Cracking beams, shaking, hits of waves: I am in tropical storm on a steamer in the Gulf of Bengal. The steamboat rolls and swings, most of the passengers stand on the guardrail and vomit, let go their dinner, crying afraid.
during this overnight travel from Sandwip to Chittagong in August 1985 my attention was fully captured by reading ‚TRANCE-Formations. Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the Structure of Hypnosis’ by John Grinder and Richard Bandler. I did not realize the severity of the storm or the sufferings of my co-passengers. I was so fascinated by this text, captivated by the cases described, fully concentrated and centred in myself that I could not invest any energy for the storm.
This is how I go introduced to the efficacy of therapeutic hypnosis in stormy waters. Ever since I have been mesmerised of the unique possibilities of hypnosis as a coaching and therapeutic tool. It was the fact that I was going untouched through these critical moments on a dangerous sea that made me understand how easily I could stay with my own thoughts and imaginations no matter what had happened outside in a hypnotic state.
Also I realised immediately some impacts of hypnosis:
The external world cedes to be so important; the attention focuses on inner processes, which get intensified. The attention and the focus fort he issues treated in hypnosis are sharper than normal and crystal clear. Learning evolves almost automatically at a higher than normal speed.
In 1985 I would never have dreamt that hypnosis would become one of the most efficacious methods in therapies worldwide. I could not imagine that hundreds of scientific studies would again and again demonstrate its efficiency.
Unfortunately there are still a (decreasing) number of persons who are scared of or sceptical about hypnosis. My only response to this is: Those who lock themselves from hypnosis for whatever reasons, abandon one oft he most interesting and powerful methods to help themselves or others, a method used in more and more areas growing day by day.
Hypnosis is a specific state of consciousness. In this state the brain is able to operate holistically and faster than in normal day consciousness. In hypnosis the brain is able to change its own programming and learn at the speed oft he light.
One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his greatest surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t”
By Henry Ford