What Is Hypnotherapy?
“Have you ever wondered why when you have tried to change a habit or behavior it usually resurfaces? This is because our conscious willpower usually cannot compete with the power of the subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind is considered to be the source or root of many of our behaviors, emotions, attitudes and motivations. Hypnosis is believed to be a powerful tool for accessing the subconscious mind and creating dramatic improvements in our lives.
During your private hypnotherapy session you will remain completely aware of everything that is going on. In fact, many people experience a hyper awareness where sounds appear enriched, thoughts clearer and your ability to imagine and visualize is greatly enhanced. It is common for these hypnotic experiences to create sensations of deep relaxation, fluid warmth or a pleasant tingling sensation or buzz throughout your physical body. Many describe the hypnotic state as a complete and total escape from all physical tension and emotional stress, while remaining completely alert.” (courtesy of The Hypnosis Motivation Institute)
Hypnotherapy explained by example
“There’s nothing to fear!” Hypnosis is safe, natural, and is a state of consciousness that everyone experiences often as we move through our daily life.
When I was a kid hanging out with my father and he overheard someone voice a cliche’ remark such as, “There’s nothing to fear!” or, “Trust me! I know what I’m doing,” he’d utter his own cliche’ phrase and say, “Famous last words,” and then smile at me with one eyebrow raised. I never really understood what he meant until much later when I was an adult and had developed the ability to think critically, utilizing logic, reasoning, and rational thinking. I didn’t understand what “famous last words,” meant. I didn’t see anything wrong with those alleged cliche‘ statements. He often used those same statements himself as he taught me about life. I was receptive and open to his suggestions, which ultimately helped create my life script, and my beliefs.
When we’re in hypnosis we gain access to our life script, to what we’ve been taught, to our beliefs. In turn, we then have the opportunity to alter those beliefs, teachings, and scripts that may not be working for us, through positive suggestion. This amazing, yet simple opportunity becomes possible because, when we’re in hypnosis we are like children again, our critical mind, logic, reasoning, as well as rational thinking has taken a few minutes off for a well-deserved break. Naturally, at any time we can voluntarily come out of hypnosis. It’s during stressful moments in our life that learning how to recognize we’re in hypnosis becomes a valuable ability.
Recall the last time when you were lying in bed in the morning, perhaps you hit the snooze button on your alarm clock, and decided to keep sleeping. In those last ten, fifteen, or even thirty minutes you were awake enough to realize just how nice sleeping is, and at any time you could’ve gotten out of bed if you really wanted to. That’s hypnosis. You can snap out of it anytime, just like you could’ve gotten out of bed anytime. It’s just such a pleasant, relaxing, and peaceful experience you want it to continue. Ultimately, what gets us out of bed is our logic, reasoning, rational thinking and willpower; the very same part of us that realizes there may be a behavior, a conditioned pattern, a habit, a belief, based upon our life script that needs to be updated, changed, or removed and replaced with one that works, and enables us to live to our full potential.
Hypnosis is a therapeutic tool that gives us access to a resource within us that, simply put, ends tiresome struggles and enables peace and personal empowerment.
How does stress effect us?
Our modern medical community has concluded that stress is the underlying cause of most health issues today. Stress comes in many forms, penetrating every aspect of our existence, and it seems we cannot escape it. What we can do is improve our knowledge of how we might respond to stress in a manner that will reduce its vicious effects. With this understanding we shift from feeling like we’re victims of life’s challenges, to the feeling of empowerment and a sense of personal control.
In any trying situation, whether it's the experience of war, or events from a traumatic childhood, or years of attempting to make life work, including our career, family, or personal needs, fear(s) develops within us to greater or lesser extents. Fear equals stress. Stress is tension in the body and mind system. Tension needs energy to maintain itself -- psychic energy -- as well as physical energy, however, this energy is not unlimited. When our energy reserves are depleted our body and mind system begins to falter, which in turn causes imbalances in our life. These imbalances can be experienced as symptoms, physically with immune system compromise, mentally with the inability to remember things, and emotionally with irritability and grumpiness. And, that’s the short list.
For example, depression would be a symptom of energetic depletion due to an overwhelming amount of tension in our body/mind system. Symptoms can take the form of various conflicts in a person's life, from nightmares, to divorce, insomnia, guilt feelings, inferiority, anger, and the need to escape through substance abuse. These symptoms are really just the body/mind system attempting to resolve and balance itself in some way through action, however this action is an unconscious or subconscious reaction and always primitive in nature supported by our most primitive survival response of "fight/flight, or freeze." We unconsciously believe we are victims and must submit to our most basic need; the need to survive. At this stage we have actually slipped into a state of involuntary hypnosis.
An everyday example of how many of us lose control and respond to stress in a unhealthy manner is “road rage.” When a driver cuts into our lane we might become angry, and many even resort to sign language. Perhaps, after a few moments of reflection, with increased awareness we reprocess the situation and may realize it’s a “waste of our energy” to invest in being angry. If we remain unconscious of this reactivity it builds on itself and becomes a dominant force in our lives. Soon, we can’t help but to feel “burned out” on life. The longer we continue this way the more difficult it is to change, simply because we have used up the energy it takes to be motivated for change. We also begin to believe our response to stress is normal. We can change however, but from where will we find the energy?
Curiosity is a great motivator. If we are curious about what life would be like free from our seemingly normal way of responding to stress we create the opportunity to change our reactions through education and awareness. In this way, we become empowered and no longer subject to stress and step out of victim mentality. People have reported that upon realizing how much they have invested their energy into feeling like a victim, with a shift in their perspective, and the application of some simple techniques for better stress management, they experience a freedom accompanied by an infusion of energy they've never felt before.
Just as we have the ability to alter our response to stress by working with our breath, our most basic tool, once we become aware of what is happening within us concerning a past trauma, or present day challenge, and understand it, we have the choice to shift our perception and release it. This is the beginning of managing our energy more efficiently by raising our level of consciousness. Opposite of victimhood, realizing we do have a choice in how we want to experience life shows us how incredibly powerful we actually are, and how much control we really do possess.
What will we do with all the extra energy we have? Whatever you desire!