Self punishment and forgiveness in hypnosis
When we think and feel deeply that we are guilty – even if we are actually not- the subconscious mind will end up punishing us for it. Imagined crime is almost as powerful as actual crime. This is especially so if we have had a strict and moral childhood. Subconscious mind is multifaceted. It has elements of parental and judgmental self as one of its components somewhere. This aspect of the subconscious mind is not going to let a potential or virtual wrong doing go unpunished.
The common words that come up are “I wish I had done this” or ”I wish I had not done this”. Think of how many times we have regretted for committing something or omitting something! Subconscious mind will bring up and set in motion some punishment that we received for something similar to this that we did it in the past. (Punishment) History repeats itself. Or the punishment might be in terms of religious and cultural beliefs. It might be in terms of whatever upbringing we had. Lots of times self-punishment ends up creating physical complaints and uses body oriented language to do this. Chronic pain, recurrent dreams, weakness and paralysis, sleeplessness etc. are sometimes caused by such punishments subconscious mind metes out.
Hypnosis helps in many ways. We can separate the imagined from the real and gain the insight that the crime was really imaginary and does not need such real punishment. What is more interesting still is this – if crime can be imagined so can the punishment be imagined instead of being actual. We can use imagery under hypnosis to absolve our crimes and also get the subconscious part to agree to give up the punishment. Above all we can forgive ourselves and others involved in the situation even if it is a real crime. The guilt and shame associated with an actual or imagined incident go away when we can forgive ourselves. Ultimately we can again love ourselves and others and bring closure to this. I have seen some people have some profound experiences in giving up their shame and guilt and visibly achieve their inner peace.