Clinical Hypnosis – No, it’s nothing like what you’ve seen in stage shows, on television, or its exaggerated portrayal in films.
Yes, it’s a completely natural state to be in, and my guess is that you’ve already experienced it many times, probably even at some point today! Did you find yourself daydreaming; have you been driving and arrived at your destination without you realising it? Or been totally engrossed in a book, while someone was talking to you and you just didn’t hear them? Then you’ve been in a form of hypnosis already.
How does hypnotherapy work?
Think of your brain using the analogy of an iceberg. The top part that you see above the water is the conscious, thinking, feeling part of your brain. What you don’t see with the iceberg, is that the majority of it lies underneath the surface of the water – the vast expanse that you can’t see. This is the part of your brain that operates without you consciously knowing about it. It can be called the subconscious. The subconscious has been gathering information and storing it since the moment you were born. You were born a blank canvas that learnt to become who you are today by absorbing every experience and every piece of information in every moment that you have lived through.
Some of this information and your experiences have served you well and developed into the attributes that make you the unique individual that you are. Other experiences have shaped your life in a negative way, but they still remain, part of you that is serving you no positive purpose whatsoever. The fact of the matter is, your subconscious just doesn’t care. It makes absolutely no value judgement, or moral reasoning, nor knows right from wrong. It just takes it all on board and stores it there, beneath the surface, creating patterns from your life and sending this information through to the exposed, conscious part of your brain.
Hypnosis allows you to speak to the subconscious part of our brain. It allows the conscious to be bypassed which stops the objections to change flagging up constantly. The conscious mind operates from the information filtered through to it from the subconscious. Our conscious minds would therefore need to employ a lot of willpower to change anything, so it makes sense to talk directly to our subconscious. This is what hypnosis, combined with therapy, does.
What are the benefits to you?
If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always get what you’ve always got! It’s as simple as that, the benefits to you are that you won’t be trapped in the old patterns of your thoughts and behaviour. Why put up with things that are causing you upset, anxiety, stress, guilt, depression, and a whole heap of other negative emotions. Why put up with things that you can change!?
Why live with these subconscious blueprints if they’re not serving you well!? So change them