What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a gentle form of psychotherapy that can help bring about desired positive changes in behaviour or living, through hypnosis for a person.
Hypnotherapy puts the state of hypnosis to therapeutic use. It aims to re-programme patterns of behaviour within the mind, by combining specialised techniques such as regression, positive suggestions, NLP and guided imagery or visualisations.
Hypnotherapy focuses to help you overcome with your issue relating to suppressed emotions, health, traumas, pain, irrational fears and phobias, negative thoughts and many more. New ways forward are found, by transforming old habits and unhelpful behaviours into healthy new ones which not only benefit your health, but can help you change your life for the better in other ways too.
Hypnotherapy is a safe and powerful way to tap into the subconscious mind, which is the gate way into your deepest understanding of what you perceive in reality. It provides a focused awareness and concentration for healing. It also proves to be one of the most pleasant and natural therapies available. It puts YOU in CHARGE of your own mind and your outcomes.
Hypnotherapy interacts directly with the inner consciousness and examines beliefs and thought processes that give rise to Emotional, Physical, Psychosomatic and spiritual problems. With changes to the inner level of consciousness, the outer projection in reality changes.
Hypnotherapy is a very comfortable, effective and drug free way to create the changes that You want to make in your Life. You begin to heal when you have aware insights into yourself.
What is Hypnosis?
"Hypnosis is a state of consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness characterized by an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion." It is an altered state of awareness with attention narrowed and focused, on the positive suggestion made to the client by the therapist.
As proposed by NCSCH, "Hypnosis is not like what you see in the movies, Hypnosis is a natural state of selective, focused attention, and, even though it is 100% natural and normal, Hypnosis remains to be one of the most fascinating phenomena of the human mind. Our ability to enter this unique state of consciousness opens the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration and change."
The phenomenon of hypnosis is also a state of trance characterised with relaxation, extreme suggestibility and heightened imagination. This is experienced naturally everyday. It is often compared to the feeling of "Losing Yourself". Few of the instances it is encountered and experienced as daydreaming, while watching an interesting movie, while reading a literal page turner book and also auto pilot mode experienced while driving a car.
Long gone are the days when hypnosis was seen as waving watches and controlling people's minds. In a clinical hypnosis you are always in control and you are not made to do anything beyond the boundaries of your permission. It is generally accepted that all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis. A therapist merely helps to facilitate your experience - hypnotherapy is not about being made to do things, in fact it is the opposite, it is about empowerment.
Thus it is all about, the subconscious mind taken back to a particular point as hypnosis can make memories more real and ideas much clearer. The state allows to be more open to accepting any positive suggestions which can help to create the beneficial changes in your attitudes and behaviour that you desire.
Who is Eligible?
Any individual willing to and wishing to relax for a transformative results in his/her area of issue is eligible. The more the ability to relax, more easier it is to enter trance. Hypnotherapy is only with your willingness and permission.
As a matter of impact, Hypnotherapy is NOT for anyone who has psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions, or for someone who is using drugs or alcohol, antidepressant, clinically diagnosed depression, and anti-psychotic medication.
Children below 18 yrs of age (Under parental Consent), Pregnant Women are also eligible for sessions of Hypnotherapy.
When not to go for Hypnotherapy...
For people not willing to go under hypnosis due to preconceived notions and fear need not pick Hypnotherapy as an option. It is recommended to go for other Healing modalities, when the client is unable to decide for Hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy is used for pain control only after a doctor has evaluated the person for any physical disorder that might require medical or surgical treatment. The effects caused by an acute pain should be brought to a stability. After sufficient medical assistance, when the client is stable, client can chose to get a deeper insight for healing and be assisted for techniques in pain management with the help of Hypnotherapy.
Various Issues addressed by the modality is listed below in the Issues Addressed section.
The Beautiful Mind
The infinity and purity of Soul is intertwined with eternity of Mind. Purpose of soul cannot be achieved without the presence of Mind. Mind cannot achieve what it needs to achieve without temporary body. The phenomenon is Mind exists beyond body but, it is only experienced in the body.
The secrets of The Mind have been a very mysterious and also seen to be marvelling when ventured upon. It is even hard to come to a consensus to define mind universally. Man still hasn't succeeded to unravel the hidden power of mind completely. But, just by 10% of it has gotten unleashed. Results of the same is what we have achieved in the form of Development.
As mentioned most of the Mankind has only utilised 10% of the Minds capacity to a conscious awareness. Rest of the 90% power lies in the state of Subconscious, hidden and waiting for a call to bring it into awareness and reality.
In the Theory of Mind proposed by Dr. John Kappas, Mind is divided Mainly into 2 parts. And that is,
- The Conscious Mind - It is that part which assigns logic, analyses, decides, thinks, concludes. It is awake when the body is awake and sleeps when body sleeps.
- The Subconscious Mind - It is that part which holds emotions, feels, takes care of all the involuntary processes of body such as heart beat, digestion, etc. It is awake all the time!
Beauty of subconscious mind is, it stores all the information as experiences and triggers the appropriate emotion of pleasure or pain, when the similar instances occur. Therefore, known experience for few may turn out to be an unknown for others. Example: A person knowing the joy of having a pet dog, has a known feeling attached to the process where as, a person bitten by a dog has a known feeling of biting and not petting it.
The Subconscious Mind is the treasure house within each human being and can not be neglected. Unleashing its hidden power, will bring more power, more happiness and more joy in ones life. In depths of the subconscious lies infinite wisdom, and infinite supply of all that is necessary. It is only matter of getting parts of the unaware 90% power into an aware state.
Your Subconscious mind is principle. It works according to the law of belief. It is not the thing believed in, but the belief in your own mind that brings about the result. So world within your mind is that which creates the world outside. Everything you find in your reality is an expression of the world created by you in your inner world with thoughts, feelings and visualisation with the help your mind, whether consciously or unconsciously.
So with the simple principle of cause and effect, if you want to change external conditions, you must change the cause. If every thought is the cause and every reality experienced is its effects. Hypnotherapy helps you reach the Voice within you, it is Thy voice, to alter the beliefs and change the thought pattern, to change your reality for yourself.
Because, if you realised how powerful your thoughts are, then you would never think negatively.
How does it Work?
The conscious mind analyses, decides, places logics and concludes a particular happening in the awake state. The subconscious mind controls the involuntary functions of the body, including habits and reactions that you do ‘automatically’ . It is fuelled by your emotions, beliefs and imagination and thus directs your behaviour from within. We cling to conscious mind which is only the tip of the ice berg forgetting the underneath Power House, The Subconscious Mind.
The subconscious mind also contains the memories of everything that has ever happened to you and compares what is happening now with similar experiences from the past, triggering similar thoughts, emotions and reactions. The reaction or behaviour that once helped, might turn out to be a limitation now. And thus prevents you from creating new, matured and evolved way of response in the present.
These reactions cannot be consciously controlled as they are very subconscious in nature. However, in hypnosis, your subconscious becomes very receptive to new ideas and suggestions so that hypnotherapy can encourage more sensible, balanced and helpful attitudes to reality, which overwrite the old unconscious habits and patterns of the past such as nail biting, smoking or even to manage undesirable emotions.
In a nutshell, Hypnotherapy puts the Body to sleep, keeps The Conscious Mind awake to observe and assimilate by opening the doorway to The Power of Subconscious Mind with intense focus and attention. This allows the client to be in complete charge of self with abilities to be receptive and non judgemental. As the conscious mind is awake, client is very much present and aware of the surrounding.