If you’ve not tried hypnosis, then you might wonder whether it can help you. The answer is likely to be – YES!
I’ll show you what hypnosis is capable of in a moment. First I’ll explain how hypnosis works…
How hypnosis works
A hypnotherapist is your friend. They help guide you into a hypnotic trance. This is NOT a battle of wills. They are there to help you. You can drift into trance on your own, but it is easier with the help of a hypnotherapist.
Worried that you’ll go under some sort of spell? Don’t be. A hypnotic trance is a daydream state, and you’re fully in control. It’s like when you are daydreaming, staring into the distance. This state of mind allows for greater access to your subconscious mind. This is important, and I’ll explain why later.
Once you are helped into a hypnotic trance, a hypnotherapist will give your subconscious mind suggestions to act on. This is something you have pre agreed, like eating less, quitting smoking, being more confident etc. These suggestions usually make an immediate impact. Here’s why…
Your subconscious mind
Your subconscious mind is responsible for all your automatic thoughts, actions and urges. This is great for helping you automate many tasks, such as breathing, heart beat, and even driving and playing musical instruments.
Have you ever driven several miles and realised you could not remember the journey? This is because you slipped into a hypnotic trance. Your powerful subconscious mind was doing the driving.
Your subconscious mind is here to make your life easier. It will do a lot of thinking for you, without conscious intervention. Sometimes your subconscious gets things wrong.
For example you may see your parents react with fear at a small spider when you’re a child. This programs your subconscious mind to believe that spiders are life threatening. In order to protect you, your subconscious mind automatically triggers a fear response whenever you see them.
You may know that the spider is not dangerous – on a conscious level, but that’s not enough. Your subconscious mind ignores this and leaves you shaking with fear.
You must tell your subconscious mind that spider are safe in order to remove a spider phobia. This is why hypnosis is so effective.
Most spider phobics know on a conscious level that spiders are relatively harmless. They can’t help the fear response that is automatically triggered by their subconscious mind. The only way to change this is to reprogram their subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy is great for this.
Here’s another example of how your subconscious mind can get things wrong…
Someone who over eats often have issues deep in their subconscious mind where they fear they may starve. This causes them to “fill their boots” whenever food is around. As food is abundant these days, they eat too much. Consciously they know they won’t starve, but not subconsciously. This gives them the urge to eat too much.
A hypnotherapist can talk to their subconscious and reassure it that there is no danger of starving. The result is that someone immediately begins to eat the right amount and will eventually reach a healthy natural weight. (Check out my article Hypnosis For Weight Loss?)
What hypnosis can help you with
Hypnosis can help you with almost any issue in your life. It cannot perform miracles, but it can change your behaviour. Here’s an example.
If you want to lose weight, hypnosis CANNOT make it magically disappear. What it can do is change your habits. It can help you eat less, exercise more, or both. The knock on effect is weight loss.
Here’s a list of some of the things that hypnosis is well known for helping…
If you have a behaviour or habit that needs changing, hypnosis is likely to help. It will reprogram your subconscious mind to remove old limiting thought patterns. In its place it will install exciting new positive and empowering thought processes.
If you change your thoughts, you can change your life. You only live once, so what are you waiting for?!
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