In this week’s Success Newsletter, I would like to discuss negative hallucinations and the false stories we create in our head.
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Now, let’s talk about negative hallucinations and the false stories we create in our head.
Many years ago when I was performing stage hypnosis shows I would hypnotize volunteers to perform hallucinations and negative hallucinations.
Hallucinations are things we see that don’t exist; negative hallucinations are things we don’t see that actually exist.
For example, I would hypnotize a volunteer and tell him that there is a UFO in the sky and now he must warn people about the danger (hallucination.) In another scenario, I would tell the hypnotized volunteer that the audience has completely vanished and it is so quiet and peaceful here. Next, I would ask the audience to shout loudly and have people come up and jump up and down in front of the hypnotized person who would see and hear nothing.
He simply could not see or hear what was happening right in front of him, and happening quite loudly and clearly. He couldn’t even feel the weight of the people jumping up and down in front of him.
It is amazing to see and experience the things hypnotized people will do and the way that they will react under hypnosis.
However, most of us fail to recognize that we do these same things on a daily basis – we engage in hallucinations and negative hallucinations.
We see things in our head that don’t exist and we fail to see the things that do exist in reality.
For example, a client told me that she was experiencing anxiety and feelings of rejection because she had not heard from a friend regarding a project with which she could have helped him.
She began to explain to me the hallucinations – she believed that he doesn’t care, isn’t interested, doesn’t think she is significant and doesn’t need her for the project.
That was her story.
In her mind she created a story about his actions or lack of actions.
She created a hallucination, which in this case was a negative use of her imagination and which, created feelings of anxiety, rejection, insignificance and unworthiness.