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 takes a different approach. In this process, we focus on a particular archetype (or several archetypes) in order to enhance the positive subconscious patterns that these represent.
As with other sessions, we begin with a discussion of what you want to achieve in your life and agree on a clear goal before moving onto the hypnosis stage. However, in contrast to other types of hypnosis, we will not only 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.
This approach gives you the chance to view your own situation in a detached manner while understanding the ancient patterns that shaped your life path and that can help you move forward.
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 also explored the three most culturally foundational archetypes in my book The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality: Craftsman, Warrior, Magician (Inner Traditions publishing 2020).
A highly visual form of hypnosis, to inform our discussion of the subconscious mind, we can draw on a wide array of archetypal representations, from mythology, martial arts, and fine art to Tarot imagery and rune poetry.
- 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.