We are an interconnected being: mind, body and soul and the 3 cannot be separated. For the time being, let us concentrate on the former. The mind is made up of 3 parts: the conscious, the subconscious, and a tiny unconscious. We, as human beings, are generally using no more than 10-12% of our mind, and that is the conscious mind; our rational, critical, analytic mind. There exists another 88-90%, called our subconscious mind. This is the part of the mind that holds our memories, behaviors, habits, conditioned beliefs, etc… the part of our mind which we barely take notice of, although all change we would like to achieve in our life stems from digging into our subconscious and eliminating, changing, modifying our beliefs and behavioral structures that have been instilled in us since we were born, through our conditioning, our community, our experiences; and which continue to affect us.
Everything starts with a single thought in our mind, which generates an emotion. Our emotions directly affect our body, and all its functions. Worry triggers changes in the stomach. Anger thoughts stimulate adrenal glands. Anxiety and fear thoughts affect the pulse rate. Ideas that hold a strong emotional nature always reach the subconscious mind, because that is our feeling mind. It is not critical or logical in nature. It cannot analyze or rationalize. It responds only to mental images. This is why, when we worry, we are programming a picture of what we don’t want in our mind, and the subconscious acts to fulfill that exact picture. Once an idea has seeped through the critical filter of our conscious mind, and is accepted as true in the subconscious, this idea continues to produce the same bodily reactions over and over again. In order to change the reaction, one must change the idea.
So what is Hypnosis
Have you ever sat in your car, driving, and don’t remember how you got from point A to point B. Have you ever been watching TV and your mind wandered and you realized you hadn’t been paying attention for a couple of minutes during the movie. Have you ever been in class, and suddenly started daydreaming until the teacher, or your classmate woke you up?
Everyone has felt this shift in consciousness phenomena at least once during their lifetime. The conscious mind switching off, while the subconscious mind takes the lead. This is hypnosis. Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness. One can think of it as meditation, relaxation or daydreaming. People naturally go in and out of hypnotic states many times a day and are unaware of it. This is because most people have preconceived, false ideas about hypnosis and its myths.
In order to understand what hypnosis is, we need to understand what hypnosis is not:
1. Sleep – One in a state of hypnosis is alert the all times. The aim of hypnosis is to help one reach a heightened state of awareness, whereby you are 4-5 times more aware than when you are in normal awareness.
2. A state of unconsciousness – When you are unconscious, your brain is asleep. You have no conscious control over any part of your body, and no conscious awareness over what is going on. This occurs during deep sleep where the unconscious mind uses this time for repairing the body, healing, and replenishing. It is the exact opposite of hypnosis. Hypnosis requires the active participation of both the conscious and unconscious processes.
3. Being gullible or weak-minded or controlled by someone else – All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Taken literally, this signifies that no one can be hypnotized without one’s consent. It is always your choice whether or not you go into hypnosis. You are in complete control. In fact, most people describe the hypnotic state as a time when they feel even more control over their mind and body. Hypnosis is about one thing – following instructions. If you can follow instructions, you can be hypnotized. During hypnosis, your consciousness is heightened, your hearing improves, your imagination, your memory, your ability to focus improve immensely as both conscious and subconscious minds are active. You are always in control and can decide whether to cooperate with what is being suggested. Which means, any suggestion you receive that goes against strongly held beliefs, values and moral ethics will be automatically rejected by both your minds. You are more alert in hypnosis therefore there is nothing that you can be forced to say if you don’t want to say it. It is always your choice, you are the driver.
There’s just one trick to be aware of, the greater the conscious effort, the less the subconscious response. If you have insomnia for example, the harder you try to sleep the more wide awake you become. Some people want to be hypnotized so badly that they try to help it happen. And this keeps the conscious mind too active for a relaxed state to occur. As you begin to trust in the process of the subconscious mind, you learn to let it happen rather then trying to force it happen. And watch it change your life!