10 - HYPNOTHERAPY
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Hypnotherapy: A New Way to Health Rev. Dr. Robert Pinto Parish Priest, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Lucknow & Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist from California Hypnosis Institute, USA. Hypnotherapy is an alternative system of medicine. It is fairly new in India but is opening up its door quickly to vast horizons. It is a new way of healing people suffering from physical, psychological or spiritual diseases through the power of the mind. Our e mind is the most powerful resource or the treasure that w are blessed with and that can be harnessed to know what is happening in one’s own life, to control it and also to set goals and achieve them. The mystery of the mind still remains to be unravelled fully. How does the mind function? The mind is mainly divided into two sections - the conscious and the subconscious. As one grows physically in age the conscious mind also develops the faculty of logic, the power of reasoning and, by the age of 12 the will power and the ability to make decisions. Every minute the conscious mind receives so many message units which are processed by the critical area in the mind and whatever is needful and useful is stored in the subconscious mind. The subconscious is very powerful. Even when the conscious mind is asleep the subconscious mind takes over and controls all, specially the automatic actions in our body. The subconscious is non – judgemental. Whatever message units it receives it stores them as pleasurable or as painful, depending on whether they are known or unknown to the mind. The hypnotherapist prefers to work at the subconscious level because what he wants to do can be achieved easily here for the following reasons – Firstly, the subconscious mind being uncritical and non-judgemental accepts easily whatever suggestions are given to the person. Secondly, there is an easy access to the vast data base at the subconscious level which can be utilized to help the client to focus upon, according to his/her need, and to bring about the desired change in his/her habits and behaviour by a positive approach. What is hypnosis? How does the hypnotherapist perform his role? Hypnosis is not a sleep or some form of magic as some would consider it but it is an altered state of consciousness. Hypnotherapist uses the techniques of hypnosis to overload the conscious mind which consequently gives up its control and allows the message units to pass through the critical mind more easily and reach the subconscious mind. Thus a link is established between the therapist and the client’s inner being. The subconscious mind being uncritical accepts without any difficulty the suggestions and guidance given by the therapist who ultimately helps the client to achieve his/her goal. Advantages of hypnotherapy: 1. It is drug free. Since no drugs are being used in this therapy, one is rid of the burden of spending a lot of money on drugs as well as is saved from their nefarious side effects. 2. Very often one is not required to undergo so many tests in order to diagnose the problem. 3. A hypnotherapist doesn’t require the equipment and facilities of a medical doctor like the big operation theatres. 4. Hypnotherapy can be practised anywhere in the absence of a proper clinic. 5. In most cases the cure is quick and lasting. Who can benefit from hypnotherapy? It is effectively used in cases of addiction and alcoholism, depression, trauma, insomnia, stuttering, bed-wetting, to stop smoking, to eliminate fears and phobias, to control pain, to reduce stress, to control weight, to reduce sexual dysfunction, to improve relationships, to enhance concentration and memory, to excel in exams, to build self confidence, self-esteem, etc. Hypnotherapy is practised not only to cure people of their illness but also to empower them with energy, concentration and confidence to perform better in their lives. These days sports personalities, actors and actresses, national leaders are seeking the professional help from the hypnotherapists to bring out the best in themselves and there by remain in the limelight. There is a great demand in the Corporate Sector for the hypnotherapists so as to enhance performance, improve work culture and multiply the profits. There seems to be a proclivity between hypnotherapy and Jesus’ mission. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”(Jn.10:10). The purpose of hypnotherapy is also the same – to give life and life in abundance, to liberate people from various pains and bondages and to improve their quality of life. Chaplain Paul G. Durbin, Ph.D. from Los Angeles cites many examples from the Bible to illustrate the influence of the Bible on hypnotheraphy. (http://www.durbinhypnosis.com/bible.htm). One can also trace some similarities between the pattern of hypnotheraphy and Christ’s healing miracles. Christ perceiving the dire need of his disciples exclaimed, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few.”(Mt.9:37). It is also the case with the clinical hypnotherapists. Hypnotherapy being less expensive in comparison to many other remedies and also being very powerful and effective means of healing, will prove a great boon to the ailing majority in India. It also provides the best solution to many of the modern day problems. It is a novel way of serving humanity, following the example of Christ, the great healer.