This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004

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Utilizing archetypal symbols in classical Indian tradition in hypnotherapy

Bhaskar Vyas, Rajni Vyas & Radha Mohan — Vadodara.

The state of hypnosis is distinctly different from the three ordinary states that we are aware of in everyday life. One aspect pertains to the heightened suggestibility that effaces the distinction between the real and surreal. A surreal painting yields to various explorations by the viewers according to their own sensibilities. In the same fashion, the metaphors and allegories used in the hypnotic mode reveal themselves according to the contents of the unconscious mind of the subject. This is the crux of the transformation that is achieved through the hypnotherapeutic mode. All cultures have understood the operation of the archetypal symbols even before Jung formally elucidated their meaning. National flags and other such symbols have been utilized by mankind since antiquity. Though it still remains an enigma as to what is the basis of their expression, we see their operations in incidental hypnoidal states as well as in dreams. Literature and poetry is portent with much more meaning than the words can convey by allusion to metaphors and allegories. The archetypal symbols belonging to the entire human race or a particular culture have perpetuated themselves over the millennia by some unfathomable mechanism. What we know for sure is the certainty of their impact. This impact is profound in the hypnotherapeutic mode so as to bring about a therapeutic change. The thrust shall be on utilization of this precious heritage toward therapeutic advantage.

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