Understanding Alchemical Hypnotherapy
Founded by David Quigley in 1984, Alchemical Hypnotherapy is a unique and powerful form of interactive trance work which centers on developing and utilizing inner resources for healing, empowerment, and personal transformation. The techniques used in Alchemical Hypnotherapy are highly effective at producing rapid change and are especially well-suited for those who are strongly motivated to create and experience dramatic personal growth.
The use of the term Alchemical in the context of this type of work refers to the ancient art of Alchemy, which has been defined as the study of transforming lead into gold. It is commonly believed that the ancient practitioners of this art were primarily concerned with the material conversion of base metals into more valuable ones. However, the writings of the ancient Alchemists illustrate that their studies were focused instead on a quintessentially human process by which dense, heavy, and burdensome personal energy may be dynamically transformed into brilliance, enlightenment, and self-actualization.
Alchemical work is done in an alert state of trance. This means that the client is awake, able to interact, and retains full decision-making capacity throughout the process. The work is client-centered, meaning that the client maintains control of the process and leads the way while the therapist facilitates and provides assistance as needed.
There are a variety of different techniques which may be used by the therapist, including the following:
A primary aim in Alchemical work is to establish a strong connection with one’s own unique inner resources, known as inner guides. Inner guides offer powerful aid in the process of personal transformation by providing support, direction, information, and insight, as well as by enhancing personal power. Guides are specific to the individual, come in a wide variety of forms, and may perform a variety of roles. The therapist may facilitate a client’s initial contact with a guide by deliberately calling upon the energy of that particular guide, and once contact with a guide is established the client may communicate directly with that guide independent of the therapist. Over time the client can learn to initiate contact with new guides independently as well.
Most if not all people are affected to some degree by negative memories and emotions that are stored in the subconscious mind and as energy in the body. Memories of trauma, abuse, neglect, or other circumstances or events can continue to have profound effects on a person’s level of well-being long after they were originally created, and the negative emotions related to such memories can persist for years despite attempts to defend against them. In Alchemical Hypnotherapy the aim is to access and transform these painful memories and emotions and to release any associated energy from the body. This is accomplished using a powerful technique known as the rescue mission, in which the client participates in rescuing his/her own wounded self from the original circumstance or event, aided by his/her inner guides and the therapist.
All of us have within ourselves a variety of different parts, called sub personalities. One part of us feels sensitive and vulnerable, another part tends to be harshly judgmental, while yet another part may be defiant and rebellious, etc. Using the power of the Alchemical conference room it is possible to identify and get to know these sub personalities and to build alliances among them which unify the energy of the self, resolve inner conflict, and help the individual to achieve inner peace. It is also possible to identify and remove unwanted influence from other people. This is an extraordinarily powerful technique to use whenever there is a decision to be made or a behavior to be changed.
Past Life Regression
Many people have an innate sense of having lived other lifetimes prior to this one. For those who are interested in working at this level, past life regression is an extremely powerful technique which offers new and profound insight and understanding. Issues occurring in the present lifetime may reflect issues from other lifetimes, and trauma and overt acts from past lives can have lasting effects which may manifest in the present lifetime in a wide variety of ways. In the context of Alchemical Hypnotherapy, past life regression enables the individual to not only understand, but also to take action to permanently alter unwanted patterns which are related to past life trauma and overt acts. Also, Alchemical past life regression can be used to contact creative abilities from other lifetimes and bring them forward into the present life.
Hypnotherapy does not treat pain or disease except by direct referral from a physician as part of a healing team; however, hypnosis can be used to explore the underlying energy and meaning of pain or disease. Many diseases have been shown to have a psychological component and some are the direct result of negative emotions stored in the body. Various Alchemical techniques can be used to facilitate powerful release of these emotions from the body itself. These techniques include those mentioned above as well as hypnotic movement and channeling energy through the body.
Certified practitioners of Alchemical Hypnotherapy receive an academically and experimentally rigorous training in which they are required to receive numerous Alchemical sessions as a client. Therefore, Alchemical Hypnotherapists have already done a significant amount of their own in-depth trance work prior to certification and are familiar with the subjective experience of trance and working with the subconscious mind to address deep personal issues.
My teachings are from, Alchemical Hypnotherapy, as developed by David Quigley, includes all the following processes:
- The rescue of the inner child from the trauma, neglect, and emotional pain of the past.
- Providing the inner child with new loving parents and the experiences of a nurturing childhood. We create with you a loving inner world in which someone is always there to hear and respond to your needs.
- Strategies for contacting, testing, and working with the Inner Guides (archetypes) through trance, movement, and shamanic practices.
