Since May of 2020 I have been using a new type of hypnosis which is holistic in nature called the Simpson Protocol. It was developed by a Canadian hypnotist about 16 years ago and it is an amazing process that has been a game changer for me. I became a certified practitioner of this process in the fall of 2020.
How Hypnosis Works
Before I go any further, I should explain how hypnosis works. When we talk about hypnosis, we need to discuss the parts of the mind and how they work.
The parts of the mind that we typically deal with in hypnosis are the conscious, subconscious and critical factor.
To get a visual of these three parts of the mind, imagine an iceberg.
In the iceberg example, the conscious part of the mind would be the tip of the iceberg above the water.
This is the rational, logical and analytical part of the mind. It is also limited. The conscious mind only holds about 7 to 9 pieces of information at a time. This is also where our willpower resides.
This is why willpower doesn’t always work when we want to make a change. If we have a stressful day, a negative coping behaviour (overeating for example) could push the willpower right out of our conscious awareness.
The things that we have to think about when we are doing something are controlled by our conscious mind.
For example, someone learning how to drive a car has to consciously think about which pedal to put their foot on, gas or brake. When making a turn, a student driver has to conscious focus on putting on the turn signal.
This is the part of the iceberg that is under the water. This part of the mind is must larger than the conscious part of the mind. It is like a huge database holding every experience we’ve ever had – good or bad.
These experiences inform our habits, thoughts, feelings and beliefs.
The subconscious mind believes that everything is real and doesn’t like to make change. It has its programming and it likes to stick to it.
The things that we do automatically are stored here. For example, once we learn to drive a car and the more we do it, which pedal the foot goes on is an automatic action that the driver doesn’t even have to think about. Likewise with using turn signals in traffic. It just happens.
The Critical Factor
This part of the mind is a comparison mechanism that I like to compare to a receptionist or gatekeeper. In the iceberg analogy, it would be the water line.
How These Parts Work Together
Let’s use the example of someone wanting to lose weight but uses food for comfort.
Betty decides that she wants to lose weight and makes the conscious decision to do this.
The critical factor checks in with the subconscious. The subconscious checks its programming and determines that Betty needs to use food for comfort so it rejects the suggestion and the change doesn’t happen.
When Betty goes into hypnosis, the critical factor is bypassed, so the critical factor can’t do its check-in with the subconscious part of the mind. Then, if the change is something that Betty really wants to make, the suggestion that food doesn’t have to equal comfort and love can go into the subconscious and change that programming.
This is the typical type of hypnosis that most people are used to which is usually referred to “direct suggestion”. Sometimes regression to cause is used. There are many different ways this is done.
The SP Holistic Hypnosis Difference
SP works with the “Superconscious” part of the mind. The superconscious mind is the highest mind of the client, the part that knows everything – kind of like the “Google” of the mind. The superconscious mind mediates between the conscious and subconscious parts of the mind to achieve the optimum outcome for the client.
How we work with the Superconscious Mind
In SP the client goes into hypnosis the usual way, with an induction of some type. Then I work with the Superconscious (SC) and ask questions and depending on the answers the SC gives, I ask it to do things to help clear the issue. We also go to experiences that cause or affect the issue and get the feelings around the experience and bring them to a positive to help clear the issue.
The interesting thing is that I also ask SC if the client’s conscious mind needs to be aware of the experience.
If it says yes, we can work on resolving the feelings around each experience that affects the issue. Here’s an example.
Mom gave Betty a cookie to make her feel better when she skinned her knee when she was three. This may have happened to Betty many times as a child. And so, she grew up equating food with comfort.
If SC says no to “does the conscious mind need to know about the experience”, we can resolve all experiences without Betty’s conscious being aware of them. Personally I think if SC says no to this question, it could be that the experiences are something that would not make Betty feel good and it is protecting her.
In a SP session, the client’s conscious mind relaxes and steps aside and allows the SC to work for the most optimum outcome. The conscious mind parks itself in a comfortable place where it is aware of what is going on but doesn’t have to do anything unless I address it directly by name and ask a question. I can ask these questions verbally or telepathically.
If you think of a pet dog who relaxes in its bed or on the couch with the normal household activity going on around it, it just keeps snoozing. He is aware of what is going on around but doesn’t have to do anything. BUT, if the doorbell range, he’d probably jump up because he’d think the doorbell needs his attention. This is kind of how your conscious mind is during the session. Resting comfortably but not doing anything until it has to be involved.
Why I Love this Process
I don’t even have to know what the client’s issue is to do the work. But although clients generally tell me what their issue is when we have their consultation. I can simply ask SC if we can work on the issue and move on from there. If we resolve the issue before the scheduled time is up, I can ask SC if the client would like to work on another issue. If it says yes, we go through the process again and this time I don’t know what the issue is.
This is awesome for clients who may feel embarrassed by the reason they are seeking hypnosis. It gives them a further measure of security and confidentiality.
The client can use their own mental assets to make their changes under my direction.
Additional Protocols in this Holistic Hypnosis Process
There are a couple of other components that are very different from traditional hypnosis.
This component allows someone to be a surrogate for another person they want to help. I do suggest they get that party’s permission though. It is also useful if someone wants to work on their pets being being their pet’s surrogate.
This process allows the client to balance and bring 12 chakras into alignment. It also allows them to go to a place where they can “touch the Divine”. It is a very uplifting technique and the clients who have done this with me have absolutely loved it!
And the Client Learns a New Tool
The client learns three trigger words or keywords to do their own self-hypnosis. I teach this to each client at the end of the first session. My clients have found this extremely empowering.
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