Maybe you’ve been having terrible sleeps every night for god knows how long. Maybe you’ve been a smoker since you were a teenager and just can’t kick the habit. Maybe you’re someone who has struggled to stick to a diet and fitness plan. Maybe you have an anxiety of flying, or about your wedding day or something completely different. The reality is, in this day and age, we live in a society where everybody has some aspect of themselves that they’d like to improve or change and they’ve more than likely tried something in the past to help them effect that change.
If you’re a smoker and you’ve wanted to quit in the past, I’m guessing you’ve tried nicotine gum. If you’ve had trouble with sleep, I’m guessing you’ve seen your GP (and was more than likely told to try sleeping pills. If you’ve wanted to lose weight, you’ve probably joined a gym and if you experience anxiety, chances are you’ve been to a GP and/or some form of therapist.
The fact that you’re reading this article would suggest two things to me. Firstly, that you have at least a passing interest or curiosity in hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Secondly, that you’ve probably not achieved the change you want to by trying one of the aforementioned treatments (or something else entirely).
This is pretty common, as you can often try lots of different things before you find the solution. The one therapy/treatment that seems to get to the nub of the issue quicker and more effectively than any other is hypnotherapy, coupled with NLP (neuro-linguistic programming). Hypnotherapy tends to encompass a number of different techiques, but the common thread between them all is that they look to change the way you think about the issue at a subconscious level.
A hypnotherapist is essentially looking to have their client relax so deeply, and develop a level of trust such that a positive suggestion (or suggestions) can then be made to the subconscious mind directly. If this sounds like gobbledygook to you, bear with me. Your subconscious is the part of your brain that acts on instinct. Every time you breathe, lift your hand or scratch your head, this is your subconscious at work. You don’t consciously think about doing these things; they just happen. The brain sends electrical impulses to the relevant limb/body part to facilitate the action and this happens in the tiniest fraction of a second imaginable.
Your conscious mind might think “my head is so itchy”, but it doesn’t form the thought pattern of “now I’m going to lift my right hand, extend my index finger and move it repeatedly back and forth”. The movement just happens. Your conscious mind is used when you think about and rationalise any event which happens to you during the day. If someone cuts in front of you in a queue, you might grumble a bit, maybe you’ll even let them know that they’ve done wrong, but you’ll definitely stew internally about it and think how inconsiderate that person is. Sometimes it can be difficult to let go of little things like that and the annoyance you felt after the event lingers for a long time.
It’s the conscious mind that holds us back in life, by constantly repeating the same negative thoughts and ideas. Animals don’t have this conscious mind; they work only on impulse. So while animals might not enjoy some of the finer things in life that we can, they don’t lose their nerve and they don’t self-sabotage. Humans do this all the time, and it’s the reason we develop neuroses, bad habits and negative thought patterns.
You can see then how, if we were able to quieten the conscious mind enough to speak to the subconscious, we can remove or repair years and years of negative hardwiring. To use an example, a person who has smoked for the last 50 years has, in all likelihood, reinforced to themselves millions of times over the years that they are a smoker and the evidence they have for that is the fact they’ve smoked for the past 50 years. If they’ve tried quitting in the past and failed, this has likely reinforced to them that they are destined to be lifelong smokers. Their parents probably smoked for their whole lives too, so what hope is there for them to quit?
Eventually, the smoker believes at a subconscious level, that they are a smoker, that smoking is as natural as sleeping, breathing and eating. This means it’s no wonder they’ve failed to quit in the past, because they had no mechanism with which to change their thinking at a subconscious level.
Why hypnotherapy is different
Enter hypnotherapy. This form of therapy, and the related techniques that tend to be associated with it (such as NLP) work so brilliantly at getting past the conscious mind and leaving suggestions for the subconscious to act on. This might seem controversial to some, but hypnotherapy (and particularly Time Line Therapy) works faster than pretty much any other technique. I don’t say that to belittle any other form of therapy; it’s just a fact that hypnotherapy works very quickly and can eliminate the need for continued long, drawn out sessions.
With Time Line Therapy, it’s also content-free, which means that there’s no need for the client to tell the practitioner anything about the memory they’ve brought to mind. This form of therapy works so incredibly quickly and was the trigger for me to fix my almost decade-long sleeping issues – in a session that went for less than 10 minutes.
Misconceptions of hypnosis
Hypnotherapy is completely safe, and there’s never any danger that a hypnotherapist will start controlling your mind and making you do outrageous things. Firstly, a hypnotist can only make you do something that matches your morals and beliefs and anything outside of that will just be rejected by the subconscious mind. Hypnosis isn’t someone wiping your mind clean and then making suggestions that will benefit them or giving you suggestions that won’t help you; any suggestion the hypnotist makes that is against your morals or beliefs will just be ignored.
You’ve probably seen a stage show where the hypnotist gets the audience members up on stage and makes them do silly things like bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken. You’re probably thinking that I’ve just said that the hypnotist can’t get someone doing something they don’t want to do. And this is still true. A person who has been told to bark like a dog would usually just see it for what it is: a bit of fun. It’s not hurting them or anybody else so, although they might look a bit silly, there’s nothing inherently wrong with barking like a dog. However, if that same hypnotist were to ask the person to be violent, that’s going to cause internal turmoil that will stop the hypnotised person from acting on that.
The bottom line is that hypnosis does not allow someone to control another person – it’s just not possible (at least with hypnosis, anyway).
Hypnosis doesn’t really feel like anything much either. There’s no single point where you suddenly notice that you’ve just been deeply hypnotised – it’s a gradual process and it feels like you’re just relaxing very deeply. It feels great though, and many people simply enjoy the utter relaxation you achieve in hypnosis, irrespective of the results it achieves.
Hypnotherapy is fun for the client and the practitioner – when you see someone let go of past emotions that had been holding them back, it’s pretty amazing to watch the physiological change that happens. You can actually see a person become lighter, mentally speaking. I regularly have clients cry (don’t worry, they’re happy tears!) when they achieve a real breakthrough and it’s hard not to feel a little bit emotional yourself, when this happens. It’s the best feeling, being able to witness someone change their mindset and let go of the issue they might have had for a lifetime.
Hypnosis really works and is so incredibly effective. In 20 years, people will look back with surprise that hypnotherapy didn’t form a core role in medicine. It’s starting to become more understood and more and more health professionals are realising its effectiveness.
If you’re interested in it and you’ve not had success down other avenues, why not give it a go? Get in touch if you’d like a free consultation.