Mind Probe Hypnosis

Mind Probe Hypnosis is a remarkable little book, first self-published in 1983. In it, Dr. Hickman gives many examples from her own general medical practice, showing that many persons have been able to access the root of their physical or emotional problems, and been healed of them. Many have done this after only a few therapy sessions.

She points out how she soon learned, early in her practice, that all the tools she had received in her medical training were of no help to "...the majority of [my] patients [who] continued to be ill, tense, worried or unhappy in spite of my best efforts." Upon becoming trained in hypnosis, she then started using this with a few patients. "Many who had failed to respond to former treatments now became well.

"In addition, these patients began to teach me much more about the function of the human mind than I had been able to learn from other sources. By using non-directive techniques - asking questions rather than giving suggestions - I learned that there are surprising depths that could be probed. My patients taught me that at a deeper level of their consciousness there is a source of knowledge and understanding, not only as to the nature of their problems, but also the causes of each problem and the needed remedy.

"During the more than thirty years of using hypnosis non-directively for therapy, I have become completely convinced that within the subconscious of each of us there exists a level of wisdom and insight far surpassing that available in our usual state of consciousness. I learned that with the use of hypnosis it is possible to transcend both time and space, recall and relive distant memories, some even from ancient times."

Dr. Hickman explains her understanding of the mind as having three parts: conscious, subconscious, and superconscious. The conscious mode includes all the activities of our usual daily waking state. The superconscious is the level of experiencing oneness with all (see more below). The subconscious manages body functions which are not usually under conscious control. In addition, the subconcious is "the storehouse of memory, ...the part that survives bodily death, carrying with it the memory record into the non-physical realm between lives and bringing this memory again into the next body at rebirth."

What's this? Rebirth? Reincarnation? Rubbish! you might be saying. Wait! Dr. Hickman gives many examples of how this has come up, over and over again, in her non-directive questioning of her patients. Not only do they spontaneously describe clearly past life experiences, but, as they release strong old buried emotion (in a safe way, with the facilitator's help), they come to realize how they have contributed to their own present dilemmas. They are then able to make new choices of how they want to live, and thus release the old problems.

"My patients find during their search within that they are indeed reaping what they have sown. The sowing included thoughts, vows, wishes as well as acts.

"When a troubled or ill person is able to see that they have contributed to their own problems by their own past choices, they see the necessity of making new and different choices. They see the need to sow better seeds for future reaping. When these people stop blaming parents, society, economic conditions or other influences for their problems and begin to assume full responsibility for themselves, a big step toward maturity is taken.

"A real understanding of how the principles of reincarnation and Karma work for everyone gives a special kind of freedom. No longer is it necessary to view ourselves as helpless victims in a uncaring world. We can now take charge of our life situation, prepare ourselves for future reaping of the good rewards from the sowing of good seeds now."

The superconscious that was mentioned above, is the source of inspiration, intuition and creativity. When freed up and made available, these abilities "can be used in any way the conscious mind level chooses.

"The surviving subconscious-superconscious has a wider and deeper awareness of the entity's purpose and direction and 'wants' to guide the conscious choices so as to facilitate growth, consciousness expansion and total health."

Dr. Hickman's book is an excellent explanation of non-directive hypnosis, including guidelines for its safe use, such as allowing and facilitating the full expression of strong emotion as it comes up. In addition, she challenges any who question her findings, to do their own research of this, with an open mind. She points out that there are many areas yet to be explored.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Z. Coleman, MD


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