Do you know what hypnosis is? Have you ever considered giving it a go? I have been involved in and practising hypnosis and hypnotherapy for a few years now, but I still find it amazing how many people don’t understand what hypnosis is; moreover, some people have a skewed view of it believing it to be something harmful, weird or magical. There is so much misinformation about it, that no wonder many people still distrust anything and anyone that is remotely connected with it. I would like to take you back to your most wonderful day of your life. If you can’t think of an example, imagine what a perfect day it would be. Just take yourself back to that wonderful day in your mind’s eye, pay attention to where you are, who you’re with, what is being said. Is any music playing? What are you doing? Is it a sunny summer day, or winter day? What are you wearing? Can you smell any smells? Look around you and take in all the details. Just imagine these details, listen to what is happening around you and pay attention to all the feelings in your body. What are you feeling? And as you do so, bring the whole picture and all the sensations closer to you. Step into that picture, as if you were stepping over a frame or going onto a stage where everything was being played out. Take your time doing this. Savour your memory of this most beautiful, happy day of your life. Now, whether you have been doing this with your eyes closed or not, have a look around and notice where you actually are. Bring yourself back to your current settings. Only a minute ago you were immersed recalling this beautiful day, tasting the most delicious food, listening to wonderful sounds and feeling the warmest sensations in your body. Suddenly you’re back at your desk at work, in your living room, etc. It might be a miserable day, rainy and cold. Yet just a minute ago you were comfortable and happy. The human mind is astounding – it can perform such feats regularly and with astonishing convincing powers. It can make you believe you’re being hugged by your loved one, being kissed, or that you are listening to your favourite operatic music. It can trick you into believing that you’re about to eat a delicious meal and you find yourself swallowing the extra saliva that is being produced in anticipation of you having something to eat. Whether the signals of hunger are produced internally by your mind or they are triggered by external factors, it still produces the same sensations, meaning, you start feeling hungry. Therefore, never underestimate the power of your mind and what it can make you do, believe, remember. Hypnosis is an altered state of mind. When you think about a past event – this is an altered state of mind; when you imagine your future – this is an altered state of mind. When you’re engrossed in reading a book/watching TV etc, and block out any other sounds, sights around you – this is an altered state of mind. So, to put this differently, you’re in an out of hypnosis pretty much all day long. Hypnotherapy uses this natural ability of the mind to relax you and take you to a place where positive change happens. Hypnotherapy relaxes the mind and body in order to switch off the conscious part of the mind – the critical, judging part that often gets in the way of initiating positive change and updating mental material with new information. A lot of the information we carry in our heads is old and hand-me-down. It was planted there in our childhood and as adults we still believe it to be true. Think of any messages you may have been given as a child that no longer stand to scrutiny, e.g. ‘You’re ugly’, ‘It’s impossible to run a mile in 4 minutes’, ‘There’s nothing left to discover in this world’ etc. When the conscious part of the mind is relaxing, the subconscious part emerges. The subconscious mind is where all the memories, sensations, emotions are stored. This is where our behaviour patterns, habits, addictions, imagination, creativity sit. This part of the mind takes up over 90% of your brain! Most of what happens in your head and what drives your behaviour is derived from the subconscious. You think that most of your decisions are based on logic, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Think of your typical day – most of the things that happen around you, you’re not aware of – the sounds as you walk to work, drive to places, when you sit at your computer, the smells you encounter - most of it happens in the background and slips under the radar. If you were to consciously take everything in that happens around you, you’d be exhausted and overwhelmed with the amount of information. This conscious awareness requires a lot of energy – the brain is energy hungry and has to delete, distort, ignore most things. Even as you sit here reading this blog, your brain needs around 20% of the energy you consume, just to keep you alive! This is why it makes evolutionary sense to have the subconscious to control and govern all the processes that you don’t need to think about consciously (including your involuntary bodily processes). Hypnotherapy works with the subconscious. It edits the old information, gives it positive, beneficial messages, creating safe place where change is possible. The subconscious has one role – to keep you safe, even if this leads to creating behavioural habits that, in the long term, are harmful (that includes addictions, phobias etc). Therefore, long-lasting change happens when the subconscious is comfortable to makes changes to its beliefs and information. Hypnosis is not the same as sleep. Often, clients expect to be unconscious or asleep during a Hypnotherapy session – this is absolutely not the case. They often feel disappointed afterwards, saying that they were aware of the therapist’s voice and can remember the things that were being said. This is normal. Please keep in mind that everyone is different and reacts in different ways to the same situation. The mind and the body need training to become primed to relax at will. Hypnotherapy may promote physical and mental wellbeing, enhance creativity, improve self-worth and confidence. It may help with physical pain, emotional issues and instil self-love. The subconscious is able to take you back to the most beautiful day of your life, but it can also envisage another most awe-inspiring day of your life, give you ideas on how to manifest it and then execute it. Hypnotherapy opens your mind to new possibilities, whether you’re happy in life, or feel you want to make some changes. Hypnotherapy allows the subconscious to show its immense power, whilst the conscious part of the mind is busy elsewhere. If you would like to have a taster session, please get in contact. Equally, if you’d like more information on the subject, I’m happy to answer your questions.