What is Hypnosis
Hypnosis is as old as time itself and dates back to approximately the 1700’s.
There are many definitions of hypnosis, one being ‘an inner state of absorption’.
The hypnotic state has a great variety of levels. In its lightest degree the hypnotic subject is aware only of something like a slight insensibility, while the most extreme degree resembles the natural phenomena of sleep walking. Hypnosis is not like our nocturnal sleep or like the sleep produced by drugs. Changes occur in it and mental functions are retained during it which are absent in normal sleep.
Hypnosis is a tool to help a person enter the hypnotic state.
This is where the ‘magic of change’ occurs.
Once in the hypnotic state the person bypasses the conscious mind, which is the ‘intellectual mind’ that passes judgement, analyses all incoming information and which can distort its meaning and possibilities. Once the conscious mind is bypassed the person then zeros in on the subconscious whereby direct suggestions and communication can be undertaken. When given new information and/or a new suggestion that is within the bounds of a person’s belief and value system, the subconscious mind accepts it literally as a new reality.
The subconscious has a hard wired intrinsic self protection mechanism. Suggestions to the subconscious will be rejected if they are harmful to the individual or if they go against the individuals basic morals or values.
Differences between the Conscious and Subconscious Mind
The mind functions on two levels, the conscious and subconscious mind. Both are always communicating with one another however they function and process information in very different ways.
Subconscious or unconscious mind
We only have indirect control. It remembers everything, every thought, feeling, conversation, sound, experience and interaction. It is the vault where all our memories are stored.
The subconscious is where every belief, value, behaviour, a persons’ sense of identity and morality, every memory experienced the way it was perceived at the time is stored. It also initiates activities towards a goal. The autonomic nervous system is part of the subconscious as it is believed that every part of the body contains memories and patterns.
It is aware of memories etc that are not accessible to the conscious mind as they may be undesirable and have a detrimental effect on the individual. It also acts to protect the conscious mind and the individual as a whole in terms of well being and survival.
Under hypnosis, obstacles and limitations created by the conscious mind are easily bypassed, and access to the subconscious mind is achieved. The subconscious mind is not as rigid, analytical or limited as the conscious mind. If a suggestion is accepted by the subconscious it becomes a part of one’s life.
We have direct control over the conscious mind and it is our ‘current’ awareness. It is what we are focusing on at any given point in time and the subconscious is basically everything else.
The conscious mind has a narrow focus of awareness which can be directed on whatever we think is currently important.
The conscious mind can only process approximately seven chunks of information at any one time while the subconscious has literally an infinite capacity to process information.
If the conscious mind did not have a ‘filter’ and had to process all chunks of information coming in, it would be overwhelmed and be ineffective.
Behaviours like smoking, stress, anxiety, unhealthy eating habits, and poor self image become part of who we are. People can try over and over to lose weight, stop a habit, to stop smoking, at the conscious level. Long lasting results can be limited which can then be discouraging.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) explores the relationships between how we think (neuro) and how we communicate (linguistic) and our patterns of behaviour and emotion (programmes).
NLP is a powerful technique that allows individuals to overcome ‘stuckness’ or mental obstacles such as depression, anxiety and phobias to name a few, by re-training the brain to think and communicate more positively and effectively.
NLP is one of the most powerful skills used in business management, psychology, sales, sports coaching and all forms of personal development.