We are quite literally holding extraordinary capabilities deep within our subconscious minds. Our undeveloped abilities such as gifts, strengths and healing all exist in potential form within the subconscious. Within this same subconscious, however, also exist layers of negative beliefs, habits, perceptions and fears which can impede us from accessing and using our gifts to the fullest extent. Our brains are literally plastic or malleable enough for us to be able to rebuild or restructure them. Hypnosis operates within this same parameter in that it affirms that by using hypnotic techniques we can restructure not only our psychological orientation, but simultaneously rebuild our brain neurons to function more efficiently. WE are quite capable of contributing to our own healing.
When we are ready to expand or heal our present level of mind (consciousness), negatives can be reprogrammed through the use of Hypnosis which is entirely based on the Science of NEUROPLASTICITY(see below).
This untapped potential, this treasure which every one of us possesses, often lies beyond our conscious reach. During a hypnosis session we access the deeper levels of our mind to retrain it; this improves, alters or eradicates counter-productive habits, negative emotional responses, feelings of anxiety or depression, challenging thought patterns, chronic pain and others. By using hypnosis, you are positively reprogramming unconscious negative beliefs at their core which leads to greater self-esteem, freedom and a renewed joy in life; what a treasure indeed.
Neuroscience and Hypnosis
In the 21st Century, one of the most prominent areas of research is that of brain chemistry. Scientists are now linking what used to be considered a definite divide between science and psychology; they call it NEUROPLASTICITY. This research links psychological or emotional changes to brain neurons (cells) regrowing positive connections. Our brains literally are plastic or malleable enough for us to be able to rebuild or restructure it.
It has always been the the main premise of hypnosis that mind and body are two parts of the same whole; you are quite capable of contributing to your own healing.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural yet altered state of perception which is actually quite familiar to the human mind. Researchers describe hypnosis as: A state of consciousness involving highly focused attention, minimizing competing thoughts, and allowing an enhanced ability to respond to suggestions. It is achievable through various techniques of deep breathing, muscle relaxation and visualization. Hypnosis creates a hyper-responsive and hyper-attentive state of mental receptivity while allowing the client to remain in control of the process.
We all automatically enter lighter states of hypnosis on a daily basis: daydreaming, meditation, deep prayer, becoming so engrossed in a movie or book that you're unaware of your surroundings, are all examples of light hypnosis. In fact if you've ever driven down the interstate and found yourself two exits further, and can't quite remember how you got there, that is called Highway hypnosis...it's very common.
Moving into a deeper hypnotic state of relaxation allows us to disengage from the voice that is constantly chattering in our minds and which reacts to environmental stimuli. Once we have disengaged from our environment, we access our deeper and higher minds within the subconscious with greater clarity and focus; It is here that our growth can take place.
The Conscious and The Subconscious Aspects of the Mind
Our minds are divided into two sections: The Conscious Mind, and The Subconscious Mind:
The Conscious Mind
The Conscious mind is our here and now. It is that part of our minds that questions, doubts, communicates and evaluates. The conscious mind is most useful for reasoning, and providing the motivation and drive for some sort of action based in the present. The conscious mind does not take suggestions well though, which is why it is so difficult for us to attempt to will ourselves to change a behavior (anger, acting out, emotional withdrawal, criticizing, aggression etc.) or belief, (“I am unworthy, less than others, not capable or lovable” etc.)
The Subconscious Mind
The subconscious mind, on the contrary, is like an obedient servant. It does not think nor reason, but rather accepts and responds to what it is told. Herein lies the value of Hypnosis which is a modality for accessing the subconscious mind and reeducating or reprogramming it. The subconscious acts like a giant memory bank hidden in the depths of our psyche. This part of our minds remembers everything we have ever experienced, and stores the accompanying “feeling data” like photos in an album; the subconscious is dependable to a fault.
As certain childhood experiences recur, we develop corresponding emotional reactions and perceptions which then become hardwired into the subconscious mind. This results in beliefs, habits and attitudes which will someday impact every aspect of our lives. When positive, our emotional memories support us and result in positive expectations from life and increased energy. However, if there is emotional pain in our history, the accompanying painful emotions eventually cause us to have ” issues” in body, mind, or spirit. The great news is that the subconscious is marked by a high degree of responses to positive imagery and affirmative suggestions: it is re trainable!!! Issues can be worked on with at a deep and lasting effect through the use of hypnosis and its tools.
Additional Information About Hypnosis
Hypnosis as Therapy for Anxiety
Hypnosis is Akin to Intense Focus
Yes Hypnosis Works
Hypnosis in the News
Harvard Gazette Archive, May 8, 2003
Hypnosis Helps Healing: Surgical Wounds Mend Faster
Studying How Brain Responds to Hypnosis
The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City
Why O.S.U. Hypnotizes It's Quarterbacks