The Amazing Power of Hypnosis
To awaken means to awaken out of the self-talk in the head because the self-talk is a form of hypnosis --- self hypnosis. – Eckhart Tolle
What Hypnosis Is and Is Not
There is a lot of misconception on hypnosis thanks to stage hypnosis we see on TV which does not at all resemble hypnosis in the office. In short, hypnosis is a deeply relaxed yet focused state where we can access the unconscious mind to make positive changes. We are being hypnotized on a moment-to-moment basis in our waking state without consciously knowing or intending so. When our palms get sweaty and our heart rate goes up during a horror movie, that is because we are allowing ourselves to be hypnotized in the theatre. As we fall asleep or wake up, we go into hypnosis as well.
Hypnosis is not a loss of consciousness, surrender of free will or having a weak mind. No one can be hypnotized to say or do anything they do not want to. We can all be hypnotized given we are willing to participate in this interactive and simple process.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
Given that less than 10% of our brain activity operates on a conscious level, it means 90% of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors derive from a place that is “below the surface,” or the unconscious. While the unconscious operates on a purely automatic level and allows us to not have to relearn skills such as walking and teeth brushing everyday, it is also a storehouse that holds all experiences, beliefs and values we have been exposed to since childhood without discrimination.
Simply put, if someone had a fearful experience at the pool when she was a child, her conscious mind would be unable to write off her automatic fear response whenever she approaches a body of water in her adult life. In turn, the fear she feels everytime when she sees the pool reinforces the fear patterns in her unconscious mind. Most of our feelings, thoughts and behaviors are reactive --- they are habituated patterns that originate purely based on past data whether that data is logical or illogical.
Physically, a pattern is nothing more than a cluster of neurons wiring and firing together. Energetically, a pattern is energy of similar vibration matches with and attracts each other to form clusters. The more we feed into a pattern by repeating it, the more stubborn and chronic it becomes.
The good news is, all patterns are malleable and changeable. Our brain is hardwired like a disc. We can reprogram it once we gain access to the storage space, and delete the data that is no longer needed so more space is created for new data that inspires desired thoughts and behaviors.
Some of the conditions that hypnosis can help:
· Phobias, fears, anxiety and stress
· Depression, PTSD and sleep disorders
· Weight and self-image/confidence issues
· Grief and loss
· Lack of motivation/purpose
· Past trauma