Recent studies may be showing that the mantra of "if you can imagine it, you can experience it" often used by folks who practice hypnosis or eXperiential forms of trance such as the ones I specialize in seems to not go far enough and may be giving way to a new principle that takes it to the next level of "if you can imagine it, then you are experiencing it."
Those of you familiar with the definition of experiential hypnosis advocated by the Society of Experiential Trance (http://www.trancesociety.org) know that one key component of the definition and a very important element in experiential trance is "intensified imaginative involvement" . . . this is something I push very hard in my classes and when I am doing work with actors, athletes, students, and others with performance enhancement hypnosis.
Science Daily has an excellent piece on the power of imagination being much more powerful than previously thought. The piece, Power of Imagination is more than Just a Metaphor (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090414153527.htm) goes into an interesting study that demonstrates that simply imagining a posture may well be very similar to actually taking on the posture:
Of course, while this is interesting work, it does not mean one no longer has to actually perform a task to gain skillsets or the like. No, far from it. However, it is another piece that shows the link between intensified imaginative involvement and competence or neuroexperience. Certainly, previous studies have shown how such focused trance can be beneficial in accellerating skill development (my vicarious experiential machine hypnosis process is very useful for athletes and performers in that regard) and even cause physical change (the studies on breast enhancement and imagination follow that and have been adapted into the processes I use with clients for some rather amazing physical changes). Of course, the same principles also tie into eXperiential processes for meditative and even recreational adaptation of trance processes (the folks taking my Walkabout Trance Beach Resort Getaway in August http://www.walkabouttrance.com will see that intensified imaginative involvement can make an excellent hook for an induction, of course, the extra day we are likely to be adding on adult recreational hypnosis to that event for those interested will show that as well and then some).
More and more we are seeing peer-reviewed studies confirm some of the principles some of us have been working with for decades.
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