- Nancy Araven
How does hypnosis work?
Your conscious mind learns by reasoning and logic and practice. For example, when you were young and learned 2+2 = 4, you might have seen pictures explaining it such as a picture of 2 apples next to 2 apples and when you counted them up it equaled 4. You understood. Or when learning to tie your shoes, you were shown how to do it, it made sense so you learned how. You learned how to walk and drive this way also.
Your subconscious mind, however, just learns everything. It already knew how to pump your heart, how to blink, breathe all these things without being taught. It’s extraordinarily powerful. It doesn’t need to understand and comprehend – it has, and always continues to, learn – without reason or logic.
Some things you learn are now just habits, that have gone from the conscious mind to the subconscious. You don’t have to think about all the steps it takes to tie your shoes, you can think a lot of different thoughts while you’re driving or walking. Your subconscious mind has taken over. Again – it’s extraordinarily powerful. But this can also be a problem if it ‘learns’ bad habits or thoughts – sometimes referred to as ‘emotional baggage’.
One example is a child that is always picked on – be it by a family member, kids at school, or others. Those powerful feelings are translated into thoughts - This child’s subconscious mind believes everything it hears, and if it is repeated enough, will continue to believe the taunts, or feelings of "less than"as fact.
The subconscious mind doesn’t reason it out – it just accepts thoughts as fact. The good news, actually the great news is that through hypnosis you can help teach the subconscious mind new thoughts. All it does is relax your conscious mind – the mind that needs reasoning and logic – you bypass this ‘critical factor’ as it’s called and speak directly to the subconscious. You can shift years and years of thoughts, by replacing them with positive suggestions.
In short, hypnosis is the ability to totally focus and therefore achieve. It’s a deep state of relaxation and heightened awareness, similar to daydreaming or meditation. It’s a state of mind in which the subconscious mind opens up to receive helpful and beneficial suggestions.
Great example of a time when you are in somewhat of a hypnotic state is when you are at the movies. Think of a movie that made you cry. Disney's the Lion King is a good example; now we all know there really wasn’t a lion cup trying to wake his dead father, right? But your subconscious mind just went with the flow and your thoughts/emotions were treated as fact.
That's the power behind the subconscious mind; and that power can be focused towards healing.