I was looking at several hypnotists earlier today (*cough* working hard! Honest!)such as Milton H. Erickson and Richard Bandler. Generally, I’ve made a practice of –not- looking around or going into detail about the workings of my conscious and subconscious states, as I thought that by establishing some definite concepts in my mind, I’d be restricting my hypnotic capabilities or something.
I’ve always believed (with what little experience with hypnosis I’ve acquired so far) that the subject is largely the one in control (sorry to burst your bubbles, Lex and Co.). The subject is the one that establishes the mind-set that he or she enters during trance, refuse suggestions that they don’t wish to continue with, and take the hypnotic instructions they’re given and interpret them in their own way, creating a variety of results. An example of this would be comparing Yin (a friend of mine who has her own hypnoblog) and myself, as we both have similar programming. I, as I’ve mentioned before have a kitten persona that I adopt when Lex brings it out during trance, or through my obey trigger. Yin has a hypnotic cat collar that she can wear and adopt her persona that way. As her blog name suggests, she’s –very- fond of cats, whereas I’m more of a dog person =P
Now when Yin first told me of her cat collar, I was rather curious to see how a seasoned cat fanatic would behave whilst in her kitten-state (and also, because I’ve never really seen myself back as a kitten….could I have been subconsciously been seeking tips?) Anyway, whilst she behaved as expected (rubbing up against things, licking her paws and curling up on the bed) what I found interesting was that she was able to respond to what I was typing in perfect English with little trouble. Now, I’ve mentioned being a kitten in a previous post, but I don’t think I’ve ever spoken aloud as a cat (ignoring Lex’s last post in order for me to prove my point!) One of the things that’s always interested me is the way that one subject interprets a suggestion can be different to how another interprets it.
Grey, Lex and I were having a conversation the other day about Pet and Briony, and Linda and Eve (his sub, Cirith’s submissive side and subconscious) as I tended to not understand ‘Eve’ and couldn’t quite get my head around her. I don’t think I actually cleared that up, but that could be because when I didn’t understand it, I just glossed over it in conversation (possibly linked back to my unwillingness to look at things too closely as I mentioned earlier). But because I –believe- that if I put Pet and Briony into ordered little sections in my mind, establishing exactly what I think they are, it’ll restrict what they can do, that’s what I think will happen. If I were to say that Pet wasn’t my main subconscious, and that there was another level deeper than her, before long I’d find myself searching for someone else to fill that gap I’d created. That’s why I like having some uncertainty regarding their existence, by purposefully closing my ears to explanations and such, in my mind I’m saving myself later hassle and altered perceptions. I like the way things are with Pet (and dare I say it) Briony, and the pictures I’ve built of them so far, and understand that they all fulfil their own role. I guess it’s true, ignorance really -is- bliss.