Generative Trance: The experience of creative flow

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Crown House Publishing, Oct 25, 2012 - Psychology - 260 pages
This book describes an entirely new way of conducting hypnotherapeutic interventions - Stephen Gilligan's generative trance. The first generation of trance work, the traditional hypnosis that still holds sway in most places, considers that both the conscious mind and the unconscious mind of the client are, to put it bluntly, idiots. So trance work involves first 'knocking out' the conscious mind and then talking to the unconscious mind like a 2-year old that needs to be told how to behave. Milton Erickson created the second generation of trance work. He approached the unconscious as having creative wisdom and each person as extraordinarily unique. Thus, rather than trying to programme the unconscious with new instructions, Erickson saw trance as an experiential learning state where a person's own creative unconscious could generate healing and transformation. At the same time Erickson, for the most part, carried the same low opinion of the conscious mind. Thus, Ericksonian hypnosis looks to bypass the conscious mind with indirect suggestions and dissociation and depotentiate it with confusion techniques.

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Title Page
creative flow vs neuromuscular lock
The Many Faces of Trance
The three levels of consciousness
wholeness The COSMIC consciousness of generative trance
how problems and solutions
Welcoming and weaving identity parts into generative
Open Beyond Subtle Fields in Generative Trance Opening to a generative field
Generative trance as a quantum field
Celtic cross
The Principle of Creative Acceptance
Unfolding trance from experiential resources
The Principle of Complementarity
Mutual trance Third method Goodselfbad self
The somatic trance dance of integrating opposites

Integration and transformation
Drop into Center Somatic Attunement
Somaticelements of generative trance
Suggestion loop ofmultiple possibilities
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Stephen Gilligan PhD, has become a leading figure in Ericksonian hypnotherapy. He is the developer of the Generative Self approach to personal growth. A licensed psychologist, Stephen maintains a private practice in Encinitas, California.

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