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The hypnotic state is a perfectly natural, normal and everyday state something we experience many times a day. When we first wake up in the morning, when we’re drifting off to sleep, driving a car, watching a movie or TV or just daydreaming. When you’re lost in a really good book. It’s a very natural experience of focus.
We have two very separate parts of our mind/brain, two levels of processing that goes on in our minds.
There’s the CONSCIOUS MIND. That’s what we are aware of right now.
Then below that level of awareness, we have the SUBCONSCIOUS MIND that does a number of things. It controls our immune system and the automatic body functions, such as our breathing, our eyes blinking etc. It is all the processes that we are not consciously aware of. It also is where our attitudes, beliefs, our behaviors and habits are stored.
The Conscious Mind
Analysis and problem solving
The conscious mind is where we spend most of our time. It basically only does 3 things. The first thing it does is, it looks at problems, analyzes them and figures a way to solve those particular problems. It is also the part of us that makes the hundreds of decisions we have to make just to get through an average day, things like, “Should I open the door?” “Will I answer the phone?”
The second part of the conscious mind is the rational. This part of us must give us a reason why we behave in any particular way. If we don’t have a reason why we do the things that we do, we become anxious, nervous and frustrated. For example, a smoker may say he smokes because it calms him, makes him feel relaxed. An overweight person will say to themselves, I’m over weight because I eat when I’m bored, I eat when I’m nervous or eat to feel happy, less bored.
The next part of the conscious mind is what we call will power. You might say, “I’m going to put down this pack of cigarettes and nothing will make me start smoking again.” Well, we all know how long that lasts!
You start a new diet telling yourself ‘this is the time I will lose all my excess weight, and keep it off!
Well we all know how long those promises to ourselves last!
Just until will power weakens and then the old habit /pattern of behavior comes back again.
Program and Record
Most of our mental activity is done in the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is very much like a computer only it is much more powerful. We program our ‘internal’ computer every day of our lives through our life experiences; some is useful, some not so useful. And can in fact be detrimental to our physical or emotional wellbeing
The subconscious mind records everything that has ever happened to you. Everything that you have heard, seen, smelled or tasted is locked permanently into the memory banks of your subconscious mind, into your own ‘internal memory file’
You can hear a song and it will unlock long lost memories of a holiday perhaps. . Perhaps your first love! It can also trigger memories that you would prefer not to remember, perhaps the passing of a loved one.
All your mind needs is a trigger or a stepping-stone to recall anything that you have experienced. . Both good and bad.
The second programming we have in the subconscious mind is habits. Now, you have three kinds of habits. Some good for some not so good But and us really most of our habits aren’t good or bad, most of our habits really are routine.
We automatically respond in a certain fashion when something else happens. When the telephone rings, for example, we don’t look at it and wonder what it is, we automatically pick it up. We walk up to a door we haven’t seen before and know what to do. Much of our day-to-day thinking is habit driven.
The more we practice behaving in a certain way the easier it becomes, the same with thinking in particular ways. Someone who thinks pessimistically is practicing those thoughts and it becomes easier and easier to think in those negative ways. The same goes for an optimistic person. They spend much of their time looking at the positives in life and creating the neural connections in their brains of positivity. The more this happens the neural pathway becomes stronger and reinforced.
The mind/brain pattern matches with a previous behavior.
Now, the next thing in the subconscious mind, and probably the most important part of it is our protective mind. It must protect us against danger real or imagined. Something imagined by the subconscious mind is just as if it was actually happening, it can’t tell the difference between an actual threat and a perceived threat to its/your safety.
Although the subconscious is so powerful, it is also the laziest part of us. It doesn’t like to do the work that is required to accept positive suggestions to give us change in areas where we would like to have change. It likes to keep things the way they are, it takes too much work to make change in a positive way. And positive suggestions are one of the most difficult things to get into our subconscious minds. We tend to be able to respond to negative suggestions with no problem. We take on board criticism much easier than we take praise on board.
