Hypnosis, Like Nature
How Does Hypnosis Work?
To help us navigate our world, sensibly, we love to give things names or labels. In that context, hypnosis is merely the name given to a deeper derivative of the natural phenomena of trance, a state from within which a therapeutic intervention occurs. The name given to this combined process is 'hypnotherapy.' Although, therapeutic interventions also occur throughout the conscious part of the process, much the same way they do in psychotherapy and counselling. So, hypnosis is just an adjunct to help consolidate the therapeutic process and acts as an interface between conscious awareness, the deeper world of our subconscious and ultimately; the brain. Because what we call "life" is a consequence of brain functioning, hypnosis can be described as an interface (via the mind and auditory cortices), with the brain. This makes it potentially safe, I say potentially because anyone who has influenced you to do or say something you did not want to do, uses processes similar to hypnosis.
The Hidden Power - Hypnosis
Hypnosis has long been proven, both empirically and scientifically, to communicate with the brain at the level of the subconscious (read more about our subconscious brain). Evidence exists to suggest that trance states have been around since at least the beginning of the recorded history of hypnosis in psychiatry and because trance and hypnosis are naturally occurring it is an effective methods for making change, often dramatically so! I believe that Hypnosis occurs during specific brainwave states, akin to what is termed sleep states. Every second of every day we are bombarded with sensory inputs, most of which are handled by subconscious neural processes; if they weren't we would have a system overload. In that sense, hypnotic states are an inexplicable bridge between consciousness and the realm of subconscious neural processing.
When it comes to the brain's defensive mechanisms (fight or flight), its mandate is simple, it's survival. The quality of your life takes a back seat and this is so obvious for people who have many of today's mental maladies. Stress or anxiety disorders, mood or depressive disorders, as well as low self-esteem, are examples of such. In almost every condition that affects mankind, the above will usually be comorbid conditions. So, while as intellectual beings we will have a life agenda, e.g. to be happy, healthy, wealthy and successful, our childhood, adolescence and early adult life, play a role in how that pans out. This fact is so evident in clients I see. at some level they have everything that would dictate that life should be good but it isn't. They may have a good job but doubt themselves. They may have a good partner/relationship but set about sabotaging it. They could have a promising career if only they didn't freeze every time they have to give a presentation. In fact, almost every mental or emotional condition known to mankind, other than mental diseases (which are treatable through medication), blights what could be a beautiful life. Mostly because our brain follows its agenda, not ours! Hypnotherapy is the process that puts your agenda at the forefront of your life. In short, it is a form of rewriting the neural code that may have been useful at some point, e.g. a child dealing with trauma or abuse and changing it to be time relevant. Talking through this in more detail occurs during my Free Consultation.
So, contextually, the hypnotherapist is a facilitator of this natural process (akin to a software engineer), whether it's for repair, maintenance or an upgrade. Repair is necessary when things go wrong, life just isn't working for you. Maintenance is keeping it working well, essentially, life management. And an upgrade is where you learn to take your mind, thinking and behaviour to another level, Maslow referred to this as "self-actualisation!" Very often life issues are a result of poor choices, many of which don't feel at all like they were chosen. Others evolve out of maladapted childhood or adolescent experiences. These experiences, most of which are circumstantial, have the potential to create negative trance states which influence our lives, so my work can involve de-hypnotising as often as hypnotising!
Once you begin to love all that represents yourself; you WILL love life
Calming the Ripples - Hypnosis
Life is a journey we all embark on at birth. And during that journey, we can and often do have an awareness of the way we would like life to unfold. But when life isnʼt going the way we want, it feels unpleasant and these unpleasant feelings can feel like the ripples on a pond, the unwanted effects ripple out into our life; perhaps into every aspect of it! It affects the quality of our relationships, our careers, our finances, as well as our physical, mental and spiritual life! In the pursuit of peace and wellness, many people turn to meditation, religion or therapy. They are looking for something to calm this inner turmoil; seeking to calm and create smoothness on the pond of life. Many clients tell me that they find it difficult to empty their minds, or when prayer fails them; they feel their faith is not deep enough. In one sense I believe that God lives within us and for that reason, all we need is faith in ourselves - i.e. to have faith in the creation of the Creator!
Emotional Growth - Hypnosis
Emotion is the feeling side of life, cognition is our description of how the emotion of life feels. We are designed to seek the emotion of wellness, an emotion so strong that it helps us to heal at all levels; in mind, body and spirit! We subconsciously know this (neurochemical) emotion as LOVE and seek it through acceptance, approval and bonding. When you develop a loving heart, you will have a loving nature. When you have a loving nature, it's what oozes from you, you will literally transmit and receive love. This is the real law of attraction, it is the universal cycle of life; what comes from you; comes to you (what goes around comes around)!