Hypnotherapy is also about you, and your subconscious.
If coaching is to the conscious mind, then hypnotherapy is to the subconscious. The Theory of Mind states that as little as 10-12% of the mind is operating at the conscious level (what you’re aware of at the moment), while the remaining 88-90% of the mind is deep within the subconscious. If it’s true that most of our mind power is deep within the subconscious, it makes total sense that we would use the modality of hypnotherapy when attempting to make lasting change to our behavior patterns.
There’s also the “critical area” of the conscious mind which operates like a gateway to the subconscious – it’s the part of our thinking process where we actively make assessments or judgments of the message units coming in. Message units include everything we observe and experience, including our own thoughts, memories, and projections into the future.
Everyone experiences the state of hypnosis, and therefore everyone can be hypnotized, You are in a state of hypnosis when you begin to drift into sleep. It’s that beautiful moment when you’re aware of what’s going on around you, for instance you can hear noises in your room, but you are also just about to drift to sleep. If you find yourself aware of being in that state, you may also notice that your critical mind is also at rest. But don’t disturb it or else you’ll start thinking and assessing all over again!
It is this in-between stage that we achieve during hypnotherapy, and it’s at this point when you aren’t being critical of new suggestions we offer your subconscious to re-place old “knowns”. Sometimes, the subconscious adopts a replacement suggestion right away, sometimes it takes a while. You’re basically creating a new groove in your mind, establishing a new biochemical response to a new thought pattern and over time, it becomes automatic. That’s where and why deep and lasting change occurs.
Sometimes you’ll hear people compare hypnosis or self-hypnosis to meditation. They’re similar in that you achieve a deep state of relaxation. The key difference is that hypnosis is a process where you or your hypnotherapist actively offers suggestions and guides your imagination using suggestion to change your deeply held “knowns”. Whereas, mediation is about clearing the mind.
Many people ask about the applications of hypnotherapy. Why do people seek hypnotherapy? I’ll ask the question back to you in a different way – for what purposes do you use your mind, and for what goals or objectives would you want to put more of the power of your mind behind your efforts? Whatever your answer is an application for hypnotherapy. For example, hypnotherapy can be a useful modality for things like:
- Stress management
- Smoking cessation
- Weight management and motivation, body image
- Fears and phobias
- Unexplained body pain or syndromes
- To spark creativity or handing challenging decisions
- Pre and post surgery pain management or child birth
- Sports performance
- Test taking, public speaking
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