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Finding True Magic: Transpersonal Hypnotherapy / NLP Paperback – July, 1997
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"An extraordinary stand alone text from which even the most experienced therapist will learn a lot about therapy and herself." -- Leticia Oliver, DCH, Journal of the A.B.of Hypnotherapy
"East Meets West in True Magic. Finding True Magic is a remarkable textbook on Transpersonal Hypnotherapy. Recommended for deep study." -- Ormand McGill, PhD., Dean of American Hypnotists, Author, Hypnotism and Mysticism of India
"Finding True Magic provides a great amount of practical and creative guidance. It's a pleasure to have your book." -- Tulku Thondup, Author of The Healing Power of Mind
"If you do healing, you must have this book. If you teach, you and your students must have this book!" -- Marilyn Gordon, Author of Extraordinary Healing
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My approach to hypnotherapy is transpersonal. I believe that the client's goal, whether or not she realizes it consciously, is to be whole and at peace with herself all the time. Attaining this wholeness and peace is my intention working with clients and students.
In my view, this intention must be contemplated by prospective hypnotherapists with passion, curiosity, and perseverance. Their success with clients will be directly proportionate to how deeply they cultivate this contemplation and make it relevant to their own secret inner life.
To be passionate and curious, contemplation of this sort must be free of any standard of success. You must be free of fear or hope that you will or will not be successful.You must do such contemplation purely for the sake of learning…learning for its own sake...discovering that even so-called success or failure is merely a label for a certain kind of learning whose fundamental value lies beyond these conditioned judgments. Learning is a whole body/being process.
To be fully engaged in the process of learning is to be fully alive, moment by moment. To experience being fully alive is the ultimate goal of this course―to be awake, free from all trances of the egoic mind.(Jack Elias) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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'Finding True Magic' has impressed me as the result of the experience and insight of a master of technique who besides very deep insight has great sensitivity and compassion and is an excellent teacher. It also has been, in my experience, astonishingly powerful practically (I mean in terms of applying to specific situations with surprising effect).
One of the situations had to do with pain that was so severe it had become seriously disruptive to my ability to apply ideas or techniques that had helped me immensely in the past - part of the problem was very deep fatigue from what had become a long lasting inability to sleep because of the nature and intensity of the pain which added to the pain itself seemed to overwhelm my concentration with static ... attempting to induce a trance state in which to slip out of this entrapment has had remarkable, even astonishing, beneficial effect. [It is a treasure to once again be able to sleep deeply and with the joy of a baby, so to speak]. There have been other experiences where I feel Jack Elias' book has been immensely helpful.
[I do not have anything that would be considered a practical background in hypnotherapy and while I have been able to deeply relax parts of my body in the past, I had not been able to do this under the circumstances I mention above until reading 'True Magic' nor do I think I would have been able to help another who was in pain relax so deeply as I feel this book helped me do on at least one occasion.]
Curiously, this work did not transform my human emotional struggles and neurotic character. It did to a small extent but it truly left me with that initiatory experience that changes one's life. After dozens of psychological, somatic, and meditative approaches, I'm now a psychotherapist myself, when I was pre-med at the time.
So, there's something real to this. I'm just curious, this person seemed to focus on yielding awakening, transpersonal experiences, but not transforming the human heart, or shadow material. Maybe it just takes more time and I couldn't afford more than five months self-pay.
It is, of course, not a book I could just sit down and read through. It's a textbook/workbook for Elias' full hypnosis/NLP certification class, so I'd expect careful readers to expect to stop and think and practice. So I spent time with it, and it seeped into me. Then, as is the way of men, I forgot about it for a while, although lots stayed with me in my client sessions, which had changed and evolved for many reasons, one of which what I had gained from my reading of Elias. I've picked up some of the language ( I love the Higher Self text, and use some variant of it every session. It's a great place to start working any other technique. Now, two years later, I've gone through it again, and I appreciate what Elias has done even more.I'm getting another leap forward out of it.
It comes from a different perspective from the vast majority of hypnosis schools that teach more or less a standard curriculum of quite valuable and useful info and practices. What Elias teaches is how to put those same techniques and various NLP methods, in the context of spiritual healing. It's not just another step. It's a whole other dimension of practice. What's the therapist's task? "Learning to awaken from the dominance of the fixating thinking mind, from the limiting trance state." Nor need we merely substitute a slightly better trance state for the one the client came in with. That would be to fall for the "self-improvement trap." Oh no, we can have much more fun than that. Elias is among the masters who recognize that everyday realities are trance states. What about the beliefs we have held from childhood about how everything is - our dearest truths? Milton Erickson said, probably more than once, "the deepest trance you'll ever be in is the family trance."
So Elias says: "The goal of transpersonal therapy is to wake up to our OKness, not to solve problems within the realm of the reactive mind theater." So placing the concept of the client's core purity (or inherent divinity) at the center of every session, allowing it to pervade every aspect, helps break the client's habitual trance (the deep-grooved neural trails they came with), while offering a state of realization to the client that is at least an onion layer closer to where they'd really like to be. And they really would, you can bet on it. Every one.
This work is a lovely resource that should add something valuable to almost anyone's practice. His way of doing Parts Therapy is the best I've seen, and he adds clarity to what regression therapy is all about. Lots of other goodies. Go look if you want to play.
Great material. Great point of view. Along with Dave Elman's book, the astonishing Rossi-Cheek Mind-Body Therapy, TranceFormations, by Bandler and Grinder, this has been one of the hypnosis books I've been most influenced by. It shows compassion for clients, hypnotists new and old, and all other sentient beings.
I wonder why he left out and didn't mention the late great Gil Boyne, the founder of transformationall therapy.