While hypnosis often uses suggestions, as well as visual imagery from the individual’s life and aspirations, to help quit an unwanted habit, gain confidence, or to maximize performance, Archetype Hypnosis focuses on a particular archetype (or several archetypes) in order to enhance or balance subconscious patterns.
Often associated with Jungian psychology, because of their accuracy in representing different types of character, motivation, and desires, archetypes are also employed in such creative fields as marketing, script writing, and the arts more broadly.
I have explored the three most culturally foundational archetypes in my book The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality: Craftsman, Warrior, Magician (Inner Traditions publishing 2020), and, since it can be found in the tribal/societal structure of probably all ancient peoples, it is the latter model that we will use.
Below, is a map of the archetype model used during the hypnosis session. Note that different aspects of these three archetypes will be considered (Warrior + scout and warlord, Artisan + renovator and artist, and Magician + sorcerer and priest), reflecting how these archetypes emerge in our more complex time.
As with other sessions, we begin with a discussion of what you want to achieve in your life and ascertain a clear goal before moving onto the hypnosis stage.
However, while we will discuss your challenges, aspirations, and the path to achieving your goals, we will also explore the archetypes that embody these challenges, goals, and — most important of all — solutions. To inform our discussion of the subconscious mind, where relevant, we will draw on a wide array of archetypal representations, from mythology and martial arts, to fine art, Tarot imagery, and rune poetry.
This approach gives you the chance to view your own situation in a detached manner while understanding the ancient patterns that may have shaped your life path and that can help you move forward. Consequently, Archetype Hypnosis sessions offer a more “initiatic” experience and, as such, are most suitable with a deep spiritual practice or inclination.
- Discussion of how the relevant archetype relates to your life and situation and how you can use its power in decision-making.
- Exploration of particular ancient symbols which will be used in hypnosis.
- Exploration of relevant ancient texts.
- Guided in-depth hypnosis.
- The teaching of specific meditation and breathing techniques where appropriate.
- The teaching of self-hypnosis.
If you have questions or wish to discuss your aims in relation to archetypes, before or after scheduling a session, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.