If you have ever desired to change but found yourself chained to useless, old habits, your conscious and unconscious mind may be working at cross purposes. Deep change takes place at an unconscious level. Inducing an altered state of mind -through Hypnosis – produces these deep changes with greater ease. At the heart of hypnosis is the artful use of suggestion.
Hypnosis is a widely accepted method for helping people make changes. Much lasting change and learning do not occur consciously. Any process, which relies on communicating with and influencing the unconscious mind, is hypnotic in nature. Clinical Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic and learning process designed to produce a relaxed state of consciousness, which enables the mind to become more receptive. This allows the creative parts of the brain to utilize the suggested images to stimulate the desired change.
How does it work?
A Hypnotherapist is your guide, your teacher of how to hypnotize yourself at will, and it is always a “do with” process, instead of a “do to” process. You might think that you are sleeping when you are in trance; however, the truth is that you are acutely focused and aware. You can hear, respond, be alert and even talk while you are in a deep state of hypnosis. And, you are absolutely in control and will always do what you want to do.
Will I lose control or change something against my will?
Never. Only changes that you desire will take place and you are in control.
Will I reveal any secrets?
Again, never. Since you are in charge of the information you share, you are in charge of your secrets.
Will I be able to exit the hypnotic state?
Certainly. You will be in a relaxed but heightened state of focus and awareness, and your own mind determines all your results, including your return to a normal, fully awake state.
So how can being in hypnosis help resolve a problem?
When we are in hypnosis we are more relaxed, physically and mentally. When this occurs our mind operates more efficiently and effectively. An example of this is when you try and remember someone’s name. It is on the tip of your tongue but you just cannot get to it. After you stop trying and maybe five minutes later the name comes back to you. The difference here is that you were putting your mind under tension trying to force it to remember. However, when you stopped and thought of something else, you allowed your mind to relax and the name came to you. When the mind and body are relaxed we have better access to our memories. We are a product of our memories and past experiences. Sometimes we need to return to a memory in order to resolve what happened for our peace of mind before we can move on in the future.
For hypnosis to work most effectively, it is important to understand that a doubtful or negative response to any given suggestion leads to its rejection. On the other hand, if you really want to embrace change and focus on the suggestion with a positive attitude, trusting that it works, the suggestion is accepted and positive change happens. It is about trusting and believing.