Subconscious (SC) mind
In order to understand how Hypnosis works, it is important to understand the characteristics of the Subconscious (SC) mind.
The Sc :
is Illogical--- this means the SC does not understand things the same way the rational, conscious mind does. For example, a person may “know” consciously that they have a wonderful life and nothing to be anxious about. However, if the SC mind perceives there to be a threat of some kind of the environment , it will respond to that perceived threat with anxiety – – – or the fight flight response.
Does not know the difference between past, present or future--therefore, sometimes a person can still be responding to something that took place in the past as though it were still present. Consider the war veteran who hits the ground when he hears a car backfire because the subconscious mind is perceiving that sound to be a gunshot due to his past experience of similar sounds.
Is Protective--- The primary function of the SC mind is to protect you. However, being illogical it sometime responds to threat when there is none, reacts to past events that are no longer occurring or uses coping mechanisms that are actually harmful. Example: if you get bit by a dog at two years old, your subconscious mind will decide that dogs are always going to be dangerous to you. In an attempt to protect you, the subconscious will give you a panic attack, even if you hear a dog barking in the distance. It believes that by giving you this fight flight response, or making you vigilant, you'll be able to protect yourself from the "dangerous dog".
Fears and Phobias
We are born with only two natural fears--- the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises.
All other fears are LEARNED!
And this is good news because it means that in hypnosis a client can be led to understand where their phobia came from and therefore, rid themselves of the fear.
A phobic response, or at its worst, a panic attack, is simply a survival mechanism ‘gone wrong.’ Hundreds of thousands of years ago a panic attack was a very useful thing. We led much more physically challenging and dangerous lives then. We didn't have sharp teeth or claws and so we had to be able to react very quickly to a threat. And in those days there were two simple choices. We could either run or, if desperate enough, we could fight. In this case, a panic attack is called the 'Fight or Flight' response.
That is why the mind of a human being can trigger a panic attack fast and unconsciously. People who suffer panic attacks often report that "they come from nowhere" and this is an essential part of the fight or flight response. If you are in a threatening situation and you have to “think' before getting the hormonal changes associated with the flight or fight response, it may well be too late. Alternatively, you might make the wrong choice, so the subconscious part of our mind takes care of it. And of course, in a survival situation, it is better to respond as if danger is present when it's not, rather than the other way round. However, this primitive cope machenism built in our subconcious mind need to be refilled with new thoughts and beliefs to better founction in the changed enviornment and situations, that's why hypnotherapy become an important communication tool between our conscious and subconscious minds.
There are some unwanted habbits which ususally cause inconveniences in our daily life like habbits of smoking, eating junkfoods etc. Its very often that our habbits are associated to a particular thought or beliefe we hold at a subconscious level, for some client, behind smoking there is a feeling of belonging to a group of or a particualr people by whom we were loing to be recogonized. some eating junkfood because there is some unforgotten happy memorries related to those we deeply loved. or other unconscious thoughts at our SC mind which has no idea that some old ideas may keep holding us back. We need to identify those unconscious thoughts and beliefs that do not serve us anymore and some new information need to be sent to our SC mind to get us released from those unwanted habbits. hypnotherapy is just the right approache for that.
A person with a sleep issue often has picked up a negative association with sleep and as a result is unable to sleep. This person then creates a vicious cycle wherein that negative association with sleep is strengthened every time the person cannot get to sleep.
This reason for the insomnia or sleep issue may or may not be understood by the person on a conscious level.
However, by reaching the SC mind, the client can:
Understand what lies behind the sleep issue
Work to change any SC beliefs, fears and patterns that are keeping the client from sleeping
Learn tools for shutting down the mind and relaxing the body more easily
Build up a positive SC association with sleep
It is useless to try to talk somebody out of having anxiety.
If all it took was to tell somebody "you have nothing to be anxious about" then there would be no such thing as anxiety disorders.
In order to address anxiety, it is important to recognize what the subconscious is perceiving to be a threat in your environment. So, essentially, what happens is the subconscious perceives there to be a threat in your environment – – even if there isn't one; It may be responding to a past events, it may be overreacting to a current stressor.
There are much much more amazing work that hypnotherapy can do, to generally summarize:
Identify the true cause of the issues
work through the cause of the issues by helping you recognize how a past event is still impacting on you and update your subconscious mind so that that event is no longer causing you damage.
eliminate any unhealthy coping method mechanisms for dealing with anxiety
quiet the fight flight response
develop relaxation techniques and strategies
instill belief in your ability to handle whatever challenges occur in your life
explore learnings and inspirations from your hidden subconscious mind
It is important to point out that by doing things above, I would never take you back to relive anything and to retramatize you. I simply help you understand that how your past event is still affectting you and sometimes, how you could learn from that.