Über Gil Boyne
Gil Boyne is internationally recognized for his radical and provocative contributions to the profession of hypnotherapy. Students have come to his institute from throughout the U.S.A. and from numerous other countries for intensive study to clarify the concepts used so effectively in the Boynian approach to therapy.
He is hailed by many as one of the most creative and effective hypnotherapists in the field at this time. who easily hypnotizes the most difficult clients. Boyne demonstrates an extraordinary variety and effective ness in his hypnotic inductions and he teaches that the initial induction must be suited to the client’s needs which can be intuitively perceived. His style is so innovative and his success rate so high that many of his clients are people referred to him by other therapists or those who are them selves therapists.
He remains an iconoclast with strong and unusual convictions, who is never afraid of confrontations. “When I am doing my work I am very confident-I look and act confident. I speak in a confident manner … ” These comments are a remarkable summary of Boyne’s life and style and provide an insight into a man who is so convinced that he is right that he challenges the traditional assumptions and techniques of the scientific and professional community and blazes his own path.
His teachings convey the essential ingredients of his solution to the most fundamental problem facing us all, i.e., how to overcome our client’s feelings of helplessness in specific situations and train them to develop coping skills. Boyne does this by leading the client to recognize their inner creative intelligence and to define it as the evidence of their “divine nature.”
Here is a therapist who focuses on what people do and how they do it, without imposing a set of limiting assumptions and theoretical constructs between his perception and the client’s inner world. He teaches his clients to alter their perception which motivates them to use their inner capabilities to cope creatively with the realistic demands of their lives.
Boyne’s fundamental orientation toward life, and the central theme of his work, is that people must learn to recognize their fullest potential. He has concluded that no single theory can explain or describe the variety and complexity of individual functioning. He teaches that hypnotherapy is a mystical (non-scientific) art based on a foundation of spiritual philosophy.
Boyne’s understanding of hypnosis seems purely descriptive. He offers no elaborate theoretical definitions and avoids physiological or psychological explanations. In fact, he explicitly states that no scientific explanation exists despite the many different explanations from the “experts.”
Even among his graduates there is some confusion as to whether his effectiveness can be attributed to him as a person, or to his unique rcrspective and wisdom. Some become particularly effective at imitating his physical and ver bal mannerisms in using the techniques he developed and teaches. Although imitation may be I.’ ucctivc in many circumstances. it seems clear that only by learn ing the fundamental COII’;CPts that guide him. and adopting his underlying perspective, can we hope to create similar dramatic interventions with a majority of our clients.
He does not tell therapists exactly what to do in every therapy situation, but he does tell them how to think so that they will know what to do. Such a teaching approach demands a greater tolerance for ambiguity than the presentation of specifics and requires a greater dedication to conceptual flexibility than the presentation of specific techniques for specific problems.
Boyne learned how to intervene in and influence human thought and behavior by paying close attention to everything the client says and does. He has a great awareness of the meanings, implications and nature of words and the inherent flexibility of language.
Boyne’s ability to “read” people, to know things that they do not know about themselves and to see through their attempts to hide information is remarkable. Each movement, each word, each inflection of a person is observed and noted on the basis of his acquired understandings. As a result, he enables clients to discover potentials they did not realize they owned and helps them resolve personal problems that other professionals had been unable to reach.
Although Boyne has been recognized as a powerful and effective clinician who can cure the most resistant clients, he challenges the “primacy of the therapist” attitude that pervades most other approaches and argues vehemently that it is the client’s needs, beliefs, abilities and general welfare which define the character of the therapy.
THE SHORT·TERM RADICAL HYPNOTHERAPY OF GIL BOYNE
Adapted from Miracles On Demand, First Edition
There are rare moments in time when a great teacher. educator and healer is gaining recognition and is sharing his discoveries with a select few who want to grasp the magic and immerse themselves in those discoveries in a new effort to radically benefit their fellow man.
Imagine the fulfillment. the self-worth and the success that came out of having studies with such innovators as Milton Erickson, Carl Jung, Fritz Perls and other great creative minds. Such an innovator is among us now: Gil Boyne has achieved international acclaim as a new leader in unique approaches to hypnotherapy, psychic pro gramming and behavior trans formation.
Numerous books have been written about the unusual and innovative methods of Dr. Milton Erickson, but until now, none have been written about the amazingly rapid and suc cessful methods of Gil Boyne. Erickson was a creative genius who devised many unusual and beneficial therapy methods. Gil Boyne is the genius of short-term, result-oriented therapy.
