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Nicholas and Victoria

Close your eyes and begin to relax. Take a deep breath, and let it out slowly. Concentrate on your breathing. With each breath you become more relaxed. Imagine a brilliant white light above you, focusing on this light as it flows through your body. Allow yourself to drift off as you fall deeper and deeper into a more relaxed state of mind. Now as I count back from ten to one, you will feel more peaceful, and calm. Ten. Nine. Eight. Seven. Six. You will enter a safe place where nothing can harm you. Five. Four. Three. Two. If at any time you need to come back, all you need to do is open your eyes. One.

Though I have yet to see a real hypnosis being performed in front of me (even better if performed on me), when I first heard those words from a Dreamtheater music album several years ago, I became curious.

I read some time in the early- to mid-nineties that hypnosis, contrary to popular notion, is not actually meant to control the person being hypnotized but rather to free his/her mind.

Now I am tempted to validate this with Wikipedia (the good thing about Wikipedia is that it warns you if an article lacks citation or appears to be original research or even if it’s neutrality is questioned), but it seems too much trouble to do that now and besides, I don’t want to interrupt my string of thought, this stream of consciousness.

Before personal computers became ubiquitous, I was used to writing with pen and paper. Can you imagine. And of course I had to use a real thesaurus and dictionary for editing. I had read before that when one is in the middle of writing and got to a word whose spelling or usage he/she is unsure of, that word should be left unchecked lest the string of thought gets lost, and just edit it later. But I was the obsessive-compulsive type, and so I had to try to hold on to that string while I riffle through Webster’s pages – made of pulp paper, not pixels. Thankfully, with the online language tools available today, writing and editing have become easier.

Back to hypnosis, I still will not read about it at Wikipedia, at least not now, because there is a rather big difference between finding the best synonym and reading long articles on a topic. And the latter would surely break my string of thought.

Oh, it just actually got broken…Ah, let’s get back to the Dreamtheater hypnosis song. So the hypnotherapist is counting from ten to one and says to Nicholas, “you will enter a safe place where nothing can harm you”. Then Nicholas sings:

Safe in the light that surrounds me
Free of the fear and the pain
My subconscious mind
Starts spinning through time
To rejoin the past once again

Nothing seems real
I’m starting to feel
Lost in the haze of a dream

And as I draw near
The scene becomes clear
Like watching my life on a screen

Hello Victoria so glad to see you
My friend.

Now I’m not going to explain the relationship between Nicholas and Victoria because it’s quite complicated. Suffice it to say that Nicholas needed to find peace with the past, and it had a lot to do with this Victoria.

So while he is in the state of hypnosis a lot of things happen through Nicholas’ mind, searching beyond the years and facing buried fears to find the truth. And then Nicholas sings:

Safe in the light that surrounds me
Free of the fear and the pain
My questioning mind
Has helped me to find
The meaning in my life again
Victoria’s real
I finally feel
At peace with the girl in my dreams
And now that I’m here
Its perfectly clear
I found out what all of this means

Ah, the priceless answers. The sacred truth. Nicholas must be ecstatic at this point.

Finally, the hypnotherapist says:

You are once again surrounded by a brilliant white light. Allow the light to lead you away from your past and into this lifetime. As the light dissipates you will slowly fade back into consciousness, remembering all you have learned. When I tell you to open your eyes you will return to the present, feeling peaceful and refresh.
Open your eyes, Nicholas.


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