Once a thought is repeated, it strengthens a pattern; The stronger the pattern the quicker it becomes a belief; Once a belief, it exerts a powerful influence over your judgements, behaviours and experiences, often unconsciously. It is in effect self fulfilling. So achieving a mental ‘balance’ through hypno-therapeutic techniques will not only harmonize your electro-chemical activity in your brain, but increase your ability to use your imagination , your intuition, and your creativity to change beliefs and see different perspectives.
The subconscious mind is never right or wrong. It merely acts on what it ‘knows’ or has learned. It doesn’t ‘reason’. It will quite happily grind out falsehoods as it will truth. Hypnotherapy helps ‘bypass’ those protective mechanisms designed to protect our beliefs.
Sometimes these powerful learnings are not for our own good. For example, someone may have been told, as a child, that they were clumsy and accident prone. Once that suggestion becomes a belief — perhaps through repetition — that belief exerts a powerful influence on all their future performance, so hypnotherapy is possibly one of the most important practices to learn. It is a truism that when you change your usual patterns of thinking you will inevitably change your reality.
With practice you can develop this state into one of concentration and focus. At this point you have a wonderful potential for mental and physical control.
So there really isn’t any need to provide a list of potential uses – as in most, if not all cases, it is more to do with the mechanisms of how the mind processes information and grinds out behaviours, rather than what is the specific phobia or feeling.
The unconscious mind doesn’t care one jot whether you’re afraid of a lion or a ladder!
One hears of people talking in terms of whether a particular perspective is rational or irrational. If I think I saw a ghost and I believe in a spirit world I’m being perfectly rational. If I saw a ghost and didn’t believe in a spirit world – that’s irrational!
Our unconscious mind is all powerful – potentially phenomenally so, however it’s downside is that it’s gullible – it doesn’t judge – it simply attempts to grind out whatever suggestion or idea has managed, or been allowed to, bypass the censor or critical faculty.
Every Dictator or Despot, Advertiser, General and Cult leaders know this.
We can go further and say that any state of mind we create. We do this by using a range of hypnotic phenomenon usually without being aware of it! Focusing of attention, the use of language patterns, amnesia, and many more.
How many of us have imagined a future event – especially one we ironically don’t want (for example, waiting for a scan result and expecting a bad result, or not wanting to travel by aeroplane and crashing) and then focused our mind onto it, repeated it, added emotion, imagery, thought etc to ‘create’ a particular state of mind (anxiety or fear) which we then bring back to the present and then ‘feel’ – all an illusion!
So Hypnosis then, is a state of altered consciousness that occurs in everyone.
Hypnotherapy guides you into this focused state, where skills and techniques are employed to encourage positive change.
Most of us agree that the power of the mind is phenomenal and offers enormous untapped potential. The challenge is to harness that potential.