Whenever I lead clients into trance, I ask them to find a “safe place.” I will say something like, “This could be a place you have been to, wish you could go to, either imaginary or real. It could be from your childhood or in your current life.”
Sometimes clients have said they don’t have a safe place, so they make it up. One client who had had a life filled with abuse, said that she was never safe. I encouraged her to make it up. She created a place she had never been to- a cabin in the woods.
Another client came in for a hypnotherapy session to help her manage her tension headaches. As we began the trance I had her select a place where she felt comfortable and safe. After the trance was over, I asked her, “Where did you take yourself, where was your safe place?” She said, “K-Mart.” Most people will go to a secluded beach, a deep forest, a desert oasis, their bed or kitchen, but I had never been told that a department store would be a safe place. She further explained that she loved being able to have hours to wander in the store, no pressure, no rush, just being.
I asked another client, “Where did you go?” And she responded, “ A crystal cave.” Each of us can access the experience of safety, whether it comes in the form of a crystal cave, a tropical island paradise or a K-Mart store. There are so many places to choose from, and remember these places can be from your past, present or future.
Where is your safe place? Is it outdoors or indoors? Is it from your past, your imagination or a combination of the two? Is it natural setting or manmade? Now imagine being in this safe place. What are you seeing? What are you hearing? What are you doing? And what are you feeling? I’d like to know where you go. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org