- Paperback: 149 pages
- Publisher: Crown House Pub Ltd (March 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845900308
- ISBN-13: 978-1845900304
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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The Hypnotic Use of Waking Dreams: Exploring Near-Death Experiences Without the Flatlines
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Explores and illustrates the practical use of [near-death experiences]. -- Thomas Connelly, Secretary of the British Society of Clincial Hypnosis
I cannot imagine any serious psychotherapist, or student of psychotherapy, not needed to read it very carefully. -- Robert Almeder, Professor of Philosophy, Hamilton College
Opens the reader up to the imagery world of waking dreams. A book that will leave you thinking. --Tom Barber, CCTS Senior Tutor
A major innovative contribution to the spiritual use of psychotherapy. ---- Kenneth Ring, Ph.D., author of Lessons from the Light
A pioneering work that acknowledges the central position of the spirit in human affairs. --- Raymond A. Moody, Jr., M.D., author of Life After Life
About the Author
Dr Paul Schenk is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Atlanta, USA. For a quarter of a century he has explored numerous applications of hypnosis for treating a variety of presenting problems. An Approved Consultant with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, his articles have appeared in professional and lay journals.
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The client describes significant events in this imagined life and then narrates the dream character's death and after-life experiences. Schenk believes that the true power of the waking dream begins in the after-life episode, a time of philosophical reflection and spiritual exploration. The book draws from Raymond A. Moody Jr. M.D., who, wrote Life after Life, about near-death-experiences. Schenk's tenet is that by imagining the after-life experience of an imaginary self, the client can reflect upon the deeper meanings and purposes of his or her own life. He asks, "What did you learn from this life?"
In waking dreams, clients discover their faulty assumptions and develop insights into the dynamics of current relationships. They use the waking dream to address metaphysical, existential, and spiritual issues. They can dialog with the dream character, see parallels between the dream life and real life, and discuss the implications of dream content. Schenk asks his clients to identify and converse with "spirit guides" representing intuitive parts of the client's own personality.
The book contains case transcripts that illustrate trance induction, guided imagery, and hypnotic language patterns. Dr. Milton H. Erickson's influence is evident. Each waking dream unfolds spontaneously as a teaching tale, created by the client. The therapist facilitates by asking questions, encouraging exploration and curiosity, and suggesting choices and possibilities. Clients choose their own dreamscapes, work through dilemmas, answer their own questions, find their own meanings and interpretations, and draw their own conclusions.
Schenk reflects on the profound effect that 20 years of this work has had on his own life, reporting that it has led him to examine his thinking on many spiritual issues. In reading the transcripts, it is often hard to tell what, in each client's story, is imagined and what might be true "paranormal" phenomena. Or is it the case that all "paranormal" phenomena are simply figments of the imagination?
Hypnotherapists who work with metaphor and guided imagery will like this book. Each reader will find something uniquely intriguing, depending on one's model of human psychology. Some will find evidence of the unconscious mind at play. Others will see this work as highly spiritual, giving a glimpse into the latent supernatural abilities in each individual. Some readers will see evidence of various therapeutic approaches and theories of personality, such as psychodynamics, ego state theory, client-centered therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and of course, Erickson's language patterns.
This book blurs the line between reality and fantasy and entices us to ask questions about the mind and soul, life and after-life. The answers are elusive, but the questions are sheer delight!