Somnambulism

What is a somnambulist?

In medical terms, somnambulism means “sleepwalking.” So a somnambulist is someone who walks in their sleep. We have all known someone who made “midnight” snacks in their sleep or at least seen stories about how certain sleep aids could cause this same thing to occur.

In hypnotherapy, we mean something slightly different by the words somnambulism and somnambulist. Somnambulism is a deep and profound level of trance and somnambulists are people who are naturally gifted and/or practiced at reaching that level.

In Kappasinian terms, a somnambulist is:

A person who responds equally well to all suggestions, both direct and indirect, affecting both the body and emotions. This person would have a 50/50 Suggestibility (50% Physical Suggestible and 50% Emotional Suggestible).

And somnambulism is:

The deepest state of hypnosis, where the client responds with amnesia, anesthesia, negative and positive hallucinations, and complete control of the senses. It is characterized by the eyes rolling up underneath the eyelids.

Personally, I think there are indeed those who are naturally gifted at entering and deepening a hypnotic trance, but since hypnosis is a skill that improves with practice, I believe that somnambulism can be learned. I have seen lots of people who didn’t meet the 50/50 definition who have become capable of attaining somnambulism with practice. I would tweak the definitions a bit:

Somnambulism

A deep state of hypnosis, where the client may respond with amnesia, anesthesia, negative and positive hallucinations, and complete control of the senses. It is characterized by the eyes rolling up underneath the eyelids.

Somnambulist

A person capable of reaching a profound state of hypnotic trance or “somnambulism”.

Natural Somnambulist

A somnambulist who is capable of reaching that level of hypnotic trance known and “somnambulism” without training or practice, generally during their first experience with hypnosis. In Kappasinian terms, this is most likely with a person who responds equally well to all suggestions, both direct and indirect, affecting both the body and emotions. This person would have a near 50/50 Suggestibility (50% Physical Suggestible and 50% Emotional Suggestible).

Anyway, I’m glad to get that off my chest. It’s been bugging me. I’m glad we cleared that up.

I’m a natural somnambulist by the way and I love nothing more than teaching others to get there too.

 

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