Here is a educational excerpt for analysis, of the text about the "Washing Machine" from the book "A Thousand Names For Joy" by Byron Katie. At the end of CD#3, 3 hours into the program, 3 minutes from the end, Byron Katie tells a long story-induction about a "washing machine" and her "doing the laundry" while in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The elegance of these types of Inductions is that they have multiple meanings.
There is the straight forward everyday meaning of the text.
And there is also the DEEPER symbolic meaning to the unconscious, when done in the full-context, and with voice-cues. That is what Ericksonian style hypnotherapy is all about, building these types of symbolic and metaphorical meanings into stories, with a purpose. Communcating directly to the unconscious mind and by-passing the conscious critical mind.
Its also very common in hypnosis to build imaginary "Mind Machines" to do "work" automatically in the unconscious.
And of course, in Stage Hypnosis there is the old comedy gag of making people act like a Washing Machine. [www.choosehypnosis.com
So you see its layered quite elegantly, even including the fact that Byron Katie has an office in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
HYPNOTIC MIND MACHINES
(IMPORTANT: please do NOT buy any of these products, this is just for educational purposes only, to see what's out there).
"Mind Machine- Create an imaginary machine in your subconscious mind to perform a mental function, like math or spelling or computing complex information. You can create many mind machines for several mental functions and connect them to share information."
It would be very Enlightening to send the excerpt text below to some advanced Ericksonian style hypnotherapists, and see their comments.
[fair-use text excerpt for educational purposes, and textual analysis]
"A Thousand Names For Joy" (pp. 146-7):
...How fascinating to see me baffled by technology, for example. I’m in an apartment in Amsterdam and have been on the road for almost three months, living in hotel rooms. Finally, an apartment, for six whole days in a row! It’s near the park, and it has a kitchen and a big living room overlooking a quiet square. And, heaven of heavens, a washing machine! It can’t get any better than this. Hmm. With Fuchs’ dystrophy, sometimes I can see and sometimes I can’t, and it has been a few days now since I could see clearly. And I absolutely cannot read the dial on the washing machine. So I wait, thinking that maybe in a couple of hours my eyes will clear up. Later I notice, excitedly, that I can read the dial well enough to see words. Of course, the words are in Dutch. I call a Dutch friend, and she translates for me. I guess at what bin to put the soap in. Who needs fabric softener anyway? And, by the way, I hope this really is soap, and if it is, I hope it’s for washing machines. I was given a detailed lesson in how to run this machine yesterday, so I have an idea of what to do, but I’ve forgotten some essential instructions. Oh, well. I start the machine, and I’m thrilled. Clean clothes!
Three hours later, I take a peek. The machine is still going through cycles, and I have lost my vision again. Until the clothes spin and the correct cycle completes, the door on the washing machine won’t open. So now I’m turning the dial by sound, with my ear close to it, listening to the clicks, like a safecracker. After the cycle ends, the door still doesn’t open. I can’t see the dial, I can’t figure out the machine, I don’t know what more to do, I call Stephen in and he doesn’t know what to do, there’s a load of wet clothes in the washing machine, the door won’t open, I’m not sure if it was soap I put in or if it was in the right dispenser or if the wet clothes are even clean. And I notice that I’m feeling calm—tickled actually, always watching mind and the way of it. There’s nothing wrong, everything is right. The thought that the machine should work or that the clothes should get clean never even occurs to me. I’m just watching where reality goes next. It’s fascinating. Is the goal to wash clothes? Is the goal to wash clothes in the machine? You never know. In another hour or two we may be headed for an adventure at the Laundromat up the street.
Then suddenly I remember that the landlord told me there’s a little quirk to the washing machine: you have to turn the dial to a certain place to complete the cycle before the door will open. I turn it, the door opens, and finally, after five hours, voila! The laundry is done.
A Thousand Names for Joy: A Life in Harmony with the Way Things Are [ABRIDGED] [AUDIOBOOK] (Audio CD)
by Byron Katie (Reader), Stephen Mitchell (Reader)
Publisher: RH Audio; Abridged edition (February 6, 2007)
A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are (Hardcover)
by Byron Katie (Author), Stephen Mitchell (Author)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Harmony (February 6, 2007)
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/14/2008 02:04PM by The Anticult.