..today I took part in a group hypnosis experiment at the psychology labs. Turns out I’m not very hypnotisable, though it didn’t seem to ‘work’ very well for most of the group. It was interesting though! I did get very relaxed, but perhaps was too engrossed in being aware of my body and breathing to be ‘fooled’ into some of the mental suggestions.
It did actually remind me of meditation, the ‘work’ is done by the person being hypnotised, you have to really open/surrender to the experience – this could be where the problem lies with me, a part of me is always watching, paying attention, intrigued by what might happen. The suggestions that did work with me were heavy arms and such, but other the things didn’t – tastes, only seeing two balls when there were three, hearing jingle bells being played, and even going to sleep and dreaming for a couple of minutes – also being told to draw a tree on some paper when waking and then being told to forget the instruction. Very interesting to think these type of things might work! Apparently some of the people who did find this got quite concerned over what happened to them.
I’m a little dissapointed I didn’t get more into the experience of it – apparently “hypnotisability” is a skill you can practice – but on the other hand I’m quite relieved. Also it has reminded me about meditation again, something I should give time to.
I was more impressed by my last visit to the craniosacral guy, we went on a bit of an inward journey into my body (and soul?). I still haven’t quite got my head round it enough to report on, but I could feel all kinds of movements and shifts going on inside me. What stands out the most when we were down around the sacral area, I had this sense of it being totally black, not in bad way but like a cave or womb, a comforting warm blackness, and all my breathing was going through here not my lungs..later on there was a brief but tangible sense of fur there. hmm…it’s a whole new world opening up. I can’t really describe it..gah