Waking Dream: A New Addition to Life Review

Bonnie Kellen

Although trained in hypnosis , Dr. Kellen uses a very watered down version on-line. Quite simply,   visualization, guided imagery, and relaxation. There is nothing you have to do, because any level of relaxation allows for profound experiences; it will become easier and easier to relax with each session. You are always in control of your body, your actions and your experience. We simply add a right-brained, creative, imaginative element to the process. It is like adding movement, color and 3D to a static picture. You become an observer to your own experience. Humans are complex, conscious beings with various levels of awareness that are actively at play at any given moment.  We try to turn off that left-brain, self-conscious logic, and encourage a shift into daydreaming, narrative, imaginings, and an array of emotions.
     In Life Review we can enhance states of calm and safety, slow down the action of an event and fill in missing pieces. Through metaphors and visualizations and streams of consciousness, we can reframe perspectives and return to pivotal events in the past. We can also use the unconscious to imagine how we will act in the future.

Individuals can discover faulty notions about a problem. For example:

  • They can experience a problem from an opposing perspective or discover underlying feelings previously not recognized.
  •  They can develop new insights about current relationships.

Whether real, metaphor, dream, imagery, or imagination, all are fodder for discussion.

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