A deaf lady contacted me with a query about hypnosis. She had for many years been searching for a solution that would allow deaf people to access hypnosis. She wrote that she had approached many hypnotherapists, but had either not had very helpful answers or heard nothing at all.
I had some ideas about what could work, but emailed my human givens colleagues for their ideas on how a deaf person could do self-hypnosis.
This page collates their answers and shows that deafness does not
in any way impair the human ability to go in and out of trance
states throughout a 24 hour cycle. Therefore deaf people can
do self-hypnosis as well as hearing people. The only
difference is that it cannot be done by listening and that does
not at all need to be a disadvantage! This page is for all
who are hard of hearing, deafened or deaf.
From my perspective - as a relationship/couple counsellor - anything that can help people work on themselves, calm down and gain perspective, will have a beneficial effect on their relationship. Not only they, but also their partner/spouse and other people around them will benefit.
So, the following are contributions from colleagues ...
We don't have any online sessions for deaf people but having a script as you suggest on the screen could prove a useful approach."
From: Mark Tyrrell,
Co-founder of HypnosisDownloads.com
"Interesting indeed Mark, and I would add that I go into a pretty profound trance by reading, and particularly typing trance scripts, which hints at potentially another approach."
From: Roger Elliot, Co-founder of HypnosisDownloads.com
"Cultures all over the world have trance induction methods that do not require the ability to hear per se – self-hypnotic trance can be induced in all sorts of ways using any of our senses - http://en.wikipedia.orgwiki/Trance#Trance_induction_and_sensory_modality
As you said, anything that strongly focuses/fixes our attention, or is repetitive, puts us into trance – watching a swinging pendulum, even – anything that is mesmerising. And as Mark said, the more we practice our chosen method, the quicker we get at going into trance.
What a shame that this lady has spent so many years searching for something that we all do so naturally as part of being human – and shame on the hypnotists and supposed hypnosis ‘gurus’ who did not know!"
From: Heather Porteous, Enlighten Holistic Health in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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I received another email from Heather with some excellent ideas about biofeedback tools.
"Elly, are you aware that there’s also a very handy little gadget, a biofeedback tool – the emWave – that men in particular seem to really like as it DOES something and gives them instant feedback as to their progress, so they feel in control?
I’ve had one for years that I use with some clients, and it definitely puts people into trance as it requires strongly focussed attention. It’s made by the same people who made the Wild Divine (the aim is to achieve heart coherence), with the added benefit that it’s smaller than a mobile phone so is very portable. It’s visual, with added sounds only if desired (some deaf people may be able to detect changes in vibration through earphones?), so very suitable for helping deaf people teach themselves self hypnosis – it uses breathing combined with Heart Coherence (the above link gives a very helpful explanation).
Possibly a bit pricey depending on her budget, but lasts for years and as a learning tool will no longer be needed once self hypnosis and heart coherence have been mastered (there are a number of levels of increasing difficulty to be mastered)."From: Heather Porteous, Enlighten Holistic Health in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Jane talks about EFT - a method of tapping on acupuncture points, which is very hypnotic, as well as visualisation techniques.
"EFT might work as well, I'm sure a portion of its effectiveness is from concentrating on the physical sensations and the sheer hypnotic boredom of tapping round and round and round ....
And how about repeating a mantra, they'll feel the sensations in the chest and throat. Kinasthenia can work, I've seen non-deaf people whose 'special place' was riding a bicycle, a pony or a horse; one man went into trance by imagining himself in a flotation tank, which he'd experienced. I've had several who imagined themselves dancing.
A technique I've used when someone's special place is in a woodland, and I think they need a bit of extra help going into trance, is to imagine you're looking up at this really tall tree, and this leaf at the top gently floats off in the breeze, and you watch it as it slowly sails down to the earth, it's blown to the left ... off to the right ... it floats up a bit, then spirals down etc etc, the eye movements, like REM, are the point, that's why I do things like this, but for whatever reason this concentrating on watching this imaginary moving object, ending in catching the leaf in their hand --- feel the texture, look at the little veins etc, really works. Jo suggested once getting people to notice all the shades of colour in their imaginary landscape, I find this an effective trance deepener too.
I think focusing attention on anything should work but why not
have her focus on her heart, pulsing rhythmically.
Of course mindfulness, total focus on the here and now. I'm sitting in this chair, feeling my elbows on the arms, feeling all these sensations etc etc -- by the time you've described mindfulness to people they're often well away ..."
Jane Firbank (Jane was a much-valued member of the Human Givens community)
If you are hard of hearing,
deafened or deaf, or you are a carer, teacher, partner or
parent - I hope that you have found this information
interesting. Do please report back to me with your
experience of self-hypnosis. I would love to hear which
method works best for you.
Fine-tune your relationship and lift your spirits!
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