Huntington Beach - Los Angeles - December 2014
6. Spiritual Reality beyond hypnosis - Water in water
To be in the Spirit is to be like water in water.
To be in the ego is to be like an object in water - an object that is always susceptible to drowning.
Human ego is like an object in the spiritual ocean of life.
At any time it can sink upon being hit by the powerful waves of Reality.
A wave, on the other hand - no matter what the condition of the ocean - is always totally safe. What could ever happen to water in water?
Becoming like a wave in the ocean of life is what the spiritual quest is all about.
Only when we finally become like water in water, can we enjoy the state of all pervading, undisturbed security.
Becoming like water in water is the end of fear and anxiety.
7. Spiritual Reality beyond hypnosis - After 25 years
Why do I after 25 years of practicing clinical hypnosis start writing about the Reality beyond hypnosis?
Is it because I want to show my disengagement from the realm of hypnosis?
Is it because I've reached the point at which I've decided to end my hypnosis practice and switch to the practice of the spiritual healing?
None od the above!
I'm writing about the Reality beyond hypnosis because that's where the real freedom lies.
As long as your life is determined by hypnosis you can either suffer from the negative hypnosis / negative conditionings of your subconscious mind - or, you can benefit from the positive hypnosis / positive conditionings of your subconscious mind.
It is obvious to everyone that negative hypnosis is a source of all kinds of problems in life.
On the other hand, most of the people are totally unaware of the problems hidden in the state of "positive" hypnosis.
How could ever positive hypnosis be a source of problems - you may ask?
Isn't it true that everyone wants to be positively conditioned?
Isn't it true that the positive subconscious conditioning is what we should all strive for in our lives?
I will answer these questions in the next segment of this page (segment #8).
8. Spiritual Reality beyond hypnosis - Hypnotic realities
What does it mean to be hypnotized?
To be under the power of hypnosis means that the mind is fixed in a particular perceptional reality.
Whatever that perceptional reality is - regardless of whether it is positive or negative - it is based on a particular concept / idea / persuasion, and NOT on the absolute truth.
All perceptions are subject to change - and when they change, a person who has founded his life on the grounds of perception is left in a desperate position of having nothing to support him.
When our most cherished perceptions collapse - and they are always a subject to collapse - we end up in a situation in which the proverbial rug is pulled from under our feet.
In other words, we lose our bearings, become confused and disoriented, and begin to search frantically for a new perceptional / hypnotic reality on which we could base our existence.
Everything, in order to be stable needs a stable foundation. Hypnotic realities based on perceptions are as stable as the weather is.
The weather of the mind constantly changes. Even the strongest mental positions are subject to change and collapse.
During my years of practice, I have seen a lot of people who came to see me because they LOST their confidence.
I've seen salespeople who after decades of success, all of a sudden, and to their utter amazement, had found themselves totally void of previously enjoyed confidence.
9. Spiritual Reality beyond hypnosis - Can you count on hypnosis?
Considering what I've presented above, you may be asking yourself: Can I really count on hypnosis to help me function better in life?
The answer to this question is unequivocal YES.
The world that we live in is made of hypnotic perceptions.
It is a world of hypnotic realities, which are nothing but very convincing illusions, BUT, at the same time, it IS the only world we know - and can ever know - from our sensory, and psychologically conditioned experience.
So even though the hypnotic realities are ultimately nothing but illusions, which can be very unstable, and as such can never provide a permanent solution to our problems - they do have a tremendous temporary power, which can help us advance towards the non-hypnotic, spiritually based solutions.
The illusory nature of our external material world, and the inner world of our thoughts and emotions has been recognized by the science for a long time.
"A human being is part of the whole, called by us 'Universe,' a part limited in space and time.
He experiences himself, his thought and feeling, as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires, and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and whole nature in its beauty.
Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security."
What follows is that we not only can benefit from hypnosis - we MUST benefit from the positive hypnosis, or else, we are going to be smashed by the negative hypnosis which attacks us on a daily basis.
We must live in the sensory reality of illusions, and we can never avoid being psychologically conditioned. As Einstein has said - we are PRISONERS of the illusions of the mind and the senses.
And yet - PARADOXICALLY - as the prisoners of the corporeal reality of the world we live in, we CAN ALSO BE FREE. In this paradox the spiritual solution to our problems lies.
The prescription for freedom - inside of the prison of the hypnotic illusions of the world - has been expressed most succinctly by the famous words of Jesus: "Be in the world but not of the world".
The admonition: "be in the world but not of the world" points to the possibility of experiencing perceptions, thoughts and emotions, and not being enslaved by them at the same time.
Is this an actual, livable reality, which anyone can enter, or just an idealistic directive divorced from the realities of our daily living?
I will attempt to answer this question on the next page - page 3 in the series: Spiritual Reality beyond hypnosis.