Hypnosis & the Mind
How hypnosis utilizes the conscious and subconscious mind
During hypnosis, the client and hypnotist use both the subconscious and conscious aspects of the mind to facilitate change. Whether it’s anxiety relief or to stop smoking, the process is similar.
Hypnosis and the Conscious Mind
In hypnosis, the conscious mind is primarily engaged during the interview to collect information and ensure that change through hypnosis is strongly desired. The conscious mind is that part of your mind which is aware. It can observe yourself, others, and your environment. All of the sensations you gather, be it touch, sight, or smell are observed and identified by your conscious mind. You are then ‘conscious’ of the goings-on even during hypnosis, while your subconscious mind is also aware in the background and monitoring. However, the goal is to distract your conscious mind with trance, and allow your more powerful subconscious mind to accept new suggestions for change. The effects of hypnosis can be profound and transformational.
Hypnosis and the Subconscious Mind
While the client uses her conscious mind during hypnosis through selective attention, absorption, and focus, her subconscious mind is still processing information as well. The subconscious mind is that part of the person which could be called the reservoir of all experience. All the experiences a person has had in their life is stored within the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is quite open, less analytical, and more flexible than the conscious mind. All of your mindless habits and automatic actions are embedded within the subconscious mind. During hypnosis, we use the powerful subconscious mind to grab onto, learn, experience, and fully incorporate new healthy beliefs and thoughts. Through the power of hypnosis, you can harness the power of your mind.
Profound change through hypnosis is possible. We all have powerful minds and with the right tools we can become our best selves. By utilizing clear and positive intentions, hypnosis can turn our mind toward the good in life, and work for us to avoid the negative and destructive forces that have held us back in life.