April 3

The Great ISE Debate: Must You Always Find the Causal Event?

Regression to Cause Hypnosis


Is it always necessary to locate the Initial Sensitizing Event (ISE)?  The ISE is considered the causal event.  It’s the “first time” the client experienced that pattern.

Regression-to-Cause Hypnosis Theory suggests that clearing the “first time” pulls the roots out of the dysfunction pattern associated with the problem the client comes to see you about.  That certainly seems to be the case.  At least, with most issues that we’re dealing with.  

But healing is not a race to get to the ISE.

The purpose of regression-to-cause hypnosis is to uncover the decisions made in the past. The goal is to uncover the specific decisions that are contributing to the problem so you can change them.  

Changing those decisions doesn’t always have to happen at the ISE. It’s true that locating the ISE can save you a lot of session time.  But Rule #1 is to always work with the client’s Subconscious Mind.  And sometimes the Subconscious Mind will want to go to an event that has more pressure in it.  

If you land in a highly-energized event and try to bridge back to the ISE you could lose the thread. If you lose the thread you might not get to the ISE. Worse, you could lose rapport with the client’s Subconscious Mind.

The Subconscious mind is showing you that it trusts you by showing you an obviously painful event.  There’s pressure there.  It wants relief.  

Ignore that at your peril.

If the Subconscious Mind stops trusting you, you’ll get nowhere fast.  You’ll have a wrestle trying to gain back its trust. 

If you land in this kind of event that’s got a lot of energy in it – deal with it. Just work right there.  There’s no need to go looking for the ISE yet.  The ISE is secondary as far as the Subconscious Mind is concerned. Even if you don’t have time to locate the ISE, this is where the work needs to be done.

About the author 

Wendie Webber

With over thirty years of experience as a healing practitioner, Wendie brings a broad range of skills to her approach to regression to cause hypnosis. She combines a gentle, yet commanding way of presenting with a thorough, clear and systematic approach to helping healing practitioners to make sense of regression hypnotherapy.