All my stories are metaphorical.
My courses, apart from the 'Mind Relaxation Techniques' have assignments which take 10 minutes a day, the rest of your course is 20 minutes a day listening to metaphorical stories.
Metaphors are stories with many levels of significance. When the story is elegantly told the conscious mind is distracted and the unconscious mind is stimulated into a search for meaning, for solutions and resolutions and for inner resources and strengths. To create a successful metaphor, one that will point the way to resolving a problem, the relationships between the elements of the story need to be the same as the relationships between the elements of the problem. The metaphor will then resonate in the unconscious and mobilise the resources there. The unconscious gets the message and starts to make the necessary changes, in exactly the right way for you as a unique individual.
Metaphor has been used as a means of changing ideas since time immemorial, by philosophers, prophets and wise men of old.
Dr. Milton Erickson, who is considered the Master of Metaphor, said: “What you don’t realise is that most of your life is unconsciously determined.” .
The stories are told so you experience a light trance state or a state of relaxation. With positive expectations, in a light trance, you are unconsciously open to the messages and beneficial influences communicated in the story.
In light trance you are close to “Unconscious learning” – and less involved with thoughts and day to day issues. You may accept the suggestions in my stories with less critical sense, but if any of my suggestions conflict with your values, acceptance will not occur.
The stories follow archetypal patterns as seen in legend and myths. My stories include the theme of a quest, the hero’s journey, your unconscious mind associates your quest, to resolve an inner problem or conflict, with the solutions and resolutions of the successful quest of the story.
What begins to happen is that the wisdom and benevolence of your unconscious mind will identify with one or more of the characters and heroes who deal successfully with difficult challenges, you will experience the character or heroes sense of accomplishment as your own and you become ‘transformed’. You will add to your memories the feeling of success and have the deep inner expectation of further success.
Many people who have heard my stories find themselves functioning with increased freedom and creativity. This obviously comes from inner psychological change. For example: parents in the stories can represent mentors, learned teachers and sources of love and support. And how you ‘parent’ yourself will become more and more supportive and respectful of yourself. Your inner ‘parenting’ voices will transform.
A child in the story can represent the ‘child within’, inexperienced, eager to learn but not knowing how, spontaneous but with a limited range of behaviours and responses. When you listen to the stories and identify with the child, the ‘child within’ you will begin to feel hopeful as you take in how the child in the story overcomes blockages to growth and freedom – so the ‘child within’ you will experience growth and freedom.
I wish you growth and freedom in a way that will be self-reinforcing of you.
I received this email from Ann-Marie in April 2014: lovely to read and glad to be of help.
Forty days ago I started a" fabulous journey" with you to unravel a deeply entrenched problem with insomnia. I developed tinnitus around 2 years ago and had not been sleeping properly since then. I had sought treatment with a hypnotherapist here where I live and had listened to various other recordings but all were designed to be listened to just before going to bed. Although I don't rely on this awareness as much as I should I do realize the potential of the unconscious mind. It was my feeling that I should address this problem through hypnosis during the day and not at bedtime. This lead me to ‘youtube’ where I listened to your sample track to deal with insomnia. I slept soundly that very night.
I have enjoyed the process you've taken me through and have had a great result. So good in fact that I have been using some of the techniques I've learned and applying them to the problem with tinnitus (which I think is definitely related to living in a situation of long term stress inappropriately).
I have so appreciated your stories I thought I'd tell you one. Actually it's a dream I had a few years ago. In my dream I was having a problem with something. I was trying to read a manual to find a solution but Harpo Marx was trying to get my attention and help me. I was patient with Harpo but dismissed his efforts to help me saying, "Harpo how can you help me? ... you can't even speak." He opened a book in front of me and the pages began to turn themselves displaying images of all that I needed to know to solve my problem. Vast wisdom and a great sense of humour!
All the best to you Sally and thank you so much,