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So you think hypnosis is dangerous?  So you think that you will open yourself to the subtle suggestions of your hypnotherapist, and that hypnosis will ‘mess with’ your mind?  If so, then it is time to wake up to ‘fake news’…

“We rely on reporters and news correspondents to tell us what is going on in the world.  We trust them to report factually and without distortion.  But news readers, particularly on cable networks, and national broadcasts can adopt a light-hearted tone in their manner of imparting and of telling the news of the day.  Undue emphasis is habitually placed on the filler words linking the serious matter.  An upbeat lilt pervades the whole news show ― so that a war, an earthquake, or a football match, are all reported with the same uniform mock-gravitas.  What we hear in the telling of news stories today is an insidious spin ― a form of locution that diverts the average listener’s attention away from what is really being said.  The news show is often more like a piece of stylised theatre than a delivery of information.  Neutral and factual lang­uage is replaced by formal codes: for example, the killing of a human being becomes either ʹcollateral damageʹ or a ʹterrorist outrageʹ.  The meaning of the message assumes a wholly different character.  We have listened.  We have wondered what we have heard.  The words and the way they were delivered have dis­solved the emotional impact and the serious nature of the content.  The story is often so superficial and the banter so obvious that there is a seeming absence of engagement with reality.  The sense of the newsreader’s disengagement with the matter in hand is reinforced by the use of auto-cues so that the reader cannot read and digest that material before speaking it to the unseen audience.  With eyes fixed upon the camera words are spoken in a way that is somehow out of tune with the news story.  Away from the news desk, the irregular delivery is accompanied by the drumming movement of staccato-like hand gestures that jut out unnaturally as the delivery unfolds.  News reporters can appear to deliver scripted bulletins devoid of any outward signs of emotional cognizance.”  Quote from: I’m Afraid of Hypnosis, But I Don’t Know Why

I thought this was bad …  but there was worse to come …

“For years I have asked, how is it that the cable news networks have anchor people who all appear to talk with a similar voice, ‘energised and optimistic’, with a similar tone, and a similar upbeat tempo?  Listen to the beat and you will not consciously hear the words.  Another leaf from a marketing bible perhaps?  Perhaps the modern purveyors of political products and brands spread the word with a tone and a tempo so as to deliberately by-pass conscious awareness.  Do they want us to wake up from the collective trance and smell the coffee?  Of course not.”   Quote from: I’m Afraid of Hypnosis, But I Don’t Know Why

Eye-fixation is key to inducing trance-like states

Screen technologies require the conscious mind to focus all of its attention upon one single thing at a time, and therefore no attention is available to scan and  scrutinise what else is coming in.   Hence, the subconscious mind is exposed and receptive to whatever subliminal message is woven into the medium.  This more open part of the mind readily absorbs and incorporates the incoming suggestions, free from the critical analysis of the consciousness mind.

Wasn’t flannel better than fake?

I’m intrigued and alarmed by how the phrase ‘fake news’ has danced with the elasticity of a gymnast into the collective consciousness of Europe.  It started out across the ocean and landed with a splash into our European domestic vernacular.  Our politicians seem to have diminished their prescriptive and detailed explanations and rhetoric, and opt for the generalist, all-rounder hailing from the oratory of President Donald Trump, who is held by many in ridicule.  Why is it that British politicians are parading the phrase ‘fake news’ as ardently as the emperor in his fake, non-existent clothes?

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said “fake news” was being spread about the Government’s commitment to child refugee resettlement.  Speaking on Peston on Sunday, Ms Rudd insisted the UK was helping child refugees and had resettled “large numbers” of vulnerable minors from war-torn areas.  Ms Rudd said: “Unfortunately, fake news is settling out there”.

‘Fake news’ has fast become the go-to expression, displacing any attempt at actual explanation that might contain any fabric, even if the fabric be flannel.  Now it seems political figures find it easier to utter the mantra ‘fake news’ than to manufacture the usual verbal flannel. Thus The Guardian, 26th February: “According to Emily Thornberry, the leader’s constituency neighbour in Islington and shadow foreign secretary, the party’s cataclysmic loss of the Copeland by-election, a seat held by the Labour party since 1831, is to be blamed on fake news”.

And there you go.  Each time you opt for an easy explanation of why something significant happened, rather than seeking the real answer; every time you dumb down your communication to the micro-abbreviations of texting, rather than relishing the richness of our shared lexicon; every time you do this you are short-circuiting the your accumulated knowledge and innate wisdom. You are telling your subconscious mind: Don’t bother. Don’t make an effort. Just slip into comfortable mental numbness.

Shrink or S-T-R-E-T-C-H?

You create a habit of reduction to save time, or so you tell yourself!  In so doing you are training your brain to shrink-wrap, rather than s-t-r-e-t-c-h.  The American Life Coach and Trainer, Tony Robbins advocated in his Life Mastery seminars, a practise of fostering a life habit of ‘Constant and Never-ending Improvement’ (CANI).  When we constantly fall short of a  s-t-r-e-t-c-h we surely loose our muscle tone, we become passive lumps, and we shrink. We hack down our vocabularies and lay waste our capacity to explain anything.  How much time do you save resorting to textspeak rather than forming the words you learnt as an infant?  I would suggest you are saving little, and certainly not saving your standards and habits of literacy, and written articulacy over the longer time.

Do you get soaked by ads?

Corporates rain down advertisements upon our technology platforms all day and every day.  Do you turn them off?  Likely not, even when it is possible?  These are suggestions without a thought to the intrusion.

By now you probably know how open you can be to ‘window-shopping’ ― spending hours trekking up avenues of enquiry having been lured by a Google-path. Consumerism is driven by hypnotic-like suggest­ions fed to us via eye-candy media.  The suggestions are not of our design or our own making.  Under the bombardment of so much suggestion, is it any wonder some would say it is difficult to think one’s own thoughts and so ‘fake and mis-leading news’ can more easily abound.

So what can one do to win the good fight and be more conscious?

Meditation, mindfulness and hypno­therapy can help you regain control of your thoughts.  You can then let in thoughts of the kind that you would wish to have ― enabling you to make the right choices intuitive­ly and to think more the thoughts that will help to balance your mind. In meditation, as well as in interactive hypnotherapy, your thoughts are home-grown.  The choice is always with you.  The choice is yours ― to seed and nurture a healthy root system, or to turn a blind eye to weeds settling in and strangling the flowers that you would prefer to see bloom.  In a session of interactive hypnotherapy you get to design the suggestions that are to be installed within your subconscious mind.  You get to choose and embed the phrases that best reflect the feelings and the values that you, as an individual, wish to govern your personality.

Use hypnotherapy to let go of the fake labels you have been given, and become your authentic self.

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Deborah Marshall-Warren

Deborah Marshall-Warren is an experienced interactive hypnotherapist who practices in London & Malta, as well as in spas around Asia.

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