Why Hypnosis Works
Science has proven that the contents of our thoughts & emotions directly & immediately influence our biochemistry. Deep in hypnotic trance, you reach blissful states of reverie that are proven to enhance immune function & activate the body’s natural healing abilities. Learn how to access this relaxing state of renewal, so that your body can trigger its own powerful bio-chemicals to heal illness & return to health.
For anyone facing a life-changing diagnosis, stress can be greatly amplified. The emotional, mental, social, and even spiritual burdens of illness affect our daily health through a powerful mind-body connection.
Hypnosis was approved in 1958 by the American Medical Association for the relief of stress and chronic pain, and the applications have continued to advance.
Hypnosis is a safe, medication-free technique that complements standard medical care to help manage symptoms of illness, and reduce the life-stress that can aggravate and trigger disease symptoms. When you really look at it, stress affects every aspect of wellness.
Hypnosis bypasses the conscious mind and its limitations to change the more powerful subconscious (the part of our mind that generates feelings, controls habits, stores knowledge, responds to stress, regulates bodily functions, and signals us with symptoms, like pain).
Hypnosis may be described as the most potent non-pharmacological relaxant known to science. (Levitan, 1999)
The Answers Always Lie Within You
Your subconscious mind controls your emotional and physical well-being
Does it seem sometimes that your body has a mind of its own? That even the things you decide to do somehow do not end up happening for you. That all your willpower isn’t enough? Why doesn’t understanding yourself better lead to change?
The conscious mind we use to think and reason is only 5% of our brainpower, like the tip of an iceberg.
The other 95% of brain activity, where our powerful emotions, habits, and beliefs reside, is subconscious.
Is it any wonder that in a conflict between the two, the subconscious always wins?
Where does your behavior come from?
Surprisingly, it is estimated that 95% of all behavior is automatic, not consciously chosen (American Psychologist, 54(7): 462-479, 1999). Our subconscious memorizes all the routine tasks we need to do “without thinking” which makes our lives easier. Most of what we do and even feel is out of habit.
You may have noticed that some of your habits can be quite destructive. Worrying is one example, it doesn’t empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of any sort of peace of mind. Over-eating is another common bad habit. We eat because of habitual triggers like boredom, sadness, worry, stress, reward, companionship, time of day, and other people. And occasionally, we may even reach for something out of hunger!
There is a barrier to change which rejects any new information that conflicts with our beliefs. If you doubt yourself inside, confidence will not execute on the outside. Hypnosis bypasses this barrier to directly access the subconscious mind, hypnosis can change habits of thought, feeling and behavior. It is fascinating to me that many of your bodily systems are linked to your emotions by the subconscious mind, what your subconscious believes about you and the world is of vital importance to your well-being.
The Three Aspects of Your Mind
- Analytical Thinking
- Rationalizations and self-criticism
- Short-term Memory
- Permanent Memory
- Stress Responses (Fight, Flight, Freeze)
- Immune System
- Pain Pathways
- Blood Pressure
- Sleep Cycles
What are your Roadblocks that keep you from being Happy and Healthy?
Going through daily life is like driving a car. Once you’ve learned how to drive, we are often behind the wheel on automatic.
Imagine you are facing an open road without traffic. You know with your powerful, healthy engine you can accelerate, make good progress, and have a happy successful journey. There’s nothing in your way. That is what your conscious mind sees.
Your subconscious mind not only watches the road, but constantly monitors its memory of all your past trips. Whenever something really bad happens to you, it stores a memory of that experience, right up there on its rear-view mirror, like a picture of what happened. Whenever you bury a memory, its like one of my favourite books “Feelings Buried Alive Never Die”
From the time you are born, your subconscious rearview mirror starts being cluttered with pictures and memories of all the bad roads you’ve been down. All the times you felt sad, lonely, unloved, ashamed, felt anger, or experienced an illness. Your subconscious is along for the ride, whenever your subconscious sees something coming that resembles a prior bad experience, it sends a warning. It may cause the memory to surface as a reminder, often times it just send an echo of the feelings buried inside you. These stored feelings may make your journey feel sad or lonely. It may even grab the wheel and make you change direction away from where you consciously want to go. If you fight the turn, it may start pulling on the emergency brake, to hold you back.
If you ignore or suppress your feelings and persist in a direction your subconscious feels is dangerous (heading towards a similar bad experience) it may let air out of one of the tires, or even make the engine sputter. Each time you are in a stressful situation, up goes another warning picture on the rearview mirror. After awhile, there is so much clutter that your subconscious may not let you even start the engine. The feelings the body cannot release will eventually harm your body—aggravating or even causing chronic illness.
This analogy describes how your subconscious mind can send you unpleasant emotions like fear or anger, tension in your body, make you sweat or your heart pound, disturb your sleep, or even cause pain. It can make you stutter, forget what you need to say, overeat or drink to excess, trip you up in all sorts of ways, in a misguided effort to protect you from dangers similar to the past. It can make unpleasant memories cycle over and over, and keep you worrying about the future, too, because it might be like the past.
Hypnosis Connects You with your Inner Healer
All healing, whether physical or emotional, is self-healing. The only thing physicians or therapists can do is augment the mind and body’s own ability to heal. Surgeons can cut away diseased tissue, but the body must then heal or re-grow new healthy tissue. A therapist can help you understand yourself and guide you, but your behavior and feelings will not change until you find a way to change yourself inside.
You have an inner wisdom that promotes self-healing to begin spontaneously. Hypnosis opens aspects of your inner mind to the parts of yourself that have the power to control your body and so much of your thoughts, feelings, and behavior. The unique power of hypnosis is that it reduces the barrier to change and greatly increases openness to suggestion so habits can be overcome. It is actually nature’s own transformation tool because it is a built-in feature of our brain. It works even when the conscious mind is overwhelmed by stress.