|Posted on 5 October, 2015 at 14:40|
Melancholy, the dumps, the dark night of the soul, these states have been known and described for many hundreds, even thousands, of years. How can the black dogs, or black thoughts, be banished? Or rather, how can they be transformed? Is this emotional wilderness and desert even sometimes a necessary stage before the lush-growing meadow appears with its myriads of flowers and birds?
Hypnosis can help enable a new Springtime to come, even after a Winter of depressive blackness, for example, by helping to focus and build on positive, useful thoughts, by imaginative strategies for change, and the transformation of perceptions and experiences, both of the present and the past, and therefore also of the future.
In a similar way to how sunlight tends to brighten our spirits, a practice of visualising light can have a very uplifting effect on your whole outlook and demeanour. The late Dr. Dylan Morgan, hypnotherapist, wrote a wonderful children's book called The Everlasting Well, in which the heroine, Elaine, is taught a special song which would help protect her from dark thoughts and feelings:
The love of light is in my head,
The love of light is in my heart,
The love of light is in my body,
The love of light is in my soul.
These are great words to use while visualising light within yourself, and letting light enter every part of you. Regular light visualisation, either as part of hypnotherapy or incorporated into daily life, will soon make you feel and look radiant!
NB. Significant depression should be treated by hypnotherapy only in close liaison with your family doctor.