Welcome to this issue of the Journal of Heart-Centered Therapies. We are now planning the 2014 Conference, and a Request for Proposals to Present is available by contacting our office. Watch for details in the Autumn issue. This will be our eighth Conference; we have hosted seven national Conferences since 1998, in Atlanta, New York (twice), New Orleans, Seattle, Chicago, and Fort Lauderdale. We have been very fortunate to attract as keynote speakers such luminaries as William Baldwin, William Emerson, Ralph Metzner, Franklyn Sills, Bruce Lipton, and Stephen Porges.
The lead article in this issue is "Jung and Hypnotherapy" by David Hartman and Diane Zimberoff. The basic premise of this article is that hypnotherapy provides a solid vehicle for utilizing Jungian or analytical psychology in the healing of the psyche. While Jung eschewed formal trance induction, hypnosis and suggestion remained part of his therapeutic repertoire. This article explores the many ways in which the hypnotic trance state within the context of hypnotherapy, accesses the imaginal abilities of the mind just as reflected in the states of dreaming and active imagination. The hypnotic trance state offers a number of specific advantages to any depth exploration of the psyche, which are discussed at length in this article. These include, among others, access to the somatic unconscious through implicit memories; access to being in the subconscious state (theta brain waves) while retaining a link (alpha) to the conscious mind (beta); bypassing the conscious mind and its defended ego and persona; a neutral point of view available to the hypnotic ego, relative to the waking ego; powerful "corrective emotional experiences", e.g., in hypnotic age regression the individual discovers, revivifies, and re-empowers the age-regressed ego state that originally split; a "lived through form of active imagination"; access to the altered state necessary as catalyst to receptivity to unconscious imagery; and a dual focus that is generated on both physical sensation and psychical mentation.
The second article in this issue is "Neurological and Behavioral Effects of Trance States" by Elizabeth Reyes-Fournier. The article investigates neurological and behavioral effects of trance states, providing an explanation of trance states and other altered states of consciousness, including similarities and distinctions between them, as well as methods of induction. Neurological effects of trance states are consistent with increased right brain activity and the implications of increasing access to right brain structures are discussed. A review of neuroimaging of trance states is presented through several studies as well as the behavioral modifying uses of trance states.
Please consider submitting a manuscript for the September, 2013 issue of the Journal, and share your clinical experiences with other readers!
David Hartman, LCSW
Heart-Centered Therapies Association, Issaquah, WA USA