Why does it work
Hypnotherapy works because it harnesses the power of the subconscious in a direct way.
The subconscious mind is called subconscious because it regulates all the phenomena that happen below the level of our conscious awareness. Before you start considering to make changes in your subconscious mind, it is necessary you explore and understand its nature and functions. Here follows a list of the six major functions of the subconscious:
It controls and regulates the involuntary body functions (breathing, circulation, digestion, elimination, movement , healing of injuries etc.)
None of the marvels that our bodies perform daily depend on our conscious knowledge. To fully realise what this means just think of the complex series of commands and interactions required to raise one’s leg to walk. Even using the most sophisticated of machines it would take thousands of pages to make a list of what can be recorded concerning the chemical, mechanical and physiological transformations involved in such an apparently simple performance. The subconscious on the other hand knows all about it.
Subconsciousness is capable of making adjustments that are finer than any machine devised by man. No chemist can duplicate some of the wonders that a baby’s glands perform daily. The subconscious can restore your body to health and keep it well, and in so doing cures every disease.Medicines are certainly useful but in themselves they do not cure. They merely set up a chemical action to which the healing subconscious intelligence reacts. Surgery or mechanical adjustments simply remove obstacles that stands in the way of the hidden self-healing power. The good news is that this healing power can also be aroused by purely mental methods which often succeed where drugs and surgery have failed. This by no means implies that other systems of therapy should be abandoned, but undoubtedly self hypnosis is a practical and safe way to use the mental curative force to help yourself heal and stay healthy.
It is the seat of the emotions
Our every contemplating act is the result of a choice that most often happens without us being fully aware of it. When confronted with a choice we always do the thing we most want to do, that is what we want to do subconsciously. If we have conflicting desires, our subconscious desire will always win over the conscious one and this accounts for its domination of the conscious mind. Since the emotions govern the strength of our desires and since these govern our behavior, we are at the mercy of our subconscious unless we learn to control it.
In the subconscious mind there is little difference between emotions and thoughts. The two are woven together in an inextricable mass. While we tend to think analytically when the conscious mind dominates our consciousness, in subconscious mode we understand and see things in a way that is very different. Mostly we tend to become aware of the emotions that are attached to the perceptions we have of ourselves and the world.
Emotions like fear or, its opposite, faith, are factors that will direct our thought patterns into specific directions which in turn will create the attitude eventually makes the difference between a positive or a negative outlook and thus success or failure (whatever these may be for you).The other important thing to know about subconscious reasoning is that it works differently from analytical reasoning. The former is in fact restricted to deduction, that is to drawing conclusions from premises, and it tends to always elaborate every logical conclusion from a given premise. This deductive process, however, will elaborate conclusions from false premises just as logically as it will elaborate conclusions from true ones.
This is crucial in understanding how misconceptions are created, since however logical a series of deductions may be, its correctness depends solely on whether the initial premise is correct. As a consequence whatever the subconscious is told it will believe. Since the conscious mind ( which functions as a filter for the subconscious mind in that it decides which premises are correct and which aren’t) starts to develop only in adolescence, most beliefs that are deeply rooted in adults are a result of childhood suggestions involuntarily given by parents and friends.
If such beliefs go unquestioned they will shape the self understanding of the future adult whether he or she likes it or not. Such subconscious beliefs can therefore cure you or kill you depending on whether they are based on positive and true premises or on negative and false ones. Luckily with the use of hypnosis a revision of destructive misconceptions is possible and can make the difference between a lifetime of slavery to negative emotions and a lifetime of freedom to choose one’s own beliefs.
It serves as a memory bank .
Because subconsciousness is the seat of memory and emotions, it keeps a perfect record of all of our experiences as we experience them through our emotions. Whatever affects our senses will leave a subconscious impression, and when the right conditions are provided, any detail of our complete personal past may be recalled. Thus the secret of a good memory is not really a matter of retaining impressions (since these are stored automatically in our memory banks) but of making clear ones, relating them properly together and bringing them to the surface of consciousness when needed. Usually interference in this three fold process accounts for difficulty in remembering. With hypnosis we can help get rid of such interference so that the process can take place unhindered.
It governs out our habitual conduct
Not only negative habits such as smoking, biting nails, etc, are controlled by our subconscious., but also automatic activities such as driving a car, dressing yourself, or playing tennis. This means that after learning to perform them, you no longer have to direct them with your conscious mind. Your subconscious takes over and usually does a better job of it, as you’d discover if you tried to consciously think of which leg to move next while you’re running down the stairs. Whether you need to get rid of a bad habit or you need to let your subconscious guide you in sports and all other sorts of automatic activities, with the help of hypnosis you can reach your subconscious to restore normal balanced functioning.
It is the seat of the imagination, intuition and dreams
Those who say they have no imagination have only suppressed it. It is still there, often working against their best interest and well-being. Children have lively imaginations. But as they emerge into adulthood and experience a number of painful confrontations with reality, they become afraid of imagining, fearing disillusionment or disappointment. Still their imagination continues to work, but because it is undirected, it may turn them into extreme pessimists who imagine only what they hate or fear. Since the subconscious is a goal striving mechanism it will strive toward whatever image you present it with. If you only have images of failure and disappointment that’s what you will get. Uncontrolled negative imagination can destroy you.
For example, if you imagine your partner to be unfaithful you will act towards him or her in a way that will facilitate the occurrence of his or her unfaithfulness. If you imagine people don’t like you, your responses to them will be such that they won’t. Creative imagination on the other hand, is one of the great secrets of success. Once you have chosen your goal all you need to do is to formulate a clear distinct image of the result you desire, without concerning yourself with the process. If you focus on the outcome and you work positively to achieve it you most likely will get it. So, if you imagine yourself as a likeable loving friendly person who expresses herself well to others you will be liked and will find making friends easy. Whether you choose to use your imagination creatively or you let it run you, it is up to you. In one case you will see it help you achieve what you want, in the other you will see it be your worst enemy.
It controls the direction of our energy
The energy that directs our behaviour cannot be destroyed or created, it can only be directed. If its direction isn’t controlled, it will be directed by chance, circumstance, or possibly negative beliefs. Since the subconscious constantly and automatically uses this energy to proceed towards a goal, unless you set a goal for it to achieve, it will either choose a goal based on its own (negative or positive) beliefs or it will proceed towards a goal someone else has suggested. Without your direction it may strive toward illness, failure, or some other destructive goal, and it always achieves what it sets out to accomplish. Sometimes we think we have no energy at all. We feel depressed and miserable. The amount of energy we get is more or less the same, yet negative emotions such as anger, anxiety, fear, resentment etc. may be robbing us of double the amount of energy that would be necessary to work toward a positive goal. Unless we are malnourished, it would not be a case of a decrease of energy we are experiencing but of its being improperly channelled.
The man who always gives up when he gets to a certain point has failure as a goal and its energy is directed towards failure. He was probably “programmed” as a child to believe he wasn’t capable of amounting to much, or that he was incapable of handling responsibility. Once an idea, whether positive or negative becomes fixed in the subconscious, it is fed back into your daily behaviour and it makes you what you are. So you can choose whether to guide your energy in the specific direction you have decided to give it or you can choose to let it go whether it will. You can direct it towards success, whatever form that may take, or anything else you may desire, and it will help you achieve it; or you can chance it go towards destructive goals. Since the energy itself is neither positive nor negative it is up to you to direct it to work for or against you.