While we at the Ontario Hypnosis Centre most certainly DO believe in past lives and other metaphysical experiences, our job is simply to assist our clients in whatever way possible. We are not here to change your spiritual beliefs (or lack thereof) in any way. That is something only you can decide to do. Our approach uses all our knowledge and resources to assist you in achieving your desired goals, while respecting your values and beliefs. If the metaphysical approach is something you would rather not explore, then the subject is never brought up. In fact, we rarely discuss past lives or other metaphysical aspects of hypnosis unless it is brought up by the client.
Before we can effectively discuss the metaphysical approach to hypnosis, we need to consider what metaphysics is in general. The term metaphysics is derived from the Greek Ta Meta ta Physkia which means “the books after the books on nature.” When cataloging the work of the philosopher Aristotle, a librarian discovered he did not have a title for the material on Aristotle’s thoughts on what lies beyond “nature” (Physkia) — so he called it “after nature.” Originally, metaphysics wasn’t a field of study or philosophy. But as we know, there is much that lies beyond what we can perceive in our world, what we call empirical reality. Metaphysics is therefore defined as the branch of philosophy that examines the true nature of reality, whether visible or invisible. It includes the relationship between mind and matter, substance and attribute, and, fact and value. Basically, metaphysics is the philosophical study of being and knowing. Metaphysics is therefore a broad-ranging philosophy, not a science!
In popular culture, metaphysics has become the label for the study of things which transcend the natural world — that is, things which supposedly exist separately from nature and which have a more intrinsic reality than our natural existence. It is closely related to spirituality, but it is not tied to any particular religion. However, it seems that “metaphysics” is deeply related to all systems of belief in many different ways.
Through metaphysical hypnosis we seek to understand the substance of reality: why things exist at all and what it means to exist in the first place. Much of philosophy, and therefore our philosophical understanding of the human condition as well as human behaviours, is an exercise in some form of metaphysics. If you think about it, we all have a metaphysical perspective because we all have some opinion about the nature of reality, things we accept as our TRUTH – both about ourselves and the world we live in. Because everything in metaphysics is more controversial than other topics, there is often disagreement among philosophers and researchers about the nature of metaphysical explorations.
As you search for a hypnotist that suits your needs, you’ll come across many different approaches to how hypnosis is applied. You’ll encounter many who favour a highly spiritual approach and those who may deny any type of spirituality as part of the process. We find dismissing any philosophical approach to be limiting. As facilitators of change, how can we impose our own beliefs, or disbeliefs, on another; particularly when it’s much more helpful to use those beliefs to create change more quickly!?
If we understand that beliefs are a part of the subconscious experience, an integral part of how we perceive and therefore interact with our world, it becomes clear that to deny these beliefs and exclude them from our process of change is to deny our clients an opportunity to tap into and use one of the most powerful tools at their disposal! As shown in the multi disciplinary study The “New Cognitive Science of Religion” and Religious Pluralism by John E. Benson, which includes contributions from evolutionary anthropologists, philosophers, and cognitive psychologists, with major inputs from the neuro-sciences and evolutionary biology, we understand that our brain is hardwired to believe in something greater than ourselves. Thus it is a natural process that “certain of the brian’s inference systems press us to postulate gods or other supernatural agents where knowledge and control are lacking” (Benson, 2007. Dialog: A Journal of Theology, Vol. 46, Number 4). In other words, the use of beliefs that includes past life regression, energy healing, Reiki, and other metaphysical modalities is more natural than super-natural!
While these approaches may be difficult to replicate in scientific studies for empirical and peer-reviewed validation, it is impossible to deny that they do produce remarkable results! There are many documented cases of Reiki and past life regression sessions, among many other spiritual approaches, having healing results for mental, emotional and physical ailments. We have experienced in our clinic many breakthroughs in our work with clients through these approaches. We do not publish or promote these outcomes because they are typically highly dependent upon the individual.
However, what is even more amazing is that you do not have to believe explicitly in these approaches to see the results. In fact, some of our most impressive results from past life regressions are with clients who are not sure they believe in reincarnation. In such cases, we suggest the client simply view the experience as a metaphor from the subconscious mind that facilitates a healing outcome. Perhaps dealing with a particular issue is too much for you to consider so the subconscious creates a story that allows you to work through challenges you are facing. You see them from a different perspective, through the eyes of someone else, and therefore find solutions and healing in ways that you may have never considered before.
Whether you believe in the spiritual approach or not, at the Ontario Hypnosis Centre you will be treated with the same consideration and respect that we have for ALL our clients. We strive to meet our clients wherever they may be in their understanding of themselves and how this relates to their experiences. Our goal is to see the world through our client’s eyes so we are better able to facilitate their desired changes according to their own values.
Simply put, it’s not our place to judge our clients, our students or any other practitioner or modality, one way or the other.