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Thursday, August 28, 2008

How Hypnosis Works

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How hypnosis works

There is so
hypnosis, we decided th
much misinformation out there about
at we would
set the record straight about exactly what hypnosis is and how it works.

You see, many people still think that hypnosis is about putting someone into a weird
state, telling them to do something, and then that thing will happen. But hypnosis doesn't
work like that. This is so important to understand. Otherwise, if you don't get immediate
and miraculous results, you might get disheartened and give up, and that would be a
terrible shame, because hypnosis is the most powerful and effective mind tool available
to you.

So how does hypnosis work?

Well, hypnosis 're-educates' your unconscious mind. By that I mean your habitual
responses, or instincts.

So, for exam
ht think of
ple, you mig
a certain person and feel nervous. How does that
happen? You thought of someone, and even though they weren't in the room, you felt
nervous! How did you do that? Well, at some stage, a mini hypnotic state glued together
in your mind that particular person and the emotion of anxiety. That's what hypnosis
does - it helps you learn - and fast.

this respon
So, we can use hypnosis to change
se. We can take deliberate control of the
way you feel by relaxing you and having you imagine things that make you feel good,
and then have you rehearse doing the problem situation while feeling the way you want
to feel.

Sounds simple, doesn't it?

And it is! Of course, there are many subtleties involved as well, but this is the most
fundamental use for hypnosis. Changing your emotional reaction - how you feel about

Think of the
application ...

· If you're a smoker, change how you feel about cigarettes

· If you're trying to lose weight, change how you feel about fatty and sugary foods

· If you dislike public speaking, change how you feel about that

· About exercise, about achieving, about yourself, ...

· The list really is endless. And all from one 'simple' tool.

One thing I always make clear to my clients is that hypnosis has not been successful
until it has changed the actual situation.

What I mean by that is that it's one thing sitting at home feeling all calm and peaceful
about the presentation you've got to do next week, but feeling different at the
presentation itself is the only proof that matters.

You can't call yourself 'changed' until you've done what you were aiming to do, while
feeling the way you wanted to feel.

And once you've done it, you are changed. Your experience is changed. And no-one can
ever take that away from you.

So if the unconscious mind learns so quickly and so effectively, how can we use
hypnosis to teach it new things?

Well, the first thing you need to understand is that the unconscious mind needs a clear
message about what you want from it.

This is really at the core of all hypnosis. Once you understand this, you will understand
the central mechanism of almost all self-help approaches - positive thinking,
visualisation, autogenics, the Silva method - all sorts. They (and hundreds of others), all
use this 'trick'.

So what do I mean when I say 'give the unconscious mind a clear message'?

Well, think of it like this:

When you can do something without thinking, you have assigned it to your unconscious
mind - talking, driving, writing, walking, eating, catching a ball and so on.

And you usually get there by repetition.

But you can get there much more quickly by attaching emotion to it. Here's what I mean:

· You have an embarrassing experience and afterwards, you only need think of it
to blush (it's an unconscious response - try blushing deliberately!)

· You have a terrifying experience and afterwards, any situation similar to it makes
you feel anxious

· A film makes you laugh and afterwards, just thinking of the scene makes you

The common factor is all these scenarios is emotion. Emotion makes the 'pattern' stick.
The more emotion, the more stuck it gets, and the greater the effect in the future.

Are you starting to see why this is so important?

So, given this fact that emotion causes patterns to 'stick' in the unconscious mind, what
happens if you think negatively all the time? Anxiety is the easiest emotion to create - all
you need to do is worry!

And what happens then?

The most common mistake (and I mean seriously, startlingly common) is firstly to think
of something you don't want to do (like feeling anxious when public speaking, blushing at
a party, stumbling over your words at an interview).

Then you feel anxious because you just thought of something scary.

And right away, you begin to 'stick' the pattern! Your unconscious mind has received a
clear message about how you want to feel in the situation itself!

This is called negative self hypnosis.

I guess you can imagine how difficult it makes things if you are constantly having to
'battle against yourself' - that is, creating patterns through negative thinking that make it
harder for you to perform the way you want.

Using hypnosis a lot trains your brain to focus on what you want, not on what you don't
want, giving you control over the contents of your thoughts.

That's why, if you want to get out of your own way, we recommend using hypnosis on a
regular basis. This gives you the immediate benefits of the hypnosis itself, plus in the
longer term, stops you doing negative self hypnosis and making life difficult for yourself.

In summary

So to sum up, hypnosis works by re-educating the unconscious mind, giving you control
over responses that you can't control consciously, or by trying harder.

Roger Elliott


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