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The Importance of (Scottish) Cultural Memory

By on September 19, 2014
Scottish independence referendum

Well the excitement is over. The Scots voted to remain in the United Kingdom (UK) with their fellow countries, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Of course, it was never about the Welsh or the Irish, this was always about the Scots and the English.

Every well informed observer noted that it would be economic suicide for Scotland to leave the UK. They would lose their currency and their membership in the European Union. The likelihood was that their largest banks would flee to London to retain the guarantee of the Bank of England. So why did the vote seem to be so close right up to the wire?

To discover the cause we need to go back to 1746, to a damp moor near the small village of Culloden near Inverness in Scotland. Oh, of course this is not the only time and place we can find the threads that have run through English-Scottish history, but it contains the whole story in a nutshell.

At Culloden a Scottish army under the dashing Bonnie Prince Charlie, and an English army under the Duke of Cumberland met. The Scots were routed, losing up to 2,000 men to the British losses of perhaps 50. This battle marked the end of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s attempt to reclaim the Scottish throne from the English King.

But this narrative does not tell the story. For that, we have to realize several facts that reveal the parallels between the Battle of Culloden and yesterday’s historic vote. You see the English army contained many Scots who wanted to remain part of the Union with England. And the Scottish army contained many men from the North of England who had their own grievances against the English monarch ruling from London.

The reason the Scots were so roundly beaten was because they chose to carry out a glorious charge on foot, armed with their swords, against the British lines armed with cannons, muskets and bayonets. Slowed by the rough ground of the moor, the Scots were mostly slaughtered before they even reached the British lines.

Standing on the battlefield of Culloden, which has been maintained as it was in 1746, you can only feel enormous respect for the valiant Scots, and realize why they are some of the most ferocious warriors in the world. And I for one can understand how and why the Scoots are once again launching a glorious and doomed attack on English dominance, this time abandoning their swords for the ballot box.

For some hypnosis clients, cultural memories of this type can have enormous influence on how they view the world. These cultural memories may involve their families, towns, cities, countries, or race. For many hypnosis clients these cultural memories will be so important that the hypnotist ignores them at their own risk.

Leveraging these cultural memories, these strengths and sensitivities, can be enormously beneficial in our change work as hypnotists. Listen carefully to your clients for these powerful drivers.

Waking up on Friday morning, for millions of Scots, will produce the kind of mixture of gut-wrenching anxiety tinged with excitement normally felt among football fans before an important game. Then there will be a range of emotions from euphoria on one side to anger and bitter disappointment on the other. theguardian.com

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