Monthly Archives: September 2015

Parts of your Mind

In my blog on “Advanced Past Life Therapy”, I mentioned that you can meet and talk to “archetypes” or “parts” of your unconscious mind. I’d like to discuss this in a bit more detail, because “parts therapy”, in one form or another, is something which I find very useful in my hypnotherapy practice.

Now, some hypnotherapists and psychologists will tell you that there’s no such thing as the “unconscious mind”. They may well be right; certainly there’s no specific area of the brain where it lives.* But, nevertheless, the mind behaves as though it has an unconscious region, and whether it’s real, a metaphor or a convenient fiction doesn’t matter – parts therapies work.

Whole Master’s degree courses exist on the subject of “consciousness”, so I’m not going to get bogged down here in theories of the conscious and unconscious minds. I’m just going to give you this simple diagram, my take on Freud’s Iceberg Model, incorporating Jung’s concept of the Collective Unconscious:

Iceberg

Your personal unconscious contains “parts” which are unique to you. A simple technique which I often use is “Parts Integration”; we find (for example) the “part” which is responsible for a negative behaviour, then the “part” which wants to change, and then we encourage the two parts to talk to each other and come up with an agreed strategy. This doesn’t have to be done under hypnosis, but I find that a light “trance” – just deep relaxation – helps the process along.

Archetypes belong in the Collective Unconscious; they are common to all mankind. According to Jung, principal ones include the shadow, the wise old man, the child and the mother, but there are many more. Three that I find particularly useful to work with come from hypnotherapist Terence Watts: the Warrior, the Settler and the Nomad. We can bring in all three, consider which is responsible for a behaviour, or which would be most helpful, and ask them to speak to us or to each other.

Which, if any, part of your unconscious mind houses spirit guides, angels and characters from your past lives is anybody’s guess. Again, it really doesn’t matter. As I said in my earlier blog: These “entities” may or may not be “real”; perhaps they exist independently or maybe they are simply “archetypes” or “parts” of your unconscious mind, but this isn’t important from a therapeutic point of view. We can treat them as real and benefit from their guidance.


*Some experts regard the “unconscious” as nothing more than automatic brain processes, but in my opinion those are something else which should not be confused with “the unconscious mind”.

Pendulum Programming 3 – Re-programming your Unconscious Mind

Back in 2011, I filmed two videoblogs on uses for the pendulum. I fully intended to record a third, but I decided that the subject matter would be too difficult to explain that way. So here it is, at last, as a written blog! Please watch the two videos and try those exercises first.

After you receive feedback about an issue from your pendulum, you may want to change some of your unconscious programming. You can do this by combining the power of the pendulum with suggestions and affirmations. It’s best to implant these in steps that you can readily accept; you don’t have to force yourself to make a giant mental leap.

Let’s assume you’re working with affirmations. Start with a phrase that states the reality as it is now. After agreement is signalled with your pendulum by a yes or positive response, take the phrasing of the affirmation to the next deeper level – nearer to your goal. Once you get agreement from your unconscious mind (‘UCM’) on this second statement, you progress to the next closer statement, and so on.

Carry on with this until you end on a phrase that is your goal, being sure you get confirmation at each step along the way. Remember that your progress should be in small steps forward rather than one gigantic leap of acceptance.

Keep repeating each affirmation out loud if possible, or silently in your mind so no one else can hear, while holding the pendulum. Wait for the pendulum to move in your yes movement, as you continue to repeat the affirmation.

Once the affirmation gets a strong positive swing for a while, thank your UCM and really mean it! Keep saying, “Thank you” with emotion until the pendulum comes to a stop or circles around in joy, waiting for another affirmation.

Once the pendulum has indicated that your UCM appreciates your thanks, by circling joyfully or stopping its movement, you can continue to the next step of your affirmation. It’s a good idea to pause before continuing to the next stage once your thanks is acknowledged. Close your eyes if possible and sit still for a moment. Feel your thanks for this affirmation being accepted by your UCM. Be honestly grateful for this acceptance; it means your UCM is now helping you to reach your dreams. After a moment to pause and reflect on this, continue to the next level.

You may choose to take an hour or a day in between each step, or you can continue all in one sitting to progress through all the steps toward your goal affirmation, as long as you do not feel you are uneasy doing so. Trust your feelings about moving forward.

An example may help. Perhaps you’re looking for a solution and feel stuck. You choose to break the large affirmation of “I have new solutions” into easily digested and assimilated pieces.

Start with “I need a solution to …”, then move on to:
“It’s possible that there is some sort of solution.”
“I might discover the solutions I need.”
“Solutions could come to me in unexpected ways.”
“I can have solutions.”
“Solutions are coming to me now.”
“I have new solutions now, whether I know them consciously or not yet.”
“I have new solutions!”