Repression Release - Chapter 14
The problem with most talking therapies is that communication is through the critical filter of both the Client's and the Therapist's mind. The best way for me to describe it would be to imagine watching a movie but all the way though the wife of the leading actor kept interrupting telling him his dinner was ready or that she wanted him to have a word with one of their children or some such every day occurrence that had nothing to do with the movie.
If the underlying root cause of a problem is emotional then reasoning will only go so far to resolving it and the most that can be achieved is find some way of handling the symptoms.
Hypno-Psychotherapy is a feeling therapy requiring the client to engage emotionally and not just as an observer from a safe distance. Intellectualising the problem serves no purpose until the emotional charge has been released. In order to do this feeling rather than thinking is required on the part of the Client.
Let's say a person is suffering from asthma. The asthma is a physical symptom symbolising or standing in the place of a repression (that which is subconsciously pushed away from conscious awareness).
Something happened when the person was very young and the natural mental processes were interrupted because the child found the experience emotionally overwhelming. The subconscious then put the experience in cold storage but left a symptom to remind the person to deal with the repressed experience when s/he had acquired the necessary emotional resources.
Reporting an incident isn't the same as feeling it!
Because the experience was repressed it is not under conscious control so it is not fully available to the Client. The Client can remember what happened and is more than capable of reporting what happened but only as a reporter and from a safe distance. The Client may have related the traumatic event many times before and may even have shed a tear in doing so but the repression remains with all the emotional charge associated with it.
Simply talking about the event from the stand point of an observer from a safe distance is a far cry from the process that was interrupted at the time it first happened. In order to deal with and resolve the underlying emotional cause for the repression the initial traumatic incident needs to be re-enacted in all its glory in the present and to do this the imagination must be called upon.
Hypnosis in Psychotherapy
The client has to engage the imagination to such an extent that s/he imagines the incident actually happening in the present. This is where hypnosis comes in. The Client will feel all the feeling sensations, all the sights, the sounds, the smells as if s/he is a child once again and experiencing the event but this time being given the opportunity to allow the normal mental and emotional processes to go all the way to completion.
To do this the Client needs to suspend the critical analytical mind and engage the imagination as you do when you watch a movie. The story is ruined if the actor's wife keeps reminding the audience that this is only a movie. Thinking and analysing is the exact opposite of imagining and that is why it would interfere with the therapeutic process of repression release.
Once the Client cooperates with the therapeutic process, the experience that caused the asthma in the first place is re-enacted in every detail several times. With each re-enactment more detail is remembered and there will be a noticeable shift in intensity and in the way the Client expresses the associated emotional charge. The Client normally goes from someone crying uncontrollably to eventually relaying the story in a bored tone indicating that all the charge has been released.
Once the emotional charge has been released the Client is then given the opportunity to arrive at conclusions for him/herself about why the subconscious chose that particular symptom and to come to realisations about the experience and its effect on his/her lives to date.
Repressions addressed in this way are permanently released and the associated physical symptoms are immediately or soon after alleviated and in most cases completely disappear.
Goyakla practises what he preaches
In my series of hubs Chapters 1 to 13 I have described the repressions I released in therapy. You will notice that I wrote each chapter in the first person and in the present tense to give you a feel for what re-enactment of a traumatic even entailed. Since I had released all the emotional charge associated with these repressions in therapy I no longer feel them and even when I was writing them as if they were happening in the present I felt no emotion. They are now resolved and are part of what I have learned in my life.
Acid test of repression
If you have suffered traumatic events in your life and feel that they no longer affect your life try writing a hub about them the way I did. Write your experiences in the present tense and as you are writing re-enact the events in your mind as if they are happening in the present.
If you are able to do this free from any emotional expression then you can rest assured that the events no longer influence your life in the present. If however you feel the emotion welling up and you find yourself unable to control your feelings then you harbour at least one repression and as long as you do you do not have the power of choice in your life. You are at the mercy of your past and albeit subconscious your choices are always influenced by the experiences you continue to repress to this day.
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