Transforming Consciousness with Hypnotherapy


The practice of hypnotherapy is also a spiritual practice that promotes the expansion of consciousness of the practitioner as well as that of the client. A study conducted in the field of past-life therapy in 1989, using a device developed by Maxwell C. Cade called a Mind Mirror (Cade and Coxhead, 1979), exemplifies the matching of therapist and client brainwaves in a non-ordinary state induced through hypnosis while accessing past-life information. This study done by Winafred Lucas, Ph.D., and her colleagues at the Brentwood Psychological Center, used two Mind Mirror devices simultaneously, one connected to the client and one to the regression therapist. The Mind Mirror measures the brain waves of both the right and left brains of the subject simultaneously, between 1.5 and 40 hertz, and responds rapidly to changes in brain-wave frequency. 

In Lucas’ experiment, the three therapists who guided the regression sessions and the individually hypnotized non-meditator subjects, who had little training in non-ordinary states, showed a distinctive brain wave pattern of primarily beta and delta. These patterns are different from the patterns typical in the waking, dreaming, or meditation states. The subjects’ GSRs (Galvanic Skin Response, which measures sweating and levels of anxiety,) fluctuated appropriately according to the events they related in their past lives. Lucas reported that the two subjects who meditated exhibited brain waves that were different from the other nine subjects, and that they were typical of other meditators even while in hypnosis. Also, their reports of past lives, even during traumatic events, tended to be less emotional. The GSR of these long time meditating subjects fell to a low level throughout the regression and remained there. The brain waves of the meditators remained stationary and didn’t fluctuate (Freedman, p. 28, 2000). 

A most interesting fact is that the brainwaves of the hypnotherapists facilitating the regression and the nine clients undergoing dramatic past-life experiences were the same beta and delta. In other words, the therapists and the clients have brain wave rapport as they enter and work in the non-ordinary state simultaneously. When in the state of hypnotic consciousness, there is a psychic and energetic rapport between the hypnotherapist and client that can be measured through brain waves. 

Many hypnotherapy graduates of HCH Institute have had life-changing experiences and major shifts of perceptions and consciousness simply by guiding others in hypnotherapeutic work. Hypnotherapists working with the empowering and client-centered Taoist principles discussed in the previous chapter agree that their consciousness, in some way, joins the consciousness of their client; that their consciousnesses are united with the client’s in a quantum field of thought, being, and energy. Even though these hypnotherapists and hypnotees use many of the Taoist precepts outlined in this book, they don’t necessarily work overtly with the Taoist language or concepts. These Taoist principles are universal principles that can be understood from many different systems or spiritual paradigms. The Taoist concepts are intrinsically a part of the empowerment and transpersonal style of hypnotherapy. 

In my experience, that same type of psychic rapport measured by Lucas in the Mind Mirror experiment commonly takes place between the client and hypnotherapist. The following condensed interviews of HCH graduates, who now practice hypnotherapy, show examples of this psychic rapport and mutual transformation. 

In my book Spiritual Hypnotherapy, I interview a group of hypnotherapy graduates who are engaged in a private practice.  For each one, there is an expanded sense of self, a sense that their work is spiritual and transformational by nature for both their clients and themselves, and that they are making a significant difference in the lives of their clients. Because their individual clients are growing and shifting consciousness, they are making a difference in the collective consciousness. The practice of Hypnotherapy not only supports the healing and transformation in client, the hypnotherapist benefits from being a facilitator and witness to the healing taking place.   


If you are wanting a career that is positive and affirming on a daily basis and work that really supports the healing and transformation of peoples’ lives, consider becoming a hypnotherapist at HCH. 

Blessings, Holly