What Is Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis?
The power exists within you to live your dreams and heal your
mind and body.
Hypnotherapy is a powerful therapy utilizing the wisdom of your
subconscious mind to heal and transform physical as well as
emotional issues. Your subconscious mind controls your beliefs,
your patterns, your emotions, your immune system and your body.
It is also the home of your higher mind, and connects you with a
wellspring of inner resources.
Through hypnosis you gain access to this incredibly powerful part
of your mind to make positive changes as well as tap into the
tremendous gifts your mind has to offer. Accessing your
subconscious mind allows you to discover the underlying
emotional and psychological causes of a problem, and understand
them in a new way so you can release their control over your life.
Hypnotherapy allows you to heal limiting beliefs and transform
negative patterns into positive ones. It is a proven tool for
reawakening the creative forces within you to allow you to finally
live your dreams.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
Hypnosis works by learning the rhythms and patterns between
your conscious, subconscious and unconscious mind. The
application of hypnosis and hypnotherapy is based solely on the
relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind. It is
important to understand the function of each of these so you can
understand how hypnosis works.
Your conscious mind is your present awareness. For instance, in
reading this, you are aware of the words on the page. What you
may not be aware of is the sound of birds outside, the hum of your
computer, or even the color of the chair you are sitting in. The
conscious mind can only hold the information you are currently
focusing on. It is only able to retain, at most, 7 pieces of
information at a time. The conscious mind analyzes and solves
problems. It evaluates whatever concern, situation or issue that has
its attention at any given moment. It is the part of your mind that
makes decisions and exercises willpower. The conscious mind is
the place of temporary memory, the memory we use everyday to
The subconscious mind, on the other hand, accounts for the rest
of your mind. It can be compared to a computer or a memory
bank. It takes in everything we hear, see, feel, and experience and
stores it in your memory banks. It has been estimated that the
subconscious mind receives two billion pieces of information per
second. The subconscious mind controls all of your bodily
functions; breathing, circulation, eyes blinking, the immune system,
organs, muscles, bones, and tissues.
The subconscious mind is the seat of your emotions, habits, core
beliefs, and your permanent memory. Just like a computer, your
subconscious mind operates only on it's programming, which has
been created by life experiences. Through hypnosis we are able to
reprogram your subconscious mind to bring about the positive
changes you desire.
There is a part of your conscious mind called the "critical factor."
It is the gatekeeper between the conscious and subconscious mind.
It has the power to accept or reject new programming. Its job is to
protect you. Because change, even positive change, is viewed as a
threat to the nervous system, most new programming gets
rejected. This is why you may wake up in the morning and say,
"today I am going to exercise and eat only healthy foods," and by
noon you are searching for chocolate and have created brilliant
excuses as to why you can't exercise. The only way to make real
change is to get the new programming into your subconscious
During hypnosis your critical factor becomes a passive
observer for awhile and the new information goes directly into
your subconscious mind allowing you to make lasting, powerful
and positive changes.
Hypnotherapy is a two-way process, a professional partnership,
between the therapist and the client. Trust and respect are essential
to allow that "critical factor' to become that passive observer.
During a typical hypnotherapy session, the hypnotherapist
takes all the time necessary to completely answer the client’s
questions about hypnotherapy, explaining the entire process. After
determining whether or not hypnotherapy is the most effective
way to address the client’s needs, and before proceeding, a strategy
and specific suggestions are agreed upon. Only after complete
agreement is the hypnotic state induced and the suggestions
offered to the subconscious.
Imagination and Hypnosis
Imagination is used to induce hypnosis but imagination during
hypnosis is quite different as has been shown in Neuroscience
investigations of brain activity use PET scans. Scientists found the
brain activity during a suggested experience in hypnosis to be very
similar to the conscioius experience of the actual experience
whereas the brain activity during conscious imagination of the
experience was quite different.