Our thoughts, emotions, beliefs, and feelings are stored in the subconscious mind. They drive our behavior, influence our physiological response, and create our life experience. The subconscious mind is responsible for about 92% of our life. It is like a super computer that takes in and stores massive amounts of data. It processes 40 million bits of information per second.
The conscious mind is where analytical thought, willpower and the five senses reside which makes up the other 8% of our life. The conscious mind only processes 40 bits of information per second. As you can see, the most effective way to make lasting change is on the subconscious level.
So how does hypnosis play into all of this?
Hypnosis is a very safe and powerful modality that allows us to access and direct the subconscious mind to make changes to your thoughts, emotions and feelings. Again, using the computer metaphor, hypnosis enables you to find the bugs in the software and rewrite it. Once you are free from limiting programming, you can experience more of your natural states of joy, love, abundance and health as well as create more of what you desire in life. Clinical hypnotherapy may help you: feel more confident, reduce stress, enjoy better health, accelerate healing and control pain, achieve goals, give birth with comfort and ease, eliminate unwanted habits, improve test performance, overcome fears and phobias, and grow spiritually.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural yet altered state of focused attention and deep relaxation. The hypnotic trance is something you experience every day when you daydream, read a captivating book, become engrossed in a project, drive your car, or drift off to sleep at night.
Hypnosis is an ancient practice that has been used by many cultures worldwide for thousands of years. In the 1950s, the British Medical Association, The American Medical Association, and the American Psychiatric Association approved of hypnosis as a credible modality. There are thousands of studies published in medical and psychological journals that demonstrate the effectiveness of hypnotherapy. Many prestigious medical and teaching institutions including the Mayo Clinic, The University of Washington, Stanford University School of Medicine, and Beth Israel Medical Center, are currently using, teaching , and researching the benefits of hypnosis. In addition to health and wellness applications, athletes have used hypnosis to improve their sports performance; scientists and inventors like Albert Einstein, Nicolas Tesla, and Thomas Edison to solve problems; writer, Lord Tennyson Alfred and musicians, Mozart and Rachmaninoff, to inspire their compositions; and numerous actors to improve their craft.
But will hypnosis make me cluck like a chicken or bark like a dog?
Unfortunately, there are many myths about hypnosis that have been perpetuated by the entertainment industry. Contrary to popular culture and the media, you will never do anything that is against your moral code or anything you choose not to do. While in hypnosis, you are in total control of your experience—you control what you say, what you do and what you think at all times. You even decide whether or not you will go into hypnosis and you can choose to emerge at any time. Hypnosis is not something that is done TO you and it actually gives you greater control over your mind and body. Essentially, hypnosis allows you to access your inner resources and unlock the wisdom you need to accomplish your goals. You actively participate and help direct the session because you remain fully conscious and aware.
It’s not unusual for me to hear clients at the end of their first hypnotic experience say: “I heard everything you said.” “I remember all that happened.” “I was so relaxed and so aware the whole time.” Additionally, clients often report feeling refreshed, peaceful, and rejuvenated at the end of a hypnotherapy session.
How do I select a qualified hypnotherapist?
In order to most easily discover and transform the root cause of your issue, you want to have a good rapport with the hypnotherapist. While you are in control of the session, she/he is your guide. And with any guide, you want to feel confident and comfortable with them. I recommend that you have a phone conversation with the potential practitioner before your first session to determine whether you feel a resonance with him/her. Find out about their credentials, level of experience, and area(s) of expertise/specialization. A qualified hypnotherapist will be certified with a national organization and registered with the state in which they practice. Also, a good hypnotherapist continually adds to their knowledge, understands their scope of practice, has a high standard of moral integrity, and has a strong foundation in a code of ethics.
Hypnosis is a fast, effective, proven, self-improvement process that can create profound life changes, usually in just a few sessions.
Jeni Miller is a Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist and childbirth hypnosis educator. Her clients achieve radiant, vibrant health through mind, body, and spirit integration. Her approach is compassionate, intuitive, grounded and practical. She offers a free 20-30 minute consultation to help you determine if she is a fit for you. Call her at 360-647-3726. Visit www.HeartHarmonicsHypnotherapy.com to receive a free Relaxation MP3 or Joyful Pregnancy MP3.