Hypnosis is a practice where, through focused attention, a person is made to have reduced peripheral awareness, focusing only on their own internal sense of awareness. This means that, through this focussed sense of awareness, the person becomes largely unaware of what is happening in the world around them, unless of course there is danger present, in which case they will become instantly aware and are able to exit hypnosis with no damage to themselves.
During hypnosis, you are causing your conscious mind to go to sleep, and bringing your subconscious mind to the front, allowing it to speak through you using your voice.
The sub-conscious mind is the emotional mind. It is the part of you that never sleeps, and remembers everything. If you experience an event when you’re only 1 and not even able to speak yet, your sub-conscious remembers this event, and any beliefs you created at this time are stored until you replace those beliefs.
The Purpose of Hypnosis for Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is the main tool of the hypnotherapist. It is the process which the hypnotherapist uses to get answers to how, why, when and where you picked up a belief that has caused you to act the way that you act today, and to have the behaviours that you have today.
It is through hypnosis that we get to the root cause of the problem that you are facing, and are able to break the links that you’ve created in the past. It is only by understanding the root cause of an issue that it can be broken down and reframed.
A Natural State
Hypnosis is a natural state of being, in fact, you go in and out of hypnosis all the time. If you’ve ever found yourself daydreaming when you’re in the car on a long trip, or if you’ve ever entered a room but forgot why you wanted to go in there in the first place, then you know what it’s like to be in a state of hypnosis.
It is that exact same state that you enter, the only difference is that during hypnosis, you intentionally enter this state, rather than wander into it by mistake.
The state that you find yourself in is called Alpha, which refers to the Alpha brain waves (7-14Hz). In our normal, conscious state, we are commonly in the Beta brain wave range (14 – 30Hz), however we find ourselves drifting into Alpha when we start relaxing; this could be during a moment of daydream as I mentioned earlier, but we more commonly see it in the first stages of our sleep cycle, just as we are at the cusp of falling asleep.
The purpose of hypnosis though is not for the body to go to sleep, but for the conscious mind to go to sleep. Experienced meditators are able to do this with ease, and finding this balance is what makes meditation difficult at the start, but with the help of a hypnotherapist, you’re able to reach the Alpha state without any effort at all.
Hypnosis for issues
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