The brain is the most complex organ in our bodies. There are many questions still to be answered about this marvellous organ, but we do know it functions as the control centre for our entire body. Many of the brain’s activities are carried out without any conscious effort on our behalf. The parts of the brain that conduct this activity are known collectively as the unconscious mind: the activity we are aware of is called the conscious mind. These two layers work together to acquire information, assess it, take any necessary action, store and retrieve for later use and so on. These functions are sometimes likened to the operation of a computer although our brain is much more sophisticated than even the biggest super-computer.
Throughout our lives we acquire and store information that controls our activities and keeps us safe. Learning to look both ways before crossing the road for example or keeping your hands away from a hot stove are little mini-programs that help us stay out of the way of danger. Occasionally our minds acquire a routine that does not serve us; an addiction to a dangerous substance or an irrational response to a specific stimulus (fear of flying or lifts for example). Hypnosis can help to diminish or eliminate these rogue routines.
Hypnosis provides a way to bypass the conscious mind and conduct a conversation with the unconscious mind directly. In an hypnotic state the unconscious receives suggestions that have been created, in advance, by the client without the intervention of the conscious mind. What this does is replace the rogue program with routines that serve you better. The therapist helps you to enter a trance like state which opens your unconscious to the new information. There is nothing dangerous or scary about the process, but the conscious mind will often try to criticise or avoid the change so when you bypass it, you avoid the new program being side-stepped.
You have the power to accept or reject any or all of the suggestions made by the therapist so it’s not possible for the hypnotherapist to control your brain or make you do things that are against your moral code.
Hypnosis has proved effective in treating a wide range of conditions including nicotine addiction, weight control, anxiety and phobias. Hypnosis has also proved useful in areas such as performance improvement in business, sport and academia.
Almost everyone can be hypnotised, and everyone can, if they wish, resist the therapist’s suggestions. You are in control of the process and you are in control of the outcomes. Hypnosis isn’t for everyone, just those that want results.