In his training programs, Gil Boyne repeatedly demonstrates that it is possible to transform the lives of people who have been programmed for failure, frustration and unhappiness.
His personal fascination with transforming energy goes far beyond teaching. He leads people into that energy so that they can experience it in themselves.
He aims at integrating the various aspects of the self in an experiential way. He is most interested in how a person experiences life-how he perceives it and the way he is emerging before our eyes.
He has a rare ability to understand language and to hear not only what a client is saying but what they are implying and what they really mean. and he does it without effort.
He seems to see the total picture. He finds a cer tain rhythm in events and knows what is coming and what is missing and what a person is silent about.
I see him as an artist in his therapy and he teaches that do ing therapy is primarily an art form. He has an uncanny skill in making immediate contact with people therapeutically. He insists uoon the client tak ing full responsibility for his present state of affairs and re peatedly asserts, “All of the answers are available in the subconscious. We confuse ourselves by making up ques tions!”
He works with you mo ment after moment to keep you being real. and he is creating in every moment. He has a cer tain repertoire, but his essen tial element is being with what is happening from minute to minute and dealing with what ever emerges.
When Boyne is engaged in his work, he is exquis itely sensitive and yet he maintains an incredible re laxed manner. His genius as a therapist is his improvi sational creativity. He seems to start out in a conven tional style, but when the inspiration comes the effect is always dramatic and potent. He will suddenly focus on the voice tone, a facial expression, a moistness in the eyes.
I see him as a catalyst bringing people into a more clear state. He sees what they need, and he seems to produce changes magically.
He is an extraordinary man yet always remains a human being. His tremendous intelligence joins with his heart to create a special relationship with each client. I know how happy and wann he is when others are seeing what he is seeing and are really with him. He is full of life. and it is the extent to which he is willing to be human that is the divine spark in him.
The style that makes his therapy successful is his use of his authority to literally demand the client’s response.
Boyne plays the role of authority figure very well.
It is one of the things that makes him very powerful.
It’s easy to fantasize that he’s omniscient. He openly uses the feeling of power and control he has over those who come to him-ready to reveal them selves and terrified of doing it. It helps him to get the job done.
Many struggle against his power at first. Later. they see him as their teacher and realize that they can’t learn anything unless they do what he says. Once they come to know this-i-they love him.
His major interest is in training, in finding people who are seriously willing to go into themselves to the depth required to become a sensitive teacher-therapist. The process of training others to help people creates great demands on his inventiveness. He warns his students against trying to mimic him. The way that the master does it often becomes a ritual to his followers.
Neophyte and veteran hypnotherapists alike re port that his teachings not only alter their way of doing therapy but transform their personal lives as well.
Boyne feels that most psychotherapy is intenni nable and that treatment doesn’t have to be prolonged indefinitely. His major principle is that you can al ways go towards health. He teaches about an “inner grace” that we can connect with and that hypnotherapy is always directed toward health. He starts with the premise that wholeness is the goal and we can go to wholeness because we have all the ingredients. We don’t have to “get rid of’ anything! Instead. we trans form ~ add so that a whole person is created. Hypnotherapy is a hopeful work; psychoanalysis is always pessimistic. “Hypnotherapy,” he says, “is not like surgery or medicine. It’s not just techniques that can be taught. To be a good hypnotherapist. a person has to have an instinct for it-an inherent kindness and an ancient wisdom.”
Boyne states. “A hypnotic process is the begin ning of an experience that can generate results that seem magical because of the brevity and conciseness of the therapy. It is the people’s choice because it is free of psychiatric jargon and labels. It is brief therapy (when compared to traditional therapies) because. most of the practitioners have escaped the brain washing of the academic psychiatric establishment.”
Boyne appears to stand as an older warrior giving lessons to the younger and less experienced seekers, sharing encouragement, strength, and leading the student away from being overcome by irrational fears. He understands the ne cessity of courage to “throw off the chains.”
He is a true charismatic who has broken through the boundaries and says to us. ”The outer limits are far beyond your conditioned beliefs. I encourage you to try new things and to do things that are not according to tradition.”
He has changed many lives. It is the kind of great ness that he is after, to touch many more people than he can touch himself. He is on a campaign to change the world, but not just for personal glory. He is an active revolutionary, Who has created a new profes sion and brought it to its present form.
You can change fragmented. unhappy people into integrated, happy people when you make use of Gil Boyne’s radical principles of hypnotherapy.