Hypnotherapy – upgrading the mind through hypnosis
Hypnotherapy is a tool to work with the mind. The human mind consists of 3 parts.
This is the bit of your mind that you are most aware of. This is where you can follow the logic of your thoughts. It is about 10% of your mind. Its like the keyboard and screen on your computer, it is the interface you use to access all the different programs available to you.
This is the largest part of your mind and its your main processor. It controls all of the processes that you don’t have to think about. For example it controls your heart rate, blood pressure, tissue growth, cell regeneration, your immune system and so on. It’s also where your thoughts, memories and accumulated experience reside. Most importantly, your subconscious mind controls your emotions, habits and your responses to the world.
You can access your subconscious with your conscious mind but you can’t always make sense of what you find. For example, you can sense that you feel anxious but you don’t really know why you have the feeling. So you can see a glitch in one of your ‘applications’ but you are not sure which bit of code to change to get it running smoothly again.
Your unconscious mind is everything else. It is the most primitive part of your mind and you can’t access it through your conscious mind. You can only access this part of your mind though meditation and hypnosis. It is where your instincts, drives, beliefs and patterns live. This is the engine that drives your personality and it is the code of your DNA. In computing terms, it is your motherboard.
Your subconscious handles billions of bits of sensory information every single second. Which is huge when compared to the conscious mind which deals with a maximum of 6-8. That means that the reality you’re aware of, has been brought to your attention by your subconscious mind. It has chosen the 7 bits of information which it thinks are important from the billion it’s just processed. For example, it flags to you that your feet are cold, or that you’re on the edge of a headache, or that you’re feeling anxious about the team meeting.
Your subconscious mind is quite literal and tends to take things personally. It tends to relate any information it receives to you as an individual. Its often why we take ‘offence’ when none was meant. For example, your subconscious can hear a generalized comment a colleague makes about ‘lazy people’ and thinks it is being directed personally at you. Thus, you now create a belief that your colleague thinks you are lazy, even if it is not objectively true.
Hypnotherapy works by bypassing the critical conscious mind so that you can speak directly to the subconscious and unconscious. Hypnosis is a language which these parts of your mind understand. The language is made up of pattern, association and metaphor. Most problems that we have are patterns or habits that we’ve learned at an subconscious or unconscious level. Our minds love repitition, and they also love what is familiar. It’s why we are creatures of habit, even if we know the habit is not good for us. Therefore, to break a habit of thought or habit of action, you need to replace it with a new habit. Hypnotherapy can do this easily.
Re-writing the code
Hypnotherapy works by upgrading your mind with new and more helpful information, just like upgrading a computer. You can use it to change associations, change patterns of destructive thought or to remove bad habits. You can also use it to mentally rehearse better ways of going about things. For example, you can use it to rehearse giving a presentation or leading a successful negotiation at work.
Pain and Physical Change
Physical change and healing can also be achieved through hypnosis. Think about this, when you blush it is just a thought that leads to a physical change, or when you gag at something that disgusts you. The mind and physical body are completely linked. Therefore you can use hypnotherapy for pain control and for managing chronic health issues. The mind alters our awareness of pain all the time. Have you ever discovered a cut or a bruise in the shower and wondered how it got there? Perhaps at the time we got hurt, other things were going on, so it was not one of the 7 pieces of information that was pushed up to our conscious mind. The subconscious has relegated them to the 1,999,993 bits of sensory information running in the background every single second.
Finding the last piece of your puzzle
Hypnotherapy works, then, by shaping your perception of reality by dealing directly with the subconscious and unconscious minds. This is where the cause of most of our problems lie, but also its where the solutions are too. We have all the pieces to our puzzle, hypnotherapy helps us find them, sort out the edge pieces, and fill in the middle. Find out how my clients have been helped by hypnotherapy on my testimonials page.