is a natural state of focused attention…and is a state that each of us
experience every day. Daydreaming, being absorbed in a book or
movie…driving on 'auto pilot' or drifting off to sleep are all examples
of common, ordinary hypnotic states. Therapeutic hypnosis
(hypnotherapy) is achieved by trained professionals who use special
relaxation and visualization techniques. Hypnosis occurs when the conscious mind relaxes, allowing the
subconscious mind with its storehouse of memories, instincts and
emotions to surface. Such a shift may occur on its own, or it may be
prompted by techniques designed to put the normally guarded conscious
mind at rest. Despite the deep relaxation of our conscious mind, we
remain in control…always maintaining free will and the ability to uphold
our ethic and morals. During hypnosis, we are temporarily released from the domain
of reasoning and analysis. As a result, creativity expands and we are
allowed to explore powerful regions of the mind that normally remain
hidden. By communicating with the subconscious, we are able to directly
alter the attitudes and limiting beliefs that govern our day to day
approach to living.
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are based on the principle that the conscious and subconscious minds work together hand in hand. Learning, for example, occurs when the conscious mind encounters, analyses, and eventually accepts a new idea or experience. Once accepted as true, this information then filters into the subconscious mind where it takes root, becoming a 'known association,' a force that influences the thoughts and actions that our conscious mind controls.
The subconscious mind is, literally, the brains behind the operation, home to a vast reservoir of information that influences everything we think and do.
Hypnotherapy is the skilled use of hypnosis to beneficially change the limiting beliefs and attitudes that govern our lives. Using hypnotherapy to achieve health, your wellness goals and behavioral modification changes is like gardening. It allows you to access the fertile soil of your subconscious mind, where you can weed out old, negative habits, attitudes or beliefs and replace them by planting healthier ones. With time and attention, the seeds you put down to root eventually bloom above the surface of the soil, within the conscious mind…and your life.