Aspects of my philosophy
There is but one light and none other.
This idea is so profound... It indicates that the whole universe is a unity. If you are suffering, I am suffering. There can be no judgement at all in this philosophy: everything is a mirror for everything else. Everything you experience is a reflection of you. There are no problems without resolution. There is no future unless there is a past – or you’ve only got a future if you’ve got (psychological) baggage! Without the baggage, you’re present, which is the real state of being hidden in all dualities. Running away from something (bad) and running towards something (good) are aspects of the same thing – so if a client (like you!) presents with only one side of that (or any other) equation, it can be helpful to look for the other side to complete the picture. Returning to unity, we find perfect understanding and forgiveness/ acceptance – and true contentment.
You can learn by rote, and you can know through experience, but you can only understand by becoming.
The hypnotherapy I practice centres on the core beliefs which influence feelings, thoughts and behaviours. You could say that these core beliefs are who you believe you are (as informed by past experiences). Lessons you read, or affirmations you repeat, make no impact if they run contrary to any of your core beliefs. Your life experiences are always perceived (and arguably generated) through your pre-existing beliefs, so they are highly subjective. The only reality is who you are – but between the ‘experiencing you’ and ‘who you really are’ is who you believe you are – in other words, your core beliefs. Changing, or elevating a core belief is to become something greater – and the concomitant sense of liberation, relief and openness are the hallmarks of a deeper understanding.
Nouns are not real; and there is only one verb.
There are no absolute facts; facts are only true in a given context. Even one plus one only equals two in certain contexts – for example, if you add a pile of bricks to another pile of bricks, you’ve still got one pile of bricks (1+1=1). To get back to reality, the greater context has to be understood. Beliefs are facts – that is, they have a value (e.g. for you, the client) in a certain context. As we have seen, this does not mean that they are to be judged. However, you will come for treatment because you are looking for access to a reality greater, more real and ultimately more functional than the one you are currently experiencing.
Another implication is that job titles and qualifications are meaningless in themselves – it’s what you do that counts in every moment of your life because that expresses who you are. There is no such thing as a therapist, only the act of therapy-ing (which really means the refining of understanding).
Every individual is a group on another level.
A human is a group of organs, which are groups of cells, which are groups of molecules… Our minds are also groups, striving for unity, but with conflicting experiences or realities. Humans too form groups (like families, social groups, nations, etc.). The therapeutic context, with a client and a therapist, is also a group which is bigger than the sum of the parts. The group context allows access to a superior level of awareness. In a therapeutic session, the therapist does not supply the answers; rather, if the client brings a question (or a problem), the answer (or resolution) is within that question/problem, and the purpose of the session is to create a context for the client to become present enough to perceive the answer they brought with them. That connection with a higher part of themselves is what we want the client to experience in the session, but also take away with them.
The future is built upon the present which is built upon the past.
I’m only really interested in facilitating lasting changes (in your belief system) which add benefit to your life. If I fall short of this, then I feel I have not furthered your welfare, which is paramount. I am therefore most interested in analytical and regression type treatments – but accept the value of suggestions and behaviour management in the proper context. I have seen with painful clarity how past-life experiences have impacted my current life. I understand that sometimes it may benefit a client to explore deeper roots for issues or problems – but the ‘facts’ (as previously mentioned) are far inferior in importance to the beliefs, which will manifest in multiple contexts – so looking back for a point of origin is by no means the right (or necessary) path for all clients.
Every journey has a beginning, a middle and an end.
The overall journey looks after itself – that’s Nature’s job. We can just concentrate on the task at hand, the next step. Starting from the present tense, wherever a regression (or session, or treatment, or life experience) goes, is where it needs to go for the next step to become apparent. Our task is to take that step, with full commitment. Integrity is the key quality in any undertaking whatsoever. If you commit to something and then not follow through, you’ve not only wasted your time (and the time of anyone else involved), but you’ve reinforced a negative pattern which will make it harder to complete on subsequent commitments. Everything has a natural journey, with the end foreshadowed in the beginning, like the answer in the question. A client’s journey through therapy will have a clear ending – and that should be the time the treatment ends – not sooner (that’s irresponsible), not later (that’s stealing!).