How Socrates and my Clients Transformed Hypnotism to Perceptionism
I am convinced there is a vast creative resource “hanging out” in the gray matter between our ears, and with the proper stimulus we can activate that creative resource to find solutions to most of the challenges in our day-to-day lives whether it be personal or professional.
Many of our good ideas arise when in a relaxed and peaceful state of body and mind—while dreaming; out in nature; while engaged in mundane tasks, while relaxing in a Jacuzzi, showering, meditating or in a conscious state of sleep (a state in which our body is in a relaxed sleep state but still able to deliberately direct our thoughts)—a state of mind that can be achieved through the application of perceptionism.
Time spent in my Inner Room and visiting with Socrates is central to the development of perceptionism and leads to forming my unique approach for using it. In some respects, Socrates became an essential guide and confidant as I sorted through endless questions, ideas, theories and paradoxes to create a theory that explains why we humans behave as we do and how to change our behavior if we choose too.
From the beginning of my career as a hypnotherapist, my interest in hypnosis has been to discover what makes the process work and how to best use it to enhance my client’s behavior (as well as my own), rather than to confirm some predetermined agenda or belief system.
Many hypnotists start out with a belief or philosophy and then use their preconceived notions to explain hypnosis and even manipulate the hypnotic process in an attempt to confirm that their erstwhile premise is true. My investigations were the opposite: look at the data and then adjust my approach to fit the evidence even if it is in conflict with what I had previously considered to be valid.
While my personal philosophy and the belief system that I now embrace are a spin-off of my investigation into perceptionism, it was never my intention to directly use the process to establish them. Many times (and probably many more times in the future) I have had to scrap some of my most cherished ideas and convictions when they no longer held true after experiment, research and empirical observation, or when they got in the way of successfully helping a client achieve his or her objectives.
The procedure I use for my investigations is based on the edict that if a principle (an idea or premise) is to be accepted as being true (valid and reliable), one must define the principle, describe a process for testing it and then replicate the process several times to confirm that the outcome is consistent…. And then accept the outcome even if it is different from personal bias and what was expected. If a principle cannot be consistently replicated, with the same outcome, it is not a valid principle and as such must be relegated to some theoretical or metaphysical niche.
I am completely willing to accept that perceptionism is based on only a few principles that truly meet the above criteria; the rest fall into the theory department. And if an idea or theory falls into the realm of metaphysics I leave it to the mystics to sort it out.
The following chapters are based on how my clients and Socrates shaped an unique approach for me to not only help my clients to achieve the behavioral changes for which they came to see me but to explain human behavior in general.
So keep in mind that much of what follows is not etched in stone, it may change with additional research, experiments and feedback from my clients.