When the word hypnosis is mentioned, a first thought might be that of entertainment on stage where people are being hypnotized and follow the instructions of the hypnotist to perform funny things such as jumping around like a rabbit or barking like a dog every time a certain keyword (like ‘talk’) is spoken!
Hypnosis used as a therapy is a totally different and nothing like that used for entertainment purposes. It has been practiced for thousands of years but only granted recognized in 1958 by the American Medical Association.
We go into hypnosis many times in a day. Have you ever been reading a paper or a book and someone is talking to you and you have not heard a word they have said? That is because you have entered a stage of hypnosis, your conscious mind has been put on hold and your subconscious mind has become more alert. We live with our conscious mind most of the time but it is the subconscious mind that stores all our lifetime data just like a computer’s hard drive stores all documents and images. This is why under hypnosis we can go back in time and remember things from the past.
Hypnotherapists, through hypnosis, have helped people overcome issues that were causing problems in their everyday life. It can help with weight loss, career moves, confidence, and letting go of habits that are no longer needed or are causing anxiety. These types of problems would be dealt with by suggestion hypnosis. If someone’s problems are a result of the past regression hypnosis would be used to take that person back in time to find out what triggered their issue.
Hypnosis is not being in a sound sleep, it is being in a deeply relaxed state. The person being hypnotized remains in control and will not divulge any secrets they have. No one has ever been hurt under hypnosis. It is a natural safe state of mind and is a focused consciousness.
When someone is in a deeply relaxed state through hypnosis they will hear the voice of the hypnotherapist and will follow their instructions. What happens is the hypnotherapist makes suggestions to the subconscious mind and those suggestions stay there as if they have been filed away in a cabinet.
The conscious mind has four parts:
Rational – Analytical – Will Power – Temporary Memory
Rational – this is where we have to find an answer for things and justify them, such as we need a few alcoholic drinks before bed because it helps us to sleep. In fact, we would fall asleep straight away but probably wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to get back to sleep again! However, even though it is not actually correct our rational mind is satisfied with this suggestion.
Analytical – this is the part that identifies things like a light bulb that needs replacing.
Willpower – Have you ever tried to give up something purely with willpower? It is there helping for a short time only, then it disappears.
Temporary Memory – this is what we use every day, to remember things like places and names. It can only hold a certain amount of information at one time.
The Subconscious Mind
Imagination – Permanent Memory – Habits, feelings and emotions – Beliefs – Autonomic
Imagination – it is not just about being creative, it’s how we view the world around us and of course, everyone’s view differs. And everyone’s view is what they believe is true to them. But that perception of their view is not reality; it is just a perception.
Permanent Memory – All data that has been received from the five senses is stored in the subconscious mind. Everything we feel, hear, see, taste and smell will leave an impression on us.
Habits – Feelings and Emotions – these are all stored away in the cabinet of the subconscious mind and a database of information beings to develop of the person we are today.
Automatic Nervous System – these are the things we do automatically such as breathing, eating, our heartbeat and blood circulation. The subconscious mind takes care of all these things.
Hypnosis can help people overcome obstacles where other attempts using different methods have failed. The subconscious mind is a powerful tool and everyone can benefit from this deeply relaxed state, even if it is just simply to relax.
©Jan, Life Coach You