This is not as crazy as it sounds. We get hypnotized by TV, Media, music, sports or even our friends, colleagues and lovers on the day-to-day basis. I specifically enter a very deep hypnotic state every week on Sundays when I write weekly episodes of Quantum Voyeur with my friend and co-author John Zakour. Quantum Voyeur is a science fiction weekly series on Serealites.
How specifically am I hypnotized to write? Or am I hypnotized by writing?
There are many definitions of hypnosis. One of them comes from my first hypnosis teacher and great hypnotist Dr.George Bien: “Hypnosis is an escape mechanism caused by focus or distraction, interest or boredom, joy or sadness. It’s the escape to inner self that creates power or debility.”
Shall we dissect this? Hypnosis as an escape caused by focus or distraction. When you focus on something, like playing sports or writing an article or presenting a speech to your audience – you enter a powerful zone state, where you no longer judge or analyze your environment or yourself, for that matter. You simply flow. On the contrary, when you are confused by a gypsy, a con artist or a skillful politician, you may feel distracted, trying to make sense of what happened, what to do next and what direction to go. In this case, you are also in hypnosis, a state of receptivity, open to suggestion.
Hypnosis caused by interest or boredom. You can be so interested in Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad, curious about the course of events or action in the next scene – you are in the state of attention, hence hypnosis – open to new information entering your mind. Commercials cost loads of money during SuperBall and the next season of a highly rated TV show. Advertisers know exactly when your minds are open to receive and absorb new information!
Boredom? You might ask how one is in the state of hypnosis when bored. You will be surprised. A person can be bored when they can’t process information anymore, they feel either tired or overwhelmed or simply uninterested. This is the time they could be triggered into the state of direct attention to suggestion, because they are already in the sleepy state, easy to manipulate. Give them simple and interesting instruction or information, they will quickly pay attention and follow.
Hypnosis caused by joy or sadness. If you are an indigenous person or aborigine ( thanks for reading my blog!), you know how dancing around the fire can produce tremendous joy and euphoria. That’s your method to enter trance states! If you are a modern person, then think of a joyous moment when you felt, almost like being on a natural ecstasy. Maybe you won an award or received a surprise gift you always wanted. This is a state of hypnosis. You can be so excited you can’t speak, filled with emotions! Sadly, some unscrupulous people, use this state for their advantage that could cause harm: Jim Jones would do it to his followers, creating a false sense of joy as they worshiped their idol.
Sadness. Yes. When you are sad or even depressed, you have a tendency to slip into the state of melancholy, dwelling on something that keeps you at an impasse. You may think of the past, visualizing what happened and what went wrong. The more you imagine it- the more you are in hypnosis, as you tend to put critical thinking on hold if not neglect it completely.
Now the final part of George Bien’s definition of hypnosis, “It’s an escape to inner self, that creates power or debility.”
All suggestions, be they from media, TV, teachers authority figures or your self – they enter your mind, penetrating your inner self, affecting your actions and behavior in a new way. They process, digest and produce either power or debility. If you stopped smoking, you gained power. If you continue to believe that you are worthless because your teacher or parent criticized you unfairly when you were a kid – you will create a low self-esteem, causing weakness and some sort of mental debility. Your thoughts create power or lack of it.
Every week I enter hypnosis on Sundays after we receive our final votes from our readers. We only have one day to write and post a new episode every Monday night. Thus far, we have nine more weeks to go. After that, we have two more months to finish a novella, to be published this fall.
It has become an addiction for me, to write every Sunday. I find that I can’t wait for that day, so I can enter a wonderful world of imagination. I plunge into a state of hypnosis caused by profound focus, interest and joy. I escape into my inner self, discovering a new universe of characters and stories. This process overall produces more excitement, joy an personal power. Not to mention an actual tangible result.
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P.S Now I just have to send this post to Dr.George Bien, hoping he will be happy with his former student:)