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The campfire process

By on October 11, 2014

Several hypnosis patterns use something called the campfire process (or variations of it). Researchers at the University of Utah studying the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert have shown that there is a deep truth to this process that is beyond what anyone may have suspected.

These researchers have begun to show that the campfire has several important cultural meanings. The campfire has been around for hundreds of thousands of years, and the cultural meanings of the campfire (as demonstrated to this day by the Bushmen of the Kalahari) are deeply wired into our psyche, and perhaps even our genetic makeup.

  • It offers the opportunity for members of different tribes to meet in a positive environment
  • The people present share stories to build rapport
  • The sharing of these stories build shared trance experiences
  • In these trance experiences encourage imagination and creative thinking

The campfire process in hypnosis allows different ‘parts’ of the hypnosis client, including memories of people who may have hurt the client in the past, to meet together around a campfire. During this meeting, the client will share her feelings with these people (all parts of herself of course). If appropriate, these other people may respond with their own interpretation of events.

This hypnotic campfire process helps to build trance in the client, and creates an imaginative world where long buried issues can be resolved.

Given the results of the University of Utah research, it is perhaps not surprising that the campfire process can lead to wonderful hypnotic changes! University of Utah study of Africa’s Kalahari Bushmen suggests that stories told over firelight helped human culture and thought evolve by reinforcing social traditions, promoting harmony and equality, and sparking the imagination to envision a broad sense of community, both with distant people and the spirit world. For 99 percent of our evolution, this is how our ancestors lived. Read more…

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