Why Some People Don’t Regress And How They Can

Recently a few people have asked me why

some people do not regress or appear to be not hypnotizable. Going by historical statistics about 15% of the total population of humans fall into this category, however my recent research indicates there may be ways to help these 15% overcome their blocked inner seeing.

I have encountered three types of mindsets

in those who are unable to regress. One set of people are primarily disbelievers in the human capability to retrieve past lives or long term memories and this disbelief is made further complex by the erroneous expectation that if it were possible, they would see their lives unfolding in their mind’s eye just as though they were watching a movie on a screen.

Also they have come to believe that when hypnotized

they will lose their cognitive awareness and not be aware of their surroundings at all. Further some also suspect that under hypnosis information may be extracted against their will. These expectations, created partly by sensationalized and doctored media as also by stage hypnotism which shows total loss of cognitive awareness creates the fertile ground for regression disability. Often such people may hop from therapist to therapist wanting to regress but at the same type believe that they are incapable of regressing or being hypnotized.

Such people however are curious to discover

whether such an experience is possible yet they are uncertain about its authenticity suspecting if all this is just a figment of ones imagination with no real evidence. Typically they are also characterized by an overly analytical mind with a highly developed left brain and a deep need to question everything.

The corollary to this observation

is that their right brain remains under-active and a deliberate attempt at stimulating their creativity may result in balancing the two brains and creating a more rewarding environment for relaxation and allowing the access to their subconscious mind.

The second set comprises those in whom the urgency

and desire to regress is very high, and they symptomatically present behaviors typical of those suffering from performance anxiety. Here the very desire to regress prevents them from moving into deeper trance states. What if I am unable to regress or I must regress today to find the answer to this issue is a mental instruction at the deep end of their brain which intercepts their ability to relax and causes them to manifest their very fear.

They try so hard to relax into trance that

their trying wakes them up and every attempt at going deeper into relaxation is met with an equally powerful but opposite force compelling them to try even harder. This clash of opposite forces usually results in the sensation of a mild headache as the brain is overloaded with contradictory instructions. Usually the instruction to stop trying helps the milder conflict cases to calm down but the more aggravated conflict reaches a dead end with the subject saying I simply can’t see anything. This complies with the law of reversed effect (Coue’, 1923) which says that the harder you try to achieve something that you believe, or a part of you believes that you are incapable of achieving, the fewer the chances that you will achieve it because the struggle itself will cause a reversed effect.

Such subjects can benefit greatly by

being explained the theory of the mind, asking if they have any apprehensions or anxiety about the process and dissipating their concerns prior to the session. Further massaging the acupressure points at the temporal lobes and the left ear may also help them to achieve a more relaxed state.

The third and most complex kind

are those in whom the spirit lies dormant and who have a complete disconnect with their emotional and mental bodies. Interestingly, most of these people are rather successful from a worldly perspective and appear to have near perfect lives but are unable to feel their emotions accurately. They believe their lives are just fine and that all is well with them. This everything is fine with me and my life is symptomatic of their very problem.

Such people have a great need to be in control

and rarely ever let their guard down. They believe that they must keep their act together else something terrible could come upon them. For them going into trance means having to handover control which is precisely what they must not do in order to feel safe. Unfortunately they are not aware of this pattern as they have disconnected from their emotional body in an attempt to cope with life more effectively and numb the pain away.

These subjects need a lot of pre-session work

in order to help them achieve the trance states so essential for memory retrieval. They, more than any other type of subject, must build trust in the therapist, learn ways in which they can relax spontaneously, create an environment of safety in their relationship with the therapist, practice self hypnosis or meditation and be assisted in bridging the mental emotional bodies. Other methods that can help them is the frequent use of imagination in storytelling or writing, sensing object therapy and free form writing with their lesser used hand which most likely in such subjects will be their left hand.

Deep relaxation which is a pre-requisite

for any information retrieval therapy is also essential for the healing of the human body and for establishing the connection with the soul. Everyone who truly wants to heal his life and has the perseverance to do so can, through the sheer power of will, teach himself to relax and to regress. All it takes is practice, practice and practice.



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