Several months ago I became interested in self-hypnosis. I studies the art and used the techniques to help me relax. Being the sick and twisted individual that I am, I found a way to properly abuse this psychological bandaid. Using the very tool that helps people to kick drugs, depression, emotional eating, and the lot, I decided to use it to invoke nightmares.
Part of this idea came from a conversation I had with one of my kids.
He had been having a hard time getting to sleep. He believed there was a monster in his closet. So he would lie awake late into the night with the covers pulled up, his eyes wide with fright.
Being a horror novelist, I have a different perspective on fear. First, I told him that all of his fears were in his imagination and they were not real. Then, after thinking for a moment, I told him that there is only one phase in life where you have an imagination big enough to actually believe in monsters. There is only a short time in your childhood when you have the opportunity to be scared, really scared of the boogie man or the monster under your bed.
When you grow up, monsters disappear in a poof of smoke, never to come back again. We don’t fear the boogieman anymore. We are consigned to fear less interesting things like the IRS, or hanging onto a job. As for monsters, they are gone. Now this might reflect an impression of my poor parenting skills. But I told him that, since he is scared anyways, he might as well enjoy it because it will all be over soon.
I theorize that once the monsters are gone, we go on a lifelong search to bring them back. There is a part of us that actually wants to run into a pissed off ghost or to go toe to toe with a vampire. That’s why we go see horror films, read scary books, and pay the entry fee to go through spook houses at Halloween.
As a novelist, and as a musician for that matter, I have always endeavored to provide those monsters for people. I got thinking, what is the best way to completely engross oneself into a scary story. That led me to dreams. I love nightmares, the scarier the better. Because when you are in them, they are real. And the whole time, you are absolutely safe.
If one could somehow induce scary nightmares in the imagination, we could once again welcome those monsters in our lives. We could once again experience that child-like fear that is, actually, kind of fun.
In the Hypno-Nightmare Project, I have created 4 nightmares that you can experience again and again through the power of hypnosis. To visit these dreamlands, all you have to do is put on a pair of headphones, relax, and listen.
I have broken these recordings into four phases.
In phase one, the induction, with the use of relaxing, original music and a vivid, visual script, I bring you to a state of relaxation to prepare you for your transe state.
In phase two, the deepening, I take you down into your subconscious mind using a series of visual suggestions and ambient music. This phase is meant to connect you with your subconscious mind, your imagination.
In phase three, suggestion, I put you right in the middle of the action. This is where I tell and original story, a nightmare. I use second person to put you there. I’m telling you what you are doing in your nightmare. You are the one who battles the vampires. You are the one who faces the demons. You are the one who takes action against the boogieman.
After the story is finished, it’s time for phase four, the awakening. During this part of the recording, I use a series of suggestions to take you out of your dream world and bring you back safely to reality.
These four phases are the actual phases used by hypnotherapists today. Leave it to me to twist them around. Rather than helping you to become less depressed, to fight addictions, to lose weight, I’ve decided to take you to a place where you can do battle against a snarling werewolf. I’m pretty excited about this project. I’m not sure how well it is going to work. But I’m hoping that we can give it a try, you and me together.