The following article has been written in an attempt to provide the reader with a deeper understanding of the theory surrounding the obscure pseudo-science known as Alchemy and the modern applications of this ancient art since its marriage with the practice of Hypnotherapy in a single system called Alchemical Hypnosis. It shall be noted that the theories and perceptions presented are subjective and personal to me, the author. I ask that you employ a gnostic discernment within whilst reading, and only entertain those ideas with which you resonate. Please enjoy.
Let us start with a brief description of the ancient, yet recently refined, art of Hypnosis. With roots traced as far back as ancient Egypt, Greece, and beyond, humans have been using hypnosis to reach altered states of consciousness for many millennia. Back then, and even in contemporary times, hypnosis was used as a method of entertainment, something of a primitive side-show act; and for other reasons like transcending time and space to speak with the 'gods'. Hypnotherapists are trained to help their clients fall in to a deep state of relaxation beginning with a skilled hypnotic induction which is used to bypass the rational, logical, often hyper-critical conscious mind using particular relaxation methods, language, and visualizations. Alchemical Hypnotherapists utilize techniques from many modern schools of Transpersonal Hypnotherapy and Psychology including Gestalt, Regression Therapy, and Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) to help their clients achieve, maintain, and navigate a comfortable trance state.
It has been stated that a trance state requires two things: focus and absorption, so it can easily be said that a long car ride can be entrancing and a restful watch of the television produces and even requires a light state of trance to enjoy. Interestingly enough, and something that will be explained later, is the level of suggestibility the mind reaches when in this state. The subtle flicker of the television mixed with its enchanting programming literally captivates its watcher, leaving them open to the product purchase suggestions provided by advertisements. We automatically begin to believe that we need this ultra-soft roll of toilet paper because our minds are vulnerable to the very suggestion. Ideas become beliefs and beliefs become actions and perceptions.
When the conscious mind has been attenuated through a relaxing hypnotic induction such as the flicker of the t.v., the endless droning of the car tires upon the highway, or the hypnotherapist's calm, comforting voice, a new part of our psychology known as the subconscious mind begins to surface. This part of our psyche represents the mysterious home of our belief systems where all traces of our ancient to recent personal past has been indelibly recorded. When this enigmatic aspect of our cognitive composition comes to the forefront, the real work of hypnotherapy can begin.