a sharing of thoughts about reality rather than a direct experience of reality, is a sharing of hypnotic states, “dream” states, even deluded states.
The Hypnotic Trance of Self
Not being who we think we are is the root of our dilemmas. (Or, more accurately, believing that we are who we think we are, and not noticing that we are not, is the root.) We are selectively attending* to our ideas about ourselves in order to make choices* which define and determine our lives. If the root idea of who we are is a mistake, then our whole accustomed process of strategizing to improve our lives is a “mishap” having varying degrees of painful and pleasurable consequences.
The most profound aspects of the hypnotic trance of self (or the bundle of trances of self) are established in childhood prior to our development of a discriminating perspective. As children, we accepted the overwhelming vividness and prestige, good and/or bad, of the stimuli and messages acting upon us as “truth.” Learning to identify our sensory functions and our bodily delineation happens quite naturally, but extending that to the healthy expression of our mind/body in interpersonal relationships is rare. The degree to which our first relationships were unhealthy, i.e. shaming, confusing, or threatening, determines how profoundly we develop the trance of false, hypnotic self. This trance of self refers to a fixed idea of a rigidly defined self, rather than the spontaneous sense of wellbeing of a self that flows on effortlessly through changes, one that does not need ideas to help it remember who it is. In other words, when you are fully involved in being who you are, you don't waste time keeping track of who you are. It isn't necessary to do this if there is no sense of shame or threat to ward off. And the de-hypnotized, free-flowing self—not perceiving anything as separate—is simply blissfully existent and awake, without a need to ward off anything that comes its way.
The hypnotic self is a powerful set of trance phenomena. Growing up from infancy to early adulthood means being in the cultural and familial hypnotist's arena 24 hours a day! Everyone is hypnotizing you—telling you what everything means, telling you what you are, and what your actions mean regarding your worthiness—by delivering suggestions to you with repetition and emotional force.*
Children learn by modeling; they are master mimics. Thus begins the process of self-hypnosis (or self-talk, if you like). Have you ever had the opportunity to eavesdrop on a young child playing with toys while he is repeating the judgments he has heard about himself in an innocent, singsong voice? We master these skills of hypnosis very early in life.
In this way we quickly develop the veils of perception—we are no longer able to see a tree, hear a bird, taste a hamburger, or experience anything (including ourselves) simply and directly, without a running commentary going on inside. The stimulus of a tree, a bird, or a hamburger, or the spontaneous movement of our own mind, body or emotion, triggers an instantaneous, uninterrupted barrage of associations, judgments, and memories, filling our mind with sights, sounds, and sensations. This onslaught of associated responses refers to the past and projects into the future with such speed and force that, not only do we not notice we have missed the experience of the tree (its mounds of soft leaves, its mottled trunk, its gnarled mass of roots sinking deep into the earth who knows how deeply) but we also don't notice that we have been distracted from seeing the tree. We are anesthetized to the pain of our severed relationship to the tree. How many of us are already habitually numbed to the pain of being disconnected from the natural world? Does it seem a strange notion that it could be painful not to really see and experience a tree that was right in our midst?
Distraction by association, forgetfulness, spontaneous anesthesia, positive hallucination (seeing something that isn't there), negative hallucination (not seeing something that is there), time distortion and time displacement, spontaneous regression—all these are signs and qualities that traditionally indicate a deep state of hypnosis, And yet all of these take place in our ordinary waking consciousness.
We will examine the signs and qualities of hypnotic depth from the traditional standpoint, and then explore how they blend into what is usually considered the non-hypnotic or “conscious” state. In this way we will begin to understand why it has become so difficult for us simply to see a tree.
