Madita describes the development and concept of DeHypnotherapy…
…and her involvement that culminated in devising the healing meditation, ‘Reminding Yourself Of The Forgotten Language Of Talking To Your Body And Mind’ with Osho’s guidance.
The word ‘de-hypnosis’ describes aptly how Osho wants hypnosis to be used.
Many years ago, in 1981, I started my training in DeHypnosis with a wonderful teacher, Swami Anand Santosh. He started the first real long trainings in the ashram; at first in Poona, the three month ‘DeHypnotherapy Training’ and then, while Osho had left for America, another four months in Kashmir, where he also trained some of us to lead groups in DeHypnotherapy. The name had been given by Osho and Santosh developed his trainings under Osho’s direct guidance. He told us that Osho had clarified his understanding of the work with the ‘splinter metaphor’, meaning when you have a splinter in your hand you use another splinter, longer and sharper, to get it out. So the word DeHypnotherapy presupposes that we walk around in a state of hypnosis all the time, day in, day out.
Every belief, every idea, every opinion, every worry, every fear – in short every thought you are identified with is a trance state, a hypnotic state. And these trances create a filter through which we perceive the world. So we are never seeing reality as it is, but experience it through the filters of our mind programs. One of our main programs is the fear of our inner little child, the fear of not surviving. With Santosh we learnt different trance techniques, all designed to help the inner child to let go of this fear, again and again, and to bring it into the moment, experiencing the moment as it is, seeing that survival indeed is not threatened at all. The splinter of fear, the trance of dreadful dangers, got pulled by another splinter, trances which gave resources such as trust, love, courage. Only when the inner child arrives in the present moment can meditation happen, consciousness of what really is becomes possible.
With Santosh I learnt guided fantasy journeys, stories received in hypnosis. The language of the unconscious mind is the language of symbols and metaphors. Like in a dream the unconscious relates his messages in symbols. Have you ever woken up in the morning, remembering a rather weird dream and wondering where this came from? In guided fantasy journeys the messages, suggestions are conveyed to the unconscious in the language that it understands, in metaphors and symbols. When the body is lying down comfortably, deeply relaxed with help of the hypnotist’s voice, the unconscious mind is very available. This state indeed feels like ‘consciously induced sleep’ and the pictures of the story-line like a dream. The goal of these fantasy journeys always and only is to strengthen the inner child, to help it to trust in life and to relax with what is. Only when you relax with what is, being in the moment, can you really live your consciousness and your intelligence.
When Osho left Poona, I lived in Australia. I worked at a Weight Control Center, using DeHypnotherapy to help people lose weight. It worked very well, people became skinnier just fine. By helping their inner child to come to the moment they could let go of comforting themselves with eating too much and protecting themselves with an armor of fat. The work at the Weight Control Center also made me interested in NLP which had been developed and created in the USA and I became very interested in learning more skills.
I had become fascinated by Osho’s concept of becoming the master of one’s mind. I had understood that how you think you feel, and how you feel you act. I could see and hear every day that those overweight people were obsessed with fearful thinking, and because of this they felt scared, helpless, unworthy, and because of this they needed the comfort of food and the protection of a large body.
I was fortunate to learn the brilliant tools of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) from the pioneers and creators themselves. NLP works with light and medium-deep trances and is basically hypnosis. But because there is so much anticipation around hypnosis and in the US the law often does not allow it, they were smart and just used the name ‘NLP’ instead. With them I learnt Ericksonian Hypnosis, which is a way of speaking to induce trance states while people stand, walk, having their eyes open. It is a very respectful method, never gives orders, allowing people to use whatever is said to them in the best way for themselves. Also, Ericksonian Hypnosis has only one goal which is to give resources to people so that they can help themselves and heal themselves. Again – using a splinter to get out a splinter. NLP believes that the causes of our problems as well as the solutions are in our unconscious mind and actually NLP is also a set of methods for DeHypnosis.
When Osho came back to India I started working in the Resort. I gave individual sessions in hypnotherapy and short groups like ‘Healing the Wounds from the Past’, ‘Jealousy’, and – my favorite – ‘A Sense of Wonder’. About two years before leaving the body Osho spoke a lot on befriending the mind, making the mind an ally for your meditation and conscious living. He spoke about hypnosis and its helpfulness for meditation. He said that the mind is intelligent enough to understand that a life in meditation just works better in aloneness, in togetherness, in creativity, in friendship, in love. (Osho, Isan: No Footprints in the Blue Sky).
A couple of months before Osho left the body I was asked to design a meditation that includes hypnosis: the ‘Reminding Yourself Of The Forgotten Language Of Talking To Your Body And Mind’ meditation, which I did with Osho’s direct guidance. Osho took great interest in this process and only one week before he left his body he asked how the meditation was going. I wrote a letter to him with some questions; alas he could not respond any more. So the meditation just stayed the same as it was then. He also made very clear that actually every hypnosis is self-hypnosis, that only you yourself can hypnotize yourself. That means when you trust a hypnotist you allow him to help you hypnotize yourself.
And as I understand Osho, he wants us to lead our life in a state of meditation. That means to be present in the moment. I heard him say, “God is another name for what is” … “Your meditation has to be present 24 hours, whether you are a housewife cooking or working in an office.” So I understand my work now as a practical application of Osho’s message. I use the trance-work I have learnt with Santosh in DeHypnotherapy and the hypnotic tools of NLP. And it works splendidly by bringing more peace, more self-love, more health and more joy into people’s life – and into mine. Thank you, Osho.
Related Osho discourse: The Science of Hypnosis
For further reading from Osho’s discourses:
Hypnosis in the Service of Meditation (book and audio compilation)
Isan: No Footprints in the Blue Sky (about the cultivation of insights and the glimpses of enlightenment)
Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Ch 35
Satyam, Shivam, Sunderam, Ch 29
The Great Pilgrimage, Ch 1
The Transmission of the Lamp, Ch 33
Rebellious Spirit, Ch 7
The Revolution, Ch 5
Madita studied Pedagogy and Psychology at the University of Frankfurt where she was actively involved in the political feminist and student movements. She became a sannyasin in 1979 and after many self-experience groups she studied DeHypnotherapy with Santosh. She learned NLP with its originators, as well as Ericksonian Hypnosis. Under Osho’s guidance she devised ‘The Forgotten Language’ meditation. She now travels the world, running NLP trainings and hypnosis workshops.
The workshop ‘Hypnosis for Meditation’ and the ‘Forgotten Language’ meditation will be held at Osho Nisarga in Dharamsala, 14. – 20. April 2013.