“We are often unaware of the real cause of our feelings, emotions and behaviour. Conscious access to them is very difficult. What you think of the real causes could only be illusion, created by your Mind as protection. Are you certain that the cause that you consider is the ultimate cause of your particular feeling, emotion and behavior?” ~ Elmar Hussein
‘Can you make me act like a chicken?’
Is usually the first thing people ask me. Professional hypnotherapy is very different then what a stage hypnotist does and therefore there is no need for me to make you act like a chicken. It is important to know that all hypnosis is self hypnosis, so it is clear that I can’t take over your control. Nor can I read your mind, find out your deepest secrets or let you do anything against your will.
When people come to Hypnotherapy they are sometimes afraid that through the process of change they will lose some essential part of themselves. In fact, who you are changes all the time as you grow older. People are made up of a collection of many parts, and those parts are continually re-arranging themselves. Have you ever looked through a kaleidoscope, the child’s toy with little bits of colored glass inside? In the kaleidoscope the same number of parts can be made to create millions of different patterns. the exact detail of the patterns might not be under your control, but you can turn the lens as many times as you want to create more and more patterns until you find one that you want to keep. I often think of people who come to therapy as having a pattern that they don’t like and not being able to change it by themselves. so really, all therapy does is allowing you to rearrange life’s kaleidoscope into a more pleasing arrangement.
How can professional hypnotherapy help you?
Another important thing to understand is that if you could have solved your issue, you would already have, right?
Imagine your mind being an iceberg, where the tip is your conscious mind and below the surface is your infinite subconscious mind. The fact that it is so difficult to change a certain behavior or thought pattern is because it might be deeper seated in a belief system or habit, which are stored in the subconscious part of our mind, where you might not even be aware of their existence. That is why it is so hard to change certain things, why we can feel so powerless at times and wonder what is going on.
The first few years of your life are crucial for your cognitive and emotional development. Did you know that most of our beliefs and belief systems were created before the age of six? That means before you knew any better and even before your rational mind was developed you learned almost everything you needed for the rest of your life. Your beliefs were stored directly in the unconscious or subconscious part of your mind (because that was all that you had at the time) and when your rational mind developed, it created a sort of layer of protection over your subconscious mind, storing all your beliefs deep inside you. This is fine as long as these are positive supporting beliefs but unfortunately negative beliefs are also protected and they have a huge impact on our life now, manifesting themselves in different ways like anxiety, stress, depression, fears, compulsive behavior, self sabotage and so on. Because our believe systems are protected so deep within us, they are difficult to recognize and almost impossible to change with just our conscious rational mind. With hypnosis we are able to bypass the conscious rational mind for a moment and work directly with your subconscious, where all your inner resources are stored as well, which means you are contemplating the fastest way to deal with the cause and core of the issues for good in the most relaxing way, knowing that lasting changes can be made, patterns and habits can be changed and solutions can be found!
The hypnosis ‘state’
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that all of us ‘go into’ at least twice a day; just before we wake up and just before we fall asleep. Many of us are in and out of hypnosis a few times a day and some lucky ones are in hypnosis all day! It is a very calm and relaxed state that we are all very familiar with. Think for example about driving your car and before you know it you are almost at your destination…what happened to the time in between? Or you are reading a book and are so drawn into the story that everything around you is not important anymore, they might even call your name twice before you hear them. That is the state of hypnosis. You are not asleep, you can still hear everything and are still in control, but because you were highly focused on something else it wasn’t important for that moment.
You might be surprised to hear that all of us are at least twice a day in hypnosis (the time just before we fall asleep and the time just before we wake up) and therefore achieving a hypnotic state is a normal and natural process, and we are all capable of going into that state with ease. Just to clarify it even more, here a few questions to ask yourself:
- Have you ever driven to a destination and upon arrival, wondered how you got there or if you stopped at all the red robots?
- Have you ever become so involved in a book you were reading that the noises inside and outside the room seemed so distant and when called you had to be called several times before responding?
- Have you ever watched a movie and become so engrossed in the plot that when something jumps out and the character on screen jumps and screams you jump and scream at the same time? Or cry when they cry or laugh when they laugh?
- Have you ever become so involved in a project for work or school that consumes you to the point where you loose track of time and when you become aware of the time you are astounded at the amount of time that has passed since you began?
Should you have answered yes to any or all of the above questions than…you have been in the hypnosis state!
Uses of professional hypnotherapy
Here is a list of the most common uses of hypnotherapy. Since hypnosis is so effective with all areas of life’s problems, there really isn’t an end to the limits and possibilities for change using hypnosis.
- Stress Management
- Symptoms of depression
- Stop Smoking
- Anger Management
- Fears & Phobias
- Pain Management
- Spiritual Connections
- Chakra balance
- Painless Childbirth
- Performance Enhancement
- (Past Life) Regressions
For a link to the South African Institute of Hypnotism click here.