Clinical Applications for Consulting Hypnotists 2– Saturday
9:00-11:00 am – Real World Anchoring
Anchoring is the process of connecting an internal response to some sort of internal or external stimulus in such a way that the response can be accessed quickly and repeatedly. You already know a little about anchoring if you’re familiar with the experiments of Ivan Pavlov, who discovered that if he rang a bell when he fed a dog, that dog would come to associate the bell with food and begin to salivate when hearing the bell alone.
The process that Pavlov documented is called Classical Conditioning, and while anchoring does include elements of classical conditioning, it goes further than that. Anchoring can include any sort of stimulus involving any of the five senses, either directly experienced, imagined or remembered. But the biggest different between anchoring and classical conditioning is that while Pavlov documented reflexive, involuntary associations, anchoring can be done deliberately.
An anchor can be anything that can be experienced by the senses or represented in the mind as a sensory experience: performing a physical movement or assuming a certain posture, a sight or smell or sound or taste (real or imagined/remembered). The more specific and unique the anchor, the better it works.
Some anchors are created deliberately in order to achieve a specific state at will. Other anchors occur naturally and may or may not be beneficial to the person experiencing them. An entertainer or athlete might have established an anchor to help them get into a certain state of mind to perform better. Multiple anchors can be implemented concurrently or sequentially to “stack” them to achieve even better results. Conversely, someone with a bad habit (smoking, for example) may experience numerous anchors in the form of “smoking triggers” throughout the day; understanding how anchors work can help a therapist “collapse” those anchors so that the person regains control over their behavior and drives.
Anchoring is a process most closely associated with Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). While NLP strategies often are presented in ways that make it all seem very complicated and arcane, it doesn’t have to be presented that way. In fact, once the basic concepts regarding how the mind codes information are understood (usually referred to as “submodalities”), every strategy in NLP can be seen as either anchoring or reframing. Because of this, while understanding anchoring is interesting and useful in and of itself, it’s also vital for anyone wanting to understand and use NLP more fully and easily
Sunday Metaphysical Track-1:00-3:00 pm – Non-local Phenomena and Hypnosis: Creating Physical results with Your Mind.
When most people think about hypnosis (if they think about it at all), they think about a tool to help people quit smoking, lose weight, or eliminate stress. Or maybe they think about the comedy hypnosis show at their kid’s after-prom party.
But there are aspects of hypnosis that are less well-understood and less mainstream, but they’re no less real and no less powerful.
For decades, researchers have been experimenting with hypnosis and the ability to impact can be most commonly referred to as “non-local events.” Unlike those familiar situations where a hypnotist works directly and cooperatively with a client, non-local events occur when a hypnotist (working either alone or with a subject) creates a result that cannot be measurably connected to the actions of the hypnotist.
Many people consider the possibility of remote influence to be new age quackery and hokum, but in reality the concepts of nonlocality and entanglement (the condition necessary before nonlocal correlations can occur) are part of any advanced physics curriculum. Scientists have proven that the mere fact of being observed effects certain results on the quantum level, so it is not too much of a stretch to accept that hypnotic phenomena can intersect with entangled elements to produce nonlocal results.
One of the most widely-known type of non-local event is remote viewing. Edgar Cayce, the “sleeping prophet,” was well known for his practice of using self-hypnosis to diagnose illness and disease from a distance, in people whom he had not met and knew only through written correspondence. Many nations throughout the world have attempted to use remote viewing in espionage and, while the published results of these programs indicate little if any success, independent efforts at testing remote viewing have documented significant successes.
The studies with the greatest successes in this area used both classical hypnotic techniques and practices from Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to create a stable, replicable mindset in the test subjects that resulted in deep trance, increased awareness, and much-better-than-chance viewing results.
These practices also have shown success in the areas of remote healing and remote influence.
While there are some who say that if you can’t count or measure something, then it isn’t real, others would suggest that the ability to produce consistent results despite quantifiable factors should encourage increased engagement and an open mind, willing to explore the possibilities that hypnosis can create when exploring non-local phenomena
Jeff began his formal studies of hypnosis and hypnotherapy at the world-renowned Infinity Institute in Troy, MI, which led to his certification with the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA). He is now certified by the IMDHA, the National Guild of Hypnotists, and the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy.