I have often thought when hypnotising someone that the process is like archaeology, but more the archaeology that Indy does rather than the painstaking process of delicately freeing relics from the earth.
I talk to my clients, gather clues as to what is going on their mind, then I descend into their subconscious with them, dealing with booby traps, following the clues to find the treasure that will release them from the problems that that they are having or give them what they need do better.
Indiana Jones is a metaphor for this process. Every time he goes underground he represents the crossing of the threshold from conscious to subconscious. The bugs, booby traps, Nazis or indigenous warriors are all metaphors for the subconscious patterns – the thoughts, feelings and beliefs – your fears and anxieties – that have formed in order to keep the treasure from our conscious mind. The treasure is the resource within your own mind that I as a hypnotist can find and release. A treasure that you will never find unless you face those bugs, booby traps, Nazis and indigenous warriors.
As you go through life you put certain capabilities and parts of yourself aside and choose other parts that become part of your conscious mind, parts that are best suited to your circumstances as your life unfurls. The parts you put aside are not gone however, they are within your subconscious and as life continues, circumstances change, and in order to meet those changes sometimes you need to discard the parts you have chosen and replace them with parts of your self that your conscious mind has previously discarded. These previously discarded parts are the treasures that we seek during our archaeological expeditions and these treasures will change your life.
There’s a scene in Raiders of Lost Arc where the crowd parts to reveal a large man with a sword exhibiting his skills in an elaborate display and Indy simply shoots him with a shrug: this is an amusing metaphor I feel for the way good hypnosis approaches personal change compared to many more elaborate more drawn out treatment methods. Indy, of course, is the hypnotist in this metaphor.