There’s one more part of the conscious mind and it is called the critical factor of the conscious mind. The critical faculty acts like a bouncer on the door to your subconscious mind…or like the ‘firewall on your computer IT decides who gets in. This is very useful to us on a day-to-day basis because we don’t want to be accepting every suggestion thrown at us.
So how does Hypnosis work?
Our minds learn most effectively when we use symbols, imagery, metaphors and imagination. We can’t make our heart beat faster just by commanding it to. But if you imagine a scary scene like walking down a dark alley alone, late at night hearing footsteps behind you, your breathing can quicken and your heartbeat goes faster. We can learn easily using our imaginations.
Now to get suggestion into your subconscious mind we use hypnosis. Hypnosis bypasses the critical factor that is the blocking part of our conscious mind through relaxation. The instant this critical factor of our conscious mind is bypassed, we can accept suggestions we want and that are useful to us.
Now, when we are in the state of hypnosis, our bodies are very relaxed but the conscious mind can be quite alert. In the deeper levels of hypnosis, your conscious mind can be more alert than you are at this very moment. When you receive a suggestion in hypnosis, you hear it loud and clear.
When you hear that suggestion with your conscious mind you make a decision about that suggestion. Which decision you make determines whether that suggestion is allowed to enter your subconscious mind or whether it is rejected. If it is allowed to enter, you will have the change that you are want to achieve, if it is rejected, there will be no change.
The decisions that you may have to make are “I like that suggestion, I know it’s going to work!” Now, that mental attitude at the conscious level allows that suggestion to go into your ‘internal computer’ the subconscious mind, and change begins. Or it can be rejected if you don’t like the suggestion.
And that is how easy it is! You choose whether or not you accept the suggestion at the deepest level of your subconscious mind.
ALL hypnosis is self-hypnosis. As a hypnotherapist I can’t force a suggestion into your mind. If it goes against what you want to do you would reject it.
Only you can allow it to happen!
Only you can give yourself permission to accept the suggestions made under hypnosis
All hypnosis sessions carried out by me are completely unique to you.
This is why 1-to1 hypnosis is so effective when it is tailored to the situation you wish to change.
FACTS ABOUT HYPNOSIS
Many people have a fear or a misconception about what hypnosis really is and because of this I would like to cover some of the more common questions I am asked from potential clients who approach me for hypnosis.
Some people are concerned that when you are in hypnosis, that you are asleep. The facts are that ‘In trance’ your mind can be more alert than you are at this very moment. Hypnosis has nothing to do with sleep although you can feel/be very relaxed. The trance state can vary from just feeling very relaxed, to feeling that you are ‘drifting in and out’, to actually feeling/believing that you have been ‘asleep’. It varies from client to client, we are all individual and whatever is right for you will just happen.
Some people are afraid they won’t “wake up” from hypnosis. Some people can fall into a natural sleep if they are tired but will wake up normally.
I want you to know that you and you alone are responsible for your success. What mental attitude you take when you hear a suggestion determines your level of success.
You are fully in control at all times and can reject any suggestion you don’t like the sound of.
Your ‘subconscious mind’ is like your internal security guard, if a suggestion doesn’t feel right then you will just reject it.
However because all of the work I do follows the initial in-depth assessment consultation then I will know what it is you want to change! And therefore what ‘messages’ I need to give to your subconscious mind.
Hypnotherapy is nothing like stage hypnosis.
With stage hypnosis a small group of people are selected from a large audience and then the stage hypnotist selects a smaller group from the people on stage. These people are wanting to perform and are willing to go along with the suggestions of the stage hypnotist. The act is for comedy value usually and has nothing to do with the positive benefits of hypnotherapy.
With me you are working with a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist…I am not a stage hypnotist.
Hypnosis is a great tool for change and a very pleasant experience.
The success rate is very high when client commitment is 100%.
Virtually everyone can be hypnotised..the key is ‘do you want to make the commitment to changing your life’
Hypnosis is very effective with a wide range of issues and I have listed below just some of the areas that I have worked in with great results.
Weight loss/Weight Management