What Is Hypnotherapy?
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“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate” – Carl Jung
What is hypnotherapy?
There are many misconceptions, misunderstandings, superstitions, and urban myths that have been spread in response to this question. Sadly, the true nature of hypnotherapy has become twisted, clouded, distorted and discredited. Many people express fear and trepidation at the mere thought of hypnotherapy.
This article is intended to calm such fears, and to provide a true insight into what hypnotherapy really is.
Hypnosis Is Natural
Hypnotherapy is a very natural and very powerful technique to overcome problems, to take control of your life, and to discover the true essence of who you are.
Hypnotherapy involves a trained professional known as a hypnotherapist, and a client. During hypnotherapy, the hypnotherapist helps the client to enter a state of mind known as hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a very natural state of mind and is very much concerned with relaxation; specifically relaxation of the conscious part of the mind. Hypnosis is a form of altered awareness where the conscious part of the mind has become relaxed and quiescent, while the unconscious part of the mind has become more aware and awake.
Though this may come as a surprise, all of us enter hypnotic states of mind—or states of mind that are very closely related to hypnosis—all of the time.
For example, have you ever drifted into a daydream while driving, and then suddenly realised you had not been consciously aware of the many actions and procedures involved in driving for several miles? Or have you ever drifted into a daydream while walking, and suddenly become consciously aware that you cannot remember any of the scenery that you walked past?
If so, then you have been in a state of hypnosis many, many times before. These situations are examples of hypnotic states of mind that almost everyone can relate to on some level. Thus, hypnosis is a very natural, very common state of mind that is perfectly safe and normal.
How Does Hypnotherapy Work?
To answer this question, it is necessary to understand the difference between the conscious part of the mind and the unconscious part of the mind.
The conscious part of the mind is rational, logical, and critical part of the mind, and its role is to try and make sense of things, to reflect on our thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and to plan future courses of action.
In contrast, the unconscious part of the mind is the part of the mind that keeps us alive by controlling all of the automatic bodily functions, such as our heartbeat, our breathing, our digestion, and our blood sugar levels.
However, the unconscious part of the mind has a far more profound and important role. The unconscious mind is a vast repository or library that stores all of our memories, and all of the values, beliefs and ideas that define who we are as individuals.
Thus, who we are as individuals, and the origin of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, originates in the unconscious part of the mind.
As a result, if we want to change aspects of ourselves, and if we want to overcome problems in our lives, we must make changes at an unconscious level.
Consciously telling yourself to feel less anxious, to eat less chocolate, and to think more positive thoughts will rarely—if ever—lead to meaningful, long-term change. Only be discovering the unconscious origin of your problems can you overcome them.
The Wisdom of Carl Jung
All of us experience problems in our lives from time to time. Even when we are consciously aware of these problems and wish to overcome them, we often fail to understand where our problems originate, or why they continue to have power over us.
In relation to this point, the great psychoanalyst Carl Jung once said: “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate”. Hypnotherapy is a very effective and powerful way of consciously understanding the source of our unconscious problems so that they no longer control us.
During hypnotherapy, we relax the conscious mind, and by doing so, we are able to access and communicate with the unconscious root and core of our problems. Once we become conscious of our problems, we are able to deal with them effectively, and undergo the transformative changes that so many people desire.
How Can Hypnotherapy Help me?
Hypnotherapy provides a means of accessing the unconscious core of who you are, including the memories, values, beliefs, and ideas that direct your thoughts, your feelings, and your behaviours.
Thus, by accessing your unconscious mind during hypnotherapy, you are able to not only overcome problems or challenges in your life, but you are also able to discover who you really are.
Often times, we repress thoughts, ideas, feelings, and desires that spring forth from our unconscious mind. Instead, we adorn ourselves with superficial masks as we venture out into the world, presenting a false version of ourselves to others based upon how we think we should be, rather than who we really are.
After time, we may even forget who we really are entirely. We may become depressed, lost, and directionless as we float adrift in the turbulent river of life. Life begins to happen to us, rather than us happening to life.
Hypnotherapy can be used to rediscover our true selves so that we can take back control of our lives and become everything we want to be and are capable of becoming.
The Future Is Bright
I believe that you have the potential to become a living work of art, a wondrous sculpture of actualised human potential. I believe that there is a divine spark within you that is craving to be nurtured and set ablaze. All that is required is to discover who you really are by exploring the inner recesses of your subconscious mind.
By discovering your limitations, weaknesses and fears—all of those things that are so easily suppressed—you gain power over them. Then, you gain the power to become a master of your fate and a captain of your soul.
Shine bright like a diamond!