In a way, all of existence is hypnosis. When we meet someone and are mesmerised, it is hypnosis. Falling in love is hypnosis; an effective sales pitch is hypnosis. Similarly, negotiating, networking, religion, faith, chanting… are all forms of hypnosis.
All our beliefs of life itself have been created by two powerful techniques of hypnosis—repetition and overloading. It is interesting to understand that as much as 88 per cent of our mind is unconscious and only 12 per cent is conscious. The unconscious is a huge storehouse of all our conditioning, beliefs and patterns. From here arise our reactions and behaviour. Unfortunately, we have little access to this control room. Metaphorically speaking, a large iron gate called ‘the critical mind’ guards the secrets of this control room. This gate holds us back from simply walking in and pressing the reset button.
Becoming a better ‘you’
We would love to master our own emotions, performance and behaviour. And not being able to do it makes us feel helpless, hopeless and often depressed.
We do not want to get as angry as we do, we do not want to eat and drink as much as we do. We would like to handle difficult situations with poise and confidence. We look at others who are able to do so and feel guilty about being who we are. We make several resolutions which ultimately fail. All this and more because the control room is locked.
Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool to get in beyond this locked door and re-programme the undesirable and non-productive patterns. Hypnosis happens in day-to-day life many times but when we add the word ‘therapy’ to it, the connotation changes. It implies that an expert does a particular procedure in a safe environment for therapeutic reasons with the consent of the individual.
Though the word hypnotherapy conjures up images of a pendulum, concentric circles and a couch, it is much more than that. There is also a myth that the therapist can control the client or patient. Genuine authentic hypnotherapy that is done with sound scientific knowledge and an intention to heal couldn’t be more different and completely debunks that myth.
The basic principle of hypnotherapy is overloading the conscious mind with message units so that the gate—the critical mind—opens, and reconditioning can be carried out with complete consent and cooperation of the client. This is done with the help of methodical techniques. No equipment needs to be used and guided imagery and suggestions are the backbone of this procedure.
Find someone you trust
The charisma of the therapist also plays a vital role. We may have heard stories of an alcoholic joining AA [Alcoholics Anonymous] and instantly be reformed because he was profoundly influenced by a particular guide. Students, whose life course is changed by a teacher, are also examples of the charisma of a guide or leader bringing about informal hypnotherapy.
Rapport and trust between the therapist and client is of prime importance and time must be spent to build an understanding and answer all queries. Once that is done and the client is assured that they will be in complete control at all times during the procedure, the process begins. The client sits comfortably in an easy chair and, through a relaxation process, is brought into a trance-like stage—a state between sleeping and being awake. Now the unconscious opens up and powerful suggestions can be implanted, which are jointly decided by the therapist and client prior to the session. It must be remembered that hypnotherapy is an adjuvant and not a replacement for medical treatment and when dealing with a medical problem, it is imperative that you take consent from the treating physician.
We need a helping hand
The journey into the unconscious is a fascinating one and brings about an alignment of the unconscious and conscious. When this happens, the overall personality starts glowing and energy levels increase. Ultimately, this alignment results in maximizing potential and making the human experience a fulfilled one. Such a person not only makes his own life a joy but obviously contributes to those of others.
A powerful leader moves nations but a true master touches many lives and contributes to evolution. It is all about alignment. He himself is aligned and has the charisma, which brings about natural hypnosis in the people he comes in contact with. However, few are blessed with an inherent knowledge to bring about this alignment. The rest of us can accomplish far more than we are doing now by going to a good therapist and entering our control room.
Remember, till now, you have only scratched the surface of your true potential. The rest of it is just waiting to be tapped into. And once you do, there is no limit to the extent of personal growth you can achieve.
Medical conditions and personal issues that enormously benefit from hypnotherapy are:
- Sleep disorders
- Lack of confidence
- Anger management
- Relationship issues
- Repetitive negative thoughts
- Stage performance anxiety
- Lack of concentration
- Sexual peak performance
- Enhanced creativity
- Weight issues
- Eating disorders
This was first published in the July 2013 issue of Complete Wellbeing.
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