Hypnosis is a natural state that we all pass through every day, going in to and out of sleep and it is essential to our healthy functioning. It is a very relaxed and powerfully focused state. Another common example of hypnosis is when you are engrossed in a book or film to the extent of not being aware of what’s going on around you.
This hyperattentive state allows for powerful and rapid change because the logical, perhaps doubtful and fearful conscious mind is temporarily set aside which effectively takes the limitations off your potential for change and healing. This allows any suggestions made, to sink deeply into the sub-conscious mind where they are acted upon for your benefit.
The sub-conscious mind, unlike the conscious, doesn’t distinguish between reality and imagination. So in hypnosis you can face, deal with or prepare for difficult issues in your life. We can’t change the past but we can change how we learned to see ourselves or the world around us because of it. I often think of hypnotherapy as the growing and strengthening of new, healthier neural pathways in our brain. This is exactly what the sportsperson who uses deep visualisation is doing.
When people suffer panic and anxiety in a situation where there is absolutely no threat to them what may be happening is that at a subconscious level some memory of the past has been triggered which has no relevance to the current situation but which brings with it all of the emotional upset and physical turmoil of the original situation. The person is not consciously aware of the memory but is certainly aware of the effects of it.
Being able to communicate directly with the sub-conscious allows us to benefit a whole range of issues from the physical to the emotional. A list of what can be achieved by harnessing the power of the subconscious through hypnosis would be as comprehensive as what is controlled by the sub-conscious. For example, all of our habits and the thoughts that control our behaviour come from our sub-conscious mind. It is said that 98% of everything we do comes from our sub-conscious programming. We are normally unaware of the thoughts and feelings that reside there but they are more powerful than the thoughts and feelings that we are aware of.
Some people have worries around hypnosis because of what they have seen on TV or in stage shows. What is important to realise is that nobody can hypnotise you unless you are willing to be hypnotised. While you are hypnotised your mind is not under anybody else’s control. If any suggestions were made to you which you were not happy with then you would pop out of hypnosis immediately and react as the situation required.
Scientific advances such as PET scans have shown that in hypnosis completely different areas of the brain are active than one would find in sleeping or awake states; it is a completely different state. Hypnotherapy is psychotherapy carried out in this state. This brings rapid and powerful results because hypnosis brings us straight to the core of the problem.
The logical mind can work with about 8 items of information at any one time; while our subconscious mind controls our breathing, body temperature and thousands of other details, 24 hours a day. In hypnosis we can attune to this deeper, more powerful level within ourselves where the constraints of the conscious mind disappear. In fact hypnosis provides the keys to a realm that is at the core of who and what we are as holistic beings.
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