Most people are aware that they have a conscious mind and subconscious mind.
However, many of us don’t realize what an enormous role the subconscious mind plays in our everyday behaviors, motivations, and drives.
Many of us have habits, behaviors, and reactions that we don’t necessarily want to have and would stop if we felt we could.
It turns out that these processes are generally run by your subconscious mind. Research estimates the human brain takes in approximately 400 billion bits of information per second, but the conscious part of the mind only processes about 2000 of those.
It seems like, if you could only control your subconscious mind, you’d be able to do exactly what you want you to do without resistance.
Hypnotherapy involves the accessing and processing of subconscious information.
Much of what lies concealed in the subconscious are unprocessed emotions and emotional conclusions that, if thought consciously, would seem absurd.
This may make more sense to you if you think about an insecurity that you have experienced before. Was the insecurity rational or emotional? If you said it out-loud, did it seem reasonable or ridiculous?
Much of our emotional processing happens below the surface. Our subconscious mind accesses threats and creates defenses against undesirable emotions. These failsafes then dictate the direction of our behavior, as well as conscious thoughts and emotions.
Hypnosis contacts the subconscious mind through the imagination during the phase of consciousness where the brain is not fully conscious but also not sleep. This is the same phase of consciousness you experience while daydreaming or in what is known as ‘flow state’.
The National Institute of Health Bethesda, Maryland found that the human brain reacts the same to engaging in an activity as it does when imagining engaging in the same activity.
According to Dr. David R. Hamilton PhD, “...if a person imagined eating, if they imagined the entire chewing and swallowing sensations as clearly as they could, they had less appetite for more food afterwards, just as the same would be true if you had actually eaten’.
We can reprogram the bodies responses through accessing the subconscious mind.
Through hypnosis we can bring beliefs, defenses, and subconscious patterns to the surface for conscious evaluation. Here the conscious decision making part of your mind can clearly distinguish what is healthy and what is stopping you from reaching your goals.
As long as these beliefs, defenses, and patterns remain subconscious, they will continue to run the show unquestioned.
All you need to do to access your subconscious is slip into a super comfortable dream like state without falling asleep.
Steps to accessing your subconscious mind
Sit up straight.
This will help you stay awake.
Close your eyes.
Cut out extraneous information so you can concentrate on your imagination.
Breath deeply and slowly.
This will help your body begin to relax.
Scan your body with your awareness.
Bring all of your attention into your body directs your conscious mind to quiet.
Begin to imagine a beautiful safe space.
It can be someplace you’ve been before or someplace all in your imagination where you feel relaxed and safe. The more vividly you imagine and the more senses you engage, the deeper into your subconscious you can go.
Engage your subconscious.
Begin to imagine what you would like to experience yourself doing or believing.
The subconscious mind works in pictures and feelings. The more you engage your emotions in your practice, the more profound your transformation will be.
Reprogramming The Subconscious
Like I said before, hypnotherapy is about consciously accessing subconscious beliefs.
We can begin to release limitations by bringing our subconscious beliefs to the surface.
This is more easily done with the support of a certified hypnotherapist but it can also be done on your own if you know what questions you’d like to ask your subconscious ahead of time.
Know what information you’d like to get from your subconscious.
You can ask about anything. For example: you might ask your subconscious “where did this limiting belief come from” or “what are the beliefs causing me to act this way?”
Get into the hypnotic state. Follow the steps listed above to enter into a light trance.
Ask yourself for the information you are seeking and pay attention to your inner space. You may experience your subconscious communicating to you through imagined sights, sounds, colors, or physical sensations.
Get Some Help
You can begin to identify your limiting beliefs and reprogram your subconscious by working with me one-on-one through guided hypnotherapy sessions online or in-person.
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