Imagine you’re guiding a regression to cause hypnosis session. You count the client back, they drop into an event, and you give them two choices. “Daytime? Or night time?” And something else comes up.
Either they start abreacting, or there’s this l-o-n-g pause … And the client says, “I don’t know.” What do you do?
Dance like a fool.
Years ago while taking a class in Sacred Circle Dancing I learned something about Healing Hypnosis. We were learning the Dance of the Fool. It was fun. But also very profound.
Here are the steps.
- Take one step forward
- Then take two steps back
- Turn around in a circle
- Then wave like a palm tree.
What happens next?
Repeat the whole sequence.
Now, picture this in your mind. There’s an entire group of people forming a circle. Each person takes one step forward.
So the whole circle moves forward a step. Then each person takes two steps back.
The circle moves back two steps. Then each person turns around in a circle. And waves like a palm tree.
Then they do it again.
Notice anything? Instead of moving forward the circle is moving backwards. Instead of progressing the circle is regressing. Cool, right?
How can you use this in sessions?
Imagine you’re in the process of doing some uncovering work in a regression session. And you hit a spot where the client either doesn’t know what’s happening, or goes into feeling overwhelmed.
So, you’ve just taken a step forward. And either there’s not enough information to work with, or there’s way too much all at once. What do you do?
Remember the Fool’s Dance.
When you take a step forward in your session, and you run into resistance, stop right there.
Take two steps back – rewind a little.
Then go around in a circle – review right where you were before you got stuck.
Maybe you need to deepen the client a little. Maybe you need to associate the client a little deeper into the image. Maybe there’s a deeper layer calling for resolution.
Whatever it is, take care of it. Then, when the client gets a little more clear about what’s happening, wave like a palm tree.
Before taking another step forward let the client enjoy the moment.
If you think this sounds silly, think again. It works.