Today’s trance is about positive hallucination and the effects it can create in trance and in everyday life. The most interesting part about hypnotic phenomena is that it also occurs in waking states. This fact, to me, creates more credence that trance isn’t something you go in and out of, it just varies in depth and breadth. This article is part of the 100 days of Trance blog.
A positive hallucination is removing the perception of stimulus that exists; this could be not seeing an object or person that is really there, not smelling a smell that is present, etc. Or in short, the subject is seeing something that is not there
Practical Application in Therapy
Whether you are doing hypnosis, NLP Change Work or Traditional “talky” therapy, at some point, you are utilizing positive hallucination. Unless you really think that you can talk to a body part, an illness or a dead relative and have them answer you? The mind is a wonderful thing. It needs positive hallucination so the conscious mind can accept that you are communicating with someone or something that doesn’t have a mouth. Suspension of Disbelief is the watchword of all therapy. First, you believe and then you see changes.
Humans have very active minds. So active that when “reasonable” explanations are not present, the mind fills in the blanks. An example could… you’re watching a scary movie and hear a sound. Since you cannot see through walls the brain may decide to just create a stranger, ghost or whatever to fill in the missing pieces so the mind will have a complete picture. This doesn’t always seem to work that well.
People do all kinds of nifty things when they don’t have a complete answer. They have arguments with people that don’t exist, they imagine that they can age-regress back to their childhood and repeat family patterns and they have the ability to create the worst possible scenarios if that is what they were trained to do as a child or impressionable young adult.
Take Advantage of This Phenomena
Another possibility is to to use a positive hallucination to your advantage. Even in the bleakest situation, if you can imagine the possibility of success, YOUR BRAIN MUST OBEY. Practice making the best possible outcome for a long enough period of time it becomes a habit.
One of my favorite procedures in NLP is called future pacing. It’s where a person who has made a change imagines 3 times into the future where the brain is using the new skill or ability. What no one seems to notice is that if you do this intentionally it rewires the brain to the new behavior and creates future solutions to problems that don’t exist, yet or ever. (that’s a positive hallucination)
Try this skill out and let me know what your results are. Remember I’m only an email or phone call away (wink)