|Posted on 7 October, 2013 at 6:15|
Poems, songs and stories can be very therapeutic as well as hypnotic. The following song, from a piece by John Dowland (1563-1626) also describes the strange thing that can happen to time when you are in a trance, and expresses a lot of what underlies hypnotherapy.
Time stands still with gazing on her face,
stand still and gaze for minutes, houres and yeares, to her give place:
All other things shall change, but shee remaines the same,
till heavens changed have their course & time hath lost his name.
First of all, Time stands still. This is often a striking feature of hypnosis, that time is completely different to 'ordinary time.' You could say that one enters a different dimension of time and experience.
Then, When gazing on her face. Who is she? Perhaps we must each make up our own mind about that, but some have suggested that she is Truth. She could alternatively represent some deep universal aspect of the subconscious mind.
Stand still and gaze. This is what we do in hypnosis. There is a pause from the usual hustle and bustle of life, and we direct our attention or gaze on something, allowing ourselves to be captivated by the subject we have chosen, so that we reach a state in which we are ripe for learning. In this open and receptive state we can learn new things that we never dreamed possible before.
For minutes, houres and years. As mentioned before, time is of a different order here.
To her give place. Give room for the intuitive mind to do its work.
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