I just finished myÂ home-practiceÂ for the John Kabat-Zinn, PhD-inspired 10 session course MBSR [Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction],Â I’m taking with world-class expert, Jeff Brantley, MDÂ Â over @ Duke Integrative Medicine. We’re in the 7th week, with a day-long meditation coming this Saturday. Â My professional interest is in the solid & impressive scientific research on participants’ mind /body outcomes — I’ve long been interested in the major overlaps/similarities between the altered states of consciousness we call “clinical hypnosis” & “meditation”. And a fine teacher of mine, Michael Yapko, PhD, in Caiif. published this year what he told me will be his last Â book –Â Mindfulness & Hypnosis: the power of suggestion to transform experienceÂ —about how guided Mindfulness meditation & guided [as opposed to self-] hypnosis have suchÂ commonalities [& differences] that meditation teachers & practitioners would benefit greatly from the good science that’s been done over many decades on hypnosis & suggestion. Â MeditationÂ folks, like most other folks, seem to me usually rejecting hypnosisÂ practice & research, w/o really knowing anything at all about what clinical hypnosis actually is.
My personal interests in the course are the same as what i think calls most/?all psychotherapists to becoming therapists — dealing better w/ the conflicts, discomforts & interferences leftover from the interaction between our genetic potentials & our formative family experiences. Â There’ve been enough positive developments from that course in my inner life & it’s outer expression, especially in up-time experiences of frustration & anger, that I’m recommendingÂ highlyÂ clients & therapists take anÂ MBSRÂ course themselves, when the time is right.
Michael Yapko has suggested that if/when follow-up studies of daily self-hypnosisÂ practitionersÂ