Common Denominator of Psychology, Hypnosis and Meditation: Trance
In the previous writings, we have looked through the development of various methodologies that focused on moving people.
In addition, we have also covered that the one of the main goals of interpersonalogy is about moving others’ minds and exerting your will upon them.
We’ve discussed how hypnosis was developed through the course of history to meet this goal, and how scientists contributed to that development.
At the end of that, I’ve mentioned that the domain of moving others’ minds actualy lie closer to the realms of behavioural psychology rather than hypnosis.
The methodologies of SoGye briefly covered in previous writings from (1) to (6), such as:
- Pre-work of showing them that you are about to approach them before actually doing so; Pre-Approach Knowledge
- Intermediate stage of dampening the discomfort and burden to prevent rejection of approach; LTHB
- After approach, entering the space even before they develop vigilance against you; Space Occupation
- Through an indirect touch, arousing attraction, trust and rapport from the subconscious level; Shape-Contact
- Even when they activate subconscious vigilance system, negating that by drawing their agreement; Allured Agreement
woud also fit closer to the domain of behavioural psychology.
However, as the research of hypnosis elevated up to a greater height, it becomes known that the behavioural psychology is not entirely distant to the field of hypnosis and trance.
Meditation is the Apex of Trance
There is one field that has been using various methods throughout the history, capable of reliably reproducing the trance necessary for a deep hypnotic state – meditation.
While ‘trance’ is often misunderstood through the imagery of sleepiness, tiredness, blurry, relaxation and sluggishness, the reality is different.
Those are merely a fraction of phenomena.
This is also the reason why clear understanding and adept usage of trance is strongly emphasised the studies of interpersonalogy or meditation of SanMyu.
While trance itself corresponds to a wide range of mental states, in the catagorisation of CheongSung, it is divided into three:
- Lethargy series of trance – Hon’Jung
- Confusion series of trance – Hwang’Jung
- Focus series of trance – So’Jung
Firstly, Hon’Jung is the easiest one to understand. As mentioned above, it is a trance associated with sleepiness, tiredness, blurry, relaxation and sluggishness. It is the method commonly used by the hypnotists of the past.
Next, Hwang’Jung is a trance of confusion. It is an area that the meditation practitioners have been perfecting throughout the ages, which is now being trialed by a subset of modern hypnotists. It involves a variety of verbal or non-verbal methods to cause confusion or overload of a sensory information-processing system. When a street magician shows a trick such as stealing one’s watch or undressing someone’s belt, this type of trance is often involved.
Lastly, So’Jung is the apex of meditation, where the practitioners of meditation hold an unparalleled position of knowledge. This type of trance is still very much unknown to the hypnotists and the scientists.
The Critical Drawback of lethargy trance.
Many things are possible in a deep state of hypnosis.
You can make a strongman bodybuilder sit powerless, unable to even carry a cup. You can dull the senses to the extent of anaesthesia. You can allow someone to fall asleep in the brightest and the noisiest room.
Variety of fascinating phenomena can be experienced with hypnosis and in the study of interpersonalogy, we do not reject that.
SoGye, the subdiscipline of SanMyu involving interpersonal psychology, is not a study of hypnosis, but involves a broad spectrum of interpersonalogy that includes behavioural psychology, social psychology as well as hypnosis.
In addition, as SanMyu is a holistic study that also includes the subdiscipline of meditation, mastery of trance is eventual and thus, other phenomena that could be regarded as ‘impossible’ are very much routinely practiced.
However, as mentioned earlier, a study cannot hold its true value if it stops at what is fascinating and intriguing.
Ultimately, to achieve self-improvement and make an actual change, it has to be something applicable in day-to-day life, and one must assess what benefits they can reap from it.
That is why many hypnotists claim that they can make somebody quit smoking and lose weight through hypnosis, or change their personality and ‘change life forever’, yet are unable to properly see the integral limitations to it.
Be it traditional, classical hypnosis or modern, indirect hypnosis, or the newest ‘hyper-hypnosis’ that claims to have created something even better, all hypnosis depend majorly on a form of down-trance: Hon’Jung.