Elias Brings True Consciousness into Hypnotherapy and NLP
No other author (that I have read or studied) in this field brings such passion and consciousness to the how to of hypnotherapy as Jack Elias. When I first started with this manual of technique I was pushed back a little by his "process" and then shortly realized that he was literally attempting to move me to an altered state while writing of his purposes and concepts. I could feel the compression of wisdom and mind wrenching and concept blowing sentences that brought whole realms of my own belief systems to the fore to be examined in an instant. Often, I would have to read and reread whole paragraphs and then put the book down and breathe deeply as minirealizations of the Truth of Elias's monologue seeped in. I found my self celebrating "eurekas" often.
Elias teaches that "exploring attaining . . .wholeness and inner peace" is an integral part of his manual for practitioners because he believes that success with clients is directly related to the depth and experience of the therapist's own contemplation and conscious inner life.
A Must Have for Any NLP or Hypnotherapy Practitioner!
I have been a Neuro Linguistic Programmer for about 9 months, and in that time have also reached Master certification and started working towards Trainer certification. I am also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. BUT, I am also a Spiritual Coach, a Reiki Master/Teacher, a professional Intuitive Counselor, and a life-long, spiritual seeker/finder (I delude myself into perceiving Spirituality as something I can "lose," and have therefore had to go out and "find it" once again only to remember). Anyways, before I even knew what NLP was, and before I knew more about Hypnosis than Hollywood's misrepresentations of it, I was following some sort of spiritual path while studying to eventually go into the field of Transpersonal Psychology and obtain a PhD. I knew that the basic, surface-level psychology we had was not working (visit a Psych Ward if you disagree!). The popular treatment modalities of today are, for the most part, very dry and lacking in the human element. I find that many mental health practitioners (not all!) themselves are this way as well. So, I took a different path and chose NLP/Hypnosis because I thought there was a lot of potential for an integration of practical techniques and deeper concepts that would reach the individual human spirit. Several months, if not longer, into my search and my practice, I finally found Jack's book. Hey! I REALLY did "Find True Magic," just by discovering this book. I ordered it on here and when I received it I was blown away.
Jack provides a thorough, but not difficult to understand, recipe for taking NLP and Hypnosis to the next level. That's what I wanted. The techniques have been amazing not just in my practice, but also with myself. In fact, I test anything on myself before I apply it to another's life... and I scrutinize the technique, the experience, and the results. What is in this book delivers every time. I am hoping to attend a seminar this Summer!
I will add... no one needs to have some spiritual orientation in order to benefit greatly from this book and the techniques therein. It is extremely diverse, pragmatic and easily-appealing to anyone. Oh, and you do not need to be a certified practitioner of either NLP or Hypnosis either. So, just enjoy the book and watching yourself make the changes you desire to see in your life.
The book is really a gem
There have been so many reviews praising this wonderful book anything I could add here is probably redundant but I feel I should not fail to praise it as one never knows what 'noise' and strange comments may end up showing up in reviews (as if it is a recreation for some to write misleading reviews? or different of us have different agendas?) - so I want to add my review to those whose reviews helped me decide to purchase this wonderful book.
'Finding True Magic' has impressed me as the result of the experience and insight of a master of technique who besides very deep insight has great sensitivity and compassion and is an excellent teacher. It also has been, in my experience, astonishingly powerful practically (I mean in terms of applying to specific situations with surprising effect).
One of the situations had to do with pain that was so severe it had become seriously disruptive to my ability to apply ideas or techniques that had helped me immensely in the past - part of the problem was very deep fatigue from what had become a long lasting inability to sleep because of the nature and intensity of the pain which added to the pain itself seemed to overwhelm my concentration with static ... attempting to induce a trance state in which to slip out of this entrapment has had remarkable, even astonishing, beneficial effect. [It is a treasure to once again be able to sleep deeply and with the joy of a baby, so to speak]. There have been other experiences where I feel Jack Elias' book has been immensely helpful.
[I do not have anything that would be considered a practical background in hypnotherapy and while I have been able to deeply relax parts of my body in the past, I had not been able to do this under the circumstances I mention above until reading 'True Magic' nor do I think I would have been able to help another who was in pain relax so deeply as I feel this book helped me do on at least one occasion.]
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