CONCLUSION TO KISSING FROGS: PRACTICAL USES OF HYPNOTHERAPY

PAUL G. DURBIN, Ph.D.

CONCLUSION TO KISSING FROGS: PRACTICAL USES OF HYPNOTHERAPY: I believe that great times are ahead of us for the use of hypnotherapy. In order to fulfill our potential, we must work together. We can best fulfill our potential by respecting, uplifting, and learning from one another. To put another hypnotherapist down is unproductive and detrimental to all hypnotherapist. A Rabbi once asked his pupils, "How can you tell when the night had ended and the day was dawning?" "Could it be when you can see an animal at a distance and can tell whether it is a sheep or a dog?" asked one student. "No." said the Rabbi. "Could it be when you can look at a tree in the distance and tell whether it's a fig tree or a peach tree?" "No." said the Rabbi. "Well, when is it?" demanded the students. "It is when you look on the face of a woman or man and see that she or he is your sister or brother because, if you cannot do this, then no matter what time it is, it is still night." Jesus said, "A house divided by itself cannot stand." (Mark 3:25)

There is a story about a man who left this earth and was taken on a tour of hell. He was shown a room where he saw a large group of hungry people trying to eat dinner, but because the spoons that they were using to eat with were longer than their arms, they remained frustrated. "This," his guide told him, "is hell." "That's terrible!" exclaimed the man, "Please show me heaven." "Very well," said the guide, and they went on their way. When they opened heaven's door, the man was perplexed to see what looked very much like hell. There was a group of people with spoons longer than their arms. As he looked more closely, however, he saw happy faces and full stomachs, for there was one important difference. The people in heaven had learned to feed each other.

There are mountains to climb and rivers to cross, but we are making advances which will be of great benefit to the people of our world. Let us accept the challenge in unity and begin to climb the mountains and cross the rivers as we fulfill our mission.

As hypnotherapist, our mission is to kiss frogs. We do that by the proper use of suggestions, imagery, and healing stories so that the client can become a prince or princess. There are many froggish people who feel slow, low, ugly, drooped, and pooped. They seem to be floating aimlessly on their lily pads needing a symbolic kiss. Other frogs are puffed up in their own little world. They appear to be successful and on top of the world, but inside there is a lack of meaning and a feeling of inner emptiness. They too need to be symbolical kissed. It is great to see a frog turn into a prince or princess so go on kissing frogs.