How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis is defined by the U.S. Government as “the bypass of the critical factor (conscious mind) and the establishment of acceptable selective thinking” (subconscious mind)

 

Let’s break it down in simple terms and understand 3 parts of the brain that pertain to Hypnosis.

We all live at the Conscious level of our mind. It is analytical, logical and very limited. It is everything in your immediate awareness and our willpower. The subconscious part of our mind is the unlimited part of our mind, it has recorded everything from being in the womb to who you are now. It is our beliefs, habits and ideals. The unconscious mind is the body’s autonomic nervous system. The unconscious mind takes care of things like breathing and heart beat without you having to think about it. Make sense?

Now, imagine that between your conscious and your subconscious mind is a cynical little guy named “Critical Factor” whose job it is to sort out fact from fiction. He has the power to choose what becomes part of your belief system and what is categorized as irrelevant. He feels threatened by change and will reject any suggestion that does not match your current belief system. This part of your mind has many highly developed defense mechanisms in place. Now imagine that you could walk right past this little “Critical Factor” guy and allow new habits and beliefs to go straight into your subconscious mind where they become accepted as fact. Now you can command that your true desires supersede your old self-sabotaging behaviors and unwanted habits.

Hypnosis is a great way to focus your mind.

This is where the “… establishment of acceptable selective thinking …” becomes a reality.  The key word in this sentence is “acceptable.”  While in hypnosis, suggestions that you want can be introduced into your subconscious.  No one can introduce unwanted thoughts or behaviors into your subconscious.  You may have seen stage shows or television movies that portray Hypnosis in a negative fashion. The truth is you are always in control.

Hypnosis is actually a way to focus your mind.  It is very much like being absorbed in a good movie or book.  You enjoy being emotionally engaged with the story, but you are aware that it is just a movie or a story.  While you are in hypnosis, you have the choice to become as deeply involved with the hypnotists words as you want.  Those suggestions that are appealing to you become accepted by your subconscious. Hypnosis gives you even more control over yourself.

 

“Patients are patients because they are out of rapport with their unconscious mind.” – Milton Erickson

Willpower fails because the subconscious mind is operating on auto-pilot.

Think of the conscious and subconscious parts of your mind as working partners.  The conscious mind would be the “The Boss” and the subconscious mind would be the employees.  The employees (subconscious) want to do a good job, but if the “The Boss” does not give clear directions, they will be confused, and the result less than optimal.  If the boss wants to make procedural changes, he must convey this information to his employees.  If he fails to do this, they will simply continue doing their job using the same old methods.  Even if he details his instructions in an email, if the memo gets marked as “spam,” (the critical factor) his transmission will not be received.

 

Your mind is no different.  Your subconscious mind wants to work for your highest good and has already established its strategies.   It operates with reactions, habits and beliefs that were installed much like a program on your computer.  Acquired skills, socialization and protective mechanisms are automatic.  Most were established in childhood.  But, as you mature, some of your deeply embedded “internal programming” becomes counterproductive.  What may have a made sense at one time, is now a problem.

 

This is where hypnosis can help you make the changes you want.  While in hypnosis, you can easily eliminate unwanted habits, sharpen your focus, gain greater control, release limitations, accept affirmative beliefs and accelerate improvement in the areas you long to master.  Where your subconscious was previously set on auto-pilot in the opposite direction of your goals, hypnosis can readjust them to aim you straight toward your goals just as automatically.

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Hypnosis

Standard Hypnosis Session

Hypnosis can be an effective way to cope with stress and anxiety. In particular, it may ease stress and anxiety before a medical procedure, such as a breast biopsy.

Hypnosis also may be helpful for:

  • Pain control. Hypnosis may help with pain due to burns, cancer, childbirth, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, jaw problems, dental procedures and headaches.
  • Hot flashes. Hypnosis may ease hot flashes caused by menopause.
  • Behavior change. Hypnosis has been used with some success to treat sleep problems, bed-wetting, smoking and overeating.
  • Cancer treatment side effects. Hypnosis has been used to ease side effects from chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
  • Mental health conditions. Hypnosis may help reduce anxiety associated with fears and phobias.
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Soul Retrieval

Hypnosis

Soul retrieval restores vital essence, or soul parts, that left as a natural coping mechanism to shock and trauma like accidents, surgery, loss of a loved one, divorce, drug or alcohol abuse, changing schools, or even a simple bump on the head. When we suffer loss, experience a traumatic event, shock, or fright, we can have soul loss. In Latin America illness from fright is called Susto.

Soul loss can also result from soul theft. This can be experienced in cases like abuse, issues of power over another, jealousy or envy, for example.

It is not uncommon to give away soul parts. A parent may give part of their soul to a child with the intention to give them strength, or vise versa. Anytime we give part of ourselves to another it becomes a burden to them, and a loss for us. Someone might have a pattern of willingly giving away parts of their soul (their personal power) in hope of being loved or accepted. Both dynamics, soul stealing and giving parts of our soul to others are learned behaviors that are usually done without awareness.

Soul retrieval, restoring the vital essence that was lost, imparts greater integrity and wholeness to one’s being. With this comes the ability to experience more energy, create more joy, greater meaning, and harmony in ones life. People report improved emotional, physical or mental wellbeing; resolution of old patterns , self-empowerment and greater ability to move on from painful situations.

Symptoms of soul loss include:

  • Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Depression
  • Unresolved grief
  • Problems in relationships
  • Not feeling like yourself
  • Feeling empty or disconnected

This session will take about an hour and a half of your time. 

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