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Werner Meinhold: Hypnosis

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(Polish) [Good day, ladies and gentlemen]. (Applause) I reflected about Kraków and I was invited here the first time twenty five years ago. So we have been traveling here. And I reflected about what Krakow means to me and it took me half a night. So, so I would like to take some of the ideas to [make] them known to you. Well, it's a very special atmosphere in Cracow, and I would say it's a hypnotic town, really. (Laughter) I see, on the one [hand], very old tradition, very dignified traditions, and on the other hand, I see that there is a certain stability, which enables a person to go not the usual ways, but sometimes very strange ways. And we had a presentation about Pan Cogito in the afternoon, and I admire this work very much, and I came as a teacher, but I have learned a lot [about] Cracow. Thank you for this part. About hypnosis, we have very strange conditions. My books about hypnosis, they are very successful, but I had, like, enemies -- Especially in the Church. It's on the blacklist of the Catholic Church. But I teach in Ecuador as well, and in Ecuador we have a university of the Catholic Church, and they teach my method. So it's quite funny. Now, the most difficult -- idea about hypnosis: "Who is anxious to enter into hypnosis will never get out of the hypnosis." That's like, you know, from the old Crete. Man from Crete says, "All the people of Crete are always lying." So, does he lie? (Laughter) It's the same [as] this. How can you enter hypnosis, or how can you get out of hypnosis? You enter if you just arrive in the body of your mother. Also, in this moment you are under hypnosis. Because, what is hypnosis? Hypnosis is the consciousness of the old parts of the brain. And we have in our brain, not only not only one brain, we have different brains, and in the law of Haeckel, he says all the functions of the old brains continue, but the ontogenesis repeats the philogenesis. That means that for natural reasons in evolution, we had the first brain around 700 million years ago, and one brain was added to the other, and the archeology of the brain says we have different brains in our heads, and these different brains still function in the background. But in the early childhood and the intrauterine phase, they are in the foreground. So, we are born with one cell. We are received with one cell, and we [spend] all of our childhood until three years of age under deep hypnosis. Because the brain which we are used to [working] with is not developed yet. The first electroencephalographic waves which [represent] the consciousness of the right hemisphere, appear at about three years of age. That means that everybody enters the world in the hypnotic state, and all the experience you can [obtain] in the hypnotic state is forgotten afterwards. And so, we can enter again into this state only using hypnosis. That means if we go back, for example, in the usual psychoanalysis, we won't get to these early phases, because they are under hypnosis. And you know that Freud said we have to leave the hypnosis out of the analysis, but in his last year of [his] life, He -- He [became aware] [that] he made a big mistake. He said, "We tried to avoid hypnosis in the analysis, and redetected hypnosis in transference." So we live our lives, in big and important parts, in transference. Transference means we have deficits from early parts in our childhood, everybody has them. And we try afterwards to fulfill these deficits in our daily lives. Impossible. So, the only possibility is to go under hypnosis and to go onto these parts of the brain which [correspond] to the memories of this time. And we don't have to go only [into] these parts of the brain. We have to use the words, or the possibility of [communicating with] these old times [in] the brain. So if we make a logical analysis of the brain, you understand it, but you can't change it. We have to go to the change to make this possible. And fortunately, I hope, I had an idea. We could [do] a demonstration and Sara was so kind to say yes. She is interested, and if you like, we will do a demonstration now about hypnosis. And I would like to mention also that it's not just a biological idea and a biological work -- it is a spiritual work as well. Because with this work we come to the real I, the real id, and so on. And I will hypnotize Sara, and to show it is hypnosis, we have the possibility that Sara will have an arm which is without any weight, and is like this. Elevated during hypnosis and if somebody wants, they can elevate their arm and possibly you [will] realize it's very heavy after some time. Or you go under hypnosis and have the arm elevated as well. And I will ask her questions. We