So What Is Hypnosis?
In everyday life we use the logical part of our mind, our intellectual mind, to deal with the day-to-day eventualities of our lives. We encounter so much stimulus on a minute-by-minute basis that we couldn’t possibly be present to all of it all at once. Because of this, we only retain a certain amount of information in our conscious mind. The rest is stored below our conscious awareness, in what’s known as our subconscious or our unconscious mind.
We’ll use the word subconscious here. Our subconscious is like a great big computer with storage space for memories, space for habits, for automatic functions like breathing, for muscle memory, and for mechanical procedures like registering colour or heat and cold. We can’t alter how this information is stored or change the stored procedures by using our conscious logical mind – this is why people find it hard to stop habits they don’t like and why, when you get to know someone, their behaviour is somewhat predictable.
Hypnosis is a relaxed state of mind and body, achieved through following suggestions. In this relaxed state we can access that subconscious part of the mind. This will allow you, with our help, to reprogram your mind to serve you better. It will also allow you to become more receptive to helpful suggestions which your mind would have previously rejected, enabling you to change the behaviours you want to change.