What would it be like to be able to change your beliefs, your behavior, or even deeply embedded memories that have been troubling you for a long time? If you have ever contemplated on these things then maybe a part of you that you haven’t been in contact with is actually calling for your attention from deep within your subconscious mind. That something is in fact your subconsciousness.
The human mind consists of two parts: consciousness and subconsciousness or conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The conscious mind handles logical and rational thinking.
When you try to solve a puzzle or a math equation, it´s the conscious mind that provides these faculties. The conscious mind is also in charge of enforcing beliefs and habits.
It is the protector of your mental integrity and capable of analyzing and rejecting new ideas that which do not fit its standards of what is true or acceptable.
On the other hand, the subconscious mind is the obscure, bigger part of the mind. It´s where our emotions, creativity, imagination and desires reside. When a belief is planted into the subconscious mind, it´s assimilated as part of the entire core belief system.
Eventually, the logical mind is under control of the subconscious mind. That´s why the conscious mind is so busy protecting the subconscious mind – a person´s integrity would be in danger if core beliefs of the subconscious mind could be manipulated from the outside easily.
The conscious mind only has two mechanisms: accept and reject. If an idea does not fit into the scheme of what is acceptable, it is rejected. Thoughts and ideas which are congruent with a person´s essential beliefs, are supported. The conscious mind is designed to have several layers of protection against potentially threatening ideas.
Since the conscious mind is set up to reject new ideas and prevent them from entering the subconscious mind – which has the far greater influence on our reality – the question arises how can we get past it and change our core beliefs, if we find them limiting and outdated?
The technique to achieve this is called self-hypnosis. Self-hypnosis is a natural state of enhanced focus. When we focus on something with high intensity, the conscious mind is temporarily disabled.
A hypnotherapist will start with an interview in order to understand your motivation for the treatment. He will then sketch out a hypnosis script designed to help you achieve your individual goals.
Every self-hypnosis session normally consists of these four phases:
The first two phases of the hypnosis session are designed to relax the patient and loosen the defense mechanism of the conscious mind.
Once these defenses have been temporarily disabled, the therapist will then apply hypnotic suggestions and affirmations in order to modify those beliefs and thought patterns that that have been identified as limiting or harmful.
In the last phase, the post-hypnosis phase, the patient will be persuaded to forget the session in order to prevent the conscious mind to kick in and reject the hypnotic suggestions in hindsight.
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