are far away from Erickson's hypnosis. I want to [say] this, because it's not just to change the symptoms we want the person himself to understand what is the problem, and change not only the problem but go a step higher, possibly even [into] -- [into] a region which we would call spiritual. If our life has a sense, we are connected with a higher level. And I think, I have this opinion not only because of my research, but I had some encounters with death in my early life, and so if you have these experiences, I think it is the most convincing you can have to see that other levels exist. So please, in this hypnosis, you take part as if everybody is protecting this circle. And don't talk please, only afterwards. Agreed? Thank you. So -- We start with the hypnosis. Relax, please. And everybody who wants to join can follow. And, please -- With your breathing, you can imagine it's like a wave of energy. Inhaling, exhaling. And now, please look [at] my fingertip. And your eyelids will be heavy and just close. Close. And you are in a good situation of calmness. Feel the good energy. And I will -- put my hand to your forehead and you'll feel again a warm sensation. Tell me when you feel it. OK. Beautiful. And this warm sensation is spreading to all your body. And I will touch your shoulders. And the movement system will be very heavy. Beautiful. And I touch your solar plexus region, and you will feel strong energy and calmness. Very good. And now I will strike above your left arm and the arm will be more and more light. More and more, the arm lose its weight. And the arm will move with your hand to your forehead. I'll strike five times, and you will reach, with your left arm, the forehead, automatically. One. And the arm is lighter and lighter. Two. And the arm tries to lift. And three. And four. And five. And your hand will touch your forehead and stay like it is, and will transfer this healthy and calm energy. And now we can go back in your life history, and you will remember everything which is important. We go back now to the age of about three years. You are three years old. And everything which comes to your mind you just can communicate, please. (Unclear) A Mr. Potato Head. A Mr. Potato Head toy. A toy with lots of pieces. (Inaudible) Werner Meinhold: A toy with a lot of pieces. Sara: A green couch. There's a Mr. Potato Head with blue shoes. All of the pieces are scattered on the couch. So, there's -- eyes and a mouth and a nose and white arms, with a potato with no face. W. M.: Yeah? What does this mean for you? [What] do you feel? Lots of different pieces. Pieces of a person. Whether it be arms or eyes or a nose, but they're not together, they're just sort of separate at the moment. W. M.: Uh-huh? Sara: (Inaudible) So the pieces are there, just not in order. They're scattered. So everything to make up a whole, but just not whole at the moment. Sara: Hmm. W. M.: And what happens after? I think it's about finding the way to put the potato head together. Sara: (Laughter) I mean, different combinations with eyes on the side and arms coming out of where the nose should be and lips upside down and ears all over the place. Sara: (Laughter) So I think it's maybe about finding the pieces and putting them together in the right order. W. M.: Uh-huh? Sara: Hmm. Trial and error, I think. You know, trying to put things together, trying to -- W. M.: So it's a good experience you have? Sara: Hmm. Lots of different pieces. W. M.: OK. So, you take this experience with you, and -- You might find just the word for it to remember. Sara: It's like all the pieces in my life are there in a different order. Just have to figure out how to put them together. W. M.: OK. So, we come back from the hypnotic state. And I touch [your arm again]. And count from 1 to 10. One. Your arm gets more and more of its weight again. And two. Your arm moves again to this natural position. And three. You remember everything about this encounter. And four. The arm is completely with its weight again. Five, after hypnosis you remember everything clearly and you see the symbolism of what had happened. And six. Also, your body is also with [its] natural weight. Seven, you are more and more completely conscious. And eight. The eyelids are easy to open. And nine, we come back from the hypnotic state. And ten, you are exactly here in this moment, in this place. Thank you. Thank you. I hope that was a nice idea. (Applause)

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Duration: 21 minutes and 39 seconds
Country: Poland
Language: English
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Producer: TEDxKraków
Director: TEDxKraków
Views: 1,141
Posted by: tedxkrakow on Dec 15, 2010

Talk delivered at TEDxKraków, on October 15, 2010.

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