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Is there real evidence to support unconsciously dreaming and hypnotic states of awareness?


Over the years, many researchers have commented on the similarities and differences between dreaming and the various states of awareness that characterize hypnosis. In fact, the hypnotic state is often compared to the "reverie" state of mind that occurs just before we fall asleep at night. Some researchers and practitioners even suggest that "day-dreaming" is a form of self-hypnosis. However, the goal of hypnosis is to maintain this altered state of awareness and for the subject (the person being hypnotized) to remain alert and in control of their experience. Hypnosis may also be used to induce certain dream sequences or active imagination.

Dream states are very interesting phenomena for psychologists, hypnotherapists and lay-persons alike. There are numerous accounts in the psychological literature of the nature of conscious (waking) dreaming and unconscious dreaming (the kind you do when sleeping). Assuming that the reader's experience of dreaming is similar that of this writer, then it would be safe to safe that we all have experienced having a dream, and yet have no recollection of them. These are called unconsciously unconscious dreams. There also people who have learned to remain aware of their dreams and even consciously participate in them. This kind of dream is called lucid dreaming.


Marcus S. Robinson, D.C.H. is an author, consultant and trainer in the field clinical hypnotherapy. He is the author of several books and numerous articles convering the issues of personal growth, professional development, and therapeutic hypnosis. His interests include the interdisciplinary study of consciousness, mind-body healing, and personal productivity and effectiveness. Dr. Robinson lives in Rochester, New York with his wife and son where maintains a consulting and training practice. He holds a doctorate degree from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy.