Metaphor in Hypnosis
What is a metaphor? A metaphor is a literary phrase. Typically, a customer uses a metaphor to describe an image associated with that metaphor, a story, or a tangible event.
The metaphor represents an invisible, mental interpretation of a particular event that matters to the client. When clients associate certain metaphors with mental or emotional discomfort, they look for relief from the associated discomfort.
A person creates a metaphor from different puzzle pieces or parts
A customer creates the metaphor from many different parts or details. Changing the details frees the client from the associated unpleasant feelings. So as you learn to change the metaphor, you can quickly help the customer to find the relief they need.
Remember that a metaphor is nothing but a belief or set of beliefs. Human thinking consists of beliefs. Beliefs are made in the customer’s own mind. So, changing beliefs does not actually hurt as long as the client’s subconscious mind agrees that the change does no harm. If the subconscious does not agree with the intent of the change, it can cause a client to feel “stuck” mentally.
A metaphor consists of two basic parts
A metaphor consists of two basic parts. Energy and ‘data’ or information bits. Separating the energy, especially the negatively associated memory energy of a metaphor from its parts, frees the client from the unpleasant feeling. Metaphors that are associated with pleasant feelings rarely need to be addressed and dismantled, as they are not a cause of customer resentment.
However, the metaphors that associate customers with a problem can be changed so that they can experience the change they want. And changing these modalities can relieve the customer almost instantaneously.
Suppose a customer assigns a cactus to an abusive parent. You can ask the customer if he or she would feel better if he or she changed something in the cactus image. If the customer agrees that a change can occur safely to the customer, instruct the customer to change the image and notice a soft release. By doing so, the client can experience a profound problem breakthrough.
Be a guide for the customer as he or she transforms ideas
When you assist your client as a coach or guide, the transformation feels like the customer’s idea. This is the most effective way to help your clients feel better. Instead of trying to convince the customer and tell him what to believe, simply recommend that you feel attracted to what feels peaceful. Leave the rest of the process to the customer and watch how the transformation goes quickly!