One of the primary goals of psychotherapy has been the healing
of depression, anxiety, chronic anger, and other emotional
disorders, as well as the elevation of psychosomatic
diseases which source is in the client's suppressed emotions.
As hypnotherapists, we are constantly encountering our
clients' childhood pain and trauma while trying to assist
them in behavioral changes. Alchemical hypnotherapy offers
revolutionary new technologies for the rapid healing of these
childhood memories. This process is “Emotional Clearing
Therapy. “This article discusses how these new strategies of
healing child traumas accelerates the solving of these
emotional problems.

Psychological research has consistently indicated that our
patterns of emotional health or weakness are often determined
by childhood factors. Sigmond Freud was the first modern
psychologist to suggest that trauma in the early years of
childhood may be of supreme importance in determining an
individual's emotional adjustment in later life.

More recent research by behavioral psychologists has
indicating that the basic nurturing a child receives in its
first six years of life provides the critical foundation for
happiness, maturity and responsibility in later life. Serious
traumas occurring in this time period can permanently cripple
that child's maturing process.

The healing of these emotional traumas, however, has been an
elusive goal for most psychotherapies. Freud used such
techniques as free association and dream interpretation to
reach an analysis of the client's subconscious material after
2-5 years of weekly therapy. The insight gained by the client
into the childhood sources of his current neurosis would,
theoretically, allow the client to let go of childish or
irrational behavior. The client's logic might be as follows:
“Well, I can see that these feelings or behaviors might have
was appropriate at age 3, but are obviously unnecessary
now! ”

Since Freud's day, the science of insight therapy has come a
long way, but is still based on Freud's basic principle that
insight leads to recovery. However, a large percentage of
clients have discovered that insight alone is not sufficient
to alleviate the emotional symptoms caused by childhood trauma.

More recently, therapy pioneers like Wilhelm Reich and Arthur
Janov have developed a new form of therapy called “emotional
release “to deal with early trauma
to the scene of these childhood experiences and reliving them
in gory detail, it is thought that a client could release the
emotional charge from the experience, often by kicking and
screaming. This would relieve muscular tension, anxiety, and
neurotic behavior. Wilhelm Reich's work involved forcing the
emotional release through deep pressure on the body's muscles
in which the repressed emotional charge had been stored.

Janov created a powerful group experience through psychodrama
methods. These therapies are based on the concept that
releasing locked-in emotion through acting out buried
feelings in the context of being regressed to a childhood
memory presented the long-thought solution for childhood
trauma. Therefore, I call these methods “emotional release
therapy. ”

Recently, some problems have become evident in this form of
therapy as well. Many of my colleges and students in this
field have not noticed that people who have done many months of
emotional release become very adept at expressing feelings,
but are not necessarily feeling better. They often become
fixated on acting out negative emotions. One client of mine
who had worked with Janov for six months stated that
asserting his feelings, crying, and being emotionally upset
became a pattern for him and others in his group.

While getting in touch with his feelings felt good at first,
getting stuck acting out his emotional pain all the time felt
bad. His solution: he repressed his emotions and moved back
into his intellect. Another friend found that Reichian
therapy allowed her to open up all the anger inside, but her
frequent fits of rage did not make her very many friends or
make her life easier.

Now a new style of therapy is emerging which utilizes an
entirely new approach to dealing with childhood trauma. This
therapy, which I call “emotional clearing”, focuses on
providing the client's Inner Child with an experience of
being loved and nurtured by caring parents after being
rescued from the trauma of childhood. This mode of therapy is
especially effective because it provides the opportunity for
the client to experience, in a childlike state, the
fulfillment of emotional needs and completion of the
emotional maturation which was blocked by traumatic
experiences. Furthermore, while emotional release therapy may
fixate the client in the expression of negative emotions,
emotional clearing allows the client to experience substantial
states of bliss and joy which the therapist can then anchor
(through post-hypnotic suggestion) to the client's daily
stressful situations, replacement tension and fear with bliss
and joy even in difficult crisis.

For example, one client who had a phobia of crowded
supermarkets (“agoraphobia”) entered a childhood trauma which
connected to this phobic response. During the course of the
session, we rescued her child from this traumatic scene by
having the client visualize her adult self and other persons
that she trusted enter into the hypnotically-induced scene.
After rescuing this “inner child”, I suggested that she
become the rescued child. She felt this experience as waves
of bliss and relief in her body. I then used post-hypnotic
suggestion to anchor this bliss, saying, “Every time you
enter a supermarket, you remember this wonderful feeling of
being rescued. ”

This linking process is simply a teaching the subconscious
mind to change its response pattern from (supermarket =
childhood trauma = panic) to the new pattern (supermarket =
childhood rescue = bliss).

After one session in this case, a one-year follow-up revealed
a complete remission of symptoms.