As such, all the fascinating things that happen in a deep state of hypnosis have one thing in common.
Instead of gaining an immense power and lifting things, it makes you feel tired and unable to lift something light.
Instead of heightening senses to seeing and hearing things that you could not, it dulls and numbs your senses.
Instead of vividly moving about and energising you do things, it makes you move slowly or unable to move.
With just these three, you will see what is the common denominator.
The trance produced by hypnosis, regardless of what end-phenomena it creates, is based on lethargy; it is a down-trance associated with sleepiness, tiredness, blurry, relaxation and sluggishness.
No matter how strong or deep the hypnosis was done, it cannot be used to mediate an active + energetic form of suggestion, that conflicts with the character of lethargy trance.
Advanced trance that can induce an active and energetic change to real life
Anyone would know that in order to quit smoking, just “not smoking” isn’t enough.
It goes the same with losing weight. We all know that in order to lose weight, just not eating as much isn’t enough.
You must overcome the pain of hunger, have the tenacity to continue the resolution, and be energetic enough to move about and exercise.
Hence, everything is an active and energetic form of action.
It does not mean that strong suggestions such these don’t work.
‘cigarettes taste bad, cigarettes feel repulsive…’
‘food taste bad, feeling full makes you feel nauseous…’
However, such suggestions alone do not complete the work.
Therefore, while including the field of hypnosis under its wing, SoGye is taught alongside the subdiscipline of Ja’Jeon, to strengthen the resolution and the willpower.
Alongside that, be it hypnosis or not hypnosis, SanMyu recommends that in order to bring about a positive change in one’s own life or another’s life, one must use So’Jung instead of Hon’Jung as the main form of trace.
Trance fundamentally brings about a strong focus state. It is normal for that concentration to cause a distortion to one’s sensation or perception of time, but it is paramountly important to have the correct form of trance.
The lethargy series of trance makes one tired and zoned out, causing lethargy and sleepiness. While the confusion series of trance may be able to prevent the lethargy but will cause needless thoughts and delusions.
These two ultimately work against our goal of self-improvement.
Hence, it becomes pretty clear what is the state of trance sought by SoGye.
Focused trance is when a strong cognitive concentration is prolonged; it is awake and aroused without blurring of mind, and without visual or verbal train of thoughts.
That is why in SanMyu’s meditational field of study teaches techniques such as Ju’Seon to experience deep trance with eyes wide open and walking in a brisk pace.
Whether the end-goal is hypnosis or not;
whether it be used onto oneself or another,
a quick trance can be induced from an awake conscious state,
without using lethargy trance to progressively relax,
or using confusion trance such as shock therapy or information overload.
Such method produces trance without lethargy or distracting thoughts,
thus able to achieve high efficacy of proactive + energetic suggestion.
However, the largest avenue of opportunity opened by the Focus trance is what the initial approaches of hypnosis had given up: allowing complete control over others’ behaviours.
Advanced trance that can control others’ mind and actions
Let us return to the situation mentioned in earlier series, where we “attempt to use hypnosis as a tool to build rapport and get closer to somebody.”
With the two earlier posts, you would have understood that the limitations of hypnosis arose in these three aspects.
- Firstly, the very fact that we are suggesting hypnosis feels extremely unnatural, both to self and the other.
- Even after we bring it up, it requires the other’s receptive attitude towards hypnosis, along with active cooperation.
- Lastly, even if they agree and enter a deep state of hypnosis, you cannot exert control over areas which they will strongly reject.
Using the Focus trance (So’Jung) readily solves these three limitation, even without using the methodology of hypnosis.
In SoGye, methods such as these are used instead:
- Space Occupation to create natural approach that builds favourable rapport.
- Sub’Shim to create cooperation and synchronisation even when one’s approach is not met with positive attitude.
- Sub’Hon to extend the influence even into the areas where they will react negatively and reject.
It is these foundations that the study of brainwash psychology (SoGye) was built on, systemising the methodologies to move people from personal encounters to formal relations like negotiation and leadership.
Study of SoGye reaches its pinnacle when coupled with detailed understanding of human mind, with Sub’Ahn branch of techniques, creating an unerasable impression and causing great influence.