Years ago I taught a two-day course for the National Guild of Hypnotists Conference entitled, “Human Potential Trainer Techniques.” The last gathering was attended by 1500 hypnotherapists who learned how to set up a process with a short talk, run a process and follow up with dialogues or fast individual back-to-the-cause regressions.
One of the altered-state processes was on the subject of “buttons.” When the participants were deep in trance, I said, “And it’s time to explore some of your past programming. We all have buttons connected to our computer-like subconscious mind. When these buttons are pushed, we demonstrate our machine-ness by reacting with emotion—often anger, repression or fear.
“So in this process we’re going to explore what pushes your reaction buttons. What causes you to react? The idea is to be straight with yourself and to trust the very first thoughts that come into your mind … Okay ... here’s the first question: In your personal life, what pushes your buttons causing you to quickly become angry, or fearful, or to repress?”
The process continues to include an exploration of occupational buttons, sexual buttons, embarrassment buttons, and public, national or international situations that generate reactions. They’re asked what the person closest to them does to push their buttons. The final question is, “How does what other people think push your buttons?”
“All right, meditate upon how what other people think about you is manipulating you. What your mate or lover thinks ... your friends, your co-workers, your children, and your parents. Are they pushing your buttons causing you to be the way they want you to be? Meditate upon this.”
A few minutes later, I say, “Can you get that you’ve been programmed—brainwashed from birth to worry about what other people think? You grew up worrying about what others thought. But worrying about others think may not be in your best interest. Maybe what you think is what’s most important.
“In most life areas there is no such thing as moral and immoral, right and wrong, ethical and unethical. A group of people agree upon terminology, and maybe they agree to call a particular action or practice wrong. But that does not make it wrong. That doesn’t change what it actually is. Right, wrong, moral, immoral, ethical, and unethical are all concepts, which in fact exist only by agreement of a group of people. That does not make it right or wrong ... only what they call right or wrong. It does not change what it actually is.
“In living in a society we must be willing to accept the consequences of our actions in regard to the laws of society. Yet most of the conflicts with the opinions of other people are not legal issues. It may be ill advised for you to allow what other people think to push your reaction buttons and repress who you really are.
“And be aware that the people in your life quickly learn about your buttons and they use them to manipulate you. And that reduces your personal power. Meditate upon these ideas and consider any life changes you want to make.”
After a few minutes of silence, I say, “You no longer have to be a robot that reacts to past programming that does not serve you. You have the power and ability to create your own reality ... to change what isn’t working and to manifest what you desire …. And in just a moment I am going to wake you up, remembering everything you just experienced.”
Peace and light, Dick Sutphen