Hypnosis and the Mind


Where do your thoughts come from? Why can’t you control those thoughts? Where do dreams come from?  Why can’t we always control our own behavior?


The answer to these questions is that the subconscious part of the mind is really running the show.  When it wants or needs a certain behavior or condition, it makes no difference that we may consciously know better or wish for something different. 


When we want to change things we must do so by changing the subconscious mind.  We have to bring IT into conformity with what we consciously want.  Weight control, habit control, behaviors of all sorts, mental functioning involved in learning and remembering – we can exert an influent on all of these things by influencing the subconscious mind.  Self-hypnosis is a tool for doing that.


Hypnosis is based on a philosophy (not a religion) that people are considered to be interactive and proactive with their environments, not just reactive.




We start out being rather crude in our manipulations, for example manipulating our parents by throwing crying fits to get what we want.  As we get older, we become subtler in the ways we influence people.  Eventually, we may not even be aware we are emitting subtle cues to influence people.


Self-hypnosis and the application of appropriate suggestions can directly influence the cues you emit.   Instead of beating your brains out trying to force yourself and others to conform to your wishes through conscious efforts, you put the focus where the real power is: at the subconscious level.


Although the subconscious is all-powerful, it is not immutable.  It is changeable.  Sometimes desirable changes happen spontaneously.  But not often enough.  If we were to wait for spontaneous changes for everything we wanted, we would not seem many changes in a lifetime.


Indeed you may have noticed that most people tend not to change at all.  Despite how logical it might seem consciously, their subconscious minds are not about to accede to conscious desires.  It will save them from getting into trouble” (by subconscious definition).  To get real change it is necessary to get the subconscious to go along, and the best way to develop influence over the subconscious mind is through the skills of self-hypnosis.


Earliest documented use of hypnotherapy dates back 3000 years to ancient Egypt.  Ancient Greeks had sleep temples, which were examples of early hypnosis centers.


Mental health professionals are now beginning to use hypnosis in treatment.  Many hypnosis techniques are easy to learn and can bring relaxation, altered states, and alertness. 


Hypnosis “trance” is not like the zombie trance depicted in the movies.


We experience hypnotic trances on a daily basis when we are “driving on autopilot” but end up “waking up” to find you are no longer on the right route to where you’re going, daydreaming through a boring lecture, talking yourself into falling asleep/waking upon time, riveted on a t.v. Show oblivious to the chaos around you. 


Using self-hypnosis for relaxation or concentration is taking this natural skill of relaxed focused concentration and putting it to use for your benefit.


Hypnosis can relieve headaches, chronic pain, and insomnia.  You can use it to quit smoking, develop memory, control weight, improve relationships, and overcome fears.


It takes practice, about 20 minutes per day.  You should do this when you are at your sharpest.  You can use a hypnotist or tapes.  However this is not appropriate for the very young or the very old.  You can practice meditation or suggestive hypnosis.  If you plan to do the suggestive hypnosis, you will want to make the suggestions very specific.  Develop a schedule.  Begin by lying down.  Masking sound with background music is often helpful.  Relax, and control your breathing by counting down from 100 to 1.  What you have done with the relaxation and deepening procedures is increase your suggestibility.  Go through your suggestions using the first person like, “I am eating less and becoming more slender every day.” and then terminate the hypnosis session by thinking to yourself that your are going to be fully awake and alert after you count up to 3.  For example, “One, I’m beginning to come out of it, moving toward a waking state.  Two, I’m becoming more alert, getting ready to wake up.  Three, I’m completely awake.” 


Although people sometimes see immediate results from their suggestions, it is more likely to take a little time for them to kick in.  If you don’t see some results within a couple of weeks, you need to change your suggestions.