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“Hypnosis” has unfortunately gotten a bit of a bad rap over the years. Images of unsavoury characters in holiday resorts trying to hypnotise unsuspecting people to do things they wouldn’t normally do, for entertainment purposes. I have lost count how many think I could turn them into a chicken! Then there are television programmes showing “mind control” tricks to members of the public, having things done to them outside of their conscious awareness.
All this has made many people shy away from this useful relaxation and self-improvement tool. Even the old image of the hypnotist swinging a watch to get you into a trance like state is still mentioned when people come to see me for help.
It seems as though hypnosis is a fairly new remedy, some say ‘new age’. This is because it has kept reinventing itself throughout time and more importantly, improving on effective techniques used in sessions.
In fact hypnosis is one of the oldest therapies. Cuneiform writings that date back to 4000 years B.C reveal that the Sumerians used hypnosis as a therapeutic tool. It seems that priest-doctors gave sufferers hypnotic suggestions for things like pain reief. So did other religions like Hindu Fakirs, Persian Magi and Indian Yogi.
The word itself derives from the Greek word ‘Hypnos’ meaning sleep. However hypnosis is neither a state of sleep or being fully awake, but it could perhaps be described as feeling sleepy and relaxed and focused.
Hypnosis is, like meditation, a state of inward-focused attention. It is an altered state (really nothing more than a different way of acquiring and processing information than normal).
It is fact that everyone goes into hypnosis naturally every day, through sitting in the office chair or at home day dreaming. Driving to work and not really knowing how you got there, missing part of your journey out in your head. Even before and after sleep is hypnosis just as you wake in the morning (a hypnogogic state) and again just before going to sleep at night (a hypnopompic state).
So hypnosis is any activity that you shut out all distractions, you are already in what is called ‘alpha brainwave state’ that occurs in meditation and hypnosis.
Did you know that when you’re completely absorbed like this you function at a really high level of learning and performing.
Why Willpower Doesn't Work
Why does self-hypnosis work, where willpower does not? If you could consciously tell yourself, “I am no longer going to over eat” or “I am going to be confident” or “I am going to stop worrying” – and be successful – then you wouldn’t need hypnosis.
In some cases you can be successful for a while, but it requires tremendous effort and plenty of repetition and practice, and it normally wares off after a time.
The problem is the conscious mind doesn’t control your actions as much as you may think, yet many people go about changing habits by using conscious statements and mantras.
For example, if you smoke you may have tried commands like, “No! Don’t pick up that cigarette, I'm stopping smoking!”
But how many times do you even realize you’re pulling the cigarette out, lighting it and taking that first deep, satisfying pull? How many times does some inner urge or voice override your will to stop smoking?
Same goes for over eating too! Far too often we are in a daze watching TV and unconsciously putting snacks into our mouths, without even thinking about it...
Did you know that MOST of the actions you take – and the thoughts you think – are habits that reside in the subconscious?
This is because you operate on auto-pilot most of the time so that your mind can be free to do more complex tasks. You have a particular routine like the way you put the same leg into your trousers first, or the way you fold your arms is always the same (right arm over left? Or left over right?); you have a routine when you get in the car and a consistent way of signing your name; you typically shower in the mornings in a certain order; and of course the way you think about things like your finances, your relationships and yourself.
For that reason, habits don’t live in the conscious mind – they’ve been relegated to “auto pilot mode” so that you can concentrate on new things that require your attention. The auto pilot mode is incredibly efficient. Most of the time, you’re not even aware that you’re performing the same actions, and thinking certain thoughts in nearly identical ways as you’ve always done them.
The habits you’ve created are based on efficiency and how pleasurable they are. You get pleasure from addictive substances, but it’s also EASY to do things and think things a certain way. Once you’ve become really good at something, it’s pleasurable to keep doing it that way and not try another way which requires initial effort. Change is not necessarily easy OR fun; so when you decide to use willpower to change a habit, the conscious mind says, “Whoa! That’s going to be hard and uncomfortable!”
Getting past the conscious mind into the subconscious is the only way to effectively deal with mental, emotional and physical habits. Your conscious mind will always get in the way of change. It will protest, “You can’t do that, you’ve always done it THIS way! Change is BAD! This way is much easier!” And besides, the minute your conscious mind is occupied with a complex task that requires attention, you miss the subconscious trigger to perform your habitual behaviour and you perform the action automatically. If you catch yourself, it may already be too late to stop.
That’s why you must override the conscious mind if you’re going to be successful at making changes to the way you think and act.
Learn easy self-hypnosis techniques with Positive Minds Hypnotherapy - based in Sandbach, Cheshire and Leek Staffordshire.
“What a wonderful, invaluable course in Self-hypnosis and self-development. It has simple and easy techniques that have improved the way I live my life” Amy, Cheshire.
Create Positive Changes... the easy way!
Here at Positive Minds Hypnotherapy we can show you how to use effective self-hypnosis techniques that are easy to learn and have lasting results. Self-hypnosis gives you complete control of the process.
YOU decide what you want to reprogram in your subconscious, so it feels like you are gaining control back from your mind and putting you back in charge again.
You can use self-hypnosis techniques to manage stress, eliminate bad habits, improve self-confidence, reduce weight, get a good night’s sleep, improve your memory and trigger your subconscious to help with creative problem-solving.
In the Positive Minds self-hypnosis/self-programming exercises, you will learn to:
Access the alpha level quickly and easily any time (for relaxation, de-stressing and self-hypnosis)
Learn how to access your Subconscious Mind quickly and easily, to help identify the problem situation; establish your goals; understand the steps to help you reach your goal – after that, the actions you take to achieve your goal will be based on your NEW subconscious programming, and you will be successful.
Use physical cues to trigger a mental response so you can reinforce your programmed mental responses at any time.
Sounds easy, right? Well, it is!
Successful self-hypnosis isn’t weird mumbo-jumbo. There has been many people like yourself that have experienced this course and all have successfully managed to grasp this simple way to make self-improvement through hypnosis. It’s simply the act of giving yourself the right positive statements within the right brain wave activity state (alpha) and the right mind-set (willing to make changes). Being in the alpha level works because you easily override the criticism and logical thinking of the conscious mind and you’re more receptive to the new information, which is all that this new programming really is! It also allows free and unrestricted use of your imagination and visualization, both of which enhance the Positive Minds self-hypnosis techniques used.
Self-hypnosis is not just one or two exercises within the program: ALL Positive Minds exercises are a form of self-hypnosis designed to teach you mastery over your mind, management of your emotions and control of your physical state (headache control, pain control and sleep control, among others). They give you the ability to change the deeply seated beliefs about yourself and the world that hold you back from living your ideal life.
That’s why you must override the conscious mind if you’re going to be successful at making changes in the way you think and act.
Learn easy self-hypnosis techniques with the Positive Minds guided Visualisation exercise.
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