In Generative Trance, we are primarily interested in helping others develop self-empowerment. This involves teaching self awareness skills and methods to hold inner discussions on creative solutions within trance states.
In contrast, traditional Hypnosis is more one directional. In this way, the old-school hypnotist directs the client in what to think and do. While this at first seems to be a convenient solution, the challenge is that the client becomes reliant on the hypnotist and worse yet, may even embark on paths that are not aligned with their real needs. A traditional hypnotist is easily caught up in the need to empress the client. Entertaining at best, this can only result in wasted time and money.
The real work is done during gentle, conversations where the client’s wisdom is incorporated into the solution. Generative Trance, as Dr. Stephen Gilligan calls it, utilizes the very behaviours that seem to be defined within the problem. Ironically, the presenting problem is often revealed as a key feature that enables healing, progress and deeper self-realization.