- Contacting past-life memories within the collective consciousness to access creative abilities, resolve trauma, change karma, and alter contracts with significant others.
- Integration of sub personalities (different voices within ourselves) to resolve conflicting desires and goals. This leads to the unification of the will and the achievement of dreams.
- Alchemical Hypnotherapy uses movement, psychodrama, emotional release, touch, breath, and sound to achieve integration at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.
What is Alchemical Hypnotherapy?
The ancient Alchemists made clear in their writings that the substance of their transformation was the human soul. Their goal was the transmutation of the base metals of human emotions and instincts within the subconscious mind into the gold of self-realization. The vehicles of this transformative process were the archetypes, the Inner Guides.Alchemy can be defined as the spiritual discipline of working with Inner Guides.
These powerful and autonomous beings live within the subconscious mind and can guide us effectively to health, happiness, relationships, prosperity, and most important, the fulfillment of our spiritual purpose! These Guides can be accessed through the hypnotic state.
Alchemical Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic process designed to assist the client in working with their Inner Guides to change their lives. Alchemical Hypnotherapy synthesizes techniques from many modern schools of Transpersonal Hypnotherapy and Psychology. It includes Gestalt, Regression Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Psychosynthesis and Shamanism with the ancient science of Alchemy as translated and channeled to the modern world by Dr. Carl Jung.
Heal and Transform Your Body with Hypnosic
Below are some of the technologies uses in Alchemical Hypnotherapy. With these methods in Somatic Healing you will learn the underlying causes of illnesses that live within the subconscious mind.
Methods Used in Somatic Healing Include:
Color Healing involves discovering the colors of a pain in the body and learning easy ways to move that color out of the body through exit points (like acupuncture points) that your body can readily identify for you. Especially powerful for headaches, as well as any chronic pain. Color Healing is the next technique of Somatic Healing.
The Golden Sun process is an energy channeling method that is both easy to learn and extremely effective. This technique which helps us concentrate and channel the energy of the universe into places of pain and illness in our own bodies, and those of our clients. This process can add new power to other proven techniques of laying on of hands healing, such as Reiki or Therapeutic Touch. The Golden Sun Process is not subtle. Both practitioners and clients who experience this work describe the energy being channeled as intensely hot, electrical, tingling. This process utilizes visualization of various colors and images through which the body becomes a transformer of Universal energy. Grounding cords are placed into the earth from the feet and the base of the spine which bring earth energy up into the body. The Golden Sun of the Higher Self brings golden energy down into the body. Both energies are merged in the heart, then channeled into the practitioner’s hands. I have used this technique to eliminate headaches, the common cold, and other ailments. It requires, however, tremendous concentration and very open psychic channels in the practitioner in order to be effective alone. It works better as one component of the Somatic Healing process.
Hypnotic Movement is a process of tuning into you body and allowing it to move in its own unique way to unwind physical traumas (like auto injuries), reduce swelling and inflammation (sciatica and arthritis), and eliminate pain. Hypnotic movement techniques are based on the ancient principle that our bodies already know how to heal themselves. All we must do is persuade the conscious mind to step aside and let the body do it. That’s why all these movements require a light hypnotic trance in order to by-pass normal conscious controls. These movements may involve some supportive touch. That is, the therapist may hold the client’s body in a twisted position that the body has assumed on it’s own, to help the client relax in that position. They may involve therapeutic touch, in which the therapist directly channels healing energy to the client’s body. Although therapeutic touch and supportive touch are helpful to somatic healing, they are not usually essential to its success.
Healing Accident Injuries is he first type of hypnotic movement useful primarily for accident victims is running traumas in the body. This is essentially a kind of hypnotic regression in which the client returns to the scene of a violent accident, and the muscles and connective tissue & internal organs of the body re-live and move through the original trauma. But this time the client goes through the experience very slowly, and completely free of pain.
Repetitive Strain Injuries and Joint Pain is another type of hypnotic movement is useful for repetitive strain injuries, like the infamous carpal tunnel syndrome. Because these injuries are the result of holding or moving the body in awkward positions for years rather than the results of a single trauma, the movement involved in healing is different. A variation of this technique can also be applied to any kind of joint pain- arthritis, rheumatism, etc.
For Immobilized Injuries this type of hypnotic movement is microscopic movement.. When muscles or joints are immobilized by severe pain or injury (including those in a cast) microscopic movement may be the best choice of movement therapies.
For more information on about Alchemical Hypnotherapy and David Quigley at the Alchemy Institute of Hypnosis at: http://www.alchemyinstitute.com/
You can also purchase David’s book (The Alchemy of Healing- Healing Your Body And Your Life With Hypnosis Therapy) by following the links on his website.
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